About Guru Design

I have managed national advertising campaigns that were completed within their deadlines and budget while facilitating other projects through the studio. Researched new products and techniques to completed projects under budget and increased company profits. Mentor staff on advanced techniques to improve their performance and productivity.

I possess the ability to multi-task, retain details, stay focused, organize and managing deadlines while maintaining a high level of professionalism. Liaise with account and creative groups to establish realistic time ines and budgets while motivating studio staff to meet them. I have demonstrated the ability to learn new skills quickly and able to supervise new departments while meeting production goals.

Work Experience:

GURU Design - Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Production Management, Electronic Artist and Technical Support
Production Manager services for companies too small for full time Production Manager or to cover staff while on holidays. Senior Production Artist for complicated projects, clients such as Wonder Communications, Harvest Printing, Westkey Graphics, Ball Creative and Kayden Industries.

2007 – 2008 - Creative Intelligence - Calgary, AB
Production Manager
Managed national campaigns and projects for Mac’s, SAIT, Superior Propane, Calaway Park, Canadian Freightways, CP Rail, and Red Haus.

2005 – 2007 - Merlin Edge Inc - Calgary, AB
Senior Production Artist
Create annual reports and advertising material based on design mock ups. Manipulate, retouch, combine and close crop colour and B&W photography. Preflight final files to be supplied to external production artists and printers.

1997 – 2004 - Calgary Herald - Calgary, AB
Electronic Pre-Press Technician
Manage incoming electronic material via FTP, Email and Web. Manipulate colour and B&W material related to Advertising and Editorial for reproduction on a web press. Trouble-shooting output problems and assist in streamlining computer systems & procedures. Supervision and training of staff.

1997 – 1997 - Adobe Systems Incorporated - Calgary, AB
Image Editor / Technician
Involved in configuring software, hardware and training of staff for the Mikado project (Photo CDs).

1992 – 1997 - Tri-Ad Press Ltd. - Calgary, AB
Electronic Pre-Press
Managed a pre-press staff of five. Maintained and upgrading computer systems (Macintosh and PC). Manipulated and retouched high resolution photographs. Combining photos with the documents, trapping and imaging final imposition film.

1990 – 1992 - McKim Baker Lovick/BBDO. - Calgary, AB
Electronic Publishing Operator (Macintosh)
Involved in creating artwork for a variety for clients such as; AGT, Petro-Canada, Hoechst Canada, CP Hotels and CN Rail.


1989 – 1990 - Electronic Publishing;
Selkirk College, Castlegar, B.C.
Attended a Book Publishing and Magazine Publishing Workshops.

1987 – 1988 - Graphic Design;
Selkirk College, Castlegar, B.C.
Attended a Magazine Publishing Workshop.

1986 Graduated from J. Lloyd Crowe,
Secondary School Trail, B.C.
Received the Award of Excellence in Drafting.

Professional Skills:

Exceptional knowledge of the following
Macintosh programs:

Quark Xpress 8.0, Macromedia Freehand 10, Adobe PageMaker 7.0, Adobe InDesign CS4, Adobe Illustrator CS4, Adobe FireWorks CS4, Adobe Photoshop CS4, AdobeDreamWeaver CS4, Adobe Acrobat CS4, Luminous Color Central & PressWise.

Maintenance of the Compugraphic 9400 Imagesetter, Linotype-Hell 630 Imagesetter, Linotype-Hell Herkules & Delta Workstation, Delta Trap, ECRM PI 2800 Imagesetter and various laser/inkjet printers.

Well versed in the following PC software:
Adobe PageMaker 7.0, Quark Xpress 6.5, CorelDraw 8.0
Adobe InDesign CS2, Adobe Photoshop CS2, Harlequin RIP

Personal Passions:

Travel, Camping, Scuba Diving & Underwater Photography.
PADI DiveMaster
DSAT Tec Deep Diver

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