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Ross Benincasa

Designer | Writer | Consultant | Educator

About

  • Name: Ross Benincasa
  • Email: ross@scrawldesign.com
  • Cell Phone: 410-690-8918
  • Skype: rossbenincasa
  • Interests: writing, coffee, and design, in no particular order

Professional Profile

Focusing on small business development and Main Street revitalization, I've been fortunate to work as principal and founder of Scrawl Design since 2011. Based proudly in Maryland, I enjoy working with our community partners to help ensure economic success through marketing and intelligent design at digestible prices. My work has been recognized by the College Media Association, Pennsylvania Newspaper Association, and Wordpress.

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Skills

A Bit of What I Can Do

I'm constantly amazed by the level of talent I get to work with every day. I'm fortunate enough to be side-by-side with people that can do and envision things far beyond my own abilities. However, I do have some talents up my sleeve.

Web Design & Development

Expert, 9 years

Grant Writing

Advanced, 5 years

Adobe Creative Suite

Expert, 6 years

Educational Theory & Curriculum Construction

Advanced, 4 years

Knowledge

Beyond the featured skills above, I have experience and knowledge in a number of other subjects as well.

  • Google Analytics & SEO
  • Content Writing
  • Photo Editing
  • Coffee Guzzling
  • Downtown Development
  • Public Speaking
  • Social Media Marketing
  • Marketing Leadership
  • Usability Testing
  • Non-profit Support
  • Educational Theory
  • Business Mentoring

Awards & Recognition

College of Southern Maryland

Business Leaders Panel

2015
Served on a panel of local businessowners for entrepreneurship and marketing students working on a small business project.
American Scholastic Press Association

Most Outstanding Service to Community

2015
Awarded with my journalism students for our revitalization of the journalism programs in Charles County and for their stories pertinent to the La Plata community.
Maryland Dept. of Education

College & Career Readiness Task Force

2014 - 2015
Served as a member of the College & Career Readiness Task Force, representing southern Maryland on a panel to assess the effectiveness of the new PARCC assessment.
Associated Collegiate Press

ACP Pacemaker Award

2012
Awarded as one of the top academic newspapers in the United States.
College Media Association

Top Newspaper in the United States

2012
Recognized as the most outstanding newspaper in the United States for our coverage, design, and mission for colleges under 10,000 students.

Experience

Over 10 Years of Experience

Admittedly, I've been a tech geek before it was cool, and I have been fascinated by why and how designs and websites were created a certain way. Starting in a minimal, freelance capacity in high school, I have been fortunate enough to start a successful career doing what I love.

Talbot Interfaith Shelter

Board of Directors

2017 - Present
Support an initiative very important to me by serving on the board of the Talbot Interfaith Shelter and helping to end homelessness on the Mid-Shore.
Town of Hillsboro

Commissioner

2017 - Present
An elected official in the Town of Hillsboro, focused on providing a higher quality of life for our residents and businesses.
Easton Business Alliance

Manager

2016 - Present
Work on downtown development and responsible growth with the Town of Easton, MD. Focus on a rebranding and grand-funded projects.
Scrawl Design

Founder, Designer

2011 - Present
Scrawl Design was born out of a need to provide professional, modern design and wallet-friendly prices for self-starters and small businesses around the U.S.
Charles County Public Schools

Curriculum Designer

2012 - 2015
Worked as a curriculum designer in Charles County, Md. Named to Maryland State College & Career Readiness Task Force.
The Etownian

Editor-in-Chief

2009 - 2012
Our small college and community newspaper saw a monthly increase in readership by 550 percent and an ad revenue increase of over 400 percent under my direction. After completing a print and web overhaul, we were named Most Outstanding College Newspaper in America in 2012.

Education

My time in academia

Being a formally trained teacher, I truly value my education and owe much of what I currently have and do to a lot of great teachers along the way. If it wasn't for choosing the right school and the right activities, I never would have accomplished what I have.

Elizabethtown College

Marketing

2008 - 2012
I added a minor in marketing when I began Scrawl Design, and it has helped me not only run my own business, but also help other small business owners.
Elizabethtown College

Professional Writing

2008 - 2012
My primary major, professional writing, allowed me to explore the one thing I've loved for as long as I can remember. Being an avid writer has helped me in the business world, and it's what I often suggest to clients to get their voice across.
Elizabethtown College

Education

2008 - 2012
Studying secondary education with the intention of becoming an English teacher gave me fantastic training in mentorship and coaching. I am certified to teach English & business in PA & MD.

Portfolio

A very small sampling of my work

Although not exhaustive in the least, the items below will give a glimpse into some of the projects I have done in the past. If interested in work for your company, please visit Scrawl Design's portfolio to see our latest projects.

Contact

Feel Free to Reach Out

I absolutely love talking with people about anything you may be interested in, so please contact me below. Whether you are an aspiring business owner, looking for a designer for an upcoming project, or just like to chat, I'd love to speak with you.

Scrawl Design
P.O. Box 31
Hillsboro, MD 21641
Call/Text
410-690-8918

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Ross Benincasa

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