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  • LevelMid Level
  • LocationLos Angeles, United States
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  • ProfessionsCreative Art Director - Interior Design Manager - Sales Manager

About me

I am a multicultural, multilingual entrepreneur-minded professional who is driven by a creative passion for global artistic trends in art & architecture, new media & entertainment, fashion & interior design. My personal indulgences of a refined lifestyle mirror my career ethics. A work environment where an investment in making a difference in a company's mission is valued; where a sense of accomplishment, motivation and upward mobility merge, would be a proper alliance for me. I am a published writer, editor, and photographer as well as a futurist who influences innovative ventures from an intuitive nature of timing and perseverance. I am at my best when working with inventive talents who set high standards and goals, and connect effortlessly to create breakthrough concepts and desired results.

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Skills

  • Gallery Sales
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
  • Art Writing
  • Book Editing
  • Adobe
  • Fashion/retail/luxury
  • Treatment Writing
  • Creative Proposals
  • Art Events

Work history

Currently

Managing Director

Cote Jardin Antiques

Feb 2015
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • Full Time
  • • Showroom management, promotional initiatives to grow the brand in the interior design industry. • Creating and managing all social media platforms and executing comprehensive marketing/PR strategies. • Maximizing growth of business translating to 40% increase in bottom line in less than a year. • Developing and maintaining vital industry contacts with local and internationally recognized designers. • Ambassador in the design community with active participation for VIP and annual events. • Consulting and effective negotiations for in-house productivity and improvement in brand awareness.

2015

Sales Director

Richemont Group

Jan 2011 - Jan 2015
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • Full Time
  • • Led sales and operations for Richemont Luxury Group launch of a $2.5M build-out in Los Angeles. • Grew revenue streams 100% year-over-year from 2012. Motivated sales staff to exceed numbers. • Mentorship in developing key client relationships and facilitating multilingual sales. • Over-delivered on client outreach goals, and brand ambassadorship at VIP events. • Led unique traffic-generating events elevating brand visibility and driving sales.

2010

Co-founder

Morono Kiang Gallery

Sep 2000 - May 2010
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • Full Time
  • • Oversaw the inauguration of a museum quality art gallery from architectural designs, coordination of reconstruction, setting gallery calendar, in the Bradbury Building in Downtown Los Angeles. • Trans-continental presence and successful leveraging of a roster of Chinese contemporary artists. • Positioned the gallery as a frontrunner in the revitalization of Downtown Los Angeles’ art scene. • Developed enduring relationships with gallerists, art patrons in academic, corporate, and art placement services. • Drove and executed global alliances in contemporary art sectors. • Produced ground-breaking art exhibitions garnering museum and private collections and global recognition. • Visionary for the first literary and historical documentation of Dashanzi Art District as Editor-in-Chief of Beijing 798: A Study of Art, Architecture and Society in China. • On board in all levels of creating, editing, translating, and producing exhibition artist catalogues for collectors, academic institutions, museum libraries, and collaborative galleries in the trade. • Promoted leading and emerging Chinese artists to Western collectors, and established a premier presence. • Visible position as public speaker and panel discussion participant, host of art-related events in Los Angeles and China.

Education

2002

Certification in Educational Innovation

Peking University

May 2000 - Jul 2002
  • Enrolled in the Foreign Language Studies Program and Cultural Studies for first 2 years in China.

2001

Art History and Business Management

University of California

Nov 1998 - Nov 2001
  • Los Angeles, United States

2000

Chinese and History

University of California

Feb 1998 - Apr 2000
  • Los Angeles, United States
  • Continuing education studies in Mandarin language, Chinese culture and history. As well, formal classes in Art Business Management, Accounting.

1982

Photography

University of California - San Francisco

Aug 1980 - Feb 1982
  • San Francisco, United States
  • Continuing Education Studies

1980

(hons) Business Studies

University of New Hampshire

Jul 1972 - May 1980