Who am I?
I have 10+ years of experience as an industrial designer, many of those years in leadership roles managing design teams and corporate creative direction. I’m currently one of Helen of Troy / Kaz’s Global Design Managers working on the Braun, Vick’s, Honeywell, Stinger, and PUR accounts.
How can I help you?
I have a diverse background in design direction, product launch, and brand building techniques to animating new product development. I’m fully capable of making an idea a reality and I have experience building design teams, mentoring students, talking to large groups, and writing guest blog posts. Please contact me if you are interested in learning more.
How did I get here?
I have always been interested in the creative fields, even receiving numerous scholarships to attend after school artistic training as early as grade school. In 2000, I worked on an internship for Microsoft’s Hardware Group conducted user research and concept ideation with a group that went on to develop the first Windows Mobile phones. In 2001, I received a BS of Industrial Design from Philadelphia University, a school that allowed me to study architecture, graphic design, and product design. In late 2001, I took a job at Innovative Office Products, a global manufacture of furniture accessories for the office and healthcare markets. There I helped transform an engineering centric company into a design-driven organization that became a major player in the computer accessories industry. I was in charge of all Design and Product Development working on both in-house corporate product development projects as well as OEM projects for heavyweights like Siemens, Hewlett Packard, Steelcase, Haworth, and IBM. In 2012, I moved my career to Helen of Troy ($HELE) / Kaz in the NYC area and joined their Global Industrial Design + Innovation team.
Why can you trust me?
I’m hands on and love to work through the details of development, but also really enjoy the bigger picture that managing creative direction allows. There’s nothing more rewarding for me than taking a group of people and collaborating, dreaming, narrowing, exploring, creating, being happy, and in the end coming out with something that everybody thinks is just super cool.
I’ve been awarded over a dozen design awards, listed in over two dozen US patents, and my work has been featured in many media outlets and publications. I’ve been told that I excel at inspiring others and bringing clarity to opportunities, so I must be doing something right. I value the fact that I see the world differently from many of my corporate counterparts and I use that as an advantage to make sure the best solutions for the company move forward.