I have been working with Richard Smotherman since 2001, when I commissioned him to create a logo & letterhead package for a company I was starting, Ovation Direct Marketing. He also created the design of our website.
He was so exceptional and creative, and so easy to work with, that we started hiring him for graphic design jobs for our direct mail campaigns...until eventually it just made more sense to bring him on full time.
In EVERY way, Richard was an exemplary employee. He was flexible, and had a superb attitude about dealing with changes in a new company, fluctuating between 5-11 employees.
He was hungry and ambitious, and his desire to grow was obvious. He came to optional leadership trainings we held.
His enthusiasm was contagious. And I particularly appreciated how Richard took ownership of our company as if it was his. I have known him over the years to have that same attitude about any team he is a part of.
Due to some personal challenges, I ended up closing the business in 2003. And in doing so, the employee I was most concerned about losing was Richard. I felt like he and I as a team could be unstoppable. He is so fiercely loyal, creative, upbeat in the face of challenges, and someone who finds a way to get any job done, even in the face of seemingly impossible odds.
Richard has also done freelance graphic design for projects I have been involved in recently. This work involved logo work, blog and website design, and design of information products (CD's). He also did some back end work for me on my webste, even though he says that is not his forte, his work was good.
In every way, Richard has been a joy to work with. His work always brings compliments. His creative ideas inspire me to a higher level of planning. His upbeat, winning attitude helps everyone on the team believe 'we can do it.'
If you have ANY questions about Richard, feel free to call me on my cell phone, at 813-298-6678.
I highly recommend you hire Richard. You'll be glad you did.