James Lucas: Graphic Designer and MBA in Marketing
James Lucas's Bio:
James Lucas is a versatile Marketing Professional with an MBA in Marketing and 15+ years of design experience across the retail, consumer electronics, printing/publishing, and financial industries. James has provided complete design, layout, and production oversight for industry-leading companies including MetLife, J. Crew, Citi, and Price Waterhouse. James has a proven ability to conceptualize and implement innovative multimedia design solutions consistent with Comcast's vision, mission, and brand. James is able to work independently and excel in a fast-paced, team-focused environment. James has a solid track record of managing complex projects from concept through completion and delivering on deadline.
James Lucas's Experience:
Senior Associate, Graphics at Mondrian Investment PartnersJune 2005 - November 2014
International investment firm managing over $64 billion in assets for global institutional client base. Key Achievements: o Consult with company and departmental leaders and other internal stakeholders to assess project requirements; develop campaign strategies, budgets, and timelines to meet objectives. o Effectively collaborate with in-house team of 6 designers to direct multiple projects simultaneously and ensure consistency of branding and strategy across all designs. o Create sales books and presentations to support client service officers to present and potential clients and drive business expansion. Increased sales by 170% over seven years. o Earned reputation for ability to work effectively in high-pressure, fast-paced environment. o Streamlined workflow and increased productivity by generating technology-based solutions to challenges; created Excel, Word, and xData scripts to automate correction process for repeating errors. o Used xData at Mondiran Investment Partners to increase speed and lower mistakes on sales presentations saving the company $100,000 a year in employee costs. o Help coworkers understand process of producing books to increase productivity.
Consulting Graphic Designer at James Lucas DesignApril 1999 - June 2005
Recruited by major technology and financial management companies including Panasonic, Dow Jones, MetLife, Bloomberg, The Wiz, and Merrill Lynch to provide graphic design expertise. Key Achievements: o Strong visual-thinker with ability to realize esthetic designs across mediums; provided creative solutions for Panasonic, handling all internal graphic needs from concept through delivery. o Played key role in optimizing layout for Wall Street Journal; utilized expertise in composition and electronic pre-press processes to create and test scripts, which decreased layout time of newspaper.
Design Coordinator at Quick & Reilly, Inc.April 1996 - April 1999
Major provider of asset management and financial consulting services. Key Achievements: o Independently oversaw development and execution of internal and external design projects by creating direct mail campaigns, and collateral print. Saved company $180,000 over three years.
Co Founder at Grape CatMarch 2013
James Lucas's Education:
Keller Graduate School of Management of DeVry University2010 – 2012Master of Business Administration (MBA)
San Jose State University1989 – 1992BAConcentration: Graphic Design
West Valley College1986 – 1989
San Diego State University-California State University1985 – 1986
James Lucas's Interests & Activities:
Photography, Surfing, Painting