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Nicholas Tuma

Print Shop Manager

Tallahassee, FL, USA
Through my experiences, I have acquired a variety of skills, but graphic design and
communication are my true passion. After two years of being absent for military service, that
passion is what drove me to Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University to finish up my degree
in graphic communication.

Serving my country as a Staff Sergeant in Iraq with the US Army, I gained invaluable leadership
experience. By far, the important attribute I have
acquired through my military leadership experiences is the ability to adapt and keep calm under
important deadlines and pressure. In the future, I will look back on these achievements and
continue to improve.

My design process helps individuals identify who they are, establish brand affinity and to meet the specific goals for their business. I combine research, verbal communications, and sense of aesthetics to design solutions.

Ten years worth of fine art are reflected in my designs. I started to paint and understand creativity
at a very early age. I also studied under some great, nationally known fine artists and illustrators
until age 14. From there, I auditioned for a closed program at a performing arts high school, which
had me steadily involved in fine art for my entire high school career.

Through my design process, I embrace color, typography and design. It is just not about going
into Photoshop and creating, but laying out a foundation to empower the final product.
My method and style of creating, listening, and collaborating with the partner builds trust and a positive working relationship. I always say I sell smiles. If the partner is not happy, I did not do my job.

Many significant opportunities have presented themselves to me during the course of my life.
One such opportunity was the start of my home business. Operating a home business has taught
me economics, finance and to appreciate the value of a dollar. I speak to youth and feel that knowledge should be shared; it is about teaching others and growing.
Work Experience
Tallahassee, FL, USA
Present
Express Printing
Manager
Tallahassee, FL, USA
Aug 2012
Graphic Specialist, Content Creator, Mentor, and Influencer
• Conceptualized and designed shareable graphics for Facebook to establish greater brand awareness and engagement for Team Estates Realty, Untouchable Designs, Flask Man, NoleSports.com, Tallahassee.com, Tallahassee Media Group, and The Tallahassee Democrat.
• Collaborated with staff to create and enhance TumaTraderLLC's: FlaskMan, Tallahassee Democrat's: Big Bend Preps, Painting the town Pink, Pizza Wars, RattlerNews, and NoleSports.com brands.
• Solely created video and brand identifications, intro and outro logotypes NoleSports.com: Seminole Hoops, Big Bend Preps, and GamePlan Live tickers.
Fort Myers, FL, USA
Oct 2011
Consultant, Brand/Content Creator and Assistant
• Envisioned where the company needs to proceed through research and setting a strict foundation.
• Planned and branded an identity for Tuma Trader LLC and FlaskMan which included: stock photos, branding package, and public relations/brand awareness for various media outlets.
Tallahassee, FL, USA
May 2012Aug 2012
Multimedia Intern
• Implemented a plan to execute a web restaurant inspection database.
• Re-branded social networking interfaces to create a consistency throughout the web.
• Met deadlines creating graphics and shooting photography, which have been published.
FL, USA
Jan 2001Present
US Army
Staff Sergeant
January 2001 – Present (12 years 1 month)(Tallahassee, Florida), (Mosul, Iraq '09 '10), (Kaiserslautern, Germany '05)

• Trains, provides guidance, and maintains welfare/moral of soldiers.
• Assists soldiers with personal finance to manage retirement contributions with least amount of risk.
Education
Tallahassee, FL, USA
Aug 2007Aug 2012
Graphic Communications
» 3.7 Grade Point Average
» Summa Cum Laude, Dean's List, and Honor Roll
Major: Graphic Communications | August 3rd, 2012
Minor: Print Management, Photography, and Fine Art
Vice President: Epsilon Pi Tau (International academic honor society)
Tallahassee, FL, USA
Aug 2005Jul 2007
Associate of Arts
» 3.60 Grade Point Average
» Academic Achievement: Cum Laude
» Volunteer for students with disabilities (note-taker) 2006-2007
Cape Coral, FL, USA
Aug 2002Jul 2004
Design Assistant
» Commercial Art
» 3.0 Grade Point Average
Languages
 
English (Native)
Skills
 
& Social Network Optimization., Adobe Flash, Advertising, After Effects, Artist, Basic Html, Color Theory, Content Creator, Digital Media Strategist, Dreamweaver, Graphic Designer, Graphic Specialist, IMovie, Illustrator, Influencer, Infomation Specialist, Interface Design & Testing, Kinetic Typography, Mentor, Motion Graphic Design, Photo Manipulation, Photography, Photoshop, Typography, UX Or User Experience Design, Videography, Voice-over, Website Redesign