John Thorne, President & CEO

John sets the pace at AE, driving the company’s strategic approach and client-centric service while guiding the AE team effort. From creative concepting and theming to experiential elements and brand nuances that define event experiences, John’s intuitive directive gets results. Informed and in-tune, he has his finger on the pulse of this evolving industry and keeps AE positioned to over-deliver for clients at every turn.

John has worked to promote, market, launch, reposition and drive the success of some of the most recognized brands in the world, managing leading-edge race events in Baja to couture lifestyle experiences in Vancouver. His real-world perspective and the ongoing connection with clients, media, vendors and industry leaders, provide John a well-balanced vantage point from which to lead—a clear advantage for AE clients. Prior to AE, John held account executive positions at various national advertising agencies.