Sonja M. Torres
Qualifications & Experience
- Multiple skill sets enable me to carry
out a variety of duties adapted to maximize the work force of a small or
- 25 years graphic arts and marketing
including print and web design email marketing, vinyl sign making,
silkscreen design, search engine optimization, and marketing planning and
- Building sales through 10+ years
customer service, communication, and marketing skills.
- Managing shipping operations for cost
effectiveness, efficiency and proper scheduling.
- Providing executive support by managing
communications, research, meeting assistance, and employee relations.
- Technical skills in Adobe Creative
Suite, MS Office, CorelDraw, HTML and CSS, various vinyl plotters, and copy
- Willing to relocate to international
Education & Activities
- Associates Degree in Digital Design, Pierce College
Lakewood Campus, 4.0 GPA.
- CompuMaster Pamphlet and Brochure
Design, Website Building and Photoshop seminars.
- Business/Travel Agent Course, Clover
Park Technical School, Lakewood, WA.
- Volunteer set painting and building,
Lakewood Playhouse, Lakewood, WA.
- Travel, especially Mexico and Germany;
speak basic German.
- Creative writing of poetry and short
stories. Portfolio at www.chancedance.com.
I’ve been an artist all my life, always drawing
from the time I could hold a crayon. Following that path, I began learning about
graphic design in high school and then entered the print industry, quickly
followed by 11 years in sign making and silkscreen design, then adding web
design to my skills after that. I am adept at recreating logos and polishing
customer supplied art that may be below print quality, and at managing large
volumes of work with pending deadlines. In my 25+ years in the business, I’ve
done graphics for every format and my gift is making them all work together, so
I can take a concept such as creating a logo design and then translate it
effectively into print, web and banner designs, and even hand-paint a mural of
it on the business wall if that’s what is needed. Experience also includes
newsletter writing and editing; creative writing; marketing. Pierce College
Digital Design degree is nearly complete, 4.00 GPA
Wallace-O’Farrell, Inc., Puyallup, WA
Customer Service, Marketing and Shipping Manager
- Manage and build individual and
wholesale customer sales by taking and processing orders, providing product
pricing and information, and providing product support and problem
resolution. Sales have grown steadily since my arrival.
- Plan and produce all marketing
activities including scheduling, creating and monitoring print advertising,
Internet advertising and email marketing, as well as general website and
shopping cart maintenance. I also produce all photography and packaging
designs and changes, resulting in large savings for the company because
subcontractors are not needed for these projects.
- Manage shipping by overseeing,
assessing and setting shipping costs of all shipping orders, getting freight
quotes, working with shipping vendors, scheduling shipments, problem
resolution and filling out customs paperwork. I have reduced shipping costs
by 35% in this department.
- Provide executive assistance by
screening calls, reviewing communications, and assisting with hiring.
9/2005-Present: Snakebite Graphics,
Sole Proprietor, Graphic Design Business
- Graphic design in all fields including
print, web, logo and vinyl graphic design and application, and mural
- Marketing and networking.
- General executive duties such as
invoicing and maintaining records for tax filing.
- Online portfolio at
8/2003-9/2008: Carlson Wagonlit Travel,
Executive Assistant/Marketing Coordinator
- Assist Company President with
day-to-day operations: process mail, order office supplies, and prepare
company contracts, business letters and invoices.
- Create marketing collateral for 8
agency branches and all facets of travel agency sales including newspapers,
flyers, postcards, magazines, yellow pages, tee shirt designs and websites.
- Manage petty cash and deposits.
- Create, coordinate and process
marketing plans and billing with co-op venders.
- Design and maintain company's websites.
- Earned honor of Support Person of the
4/2002-5/2003: Kinko’s FedEx Office,
Sign & Banner Maker/Customer Service
- Layout and
prepare artwork and scale drawings for sign and banner making using Gerber
Omega, Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, PageMaker 6.5 and Acrobat 4.0.
- Design and
produce cut vinyl signs and banners as well as various large printed
customers use computers and copy machines.
- Assist with
bindery, laminating and mounting processes.
8/2000-8/2001: Travel Chair Company,
- Layout and prepare artwork and scale
drawings for silk-screening using CorelDraw and Adobe Illustrator.
- Create and maintain www.travelchair.com
website according to company design using FrontPage and Photoshop.
- Design product labels and advertising
materials for magazines and mailings.
- Prepare and reclaim screens, set up
silk-screens for various print jobs and mix inks to Pantone Matching System.
Zumar Industries, Tacoma, WA
- Layout and
prepare artwork and scale drawings for silkscreen processing using Amberlith
film base. Layout is done to state or customer specifications.
duties include training and helping the screen processor, keeping track of
orders due and monitoring work hours and breaks.
with customers about job/computer requirements, layout possibilities, and
answering their questions.
Other work experience includes
customer service and cash handling at Advance America Payday Loans,
store-remodeling team at Waldenbooks and Wal-Mart, sign making and graphic
assistant at Western Metal Arts and Valley Sign.
References and portfolio available upon request.
Download .pdf version of resume.