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Founding Partner Jerry Kathman Celebrates 30 Years at LPK

This year marks a special anniversary for LPK founding partner, CEO and President Jerry Kathman. At 35 years of service, Jerry’s loyalty to the global company he helped build is unwavering. He first began in 1978 at Young & Rubicam, and five years later he and the founding partners created LPK.

Jerry’s commitment to our industry is unparalleled. From promoting the international advancement of branding and design, to advocating for countless charities, to sharing his insights with up-and-coming creatives, Jerry is a tireless and fearless leader.

And (who knew?), he’s a talented musician and storyteller! Take a peek at another one of Jerry’s passions as he takes to his guitar to tell the tale of how we came to be, in LPK Talkin’ Blues.

Lyrics to “LPK Talkin’ Blues” by Jerry Kathman 

Back in nineteen eighty three
Young and Rubicam announced with glee
We’re gonna’ resign ole Procter and Gamble
You in Cincinnati can go and scramble
… they signed with Colgate, doubled their billings,
we didn’t like it…

Well Mort and Jim, Ray, Howard and me
said well that just ought not be
we liked our little group of 18
to split us up would be just mean
…we got to organizing…
…said to Y&R.. we’d like to buy it
… the fancy term is leveraged buy out

Man alive, their tempers flew
said “you’ll be toast when we’re through with you”
cooler Y&R heads soon entered the fray
said “we’ll sell it after all, OK?”
… “ya damn fools.. don’t have enough
sense among ya… to run a business”

Our clients said, “boys, get it up and runnin”
we’ll give ya work” and you’ll start hummin’
Heinz and Kenner, P&G
work for all of you and me
… we got started… rockin and rollin’
… still don’t know quite how we did it…

My wife Liz was workin’ in Londontown
when the Y&R news came down
I was flying to see her, got bogged down
said I best stay here in Cincytown
… nerves were fraying..
Liz and I were cryin…
my Mom said go to her, son
you can always get another job

Instead, I turned on the charm and Liz came home
Mort closed the deal we were on our own
doin’ design, finished art
everybody was doin’ their part
… sent invoices… cashed checks…
made payroll

The work kept comin’ we started to grow
hired some of you, and wouldn’t you know
we doubled our size and we doubled it again
opened offices, got complicated then
… went international
… gone global
… guess now we’ll be intergalactic

Jerry Kathman
2010

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