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Christopher Rugen

Christopher Rugen

Lead Art Director

WebMD - Professional Promotions

Art/Creative Director

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WebMD - Professional Promotions

Lead Art Director

Lead a Creative team in the development of digital designs for Medscape’s physician-targeted, pharmaceutical and CPG promotional/educational products. Collaborate with Account teams to produce interactive solutions to meet brand-specific requests and exceed client expectations. Operate as the Resource Manger for the entire Creative Services department, delegate assignments to direct reports using AtTask project management software and manage the workflow. Spearhead improvements in process permitting for Creative QA/approval at critical stages of development. Maintain a near-100% on-time completion rate for department tasks.

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Grafik Sauce Studios

Owner/Creative Director

Operate a freelance design, advertising and promotions studio providing print, web and multimedia solutions for a variety of clients, including: EVO Merchant Services, Glenn Wayne, Inc., Global Freight Management, Minuteman Press of Deer Park, Nick Veen and Jay Advertising, United Franchise Owners of Long Island/New York, Ulano Corporation and West End Supply, Inc.

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Brooklyn PR (formerly Pier 41 Advertising)

Freelance Creative Director

Oversaw and directed the conceptual and strategic development of traditional and digital advertising, marketing, and PR campaigns for various high-profile clients, eg, The American Cancer Society, Pfizer Inc., Proctor & Gamble, Olay, PUR Water, Santana Property Group. Participated in client kick-offs, determined the creative direction of each new project, and presented final mockups of campaign deliverables. Monitored daily workflow, delegated assignments, and supervised Junior Design and Production staffs.

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Trump University

Freelance Creative Director

Collaborated with Marketing Manager, Copywriter, and CEO to devise effective strategies for enhancing brand visibility, boosting sales, and maximizing ROI. Translated corporate marketing plans into designs for use across all media channels. Established formal brand guidelines. Implemented email design best practices that improved click-through rates, reduced spam scores, and increased revenue/leads per email.

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KZS Advertising

Art Director

Provided fresh, alternative conceptual designs for a wide range of new and existing accounts, from Audiovox and Jensen to Winthrop University Hospital. Worked with CD, Sr. AD, and CW on development of trade/consumer print advertisements; direct mail campaigns; websites; banners; and HTML email blasts.

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Harman Consumer Group

Art Director/Multimedia Designer

Designed and produced printed materials for premier audio brands Harman Kardon, Infinity, and JBL. Launched the initiative to use multimedia to promote JBL brands by producing cutting-edge videos debuted at key events, including Eric Clapton and Cream concerts; Cold Mountain movie screening; Hot Import Nights and Import Revolution automotive conventions; and other live, corporate-sponsored events. Upgraded company software to Mac OSX, trained staff in use of new operating system, and installed Apple file server; as a result, reduced external consulting fees by $15K.

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Alfred University

BFA, Graphic Design