General info
Mikey Gudikunst
Arizona, USA
As an accomplished Creative/Marketing professional, I have improved the image and visibility of companies in a variety of industries by creating innovative marketing materials, digital/print advertising campaigns, product packaging and Brand Identity. Additionally, I understand that there is a balance between artistry and practicality, and that the most effective designs are both appealing and concise.

A proven track record of meeting the most demanding deadlines, communicating effectively with cross-functional teams, and leading by example. My past experience and solid education have given me many opportunities to hone my talents, and I feel strongly that my unique background and creative skills will bring immediate benefits to your company.

Skills:
• Excellent leadership, craftsmanship & presentation skills
• 18+ years Management skills – A strong team player.
• Detail oriented and quality driven in all forms of print, package design, & digital media design
• Extensive knowledge of color, paper stock & printing process
• High proficiency In Adobe Creative Suite CS6
• A skilled communicator, relationship builder and collaborative business partner proficient at the execution of creative strategies resulting in sales and increased market growth.
Experience
Prescott, AZ
Jan 2008 - Present
Creative Marketing Director
Development of region, market-specific communication and promotional initiatives; diversity targets, cross functional media, direct mail, web development, online sales, advertising campaigns, package design, apparel Design and print management.

Specializing in Sports Nutrition Advertising, Branding and Packaging "Label" Design.
North Las Vegas, NV
Jan 2007 - Jan 2008
Global Art Director
Helped transform the creative department into a more efficient, well-organized machine. Rebranded the company by successfully merging the two companies as one brand. Added leadership to the creative department and solid communication across all departments. Implemented a new department structure, which allowed efficient job flow. Managed design resources (hire/fire vendors, Designers, and freelancers through various channels)
Las Vegas, NV
May 2005 - Jan 2007
Creative Director
Provided planning, leadership and start-to-finish coordination of all creative projects, including print, packaging, promotion, point-of-purchase, sales collateral, apparel, web, video and trade show presentation for a extreme sports and nutrition company (sponsor of UFC). Developed the brand aesthetic as upscale and aspirational from an undefined market position. Helped to expand the brand into e-commerce, international, and high-end retail channels.
Fort Lauderdale, FL & Philadelphia
Mar 2004 - May 2005
Senior Designer/Art Director
Created stellar contract work for well-recongnized national brands at various ad agencies (Kramer & Kramer, Zimmerman Advertising, D4 Creative, The DeLeon Group, The Creative Group & I creative)
Boca Raton, Florida
Jul 1999 - Mar 2004
Art Director/Senior Designer
Provided planning, leadership and start-to-finish coordination of all creative projects, including print, packaging, promotion, point-of-purchase, sales collateral and trade show presentation, for a pharmaceuticals company with $750 million in annual sale. Supported the creative advertising and marketing initiatives of five corporate divisions: Rexall Corporation, Sundown Vitamins, Met-Rx, Worldwide Sports Nutrition, and Richardson Labs.
Fort Lauderdale, FL
Oct 1997 - Jul 1999
Graphic Designer & Manager
Apropos Art Gallery & Editions
Developed all creative materials for the gallery and production company. Implemented a production schedule and management of all limited editions that were printed in-house on our Giclée Printer.
Education
Fort Lauderdale
Oct 1996 - Oct 1997
AA in Visual Communications
Stepping stone to my career in Graphic Design.
New section
Shodan Black Belt in Shaolin Kempo