Shawn “Jaheed” Givens currently consults as a Digital Strategist and is the Founder of BrandLocal.tv. In 2009 and 2010 Jaheed grew online sales for a medical and therapy supply company from 4.2M to 10.1M using traditional and online marketing in multiple channels.
Prior to consulting, Jaheed was the Co-Founder and Account Executive for Visual Lexicon, LLC, a strategic marketing firm. Visual Lexicon, LLC uses marketing and technology to help businesses communicate more effectively by visually enhancing their core message. At Visual Lexicon, LLC, his clients include; City of College Park, GA, DeKalb County, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, The Witness Project of Greater Atlanta, Jordan Cooks!, The Wing Lab Franchise, Micon’s, Keller Williams Realty, South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Miami Herald, The Box Television Network, Jive Records, and Leica Geosystems.
Before Visual Lexicon, LLC, Jaheed was Director of New Media Marketing for ERDAS, Inc., a Geographical Information Science (GIS) software developer. There he was responsible for developing communication strategies that covered print, video, television, web, and interactive training.
In addition, Jaheed won several design awards and was featured on CNN for bringing a new face to the old world of GIS.
Previously, as an information designer, Mr. Givens led a design team at the World Trade Center (Miami). There he developed interactive kiosks, which tracked user responses remotely via satellite and Internet communications.
Jaheed has traveled internationally for both business and pleasure. In his leisure, he continues to strengthen his talents in fine arts, by working on his own collection of oils and acrylic paintings. Recently, he developed a mentoring program to help students gain design experience in the real world.
Jaheed has taught interactive solutions in both the professional and educational arenas and is a contributing writer for several publications. He sits on the Board of Directors for several non-profit and for profit organizations. He currently resides in Atlanta, GA with his kids and enjoys, globe trekking, great food, and hiking.
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