SAM VARNEKE

-Resumé-

TECHNICAL SKILLS

Photoshop • Illustrator • InDesign • Dreamweaver
Wordpress • HTML • CSS
Google Analytics • Google AdWords

EDUCATION

GEORGIAN COURT UNIVERSITY
Graphic Design BFA

Lakewood, NJ • Graduation: May 2011

  • GPA 3.89
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • First in Class
  • Dean’s List

RELATED EXPERIENCE

MCP INTERACTIVE
Web Designer/Developer, Graphic Designer, & SEO Specialist

Lewisberry, PA • Nov. 2014-Present

  • Create, redesign, and update responsive websites using WordPress, WordPress plug-ins, HTML, and CSS.
  • Design graphics for web use and print media using Illustrator and InDesign.
  • Product photography and photo retouching, using DSLR cameras, Photoshop, and Bridge.
  • Create written content.
  • Manage Google Analytics and Adwords campaigns.
  • Lead meetings and discussions with clients.

 

FUTER BROS. JEWELERS
Social Media Marketer

York, PA • March 2014-July 2015

  • Photographed products for use in multiple social media platforms.
  • Developed and implemented internet marketing campaigns.
  • Managed social media accounts.
  • Used WordPress to edit and update the existing website.

SMALL CHICK BIG DEALS
Freelance Graphic Designer

NJ, NY, PA • March 2013-July 2015

  • Acted as the company’s chief graphic designer.
  • Developed branding and marketing strategies.
  • Created brand consistent web collateral.
  • Utilized a strong sense of typography and structure to design layouts for advertisements, media kits, and various print and web materials.

HOLMDEL THEATRE COMPANY
Freelance Graphic Designer

Holmdel, NJ • May 2013-Feb. 2015

  • Created branding strategies and print material for Holmdel Theatre productions. This included advertisements, posters, invitations, and programs.

PATERA DESIGNS
Contract Graphic Designer

San Diego, CA • September-October 2013

  • Designed brand consistent print materials (advertisements, stationery, etc.) for a wide range of clientele including UC San Diego.

 

iD TECH CAMPS
Photography, Web Design, and Video Game Design Instructor

New York City, NY • July-August 2013

  • Taught web design, digital photography, and video game design to children and teenagers.

 

TRACY HARMAN PHOTOGRAPHY
Photography Assistant

Toms River, NJ • February-June 2011

  • Re-touched photos.
  • Designed advertisements.

 

FREELANCE/MISCELLANEOUS PROJECTS
Graphic Designer, Web Designer, Marketer, Photographer

NJ, NY, PA • June 2011-Present

  • Create and redesign websites.
  • Design print material including business cards and logos.
  • Create web collateral, including Social Media graphics.
  • Photograph weddings, portraits, and sports.
  • Retouch images in Photoshop and Bridge.
  • Develop SEO strategies using Social Media, Google Analytics, and Google AdWords.

UNRELATED EXPERIENCE

PA RENAISSANCE FAIRE
Volunteer Actor

Lancaster, PA • April-Oct. 2014; April-Oct. 2015

  • Used my improvisation, presentation, and public speaking skills to entertain thousands of people.

 

PNC BANK
Floating Teller

NJ • March 2012-June 2013

  • Excelled in customer service.

 

FOLLETT BOOKSTORE
Sales Associate

Georgian Court Bookstore, Lakewood, NJ
Lakewood, NJ • July 2008-March 2012
• Became the highest ranked sales associate.