Sarah Knott
+1 423 432 5056
3321 Windsor CT

mssarahknott@outlook.com

Design solutions is a passion of mine which can be seen throughout my professional working career. I have a wide range of experience designing for various industries; from 3D models to diamond jewelry, to management of production based environments in both offset print and digital formats. I have 20+ years of experience with art industry standard software on multiple OS platforms as well as proprietary software troubleshooting and development experience. Retail Visual Merchandising is the latest addition rounding out my career.

I graduated with honors in 2005 with my BFA in Graphic Design and an Anthropology minor from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. I enjoy the study of business, psychology, sociology and economics from my marketing, advertising, branding and design centric problem-solving approaches.  Brand development and small business promotional marketing and branding strategy couple alongside my love for digital illustration and thirst for IT. 

I aim to impress with my flexibility, operational agility, willingness to learn, an instinctual internal drive, my sales and customer service background, team-building, training and management skills as well as my design consultation services.

WORK EXPERIENCE

Merchandiser Consumer Sales
At Home Décor Superstore - East Ridge, TN - 2018-07 - Present

  • Responsible for all Merchandising on the At Home Retail Floor.
  • Implementation of store-specific and corporate marketing materials and brand visibility management & maintenance of corporate branding standards.
  • Setup and creative display of Vignettes, Main and Feature Tables as well as Welcome table and First Look area.
  • Setting of endcaps and feature products per corporate communication guidelines when available or creating similar solutions for store-specific visual-inventory problem-solving.
  • Creation, promotion and tracking of sales of displays, restocking and re-shop.
  • Maintaining and Conditioning of entire retail area displays.
  • Cashier, closing and opening duties.

Graphic Designer
Assistant Office Manager
Flash Graphics - Dalton, GA - 2017-06 - 2018-01

  • Graphic Design, Marketing, Advertising and Branding Strategyfor all clientele.
  • Design for print production on both digital and offset presses.
  • Project management of print production on digital presses.
  • Competitive, detail-oriented and deadline-driven environment.
  • Processing orders over the phone and on a direct to consumer sales floor.
  • Proper filing and time management procedures.
  • Cashier and opening/closing shop responsibility.

Lead Jeweler Apprentice Clerical
Sterling Jewelers Inc. - Chattanooga, TN - 2013-09 - 2017-06

  • Contribute to an environment of total customer satisfaction by making the customer’s needs the first priority.
  • Management of all incoming and outgoing job tickets from all assigned corporate stores. Responsible for the reconciling and accuracy of incoming and outbound packing lists and shipments. Communicating and updating job status updates in POS system, as well as with appropriate store representatives to resolve any delays.
  • Monitoring and recording of daily, weekly and monthly production margins, supplies and invoicing amounts. Updates records and maintains inventories of all shop metals, findings and gemstones. Job-specific ordering of stock precious metals, gemstones, and mountings or semi-mounts through vendor websites and proprietary database systems.
  • Assists in the transfer/moving of merchandise in strict compliance with security and loss prevention guidelines.
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Graphic Design and Marketing Specialist
Tennessee Valley Federal Credit Union - Chattanooga, TN - 2009-10 - 2013-07

  • Coordinates in-branch marketing efforts including: design, scheduling, print production and inventory control of in-branch display graphics, duratrans, and signs/posters.
  • Maintains the Inlighten in-branch video system, creating content and controlling schedules as needed to ensure all messages are current.
  • To design graphics like banner ads, for all web, social media, mobile, and other electronic delivery channels. To design and write things like member newsletter, member benefits guide and other flyers/brochures.
  • To oversee print production, maintain inventory and distribute printed materials to branches. To design and place print ads, write statement messages and manage insert schedule with external statement processor.
  • Creates a positive team atmosphere and facilitates teamwork beyond the scope of her own functional area. Interacts with co-workers to facilitate positive and productive working relationships. Provides positive assistance and support at all times when dealing with members, co-workers and other departments or branches. Proactively communicates with all those impacted by Marketing and Community Involvement activities to ensure that everyone is informed and up to date.
  • To design graphics for printed Annual Report and to design, write and program Annual Report PowerPoint Presentation. To do photography for newsletter and all various internal/external events.
  • Represents TVFCU in a professional manner at civic functions, TVFCU Community Involvement activities and Marketing events, creating a favorable impression and new opportunities for the Credit Union.

 

3D and Photomanipulation Production Designer
Tricycle Inc - Chattanooga, TN - 2009-10 - 2005-05

  • Successful development and implementation of department training binders
  • Research and Development of proprietary software
  • Creation of 3D or samples for customers
  • Photomanipulation of product samples.
  • Project Management

AWARDS

4-year Lillian B. Feinstein Academic Scholarship

Juror’s Purchase Award, 2004, UTC
Annual Juried Student Exhibition
Juror Leslie Rech, Asst. Professor SC State University

Art Accent Award, April 2004
Outstanding Achievements in Printmaking

Dean’s List 2000-2005

Golden Key International Honor Society
Scholar In Residence Award 2000-2005

ACADEMICS

University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
Graduated May 2005 Magna Cum Laude
BFA Graphic Design, Anthropology Minor
ACT 28, GPA 3.875

Cleveland High School
Graduated May 2000
Academic Honors Graduate