Struble - Artist - San Antonio, TX, USA

Merlin Struble

San Antonio, TX, USA



Work History

Freelance Graphic Designer


Freelance Graphic Designer
• Providing services to individuals and smaller advertising and marketing businesses as a Photo
Retouch/Restoration Editor, Graphic Designer, Logo Design Artist, Cartoonist, Illustrator, and
Photographer, at a cost that is affordable and within budget requirements
St. Jude Candle Company, Houston, Texas 2007 to 2014
A 7-year-old national candle manufacturer, based in Houston, Texas. St. Jude Candle Company provides multiple
lines of candle products, centering primarily on the Religious Candle Market.
Vice President of Design
• Created all product labels, creating brand and corporate identity, graphic art and marketing support
needs for the company, including: photography, Photo editing, label designs, catalogs, and Private
Label logo designs. Where nothing existed, developed a corporate identity that became the face,
look, visual presence, and philosophy of St. Jude Candle Company
• Instrumental creative partner, taking a new company with $0 sales into a $15,000,000+ candle- manufacturing powerhouse

Director of Graphic Arts

Reed Candle Company

San Antonio, Texas 2005 to 2007
A 77-year-old national candle manufacturer based in San Antonio, Texas, providing multiple lines of candle
products, centering primarily on the Religious Candle Market.
Director of Graphic Arts
• Developed all new product labels and all graphic art needs for the company, including: enhanced
product label design for candle products; truck signage; website graphics design and oversight. The
new label look, sales support and direction, encouraged greater sales of product and created a new and enhanced interest in the Prayer Candle market
• Following new label introduction, sales increased in years 2005, + 21% and 2006, + 23%

Former contracting agent

Remtech Services, Inc

with the United States Army to provide medical training and maintain computer systems for the Digital Training Facility at Fort Sam Houston, Texas.
Digital Training Facility Manager - Security Clearance required
• Executed daily operation scheduling and maintenance of the Army Medical Center and School
• Set up video projection and video conferencing equipment for worldwide broadcasts of medically centered EMS training courses. Created PowerPoint presentations as requested
• Contributed to furthering the educational needs of the Army EMS training program at a time of great need for qualified emergency medical personnel
Texas Mgt Associates, Inc., San Antonio, Texas
Former contracting agent with The United States Air Force to handle the Video and Visual Information needs of
Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.
Visual Information On-Site Manager - Security Clearance required
• Actively directed day-to-day operation of 21-person team at 5 on-base sites
• Created and operated daily programming of the on-base cable access television channel, CAC21
(Commander's Access Channel)
• Spearheaded challenge to absorb workload increase of 30%, and still maintain superior on-time rate
• Initiated and led the upgrading of the facility, turning a limited-capability worksite into a state-of- the-art, multi-purpose production house and top-flight Air Force design facility

Short-term Independent Contract Graphic Designer

Adecco, Inc

San Antonio, Texas 1999 to 2000
Adecco provides human resource services, including temporary staffing, outsourcing, permanent recruitment,
outplacement and career management, training and consulting.
Short-term Independent Contract Graphic Designer
• Accurately fulfilled USAA needs for a variety of graphic and design needs, within the Media
Design Services Department at USAA, including: brochure development, cartooning, 2-D
animation, and support for various in-house Art Directors

Art Director

Longhorn Packaging, Inc

San Antonio, Texas 1998 to 1999
A packaging facility specializing in graphic design to printing, laminating, coating, slitting and bag/pouch
Art Director
• Led and Administered the in-house creation of artwork and negative films for Flexographic printing
plates, used in printing plastic packaging film and developed first website

Independent Contractor

Cornerstone University

Grand Rapids, Michigan 1991 to 1997
An accredited Christ-centered University, providing students with empowering educational programs that offer
relevant, practical information grounded in an ethical Christ-centered worldview.
Independent Contractor
• Graphic Designer and photography consultant for college departments of advancement, and sports;
including logos, press books, promotional sports brochures, and posters

Corporate Brands Designer

Meijer, Inc

Grand Rapids, Michigan 1986 to 1998
A family-owned, one-stop shopping experience, hypermarket company located in five mid-west states and employing
60,000 team members. Super Target and Wal-Mart Supercenter Stores were modeled after Meijer stores, but not as big.
Corporate Brands Designer
• Created multi-color marketing logo designs, private-label product packaging and signage
• Ordered and directed product and model photography used in finished packaging art
• Led the way in productivity, and acted as "Trainer-in-Residence" within the Marketing
Department for computer graphics programs and procedures where none existed before

Freelance graphic design and photography services provider

The Artistouch

since 1981.

Qualifications & Certifications

Commercial Art

Ferris State University

Organizational Leadership

Cornerstone University

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