The “us” in Hazel Creative is me.
How’s that for an introductory line of copy for a professional creative person? I am Andrew Zalasky. Writing and design have been my passions since I was a youngster and my profession since before I was even getting paid to do it. It’s funny how earning high school or college credit can make work without pay tolerable.
All that aside, I have been fortunate in my career to work in a variety of communications fields. Like I mentioned above I began working in the newspaper business while I was still in high school, continued that through college and worked as an editor, reporter and photographer in the years immediately following college. Most recently, I spent 10 glorious years leading the marketing and communications function at a medical center in the Midwest. And sandwiched somewhere in there, I spent a short time in the television news business, designed covers and contributed case studies to public administration textbooks, and started a successful business designing wellness programming for businesses.
In each of these stops, I was given the opportunity to be creative and pick up skills that have served me – and will now serve you – well. To supplement my practical experience, I have a bachelor’s degree in Communication Arts from Wartburg College in Waverly, Iowa and a master’s degree in Public Administration from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa.
While each of my work and educational experiences has been enriching, I am drawn back to creative development. Getting my “hands dirty” in developing top-notch copy or facilitating design that has those drop dead looks drives me. My hope is that I will have the opportunity to share my knowledge, skills and mission with you for the benefit of your organization.