GRAPHIC DESIGNER   |   702.427.2041   |   mail@mike-pond.com
Designer with a passion for creative solutions to just about anything, with a hunger for knowledge, progression, and challenge. My goal is to work as part of a team to create innovative and effective solutions for todays market and clientele.

WORK EXPERIENCE

B&P Advertising - Art Director 
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Feb 2016 - Present
As an Art Director, my responsibilities span from concepting creative solutions and art for ad campaigns print and digital, as well as overseeing corresponding photography, video, audio recording. I work together with our team to tell the story of our clients through all types of media, always keeping focused on their brand and communication needs. Clients are from various industries including, gaming, medical, educational, financial, real estate and more.
Bergman Walls & Associates - Senior Designer 
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Apr 2015 - Present
Sole Designer responsible for the current re-branding and brand management for an International Architectural Firm. BWA has designed renowned projects such as, Caesars Palace, Treasure Island, Paris Las Vegas, Trump Las Vegas, among other notable properties globally. In a firm full of Architects and Interior Designers, I work to create smart cutting-edge promotional collateral to capture new audiences as well as promote our brand with sophistication and up to date modern feel, the key responsibilities include project proposals, website conceptualization, front-end web design, email and newsletter design, print collateral, building signage, client project graphic applications including wall wraps, location signage, way-finding signage, and logo design.

MGM Resorts International - Senior Graphic Designer 
Las Vegas, NV, USA  Feb 2011 – Apr 2015
In House Senior Graphic Designer for MGM Resorts Corporate Advertising. Key responsibilities are to create a vast array of Advertising Media for out 15 Key properties in the United States, to include: Bellagio, Aria at City Center, MGM Grand, Mandalay bay, The Mirage, Luxor and Monte Carlo, as well as other locations within the US. We also create Media and Collateral for MGM Grand Macau and Sanya China. Majority of the work is primarily print, some of which have large budgets and require much research and production preparation. In this position I mentor my fellow junior designers in the company best practices, International client considerations, as well as printing technique and execution.
Virgen Advertising - Graphic Designer 
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Nov 2010 – Feb 2011
Worked as part-time freelance designer. Mostly production work and some creative assignments. participated on collaborative jobs and brainstorms.

U-First Marketing LLC - Graphic Designer 
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Jul 2009 – Oct 2012
Responsible for creating various types of print, web, and advertising media for a diverse group of clients and companies. Developed web content, print ready media, logo design and corporate identity for businesses all over the Las Vegas Valley.

Independent Freelance Graphic Designer 
Henderson, NV, USA   Aug 2008 – Present
Plan, manage and design print and web ready content for contractual design projects with clients. Including, but not limited to, logo Design, package design, promotion ads, restaurant collateral, CD Packaging, auto wrap, stationery, photography, photo editing/retouching.

Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino - Assistant F&B Manager
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Mar 2007 – Aug 2010
Customer Service Manager, While attending school for Graphic Design. Learned many great business practices as well as how to work as a team, manage a team, and produce success at some of the highest standards. Diversity training, and human relations development. Great experience for working with clients as well as working with co-workers.

EDUCATION
The Art Institute of Las Vegas
Bachelor of Science Graphic Design
Las Vegas, NV, USA   Jun 2007 – Sep 2010
AWARDS
American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards 2018
Gold & Judges Choice Awards - Book Design for The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
American Advertising Federation (AAF) - ADDY Awards 2013
Bronze Award - Promotional Invitation for MGM Grand Las Vegas
SKILLS
Adobe Creative Suite, Adobe Lightroom, After Effects, Art Direction, Brainstorming, Branding, Corporate Identity, Dreamweaver, Front-End Web Design, Understanding of HTML + CSS, Email Design, Logo Design, Photo Lighting, Photography, Print Production, Print Techniques, Photo Retouching



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