Resume

Experience

 

GLOBAL MARKET DEVELOPMENT MANAGER   2016- Present
3M  -  PERSONAL SAFETY DIVISION  -  SCOTCHLITE REFLECTIVE MATERIAL  |  St. Paul, MN

-Creating opportunities/designs and managing global go-to-market strategies for 3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective technologies
-Oversight of collaboration between global converters, brand specifiers, agents, and 3M in regards to integrating innovative visibility technology into apparel designs
-3M™ Scotchlite™ Reflective Material strategic planning and key account management
-Collecting, interpreting and leveraging Voice of Customer (VOC) and other external insights

FOUNDER & PRINCIPAL DESIGNER   2002- Present
RYAN GALLAGHER DESIGN  |  Madison, WI

RYAN GALLAGHER DESIGN, founded in 2002, is a design agency for athletic & lifestyle apparel/footwear/softgoods, consumer products, graphic design, illustration and brand identity. RYAN GALLAGHER DESIGN offers a full range of services from research to innovation design to full creative direction.

Past clients include: Microsoft, 7-11, Mars Inc., Axe Body Spray, Modern Design & Development, Georgia Pacific, Dixie, Jim Phillips LLC, Marquette University, City of Milwaukee, ESTR Inc., AVANT Inc., Integrated Design Solutions Inc., ConAgra Foods, Beaulieu Vineyard and Comcast.

LEAD SENIOR APPAREL DESIGNER   2007 - 2016
TREK BICYCLE CORPORATION - BONTRAGER |  Waterloo, WI

-Lead Senior Designer for all men’s technical and casual apparel styles - knits, wovens, outerwear, gloves, headwear &  accessories
-Responsible for generation of seasonal/project themes and moods via trend analysis and converting this information into strategic line plans with merchandisers
-Responsible for accurate and on-time execution of all product details including silhouette, construction, color, detail, performance and cost/value requirements
-Integral part of sourcing, sampling, fit and development communication from proto through production, including factory visits ensuring on-time product launch
-Research & Design Lead for inForm Biodynamics Group - leading innovative, deeply-researched product solutions via major University backed acedemic studies
-Leader of outreach programs to pro and amateur athletes to heighten understanding and champion athlete needs throughout the design & development process
-Mentor to other designers on cross-category apparel, footwear, softgoods and accessories projects
-Relentless creator/adopter of continuous improvement processes and design applications to increase product value, performance and brand cache
-Creator of brand identity tools and consumer insight tools such as athlete snapshots, profiles, personas, industry/style projections
-Creator/Owner of each product’s story, it’s presentation to executive teams and its integration into consumer-facing platforms/elements

FOOTWEAR DESIGNER  2011 - 2016
TREK BICYCLE CORPORATION - BONTRAGER |  Waterloo, WI

-Creator of design and technical direction for road and mountain cycling footwear from sketch through production
-Responsible for generation of seasonal/project themes and mood boards and syncing with apparel direction
-Responsible for accurate and on-time execution of all product details, including last development, material selection, styling, construction, color, and trim
-Collaborator with developers, sourcing offices and factories to ensure a clear communication of product design needs and cost/value goals
-Creator/Owner of each product’s story, it’s presentation to executive teams and its integration into consumer-facing platforms/elements

DESIGN & DEVELOPMENT MANAGER - APPAREL/FOOTWEAR/SOFTGOODS 2004 - 2007
HARKEN YACHT EQUIPMENT  |  Pewaukee, WI

-Manager of line plans and design direction for footwear, apparel, gloves, bags, eyewear and accessories
-Lead Designer responsible for cut & sew, fabric, color, trim, and tooling that meets product brief and design goals
-Responsible for the timely and accurate completion of concept sketches, prototypes, artwork/trim pages, CAD drawings, and tech packs and fit sessions
-Primary point of contact for sourcing, sampling and development communication with factory
-Manager of Apparel & Softgoods Marketing and Sales directives to ensure successful completion of company goals

EDUCATION

BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS - INDUSTRIAL DESIGN CONCENTRATION 1998 - 2003
University of Wisconsin-Stout  - Menomonie, WI

TRAINING

-Leadership Training - Executive Education - Wisconsin School of Business - Madison, WI (2013, 2014)
-Leader of first-of-its-kind Cyclist Conspicuity Study with Clemson University Human Factors and Visual Perception & Performance Labs (2015-2016)
-Leader of 2009 joint-study with University of Wisconsin Biomechanical Engineering Labs (Pressure Mapping/Nerve Compression in Cyclists - Slane, et al 2009)
-Advanced Communicator Gold Level - Toastmasters International (2013-2015)
-Solidworks Essentials Training - Graphics Systems - Madison, WI (2008)

SKILLS

-Expert skill level in Adode Creative Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign)
-Expert skill level in digital 2D sketching (Sketchbook Pro, ProCreate), hand-sketching and rendering
-Expert skill level in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Excel, Word)
-Keen understanding of the sports and sports lifestyle market (trend, competition, distribution, price, product, consumer, retail environment)
-Technical knowledge of fabrics, trims, color, sublimation, print/pattern, sewing and apparel manufacturing processes
-Knowledge of human factors and biomechanical systems related to designing excellent products for sports/performance market
-Highly effective communicator in team environments & demonstrated leadership in core and cross-functional teams
 -Working knowledge of Madarin Chinese language through three levels of college-level coursework