STEVE EXUM

steve@xm-creative.com


2875 Blue Ridge Ct.
Chula Vista CA 91914
steve@xm-creative.com
www.xmcreative.com



PROFESSIONAL OBJECTIVE


I am seeking a position that will allow me to utilize my experience in creative direction, design and management and my enthusiasm toward people while offering greater career challenges and higher levels of responsibility.




CAREER ACHIEVEMENTS


  • Able to Handle many art direction projects that required creativity and innovative ideas.
  • Performed tasks related to design and concept development in a wide variety of promotional projects.
  • Directed photography and video sessions for International Company.
  • Effectively launched multi-level, innovative strategies and campaigns.
  • Developed new quality standards for team performance and reliability.
  • Designed, developed and wrote style guidelines for corporate brand.

KEY FEATURES


  • Expert knowledge of printing specifications and able to read printing proofs and perform color correction.
  • A leader in managing cross company team efforts through effective and motivational mentoring strategies.
  • Possesses strong written and verbal communication skills.
  • Self-motivated, has initiative and maintains a high level of energy, effective with minimal supervision.
  • Demonstrates accuracy and attention to details.
  • Tolerant and flexible, adjusts smoothly to different situations.
  • Proven analysis skills, sound judgment and ability to solve problems efficiently.

WORK EXPERIENCE


XM|CREATIVE | 2008 - PRESENT

Senior Art Director

  • Successfully managed and coordinated multiple time-sensitive campaigns from concept to completion.
  • Managed a team of designers, production artists and writers.
  • Coordinated relationships with print, video, copy writing and talent vendors to meet all project specifications.
  • Managed traditional business practices to include estimating time and costs, bid submission.


EFI SPORTS MEDICINE (TOTAL GYM) | 1998 - 2008

Senior Art Director



  • Lead creative for development of branding campaign from within marketing team.
  • Wrote corporate brand guidelines for three national brands of fitness equipment.
  • Contributing member to the annual strategic planning committee of the corporation.
  • Created presentations, proposals, trade show and all other corporate print and on-line collateral.
  • Cultivated a culture of collaboration between team members.
  • Effectively trained, motivated, and directed the design and production teams, as well as vendor relationships.
  • Produced and directed the training, product, sales and promotional videos.

METRO DESIGN GROUP | 1993 - 1998

Art Director



  • Supervised press checks to ensure color accuracy, registration, and quality printed materials.
  • Created design themes and graphics focused on B2B and B2C online and print marketing campaigns.
  • Managed vendor relationships regarding photography and large print projects.



COMPUTER SKILLS


  • Demonstrates flexibility and patience to support multiple managers, simultaneous tasks, and deadlines.
  • Experienced in supervising large time-critical production activities, including video and still photography.
  • Demonstrates strong communication skills with intra and cross-departmental groups.
  • Encourages creativity and higher-order thinking to increase team’s performance.
  • Strong collaboration skills, thrives in the creative process.

    • COMPUTER SKILLS


      Design

      InDesign, Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress

      Video

      Final Cut Pro, Adobe Premier, Adobe After Effects, Flash, Motion, LiveType, DVD Studio Pro, iMovie, iDVD, MPEG Streamclip

      Web

      HTML, CSS, MySQL, Dreamweaver, Wordpress, TextWrangler, Fetch, Transmit, Filezilla

      3D

      Maya 2012, Cinema 4D, Z-Brush

      Misc

      DropBox, Stuffit Deluxe, Word, PowerPoint, Xcel, Outlook, Acrobat Professional, Toast, Suitcase, StuffIt,



      EDUCATION


      PLATT COLLEGE SAN DIEGO

      Bachelor of Science - Media Arts, emphasis in Web Development


      ADVERTISING ARTS COLLEGE

      Communications Certificate - emphasis in Art Direction


      SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

      Major - Journalism, emphasis in advertising
      Minor - Graphic Design



      CONTINUING EDUCATION


      UNIVERSITY OF SAN DIEGO

      "Creative Solutions For Direct Mail"
      Direct Marketing Association of San Diego

      ADOBE

      Photoshop “WOW”

      DAVID CARNEGIE

      “How to manage Difficult People” –


      ASSOCIATIONS


      AIGA San Diego

      Olympian High School - Varsity Football Coach


      COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT


      PRO BONO VIDEO WORK

      Southwest Sports Wellness Foundation Promotional Video

      CURRICULUM ADVISOR

      Sweetwater Union High School District - ROP

      OLYMPIAN HIGH SCHOOL

      Varsity Football Offensive Line Coach


      REFERENCES


      Upon Request




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ABOUT ME

I am an art director, web designer & filmmaker originally from Los Angeles, CA, now residing in Chula Vista Ca. Working on brand strategy and corporate identity are passions of mine. I beleive that every company has a personality and that properly crafting its presence in the marketplace can increase a company's profitability.


ASSOCIATIONS


DISTINCTIONS

2013 | Olympian High School Leadership Award
2009 | Davey Award
2008 | Communicator Award (3)
2007 | American G D Award (2)
2006 | Davey Award
2005 | efi Outstanding Achievement
2005 | Davey Award (3)
2005 | American In-house Design
2005 | American G D Award (3)
2004 | American G D Award (2)
2004 | The Creative Show - Silver
2003 | efi Outstanding Achievement
2003 | Telly Award
2002 | efi Leadership Award

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