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2016 Photo taken by Joshua Pribanic at Penn Ten18 during Dream City Art
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My art is defined by the transformation of waste into object of beauty in a multidisciplinary fashion. The work is executed in a variety of forms including sculpture, painting, multimedia, or any combination thereof. Though above all these are a the duality of vision when viewing the pieces and finding the beauty often overlooked in the simplest items.
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Over 30 years experience managing in a creative visual environment with careers at both a major department store and specialty fashion retailer that represents: increasing levels of responsibility; a dedication to positive business development through creativity, fiscal responsibility, and a commitment to continued personal growth. The career progression showing a keen sensibility to multi-task various duties with attention to fine details while enduring partnerships were built with internal colleagues, various levels of management, suppliers, vendors, and corporate officers, a proven self-starter and team player who adapts easily to changing business requirements and situations. Also, happens to be an artist and now a real estate agent.
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BA Studio Art
Minors: History and English
The Bowman~Penelec~Megahan Art Galleries of Allegheny College - Manager 1985-87
Academy Of Real Estate Careers LLC - 2019
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"I am always doing which I cannot do, in order that I can learn to do it"
- Pablo Picasso
Interests and Passions:
Music, fashion, art, architecture...
interior design, design and technology, blogging....
spoken word, nature, and photography......
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"To change the world you must first change yourself"
- Bob Marley
Real Estate Agent, Re/Max Realty Brokers, January 2020- Present
Facilities Manager, City Of Asylum Pittsburgh, August 2019 to Present
Creative Director/Owner, Penn Ten18 LLC, March 2015 to Present
Currently managing the renovations and events for the building that will house resident artist space, design studio and future engagement space. Also, offering design consulting ranging from retail, commercial, and residential real estate.
Real Estate Agent, Keller Williams Realty Pittsburgh East, April 2019 - January 2020
Director of Store Presentation, Gabe’s (Gabriel BrothersInc), July 2017 to Nov. 2017
Direct and ensure the objectives of merchandising, marketing, and sales promotions are planned, communicated, trained, and executed with consistency and excellence in stores. Additional responsibilities include new and remodel store design and fixture updates for all stores: fixture design and procurement, vendor relations, new/remodel store layouts, interior and exterior sign programs, and merchandise layouts expansion stores.
Director of Visual Merchandising, rue21, Aug. 2006 to April 2017
Responsible for executing the Visual Merchandising display planning, initiatives, and delivery processes, including the creation, coordination and implementation of all visual merchandise presentations, directives, and standards for all business categories and store development.
President, DRH Inc., Nov. 2001 – Oct. 2006
Independent design management services that include: project management; independent sales representation, marketing, and design for retail and manufacturing; branding; tradeshow booth design consulting; retail interior design; in-store marketing design and implementation; merchandising planning and implementation; internal and external corporate gifting program design, procurement and facilitation; seasonal store decoration design and implementation. (rue21, along with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Steelers, were one of the many clients)
Co-owner/Partner, Le Mix: Aug. 2001 – Apr. 2004
Specialty store that offered antiques, collectibles, gifts, and design services that included: retail window display; residential interior design; corporate interior design; show rooms; tradeshow booth; retail merchandising; and internal corporate gifting programs.
Account Executive (Midwest), Look Inc., Sept. 2000 – July 2001
Point-of-contact for new clients and maintained on-going relationship with existing clients for the of a retail fixture and visual manufacture; solicited new clients to expand client base and to maintain a $3 million sales plan; established guidelines for developing in-house designs for new products requested from clients and managed the development according to clients deadlines and fulfillment calendar; negotiated pricing guidelines and secured purchase orders.
Capital Projects Manager, Kaufmann’s Department Stores: 1996 – 2000
Managed all aspects of the Visual Merchandising Department’s involvement in all new or remodel stores, collection vendor shops, and special Project. Previous positions included Visual Coordinator and Visual Manager (various locations).
Special Projects Coordinator, Kaufmann’s Department Stores, 1996
Managed Visual Merchandising Department special projects; corresponding duties included in the Capital Projects Manager position; this position grew into the later position as seniority and increasing levels of responsibility where required.
Visual Merchandising Manager (Various Locations) Kaufmann’s 1990 – 95
Managed all aspect of visual merchandising on the store level; merchandising; decorative installations; direct communication and decision making with Store Management; last location had annual sales of over $70M.
Early Work History:
Regional Visual Merchandising Coordinator, Country Road Australia, 1989
Visual Merchandising Specialist May Department Stores (Ohio), 1987–88
Galleries Manager, Allegheny College, 1985–87