January 1998 - September 1999
Xibits of Madison - McFarland, WI
What a great experience. This is when I got a lot of experience dealing with people from a distance. Xibits is a Nimlok dealer with five locations around the country. I serviced them all from my location in Madison. Here I got to do a lot of fun stuff. I did everything; graphic design, CAD drawings, color renderings and anything else that needed to be done that no one else knew how to do. Great town, great people to work with.
January 1994 - January 1998
Skyline Displays Chicago - WoodDale, IL This is when I knew I found something I could enjoy for a long time. I was still very young, one year out of college, when I got this job. I worked with some great people who showed me the ropes and taught me the business. This is also where I started to learn people skills. The owner of the company has mastered these skills and to this day I consider him the greatest person I ever worked for as well as one of the nicest guys I've ever known. My responsibilities here included; graphic design, CAD drawings, color renderings, and client meetings. This is also where I started to develop my psychic abilities which comes in handy when a client or rep is having a hard time explaining what they want. (Just kidding)
January 1993 - January 1994
Dowling & Pope Advertising - Chicago, IL
Not much to say here except this was my foot in the door into the real world. D & P is a recruitment advertising agency. In a nut shell, I designed black and white ads for the newspaper. I ended up with quite a bit of responsibility here. After about six months, my fellow designers who were there before me, got bored & moved on, leaving me in charge. It wasn't very challenging artisticly, but like I said, this is how I started to learn about real responsibility and working in the real world.