Since November 2018: Director of Communications
at the  Lake Tawakoni Regional Chamber of Commerce  


Since 2014: Owner of schön graphics

2013 – 2015: Office Manager at AB/JDD Plumbing in San Jose, CA

This job gave me the oppor­tu­ni­ty to get a first glimpse of the Amer­i­can “work­ing-world”.

  • Answer­ing 2 phone lines, sched­ul­ing appoint­ments and the dai­ly work scope for five plumbers
  • Man­ag­ing the month­ly bills and pay­roll (Quick­books)
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Updat­ed exist­ing logo and cre­at­ed busi­ness cards and var­i­ous print advertising

2004 – 2013: Marketing Advisor

at the pub­lish­ing house Ernst Klett Ver­lag in Stuttgart, Germany
My main focus was plan­ing, cal­cu­lat­ing and design­ing adver­tis­ing materials.

  • Man­aged the lay­out process and print pro­duc­tion of brochures, direct mail­ings, cat­a­logs etc
  • Cal­cu­lat­ed and mon­i­tored the mar­ket­ing bud­get in var­i­ous con­tent man­ag­ing systems
  • Planed and super­vised the com­plete pro­duc­tion chain: e.g. a spe­cif­ic land­ing page on the web­site, pro­mo­tion­al videos, e‑mailings, give aways, prepa­ra­tion for the offi­cial Ger­man school-book fair …

2000 — 2004: Art Director

at the adver­tis­ing agency da kapo in Nürn­berg, Germany
My major client was Zapf Cre­ation, man­u­fac­tur­er of toy dolls like the famous BABY born®. 

  • Devel­oped “playable” pack­ag­ing ideas for  BABY born® miniworld
  • Respon­si­ble for lay­out and print­ing of con­sumer cat­a­logs (twice a year)
  • Lay­out­ed var­i­ous doll pack­ages, dis­plays and man­u­als under con­sid­er­a­tion of up to 24 dif­fer­ent lan­guages that would lat­er be print­ed on them (the black film was switched)
  • Super­vised many pho­to-shoot­ings for the cat­a­logs and the year­ly toy-fair

2007 – 2013: Client consulting (on the weekends)

at one of the wine stores of Jacques Wein­de­pot in Stuttgart, Germany
One of the best week-end jobs I have ever had 🙂
My moti­va­tion was to earn some extra mon­ey, but I also got a whole new per­spec­tive on B to C Mar­ket­ing, and an exten­sive knowl­edge of wine!

  • Con­sult­ed cus­tomer on which wine goes to which food, or is suit­able to store…
  • Pre­pared sales pro­mo­tions like wine tast­ings with choco­late or cheese
  • Cal­cu­lat­ed and pre­pared gift baskets

1998 – 2000: Intern

at the full ser­vice adver­tis­ing agency cre art in Ful­da, Germany
My main field of work: logos and busi­ness brand­ing for small­er companies.

  • Devel­oped logos, sta­tion­ary, busi­ness cards, coupons, small brochures, print advertisements …
  • Assist­ed our in-house photographer


1998 – 2000: Stu­dent
at the Akademie für Kom­mu­nika­tion Kas­sel, in Germany
Grad­u­at­ed as: state cer­ti­fied com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ag­er (sim­i­lar to US bachelor)

1996 – 1998: Stu­dent
at the Fer­di­nand Braun-Fachober­schule in Ful­da, Ger­many
Major: Graph­ic design
Grad­u­at­ed: “Fach Abitur Gestal­tung” (sim­i­lar to US college)

Career train­ing / seminars
Through­out the years I have attend­ed numer­ous sem­i­nars like: “Pro­duc­ing cre­ative direct-mail­ings”,  “All about lay­out­ing books” and my favorite: “Lan­guage becomes beau­ti­ful through typog­ra­phy” by the famous design­er Erik Spiekermann.

To stay up to date on my every­day pro­grams like InDe­sign and Pho­to­shop, I fre­quent­ly attend train­ing courses.