Kimball Communications is a 21-year-old Philadelphia public relations agency with an international client base. We deliver what today’s media look for: engaging stories shared through print, broadcast, online and social media.
We understand current business and communications trends, whether B2B or B2C, and have extensive experience in a variety of industries. Whatever the industry, our focus is on results and we’re dedicated to serving the unique public relations needs of each of our clients.
Our office is conveniently located in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania, about 20 miles from Center City Philadelphia. We’re a member of the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce.
Gary Kimball is president of Kimball Communications, the public relations agency he founded in 1995. During the last two decades, Gary has led successful public relations campaigns on regional, national and international levels, establishing Kimball Communications as a results-driven boutique agency. Best known for his business-to-business success in the insurance and banking industries, Gary has also brought consumer brands to the national stage and made his mark as a crisis communications leader. Whether it’s serving professional associations, financial services companies, healthcare, real estate, manufacturing or sustainable energy organizations, he has set a high standard for results and client service.
Gary has more than 30 years experience in public relations, corporate communications and crisis communications. He is a frequent speaker at several industry events, including the A.M. Best IMAS Conference, The Clean Show, Insurance Marketing & Communications Association (IMCA) Annual Conference and the American Camp Association’s (ACA) National and Tri-State Conferences, where he speaks annually on crisis management.
Before founding Kimball Communications, Gary served in senior public relations roles, including his position from 1988-1994 as director of corporate communications for Independence Bancorp, a $3 billion financial services company. There he led an award-winning public relations, investor relations and crisis communications program.
For 12 years, he was an adjunct professor of communications at Muhlenberg College and DeSales University. A former journalist, he has a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College.
As vice president of Kimball Communications, Rod Hughes develops the strategic approach to many of the agency’s public relations and social media accounts as well as spearheading new business efforts. A former journalist, Rod has worked in and around the fields of law, insurance, real estate and technology for more than 15 years.
Before joining Kimball Communications, he was the director of communications for a large suburban marketing agency where he managed several accounts in the real estate, professional services, restaurant and retail markets. Rod also led that agency’s public relations and social media practices, including crisis communications work for franchise and global business operations. Before that, he served as public relations counsel for a top 10 international law firm and was the campaign manager for a 2004 candidate for the 151st Legislative District for the Pennsylvania State Assembly.
Prior to moving into public relations work, Rod spent six years leading Law Office Computing and Legal Assistant Today magazines as editor and publisher. He held several reporter and editorial positions after studying journalism at Temple University and is a frequent public speaker on communications, management practices, social media and public relations related issues. Rod can be found on Twitter @RodHughes.
As Public Relations Manager, Eileen develops and implements successful media campaigns to convey client messages to target audiences, build brands and foster industry influence. With more than 15 years of experience, Eileen uses knowledge gained working within the insurance, financial services and association industries to manage client accounts and obtain impressive results.
Before coming to Kimball, Eileen served as an account manager at an integrated marketing agency in Baltimore, Md., where she oversaw the agency’s largest insurance account, a top U.S. carrier. There, she led and contributed to financial services, insurance, and association accounts of all sizes – from boutique firms to Fortune 500 companies. Eileen also served on the corporate communications team for Nationwide Insurance in Columbus, Ohio, supporting the insurance giant’s property and casualty business.
Eileen began her career in Washington, D.C. as a journalist, where she covered financial services for the American Banker, BridgeNews and BNA’s Banking Report. She also worked as a reporter for Business First, the American City Business Journal in Columbus, Ohio, where she covered banking, insurance and nonprofits. Over the years, Eileen has used that writing experience and intimate knowledge of the financial services and insurance industry to pen hundreds of news stories, blogs, bylines, newsletters and more. Eileen is a graduate of Loyola University in Maryland.
As public relations manager at Kimball Communications, Samantha crafts compelling, timely stories that bolster reputations and engage diverse audiences. She plans, writes, edits and researches hundreds of articles, white papers, blog posts and social media posts every month and is responsible for the agency’s video production efforts.
Samantha joined Kimball Communications in 2010. Over the course of her tenure, she has played a leading role in advancing the agency’s strategic approach to content development and social media.
Previously, she served as an AmeriCorps VISTA with a Seattle nonprofit, developing a curriculum to help community organizations use social media strategically. She also has worked as a freelance writer and intern at regional and national publications. Sam has a bachelor’s degree in education from Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts.
As Public Relations Manager, Mark specializes in promoting brands and sharing stories with the media and the public. He has developed connections and relationships with media outlets throughout the Philadelphia region and across the country.
Prior to joining Kimball Communications, Mark honed his expertise in community development, travel and tourism and political communications. He previously worked in a boutique firm dedicated to promoting the City of Philadelphia, its businesses, and its many attractions. Mark also served as Communications Director to Representative Brendan Boyle, developing messaging and public relations strategies that led to significant media placements and high-profile press conferences. He began his career in communications working for esteemed pollster, communications expert and political pundit, Dr. Frank Luntz.
Mark has helped major non-profit and corporate organizations maximize their potential by building brand awareness and developing strategic messaging. A native of the Greater Philadelphia area, Mark earned his undergraduate degree from The Citadel and his master’s degree from the University of Glasgow. He now lives in Montgomery County where he is active in assisting local communities with communications and development.
As Media Relations Coordinator, Elizabeth Rubino is the eyes and ears of Kimball Communications. She monitors media and social mentions for all agency clients and supports all the agency’s media relations activities. She also coordinates account management, and manages accounts receivable and human resources functions for the agency.
Prior to joining Kimball Communications, Liz worked in the health care and medical management industries. She brought her skills to Kimball in 2007 and continues to play a central role in all agency activity. Liz attended Kent State University in Kent, Ohio.
Ryan began his career in public relations with Kimball Communications as an intern in 2016. Now serving as the agency’s public relations assistant, Ryan helps support a range of client services in the insurance, real estate, non-profit, trade association, financial services and manufacturing industries, among others. Working with Kimball Communications’ team of public relations managers, Ryan’s responsibilities include developing and curating content for social media, drafting effective press releases, assisting with media relations efforts and conducting research.
Prior to joining Kimball Communications, Ryan worked for a home care agency where his primary role was expanding the company’s clientele. He did so by creating valuable content, organizing meetings with management and potential partners and promoting the business at events throughout the area.
Ryan graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations.
Jen began her graphic design career as an intern with Kimball Communications in 2002 while attending Moravian College. After graduation she spent three years with a marketing and advertising agency before deciding to embrace her entrepreneurial spirit and start her own design business. She now works with Kimball Communications on a contract basis addressing our clients’ design needs from conceptualization through completion. Jen recently moved back to her hometown in Bucks County, Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.
Meg Charendoff works with Kimball Communications as a marketing consultant. She combines marketing strategy with creative writing and skilled editing to develop compelling content that generates energy, engagement, visibility and, ultimately, growth for clients. An attorney for seven years before turning to legal and business publishing and professional services marketing, Meg brings 360 degrees of knowledge and insight to her work. Her clients include a diverse range of organizations, including AmLaw 100, mid-sized and boutique law firms, professional service firms, business-to-business companies, trade associations and nonprofits, as well as individual lawyers, consultants and other professionals. Through strategic content marketing and business development initiatives, Meg helps these organizations and individuals tell their stories, market their products and services, and enhance their visibility, prominence and reputation.
Before launching her own content marketing firm in 2010, Meg served as the national communications manager for Drinker Biddle. Prior to moving into legal marketing, she was magazines editor for American Lawyer Media, overseeing the publication of GC Mid-Atlantic, Executive Legal Adviser and the PALaw 100, and serving as an editor for the daily legal news publication, The Legal Intelligencer. A Boston native who has lived in the Philadelphia area for almost 30 years, Meg earned her B.A., with honors, from Wellesley College, and her J.D., magna cum laude, from Temple University School of Law.