2016 - present creative COOP Owning Director/Partner – Founded this coworking space with separate conference and casual meeting space then grew the business to quadruple the size in 2 years to include larger meeting spaces and more desks. Managed all aspects of the business from tenant acquisition to budget and accounting to community outreach and marketing. Mentored entrepreneurs to establish a foundation for developing their ideas and growing their businesses.
2015 - present Orchard House Co Owner – Planned, designed and executed a complete rebrand and marketing refocus when the business was acquired. Created regional media campaigns for the different segments of the business. Acted as guide for basic business management and planning for growth and financial development.
1993 - present Jodi Melfi Design Graphic Designer – Full service identity design, logo design, image branding, collateral print materials, signage, environmental graphics. Current Major Clients – Explore Buckeye Lake : Village Roots : Healing Art Missions : GROW Licking County : Denison University : Human Resources Association of Central Ohio : Orchard House Bed and Breakfast : The Buxton Inn : Robbins Hunter Museum : Breathe Yoga : Berwick Services : Granville Public Library : Granville Area Chamber of Commerce : Licking Land Trust : River Road Coffeehouse
2012 - 2014 Columbus College of Art & Design Adjunct Instructor – Taught courses in Advertising & Graphic Design. Assisted in developing curriculum for Intro to Advertising & Graphic Design incorporating current professional design methods and practices. Mentored students in incubating ideas and creating work plans to meet deadlines and goals.
1999 - 2011 absolutearts.com Director of Content and Marketing – Developed and created all aspects of international fine art web business’ design, content, marketing programs and promotions, attracting art sales and commissions with Oprah, Axel Rose, numerous international corporate C-level collectors. Managed 6 employees.
1996 - 1999 Design Collective Incorporated Senior Graphic Designer – Partnered with interior designers, architects and public relations co-workers and clients to develop and implement successful design strategies. Interior and exterior signage programs, environmental graphics, graphic and signage standards, logo design, collateral print materials. Clients included corporate, retail, healthcare, and hospitality.
1995 - 1996 Levi Strauss and Co. Visual Merchandising Graphics Coordinator – Conceptualized, developed and designed Dockers Shop and Dockers Outlet logos, packaging, interior and exterior store signage, product locator systems, marketing promotions, manuals, posters and flyers. Created and administrated merchandising planagrams for 3 store concepts.
1992 - 1995 Columbus College of Art and Design Student Employee, Assistant to the Dean of Foundation Studies : Student Curator of Exhibitions
1994 Fazio Design Graphic Design Intern
1990 - 1992 URS Consultants, Inc. Accounting Administrator
1989 - 1990 Springfield News-Sun Circulation Research and Marketing Coordinator
VOLUNTEER AND BOARD POSITIONS
2013 - 2017 Granville Area Chamber of Commerce Board Member, Marketing Committee Chair, Economic Development Committee, Art Walk Committee, – The Granville Area Chamber of Commerce is an organization of business leaders whose purpose is to maximize the value and relevance of business by stimulating commerce, advocating for our businesses, and supporting responsible business development that preserves our heritage and sustains the quality of life in the community.
2014 - 2017 present Granville Arts Commission Board Member – This community based organization dedicated to the enhancement of cultural arts, community character, and interaction for the Village of Granville and all of its residents. The purpose of the Commission is to enrich the Granville community through community based events, activities, and programs by distributing funds to organizations or individuals that are involved in arts or cultural activities.
2002 - 2004 Ohio Art League Board Member, Marketing Committee – Ohio Art League is an innovative leader in Ohio for supporting artists during all stages of their careers. OAL connects member artists to patrons of the arts, the community, and exhibit and studio spaces. Through professional development, mentorship and advocacy, OAL works strategically to help Ohio cultivate and retain top art talent while positioning the state as a hub for the arts.
1990-1994 The Columbus College of Art and Design, Columbus, OH
1985-1987 Wittenberg University, Springfield, OH
1987 The Kampen Academy of Visual Arts, Kampen, The Netherlands
Over 25 years of computer experience using Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Word, Excel, PowerPoint : understand and speak German, Dutch and French : full understanding of web development and social media campaign implementations
horseback riding jumpers, cross-country : blue water sailing : downhill skiing : building anything : travel
"Doing graphic design is about the best job I can imagine. I so thoroughly enjoy collecting my clients' ideas, understanding their goals, doing research, then creating interesting designs that work for them - it's like solving a big visual puzzle. I sometimes have a hard time stopping at the end of the day. I do full service identity design, logo design, image branding, collateral print materials, signage, environmental graphics."