About Me

I'm an innovative editorial, creative, and digital media professional with an indelible reputation for delivering inventive solutions that improve productivity and engagement. I've got broad experience with a wide variety of creative and editorial services, including branded content, product and website development, marketing, communications, and strategic planning for entertainment and publishing companies such as Marvel Entertainment, DC Comics, Warner Bros., Wiley, and other global media brands. Mostly? I just like to make cool stuff.
I'm also a father, gamer, coffee drinker, storyteller, and optimist.

Contact Details

Name: Ron Perazza
Location: New Jersey, United States
Email: ron@ronperazza.com

Education

Rowan University

Bachelor of Arts Illustration

My university experience included a rigorous degree program in studio arts with concentrations in illustration, printmaking, and art history. In addition to participating in academic programs, I co-founded a student-run art and humor magazine and exhibited personal works at the Glassboro Center for the Arts (Glassboro, NJ) and City Gardens (Trenton, NJ).

Work

Wiley

Collaboration & Productivity 2017 - Present

Business lead for large scale intranet implementation, Office 365 engagement strategy, and technical training process. Establish content goals and oversee daily operations for global enterprise initiatives across the company intranet and other internal channels in order to drive employee engagement, collaboration, productivity, retention, and positive user behavior.

Co-lead of global internal communications, developing and overseeing communications initiatives, jointly overseeing the global communications team, and developing strategy on new communications channels and methods.

Union Combine

Editorial & Creative Consultant 2014 - Present

Provide editorial and creative direction, project management, intellectual property development, and related creative services. Clients include Marvel Entertainment, Razorfish LLC, Reading With Pictures, The United Nations, Deloitte, and VivaTech/Publicis Groupe.

Archie Comics

Senior Vice President of Digital 2015 - 2016

Responsible for strategic planning, development, and day-to-day management of website, apps, and multimedia destinations. Lead digital publishing operations for archival, new, and original digital content. Established strategic, international business relationships increasing product availability.

Marvel Entertainment

Director of Digital Innovation 2013 - 2014

Oversaw product development, editorial strategy, design, and launch of native iOS and Android digital comics reader capable of supporting audio, video, and trademarked "smart panel" reading. Pioneered "Adaptive Audio" - integrating audio gaming middleware into visual storytelling creating an enhanced reading experience with increased engagement. Developed creative content guidelines, strategy, schedule, and workflow for key digital media projects creating operational efficiency resulting in increased output and reduced expense.

DC Comics

Vice President of Creative Services 2007 - 2013

Oversaw creative services team of writers, editors, artists, and developers to manage creation of all advertising, marketing materials, and partner-sponsored content for marketing and sales business. Led website, social media, app development, and online marketing for multiple, globally recognized media franchises. Launched original content-driven digital editorial imprint implementing open-source solutions with community and social media platforms. Developed international portfolio review process for discovering and developing new writers and artists worldwide. Managed company brand and representation in print, digital, social, and at key trade shows and events.

Director of Creative Services 2003 - 2007

Managed day-to-day website and online community, scheduling, and operations. Built first online product database and expanded publishing websites into a comprehensive online content marketing presence. Developed digital talent operations to reduce workflow and editorial costs. Instituted ongoing internship program.

Manager of Creative Services 1999 - 2003

Oversaw the growth of the custom publishing program and supervised all creative materials for custom projects and licensed promotions. Provided support for brand assurance, video games. Editor, art director, and project manager for special projects.

Marvel Comics

Product Manager 1998 - 1999

Product lead for Marvel’s line of collectible cards and game comics. Managed editorial, creative, game design, budget, and national fan club/tournament circuit.

Fleer

Manager of Creative Services 1994 - 1998

Editorial and creative lead for collectible trading and game cards for licensed franchises including Marvel, DC Comics, and Star Trek.

Volunteering

The Comics Grid

Editorial Advisory Board 2013 - Present

The Comics Grid is an open access, peer reviewed academic journal dedicated to comics scholarship. The journal’s purpose is to make original, media-specific contributions to the field of comics scholarship and to advance the appreciation of comic art.

Glen Ridge Civic Conference Committee

Communications Chair 2016 - 2018

The Glen Ridge Civic Conference Committee is comprised of a broad cross section of Glen Ridge residents whose function is to seek out and endorse those who in its collective judgment are the most qualified candidates for elected Borough office, Town Council, Mayor and School Board.

Boy Scouts of America

Cub Scout Den Leader 2016 - Present

The Boy Scouts of America is one of the nation's largest and most prominent values-based youth development organizations. The BSA provides a program for young people that builds character, trains them in the responsibilities of participating citizenship, and develops personal fitness.

Awards

Spot Bonus Award

Awarded by Wiley 2019

Wiley periodically offers performance-based awards to recognize contributions to the company's shared success. I earned special recognition for professionalism and excellence in collaboration and innovation during the implementation of Wiley's intranet.

Office 365

Awarded by Microsoft 2018

Microsoft's customer advocacy program highlights companies that significantly advance their organizations using Microsoft products and services. Wiley's Office 365 rollout was recognized as a case study through this program.

Top Ten Graphic Novels for Teens

Awarded by the American Library Association 2010

Each year the American Library Association selects the best books and media for teens from 12 to 18 years of age. While I was the Editorial Director of DC Comics' digital imprint, BAYOU by Jeremy Love was selected for this award.

Glyph Award

Awarded East Coast Black Age of Comics 2009

The Glyph Awards recognize the best comics made by, for, and about people of color. While I was Editorial Director of DC Comics' digital imprint, BAYOU by Jeremy Love won a then record-breaking five awards included; Best Comic Strip or Webcomic, Best Female Character, Best Artist, Best Writer and Story of the Year.

Harvey Award

Harvey Awards Executive Committee 2009

The Harvey Awards are one of the comic industry's oldest and most prestigious awards. Recognizing outstanding achievement multiple categories. While I was the Editorial Director of DC Comics' digital imprint, a number of comic books under my supervision were nominated or won this award. The nominations include three comics for Best New Series (HIGH MOON by David Gallaher & Steve Ellis, SUPERTRON by Sheldon Vella, and NIGHT OWLS by Bobby & Peter Timony), and three comics for Best Online Comic Work (THE BLACK CHERRY BOMBSHELLS by Johnny Zito and Tony Trovarello, HIGH MOON by David Gallaher & Steve Ellis and NIGHT OWLS by Bobby & Peter Timony). HIGH MOON won the Harvey Award for Best Online Comic Work.

MIN Award for Custom Publishing

Media Industry Newsletter 2005

The 2005 MIN Award for Custom Publishing went to a custom editorial project that I oversaw at DC Comics, sponsored by Coca-Cola and PowerADE, starring LeBron James. The KING JAMES program included print comics, posters, a custom website, video and more.

Carrot Award

Warner Bros. 2003

The Carrot Award recognizes individual Warner Bros. employees for outstanding performance.

Top Five Spider-Man Card Sets

Cardboard Connection 1997

The Cardboard Connection is a leading resource for sports card, entertainment trading cards, and memorabilia collectors. 1997 FLEER ULTRA SPIDER-MAN, for which I was creative manager, was selected as one of The Top Five Spider-Man card sets spanning a nearly twenty year period. This set introduced the first, original art "chase" cards.

Client Testimonials

  • Ron is one of my favorite bosses. He's always been supportive of his department personnel and was open to new ideas and suggestions. I also found him to be a very fair and compassionate boss -- a good friend and he was such a fun mentor.

    Maria Cabardo, Director & Producer
  • As a leader, Ron is a community builder. When a problem or challenge occurs, he analyzes all variables and looks for solutions, enlisting the best talent to make those solutions a reality. He is fair, approachable, and willing to listen to the concerns from the community he has built. He has a eye towards the future and isn't afraid to experiment with new ideas. He is absolutely someone you want to have leading you forward.

    David Gallaher, Writer
  • Ron was always the go-to-guy that focused on delivering his projects on time. Ron has the integrity, willingness, discipline and creativity to own a responsibility and complete it. I highly recommend Ron to anyone that wants to get the job done right.

    Lisa Mills, Project Manager
  • Ron is a consummate professional. He keeps not just his finger but his whole hand on the digital pulse of the publishing industry. Ron is not adverse to risk, or leaps of faith, he is known to be right, a lot. Ron works well with others, he is creative and smart and can problem solve with the best of them.

    Jesus Reyes, Digital Producer
  • Ron is a perfect creative manager: smart, fair, and forward-thinking about the big picture and the details that go into it, and able to to balance the creative and business side of projects equally. I would work regularly with him again without hesitation.

    Kevin Colden, Graphic Designer
  • Ron is one of those people that you discover while working with them, that you find yourself wanting to work with again and again. He's resourceful and a great manager of time; able to juggle many projects and meet the deadlines and goals of each. He is highly creative - and always mindful of the user experience. Ron is exceptionally well-versed in all manner of digital media, and when necessary likes to get under the hood to understand how things work. I see this as a mark of an excellent manager and director; to make it his mission to know the in's and outs of how all the pieces fit together.

    Dan Gover, Artist

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