Resume

The word schön [ʃøːn] is German for beautiful, nice, pretty, great, good …

Since 2014:    Owner of schön graphics / Hunt County Webdesign 

2013 – 2021: Director of Communications
at the Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce  

2013 – 2015: Office Manager
at AB/JDD Plumbing in San Jose, CA

This job gave me the opportunity to get a first glimpse of the American “working-world”.

  • Answering 2 phone lines, scheduling appointments and the daily work scope for five plumbers

  • Managing the monthly bills and payroll (Quickbooks)

  • Social Media Marketing

  • Updated existing logo and created business cards and various print advertising

 

2004 – 2013: Marketing Advisor

at the publishing house Ernst Klett Verlag in Stuttgart, Germany
My main focus was planing, calculating and designing advertising materials.

  • Managed the layout process and print production of brochures, direct mailings, catalogs etc

  • Calculated and monitored the marketing budget in various content managing systems

  • Planed and supervised the complete production chain: e.g. a specific landing page on the website, promotional videos,
    e‑mailings, give aways, preparation for the official German school-book fair …

 

2000 – 2004: Art Director

at the advertising agency da kapo in Nürnberg, Germany
My major client was Zapf Creation, manufacturer of toy dolls like the famous BABY born®. 

  • Developed “playable” packaging ideas for  BABY born® miniworld

  • Responsible for layout and printing of consumer catalogs (twice a year)

  • Layouted various doll packages, displays and manuals under consideration of up to 24 different languages that would later
    be printed on them 

  • Supervised many photo-shootings for the catalogs and the yearly toy-fair

 

2007 – 2013: Client consulting (on the weekends)

at one of the wine stores of Jacques Weindepot in Stuttgart, Germany
One of the best week-end jobs I have ever had 
My motivation was to earn some extra money, but I also got a whole new perspective on B to C Marketing, and an extensive
knowledge of wine!

  • Consulted customer on which wine goes to which food, or is suitable to store…

  • Prepared sales promotions like wine tastings with chocolate or cheese

  • Calculated and prepared gift baskets

 

1998 – 2000: Intern

at the full service advertising agency cre art in Fulda, Germany
My main field of work: logos and business branding for smaller companies.

  • Developed logos, stationary, business cards, coupons, small brochures, print advertisements …

  • Assisted our in-house photographer

 

Education 

1998 – 2000: Student at the Akademie für Kommunikation Kassel, in Germany
Graduated as: state certified communications manager (similar to US bachelor)

1996 – 1998: Student at the Ferdinand Braun-Fachoberschule in Fulda, Germany
Major: Graphic design
Graduated: “Fach Abitur Gestaltung” (similar to US college)

Career training / seminars
 

Throughout the years I have attended numerous seminars like: “Producing creative direct-mailings”,  “All about layouting books”
and my favorite: “Language becomes beautiful through typography” by the famous designer Erik Spiekermann.

To stay up to date on my everyday programs like InDesign and Photoshop, I frequently attend training courses.

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