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Richard J. DuFour | Elance
 
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Last Sign-in: Jan 21, 2015

Richard J. DuFour

Manager: Creative Services
   United States
  |   Maplewood, NJ

Overview

Minimum Hourly Rate $50

Award-Winning master of the creative process: delivering projects and fulfilling visions in digital & print channels; whether as a
Manager of Departments, Manager of Projects, or hands-on Designer.

A results focused, purpose driven leader with a passion for the power of visual communication. Collaborates on strategic solutions to complex challenges with integrity & high standards.


• Influences with integrity and builds strong working relationships that create success.

• Recognized as a leader, strategic thinker, trainer and coach with a...

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Service Description

AREAS of EXPERTISE - Distinctions That Make a Difference

• Increased profitability and revenue up to 57% for multiple clients.

• Led teams of 3 – 20 people in design, project management, editorial. Trained & mentored, optimized to meet business objectives.

• Transformed workflow, solved organizational challenges through design & implementation of unique creative production databases.

• Created crucial workflow process, business rules, infrastructure to meet unique client needs, transforming challenges into success.

• Leveraged best industry practices, workflow patterns to teams & technology; resolving chronic bottlenecks.
Example: Improved projects’ cycle time by optimizing creative asset server structure: partitions, user rights & permission sets.

• Designed and led presentations & trainings to clients and colleagues.

• Praised as proactive partner, cultivating & managing key relationships in a wide variety of cross-functional teams, including: publishers, editors, artists, writers, letterers, colorists, finance, production, including: programmers, pre-press & printing vendors.

• Accurately delivered thousands of creative, publishing, advertising & marketing projects; all within cost/time/quality parameters.

• Designed, Created & Produced revenue-generating advertising & publishing projects, including: Corporate Identity & Collateral Marketing materials, Feature Magazine & Newspaper Articles, Print Advertising, Direct Marketing, Concept Illustrations, Pen & Ink...

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Employment

Creative Operations Analyst/Workflow & Management
Creative Operations Analyst/Workflow & Management
2008 - Present
• Increase revenue for my clients • Increase positive momentum by optimizing existing infrastructure, resources & systems • Create & implement comprehensive process for teams & departments to...
Medisys Health Communications
Operations Manager: Consultant
2013 - 2014
• Singularly responsible for unifying agency operations to more elegantly fulfill Client needs. Established best industry practices and documented standards for consistency & efficiency in project...
Macy’s.com
Digital Project Manager: Freelance
2012 - 2013
• Digital Asset Management across multiple DAM systems, servers & metadata structures for Brand, Production & ecommerce.
Johnson & Johnson
Operations Manager: Design Center
2010 - 2011
Exceeded Kelly OCG/BPO's expectations by developing their first Creative Services model, and implementing it for their largest client: Johnson & Johnson. • Resolved challenges of JNJ's original...
AlphaMedica, Inc.
Workflow, Project Mgmt. & Systems Consultant
2008 - 2009
Conceived, created & documented Agency Process for privately owned Advertising and Medical Education firm. • Integrated Agency Process fully into the project management software: Workamajig...
Macy’s Corporate Marketing
Workflow, Project Mgmt. & Productivity Consultant
2008 - 2008
Fulfilled Client's request to audit "leaks" or "gaps" in existing process & infrastructure. Proposed aligning creative workflow with Macy's unique business model - across departments, to create...
G2 Direct & Digital (formerly Grey Direct)
Sr. Project Manager/Supervisor
2000 - 2007
Consistently exceeded expectations while directly responsible for one third of the agency’s high-volume, multi-cell Direct Marketing workflow, in both Digital and Print Channels. • Led...
Project Manager: Freelance
Project Manager: Freelance
1996 - 2000
Successfully delivered high-volume creative, publishing, advertising & marketing projects; all within cost/time parameters. Projects Included: Book Publishing, Print Advertising, Direct Marketing,...
Art Director/Graphic Designer: Freelance
Art Director/Graphic Designer: Freelance
1984 - 1995
Designed, Created & Produced revenue-generating advertising & publishing projects, including: Corporate Identity & Collateral Marketing materials, Feature Magazine & Newspaper Articles, Print...
Wizard Entertainment (Wizard: The Guide to Comics)
Art Director
1991 - 1992
Fulfilled the fledgling Publisher's desire to launch a 20-year-fan-favorite comic book magazine. Solely responsible for design of all Feature Articles: integrating comic art elements with proven...
Great Eastern Conventions
Designer/Graphic Artist
1989 - 1991
Designed, Illustrated & produced monthly multi-page Direct Marketing pieces, Large Scale Displays for comic book conventions.
The Graphics Source
Art Director/Studio Manager
1987 - 1988
Increased revenue for clients through design, creation & production of corporate identity & collateral marketing materials; advertisements from concept through print production.
Marvel Entertainment (Marvel Comics Group)
Graphic Artist/Illustrator
1986 - 1987
Designed, Created & Produced Artwork published for Comic Book Covers, Advertisements, Character Handbooks. • Embellished background illustrations published in Comic Books. • Researched & wrote...

Education

Robbins Research Institute
Practical Psychology & Leadership Training
2004 - 2009
The David Allen Company
Complete Workflow and Project Management
2007 - 2007
Franklin Quest
Time Management & Productivity, Project Management
1997 - 1997
County College of Morris
Media Sciences: Journalism, Design, Broadcasting
1983 - 1986
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Creative Workflow Solutions
Project Management Databases
Workamajig
JobSuite
Digital Asset Management
Metadata
Publishing
Advertising
Leadership
Comic Book
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