Kerry earned his BA degree in English and Drama at Vanderbilt University, and was a professional actor for four years before beginning an advertising career that has taken him from junior copywriter to agency president; from Atlanta to Boston, New York and South Carolina; and finally back to Nashville.
He has worked at several “Mad Men” ad agencies, including J. Walter Thompson and Hill Holliday/Boston, and has won numerous national and international industry awards - including the One Show, CLIOs, British Design and Art Direction, Communication Arts, EFFIEs and National ADDYs. Kerry has also been selected “Copywriter of the Year” four times in three different cities, and he was named one of the “50 Greatest Atlanta Ad Writers of All Time.” Kerry has also written a novel called “Pitching the God Account” about a fictional ad agency in Nashville.
In 1993, Kerry founded his own agency, Campaign, Inc., which became the agency of record for the 1996 Summer Olympic Games in Atlanta. After selling his company to The Buntin Group in 1997, Kerry and his family moved to Nashville where he became Buntin’s Vice Chairman, Chief Creative Officer. In January of 2007, Kerry was named President of BOHAN Advertising | Marketing.
Kerry is active in the Nashville community, having served as President of the Tennessee Repertory Theater Board, Marketing Chair for the Adventure Science Center, and board member for the Tennessee Performing Arts Center, Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Art Museum, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, Ensworth School and Wake Forest University’s School of Business.
Kerry has lead branding workshops, seminars and classes at Belmont University, Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management, Boston College, the University of Georgia, MTSU and the Portfolio Center in Atlanta. He was also a participant in the Leadership Nashville program’s class of 2008-2009. An avid biker and bad golfer, Kerry and his wife Linda are the parents of three children: Bennett, Avery and Madeline.