John Gates

Chief Operating Officer/Partner

John Gates, Chief Operating Officer/Partner

Elevate’s co-founder has more than two decades of experience developing and implementing integrated communications strategies and programs for client campaigns. A true believer in the client-agency partnership, John relishes meeting unique challenges with a combination of business strategy, technological savvy, creativity and hard work. In the 12 years since co-founding Elevate, John’s portfolio of clients spans media, financial services, technology (telecom, mobile, security, and enterprise software), education, non-profit and sports markets.

Prior to co-founding Elevate, John served as director of marketing for the telecom infrastructure company SnowShore Networks, where he managed the company’s brand, product and channel marketing programs. Before Snowshore, John was director of marketing at the web start-up and served as senior account executive at Mullen where he directed and managed national brand campaigns for companies that include The Stanley Works, Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, Salomon and Swiss Army. John began his career with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the National Basketball Association where he spent four seasons in its team public relations department.

John is a graduate of the University of Vermont, a board member of the national non-profit Good Sports, and an aspiring youth soccer and flag football coach for his two young children.