Public relations, public affairs & crisis

Newest member of S&A gets the job done at every level

Serafin & Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce that Mr. Gyata Kimmons, former Senior Manager of Public Affairs and Government Relations for Walmart Stores, Inc., has joined S&A as a senior account executive.

Mr. Kimmons is well imbedded in Chicago’s communications, political and civic arenas with experiences ranging from his service in the Cook County State’s Attorney’s office, to his work as the Director of Community Relations for Chicago’s 2016 Olympics bid.

That experience provides him with unique insight and an ability to understand and communicate with Chicago’s many diverse communities.

Mr. Kimmons also worked as a contract negotiator for the City of Chicago Department of Procurement Services, and as deputy director of the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs for Chicago Public Schools.

“Mr. Kimmons brings one of a kind experience and insight to our team,” said Thom M. Serafin, President and CEO of Serafin & Associates. “We’re happy to have Mr. Kimmons on our team.”

Responsible for outreach and communication with community groups, advocacy groups and elected officials, Mr. Kimmons has been especially effective working with grassroots constituents to give them a voice in political spheres at all levels.

As part of Serafin & Associates, he’ll apply that knowledge to initiatives that demand an ongoing synergy between Chicago’s communities and the organizations that represent them.

“Bringing Walmart to our city can enable the kind of substantive changes that so many areas are hungry for,” Mr. Kimmons said. “Just the idea of walking to a neighborhood grocery store has a lot of people enthusiastic and we’re excited to make that a reality for them.”

During his time serving as the Assistant to the Mayor in the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Mr. Kimmons acted as the bridge between community and religious leaders and their elected officials.

“Not only is Mr. Kimmons a great communicator, he knows the city,” said Serafin. “He knows the neighborhoods, he knows the people and he knows the inner-workings of City Hall. He’ll prove to be a great value to us and to our clients.”

“There are good people working for this city,” said Mr. Kimmons. “When we work together, we do great things for the people and the city of Chicago.”

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