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“The strongest ideas come during our state of play.  

Play guides our subconscious toward free association. 
Free association is critical to effective design, leaving our play state as the way to create”.

Welcome to my State Of Play Studio.

 
Proud of our clients, we highlight work. Keeping up with trends we bring a positive energy to creative teams. Experience the energy, loyalty and creative result today.
Thriving to brainstorm, we develop web design and support websites. Pro-active in learning, we keep up with trends and bring a positive energy to creative teams.
Thriving to brainstorm, we develop outdoor banners. Pro-active in learning, we keep up with trends. Known to lead, we bring a positive energy to creative teams.
Thriving to brainstorm, we develop brand entertainment. Active in learning, we keep up with trends. Known to lead, we bring a positive energy to creative teams.
Thriving to brainstorm, we develop print ads and messaging. Pro-active in learning, we keep up with trends and bring a positive energy to creative teams.
Thriving to brainstorm, we develop photo retouching and manipulation. Active in learning, we keep up with trends and bring a positive energy to creative teams.
 

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ENTERTAINMENT, GAMING, RESTAURANT, RETAIL, FASHION & MUSIC
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BRANDING: Worship Surf Bar Logo

BRANDING: Worship Surf Bar Logo

Worship Surf Bar • Logo: Grunge, sand and surf describes this local bars brand. My logo branded Worship with a new look and feel. Open to the boardwalk, this was the only AC surf bar. Used to promote bar events, the logo was featured on digital, web, print and more. My collateral advertised surfing and the bar quickly became a hangout for famous local surfers. Apps: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Directed Vendors and Print Releases Web: HTML, CSS, Java, jQuery, Dreamweaver

BRANDING: Food Network Event

BRANDING: Food Network Event

Food Network • Food & Wine Event: Caesars Atlantic City runs an annual Food & Wine festival each year. I developed 68 brand looks. This creative was chosen. Used to this day my creative promotes the event at all 7 properties. I was responsible for concept, imagery and Food Network design. I created branding for chefs such as Emeril Lagasse, Guy Fieri, Paula Deen, Duff Goldman and more. Creative is seen in ads, billboards, posters, banners, plasmas, print. Apps: Photoshop, InDesign

OUTDOOR: DJ Pauly D

OUTDOOR: DJ Pauly D

thePool @ Harrah's • Pauly D Residency Billboard: Harrah's Resort, Pool After Dark, featured Pauly D. I was responsible for creating Pauly D's brand identity. Given original head shots of Pauly, I transformed his clothing and combined his image with a property photo. The brand creative was used for on site property events. Print material was seen throughout ads, billboards, posters, banners, plasmas, direct mail, invites and more. Apps: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

PRINT AD: Atlantic City Wine&Waltz

PRINT AD: Atlantic City Wine&Waltz

Caesars Entertainment • Valentine's, Wine & Waltz Ad: All seven properties had a Valentine's event called HEART. I developed the concept, and imagery, for the Wine and Waltz event. The event included themes such as wine tasting, dance, nightlife and overnight stays. My Wine and Waltz branding was used for ads, billboards, posters, banners, plasmas, direct mail, invites and more. Apps: Photoshop, InDesign

OUTDOOR: Caesars Banner

OUTDOOR: Caesars Banner

Caesars Entertainment • Banners: Rebranding their creative, I had to create categories to reinforce a new corporate standard. Responsible for photos, look and design, I created 10 banners, that hung by the Pier Shop, to enhance the boardwalk entrance. My branding and design were used ads, billboards, posters, banners, plasmas, direct mail, invites and more. Apps: Photoshop, InDesign, Illustrator

DIRECT-MAIL: VIP Luau

DIRECT-MAIL: VIP Luau

Bally's Resort • Hawaiian Luau: VIP invites, like this luau, were special events I designed. For high end guests, these giveaways and events, enticed resort visits. Special stock, treatments and folds were features I used to separate these designs from daily printed material. This is one sample, from hundreds, I have created. App: Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign

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ENCOURAGE  •  LEAD  •  INSPIRE  . & .  LEARN ...

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CREATIVE DIRECTOR • 2014 - 2017

TROPICANA ENTERTAINMENT (10 Properties)

• Created and managed in-house advertising agency.

• Developed workflow procedures, company policy and 

   brand standard guidelines.

• Constructed hierarchy, employee qualifications and responsibilities.

• Hired, trained, evaluated, and supervised all designers, production

   and advertising staff.

• Analyzed, monitored, tracked and forecasted projects to ensure

   outcomes met department budget.

• Contract development, registration and finance management liaison

   between vendors, internal management, outside advertising agency      and all 10 properties.

• Analyzed research trends, developed creative briefs and submitted

   request for proposals.

• Directed creative campaigns, to ensure integrity of creative brand,

   strategies, input accuracy, production, copy, reviews, photo-shoots, 

   and presentations met strict turnaround deadlines.

• Constructed network systems, troubleshoot hardware, identified

   and resolved communication problems.

• Performed installation, repair and maintenance for operating

   systems and employee stations.

• Produced cost effective solutions, that maintained department

   efficiency, for computers, accessories, software, data - trafficking,

   and network equipment purchases.  

CREATIVE DIRECTOR • 2017 - PRESENT

STATE OF PLAY STUDIO

• Contracts start-ups, and management, of advertising agencies.

• Creates design concepts, brand identity, and promotions

   including mobile apps, logos, websites, banners, email blasts, 

   animation, billboards, direct mail, signage, and invites.

• Directs creative campaigns, branding strategies, production,

   copywriting and presentations.

• Creates workflow procedures, data-trafficking, brand standards.

• Projects forecasts, trend analysis, RFP and contract development.

• Constructs network systems, identified and resolved IT problems.

ADVERTISING MANAGER • 2019 - PRESENT

OCEAN COUNTY COLLEGE

• Manage, direct, and develop all graphic design, advertising and 

   marketing content.

• Supervise, train, evaluate designers and vendor production.

• Ensure deliverables for print, digital, social, web and events.

• Develop creative workflow, deadlines, procedures, policy, and

   brand standards guidelines.

• Direct campaign creative for consistent brand identity,

   legal guidelines, and messaging.

• Evaluate operational processes, hardware/software purchases,

   and cost-benefits.

• Assign and traffic job duration, productivity, and personnel to

   measure and improve.

• Manage photo-shoots, styles, creative layouts, dates, budget

   and online presence.

• Create hierarchy system, maintain product photos, online libraries,

   and file organization.

• Creative liaison to department heads, and management, for

   outsourcing, workflow, processes, traffic, and methodologies in

   efficiency, quality and profitability.

SENIOR DESIGNER • 2008 - 2012

CAESARS ENTERTAINMENT (7 Properties)

• Assisted developing advertising department infrastructure, 

   workflow, creative process, hiring, training and mentoring.

• Created master templates, organized workflow, and archives,

   for in-house studio staff.

• Worked daily with VP, Directors & Management to ensure

   consistent brand appearance.

• Executed creative designs for brand identity projects, billboards,

   lightfaces, direct-mail, banners, signage, menus, invites, website,

   plasmas, light displays and more.

• Styled, photographed, color corrected, and retouched 

   entertainment images and products.

• Average work: 20 design projects daily and 400 projects monthly.

• Mac Tech Support: Consulted in network, software purchases

   and setup. Performed installation, repair, and preventative 

   maintenance for operating systems. Troubleshoot software

   and hardware failures as well as identified network problems.    

SENIOR ART DIRECTOR • 2012 - 2013

THE MEDIA MARKETING GROUP

 • Directed 3 Designers, Copywriter and Associate Director.

 • Clients: 50 casinos for gaming, destination, hospitality,

   health, non-profit, sports and retail.

• Created designed concepts, brand identity, and promotional 

   events that included logos, billboards, banners, direct-mail, 

   signage, menus, invites, websites, plasmas, marquees, 

   vehicle wraps, wall murals, commercials, TV and radio.

• Developed entertainer branding and promotional material.  

OBTAINED  7 TITLES • 1993 - 2008

Sr. Graphic Designer, Creative Designer, Digital Artist, Illustrator,

Graphic Designer, Production Artist, and Quality Controller

PATHMARK SUPERMARKETS INC.

• Highlights: (job description details available upon request)

   CEO’s chosen designer, in-house startup, photo studio startup,

   trained coworkers, press plant experience, developed creative

   standards, designed web and print, created video, directed

   vendors, tech support for network and computers, and learned

   fluent american sign language.

 

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KNOWLEDGE IN SOFTWARE & OPERATING SYSTEMS
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PHOTOSHOP

INDESIGN

ILLUSTRATOR

HTML & CSS

DREAMWEAVER

FLASH & ANIMATE

MAC & PC OS

 

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