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“I’m driven by a philosophy of lead by example. I believe that earning respect, trust, and admiration are the best ways to build a winning team and to create an environment in which everyone excels.”

About Me

Tony Gamino

Tony Gamino

Who Am I (the non-existential version)?

Hello, I'm a creative director, designer and digital strategy professional with over 20 years of experience working in New York City. In addition to my design background I hold a Masters degree (MS) in Media Management from The New School and will earn my MBA from the Zicklin School of Business (Baruch College/CUNY) in May of 2022.

I am passionate about design. Not simply whatever falls under the umbrella of graphic design but all areas of creative expression, whether it be interiors, architecture, art, or objects. I am constantly inspired by the world around me and this inspiration and passion shines in my work. I still get a rush from the creative process and seeing a project through to completion. My areas of expertise extend from award-winning print & editorial to digital, identity & branding, marketing & promotions, art direction, and data visualization. I’m an out-of-the-box thinker and problem solver—whatever design dilemma you have, I can solve it. This includes the ability to fully realize projects from inception to completion, no matter the platform or medium. My design aesthetic is contemporary and clean, ranging from big and bold to subtle and nuanced, but consistently elegant and respectful of the material. I've led successful projects for companies such as Coca-Cola, McDonald's, and Microsoft, among many others. My graduate-level studies and work experiences have instilled in me the skills necessary to be an effective leader of teams of any size. When not working you can often find me either planning my next travel adventure, out running or hiking, playing tennis, still trying to nail down French, or brushing up on new software and skills.

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Skills & Experience

Along with my technical skills, I exhibit outstanding interpersonal skills, am an effective communicator, a true problem-solver, use professional judgment in all situations, and am comfortable managing a high volume of matters simultaneously with both short- and long-term deadlines. I also have a passion and dedication to excellence in everything I do.

Digital Expertise

I am as comfortable with code as I am with pen and paper. Whether you want a WordPress blog or a multi-page, fully-responsive site built with Bootstrap, I have the necessary skills to take your project from dull to dynamite!

Illustration

I love creating orginal illustrations and imagery. I typically work in a combination of digital and organic mediums. I do collage with paper, ink, and paint, as well as infographics and data visualizations using Illustrator and Photoshop.

Presentations

I have a background in theater which, combined with my PowerPoint and Keynote skills, allow me to both create and deliver dynamic presentations that will win over any audience, of any size.

Writing

In addition to my work as a designer, I have a tremendous love for—and strong background in—writing, both creative and technical. My love of grammar and writing has instilled in me the confidence necessary to be an outstanding communicator.

Other Interests

Tony is a creative and talented designer but perhaps his greatest skill is his ability to connect with people. Put simply, Tony is a superstar.

Charles Warner

Author of Media Selling, teacher, and artist.

Tony took the art work for our shows and image of our theatre program to a whole new realm. Audiences often ask for posters to frame! He is professional, delivers on time and it is our pleasure to work with him.

Georgia McGill

Chairperson, Speech, Communications, and Theatre, Queensborough Community College

Tony's ability to interpret and deliver on our organization's needs was truly impressive. He is a talented and intuitive designer who is able to take abstract thoughts, tailor the needs to the client, and fully realize them as a beautiful and dynamic website. We couldn't be more thrilled with the results.

Paul Ricciardi

Co-Chair, Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 1

Tony was a student of mine in the Baruch MBA Program. In a class of 50 amazing, smart students, Tony stood out. He was the voice of reason, the voice of maturity, and the voice of experience. His team’s presentation was one of the best I’ve seen in the five years I’ve been teaching this course. Tony’s creativity, both visually and intellectually, was evident throughout the presentation. If I could only clone Tony for future classes!

Cynthia Thompson, Ph.D.

Professor, N. Paul Loomba Department of Management, Zicklin School of Business,Baruch College, CUNY

Resume

Work
Experience

I have over 20 years of experience in the design field.

  • Present Jul 2015

    Queensborough Community College / The City University of New York

    Director of Creative Services

    In this role I work side-by-side with the College’s Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer in the development, implementation, and oversight of strategic plans for marketing, advertising and communications. Supervising six design and communications professionals, my team and I work with various campus and external constituencies focused on student recruitment and retention, brand management, and institutional advancement and fundraising. Our work covers a broad range of communication materials including digital, print, mail, broadcast, and social media.

  • Jul 2015 Jul 2013

    Teneo Holdings

    Creative Director

    Teneo is a global advisory agency that partners exclusively with the CEOs and senior leaders of many of the world’s largest and most complex companies and organizations, several of which are Fortune 100 companies. Responsibilities included overseeing the visual direction of all the projects that we produce for our clients, including branding and identity, marketing and promotional materials, social media campaigns, books, brochures, annual reports, presentations,and data visualization.

  • Jul 2013 Dec 2009

    NYER magazine

    Art Director

    Now a member of the Smart CEO family, NYER was a magazine and informational resource for small businesses located in the greater New York City area. Responsibilities of the Art Director included the direction and selection of photography, retouching, the design of the covers, features and departments, and the creation of infographics and supplemental marketing and promotional materials. I oversaw a complete redesign and rebranding of the magazine.

  • Oct 2009 Nov 2006

    Pharmaceutical Executive

    Art Director
  • Nov 2006 May 2006

    Ziff Davis

    Senior Graphic Designer
  • May 2006 May 2005

    Market Watch

    Art Director
  • Jul 2005 Apr 2000

    Wine Spectator

    Assistant Art Director

Education
& Certifications

I studied Graphic Design at Georgia State University, followed by a BA in Literature, Communications and the Arts at the City College of New York. In 2013 I earned an MS in Media Management from The New School. I am currently pursuing an MBA with a Marketing focus at Baruch College (City University of New York).

  • 2022 2018

    MBA, Marketing Concentration

    Zicklin College of Business, Current—graduating in May, 2022
  • 2015

    Certificates: Introduction to Marketing & Financial Accounting (UPenn/Wharton)

    The University of Pennsylvania, Wharton Business School, on Coursera
  • 2013 2011

    Master of Science (MS) in Media Management

    The New School
  • 2011 2009

    Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Literature, Communications and the Arts

    The City University of New York City College
  • 1999 1996

    BFA Program, Graphic Design

    Georgia State University

Awards & Publications

Neal Award—Best Single Article, 2009

I won a Neal Award in 2009 for my contributions to an article in Pharmaceutical Executive about malaria-resistant drugs.

Immediacy, 2013

An article of mine, entitled "Paper or Plastic: Publishing in the Age of eBooks," was published in the online journal of the School of Media Studies at The New School.

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If you have
any questions, ask away!

If you'd like to see more, find out about how I can solve your design dilemmas, or just want to say hello, give me a call or drop me an email and I'll get back to you as soon as I can.