Kelly Johnson

Kelly Johnson

Santa Monica, CA, US



I'm an out-going, results-oriented people person who loves design and marketing.  They are a great mix of skills for projects!  I would also call myself a bit of a therapist (when working with people's design desires, finances and dreams one always ends up balancing the whole.)

Over ten years extensive experience in design industry, including large project management. Over five years experience in marketing, including advertising, public relations, marketing communications, trade shows, corporate seminars and presentations.



J. Hilburn Luxury Men's Clothier, Santa Monica, TX, US, Style Partner, Santa Monica and West Los Angeles

• Manage and train Los Angeles and New Mexico sales teams
• Design, order, fit and deliver custom men’s suiting, casual and social wardrobes
• Promote brand in Los Angeles, Orange County and New Mexico
• Coordinate e-commerce and sales promotions with extensive customer base
• Promoted from Style Associate to Style Advisor to Style Partner in less than one year

Jan 2011 - current

FLA!R, Santa Monica, CA, Owneer and Head of Design

• Masterful creation and coordination of more than twenty full-service projects: architectural design, space planning and décor
• Manage complete design and architectural projects from inception to completion
• Manage and lead company project details: budgeting, designing/drawing, ordering, installation, as well as all client presentations, consultations and communications
• Plan, prepare and present budget proposals for design concept
• Conceptualize and design - lighting; tile work; cabinets; woodwork; furniture; window, wall & floor treatments
• Establish and meet all time and budget constraints to client satisfaction
• Select, coordinate and specify all merchandise purchases and deliveries
• Oversee all subcontractors and suppliers
• On-site design supervision and installation direction
• Direct and oversee strategic marketing of the company
• Supervise three Design Assistants and two Design Interns
• Develop custom color selections
• Specialized design in historical restoration and remodeling
• Produce all company materials, logos and client presentations
• Established design industry knowledge and design internet savvy
• Creation of beautiful and functional design in various aesthetics including Art Deco, Mid-Century Modern, East-Coast/Nantucket, Craftsman, Old-World Italian, Country French, California Coast, Vintage Hawaiian, Traditional, and Fresh, Stylish 21st Century
• Consultation on additional landscape, color & architectural projects

Feb 2001 - current

Baptie & Company, LTD, Long Beach, CA, US, Director, Sales & Marketing, The Americas

• Opened U.S. offices to facilitate executive connections and multi-cultural forums for international high-tech firms
• Directed all U.S. Sales & Marketing and liaison to Corporate Offices in U.K.
• Raised all State-Side Sponsor Sales
• Coordinated all Central and South American Sponsor Sales
• Americanized all corporate communications including website design and forum marketing materials

Feb 1997 - Mar 1998

Merisel, formerly Softsel Computer Products, Inc., Inglewood, CA, US, VP Marketing

• Developed, managed and implemented all U.S. Marketing
• Oversaw world-wide Marketing
• Directed all divisions of Marketing including:
…..• Advertising
…..• Marketing Communications
…..• Public Relations
…..• Sales Promotions
…..• Sales Training / Tools
…..• Dealer Training / Promotions / Merchandising
…..• Vendor Relations & Promotions
…..• SofTeach (large, world-wide Dealer Product and Sales Training Seminars)
…..• all Company Publications world-wide
…..• all Trade Shows (Comdex & CES: “SoftSoles”)
…..• Softsel’s “The Hot List Awards” honoring the year’s best-sellers in hardware, software, games, utilities and education

• Managed U.S. inside Sales Team
• Coordinated CA outside Sales Team

Feb 1982 - Jun 1987


University of Southern California (USC), Los Angeles, CA, US, Masters, Communications Management

The Annenberg School's Masters in Communication Management is a communications-focused version of an MBA. Classes are taken in conjuction with USC's Marshall School of Business. My emphasis was Organizational Management.

Sep 1979 - May 1981

University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), Los Angeles, CA, US, Bachelors, Communications Studies

Communications Studies is a broad-based major featuring requirements from many of UCLA's other disciplines such as, Law, Sociology, English, Psychology and Economics.
UCLA's interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to encompass both mass and interpersonal communications.

Sep 1975 - Jun 1979

Areas of Specialization