EXPERIENCE
Creative Director | Richmond Navigator Media (a division of Advertising Concepts, Inc.), Midlothian, VA — 7-16 to Present
• Manage the design and production of four bi-monthly magazines — West End's Best, River City, Chesterfield Living and Hanover Lifestyle — as the primary designer; Initiated and conducted a redesign of the company's four magazines from folios to body text specifications to page design structure to the redesign of logotypes; Manage and produce approximately 60% of all placed advertising, including client contact, concept, design, client proofs and approvals, and preparation for printing; Responsible for the design and production of four advertisement- and coupon-based shopper publications 
Senior Designer / Writer | Oneboat Publishing, Manteo, NC — 2/12 to 2/16

Owner, Art Director and Designer | Michael Lay Design Co. , Manteo, NC — 9/01 to present
Publications Manager/Art Director | American Social Health Association, Research Triangle Park, NC — 9/99 to 7/01

PROFESSIONAL SKILLS
Art Direction | Magazine Design | Catalog Design | Annual Report Design | Book Design | Newsletter & Brochure Design | Advertising Design | Logo Design | Poster Design | Web Design | Graphic Design | Typography | Food Photography | Product Photography | Editorial Photography | Photo Retouching | Photo Restoration | Illustration | Pre-press File Preparation | Content Management Systems | Email Marketing | Writing & Editing | Advertising Copywriting | Marketing Copywriting | Magazine Articles | Blog Writing | Trade Articles | Press/News Releases | Social Media Marketing | Budgeting | Competitive Bidding | Cost Analysis | Personnel Management | Vendor Liaison

SOFTWARE
Extensive experience with the primary components of the Adobe Design software package (InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat — currently using Adobe Cloud versions of each) | Mac OS | Windows OS | CorelDRAW | FotoSketcher | Microsoft Word | Google Docs | Google Sheets | Google Drive | Metro Publisher CMS | Expression Engine CMS | content management systems | scanning softwares including optical character recognition packages | Avast and Trend Micro (antivirus/security softwares) | Windows Live Mail | Gmail | Skype | major internet browsers (Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Windows Internet Explorer)

AWARDS & MEMBERSHIPS
• Member, Gallery Committee, Dare County Arts Council, Manteo, NC (2013-present)
• Member, First Friday Committee (March 2005-2010)

• President, Roanoke Island Business Association (January 2006-09)
National Health Information Award - Health Promotion - Bronze
Awarded by Health Information Resource Center for health education materials created as Publications Manager/Art Director for American Social Health Association in Research Triangle Park, NC 
National Health Information Award - Patient Education - Merit
Awarded by Health Information Resource Center for health education materials created as Publications Manager/Art Director for American Social Health Association in Research Triangle Park, NC 
Annual Reports, Award of Excellence
Awarded by National School Public Relations Association for Wake County Public Schools (Raleigh, NC) annual report 
Best Newsletter
Awarded by Vacation Rental Managers Association for design of a newsletter for Pirate's Cove, a residential boating community in Manteo, NC 
Apex Award for Publication Excellence - Most improved tabloid/newspaper
Awarded by Communications Concepts for redesign of RU News, the faculty/staff newspaper for Radford University
Best Designed and Effective Website
Awarded by Publishers' Marketing Association for design of website for Maritime Kids' Quest Press 

EDUCATION
• B.A., Communications Studies, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA
• Editorial assistant (full time), Virginia Tech University News Bureau
• Editor, Campus Quarterly Magazine ; Member, Student Media Board
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