“James is a passionate and talented artist. His design skills and his knowledge of current technologies and marketing strategies make him a true asset on any assignment. James always takes a “can do” attitude to his work, regardless of deadline pressures or other constraints. Above all, he is very effective at realizing his creative vision in ways that meet and exceed the requirements of his projects.”
Top qualities: Great Results, Expert, Creative

Mike Heronime
Creative Director // Positive Brand

“One word best describes James, “Passionate”. He is passionate about doing great work, what is best for his clients, and continually growing his craft. But beyond the fact that I think James is very talented and thoughtful creative (or else I wouldn’t be writing this recommendation) James is genuinely a great guy, which is sometimes hard to find in this industry.”

James Welsh
Director, Creative Services // McKesson Corporation

“As head of advertising for RadioShack, James was an inspriring leader and their creative mastermind, as he led his troops into the fierce daily battle of retail advertising.”

Hart Weichselbaum
Principal // The Planning Practice: Consumer Insight & Brand Strategy

“James separates himself from other conceptual designers with his ability to listen, ask the right questions and go the extra mile to learn the client’s objectives is what makes him my go-to creative force.”

Darren Drewitz
Principal // Mind Ecology

“James is a great creative asset to any team. I worked with him years ago at Tracy Locke and worked with him again on a freelance project. He did an absolutely beautiful job, went FAR above and beyond what was needed and the client was thrilled with the result. He is fun to work with and multi-talented. I would eagerly work with him again in a heartbeat.”

Lynda Oliver
Assistant Dean of Marketing // SMU Cox School of Business

“James has an amazing eye for creative design, but always keeps the focus on the main messaging of the company…. he never delivers creative for creativity’s sake. Excellent branding skills that remain consistent throughout the life of campaigns to accurately convey a corporate identity, purpose, and brand.”

Wendi R.W. McGowan
CEO & Co-Founder // Lifestyle Frisco

“James is one of the few really good creative guys out there that understands interactive design and can combine form and functionality in an elegant manner. Working with him is always like taking a breath of fresh air.”

Jay Hough
Manager of Web Development // Meeting Professionals International

“I would highly recommend James to anyone looking for a seasoned professional with great creative insight and dedication to getting the job done.”

Jonathan Rice
Owner, Creative Director // Jonathan Rice & Company

“James is a wonderful graphic designer to work with and has years of experience for large Fortune 500s. He would be a great addition to any team looking for consistent look and feel across multiple mediums.”
Top qualities: Personable, Good Value, Creative

Jaime Chambron
VP Professional Services // Kibo Commerce

“I would highly recommend James for your next project. His expertise in migrating our catalog information from an obsolete system saved Novikoff a significant amount of money, time and effort. His design ideas were truly wonderful and the final product was top shelf. It was a pleasure working with such a talent.”

Doug Gregory
Vice President, General Manager // Novikoff

“Several times I have hired James. He was always quick with ideas and constantly striving for perfection. A pleasure to work with and very reliable. He knows his stuff!”

Pam Boyd Roberts
Creative Director // Jambalaya Creative

“James did an excellent job with the creative aspects of producing a monthly magazine. He also worked on many of the Media Firms client accounts and produced excellent results. James is very talented and extremely creative.”

Suzanne Bock Grishman
Executive Director // Mercury One Inc.

“James has served as a creative designer for a variety of projects including a print publication and various marketing materials. He is attentive to a client’s needs, deadlines and accountable to the project at hand.”

Sabra Girard
Owner // SPGR

“James was a pleasure to work with in that he consistently produced top-notch creative that went above and beyond the client’s expectations. He was conscientious about meeting deadlines and always produced high-quality, innovative and on strategy creative.”

Amy Knigge
Lead Recruiter // Creative Circle

“James is an experienced and top-notch creative professional who understands how to product effective, results-oriented communications. We have had very positive experiences working with him.”

Brandee Knox
Owner // Good Company

“James was an outstanding creative talent for re:d Magazine. He provided very talented work and unique insights to each issue and was very influential in the success of the look and feel for the magazine. He’s very gifted and easy to work with. I enjoyed our work experience together.”

Jay Sternberg
Vice President, Marketing and Public Relations, // Operation Homefront

“James is a great Creative Director who has exceptional layout and design skills. He’s a creative thinker and provides work on time and on budget.”

Jim Drewitz
Owner // Creative Options

“I have found James to be an excellent creative director. He also happens to be a personable and upbeat colleague. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with him on several independent projects and would not hesitate to work with him again.”

Robert Bittle
Owner // Bittle Photography

“He’s an out of the box creative powerhouse that keeps the client’s goals top of mind.”
Top qualities: Personable, High Integrity, Creative

Jon Reese
Creative Director // Jon Reese Design

“I can always count on James to do quality work, under deadline, for my clients. He is responsive and has a great attitude. I love working with him!”

Lindsey Todd
Talent Acquisition Manager // BuzzFeed


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