I'm Mike, born 1985 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. I built an early career as a manager in a large retail chain, and quickly reached a demanding position in store management where I thrived for a while. When I moved to Finland to be with my wife in 2011, it was a fresh start, and a second chance at a career I was passionate about, not just good at. I'm a natural manager, but I've always been a creative at heart. Now, I've expanded my skill set by learning visual design, with a focus on 3D art and animation for the game industry. I'm supremely dedicated to my new path, quick to adapt, work well with people, and very accustomed to stress, deadlines, and responsibility.
I'm ready to bring multiple skill sets and proven professional skills to a creative team.
3D Artist – Generalist
Red Stage Entertainment
A short term contract, with the goal of finishing a vertical slice to secure funding for the remainder of the project. Worked both in studio and remotely. Created new characters in Maya, and “upgraded” old low-poly assets in Blender with new geometry, weight painting, and all new textures, but without disturbing existing animations. Responsibilities included establishing a better 3D asset workflow within the team, and other support operations such as solving animation department issues and developing an understanding of the Unity cloth physics system.
3D Artist – Generalist
Modeling and texturing of environments, animation of characters, rendering of animations for promotional and UI material.
Work experience in Finnish language and working environment. Work placement and language training period as part of Finnish cultural integration program. Offered a contract to continue as an employee after placement period ended.
Store Operations Manager
Roundy’s Supermarkets, Inc.
Salaried management position with a wide range of responsibilities and minimum of 50 hours per week, often over 60 in practice. Maintained in-store warehouse, predicted sales and ordered stock, designed and implemented displays to drive sales, coordinated departments, oversaw training of new employees, maintained high customer service levels in stores with daily sales of $80,000-$600,000, and accepted special assignments such as store openings, closings, renovations, etc.
Bachelors of Media & Arts, Interactive Media
Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK)
Entered Interactive Media program in pursuit of a career change, to bring existing talents and career skills into a creative industry. Specialized in game design, fulfilled producer and artist roles in projects, and studied user experience design.
Finnish Integration Program
Tampere Adult Education Center (TAKK)
Language and cultural integration program for spouses of Finnish citizens. Graduated in only 6 months due to full-time job offer and B1.1 language final exam score.
Game Design, 3D Modeling, 3D Texturing, 3D Animation, Conceptual Design, Management, Agile Management, Visual Design, Blender, Maya, Mudbox, Photoshop, UX Design, Unity