2014 rank: 38
2013 rank: 40
By Andy Polansky, CEO, Weber Shandwick
Kim Hunter is a change agent and has staked out an undeniable leadership position in what is clearly one of our industry’s most critical issues: diversity and inclusion.
His entrepreneurial efforts to build his integrated marketing and communications firm, Lagrant Communications, which focuses on black, Hispanic, and LGBT consumer markets, have not only made a mark for his clients, but also the entire industry.
His establishment of The Lagrant Foundation, which is committed to building the next generation of communicators that reflect society, has earned the respect of firms and companies nationwide. The foundation has made a big difference.
To date, it has awarded $1.56 million in scholarships to 221 ethnic minority students and has paved the way for these students to receive more than 275 internships and helped them land full-time roles.
But Kim’s boundless energy in pushing beyond this success has continued in the past year. He launched KLH & Associates, an executive search consultancy, and, more recently, a new Lagrant Communications public affairs division that promotes and supports women seeking elected office at the local, regional, and national level, with a strong emphasis on electing women of color.
While he moves around quite a bit, for clients and often with a commanding presence at industry leadership conferences, he still finds time for one of his passions – travel.
Kim’s success and track record is all the more impressive when you consider he was one of 11 children, and the only one with a college education.
And, if you are really fortunate to know him well, he will serve you a wonderful home-cooked Mediterranean-inspired meal and a great bottle of wine.