Resume

EDUCATION AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

CAREER HISTORY

Co-Owner,  MAKE FABRICATION, San Diego, CA 2005–2015
Co-founded in 2005, this once landscape design firm turned fabrication specialist caters to San Diego’s elite architectural designers as a niche market leader for one-of-a-kind residential and commercial architectural amenities. Responsibilities include design, business development and project management.

Designer & Project Manager, NATURE DESIGNS, San Diego, CA 2011–2015
Designer and Project Manager for this 30-year old, high-end residential construction and maintenance company.

Contract Event Coordinator, EAST VILLAGE TAVERN + BOWL, San Diego, CA 2009–2010
Unique corporate event venue offers creative team building and meeting facilities to area businesses. Contracted to refine operations and build market contacts.

Business & Project Manager, HOLLIS BRAND CULTURE, San Diego, CA 2007–2009
Recruited by high-end boutique brand communications agency and charged with bringing structure and organization to the highly creative agency whose clients include Hard Rock Hotel, University of California San Diego and The Museum of Photographic Arts. Restructured physical work space layout to improve work efficiency, created production procedures to insure timely project delivery, reworded contracts and enforced terms to keep receivables current and devised simple, no-cost project management system to keep everyone abreast of progress.

Contract Design Director, LANDSYSTEMS LANDSCAPES, Redwood City, CA 2007
Recruited to work with the talented owner whose strength was sales and who needed someone to organize and manage the four-person design department. Restructured physical work space layout to improve work efficiency, created approval procedures that improved plan check submittal results, implemented project scheduling system to insure timely project delivery, devised simple, no-cost project management system to keep everyone abreast of progress.

Project Manager, BURTON LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTURE, Solana Beach, CA 2006–2007
Recruited by a top firm renowned for large-scale resort master planning projects.

Owner & Designer, ENVIRONMENTS, A GARDEN COMPANY, INC. and KELLY DIXON LANDSCAPE DESIGNS 1994–2005
Founded and managed a thriving landscape design/build/maintain business in Tulsa, Oklahoma, which grew from start-up to $1.3 million in gross sales over seven years. Then restablished business as Kelly Dixon Landscape Designs and Reside Inc. after relocating to San Diego. In both businesses, managed everything from marketing and client relations, to accounting and sub-contracting; design through construction.

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