From the altar to advertising, and back

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He was planning to spread the Word of God from the altar. Instead he eventually chose to do it from behind the desk of Adelaide’s most successful advertising agency, reports Southern Cross.

Founding partner of kwp! Advertising Andrew Killey, 63, doesn’t see his career change as one to the “dark side”. Indeed, he says, the advertising and marketing industry can have ethics.

“I think advertising is sometimes maligned as an industry,” says Andrew. “Most of the people I have met in advertising are very good people, very optimistic people.”

The self-titled “Harbour Master” (visit the kwp! website) does have a moral edge – evident in his involvement in a number of community organisations such as Windmill Performing Arts for Children, the Hutt Street Centre Foundation and the Carbine Club, a fundraising charity linking business and sport.

 And just in case that doesn’t keep him busy, he is also a member of the South Australian Football Commission and on the board of Kain Commercial and Corporate Lawyers.

His credentials in terms of the Catholic Church are not inconsequential. As a fresh-faced 17-year-old, Andrew entered St Columba’s Seminary straight out of Cronulla’s De La Salle College. Having spent his primary years in a public school, Andrew was fascinated by religion and theology and felt the priesthood was the most logical next step. He turned down university offers in economics and the arts.

“I lasted about one year,” says Andrew of his time in the seminary. Soon after leaving St Columba’s he joined a rock band of former De La Salle students called “The College-men” and made his way to Adelaide, where he eventually met and married Loreto College old scholar Pauline Sheridan.

He says his time in the seminary had a deep impact on his life. “I’m far from being a consistently good person but I try,” says Andrew, a Norwood parishioner and devout Red Legs supporter. “I think it (the seminary) grounded me in some of my attitudes and my work ethic.”

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