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STEVEN KIMURA

www.StevenKimura.com

sk@OperatorUSA.com

(857) 472-8350

 

Seeking:

Interesting work in creative fields, with superior work-life balance and long-term stability.

Education:

BFA ‘98 School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

 

Experience:

2016-Present

Parts & Labor (Trade Show)

www.partslabor.us

Founder

Primary accomplishments:

  • Successfully launched the first 100% snowboarding trade show

  • Leveraged my reputation in the snowboarding industry to bring together an incredibly diverse, group of independent, snowboarding brands and personalities for the first time

Additional relevant work:  

  • Event Planning

  • Sales

  • Financing

2014-Present

United Shapes (Snowboarding)

www.UnitedShapes.us

Founder

Primary accomplishments:

  • Successfully launched a snowboard brand that in the space of 18 months went from concept to successful placement in the best shops in the country, international distribution, and glowing media coverage.

  • Used decades of diverse work experience, and lifetime of fandom to launch a collection that satisfies me as a designer, while also finding market fit.

Additional relevant work:  

  • Company direction/branding

  • Snowboard design

  • Sourcing and budgeting

    

2008-Present

Owner Operator (fashion)

www.OwnerOperator.us

Founder

Primary accomplishments:

  • Established a highly respected, internationally known and trend-setting brand

  • Self-taught, and transitioned into fashion from a different industry and career path

Additional relevant work:  

  • Concept and company branding

  • Management of budgeting, schedules, sales

  • Establishing and managing overseas distribution and licensing deals

  • Complete collection production cycle from from initial concepting to sourcing, to finished product

  • Categories include outerwear, mens tops and bottoms, headwear, handwear, luggage

  • Copy writing

  • Most everything else

Skills acquired:

  • Clothing and luggage design

  • Sourcing

  • Marketing

  • Business management

  • Pattern making

  • Sewing

  • Team management

 

2006-2011

Harmonix Music Systems (video games)

www.harmonixmusic.com

Senior Artist

Primary accomplishments:

  • Managed creative team of 5-60+ person art team on multi-million selling games

  • Yoko Ono said I did a good job.

Additional relevant work:  

  • Concept and development work of new titles

  • Art Direction and creative direction for internal and external teams

  • Extensive 3d and 2d artwork

  • UX design

  • Budgeting and team management

  • Managing creative interaction between development team and high-profile artist partnerships

  • Select titles include Guitar Hero 2, Rock Band, Rock Band: Beatles, Rock Band: Green Day

Primary skills acquired:

  • Motion capture direction and design

  • Team leadership

  • Detailed production management and budgeting

1998-2005

Irrational Games (video games)

www.irrationalgames.com

Lead Artist

Primary accomplishments:

  • Self-directed and self-educated my way from a fine arts degree, to senior-level skill-set in a specialized and highly competitive industry.

  • Learned how to work in, and to lead, a diverse team towards a common goal.

Additional relevant work:  

  • Concept and development work of new titles

  • Art Direction and creative direction for internal and external teams

  • Extensive 3d and 2d artwork

  • UX design

  • Budgeting and team management

  • Select titles include System Shock II, Swat 4, Bioshock

Primary skills acquired:

  • Photoshop

  • Illustrator

  • 3ds Max

  • Various proprietary and licensed game engines

  • Game Design

  • Scheduling

  • Team management

  • External team management