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Manager Design

Fort Mill, South Carolina, United States
November 14, 2018

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Thomas H. Limpo

**** ********** ***** **** ***, SC 29708 - Cell: 248-***-**** - Email:

Summary of Qualifications

oManager of product development and staff, leading market analysis, concept, proposals, presentation, ideation, U/X, prototyping, production and manufacturing, sales & marketing support and brand standards of product and interface.

oInnovative and analytical solutions architect with a conceptual mindset adopted from a broad range of industries to support brand communication, typography and graphic layout as well as aesthetics, consumer interface (UI) and production.

oDesign thinking, strategic, brand identity specialist respecting profit conscious manufacturing combined with formal training and experience in form, texture, color theory, human factors, user-centric solutions, production methods and materials.

Work History & Experience

Industrial Design/Product Development Consultant 9.2015 - 5.2018, JH Global (Contract)

Product Development Manager for an all new concept from initial stages of market research and ideation through final phases of production using innovative solutions and strategic brand development (

Responsible for concept ideation, concept development, prototype build for show and production refinements

Innovation pioneer introducing new materials, concepts, creative solutions and cost effective ideas to market

Provided Market Planning, Cross-functional Team Leadership, Product Marketing and Competitive Analysis

Product Development Manager for US and Chinese Engineering, Surface and Manufacturing teams

Program budget, outsource analysis, cost-effective solutions and lean manufacturing

Team leader for Innovative manufacturing, vendor audit and quality management

Managed and reported Market Research, Clinic and customer experience feedback

Author of desktop published product manuals, technical writing and illustrations

Created and implemented use of ANSI product warning labels and standards

Brand Development and Strategic Roadmap for future products

B-Side, interface and attachment conflict resolution

Prototyping, testing and tooling refinement

Industrial Design & Innovation Manager 6.2013 - 11. 2015, RATO MFG/DGP, Inc.

Initially hired to build Brand Identity and Strategic Product Roadmap for North American consumers, but quickly evolved into leading the Brand and Product Design portfolio for multiple brands globally.

Global Design Manager for RATO Generators, Tillers, Snow Throwers, Water Pumps and Ride –On categories

Target market research and analysis, focused on the customer experience, cost cutting and future offerings

Established product Brand Identity, Graphics and Product Style Guide, Printed Graphics and Packaging

Innovative solutions using materials, interface, color and design to improve perception and quality

Directed retail PoP displays, User Manuals, and Repair Manuals for North America and Europe

Concept and Production product line reviews, clinics and strategic roadmap presentations

Global Graphics Standards overhaul with respect to multiple brands and markets

Resource capability, testing and analysis for development and manufacturing

Competitive analysis comparison balance with feature development

Product manager for US and Chinese advanced global portfolio

Industrial Design Consultant 1.2012 – 6.2013, Redline Design, LLC

Contract assignments and freelance work in order to support family needs and personal objectives

Established International R&D partners for capabilities, cost and production sourcing

Conceptual design for private custom aftermarket automotive applications

Interior Design, Graphic Design and Soft Goods Design

Port of Entry and final packaging solutions

Development, prototyping and testing

Patent research process and filing

Senior Industrial Designer/Brand Design Manager 11.2007 - 1.2012, Husqvarna Group

Aligned numerous acquisitions with Corporate Design Leadership and establish brand identity while providing conceptual and product innovation to the entire product portfolio

Thomas Limpo - 6262 Cloverdale Drive Tega Cay, SC 29708 - Cell: 248-***-**** - Email:

Work History & Experience, Cont.

Industrial design and development for all brands under Husqvarna (Dixon, Weed Eater, Poulan Pro, Craftsman)

Created “F3 Initiative” to improve Fit, Feel and Finish and reduce part count while promoting brand identity

Liaison for global design leadership in Stockholm and newly acquired manufacturers around the USA

Personnel management for Intern interview and selection followed with mentorship

Innovative brain-storming chairman for new and existing product improvements

Interior designer, work flow architect and layout for two new R&D facilities

Brand Design Manager (Commercial, Consumer and Construction)

Graphics support for product, packaging and brand standards

Industrial Design Consultant 1999 - 2007, Redline Design, LLC

Provided OE Automotive and Tier 1 Suppliers with creative Industrial Design proposals and support for business development, market analysis and innovative production solutions

Led exterior design theme, 3D surface development, show concept build and production development on Roush Mustang, Roush Focus, Mazdaspeed Protégé, SVT Mustang, SVT Focus, Pontiac G6 GXP, Roush Magnum, MoPar Ram, Royal Enfield Motorcycles, Nokia Mustang and Eicher commercial trucks,

Developed graphic proposals, budgets, graphic standards and sourcing for sales and business development

Industrial Design, Product Innovation and Value Added Principal supporting the OE Automotive Industry

Creative Resource for Real Estate marketing signage for commercial and residential properties

Managing Director of surface development for clay and CAD teams

Concept, prototype development and testing

Industrial Designer 1998 - 2002, ASC, Inc.

I was awarded an internship my sophomore year which lead to a full time position while concluding my degree. I remained on staff following graduation to refine project management skills and to help expand the company

Led theme, concept and surface development, mold, tooling, build and finish for Pontiac Vibe family, PT Recaro, Dodge Neon SRT, Ford F-150 Scuba and contributed to studio work supporting concept and production models

Liaison between Consumer of Sport Compact Culture and Automotive OEs for access, innovation and valuable market insight that led to an entire market of business development opportunities

Leading resource for concept, specialty, show and special edition offerings for OE Automotive manufacturers

Industrial Design Manager for satellite studio to support business development and support

Managed sculpting and surface development teams for each program assigned

Supported sales team with proposals, illustrations and business opportunities

Instrumental implementation of design brand identity for all GM Brands

Student Liaison for CCS projects and internships and corporate partners

Regular contributor of Corporate Press Materials and catalogs

Military Intelligence Analyst 1987 - 1991, US Army

Disseminated intelligence from all sources to provide daily situation reports for unit commanders

Enemy threat analysis, leader personality profiles, equipment capabilities and battlefield terrain

Supported protocol for garrison security of equipment and stability of staff readiness

Trained US and Foreign Service members for wartime preparation and threat analysis

Produced annual Intelligence Annex for Far East Theater or Operations

Conducted background checks for security clearance

Education & Leadership Technology

1996-2000 CCS, College of Art and Design, BFA, (ID/Transportation) Microsoft Office Suites -Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.

1996 Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA Adobe Creative Suites -Photoshop, Illustrator, InDesign, Etc.

1991-1994 PCC, Portland, OR. AS, General 3-D: (Review only)-Alias, Solidworks, Catia, Rhino, Pro-E, Etc.

1989 Primary Leadership and Development Course, US Army

1988 Military Intelligence Analyst Course USAICS, US Army

References and Portfolio: Available upon request

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