Curricula Vitae - Resume

Mission Statement

Committed to Assemble Creative Talent (ACT). The aspiration to ACT on great ideas enabling creative individuals to perform to their full potential. Creating the future with a business model relevant to the latest technologies, innovations, and styling trends.


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​​​​​Truman Pollard

1 Morris Road, Irvine, California  92620
cell: 949-466-7335

Deeply Creative, I enjoy teaching future designers the art of industrial design. My passion for art, fashion, architecture, furniture, and design in all forms has become a lifestyle of exploring design history, future trends and developing expressive drawing skills. I love studying next generation technologies and analyzing consumer needs. My respect for education has increased my critical thinking skills and brainstorming solutions. I especially enjoy teaching Photoshop drawing skills on the Cintiq Computer.

I’m currently on the board for Vital Link of Orange County , a nonprofit organization committed to exposing students to career opportunities. Vital Link hosts a variety of events connecting business leaders with educators to best understand current business trends, employer requirements, and curriculum standards. For several years, I’ve been involved with Tedx Youth at Bommer Canyon supporting TED Talk youth events with design and fabrication support.

I have enjoyed a variety of automotive design studio responsibilities from Staff Designer, Assistant Manager, Chief Designer/Studio Manager, to Project Manager for Design Accessories. I have successfully led a variety of creative professionals through advanced exterior/interior design projects, production color and materials, and fabrication execution. I am a team builder and have successfully managed early advanced concepts through the development process to full-size model execution and manufacturing. I have worked closely with corporate executives and professionals in the marketing, engineering, planning, and procurement departments to enhance product quality, brand values, and increase profits.

Masters of Business Administration with a focus in Marketing,                                                                         
2006 – 2009
Argosy University, 601 South Lewis Street | Orange, CA 92868
I enjoyed exercising my research capabilities with a passion for studying corporate culture and business case strategies. The challenge of finance courses gave me a deeper appreciation for developing economic disciplines.

Bachelor of Industrial Design with a focus in Transportation,                                                                             1977 – 1979
Art Center College of Design, 1700 Lida Street | Pasadena, CA 91103
Courses in advanced drawing skills were fundamental in developing my future communicating and design language techniques. I developed student team projects and two separate graduate portfolios: One Transportation portfolio and one Product Design portfolio. As a freshman, I was concerned careers in transportation design might be somewhat limited and I expanded my courses to include additional product design courses. I discovered the Transportation curriculum produced the best sketch artists in the school and I focused on improving my perspective drawing and dynamic styling skills. The product design courses were more business and consumer in orientation. Exploring both studies gave me a much wider design outlook and I encourage students to explore several careers, especially in light of changing technologies and world economies. Graduated with Honors.

Associates of Arts Degree in Architectural Technology,                                                                                       1974 – 1976
Cerritos College, 11110 Alondra Blvd | Norwalk, CA 90650
Courses in Art and Architectural History gave me a greater appreciation for researching the past. I have a passion for evolving future design styles based on historical influences. Architectural Drafting courses stimulated my technical building skills by developing professional working site plans. Experience included part time work with Bruce Mulhearn Realtor modifying floor plans to accommodate customer needs and locating furniture. I received the Architectural Technology Achievement award and made the Dean’s List.

The Art Institute of California - Orange County, a campus of Argosy University                                         2007 – Present
Adjunct Faculty – Industrial Design Department
Teaching professional industrial design skills based on years of successful business practices. Initiating course strategies and new syllabi to coordinate with latest design trends and create a real world environment.
Initiated first Cintiq Computer classes to teach digital sketching techniques.
Special Projects Leadership – developing joint venture projects with industry experts and other University disciplines. Voluntary student participation requiring a creative use of afterhours scheduling and shop facility.
2016 and 2015, OC Fair Imaginalogy event support with Ai displays and student volunteer demonstrations. The event attendees are mostly high school age and are invited with their families to participate in competitions, exhibits and activities all designed to explore career paths under the focus of S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.) 
Red Brick Pizza Restaurant furniture design class project resulting in $1,000 gift to top design directions that embodied the best brand design direction.
University of California at Irvine (UCI) engineering department and Art Institute joint projects. Successfully developed a unique Formula SAE vehicle composite body design for 2011 competition resulting in overall best fuel efficiency. The vehicle has been transformed into an experimental electric vehicle and used in 2015 – 2016 testing. Supported aluminum sheet metal body construction for 2013, 2014, and 2015 racecars. A Gravity Powered UCI / Art Institute / Mazdaspeed gravity racer is currently installed on the Ai Lobby Wall.
Promoted two Furniture Design shows at “The Lab” retail environment to give students real time objectives and conditions to participate in a public event.
Kawasaki sponsored projects. Motorcycle Full Size painted clay model successfully completed and on display at 2010 “Rock The Runway” fashion event. Other Kawasaki projects included building a full size water craft project and sketches for a “Mule” side by side off road project.
Developed relationship with 210 Footwear Foundation with results in a student awarded scholarships worth $5,000 for footwear design solutions.

Awards – 2011 Student Choice Award and 2008 Spirit of Excellence Award along with several Spirit Award Nominations.

MAZDA North American Operations                                                                                                                              1990 – 2016
 7755 Irvine Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92623

Project Manager, Accessory Design
Managing Accessory Design activities. Coordinating design department responsibilities for North American markets and global product support with Mazda Product Planning, Engineering, Purchasing and Procurement departments.
Developing accessories products across all vehicle car lines from concept through engineering execution, reviewing supplier support and analyzing final production parts. Maintaining competitor trend boards and review new product technologies.
Supervise and coordinate 3D model design development, maintain supplier samples, and communicate color and material directions with design management.

 Lead Designer
Managing Accessory Design activities, Mazdaspeed, and Special Projects. Lead design for 2009 MX-5 Mazdaspeed aerodynamic body parts, supervised 3D Data development and participated in full size aerodynamic wind tunnel studies.
Developed design directions for all Mazda cross car line accessory parts and Mazda5 minor model changes.
Special Projects included managing the “Adrenaline” CX-7 show car début at SEMA in 2006 and support for “Gravity Race Car” competition events to raise funds for foster care awareness.
Graphic support for Motorsports race cars to coordinate a single Mazda race car identification brand strategy.
Support for Mazda Alternative Marketing group for lifestyle events like “Hot Import Nights”.

 Chief Designer
Directing Advance and Production Design. Successfully completing Annual Advanced Activities with Product Planning for future trends and next generation cycle plan strategies.
Initiating design solutions for performance products and highly visible Mazda Performance Series (MPS) and Mazdaspeed Vehicles resulting in the youngest automotive consumers in the industry.
Studio Management: Responsible for Exterior and Interior studio personnel, Fabrication group and Color and Materials group.
Successfully increased digital environment, developed job descriptions, completed performance appraisals, and developed new job positions.
Project Accomplishments:

Production support for CX-5 concepts, CX-9 interior, MX-5 Miata, and cross line activities to present North American objectives.
Developing full range of design support through concept boards, sketches, scale clay models and full size clays models with engineering specifications.
Original 4-door sports RX-8 concept, lead interior design full size mock up model for proof of concept. Supervised design team execution of Exterior and Interior original styling directions.

2003 Mazdaspeed Protégé, developed aerodynamic body work and supervised supplier execution. 2001 Protégé MP3, initiated performance vehicle concept to increase Mazda brand awareness. Working close with suppliers for best use of custom parts and accessory wheel program.
2000 Miata, minor model changes while keeping key weld points to retain costs and maximize visual appeal.
B-Series Truck production support, minor model changes, body graphics, color and materials strategies.
Troy Lee Truck special edition based on Troy Lee Design and Motocross Racing culture. Working with product planning to increase brand awareness. Working with Ford engineering and manufacturing suppliers to maintain highest product quality and costs requirements.
MPV Mini Van All-Sport special editions, developed add on parts and created new appearance direction that resulted in 80% of MPV sales using All-Sport parts.


Honda R&D Americas, Inc.                                                                                                                                                    1979 – 1990
1900 Harpers Way, Torrance, CA 90501

Staff Designer - Assistant Manager
Studio Management: Responsible for developing project schedules, planning and controlling budgets. Assessing manpower needs and assigning design personnel to projects, and successfully working with marketing research to complete projects in a timely manner.
Project Accomplishments:

Lead Designer for 1990 NSX Sports Car, working extensively with Honda engineering leadership to complete full size clay model with engineering specifications.
Off Road Special Projects Coordinator, developed trend strategies, concept sketches, and full size running platform utilizing a modified Civic All Wheel Drive vehicle.
Designs approved for 1988 Accord Coupe, 1986 Accord Fastback with extensive time spent in Japan during production engineering phase.
Concept development for the original 1984 CRX and Civic image models.
Awarded the Certificate of Achievement for the development of the 1984 Civics.

Digital: Comfortable with PC, Mac, and Cintiq computer platforms. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Microsoft Office – proficient with MC Word, Excel, and Power Point.
Clay modeling: Experienced in scale model and full size clay modeling development.
Tool making: Experience in developing plaster and composite tools from a clay model for further developing Fiber Reinforced Plastic (FRP) parts.
Welding: Proficient in most forms of welding: tig, mig, gas, and spot welding.
Fabrication: Accomplished fabricator with experience in developing show cars, race cars, running vehicle prototypes, and scale plastic models. Sheet metal fabrication in most forms including hammer forming and English wheel.


I participated on several racing teams and joined NASCAR at 14. My father was the General Sales Manager for McCoy Ford of Anaheim, CA. and his motto was, “We Race For Your Business”. Carl Dane was the race car owner and chief engineer. Along with his son Dave (Carl) Dane, we supported NASCAR stock cars at local Southern California tracks along with several drag cars. I learned basic support jobs and quickly graduated to dumping fuel at pit stops. I also learned the foundation for my fabrication and welding skills.

My racing experience would be sidelined by focusing on a college education and employment with Honda.  But during the mid-80’s I returned to NASCAR crew support and fuel stops for Dick Midgley Motorsports with iconic drivers like Dave Marcus. After the closure of Riverside International Raceway, Irwindale Drag Strip, and Ascot Dirt Track, I assumed my racing days were over until my passion for racing competition was reignited under the leadership of avid race car owner and driver Robert Davis, executive vice president  at Mazda North American Operations.

 This time as a driver. I received my SCCA competition license in 2004 and drove a Spec Miata race car in road course competition. I took second and first place in the SSB stock class regional championships between 2005 and 2006. Between 2007 to 2010, I focused on Spec Miata racing at local California Tracks and a few laps in the 25 hours of Thunder hill in an MX-5 and an RX-8. Robert Davis Racing Team was an outstanding opportunity to join a championship team committed to high standards of race car fabrication, professional sportsmanship, and an excellent competitive spirit. I officially retired from Robert Davis Racing Team in 2015 to focus my time and creative energies on academic projects and student support.