Greetings! I am Samantha Salas an interior designer from the Imperial Valley, I currently work for our local newspaper, Imperial Valley Press, as a marketing consultant and "home and garden" column writer that publishes bi-weekly. I have experience managing a high end furniture store, and assisting in design projects. I also worked as a visual designer for a 40,000 sq. ft. showroom in San Diego, and along the way I've picked up great communication skills, sales techniques, and have been very successful creating great professional relationships. In addition to my 8 to 5 job, I am a small home business owner, and I am trying to establish myself as an independent interior designer in my community.
As of now I hope to expand my professional network in order to accomplish my career goals. I want to see my career take me to different places, exploring various opportunities, and most importantly to learn from other artist and gain as much knowledge as I can. Design is a beautiful career that keeps on giving, and it is very important to stay updated with your surroundings, but like anything else, a strong foundation is essential, that is why I value the experience others have to offer.
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Imperial Valley Press, El Centro, CA, Marketing Consultant
Consult business owners on marketing strategies and create advertising packages with our publications, including: Imperial Valley Press, Adelante Valley, IV Women, The White Sheet.
Paloma's Interiors, El Centro, CA, Office Manager/Design Assistant
Managed 50+ vendor accounts and placed, managed, and tracked orders for all of our sales team. Ensure the timely delivery of all furniture orders and coordinated delivery appointments with clients. Managed all account payable/receivables and coordinated timely payments. Updated daily sales reports and books. Managed sales team's commissions and payroll. Supported designer proyects by creating floor plans and renderings in AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Illustrator. Supported the sales team on the floor. Customer Service.
Ashley Furniture Homestore, San Diego, Visual Designer
Keeping the visual presentation of the showroom (cleanliness, merchandise, accessory merchandising)
Tracking deliveries and discontinued merchandise
Managed warehouse employees
Developed daily game plans
Cooperate with sale and operations managers
Living Spaces Furniture, Vista, Special Order Sales
Interior design consultation
Special order specifications
Aesthetics, Inc, San Diego, Interior Design Intern
Keeping design library
Updating CAD drawings
Mixture, San Diego, Interior Design Intern
Maintain overall appearance of showroom
Interior design consultation
Ordering new product
Imperial Valley College, Imperial, CA, US, Fine Arts, Business Administration
2006-2008 - Worked on getting my GE credits to transfer to the Art Institute of California, while in the program I also completed multiple courses in fine arts.
2013 - In the fall semester I completed 3 courses in business administration including: Business Management, Business and the Law Environment, Business Administration Principles. In addition a course in advance Photoshop was completed to refresh my skills in the program.