Kerry Grady

Founder, Design Principal

Kerry Grady is an American entrepreneur, designer, educator, author, and humanitarian. He is best known as the founding principal of Grady Campbell, a leading strategic brand agency established in 1989 that plans, designs and produces customized, multi-dimensional solutions for a wide range of clientele. As the firm’s brand strategist and design director, Kerry sets the tone for the creative and strategic work that Grady Campbell produces for its clients, always emphasizing the firm’s commitment to helping them build their culture, their business, and their brand value. Kerry’s talent and acumen is a unique blend of a strong design aesthetic and a deep understanding of business strategy.

For more than 35 years, Kerry has collaborated with business leaders, investors, fund managers, bankers, high net-worth individuals, entrepreneurs, start-ups, law firms, technology companies, educators, non-profits, celebrities, government officials and media, to deliver high quality solutions to a broad range of challenges. While Kerry’s clients are primarily based in the United States, he has worked with businesses in Germany, Portugal, The United Arab Emirates, India, South Korea, and the United Kingdom.

Kerry is a trusted advisor to business leaders and entrepreneurs. His experience spans all aspects of design, branding and marketing. Kerry has created, refreshed and implemented successful brand programs for hundreds of clients including IBM, Motorola, General Electric, Sara Lee, William Blair, Crescent Capital Group, Morningstar, The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Chicago, and Oprah Winfrey. Kerry was instrumental in growing Chicago’s MB Financial Bank from $340M in assets to more than $24B in assets over a twelve-year period. Similarly, Kerry created and developed the brand for Guaranteed Rate, the 6th largest mortgage company in the United States.

Well-known in the design profession, Kerry’s work is recognized by some of the world’s most prestigious design journals and organizations including The American Institute of Graphics Arts, The American Center for Design, and The United Kingdom Design Council. Kerry has served as Associate Professor of Design to The University of Illinois, The Art Institute of Chicago, and Northern Illinois University. He is a member of the Chicago Economics Club and has served as a board member to a number of professional and philanthropic organizations.