International Graphic Communication Week Speaker Information

Evan Barnard

Senior Technical Recruiter - MINDBODY

Wednesday 2:10 PM - 3:00 PM

My name is Evan Barnard, and I am the Senior Technical Recruiter here at MINDBODY. I am originally from the area, graduating from Morro Bay High School, Cuesta College, and Cal Poly with a Marketing Degree. After graduating Cal Poly, I moved to Los Angeles to join a Technical Recruiting Agency called, ‘Insight Global,’ selling recruiting services to the major tech companies in LA. From there, Google had recruited me to help with their Youtube, AdWords, and Analytics Teams based in Venice Beach. Wanting to move back to SLO, I joined MINDBODY almost four years ago and am now recruiting for Software Engineering, Product Management, UX, Data Science, Project Management, and IT Teams.

Daniel Dejan Daniel Dejan

North American ETC Print & Creative Manager - SAPPI

Tuesday 9:40 AM - 11:00 AM

As an educator, designer, humanist, mentor and lover of all things graphic arts, Daniel Dejan has been an evangelist for the power of paper and print for the span of his career. He is the face of the etc (education-training-consulting) Group at Sappi Fine Paper North America where he delivers etc services to Sappi’s wide range of clients.
With more than 40 years of design, production, print buying and on-press experience, Dejan is always ready to share his knowledge of the successful and effective marriage of print and paper. On the road 200 days a year, he is a hands-on, in-person resource—delivering presentations to designers, printers, corporations and paper merchants as well as to organizations at public and private events and conferences throughout North America including AIGA, HOW and Printing Industry of America chapters, Canadian Printing Industries groups, IDEAlliance/IPA events, Print Production and Art Directors Clubs.
Mr. Dejan is the recipient of the 2017 Sundeen/Simich Industry Support Award from the Graphic Communication Educators Association and the 2018 Industry Influencer Award from the Printing Industries of New England. As printing techniques have evolved, Daniel has embraced new technology by not only investigating creative and effective ways to use QR Codes and Augmented Reality in conjunction with print and paper—earning him a position as a Google Glass Developer—but also by exploring and commenting on the layered and complex relationships between the print and digital worlds; merging new communications technology and human interaction.
Dejan has written articles for numerous trade magazines and was both a technical consultant and contributor to The Designer’s Guide to Print Production. As a certified G7 Expert, Dejan is an authority in both Color and Color Management and an avid student of color perception and color theory as it relates to branding and printed color reproduction. He co-chaired the Spectrum Conference in 2007 and sat as a member of the Board of Directors for IDEAlliance/IPA for two terms.

Mike Ferrari Mike Ferrari

Ferrari Innovative Solutions

Thursday 3:10 PM - 3:50 PM

Mike Ferrari is founder and President of Ferrari Innovation Solutions, LLC. His focus is with innovation in packaging and printing, coaching Consumer Product Companies to delight consumers and grow their brands. Mike’s purpose is to educate, guide and inspire them as a strategy coach, author and educator. Mike is a guest lecture professor at the University of Florida at the Packaging Engineering College teaching "Consumer Driven Innovation Methodology". Mike completed a successful 32 yr. career as a Global R&D Assoc. Director at The Procter & Gamble Company. He delivered initiatives to the marketplace for some of the world’s leading billion dollar brands. He is the winner of the prestigious 2009 and 2010 DuPont Packaging Innovation Award.

Morgan Gutierrez Morgan Gutierrez


Thursday 9:40 AM - 10:10 AM

As an undergrad, Morgan Grace was a graphic designer for University Housing, Cal Poly Corporation, and a variety of on-campus organizations. In 2017, she graduated from the Cal Poly GrC program with a concentration in Graphic Communication Management. It was difficult landing a job after graduating, so she kickstarted her freelance design career shortly after and started working in retail. After months of many, many rejections, she finally landed her first post-graduate job in the Bay Area at as a Production Artist at Corefact, a rapidly-growing direct mail marketing firm. She does full-time work in production, press operation, design and product development. As a freelancer, she's managed almost 30 clients, including Cal Poly, and nearly 100 projects within her first year plus offers discounted work to small non-profit and affinity organizations around the Bay Area. She also still does retail for her “fun” job.

Molly Hitchings Molly Hitchings


Tuesday 8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Molly Hitchings is an Account Manager / Creative Recruiter with Mathys-Potestio in Austin, TX. After graduating from Cal Poly's GrC department in 2014, Molly moved to Austin and made the transition from being a creative to helping other creatives find job opportunities. Outside of work, you can find Molly rock climbing, exploring Austin breweries, or planning her next excursion!

Alex Kim Alex Kim


Thursday 9:10 AM - 9:30 AM

Alex Kim is a UX Design Manager at MINDBODY, a software company for the fitness, beauty, and wellness service industry. Previously, Alex worked as an Interactive Creative Manager for a global staffing company and as an Interactive Design Manager for an investment firm. He graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a dual major in Graphic Design and Business Administration. Alex currently serves on the board for the American Institute of Graphic Arts, Central Coast Chapter, as the Director of Operations.

Nathan Ostrout Nathan Ostrout

Glidewell Laboratories

Tuesday 3:50 PM - 4:30 PM

As Glidewell Laboratories’ Additive Manufacturing Manager, Nathan Ostrout leads the company’s 3D printing initiatives. The recent release of dozens of new 3D printing materials has opened up brand new opportunities for printing medical devices. Nathan and his team are currently developing new direct-to-print products for the dental industry, like 3D-printed dentures, nightguards, and crowns. Nathan is a Cal Poly alum, graduating in 2011 from the Graphic Communication program. He shared the honor of receiving the 2011 Attendee’s Choice Award with his fellow TAGA members, and is the recipient of the 2012 Harvey Levenson Undergraduate Student Paper Award. As a graduate student at RIT, Nathan worked with Professor Shu Chang to develop the 3D printing curriculum in the Print Media graduate program. Nathan is avidly following the development of biocompatible 3D-printable materials like ceramics, metals, and polymers, and is excited to see how this industry will grow.

Nicole Smith Nicole Smith

Hemlock Printers

Thursday 8:10 AM - 9:00 AM

Nicole Smith is an Account Manager at Hemlock Printers, USA. She is committed to helping her clients design, plan, and execute a variety of sheet-fed offset and digitally printed projects. Since graduating from the Cal Poly Graphic Communication department in June 2016, she has spent the majority of her career gaining experience in sales and project management. She attributes her passion for effective communication, as well as her career path choice to her time at University Graphic Systems as both the Production Manager and General Manager. At Hemlock, Nicole’s projects range from niche magazines for luxury cars and cuisine/lifestyle, to promotional and seasonal launch mailers. In the past year, she has been working with a prominent tech company in the San Francisco to help produce bespoke casebound books that have been distributed worldwide. In her spare time, Nicole enjoys skiing in Lake Tahoe, hiking in the Bay Area, and volunteering with both the Cal Poly GrC Alumni Chapter, and the Cal Poly San Francisco/East Bay Chapter.

Justin Witt Justin Witt

Affinity Creative

Wednesday 10:10 AM - 10:45 AM

Justin is a recent(ish) Cal Poly GrC grad who is most definitely not writing this bio. After concentrating in WDM he took his talents to the East Bay where he set out to build a digital division for a brand design agency known as Affinity Creative Group. Five years later the ten-person digital team is in full-swing building beautiful brand experiences through storytelling and the digital mediums of photography, video, and websites. When not working alongside his fellow CP grads (Jordan Joseph(’16), Chris DaCruz(’14), Kristin Yeh(’15), Trevor Hooper(’13), Dave Miller (’83), John Swain (’81)) he enjoys studio & landscape photography, snowboarding, golfing, and spending time with his smoking hot wife.

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