Kevin McConkey

Kevin McConkey


Kevin is a co-founder and principal of Grip, serving as President and CEO. Driven by results, Kevin maximizes the valuation of companies that engage Grip through effective brand strategy.

Kevin is a recognized design authority and national lecturer on market strategy. A recognized expert on the effectiveness of design and marketing on business success, Kevin has been routinely quoted by the press on design and marketing issues, and has been featured in Crain’s Chicago Business, Communication Arts, Chicago Sun-Times, Step Magazine, How Magazine, as well as sharing his insights on Lime Radio.

An established writer, Kevin has authored two books on package design for Rockport Publishers, published articles in Step Magazine, and contributed a chapter titled “Branding and Design Considerations for Professional Services” for Quality Medical publishing.

Kevin was the Design Director at the esteemed economic think-tank, Ibbotson Associates, where he led an internal team of designers across multiple disciplines. He was also a Design Director at Crain Communications, where Kevin led the development of a new publication aimed at healthcare professionals and launched the first online publication for the national publishing company.

Kevin has spoken at:
HOW Annual Design Conference, AIGA’s Annual Y Conference, Society of Women in Publishing, The Legal Marketing Association Conference, AIGA Chapter Events (Cleveland, Jacksonville, Omaha, South Hampton), Art Director’s Club (Denver, Cincinnati), Photoshelter Marketing Conference

Kevin has judged:
The Step 100 Show, The Cleveland Addy’s 52 Show, AIGA Omaha Design Awards, Addy’s Cincinnati HOW Interactive Annual International Engraved Graphics Awards, Fox River and Gilbert Paper Design Awards, Art Director’s Club – Denver, Vance Editorial Excellence Awards, Cut & Paste National Design Competition

  • I am most afraid of

    heights, which is ironic because I’m tall

  • My first job was

    scooping ice cream and eating ice cream

  • I can’t function without


  • My first pet was

    dressed in sweaters (sorry Dresden)

  • I wish I could eat _____ for every meal

    who wants to eat ______?

  • Worst gift I’ve received

    when I was asked to look into that horse’s mouth

  • best gift I’ve received

    world peace and the Miss America prize

  • My favorite scene in any movie is

    whenever dance-fighting is involved

  • Worst hair style I’ve had was

    let it fro

Cup of CappuccinoKindleKnife