Ease of Doing Business Senior Program Manager at Cisco Systems
I worked with Mike when he was employed with Leading Solutions Group. I supervised several client related communications and reviewed the corporate branding project Mike was developing. In order to complete most of the client communications, Mike had to learn several
Microsoft Office applications like Excel and editing features for Word and Adobe Reader. Mike completed the client projects no matter the time frame and always added his creative touch on everything he designed.
Principal Visual Designer at SAS
I worked with Mike as a peer for over 15 years and as his manager for three. Mike is one of the most talented, diligent, reliable designer/illustrators I’ve met. At SAS he worked on a variety of projects from icons to large format signage. Mike can work wonders in a very small space conveying simple to complex and abstract ideas in a 16×16 pixel space for icons. He created compelling signage for events, and handled many other types of projects. Mike’s clients appreciated his customer service. He listened carefully to their needs and came up with creative solutions. When I was his manager I was privileged to see many notes of thanks from his clients not only for his design work, but for his attention to their needs and timelines. I highly recommend Mike as a designer and an illustrator.
Mike and I have known each other since our days at SAS however it wasn’t until Mike asked me if he could volunteer at The Healing Place of Wake County that we developed a true working relationship. Mike wrote press releases, helped developed a sponsor database and re-designed our newsletter to name a few of his duties. Mike was always punctual and seemed eager to take on whatever we gave him. It was great having someone like Mike available to help lighten our work load and allow me to focus more on raising funds for The Healing Place of Wake County.
Mike took on the challenging task of trying to put on paper what I was describing verbally for a logo for a new business venture. His first attempt was exactly what I was looking for and then he added some simple suggestions that I hadn’t even thought of that made the final product even better. I can wholeheartedly recommend him as someone who does excellent work and who maintains the highest integrity throughout the process. He is my go to guy for any type of work of this nature.
SAS Corporate Photographer
Mike is one of the few designers I have worked with that takes the time to properly project manage his jobs and take care of the details. Mike was always someone who gave me timely notice for photo shoots so we didn’t have the stress of working under last minute deadlines. He gave me all the details up front which made for stream-lined, stress free projects and allowed us to have an enjoyable working relationship.