Kimball Hughes Public Relations is a 24-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 Hughes Public Relations, an agency he founded in 1995. With more than 35 years of experience in public relations, Gary made his mark in crisis communications, helping organizations prepare for and respond to a wide range of situations, including financial crises, data breaches, corporate misconduct, natural disasters, bioterrorism threats, sexual abuse cases and more. He is a frequent speaker on crisis communications in a wide range of industries.
During the last 24 years, he and his agency team have led thousands of successful public relations campaigns on regional, national and international levels, both managing reputational risk for business-to-business clients and helping consumer brands reach the national stage. Gary’s specific expertise extends from the insurance and financial services industries to hospitality, healthcare, manufacturing and sustainable energy.
Before founding his agency, Gary served in senior public relations roles, including his position from 1988 to 1994 as director of corporate communications for Independence Bancorp, a $3 billion financial services company. A former journalist, Gary earned a master’s degree in journalism from Boston University and a bachelor’s degree in government from Colby College.
As vice president of Kimball Hughes Public Relations, 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. He became a partner in the agency in 2016. A former journalist, Rod has worked in and around the fields of law, insurance, real estate and technology for 20 years.
Before joining Kimball Hughes, 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 Director of Public Relations, Eileen oversees the strategic planning across most agency accounts and supports the agency’s public relations managers. She also develops and implements successful client 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 Hughes, 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 Content Strategist and Public Relations Manager at Kimball Hughes Public Relations, Sam 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.
Samantha joined Kimball Hughes Public Relations 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 Media Relations Coordinator, Elizabeth Rubino is the eyes and ears of Kimball Hughes Public Relations. 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 Hughes Public Relations, Liz worked in the health care and medical management industries. She brought her skills to Kimball Hughes 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 Hughes Public Relations as an intern in 2016. Promoted to the role of public relations manager in January of 2020, Ryan is responsible for the day-to-day management of clients in the real estate, insurance and legal industries, working with them to create compelling content that strengthens their organizations’ reputations while highlighting their actions and achievements.
In addition, Ryan serves on the board of directors for Cancer Support Community Greater Philadelphia (CSCGP), providing public relations support, social media consulting and strategic planning to promote awareness and fundraising efforts for the nonprofit organization.
Ryan graduated from The Pennsylvania State University in 2015 with a bachelor’s degree in advertising and public relations.
Hari Rajagopalan is a public relations assistant for Kimball Hughes PR. Hari previously worked for Kimball Hughes PR as an intern in the summer of 2018. In his current role, Hari is responsible for working with our content strategist to prepare initial drafts of social media content for client accounts. He also works directly with the agency’s public relations managers to write, edit and distribute media alerts, press releases, and branded content, as well as assisting in all media relations outreach.
Prior to joining Kimball Hughes PR in 2019, Hari worked as a marketing intern for McNeil, Gray and Rice Communications in Boston. He pitched editorial content to executives in the manufacturing and security industries and scheduled related editorial meetings. His previous internship experience included work for St. Mary Medical Center in Langhorne, Pennsylvania, as a communication assistant. There, he drafted press releases and media content for the hospital. In addition to writing external communications materials, he created internal communications and marketing collateral to highlight the accomplishments of hospital employees. He also worked as a blog writer for Galvanize Test Prep in Chennai, India and as an assistant financial advisor for Dietz Asset Management in Cockeysville, Maryland.
Hari graduated from Boston College in 2019 with a bachelor’s degree in communications.
Chris Winans works with Kimball Hughes Public Relations as a consultant focusing on financial communications strategy and crisis communications management. He has more than 30 years of experience as a journalist, a Wall Street financial analyst, a corporate and crisis communications advisor, and a C-suite thought-leadership strategist. He has advised financial services companies – including global life and non-life insurers, banks, asset managers and management consultants, among others – in both in-house and agency roles.
As a corporate communications professional, Chris has helped firms manage reputation risk through the turmoil of deregulation, the dot.com and real-estate busts, the Great Recession, sweeping re-regulation and chronically low interest rates. Most recently, he headed Hill+Knowlton Strategies’ U.S. financial services communications practice.
He spent more than two decades as a journalist, including 10 years atThe Wall Street Journal, and 12 years in corporate and crisis communications, including senior roles at AIG and AXA. He also spent five years as an insurance industry equity analyst, including Morgan Stanley and Lehman Brothers, and nine years in financial regulation, including A.M. Best Company and Promontory Financial Group. He is a graduate of The Pennsylvania State University.
John Forberger is a Miami-based consultant with Kimball Hughes Public Relations focusing on communications strategy for technology, ecommerce and creative businesses. Having worked both in-house and on the agency side for 14 years, John has advised global companies – brand and retail vendors/partners – on how to get in front of the right audiences with the right messages.
Prior to founding Forberger Communications in 2018, John spent four years as the communications manager at WebLinc, an ecommerce software company. There, he led public relations efforts that helped grow the sales pipeline and expanded the company’s recruitment abilities via external and internal-facing content, executive communications, media relations activities, and partner channel growth support. Prior to WebLinc, John served in public relations and new business development roles at several public relations firms and marketing agencies in New Jersey and New York.
John regularly turns complex technology information into compelling stories using more than 14 years of experience as a communications strategist who successfully develops and implements media campaigns for B2B companies. John is the first graduate from Rutgers University-Camden to claim a Film Studies major. He tweets at @johnforberger.
Kyle Hardner works with Kimball Hughes Public Relations as a freelance writer and editor. A professional writer since age 13, Kyle spent 15 years managing multiple content channels (executive communications; external and internal blogs; M&A communications; websites and microsites; consumer, clinical and technical magazines) for Lehigh Valley Health Network, a $2 billion health system in Pennsylvania. In addition to health care writing experience, Kyle has guided B2B digital content strategies for numerous companies. He’s freelanced for the Philadelphia Daily News and Newark (N.J.) Star-Ledger. His expertise includes health care, insurance, tech and logistics. Kyle holds a B.A. in communication from La Salle University in Philadelphia. Learn more on his website (http://hardnercommunications.com/)
Jen began her graphic design career as an intern with Kimball Hughes Public Relations 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 Hughes Public Relations 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.
Elena is a public relations intern for Kimball Hughes PR. She is currently a junior at La Salle University, where she majors in Communications and Public Relations and is working towards a Russian minor. In her current role, Elena supports public relations managers with client projects, developing social media content, drafting press releases and other media materials. Prior to joining Kimball Hughes PR, Elena interned at a financial firm where she worked closely with the marketing department, specializing in client outreach. In the past, she has honed her customer service skills in the food services industry. When she is not in the office or at class, Elena enjoys blogging, hiking and always checking out new coffee shops.