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Name : Darren Medina
Industry Type : Design Director
City & State : Seattle, WA
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Relocation Preferences : Related Professions
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DESIGN EXECUTIVE
Successful Teams / Meaningful Spaces / Creative Solutions
A talent for creating built environments that support human needs while meeting an organization's mission, brand, and revenue goals. Recognized for leading designers and non-designers to achieve collaborative creative solutions. Over 20 years in the design and architecture industry with responsibilities ranging from strategic to project specific. Committed to the enhancement of community as demonstrated through efforts on the Board of Trustees at Westside School and through the design of FareStart restaurant (a local non-profit organization).

CORPORATE EXPERIENCE

STARBUCKS COFFEE COMPANY: SEATTLE, WA 1993 - 2008

SENIOR CONCEPT DESIGN MANAGER GLOBAL DESIGN (2007- AUG 2008)
Led the conceptualization and design development of Starbucks new store models from interior kiosks to freestanding buildings.
Developed multiple concepts for future high volume kiosks.
Created concept for drive thru only building as foundation for future modular construction prototype.
Directed the design of specific projects and established a multi-disciplinary, collaborative approach.
Oversaw the company efforts and acted as internal spokesperson for a Green Starbucks store model.
Established strategies and tactics for Green Starbucks store model as foundation for future development

DIRECTOR GLOBAL STORE DESIGN CONCEPTS (2002 - 2006)
Managed 17 individuals and the team operating budget. Provided design presentations and updates to senior leadership.
Led the design team responsible for establishing and creating Starbucks store design standards the look and feel of Starbucks stores - from conceptualization, design development, pilot store prototyping, CAD tool development, construction document prototype creation, training, and roll-out.
Developed and launched a new store design and construction methodology through a Modular Store System; new look and feel with three distinct Store Palettes; new interior Modular Kiosk with interchangeable components; and a freestanding Single Tenant Building with multiple configurations, building systems and skins.

SENIOR DESIGN & BRAND MANAGER (1999 - 2002)
Oversaw the design process, standards, and brand management of the Store Development Design Teams (for new stores and renovations of existing stores) consisting of over 100 individuals. Provided direction and responded to challenges from internal and external business leaders.
Integrated real estate, construction, and operations input into design solutions.
Led the conceptualization, design development, pilot store prototyping, CAD tool development, construction document prototype, training, and launch of a low cost store model the Ristretto that reduced construction costs and schedule while creating a distinct coffeehouse experience. Over 200 stores in current Starbucks portfolio had a cost savings ranging from $30K to $100K per store at time of construction.
Balanced and mediated multiple and often conflicting internal agendas with creative solutions and education

SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER / RENOVATIONS PROCESS MANAGER (1998 - 1999)
Developed and managed the design process, standards, and brand management of the Store Design Teams.
Led the development, implementation, and management of the Renovation Process for East Coast and Midwest stores during nine month relocation to New York.
Mentored and trained field partners (construction, facilities, and real estate) in the Midwest and Northeast zones.
Provided design education to the Zone Retail Leadership Teams and built a partnership in order to create optimal renovation plans for each individual store.
Ensured brand adherence, operational efficiencies, and facilities budgets were met for each of approximately 200 stores through newly established Renovation Process.

SENIOR DESIGN MANAGER (1997 - 1998)
Oversaw the Store Design and Construction Documentation of all domestic and international stores.
Directly responsible for leadership of five Regional Design Managers and their respective teams of over 60 in-house designers and for the development of over 400 new stores per year, the renovation of over 250 stores per year, and for maintenance of a $3 million operating budget.
Created and delivered design process presentations and training to fellow Store Development (Real Estate, Design, Construction) partners and other departments (Operations, Marketing, Product Development) in order to clarify roles and responsibilities and streamline the development process.

REGIONAL DESIGN MANAGER (1994 - 1997) Led and managed in-house Store Design Teams for the Southwest region later taking charge of the Northeast and Midwest regions.
Personally designed over 60 stores during this period while also taking responsibility for the design and development of over 300 stores.
Monitored and mentored the performance of each individual designer within the team.
Developed, tested, and implemented many design and development processes and templates that became company-wide standards.
During a portion of this time, was also a key member of the Blue Sky Concept Design Team responsible for the development of Starbucks store design concepts launched late 1997.

STORE DESIGNER / PROJECT MANAGER (1993 - 1994)
Led design, directed documentation, and managed construction administration of over 30 stores in Oregon, Colorado, and California.
Developed an updated store design for the company through the use of architectural elements, lighting, artwork, furniture, and colors.

ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIENCE

FREELANCE DESIGNER, SANTA MONICA, CA
Designed restaurant and retail spaces and residential remodels. Developed presentations for prospective clients, detailed preliminary competitive cost estimates, and drafted design contracts. Managed scheduling and construction of interior improvement projects to completion.

RHODES & GARRETT ARCHITECTS: DESIGN & PROJECT MANAGER, LONG BEACH, CA
In charge of design for a range of architectural work from site planning to building design. Directed construction administration of several tenant improvement projects.

ARCHITECTS CONSORTIUM: DESIGN MANAGER, PASADENA, CA
In charge of conceptual design for architectural and interior projects, generation of design models and presentation boards, as well as delegating work for construction documents.

COMMUNITY & CIVIC CONTRIBUTIONS

WESTSIDE SCHOOL BOARD OF TRUSTEES (2007 TO PRESENT)
Responsible for goal setting, policy direction, and supervising the financial operation of the school.

WESTSIDE SCHOOL: CHAIRMAN - FACILITIES DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE (2006 TO PRESENT)
Lead planning and development of physical plant to meet near-term and long-term requirements while ensuring costs are within achievable capital campaign goals.
Manage efforts of project manager and architectural consultants.
Establish goals and coordinate work plans of Facilities Development Committee.
Communicate with Committee, Board of Trustees, consultants, parents, and building co-tenant.

FARESTART: DESIGNER, SEATTLE, WA (2006 2007)
Volunteered 250 hours to design the new restaurant space for FareStart (7th & Westlake, Seattle, WA) a non-profit organization that transforms lives by empowering homeless and disadvantaged men, women, and families to achieve self-sufficiency through life skills, job training and employment in the food service industry. http://farestart.org/restaurant/about/index.html
Facilitated weekly design meetings with various stakeholders (external consultants, internal leadership and staff, board members) in order to have an inclusionary process and provide a holistic solution
Managed the design, construction documentation, and construction administration of the interior build-out within a pre-established construction budget and schedule
Created a space for the restaurant that has now become a destination spot and a contributing part of the FareStart business plan and the Seattle Community

PROGRAM FOR EARLY PARENT SUPPORT (PEPS): CO-LEADER/FACILITATOR (SPRING 2006)
Co-led nine week session for six families as part of community-based program that enables parents of infants and young children to meet the challenges of parenting through mutual support and shared information.

EDUCATION
Bachelor of Architecture Degree, California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo





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