Last week, Thom Serafin sat down with ABC 7′s Charles Thomas to discuss the growing epidemic of gun violence in Chicago. As incidents and deaths persist, City Hall’s message of safety and proactive measures comes under intensified scrutiny. Thom offers his insight into how to put the issue in context without belying the burdensome reality Chicago faces.
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Chicagoans who tuned in to watch President Obama’s historic second inauguration heard ideas and insight from Thom Serafin, as he joined the news team at Fox Chicago throughout the live-event. On Obama’s inaugural speech: Thom called it “subtle” and “effective,” but noted it didn’t strike as hard on economic themes as polling data suggested it might. Thom, a fixture at news desks around town, is the local political analyst on-call. He can be seen on television and heard on the radio whenever activity starts bubbling-up in the local, state and national political scenes.
Thom Serafin joins the Good Day Chicago crew to talk about the Congressional races that are heating up
The presidential election is getting all the buzz, but many races for Congress are too close to call. Thom offers his insight on which races we should be keeping an eye on here in Illinois.
This morning Thom appeared with the crew from Fox's Good Day Chicago to breakdown the results of last night's Obama v Romney debate, Round 2--the aptly named "Town Brawl." Everyone has their winners and losers, and Thom gives some insight into how last night's debate will have an impact on both campaigns, moving forward.
A fiery Vice Presidential debate, if ever there was one! Much has been said about the heated exchange between Vice President Joe Biden and challenger Paul Ryan, the Congressman from Wisconsin.
Chicago political analyst Thom Serafin breaks down the tape and offers some insight into what they said, how they said it, and what it all means.
Thom joined WTTW’s Chicago Tonight to examine the public relations and conflict communication between the Chicago Teachers Union and the Chicago Public Schools during the strike.
Watch the video here.
Media personalities, political luminaries and Chicago’s most prominent movers and shakers were on hand this week to bid popular Sun-Times columnist Stella Foster adieu. Lissa Druss Christman and Lars Weborg represented the Serafin team, working the crowd and rubbing elbows with who’s who in the Windy City. See Lissa and Lars in the photo above with ABC 7 reporter Leah Hope.
Serafin & Associates’ own Susie Gura put her communication skills to work as the Public Relations Chair for the Shedd Aquarium’s sixth annual auxiliary board fundraiser, BLU, held on July 28, 2012.
August 11, 2012 – Early this morning, former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney made a bold decision selecting Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan to be his Vice President running mate.
For public affairs specialists like Thom Serafin, though, the Ryan choice indicates a commitment to commandeering one simple election message: it’s all about the economy.
As part of a WTTW (PBS, Chicago) Chicago Tonight panel Thursday, Serafin acknowledged the effective messaging of the Obama campaign, but predicted that a Ryan pick “changes that paradigm.” Serafin said that Ryan’s economic strengths would refocus the campaign squarely on the economy.
In this week’s Crain’s, campaign veteran Thom Serafin shared his take on Jesse Jackson Jr.’s mysterious leave of absence from the U.S. House of Representatives.
Will the younger Jackson weather the media storm surrounding his unexplained absence? Will the public forgive him? Read the full Op-Ed after the jump.
His tip sheet outlines Illinois’s long and recent history of backroom dealing, its economic struggles, the broader implications of Tuesday’s primary and its political geography.
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Thom Serafin joined Good Day Chicago to talk about the Republican debate in Arizona. Check out what Thom has to say!
Crain’s Shia Kapos on the Chicago holiday party scene:
…The best parties are those that bring together A-list names in business, politics, philanthropy and culture. (more…)
Thom Serafin on the final Republican presidential debate before the Iowa caucus. Check him out on FOX Chicago.
On Aug. 25, Serafin & Associates’ Kelly King, Angela Heuer and Scott Burnham were dispatched to Highland Park to administer the highly competitive putting contest at The Northwest Municipal Conference (NWMC) Annual Golf Outing.
In May, Serafin & Associates helped the NWMC and a broad coalition of municipal groups from across the state stop efforts to funnel hundreds of millions of dollars from local communities to help pay down the state’s budget deficit. NWMC represents over 1.3 million citizens residing in 41 municipalities throughout Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake and McHenry counties.
Veteran television journalist and communications professional Lissa Druss Christman has joined the Chicago-based public relations and public affairs firm Serafin & Associates, Inc., company president and CEO Thom Serafin announced today.
A nine-time Emmy award winner, Christman spent decades in Chicago television before beginning a career in public affairs. As a communications strategist, Christman has worked with top businesses, government agencies, non-profit organizations and sports executives.
“We couldn’t be happier to have Lissa join our team,” said Thom M. Serafin. “Lissa’s credentials in this market and her energy will serve our clients well as we expand our client services in Chicago, Springfield and beyond.”
Christman was one of the principals who launched the newsroom of Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which won the 2009 Chicago Journalism Award in sports. She served as senior sports producer at WBBM-TV/CBS, where she produced two weekly shows for the Chicago Bears. She also coordinated sports departments under the direction of sports anchors Mike Adamle and Tim Weigel.
Christman worked locally and nationally for CBS, Fox and NBC both in Chicago and Los Angeles and has written and produced news, entertainment and sports segments. During the 1990s, she covered headline stories including the Persian Gulf War, the Oklahoma City bombing and the O.J. Simpson murder trial. Christman also has a unique experience serving as a media consultant and strategist for the U.S. Department of Justice in El Salvador. Most recently, she served as chief creative officer at the communications firm of Culloton Strategies, LLC.
Christman is an adjunct professor at DePaul University, where she teaches television production. She sits on the board of directors of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Chicago Chapter) and the Bears Care Executive Committee of the Chicago Bears. Christman is also a member of the National Italian American Foundation. She lives in River Forest with her family.
How will Mayor Emanuel interact with the new City Council? What should Chicago expect from its new mayor? Thom Serafin was on hand to provide these insights and more throughout Inauguration morning at FOX Chicago studios.
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.”
Serafin & Associates, Inc. announced today that Scott Burnham – former director of communications to former Illinois Treasurer and U.S Senate Nominee Alexi Giannoulias – has joined the communications firm as a senior account executive.
A communications professional and reporter for the past 15 years, Burnham brings a broad range of experience and insight into politics, government and the media to the Chicago-based firm.
During his five years as a senior adviser to Giannoulias, Burnham helped the Illinois State Treasurer ascend from a first-time candidate, to a statewide elected official and, ultimately, to U.S. Senate Nominee. He directed communications for Giannoulias’ administration as well as his 2006 State Treasurer’s campaign and for his 2010 U.S. Senate campaign, one of the highest-profile campaigns in the nation.
“I have long followed Scott’s career as a journalist and as a communications professional,” said Thom M. Serafin, President and CEO of Serafin & Associates, Inc. “He has an impeccable reputation and we’re excited to have him on our team.”
Serafin added that Burnham’s strategic communication skills and political acumen will prove valuable in serving the firm’s corporate and non-profit clients seeking counsel on public affairs, public relations and crisis matters in Illinois and across the region.
Burnham noted that the firm’s unparalleled success over the past 25 years, commitment to gold-standard service and capacity to deliver results for its diverse clientele is what attracted him to the premier communications firm.
“Working as part of the Serafin team will provide me the opportunity to use my experience and skill set in a professional, fast-paced and high-stakes environment that will contribute to the firm’s longstanding success,” he said.
Prior to joining Giannoulias during his 2006 campaign for State Treasurer, Burnham served as the communications director for Cook County Clerk David Orr’s office. He also worked for several years as a journalist, most recently as the political writer for the Daily Southtown newspaper, covering federal, state and county politics and government.
Burnham earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism.