John has been principal and creative director for more than 12 years. He started as a production designer for one of San Diego’s largest advertising firms, Kenneth C. Smith and Associates and realized he needed to branch out to exercise his creative prowess. In 1994, John became a principal owner in the advertising and design firm of Mechalas, Kelly, Capps. In 1997, he founded John Kelly and Associates Design & Advertising. John has handled brand management, advertising campaign development, print collateral, web site design and corporate identity design for a clientele that crosses a wide range of business types – from life sciences and technology to retail and construction. John earned a bachelor’s of arts degree from San Diego State University in 1991.