Product Manager - Poster Division - Marketing Department
Trends International, LLC; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Managed the product line for a 1500-sku mass market focused poster division
• Created a yearly line plan to track the production of 30 posters per month
• Worked directly with national clients to secure product approval
• Provided direction to the art department in design and image selection
• Negotiated with printers, image providers, artists, and display manufactures
• Helped develop marketing procedures and processes internally
• Worked with retailers to create promotional displays for major movie releases
• Traveled nationally to represent the company at trade shows, conventions, and client meetings

Senior Designer – Art Department
At-A-Glance/Mead & Trends International, Inc.; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Worked as a designer for all product lines before moving exclusively to posters
• Assisted the creative manager with schedule and delegation of design projects
• Promoted to senior designer for all product lines after 3 years
• Trained junior designers on product development and department procedures
• Organized and maintained server files, archiving and internal printing
• Worked with licensors and marketing department to meet national deadlines
• Produced 150 sports, entertainment, and specialty posters annually
• Developed corporate logos, signs, trade show banners, catalogs, sales material, and product mock-ups

Designer/Illustrator – Creative Services Department
MacMillan Publishing/MacStaffing; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Designed national magazine advertisements, corporate sales material
• Created clip art and character designs for corporate use
• Illustrated package cover for software CD
• Assisted designers with printing and mock-up creation

Art Director/Designer – Art Department
Promotional Marketing Group, Inc.; Indianapolis, Indiana
• Managed up to 3 designers and their workflow
• Arranged material and print buying
• Developed corporate identities for 3 separate companies
• Created and produced screen printed and embroidered product
• Worked with photographers and printers to produce catalogs for sales at a national level

Output Technician/Proofing Assistant
LaserSystems, Inc. – Film Output/Prepress; Beech Grove, Indiana
• Ran second shift proofing department
• Produced matchprints for client approvals
• Assisted with file pre-flight, film processing and stripping

Artist/Production Assistant
The Barn Woodworks – Sign Design/Production; Fortville, Indiana
• Created sign designs and illustration for carvings
• Assisted with redwood and foam sign production
• Laid out patterns, cut frisket, sandblasted, primed and painted signs

Attended Ball State University - Muncie, Indiana
Graduated with Bachelor of Fine Arts
Minor in Journalism/Advertising

Educational Highlights:
Helpdesk Technician (2 years)
Freshman Orientation Coordinator (2 years)
Weekly Cartoon – Ball State Daily News
Deans List 1994

References available upon request


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Darren M. Strecker
Email: streckergraphics@sbcglobal.net
Indianapolis, IN

Owner - Strecker Graphics - Art Direction,
Design and Illustration

Strecker Graphics' Corporate Clients:
Creative Converting
Prima Games/Random House
Brady Games
Fundex Games
Indianapolis Motor Speedway
BIC Graphics