Collectively members of the RKD Studio possess more than 65 years of professional experience in design, marketing and communications – and our expertise extends across many industries, including:
Culinary Food & Beverage
Hospitality & Event Production
Sports & Entertainment
Disaster & Contingency
Aviation / Aerospace / ISR
Real Estate & Construction
Joel arrives to San Antonio with a unique perspective. His studies have taken him from the 'Istituto di Belle Arti' in Italy to the Savannah College of Art and Design. His career has focused strongly on bridging art, technology, and design in many different fields. Notably at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine where he helped develop multimedia curriculums in conjunction with the Gordon Center for Research in Medical Education and Simulation Technology. Currently at the RKD Studio Joel serves as the Vice President of the RKD Studio, heading up the Design & Branding Team, Print Lab, Web Development dept, and Structures dept. Joel holds a B.F.A. in Interactive Design from the Savannah College of Art & Design. He is natively fluent in Spanish, Italian, and English.
Prior to joining The RK Group, John Kiehle directed corporate marketing, communications and media relations in Los Angeles for leaders in multiple industries like aviation/aerospace, product design, and broadcast entertainment/events. Most recently, John directed efforts for an innovative aircraft manufacturer, the Aeroscraft Corporation, after leading similar efforts for an accomplished industrial design firm engaged in product development supporting numerous industries. He also brings nearly a decade of marketing strategy and communications management experience from agency, network and studio leaders within the entertainment industry. John previously directed communications and publicity efforts for the syndicated TV division of The Walt Disney Co., after serving as an entertainment publicist supporting TV and theatrical projects for MTV Networks & MTV Films. He started his career as a publicist with the BNC PR & Marketing agency in Beverly Hills, where he rose to Sr. Account Executive, has earned a MBA from Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, and holds a BBA in marketing from Texas Christian University.
John (JC) has over ten years of experience in design and communications and joins The RKD Studio as Graphic Designer & Brand Stylist. Prior to joining The RK Group, JC worked in various design and marketing roles in the luxury real estate and industrial design markets, holding such positions as Marketing Coordinator and Sr. Marketing Manager for the local Sotheby’s International Realty affiliate. Here, under the direction of VP, Marketing, he managed the firm’s branding identity, project workflow and marketing communications programs, as well as strategized and organized special event-marketing campaigns.
Nikiza comes to The RK Group with experience in public relations, social media planning, integrated marketing, event management and TV production. Prior to joining The RKD Studio, Nikiza worked for KGBTexas Communications in the PR department supporting clients in various industries across Texas, as well as The CE Group, where she assisted with event logistics and supported various events as an on-site zone manager. Before this, Nikiza worked in New York and was employed by the Madison Square Garden Company assisting with production management aspects for Fuse TV, a music television network, as well as Majestic Relations, a boutique public relations agency serving the Hispanic market. Nikiza holds a B.A. in Communications-Public Relations and Spanish as a graduate of Marist College in Poughkeepsie, New York and a student of the School of Communications in Seville, Spain. A Rio Grande Valley native fluent in both English and Spanish, Nikiza brings her vast experience to her role as social media specialist for The RK Group and all its partnering companies.
Kaitlin joined The RK Group with experience in social media, public relations, and integrated digital marketing. As a recent graduate from Texas State University’s McCoy College of Business, Kaitlin served in numerous leadership roles including Student Government, Students in Free Enterprise, and as Line Captain for the World Famous Strutters University dance team with whom she performed across the U.S. and abroad.
A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin, Danny earned a BS in Advertising with a concentration in Digital Arts and Media. He went on to work with Wicked Signs, a local print shop in Austin, where he apprenticed in the trade of wide-format printing and vinyl installation. Danny took what he learned and brought it back to his hometown of San Antonio where he grew and managed the print department at a brand marketing company. In addition to over ten years of design experience, Danny has been involved with just about every side of the industry, from design to production to installation. Now serving as the Print Lab Engineer for the RKD Studio, Danny strives to push the boundaries of what can be created traditionally with a wide format printer and take event production to the next level.
After Alex earned his BFA in Web Design & Interactive Media, he worked as a Program Engineer in a national radio show (Into Tomorrow) and held the position of Web Designer for a Miami creative studio Zerofractal before founding his own creative studio, Vertical Media Studio. Alex’s professional capacities have expanded in both design and development, extending toward User Experience design, mobile interactivity, virtual reality and dynamic JS frameworks. With an attitude of continued growth, Alex is committed to staying on top of the cutting edge of interactive multimedia.