Blood. Tears. Sweat. Sacrifice. Good friends. Supportive family. Focused, with an open mind. Accepting the mission. Legacy for my children. Never quit. Making lemonade. #InTheArena #AmericanRenaissance #NikRidley

Through a combination of work experience in both for-profit and nonprofit sectors, I have verifiable success in the areas of: operations management, marketing, team-building, and financial controls. I have also successfully managed a wide-range of projects and have acquired practical, real-world skills.

Brush, Music, Word, and Design are the foundations that I lay my work on, and I incorporate them in all that I do. My creative philosophy is that all forms of art are, in their essence, shades of the same Source. I believe that these “shades” are mirrors – an outlet for humanity, all of us, to experience ourselves, learn, and grow. My approach is simple: be authentic. Only when art comes from within, will it liberate the artist and the "receiver" - authenticity is what moves us. The glue that binds. The Truth we all seek. Whether a specific font, brush-stroI haveke, or the right snare, the art must be authentic.

I must take a moment and thank my greatest inspiration to achieve my goals and dreams, and not be inhibited by obstacles. First and foremost, my mother, Linda Kaye Hill (May 26, 1952 - June 23, 2008) and my father, Richard J. Ridley, III, who adopted me when I was 4-years old..I love you beyond words.


October, 1961
(Full Article: http://wane.com/2015/02/25/badge-210-an-american-history-story/)



WORK:​
RAWArtist (2016)
Creator/Curator, TABU Art+Photo+Design Exhibition (2015)
Creator, Road to Contentment Wellness Lifestyle System (2015)
Official Cultural Partner, Arts & Venues Denver (2014-current)
Producer, FETE Caribbean Holiday Art+Music+Food Festival (2014)
Executive Director, IBHAC (2014)
Producer, Art/Fashion Exhibit: American Renaissance (2013)
Co-Producer: Music Video, “No Blame (Stay)” (2013)
Co-Producer, Album: BSF Sessions vol.1 (2013)
Film Soundtrack Feature, The Black Hole - IMDb (2012)
Curator, Black American West Museum (2011-2)
Playwright, Masque the Musical (2011)
Theater Instructor, Camp H.E.R.O @ Manual High School (2011)
Actor, An Evening With Nina (Simone) (2011)
Author, Only Love Will Save Us (2010)
Producer: Metroglyphs vol. 1/2 (Urban) (2007)
Producer: Tripped Out vol. 1/2 (House) (2006)
Resident Artist, Euell Wilson Center (2006)
Poetry Instructor, Art from Ashes, Inc. (2006)
Asst. Education Director, Cleo Parker-Robinson Dance Company (2006)
Author, Del Sol Anthology (2006)
Resident Artist, Weisser Youth Center (2005)
Resident Artist, Fort Wayne African-American Museum (2004)
Resident Artist, Gove Middle School – Denver Public Schools (2003)
Purdue University Haraka Writers (1993-97)
Purdue University Cultural Arts Series (1996)​​​​​​​​​

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE (2007-CURRENT):​
Principal I Kaehill Group, LLC (Denver, CO)
Multicultural Branding, Marketing & Advertising Agency
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We all have unique cultural values and norms that influence the way we think, feel and act. Based on the notion of “advertising as a mirror,” KHG implements your cultural values and standards in a way that consumers can see themselves - and identify with your brand. We are the bridge.

VP Operations I Colorado Energy Experts - Solar (Denver, CO)
+Managed project team to execute operations project effectively and efficiently.
+Defined scope, budget and schedule for operations project.
+Identified project risks and recommend appropriate resolutions.
+Developed project budget in consideration with cost optimization and reduction goals.
+Tracked and monitored expense based on budgetary guidelines.
+Ensured project execution within defined budget and timelines.
+Managed resource assignment, work allocation and software and hardware requirements for operations project.
+Conducted performance review and provide performance feedback to staff.

Manager/Curator I Black American West Museum (Denver, CO)
+Oversaw operations including: finances, accounting, maintenance, and customer relations.
+Coordinated Invoicing and vendor Consignment.
+Supervised company staff, goals, objectives, policies, and procedures.
+Managed client lists and sales files (including quotes, invoicing and follow-up).
+Archived artifacts and Maintenance of database.
+Coordinated client correspondence.
+Streamlined marketing initiatives via implementation of social media and print campaigns.

Install Coordinator I Empire Today, LLC, (Denver, CO) 
+Created monthly reports and developed action plans.
+Managed contractor recruiting, hiring and retention.
+Maintained workload management and marketing campaigns.
+Trained associates in customer relationship management (CRM).
+Managed and held contractors accountable to company standards.
+Achieved profitable revenue growth from $600,000 per month to over $1,000,000 monthly.
+Reduced labor expenses by eliminating unnecessary contractor charges.
+Established a working knowledge of permits and licensing requirements.
+Demonstrated specific knowledge of local competitors in the industry.