Now in an Emeritus and consulting role with the company, John's impact and influence here at Cade & Associates is still strong. Born and raised in Chicago John knew since the age of 4 that he wanted to be a professional artist. He attended Chicago’s elite Lane Technical High School participating in the Commercial Art Program and earning scholarship opportunities to the University of Illinois, Chicago Art Institute and the Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD). John chose to head north to Minnesota and MCAD where he obtained his BFA majoring in Graphic Design.
Upon graduation John decided to stay in Minneapolis to take advantage of the many job opportunities presented by its thriving corporate climate. Although this environment was incredibly competitive it was also energized with creativity and proved to be a vanguard in the development of technology and technique. It was a great “real world” learning experience for a young designer just starting out.
John worked as an art director in the public sector and with two ad agencies before joining Richard Scales advertising where he ultimately attained the position of Creative Director. While at Scales he had the opportunity to work with such diverse clients as 3M company (many prominent divisions), OMC (boating), Paisley Park (Recording Artist Prince’s main business company) and Days Inn to name a few. These clients along with many others allowed John to utilize his skills in developing multi-faceted campaign creative for print, collateral and electronic mediums.
At the urging of John’s Florida raised wife Robin, who couldn’t understand why the sun never shone in the Minnesota winter, the Cade family relocated to Tallahassee where he met Rick Shapley & Laura Frandsen. Soon afterward they formed Cade & Associates Advertising where each partner brings their own specialized expertise and common commitment to quality and service to every client on all levels. That formula has been successful for over 20 years and continues today with John and the creative staff having great fun doing great work.