Charles Cowen New Media / Brand Management

Web: http://www.neurostimuli.com
Email: neuromancer@neurostimuli.com
Email: ccowen@voila.fr

Address: 1689 Thompson Farm Rd.
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Phone:
646.489.7343


EXPERIENCE 8/2002 - Present
Advanced Audio Video Systems, Inc.
US-VA
Vice President /Director of Marketing and Business Development
Responsible for branding the business, refining the business plan, developing strategic alliances/positioning within the market place, and maximizing income/growth potential.

3/2000 - 8/2002
US-VA, US-NY
Graphic Designer / Brand Consultant and Creator / Web Designer
Freelance work involving extensive consulting, web, branding, and print services for a variety of clientele including: The Universal Music Group, The Legendary Wailers band, Rising Tide Productions, Ntelos, Kluwer Law International, Catec, and The Dave Matthews Band.

8/1999 - 3/2000
US-VA
Director of Multimedia and Product Development

Assistant to the CEO during the rapid growth of the music portal and gained a lot of knowledge about the web, e-commerce, strategy, and identity deployment from the administrative level.
Created and directed (as project manager, lead programmer, and lead designer) the portal's multimedia department responsible for all Flash, enhanced CDs, and streaming media produced by the company.
Responsible for the development of new web-based products to add to the portal's client services arsenal (such as the Santana E-cards).
Sales and services provided to such acts as: Parliament, Santana, Blues Traveler, David Gray, and the Dave Matthews Band.
Individual Flash work recieved the Midem 2000 "best website" award, Shockwave site of the day, and Macromedia site of the day.
Project manager, lead designer and developer for the David Gray enhanced CD "White Ladder" - now a gold level release.
Chosen to represent the company at Webnoize, 2000.


10/1998 - 1/2000
US-VA
Owner / CEO / Audio Engineer

Responsible for incorporating the business and a 2/3 growth in size and income.
Designed and built new studio space (including acoustic treatment, HVAC, and wiring). Executive responsibilities included: HR, management, accounting, business development and marketing, client relations, computer maintenance, data maintenance and backups, project management, and artist management and promotions.
Created an AIDS benefit battle of the bands in order to market the studio and was responsible for all aspects of the event including: fund raising, project management, and running sound for all 45 bands.
Performed, produced, and composed music as well as created, mastered, and produced multimedia sound effects (some used by Boxerjam's award winning website).
Responsible for all implementation of the company's marketing including web design, photography (digital and film-based), and print-based collateral.


EDUCATION University Of Virginia
US-VA
B.A.
Major: Cognitive Science
Minor: Philosophy

Majored in Cognitive Science and minored in Philosophy.
Special interests included: gender differences, perception, biomedical ethics, forms of reasoning, computer science, cognition, architecture, psychology of music, and neurology. Involved with research for Nasa and Disney in their ongoing efforts to understand how humans interact and process their environment.


SKILLS Skill Name Skill Level Last Used Experience
Software:
       
Adobe Photoshop Expert Currently used 4 years
Adobe Acrobat Expert Currently used 2 years
Adobe Streamline Expert Currently used 2 years

Adobe Illustrator

Intermediate Currently used 3 years
Adobe Pagemaker Expert Currently used 2 years
Adobe InDesign Expert Currently used

2 years

Adobe Premier Intermediate Currently used 2 years
Quark Xpress Intermediate Currently used 2 years

Macromedia Fireworks

Intermediate Currently used 3 years

Macromedia Freehand

Intermediate Currently used 3 years
Macromedia Ultradev Expert Currently used 2 years
MM Dreamweaver Expert Currently used 3 years
MM Flash (4-MX) Expert Currently used 3 years
Macromedia Director Intermediate Currently used

1 years

Quicktime, Real Media, Windows Media Expert Currently used 4 years
Wildform Flix and SWFX Expert Currently used 2 years
Sonic Foundry Acid, Sound Forge, CD Architect, Vegas, Stream Anywhere Expert Currently used 4 years
Final Cut Pro Intermediate Currently used 1 years
Swift 3D Intermediate Currently used

2 years

Metacreations Painter, Bryce, Canoma Intermediate Currently used 2 years
Programming:
       
HTML Expert Currently used

4 years

Javascript Expert Currently used

4 years

DHTML Expert Currently used

2 years

CGI/Perl Expert Currently used

3 years

Flash Actionscript Expert Currently used

2 years

Style Sheets/ CSS Expert Currently used

2 years

PHP/ASP/CF/XML Intermediate Currently used

2 years

Platforms:
       
PC (Win DOS - XP) Mac (OS 8- X)
Unix, NT, and Streaming Servers
Canon XL1 & GL1 DV Cameras
     

 


WORK STATUS I am authorized to work in the US and EEC for any employer.
Dual Citizenship/Passports: US and France (Bilingual)

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

Other Computer Knowledge: Microsoft Office (including: Word, Excel, Access), QuickBooks Pro, networking (ethernet, wireless, cross platform), systems design/maintenance/consulting, as well as working knowledge of: C++, Java, and database design (flat or relational),