Do you have local colleges that train people in graphic design? You want someone who is talented and creative. They probably have been using Adobe in school. Learning Aspire and/or Rhino should come quickly.
I know you are a very experienced user Randall but I am not sure I agree 100% with that, maybe it was just me or maybe it was because I was a lot older but I found the difference between 2D & 3D to be a lot larger than I had thought they would be
When I was working as a signmaker I picked up 2D graphics very quickly, made great progress even though I hadn't had any previous training in Graphic Design.
When I started looking at 3D design for machining with thr Router I really struggled to get to grips with it, 2D is pretty easy in that no matter what you do it always stays flat, throw 100 vector or bitmap images on top of each other & it makes no difference
The order & visability of each layer/page is obviously important for everything to be seen as it should but that is the only thing you need to worry about.
I found when you introduced height it changed everything, the more components I added the more difficult it became to keep track of what was going on with the different combine modes, having to add base height, lilt & fade components etc etc.
Like I say maybe it was just me & being that much older made a big difference
jmtyler72 I take it retaining you current designer & them working remotely isn't an option for you. With design type work I think that is something that can work quite well these days. Not sure the actual products you produce make that much difference if looking for someone to do design work, a good experienced designer should be able to adapt to just about any type of product