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Sweeney - Print Production - Lawrenceville, GA, USA

Kathy Sweeney

Lawrenceville, GA, USA


Print Production

  • Full time
  • Part time
  • One time
  • Contract
  • Temp


I bring to any position a wealth of good judgment and common sense that will elicit excellent experiences for your company. I have sold and produced signage, displays, commercial print, both sheet fed and web, digital and large format digital. So I have years of signage and commercial print experience that I can bring to the table. My superior listening skills and excellent communication abilities will insure that customer issues can be resolved fairly, quickly and easily. I am currently a print contractor but seeking full time employment.

My years of experience expediting jobs from inception to completion have given me a strong focus on critical elements of the production process including customer specs, budgets and the silk screen or digital process itself. I am adept at finding the best solutions available locally, nationally and even internationally for any special needs that may arise.

I appreciate your consideration of me as the best candidate for this position. Please feel free to read about my experience on LinkedIn as well.

Work History

Account Manager

GE Capital Retail Finance

March 2013 - July 2013

GE Retail Finance/Aquent, First of March-End of July 2013, Project Manager
Facilitated kick off meetings with the client to ensure their Creative Brief was accurate to their specific need for the project in order to provide specific information to the internal studio and estimates. Based upon the kick off meetings and Creative Brief, prepare a timeframe and cost estimate to the client for approval. Once approved schedule an internal kick off meeting with traffic to determine who will be working on the project. Log in estimated and actual time in the studio software to track time and cost to align with estimates approved by the client. This responsibility is a constant requirement. Should the actual time exceed the estimated time, then we would provide an revision of the estimate and send to the client for a second approval. Provide art and content to the studio in order to begin the project. Review concepts from the studio to ensure accuracy and forward on to the client for changes or approvals. Make edits per the client's direction, and provide additional concepts in order to get a final approval. Have any html coding done if necessary. Have the studio provide final files and forward to the client on time and on budget. Close the job that initiates an invoice. Approve final costs on the invoice based on the final estimate and forward on to the client for approval. Place all working files pertaining to that project on the server, under the appropriate internal job number for easy referral. This process was done for several jobs simultaneously.

Team Leader/Project Manager

Print Production

September 2012 - September 2012

Marketing Specialist

Crown Bolt/HD Supply Company

February 2012 - July 2012

Produced large format signage for The Home Depot and other retail stores.

Senior Account Executive

Williams Lea

August 2011 - October 2011

Print Production Manager (Contractor)

SunTrust Bank

January 2010 - April 2010

Filled in for the print production manager while she was on maternity leave. Acquired estimates from printers, worked with internal communications managers to ensure their projects were initiated, completed efficiently and economically. Reviewed proofs, attends press approvals, managed and followed up with fulfillment projects until final delivery.

Print Production Manager/Full Time Employee

Function Design

May 2008 - May 2009

Provided outstanding organizational skills and supervisory experience including strategic management of all phases of procurement, scheduling, traffic management, production and shipping oversight for printed promotional and marketing materials, which ensured on-time, accurate delivery of every job. Excelled at formulating and/or implementing streamlined, workable processes and systems to improve job flow and communication.
Negotiated with creative sourcing talents that elicited maximum quality at minimum cost. Directed vendors on topics including imposition, appropriate paper selection and printing processes as well as quality control to ensure accuracy and production efficiency of all printed products.

Print Production Specialist/Contractor for Aquent

GMAC Insurance

January 2007 - June 2007

Oversaw production of print jobs for direct mail including vendor selection, scheduling from inception to drop dates. Attended press checks, weekly production meetings and updated schedules accordingly. Worked with internal creative department to determine the most economical process for producing difficult mailings in a timely manner. Familiarized myself with extensive databases to ensure accurate mailings with few returns. Prepared cost analyses and managed printed material inventory.

Print Production Manager/Contractor

United Parcel Service

October 2006 - January 2007

Solicited quotes, selected appropriate vendors and oversaw production of printed materials to conform to strict company graphic standards. Attended press checks, weekly production meetings and updated schedules accordingly. Coordinated color correction and retouching with graphic artists and color houses.

Sales Executive

Print Direction, Inc.

April 2004 - October 2006

Handled customer relations for sales of sheet-fed, web, silk screen and digital printing to self-developed client base consisting of several Fortune 50 companies. Managed relationships with clients to conduct job estimation and on-time production within budgets. Frequently met with design firms to work out possible production issues prior to design and to establish realistic production timelines. Supervised internal production coordinator. Managed fulfillment for direct mail, in-store POP and other materials printed in-house and by other printers. Oversaw all kit packing of client materials to ensure packages were appropriate for a wide variety of demographically diverse market segments.

Building Products Print Buyer

Georgia-Pacific LLC

March 1999 - April 2004

Managed all phases of print production including sales collateral, POP, direct mail, exhibits, trade show materials and ad specialties from conception, implementation and tracking to evaluation of ROI for eight communications managers. Negotiated competitive pricing on all jobs to maximize company investment. Ensured superior balance of price and quality by matching jobs with most suitable printers based on time, budget and desired quality. Served as an integral part of a companywide printer consolidation program. Produced educational Lunch-and-Learn programs and presented them quarterly to internal managers to further their education in printing processes. Worked closely with outside design firms to alleviate print production issues. Reported regularly to internal clients on cost savings achieved by ensuring the most economical imposition, appropriate paper selection and printing processes. Created efficient filing system for job information and samples to ensure an accurate history with immediate access using codes required on all materials. Traveled nationwide to various printing firms for press approvals. Assisted in preparing operating budgets.

Account Executive

Tucker Castleberry Printing

June 1997 - August 1998

Consulted with clients on all aspects of printing projects from design to end use and availability. Managed and supervised all aspects of production process with plant personnel to tightly control quality and ensure completion by deadlines. Directed day-to-day functions in the production department. Assisted in the bid process for all printing requirements. Scheduled production department work flow to meet printing deadlines. Recommended and monitored associate training and development. Assisted in preparing operating budgets. Formulated and implemented procedures to streamline daily processes and ensure quality control.

Account Executive

IPD Printing and Distributing, Inc. Now RR Donnelly

October 1993 - April 1997

Consistently maintained the position within sales of first in profit and third in revenue. Provided leadership and consultation for production coordinators through job reviews and progress reports. Coordinated job process between sales and production. Arranged customer reviews of proofs and press approvals. Prepared documentation for job completion and billing. Facilitated production meetings for job status, alterations, job variances and customer issues.

Sales at Bryson Printing

Pizza Hut

January 1992 - January 1994

Qualifications & Certifications

Lawrenceburg, Indiana


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