American Advertising Federation chapter of the Black Hills

Ross Johnson

5134d4c8c1a38.preview-6202013 Silver Medalist Ross Johnson

Ross Johnson’s creativity has been a beacon of light, always leading the way, since he was a small child. To people that know him well, the question is often, “what’s next?” because Ross has always been an innovator. He enthusiastically takes on a challenge and is the first to try something new. Most colleagues have seen Ross’ graphic design talent in action, many people are aware of his musical ambitions, and a select few have witnessed his other passions, like model railroading, home remodeling, and his love of the great outdoors. While often disguised as hobbies, all of these varied interests and abilities have paved the way for his professional career. Ross is currently the President/CEO, and Designer at Ross Johnson Design Company, a company he founded in 1997. His clients not only benefit from the brand development & advertising materials he provides, but also from his innovative conceptual design ideas followed by his hands-on approach, working directly on projects from beginning to end.

In addition to working with a multitude of small businesses throughout the region, Ross also believes in giving back to his community. Along with designing logos and marketing materials for numerous worthwhile projects, he has served on volunteer boards for Youth Business Adventure, AAF-Black Hills, Youth & Family Services Kids Fair, Allied Arts, Black Hills Central Reservations, and is currently the Vice Chair for the Rapid City Convention and Visitors Bureau. Ross grew up in Hot Springs, South Dakota where his entrepreneurial spirit had him starting a variety of business ventures, the first at the age of 13. Ross was always dreaming about his next business venture and was very intrigued with the brand development & design process. Since graduating from South Dakota State University with a degree in journalism/advertising, he has worked in tourism, sales, graphic arts, and advertising. He currently resides and works in Rapid City with his wife and business partner Tonya by his side, and their two children Trevor and Tiffany.


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