Kevin Flynn

Kevin Flynn

President


Caldwell VanRiper, Inc. (CVR)

Milestones

Milestones

My road in life took a while to figure out.
Started at a large ad agency in Chicago to learn the fundamentals of the business.
Left the agency to work in a more creative environment for the Discovery Channel.
Came back home to Indiana to be with family.
Got married and had kids - which made me want to work harder for them.
Worked for a major public company but missed the smaller, entrepreneurial environment.
Came to work for this agency and was able to buy it with my partner.
Keep following my journey
Education

Education

highschool
High School
Cathedral High School
undergrad
Bachelor
Business/Corporate Communications
University of Notre Dame
vocational
Vocational
Research
University of Wisconsin Colleges
Career

Career

President

I help operate Indiana's oldest advertising and PR agency helping clients tell their story.

Career Roadmap

Roadmap
My work combines:
My work combines:
Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship
Writing
Writing
Communicating / Sharing Stories
Communicating / Sharing Stories

Day to Day

I have never had the same day twice. My day consists of meeting with team members to solve our clients' communication problems, as well as meeting with clients to help understand their issues and sell our ideas.

Skills & Qualities Beyond School

You have to be a good problem solver in the advertising business, as well as a good communicator. We are focused on solving business problems - so it is not as "fun" as most people think. It is hard work. But it can be creative and fun to work as part of a team to come up with solutions.

Advice for Getting Started

Here's the first step for college students

Internships - work for free - anything to get some experience. Sometimes it is helpful to do marketing for a smaller company or non-profit because you get to do many things and learn more quickly on the job.

Recommended Education

My career is not related to what I studied. I'd recommend this path instead:

undergrad
Bachelor
Marketing/Marketing Management, General
Hurdles

Hurdles

The Noise I Shed

"Advertising is not an honorable profession. Too risky. Too competitive of a field."

You have to follow your passions. It might not work out, but If you don't try, you will regret it for the rest of your life.

Challenges I Overcame

Financial
Financial

It is hard and risky to start your own business. But it is worth it.