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Kate Shelley

UX Designer

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A Bit About Me

After working in wine for 16 years holding positions of all facets, I craved a change. Stumbling upon a job posting for a UX Designer, my curiosity drove me to it's definition. Subsequently doing research, I came to realize that I’ve thought like a UX / UI Designer all of my life, both personally and professionally. I have a passion for helping people and solving problems. Always noticing how things could be better organized, creating ways to innovate products I’ve sold or worked with, constantly enhancing customer experiences in previous roles by tapping into their personal wants and needs, researching purchase decisions as well as life questions, and innately forethinking outcomes and scenarios; all pillar skills in UX design.

 

Designing and maintaining E-commerce websites for the last 4 years, I’m proficient in Figma, Sketch, Adobe XD, WordPress, Wix, Squarespace, Adobe Illustrator, Canva, CSS, Hubspot, Salesforce and more. Additionally, I have over 8 years experience creating an array of flyers, apparel, business cards, websites, and private events including the copy/written parts of each. I am very detail oriented, to a perfectionist level.

My natural curiosity and love for learning line up perfectly with all aspects of UX Design. I have always had a love for art, taking classes at the Toledo Museum of Art from the age of 8. My empathy and interpersonal skills have not only been a large part of my personality, but have also been a key piece to the last 20 years as a professional in business development, management, hospitality, and sales. To provide more insight, the last 15 years were spent specializing in wine as a Director of Wholesale, Sales Director, Educator, Event Coordinator, Experience Planner, Tasting Room Manager, Shipping Coordinator, and Sales Consultant in Ohio, California, and Texas.

 

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Experience

July 2021 - Current

April 2021 - July 2021

September 2019 - February 2021

March 2016 - August 2019

July 2013 - February 2016

October 2012 - June 2013

October 2010 - October 2012

Freelance. COMPLETED PROJECTS: 1) HERA Ovarian Cancer Foundation website re-build from scratch, SEO optimization, copy-editing, organization and layout. 2) Divine Reflection website rebuild, copy-editing, organization, layout, logo creation, and SEO optimization. 3) Austin Silent Disco website update: layout, organization, copy-editing, branding and color streamlining, SEO optimization. 4) Outstanding Cleans website build from scratch and copywriting.

CURRENT PROJECTS: 1) Wine For the People website re-build.

UX Design Certificate: Coursera

Managed complete re-brand including marketing plan, design, budget, forecasting, and sales strategies. Reconfigured and managed e-commerce and shipping platforms for customer experience, accuracy, compliance, and compatibility with desktop, iOS, and Android operating systems. Researched, tested, and implemented CRM software, marketing software, and reservation system. Continuous market research to identify potential improvements, business strategies, and clients.  Created social media platform and began brand awareness program that included hiring a PR agency. Set clear, motivating, expectations with staff to establish performance standards. Formed employee development program, including ongoing training sessions and the content creation. Wrote SEO monthly press releases to drive traffic and attention to brand.

Implemented and increased e-commerce sales via website management and integration with additional sales platforms. Realigned SEO content to increase traffic and brand awareness. Directed migration of website and sales systems to Commerce7 and Hubspot. Designed and wrote copy for all marketing and print materials for entire brand. Collaborated with coworker to create brand style and guideline. Hired and worked alongside marketing department to develop consumer communication copy, marketing strategies, and brand activations. Developed B2B communication channels for effective communication and flow of information amongst clients, coworkers, and partners via email and website; providing inventory updates, progress reports, and allowing flexible access to live data. Utilized Slack to form effective communication paths for each department and overall staff interaction. Developed business by flourishing wholesale sales by 174% in 27 months and increasing brand awareness by personally expanding presence into 4 additional states: NY, IL, LA, and AR by researching and seeking out maven style establishments that had an interest in unique wines. Made Texas History by coining and running all aspects of the first-ever 100% Texas wine festival “Texas Wine Revolution”, a non-profit organization to build awareness and market Texas Wine.

Envisioned, drafted, and brought to life over 15 creative, reoccuring public events to bring local communities together at 4 separate establishments simultaneously while maintaining brand consistency for each via designing marketing materials, testing and prototyping, and building E-commerce websites and functioning customer sales platforms. Built framework of e-commerce store and manipulated POS software to accommodate sales when off-site and/or no internet service. Project lead on research and discovery of new technology for reservation booking system. Designed and constructed marketing campaigns for all public and private events at 4 separate wineries, including SEO, digital pieces, social media, website, and e-commerce. Trained and motivated tasting room staff at 4 fast-paced wineries (30+ people) on customer service, protocols, sales techniques, values, and mission. 

Created all wine club brochures, forms, marketing materials. Restructured 6 existing wine clubs into 3 more profitable and less confusing wine clubs. Engineered interactive online ordering and wine club account system and tested daily for improvements and mistakes, enhancing member experience and driving overall customer satisfaction.

Designed and created 10+ wine and cocktail menus for accounts. Generated table tent designs on monthly basis. Explored new territories/businesses to sell to through analytical research and personal inquiries. Sold into 82 accounts worth $1M+, acquiring 32 new accounts and growing revenue by 40% within first 9 months by relationship building and finding right product fit for customers. Won Diageo portfolio top salesperson award.