Chad Wm. Erickson
Chicago, IL 60622
(248) 798-5126
ericks54@yahoo.com

Summary

Coming from a diverse creative background, I am able to bring a unique perspective to every project. As a copywriter, I love putting pen to paper, while my previous life as a designer allows me to think visually in order to create the most effective work possible.

Freelance

April 2007–Present

Capital One (Chicago, IL)
Copywriter
Partners: Over 20 partners including: Menards, Neiman Marcus, Saks, Lord & Taylor, GM, Justice, Helzberg Diamonds, Kawasaki
Highlights: 
• Created advertising and marketing material for all Capital One Private Label and Co-Brand credit cards
• Lead writer for Brand Partnerships’ two largest initiatives of 2016–2017
• Developed creative material for new business pitches across multiple industries and media
• Redesigned the credit limit increase program, leading to a doubled response rate
• Worked hand-in-hand with UX and Conversation Designers to launch a new servicing platform for all Capital One Partners

MSI Studio (Chicago, IL)
Copywriter, Designer, Production Specialist
Clients: Follett Higher Education Group, Sears, Omaha Steaks, Schmidt’s Beer, Freund Container
Highlights: Introduced Under Armour as Notre Dame’s official uniform supplier to Hammes Bookstore customers

Taproot Foundation (Chicago, IL)
Pro Bono Copywriter
Clients: Faith in Place, Logan Square Neighborhood Association
Highlights: Offer copywriting and creative expertise to nonprofit organizations on a pro bono basis 

Gunglba Games (Chicago, IL)
Copywriter, Creative Consultant
Highlights: Provided creative insight and copywriting in the creation of Gameface, an online social game

Skim Milk Fashion (Chicago, IL & Los Angeles, CA)
Creative, Production Consultant
Highlights: Developed designs and provided creative consultation for a boutique fashion designer

Schawk (Chicago, IL) 
Copywriter, Digital Copywriter
Clients: Kmart, Sears, Claire’s, Lord & Taylor, Nike
Highlights: Launched Claire’s online retail copy creative giving the client a voice and style geared towards girls ages 6–20

MB Real Estate (Chicago, IL & New York, NY)
Marketing Coordinator
Clients: MB Real Estate, Sea Level Cafe
Highlights: Doubled Sea Level Cafe’s business through advertising initiative

Pine Lake Marketing (Petoskey, MI & Chicago, IL)
Copywriter, Creative Consultant
Highlights: Wrote web copy describing services offered while giving the brand a voice

SolutionSet (Chicago, IL)
Graphic Designer
Clients: Office Depot, Sears
Highlights: Designed retail circulars for Office Depot which led to increased sales

Full Time

May 2002–April 2007

Schawk (Troy, MI & Chicago, IL)
Graphic Specialist, Copywriter (December 2002–April 2007)
Clients: Kmart, Sears, Rhodes Furniture, Circuit City
Highlights:
•  Doubled expected sales when Kmart began selling appliances
•  Led and trained a six person special projects team when the company moved from Troy, MI to Chicago, IL
•  Established creative and process flows for all aspects of Rhodes Furniture’s print advertising, a newly acquired client

Production Artist (May 2002–December 2002)
Client: Kmart
Highlights: Presented database functionality to prospective clients

Education

Michigan State University (East Lansing, MI)
Bachelor of Arts in Advertising
Chicago Portfolio School (Chicago, IL)
Copywriting

For a PDF of my resume and additional samples, please click here.