As the founder and president/chief executive officer, Kim L. Hunter is the brainchild of LAGRANT COMMUNICATIONS, a multimillion-dollar integrated marketing communications corporation. Kim brings 33 years of corporate and agency experience in advertising, marketing and public relations with an extensive background in brand marketing, crisis management, media and community relations.
Aside from leading the agency, Kim is a corporate director for SCAN Health Plan, an HMO with $2 billion in revenue and 975 employees. He currently serves on two committees – Finance and Compensation. He also chaired the Corporate Governance and Public Review committees, and served on the Audit and Compliance and Quality & Customer Experience committees.
An advocate for education, Kim also spends time as the founder and chairman of The LAGRANT Foundation, a nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, career development workshops, internships, mentorship and educational enrichment programs to minority students pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in advertising, marketing and public relations. For three academic years, he taught the course "Diversity and the Media” as an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge School of Journalism, and is frequently asked to speak at universities and seminars.
Kim has an extensive public service background. The Mayor of Los Angeles appointed him to both the CulturalAffairs and Animal Services Commissions for the city of Los Angeles, where he served a total of seven years.
A key player in the communications industry, The Holmes Report recently recognized Kim with an Individual Achievement SABRE Award and named him as one of In2’s Innovator 25. He also received several awards from PRWeek, including PR Professional of the Year - Agency Honorable Mention, Diversity Distinction in PR, and from 2012 through 2016 The 50 Most Powerful People in PR. In addition, Kim is the recipient of the Distinguished ServiceAward by the Arthur W. Page Society.
Kim has a master's degree in international management from the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, Minnesota and a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Washington in Seattle. He also received certificates from Dartmouth College Tuck School of Business for participating in the Minority Business Executive Program, as well as the Advanced Minority Business Executive Program.