About

OBJECTIVE:

To consult, design, manage, and fabricate custom components and envioroments that are highly successful in meeting a clients needs in a rewarding and engaging way.


President, HartWorks Inc.                                                            2003 to Present

Partial Commercial Client List:

  •  The Seneca Park Zoo
  •  LeRoy Historical Society
  •  Humane Society at LollyPop Farm
  •  University of Rochester
  •  Heritage Christian Services
  •  Rochester Historical Society
  • Hobart William & Smith College
  • St. Monica’s Church
  • The Harley School
  • Boulder Coffee

PAST EXPERIENCE:      

The Strong Museum, Rochester, NY

Twenty-two years of progressive responsibility with the Strong Museum’s exhibit department. Instrumental in the transformation from a “don’t touch” decorative arts museum to a highly interactive children and family museum.

Interpretation and implementation of design ideas

Quality control

  • Priority logistics
  • Team building
  • Creative problem solving
  • Supervision and coaching
  • Communication
  • Spatial reasoning

Exhibits Production Supervisor                                                                                     1995-2003

  • Led and participated on teams that interpreted exhibit design concepts, from drawings through final production and installation. This resulted in world class, award-winning exhibitions that have made the Strong Museum one of the leading children and family museums in the country.
  • Team leader responsible for scheduling and supervising production staff and vendors.
  • Ensured timely completion dates in conjunction with overall museum goals.
  • Implemented high standards of quality and craftsmanship, increasing museum‘s professional reputation, by benchmarking major city museums.
  • Researched and procured new equipment to meet or exceed growing production needs.
  • Ordered all fabrication materials and tools, keeping within set budget parameters.
  • Performed all duties of Shop Foreman.
  • Investigated and implemented use of new building materials for exhibit interactives and specific environments, providing for high quality, low maintenance, and flexibility in design.

Shop Foreman                                                                                                 1987-1995

  • Worked with exhibit designers to develop best methods of exhibit production.
  • Supervised three cabinetmakers in daily activities by assigning projects, inspecting progress, and ensuring target date completion.
  • Maintained wood fabrication shop and spray booth facility.
  • Purchased all construction materials.
  • Maintained all purchasing records and vendor correspondence.
  • Conducted annual performance appraisals, adhering to all human resource policies and procedures.

Senior Cabinetmaker                                                                                                 1985-1987

  • Produced and installed exhibit components.
  • Maintained all shop equipment.
  • Maintained inventory of exhibit hardware and supplies.

Cabinetmaker/Carpenter                                                                                                1981-1985
Fabricated exhibit components and period environments.

 

Furniture Collaborative Corp., Rochester, NY                                                                        1980-1981
Built custom commercial and residential furniture.


EDUCATION:              SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, New York
Bachelor of Arts, Technical Theater
Bachelor of Arts, Studio Art

University of Iowa, Iowa City, Iowa
Graduate Studies in Studio Art


ADDITIONAL PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE:

Visiting Artist in Ceramics                        January-May 1998
SUNY Geneseo, Geneseo, NY

Exhibit Designer                                    1989-1990

“Valley, Village, College”
Permanent Exhibition at SUNY Geneseo

 

Technical Experience             Vectorworks, CAD drawing program
Workshops/Seminars            Total Quality Management with Will Phillips
Cultural Diversity Training
Supervisory Training


COMMUNITY SERVICE:

  • Board of Directors                                                                                     1995-Present

South Wedge Planning Committee

Board Chairman            1996-2000

  • Project Manager                                                                                                2002-2003

Restoration of 224-228 Mt. Hope Avenue into new offices for the

South Wedge Planning Committee.

  • Project Designer/Project Manager                                                                        2000-2001

South & Gregory Clock Tower/Kiosk Project