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Charles Vestal
Austin, TX
charlesv@gmail.com

 

Who is this guy?

Technical product-minded jack-of-most-trades with a passion for creative problem solving and a thirst for new technologies with a passion for mobile.

Specialties: making incredible things happen, software project management, delighting clients and stakeholders, application concepting and production, german sausage making, a bit of Swift and Interface Builder to boot.

 

What sort of stuff does he know?

·  User Centered Design with an emphasis on delight and utility
·  Mobile Ecosystem Mastery including Google Play, iTunes Connect, XCode, Android Studio
·   Moderate to Intermediate Swift
·  Agile Project Management Tools including Pivotal Tracker and Scrum
·  Source Control platforms including SVN and Git
·  Web Technologies including Javascript, jQuery, CSS, XML, and HTML/XHTML
·  Adobe Packages including Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Acrobat, Flash, and Dreamweaver
·  Audio/Video Production Packages Including Ableton Live, Propellerheads Reason, Final Cut Pro, Screenflow
·  Apple iWork Suite and Microsoft Office Packages 
·  Macintosh OS and Microsoft Windows, and Linux CLI familiarity 

What kind of learnin' does he have?

University of Texas at Austin, B.S. Radio, Television and Film, ACTLab New Media Concentration. (Graduation date: May 2005)

Oh, and what has he been up to?

Director of Product, Thoughtleadr 2014-

·  Define product roadmap and feature definition for native advertising product, including wireframing and UX specifications for dynamic webapp
·  Drive development of native advertising and analytics products 
·  Lead and manage distributed team responsible for execution of agile based sprints on product features and functions
·  Proactively manage product backlog, prioritizing backlog and sprints based on strategic direction and business objectives
·  Set cadence for execution with continuous performance evaluation
·  Manage vendors and vendor contracts as part of scalable and flexible workforce

Portfolio Manager, Chaotic Moon Studios 2012-2014

·  Managed and grew a team of project managers, establishing processes and integrations across a 100+ person organization
·  Established and defined key processes across departments with an emphasis on product quality and project efficiency
·  Ensured financial performance of company portfolio, including key metric definition and reporting
·  Developed and nurtured client relationships across all projects
·  Acted as department liaison for cross-departmental integrations
·  Provided guidance on contract construction, questions, and disputes
·  In addition to team management duties, oversaw multiple concurrent mobile and embedded software projects, coordinating cross-functional teams, overseeing creative and technical development, while maintaining scope and budget, ensuring business, customer and product goals were met at every stage

Producer, Small Planet Digital 2010-2012

·  Produced projects with budgets above $500k, managing schedule and resources while maintaining excellence
·  Managed project and relationships for clients including Disney Publishing, Disney Parks and Resorts, Paramount Pictures and FamilyFun Magazine
·  Developed initiatives including agile development methodology and original, internal projects
·  Developed Statements of Work and Letters of Engagement for client projects
·  Motivated and directed internal teams, as well as coordinating external resources
·  Involved in every aspect of production from concepting, wireframing and user testing to development, implementation and QA

Senior Interactive Specialist, Convio Inc. 2007-2010

·  Developed custom technical solutions for nonprofit clients meeting their needs within an advanced web framework using HTML, Javascript, advanced CSS, jQuery, and 3rd party tools
·  Leveraged in-house content management and CRM solutions to achieve client and internal goals
·  Initiated pilot programs for emerging technologies
·  Directly managed client relationships in addition to collaborating with peers and external partners

Internet Content Editor, Golfsmith International 2006-2007

·  Produced content for all products sold through web channels
·  Authored technical and marketing copy for promotional materials
·  Performed design production for web imagery including clipping paths, color correction and format management
·  Worked directly with retail channel buyers and external vendors to ensure accuracy, completeness and timeliness of work

Anything else he thinks is cool?

User interfaces, puppies, emerging technology, music production, graphic design, typography, German sausage