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J.Kevin Tugman


Chattanooga, TN, USA
With beginnings in the retail industry, I have since lead many creative opportunities in myriad industries over the past 18 years. As a founding member of True North Custom Publishing, I facilitated the growth of custom media in North America and the expansion of a local advertising agency into an international contender in branded and custom content. In launching over 200 titles for clients ranging from arts and education to finance to healthcare, I have had the opportunity to work with several Fortune 100 companies and mentor some of the greatest creative professionals in the country across all channels. I lead teams in design innovation, strategic healthcare marketing, branding, creative direction, user experience, data analysis, business intelligence, and award winning design.

Each day too many of us miss so many opportunities to think beyond what is expected - to become something better than we are - or make someone's day more moving. That's what I do well -- I push beyond the normal.

I have a passion for meaningful creativity. Not art for the sake of art. I specialize in branding, identity, marketing, media/design teaching, and creative consulting. I also provide pro bono services for local and regional non-profits in the community.

I am a founding member of the Design Center, High Touch Design, True North Custom Publishing, the Custom Publishing Council, AIGA50, Lift1428, Project Lift, and Why Not Dream.

Specialties: Design innovation, creative direction, branding, cultural alignment, editorial architecture and design, strategic marketing, health care marketing and communications, team management, team building, analytics, and business intelligence.
Work Experience
Nov 2012
Chief Creative & Co-founder
Miami, FL, USA
Nov 2012
Creative Evangalist & Co-founder
Chief Creative & Principal
Chattanooga, TN, USA
Chief Creative Officer
Chattanooga, TN, USA
Jun 2007Dec 2009
University of Tennessee
Knoxville, TN, USA
Aug 1991May 1996
University of Tennessee
BFA, Graphic Design
Chattanooga, TN, USA
McCallie School
English (Native)
Adobe InDesign, Branding And Identity, Brochures, CS 5.5, Creative Direction, Layout Design, Magazine Design, Marketing Design, Photo Shoot Direction, Strategic Marketing, Team Building, Team Management, Typography, Video Production