Mary Gardner is a creative professional with over 20 years experience in marketing, design, and event planning. She has a proven ability to motivate and inspire creative teams to deliver superb work, is an expert in concept and strategy development, and excels in managing multiple projects across various corporate departments on tight deadlines with a strong attention to detail and problem solving skills.

Experience
Owner | Special Blend Brands 2014 - Current
Works with clients to create strategies for social media, websites, email marketing, and print media.
Provides photography and videography services for online campaigns.
Manages content, customer service, and engagement on social channels for startup businesses
Designs branding and collateral including, but not limited to, logos, print brochures, websites, banners, trade show materials, apparel, and product packaging.
Assists in the development of presentations and video scripts.

Marketing Manager | Origami Owl 2012 - 2014
Develops and maintains marketing strategies to drive the growth of the Origami Owl brand and create a consistent consumer experience through emotional marketing.
Manages the execution of social media campaigns including Facebook and Instagram.
Writes and edits materials for web and print based communications including but not limited to catalogs, website, social media and public relations articles. Stylizes and shoots product photography.

Creative Services Manager | FreeLife International 2006-2012
Solely responsible for the creative execution of all projects for FreeLife International, a multimillion dollar company, and its brands.
Built a multi discipline creative team for print, merchandise, event support, and digital marketing. 
Developed all processes and SOPs for the creative department.
Collaborates closely with marketing to maintain consistent messaging across all platforms.
Works with vendors to ensure timely delivery of all materials.

Senior Web Designer | KTVK-3TV 2005-2006
Lead designer on 3TV’s MySweetConnection.com website, a brand new initiative to connect women in Arizona.
Responsible for design and development of microsites, web banners, and marketing emails.
Collaborated with the marketing department on web content, giveaways, and talent research. 
Designed print materials to promote the new website at 3TV’s annual Women’s Expo.

Web Designer | New Vision/Vemma Nutrition Company 2004-2005
Web designer for New Vision and key member of the 2004 launch team for the Vemma
Nutrition Company. Developed innovative product launch campaigns for New Vision’s
websites and email communications. Designed and maintained multiple online newsletters.
Enhanced the quality and appearance of myvemma.com – a self-replicating, multi-lingual
website. Assisted with print design including corporate identity, postcards, magazine
advertisements, event logos, promotional pieces, and convention displays.

Education
Collins College | Phoenix, AZ March 2001
Bachelor of Arts Degree in Visual Communications

Skills
Adobe Creative Suite | HTML + CSS | PowerPoint | WordPress | Social Media | Content Management Systems | Email Marketing | Photography | Creative Direction | Team building and mentorship | Brainstorming and Strategy | Concept Development | Brand Development | Website and Interface Design | User Experience
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