John began his career with Ross Roy Detroit after being selected into their management training program assigned to the Kmart account. He eventually moved on to management positions within Ogilvy, Doner and Ketchum before joining Mellon Financial as Senior Marketing Manager and then later Brunner as VP Client Services.
After starting his agency in 2006, John’s leadership and direction has helped Gatesman grow to be one of the fastest growing independent agencies in the Northeast, including fastest growing companies in Pennsylvania eight years running, Inc. 5000 as one of the nation’s fastest growing companies five years running, recognition as one of the top 100 independent agencies nationwide, and as one of the best places to work for nine years in a row.  A new era for the agency has begun with the recent acquisition of Noble Chicago, the second acquisition made by Gatesman in the past three years.
As the agency visionary, John continues to shape the evolution and direction of the agency’s business model to keep Gatesman’s clients competitive and at the forefront of marketing as it gets redefined in the ever-changing dynamics of the marketplace.