A bit about me, my name is Joe Butters, and I grew up in northern Pennsylvania. I joined the U.S. Army and served on active duty for four years. During my time in the U.S. Army I was stationed in Germany and in the U.S. at a few military posts.
After my time in the U.S. Army was done, I settled in Raleigh, North Carolina with my wife (although we were not married at the time). I worked in several positions for a few years as an electronics technician, specifically in the telecommunications industry. I became very bored repairing phones. There is a limited number of problems or failures that can happen to a phone. It was for this reason that I decided to go back to school and choose another vocation.
I started taking computer art and animation classes, but as fate would have it, I accepted a position doing graphic design and desktop publishing and loved it! I completed my Bachelor of Science degree in Graphic Design while working at Cotton Inc. I worked at Cotton Inc. for 13 years, and one day almost the entire department I worked in was laid off. A very sad day for all of us. I tried working in print shops as a graphic designer but found that was not a good fit for me. I like to be creative and soon discovered that being a graphic designer in the print industry there is little room for creativity. The bulk of my day was spent preparing files for print and not doing the creative design work I love.
I worked as a freelance designer and dog trainer for a bit. Yes, I know what you’re saying, Dog trainer? Where did that come from? After I was laid off from Cotton Inc. I started assisting with dog training classes at Teamworks Dog Training in Raleigh, NC. I found that I enjoyed working with dogs. Teamworks is a positive reinforcement training facility, they use modern science-based training methods, this made sense to me, being a bit of a science geek. I became a certified dog trainer and taught puppy classes and A.K.C Canine Good Citizen classes, but fate would provide me with another opportunity.
I was recruited by Street Legal Industries for a graphic design position with the U.S. Army Reserve. Although the position is based on Fort Bragg NC, I accepted, and for a bit, I was staying in Fayetteville (with my dog, Diana), during the week, and coming home on the weekends. Then COVID-19 hit, and we spent a year working at home. The short of the story is, due to the COVID-19 lock-down, new computer network protocols were put in place in the building I work in on Fort Bragg, and because I do a lot of social media, the majority of my job cannot be done in the building. I now work one day a week at Fort Bragg and tel-work the rest of the week. I find this to be super awesome! I am able to get more work done and get to spend more time with my dogs and wife.
I love what I do, I get to do the creative design work I love, I also do the Social Media and webpage updates for the department I work in. I work with a good group of people; most are former military or active Army Reserve. Overall, a great fit for me and the people I work with seem to like working with me as well. (At least that’s what they tell me anyway, hehe)
Types projects I have worked on:
Marketing Collateral, Brand and Logo Development, Advertisements, Brochures, Flyers, Rack Cards, Posters, Banners, Trade Show Booths, and probably almost anything else you can think of.
Corporate Events, Personal Portraits, Product Photos, Building Photos, Landscape Photography, Wildlife Photography, and Photographic Editing & Restoration
And a few websites as well…