Award-winning strategic thinker with a passion for leading and inspiring creative teams to develop amazing brand experiences though storytelling and technology for print, digital, web, and social media.

  • BFA – Advertising. Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • Strong creative vision along with a clear, concise ability to articulate creative strategy and concepts to peers, senior management, and clients
  • Demonstrated experience leading, inspiring, and motivating creative teams
  • Coach and mentor creative talent and provide support and leadership for the entire creative group
  • Write concise and consumer focused strategies based on research, key insights, and empathy
  • Lead brainstorming/creative sessions to generate ideas
  • Elevate the creative output of internal resources as well agency partners to ensure all marketing assets meet a high level of creativity, innovation and brand association
  • Direct creative development and execution of all materials for brand campaigns and product launches including print, digital, TV, out-of-home (OOH), brand marketing, social media, and retail
  • xceptional presentation skills at all levels of internal and client organizations
  • Think across platforms, mastering the idiosyncrasies of each and create tailored content across channels that help drive marketing objectives
  • Guardian of brand guidelines including identity, style, tone, etc. and oversee them to completion
  • Experience working with clients across 80+ industries
  • Expert knowledge Adobe Creative Suite; Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign
  • Advanced WordPress experience – coding, designing, themes, plugins, security, and managing sites

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Nossi College of Art, Nashville, TN

Graphic Design Coordinator • Sep. 2016 – Feb. 2020

  • Saved the college $27,000 a year in marketing
  • Led, developed, designed, and successfully launched new brand campaign consisting of print, digital, outdoor, video, and social media.
  • Created Internet ad campaign resulting in a 7.4% click-through rate

Creative Director:

  • Managed creative’s, interns, and external vendors
  • Produced deliverables that may include, but are not limited to: Strategy development, graphic design, copywriting, and production of Advertising Campaign Concepts (broadcast television, web video, print, out-of-home, digital, experiential), Storyboards, Collateral and Print Ads, Newsletters, Online Ads, Infographics, and Social Media
  • Supported visual development of concepts throughout the entire creative lifecycle, from initial explorations through final design deliverables, all in a timely and accurate manner
  • Storytelling through branded video. From concept and storyboarding to shooting, editing, and promotion
  • Developed and maintained brand guidelines to ensure appropriate and consistent design execution throughout college marketing
  • Created and managed a simulated internal ad agency within the college creating pro-bono work for local non-profits. The group was comprised of students chosen for their high-level of creative talent, maturity, and exceptional work ethic

Program Director:

  • Managing the Bachelor degree programs for Graphic Design and Web & Interactive with up to 18 Adjunct instructors
  • Redesigning the advertising, graphic design, web design, social media, and branding curriculum and finding opportunities for growth within the structure of each program
  • Design curriculum for cross-discipline projects for students across multiple programs
  • Integrating Design Thinking and UI/UX processes into curriculums as a foundation for brainstorming and creative development
  • Cultivating, hiring, and managing Adjunct instructors
  • Meet, advise, and mentor students


  • Teaching art college courses (from beginning to advanced) in advertising, branding, graphic design, typography, social media, and marketing

Mr. Kristof is a true professional. He took over the Graphic Design Department at Nossi College three years ago and instituted many changes to advance the quality of the program. On top of managing the department, teaching courses and revising syllabi, Mr. Kristof acted as the in-house Creative Director for the college Marketing Department. During his tenure at Nossi, he created a unique brand identity and brand position for the college, tapping into the essence of why a creative chooses an art college for their education. I’ve worked with many designers over the last 25 years. Mr. Kristof taught me how important communication THROUGH design really is.
— Cyrus Vatandoost, Executive Vice President, Nossi College of Art

Kristof Creative, Nashville, TN

Creative Direction / Design / Marketing • Nov. 2001 – Sep. 2016

  • Affiliate website redesign coupled with SEO resulting in a 4% increase in sales
  • Using only On-Page SEO techniques, raised client website rankings to page 1 in Google SERPs
  • Created a search engine for Twitter (for SEO and topic tracking) that helped identify a drive-by shooter – 
leading to their arrest
  • Concept, design, art direction, and copywriting of print advertising, collateral, point-of-purchase, packaging design, exhibit design, wayfinding, broadcast, website design, mobile apps, and web application projects
  • Website design, development, site architecture, UX/UI using WordPress, PHP, HTML, and CSS
  • Developed social media, content strategies, search engine optimization (SEO), and Internet marketing strategies to increase leads and lower marketing costs
  • Created and taught creative problem solving workshops and search engine marketing
  • Projects also included: print advertising, radio script writing, report design, presentation design, point-of-purchase, packaging design, video, TV commercials, website design, WordPress theme design (PHP, HTML, and CSS), landing page design, social media, and search engine optimization (SEO)

B2B and B2C Clients included; Border Foods, Border State Bank, Choice Food of America, Crossroads Film Festival, David Deaton Karate, Diversified Wireless Technologies, Fairfax County Federal Credit Union, Hoffman & Hoffman Worldwide, International Budget Partnership, March of Dimes, Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry/National Agricultural Aviation Museum, Mississippi Department of Wildlife Fisheries & Parks, Momenta Pharmaceuticals, Molinari & Sons, Nashville Business Incubation Center, Penton Media, Premier Concierge Physicians, Raging Energy Brands, Sierra Blanca Brewing Company, STEP EIKEN, The Teaching Company, United States Cruise Lines, and more.

Arnold Worldwide, McLean, VA

Associate Creative Director • Apr. 2001 – Nov. 2001

  • Co-managed creative team in developing a bank acquisition/name change campaign for PNC Bank resulting in an 
Effie Award for an increase in deposits and virtually no loss of customers (versus 10% attrition considered average in a bank merger)
  • Managed, supervised, and mentored creative group
  • Wrote creative strategies
  • Art directed and produced award-winning advertising campaigns for print, direct mail, and broadcast
  • Art directed print campaigns for STIHL, On-the-Run Convenience Stores, PNC Bank, McDonalds, and Citizens Bank
  • Involved in new business pitches

Accounts included; Mobil Oil, Mobile On-the-Run, STIHL, PNC Bank, McDonalds, and Citizens Bank


Art Director • Dec. 2000 – Apr. 2001

AdMine.com, Herndon, VA

Associate Creative Director • Apr. 2000 – Dec. 2000

Admine.com was the first online marketplace to acquire unsold creative from advertising agencies and license it to small non-competing businesses.

  • Concept, art direction, and copywriting of 52 campaigns in 8 months for print, television, outdoor, and radio
  • Managed team of 10 creatives and daily operation of production department
  • Concept, designed and executed online requests for creative including the development and writing of creative work plans
  • Created and initiated advertising sales program to generate online sales and promotion of business services
  • Developed and implemented internal process for managing creative advertising submissions
  • Created and managed online production tips and procedures for the submission of creative content
  • Developed internal production network of file structure and organization to streamline and increase efficiency
  • Managed daily operation of production department


Art Director • Oct. 1998 – Apr. 2000

The Ramey Agency, Jackson, MS

Art Director > Senior Art Director • Jun. 1995 – Oct. 1998

  • Created advertising campaign for Mississippi Department of Economic Development that netted the state a 23% increase in jobs created by new businesses and a 15% increase in new business startups, at a time when new business creation experienced a seven percent drop-off nationally
  • Concept and art direction of a financial print ad which brought in $1.5 million and opened 172 new accounts
  • Won “BEST READ AD” in the year-end, double-issue investment guide of Fortune magazine — Fortune’s biggest and best seller of the year
  • Four “Best of Class” and one “Superior” award — Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) annual conference
  • Won a “Platinum Award” from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association. The 30-second TV ad competed against more than 1,650 entries from 55 countries
  • Created and art directed print advertising and TV commercial campaigns for client’s in the Tourism, Banking, Financial services, Car Audio, Healthcare, and Travel Industries
  • Art directed photo shoots, print design, and TV commercials for broadcast
  • Designed award-wining creative business collateral and marketing materials
  • Presented and persuaded client’s to buy into new advertising strategies that met their short- and long-term business goals

Accounts included; American Diabetes Association, Mississippi Department of Economic and Community Development, Mississippi Division of Tourism, PROMUS Hotel Corporation, Southern Audio Systems, St. Dominic-Jackson Memorial Hospital, Taste of the Nation, Union Planters Bank, and USA Pawn.


Art Director • May 1994 – Jun. 1995

Young & Rubicam, New York, NY

Junior Art Director • Dec. 1992 – Apr. 1994

  • Concept and art direction of print, packaging, collateral, outdoor and broadcast advertising
  • Concept and art direction of national TV commercial for American Home Foods
  • Designed commemorative event packaging for the World Cup

Accounts included; AT&T, Band-Aid Brand Band-Aids, Chef Boyardee, Colgate, Dr. Pepper, Holiday Inn, Irish Spring, MetLife, New York Telephone, PAM Cooking Spray, U.S. Army, U.S. Mint, and U.S. Postal Service


Saved an employer $27,000 a year in marketing

Effie Award – Bank acquisition/name change campaign resulting in an increase of deposits and virtually no loss of customers (versus 10% attrition considered average in a bank merger)

BEST READ AD” in the year-end, double-issue investment guide of Fortune magazine — Fortune’s biggest and best seller of the year.

Four “BEST OF CLASS” and one “SUPERIOR” award — Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) annual conference.

Platinum Award” from the Hospitality Sales & Marketing Association. The 30-second TV ad competed against more than 1,650 entries from 55 countries.

Created economic development campaign that netted the state a 23% increase in jobs created by new businesses and a 15% increase in new business startups, at a time when new business creation experienced a seven percent drop-off nationally.

Created financial print ad which brought in over $1.5 million in CD money and opened 172 new bank accounts.

Redesigned affiliate website resulting in a 4% increase in sales.

Effectively implemented SEO best practices to increase the website rankings of a client website from near obscurity to page 9 in Google SERPs in only three months

Created a search engine application for Twitter (for SEO and topic tracking) that helped identify a drive-by shooter – leading to their arrest




  • Guardian of all aspects of brand including identity, style, tone, etc.
  • Define, design, execute, and deliver brand identities for use across all media
  • Conceive and implement brand guidelines and strategies and oversee them to completion

Social Media

  • Develop on- and off-line marketing strategies
  • Create content strategies
  • Deep understanding of social networks; Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Pinterest, SnapChat, and TikTok
  • Understanding social media channels and benefits and when, where, and how to use them

Web Design/Development

  • Front-end development
  • UI/UX, Design/Development, and Mobile application design
  • Information architecture, Wireframing, and Prototyping
  • Website design, WordPress, Landing pages, eCommerce
  • Search engine optimization (SEO)
  • Design digital campaigns

Print Production

  • In-depth knowledge of pre-press and print checks


Creative Honors

London International Advertising Awards
New York Festivals
Creativity Annual
Communication Arts Design Annual
Collegiate Advertising Awards – Awarded 1 of only 7 Gold awards amongst all colleges in the nation.
Numerous Local & Regional ADDY’s

Personal Achievements

Eagle Scout, Boy Scouts of America
Jay Chiat and Lee Clow endowed scholarships based on creative portfolio
2nd Degree Black Belt, American Wado Karate-do Black Belt Association


Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

BFA, Advertising Design

Palomar College, San Marcos, CA

AA Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement
AA Liberal Arts
Police Reserve Academy Graduate

Computer and Technology Skills


Adobe Acrobat

Adobe Dimension

Adobe Illustrator

Adobe InDesign

Adobe Photoshop

Adobe Premiere Pro and Rush

Adobe XD

Adobe Spark

Adobe Clip

Affinity Photo

Affinity Publisher

Apple Keynote

Apple Numbers

Apple Pages






Microsoft Excel

Microsoft PowerPoint

Microsoft Word

ON1 Photo Raw



Sonicfire Pro 6


Social Media








Web Development

HTML, CSS, PHP, and WordPress


Landing Page Design

Mobile Applications

Search Engine Optimization (SEO)

Website Architecture

Client Experience (Short List)


American Cancer Society

American Diabetes Association

American Home Foods

Arthritis Foundation


Chef Boyardee

Citizens Bank


Discovery Channel


Holiday Inn

Houston Power & Lighting

International Budget Partnership

Irish Spring

Johnson and Johnson

Louisville Slugger



New York Telephone

March of Dimes


Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry/National Agriculture Aviation Museum

Mississippi Department of Economic & Community Development

Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks

Mississippi Power

On-the-Run Convenience Stores

PAM Cooking Spray

PNC Bank

PROMUS Hotel Corporation

Sara Lee Branded Apparel

St. Dominic/Jackson Memorial Hospital


Taste of the Nation

Trustmark National Bank

Union Planters Bank

United States Army

United States Cruise Lines

United States Mint

United States Postal Service

Vanderbilt Medical Center

Industry Experience






Associations & Societies

Audio & Video



Banking / Mortgage



Business Services




Confectionery Snacks



Consumer Packaged Goods






Employment Services





Facilities Management



Food Service


Garden Equipment


Health & Fitness

Health Care

Heating & Air Conditioning (HVAC)

Higher Education

Home Furnishings

Home Improvement


Information Technology

Interior Decorating

Internet products & Services



Legal Services

Logistics & Shipping







Not for Profit

Packaged Goods

Performing Arts

Pet Care (Supplies)



Production Services

Public Relations

Public Service



Real Estate



Retail (E-commerce)

Safety (& Security)








Travel & Tourism


Venture Capital

Wine & Spirits