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Kim Hunter launches executive search firm for marketing, communications industries

(February 15, 2012) Kim L. Hunter has launched KLH & Associates, a minority-owned-and-operated executive search firm specializing in the recruitment and placement of mid-to-senior level diverse candidates in the communications industry with Fortune 500 companies, advertising, marketing and public relations agencies. Hunter wanted to respond to the dismal demographics of professionals in the industry. According to the Madison Avenue Project and U. S. Department of Labor only 5.3 percent of managers in the communications industry are African American while 3.3 percent are Hispanic.

KLH & Associates believes in the value of long-term and effective partnership with its clients and candidates. Hunter takes the value proposition of each client to candidate relation very seriously by asking the question, Will this candidate be advantageous to the company?

"This industry lacks diversity and the individuals who are underrepresented are people from ethnic minority backgrounds such as, African American, Latino/Hispanic and Asian/Pacific Islander," said Hunter. "For the last 20 years, I have been instrumental in more than 150 placements and I've decided to capitalize on my almost three decades of experience, relationships and needs. I've always felt compelled to connect qualified individuals with great companies and as a result, I decided to create KLH & Associates. The response has been phenomenal and I've received strong interest from a number of prospective clients."

KLH & Associates signed three clients within the first six months of operation. The firm works with clients such as Sony Pictures Entertainment, Hill+Knowlton Strategies and Constituency Management Group (CMG), which is made up of the following companies: Weber Shandwick Worldwide, DeVries Public Relations, Golin Harris, Jack Morton Worldwide, Octagon, Future Brand and Rogers & Cowan. In addition, KLH & Associates provides pro bono services for the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).

KLH & Associates is the third company Hunter has established to advance ethnic minorities in the advertising, marketing and public relations industries over a 29-year career. In 1990, he founded LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, an integrated multicultural marketing communications firm specializing in the African American and Hispanic consumer markets,. He later founded the not-for-profit The LAGRANT Foundation in 1998, which is dedicated to increasing the numbers of ethnic minorities in the advertising, marketing, and public relations fields through scholarships, internships, career development workshops, and mentorships. 

For his many of years of service, PRWeek recognized Hunter in its November 2011 issue as a Diversity Champion for continually promoting diversity through action and was selected as one of "America's Top Diversity Champions for 2012" by DiversityBusiness.com. Hunter was also received the 2009 Public Relations Executive of the Year honor from the Marketing to African-Americans with Excellence (MAAX) Awards.


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