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CHRISTOPHER STOPA CREATIVE ART DIRECTOR/DESIGNER/DEVELOPER   PORTFOLIO   ABOUT   RESUME   CONTACT
   
 
 

23396 Gardenwalk Drive
Ashburn, Virginia 20148

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Objective:

To further learn and grow as a manager and creative lead seeking a position in a dynamic company, where I can mentor my team using best practice methodologies and apply my years of experience in every aspect of creative design & development. 

 
 

Qualifications:

Over twenty-27 years of management and design & development experience with Top-Secret clearance, and DHS Suitability clearance, producing solutions for Federal Government Agencies, Department of Defense, consulting firms, private enterprise, and the technology and marketing industry. Leading teams of up to 20 creative designers – from conceptual design to creative build to project completion. Expert in computer based design (Mac & PC), web (UI/UX) HTML5, XML, CSS, JAVA Script, Action Script, Agile Software development knowledge, graphic design, video/editing and sound, multimedia and illustration. Software experience includes: Adobe Creative Cloud (Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Flash, Dreamweaver, Acrobat, After Effects, Premiere Pro) QuarkXPress and other specific design packages including Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Power Point, Excel, Outlook, Communicator, Skype). A detailed-oriented; results driven manager, senior designer and team player with strong communication and people skills, interested in the highest standards of visual communications.

 
 

EDUCATION:

Apple Certified Support Professional 10.6, Tech 2000 Inc.
October 2009

Marketing, University of Maryland University College, Virginia
December 2008

Multimedia Design I & II Northern Virginia Community College, Alexandria, Virginia
December 1998

Visual Communications with Major in Illustration, Art Institute of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
December 1989

 
 

PROFESSIONAL

Associate; Creative Director
Booz Allen, McLean VA, November 2014 – present

Responsible for creative/art direction and senior designer activities producing high-level designs and strategic communication strategies of various projects including, web/SharePoint solutions, print collateral, and multimedia/video development. Provided solutions to DHS, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Lead creative efforts to stand up Center of Excellence (CoE) in enterprise SharePoint environment for agile and software test automation; used various communication methods for lessons learned, tools, frameworks, standards and guidelines shared and implemented amongst various offices; managed creative service resources, prioritized support needs; and communications between CoE and the Stakeholders. Awards: First Year Impact Award, High 5 Award, Performance and Team Awards

  • Managed multiple user experience initiatives/jobs from inception to completion under concurrent and rigorous deadlines  (GitHub; TCoE; CoE; Enterprise App Rollout)
  • Worked with clients to define requirements, project scope, deliverables, and timelines
  • Lead efforts in driving overall user experience practice and developed team capabilities while working as internal thought leader
  • Video Development (Pipeline; Agile Process)
  • Graphic Design & Marketing (TCoE CoE; Enterprise App Rollout)
  • Project Team Lead (1-10 designers) Budget Management
  • Oversee and drive the creative process/establish conceptual direction for projects
  • Design and produced compelling proposal graphics and technical illustrations, including transformation of complex ideas and concepts into visual aids
  • Analyze work requirements
  • Coordinate production efforts, including scoping work, creating estimates, managing work schedules, creating production plans, assigning work and tracking workflow & wireframes
  • Anticipate, mitigate, and communicate problems and risks
  • Partner with various communications and business teams to elevate graphics to an award winning level

 

Founder, Owner Operator
CRINET, LLC. Ashburn, VA. November 2012 – present

Responsible for creative/art direction and senior designer activities producing high-level designs and strategic communication strategies of various projects for multiple media’s including, web solutions, print collateral, and multimedia/video development. Works with clients from startup/small, medium and large size companies to establish brand identity, marketing initiatives, presentation/graphic design, web development and proposal support. Works closely with senior level executives, producing conceptual ideas, leads all design oversight, project management and delivery of final product(s) using cloud technologies. Establishes well-defined task requirements, assemble the creative team(s), leads brainstorming collaboration, and senior design & developer while leading all new business development initiatives and run day-to-day business activities

  • UX for small business website HTML5, XML, CSS, JAVA Script and marketing collateral
  • Awards: 2013 Loudoun County, Small Business, Technology Business of the Year
  • Nomination: 2013 Virginia Small Business Veteran of the Year
  • Nomination: 2014 Loudoun County Small Business Award: Technology Business of the Year

 

Manager, Multimedia Development
WBB, Reston, VA. July 2004 – November 2012

Top-secret security clearance (TS) Lead developer for multimedia capabilities, building, managing staffing creative service department using Apple products/MAC OSX & PC Windows XP based operating platforms, provided seamless integration and departmental network expansion in to a structured corporate Microsoft Exchange Server environment. Developed a keen ability to strategize complex corporate challenges resulting in effective visual solutions for local, regional, national and global markets. Responsible for graphic design, website design, digital video production, interactive animation, Share Point 2010 UI/UX design and Interactive Training Module development. Preformed regular duties as the Creative/Art Director to support employee base of 300+ consultants, company wide.

Developed and managed graphic process for response to proposal RFP/RFQs requests company wide. Produced electronic job scheduling system to support multiple designers (Share Point 2010). Manage all aspects of graphic support for proposal team. Responsible for standing-up, managing and building multimedia capabilities company wide. Project Management plan/execute schedule completion of work for all designers on time/on budget. Successful business development and contract captures for Video: Marine Corps Expeditionary Energy Office, Headquarters Marine Corps, (Pentagon) Publication: Undersea Warfare, US Navy - Strategic Communication Plan, Dept. Veterans Affairs.

  • Interactive Course-Ware (ICW) Training Module Development
  • Developed consolidated executive level reports suitable for presentation and managed marketing collateral
  • Review and analyze information on how issues, risks, and problems addressed across Enterprise Systems (Share Point 2010 development team)
  • Share Point 2010 UI/UX design/function, testing & technical support assistance
  • Apple Certified Support Professional 10.6 (Mac OS X)

 

Senior Graphic Designer
Duron Paints, Beltsville, MD, 2001 – July 2004

Duron Paints, Beltsville, MD, October 2001 – July 2004
Conceptual lead designer and coordinator for semi-annual multilingual publication. Responsibilities include project management, production of animated web banner ads for use on company web site, and maintained strong relationships with local vendors to increase creative capabilities, while leading the efforts to established print on-demand services, and the introduction of multilingual capabilities, resulting in increased product sales.

 

Production Manager
Translingua, Inc. 2000 - October 2001

Coordinating with Project Managers on a daily basis dissemination of new jobs administering job schedules written company proposal of operating procedure in conjunction with ISO 9000 and establishing a cost effective schedule to incorporate freelance graphic designers for internal graphic support. Develop relationships with local vendors to further advance creative capabilities.

 

Multimedia Designer
Gama Corporation, Alexandria, VA. 1999 - October 2000

Administering technical and visual support of interactive training simulations for High Ranking Military Joint Service Commanders during live exercises at Headquarters Marine Corps and Marine Corps Base Quantico. Responsibilities, assist with digital video production and editing. Added digital visual elements and sounds effects to fit voice over scripting, to enhance the video impact during simulation.

 

Production Manager
Resource Marketing, Columbus OH. 1998 - October 1999

Successfully managed a creative team providing graphic support to Art Directors and Web Developers. Responsible for producing PDF's of final design job request and post files to company web site using HTML. Photo enhancement including color correction and extensive photo manipulation, for print production and web based art.

 

MILITARY

Sergeant, United States Marine Corps Camp LeJeune 1991-94 Quantico, VA. 1994-98
Graphic Specialist, Training & Audio Visual Support Quantico, VA

  • Management desktop publishing, 15-20 Graphic Specialists
  • Mentorship & oversight day-to-day operations
  • Strategic planning, conceptual design, Illustration supporting USMC worldwide initiatives
  • Book cover design (Rifleman Dodd) part of Commandants Professional Reading Program
  • Digital designs for recruiting efforts worldwide 
  • Awards: Marine Corps Correspondents Association 1996 Distinguished Performance Award: Best USMC Art

Crew Chief (Amphibious Operations) 2nd AAV BN Courthouse Bay, Camp Lejeune, NC

  • Responsible for a $1 million Amphibious Assault Vehicle all its contents including a crew of 4 Marines, crew-served weapons, weapons system (50 Cal, & Mark-19 grenade launcher) and up to 15 Marines at the combat ready
  • Maintained operational vehicle maintenance, radio equipment and deployment readiness
  • Deployment: Operation Continued Hope (Somalia) served under the 2nd Marine Division, 2nd AAV, BN, Alpha Company, 3rd Platoon, 3rd Section, attached to the 24th MEU (SOC) included operations with Special Ops Forces (SOF); “special boat teams,” as part the Inchon Amphibious Ready Group. Heavy armor mission support provided to United Nations Coalition (UNOSOM) forces from India, Pakistan, Egypt and Italy included:
  • Offensive operations; expanded security zones around the airport, shipping port facilities, and frequent mobile patrols in Mogadishu
  • Defensive operations; airport security, port facilities main-gate crowd control for release of humanitarian aid shipments and withdraw of US forces from Somalia.
  • After operations in Somalia, enter the Adriatic Sea in support of Operation Provide Promise and Operation Deny Flight in Bosnia and Herzegovina and trained with coalition forces from France, Greece and Israel for the remaining three-months of deployment.
  • Re-deployment: Operation Support Democracy (Haiti) 24th MEU (SOC) show-of-force off the coast of Haiti and trained for offensive operations. Engaged in a two-day mock landing and evacuation exercise on Vieques Island in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Deployment: Operation Provide Promise (Former Yugoslavia) 2nd Marine Division, 2nd AAV, BN, attached to the 26th MEU; Engaged Operation Sharp Guard Yugoslavia amphibious show-of-force, participated in ceremonies marking the 50th Anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France and trained with coalition forces from Spain, France, Greece and Israel during the six-month deployment.

 

 

   
 

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