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Business Owner
Marion BrownBusiness Owner
Jan. 2017Greater Chicago AreaWorking with small businesses to develop vision, assess current strengths and provide a roadmap for growth and change. By streamlining existing processes to focus on core drivers of revenue, and consolidating resources to support growth, I help eliminate unnecessary tasks, saving time and money. With wraparound creative services for sales, content creation, writing, editing, video, marketing, web, and social media, I create seamless branding across media, and manage contractors, both for design and production. I have helped businesses assess change and growth and make strategic decisions. I build customized solutions that precisely address client needs.
Founding Managing Editor
JUST MediaFounding Managing Editor
Nov. 2011 - Aug. 2018OnlineCreated, managed and directed content for online academic journal/blog (JustMediaAndSocialChange.com) that provided differing perspectives regarding how social media affects social change, current media trends, and shifts in the media/social media landscape. Developed original content plan. Managed contributing authors, artists, photographers, and edited all commentaries/submissions.
Geographic Information System Specialist
Cook County Forest PreserveGeographic Information System Specialist
Jan. 2015 - Dec. 2015Creating maps using a combination of GIS, field data collection of data and illustration. In addition to regular responsibilities, I created Illustrations and supporting graphics for department communications, and researched and recommended new technology.
Jun. 2013 - Jan. 2014Used an online platform to develop critical analysis of trending issues in media and social change. Combined web research and aggregation with original writing to encourage student to develop thought leadership on current issues.
Jan. 2000 - Sep. 2003Developed comprehensive businesses solutions that integrated design, brand, marketing, and business objectives. Garnered new business contracts, managed client relations, designed and implemented websites, led project teams, and transitioned projects to on-site client support staff. Sold business after several years of success. Worked with Reese McMahon, Blanks Direct, Digital Disrupters, BizBank, PaperHub, and the Nature Conservancy Great Lakes.
Senior Art Specialist
Davidson MarketingSenior Art Specialist
Jan. 1988 - Dec. 2000Design and production of print and new media. Integrated interactive corporate capabilities, produced client sales videos, and new business presentations. Directed digital production department employee training, established multimedia production processes, researched new technologies. Developed sites, site maps and animations for client and internal web sites. Web sites and banners for Microsoft, General Mills, Hasbro and Kraft. Designed, edited and produced videos for Jim Beam, Keebler and Davidson. Responsible for web sites & banners; video; cross platform presentations, animation, 3D animation, digital and photography and video.
Jackson BarkAdvisor
Jun. 2010 - May. 2016Greater Chicago AreaConsulted with Jackson Bark's founder to establish one-of-a-kind dog agility facility. Jackson Bark has become an unparalleled canine recreation area. I collaborated and advised the founder and promoted Jackson Bark within my hyper-local social network.
Program Director
International Academy of Design and TechnologyProgram Director
Aug. 2004 - May. 2008Chicago, ILProgram Director of Game Design, Video & Animation Production, Web & Multimedia Design Program Director that supported 600 students for three academic programs: Video/Animation, Web/Multimedia Design, and Game Design. Assessed the skills of 20+ instructors who were not current in software/design practices and created plans to align the teachers with the curriculum and industry standards. • Achieved accreditation for entire department of digital programs by restructuring the programs via researching industry standards and designing curriculum to match student skills to those standards. • Implemented methodology for assessing program/course effectiveness. Modified each class to include measurable objectives that led to program outcomes that were also aligned to industry and entry-level job skills. • Increased program awareness by having students present at school-wide quarterly screenings, which improved the quality of work and became an Academy marketing tool. Promoted the 3D and Game Design programs by designing presentation to solicit new students in conjunction with local news program features and local retailer window displays. • Managed the organization through a difficult downsizing. Despite teacher and staff lay-offs, morale and PR remained as positive as possible with consistent and unified messaging.
City Colleges of ChicagoFaculty
Jan. 2001 - Dec. 2004Chicago, ILDeveloped curriculum and taught multimedia and design. Leveraged design principles and critiques to enhance student design awareness. Built a new multimedia program that included working within budget constraints, recommending curricula, and advising the college on relevant purchases. Secured respected industry professionals to speak with students and support the programs. Produced inaugural student showcase for community members, business leaders, and academic professionals.
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