For the past 28 years, I've worked in the creative industry, having been involved with some of the worlds top brands and companies such as Northrup Grumman, Boeing, United Airlines, Keurig, Wrigley, NASA, Edelman, and many others. For 20 of those years, I ran my own creative agency creating corporate and broadcast videos, animations and photography.
I was an early adopter of 3D animation in the early 1990s, having led workshop and lectures since 1995. In 1996, my first book was published, and I've gone on to publish 16 more through 2012, covering 3D applications, digital imaging, Photoshop, and photography. Along the way, I wrote for various trade magazines such as 3D Design, MacWorld, and also served as Editor-in-Chief for Keyframe / HDRI 3D magazine for two years.
Speaking of photography - I've been photographing since the age of 13. My early years of shooting film and working in the darkroom were key to guiding my career while providing a foundation of balance, rooted in details and timing. I'm a certified professional photographer, a designation held by just 3% of photographers in the United States. My work has been published in Rangefinder magazine, One Life Annual, and Professional Photographer Magazine.
As part of my career, I've been deeply involved in teaching creative, from 3D animation, to photoshop, digital techniques and creative design and brand building. I've lectured to companies such as NASA JPL, Dell, Reebok, Abbott Laboratories, and others. Added, I lead an annual workshop at the University of Notre Dame on 3D imaging for their digital visualization lab. Often, this training has led its way to the web, in the form of online courses through 3DGarage.com, Lynda.com, and ClassOnDemand.net.
Beyond the studio, I worked as Director of Production for Jim Beam Brands, leading the social media creative production, production processes, and built a content management platform for creative services. I briefly led the studio photography team at Sears Holdings before moving on to Anthem, Inc., a leading health benefits company dedicated to improving lives and communities, and making healthcare simpler. As the Creative Director for Brand Strategy & Management, working with teams across the US and internationally, I lead visual identity and governance, oversee agency relationships, own the online BrandCenter and company guidelines, while helping build brand consistency, providing enterprise-wide guidance for Anthem's 38+ brands.