Michael Leone

Director of Creative Service

Chicago, 60661, US


Studio Management and Design

Print Production




Advertising professional with over 25 years of experience specializing Studio/pre-press management, print production, design, operations and IT. Technically proficient in Adobe Creative Suite 5.5, Microsoft Office and Apple Applications/OS. One of the few people in the world who is both Mac and PC.


DePaul University

Advertising Art and Design , Advertising Art and Design

June 1987 - June 1987


Director of Creative Services

Launch Creative , Chicago, IL

October 2006 - January 2012

Responsible for the creation and role of the Studio within Launch. Services provided include design, keylining, photo retouching and assembly, die construction, printing techniques and standards. Manage the work assignments, schedules, performance reviews and department budget. Manage the print production needs of clients including generating specs, vendor researching/selection, quoting, scheduling, press checks and billing. Print projects range from small tear pad to consumer packaging to in-store diplays to outdoor billboards. Administrator of the agency IT needs including analyzing and researching computer and server needs, hardware and software installation/maintenance. Responsible for analyzing and then switching Launch's email system to Google Enterprise as a more cost effective solution. Point person for the day-today operation of the Agency including facilities, office expansion, network infrastructure, phone system and printers/copiers lease.

Studio/Pre-press Management
Print Production
Art Director

Diamond Marketing , Elmhurst, IL

May 2006 - October 2006

Provided creation of design for direct mail and advertising components for clients from project initiation to print supervision. Collaborated with Creative Director on concepts for gaming clients campaigns. Worked in conjunction with the Production staff on developing new direct mail components in order to beat the clients "control" package.

Art Direction
ex: Gardening
ex: PHP
Production/Art Director

Production Resources , Oak Brook, IL

May 2004 - May 2006

Managed the print production for large financial clients which included generating specs, quoting, scheduling, development/management of vendors, press checks, lettershop, fulfillment and post production analysis. Responsible for the budget development and management of client projects that produce annually over $3 million in revenues. Developed all creative design and marketing concepts for clients as well as performing all pre-press duties. Oversaw the day-to-day operation of the company ranging from administrative, billing, HR policies/procedures, payroll, PC and Mac computers and network systems.

Production Director
Art Director
ex: PHP
Production Manager

Launch Creative , Hillside, IL

August 2003 - May 2004

Responsible for all aspects of print production for clients consisting of project kickoffs, pre-production meetings, coordinating outside vendors, estimating, keyline, quality control, project release, proof approval, press checks and post production meetings. Managed a Production staff of six designers work assignments, schedules, performance reviews and department budget. Responsible for developing schedules for Creative staff and then track and update all projects. IT admin for the company which included computers, email server and Internet connection/service; researched, purchased, installed and upgraded all hardware and software. Developed and maintained project file management systems including backups, file archiving, job jacket and electronic file organization.

Studio Management
Print Production
Operations Director

New Control , Chicago

August 2000 - August 2003

Managed the Creative, Studio, Traffic staff; responsible for salaries, hiring of permanent and freelance staff and budgets. Acted as liaison between Agency and clients for print production needs; supervised all aspects of print including keylining, disk release, vendor selection, estimates, proofs, film separations, tape management, print, lettershop and fulfillment. Drafted and maintained process and procedures for all departments to ensure operational efficiency within the Agency. Created and monitored employees job roles and responsible for annual reviews. Managed and maintained computers including network system, computers, email server, Internet connection; procured, installed and upgraded all hardware and software.

Agency Management
Print Production
Art Production Director

Ammirati Puris Lintas–Columbian , Chicago

August 1994 - August 2000

Managed the day-to-day projects of the Creative, MacStudio and freelance staff. Created goals and vision of the MacStudio. Allowed each staff member to show leadership in his or her own specialty while also providing cross-training to better enhance the groups performance. Responsible for developing accurate project budgets and schedules for the Creative and MacStudio departments. Assisted in the direction of print and lettershop needs while acting as liaison between vendors and clients. Researched, negotiated, estimated, coordinated and managed all aspects of lifestyle and tabletop photo shoots. Managed and maintained the computer system in the Creative and MacStudio to work at peak efficiency while troubleshooting any potential problems with hardware or software.

Creative Management
Studio Director
Production Artist

CCI Communications , Elgin, IL

January 1991 - August 1994

Designed print advertising and sales promotion materials for CPG companies. Worked with in-house conceptual team of Marketing Managers, Account Executives, Copywriters and Designers. Instrumental in the research and selection of Mac computers and networks.

Production Artist
ex: PHP
Assistant Art Director

ABC Publishing , Carol Stream, IL

October 1987 - January 1991

Designed, supervised and proofed editorial layouts for 20 monthly trade magazines with a total circulation of 900,000. Responsible for the design, layout, keyline, inspection and processing of client advertisements and direct mail circulars.

Art Direction/Design
ex: PHP

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