C R E A T I V E
HOW I GOT WHERE I AM...
I started my career in design and creative media as a young high-schooler doing WYSIWYG drag and drop websites for local racing/sprint car teams using Homestead.com online software. I knew I really enjoyed and loved design and web, so I decided to take a two year program at a local technical high school, EHOVE Career Center. Shortly before I graduated from EHOVE and High School, the owner at Kelly Graphics in Milan, OH saw my work from a Senior Capstone project and asked if I would like to intern at her studio. Kelly Graphics was a specialty print shop in Milan, OH. I worked there for the summer to gain knowledge and experience. In fall 2004, I interviewed for a layout/design position at Douthit Communications in Sandusky, OH. There I designed ads and laid out content & photos for the real estate magazine, Homes Illustrated, second shift. Two years into that job, I started working morning/days at EHOVE Career Center in Milan, OH in the digital media department. In 2008, I graduated with my two degrees and moved to Cleveland and worked in the Multi-Family & Commercial Real Estate & Business Management Industry(ies) until 2018.
In July 2018, after 10 years, I left the multi-family industry behind and began my current position at Q-Lab Corporation. Q-Lab Corporation is a world-wide B2B manufacturing company that specializes in manufacturing of weathering and corrosion testing chambers & testing panels. The company also offers contract weathering and corrosion testing in their labs around the world. This is especially useful to companies that don't have space for their own lab or capital to purchase testing equipment. They can contract with Q-Lab and still be able to test their products to weathering exposure to be sure they know the failure point of their product while exposed to moisture, UV light, heat and other factors.
In May of 2022 I said goodbye to my colleagues at Q-Lab and joined TPC Wire & Cable in Macedonia, OH. TPC is a supplier of industrial electric and electronic cord, cable, and accessories. TPC provides abuse-resistant wire and cable solutions to withstand abuse from impact, abrasion, continuous flexing, caustic chemicals, and extreme temperatures for a wide range of industries.
In November 2023, my career evolved once again. I joined DigitalC, a Midtown based technology and telecoms company as the Digital Marketing Manager! DigitalC is a nonprofit Cleveland-based technology social enterprise that #1) provides fixed wireless internet for $18/mo in Cleveland (100 MB up & download speeds guaranteed). This service is currently called EmpowerCLE+ but will soon be transitioning to a new brand and name while we roll out new technology to better serve the citizens of Cleveland! DigitalC's mission is to erase digital redlining and empowers communities through social innovation. #2) DigitalC also offers technology & digital literacy classes/training in-house and in the community. They teach the topics such as using a computer, using the internet, about their new portable devices, using online services, coding classes for CMSD students, filling out online job applications, participating in online education, utilizing TeleHealth services & more. They also are available in various community locations on various days to help people with technological issues with their devices. #3) DigitalC also rents space at their building at 6815 Euclid Avenue, aka the The Midtown Tech Hive, where groups, individuals, freelancers, remote employees and entrepreneurs can rent out event space, meeting rooms or co-working space. The Midtown Tech Hive will also have an-in house cafe, re-opening soon!
I will update the specifics of this role when I get more in-depth.