Kinkennon Communications (KC) helps organizations answer the questions “What do we want to say?” and “What must we do?” We then craft strategies and implementation plans to bring the answers to life. We do our best work addressing challenges that are complex, high-level, and strategic. We excel for organizations that find themselves at the edge of their institutional comfort zones or are pondering lofty new aims.
And we love working with brilliant teams of innovative, open-minded, nice people who value fresh perspective and provocative ideas.2 parts
We help organizations discern precisely what they must do if they want to be able to say great things. We help clients be credible, communicative, and compelling.2 parts
We facilitate communications and strategic planning for senior teams and boards. We help leadership bodies realize aspirations and demonstrate relevance.1 part
We inject creativity into the examination of complex challenges. We help smart teams find their “Aha!” moments.1 part
We make trains run on time for clients needing hands-on, rigorous management of comprehensive public affairs campaigns.1 part
Public Affairs Strategist
We help clients shape narratives around tough issues so their organizations are better situated to secure public-policy outcomes.
Advancing big, bold ideas in pursuit of lofty, aspirational aims.
Working on issues and topics that are important, impactful, and meaningful.
Working with outstanding teams of people who are smart, strategic, appreciative, and nice.
Working smart so our spare time remains free to enjoy family and life.
Shane Kinkennon is the principal of Kinkennon Communications. He is a 20-year communications pro who can do lots of neat and random stuff.
Shane started grassroots campaigning young. When he was 13, he gathered 1,600 signatures on a petition to move Halloween from Sunday to Saturday in Marshall, TX. A good Southern Baptist boy, he thought kids should be in church on Sunday evening, not trick-or-treating. He took his petition to the editor of the Marshall News Messenger, the paper published a front-page story, more signatures rolled in, and the mayor signed a proclamation. In 1983 in Marshall, TX, Halloween was officially observed on Saturday, October 30.
Now Shane is all grown up. Collaborating with other really smart people, he gets to work on what he wants to, with the kinds of people he wants to work with, with organizations whose values he shares. Sometimes he even gets to write about himself in third person. That makes him one very lucky communications guy.
- Run the food and consumer packaged goods industry’s anti-obesity coalition in Washington.
- Been the director of marketing communications for a technology company.
- Run corporate issue campaigns where he reports to senior VP and C-level executives at household-name companies.
- Run a $9 million dollar marketing communications department.
- Served as right hand man to former White House Press Secretary Mike McCurry.
- Built a $1M+ multi-story U.S. Army booth for the Detroit Auto Show.
- Been the “VP of Campaign Services” for a grassroots-organizing firm.
- Raised six figures in corporate sponsorships in a year for a nonprofit cause he loves.
- Written advertising copy for a billboard in New York’s Times Square.
- Served as the commissioner of the National Gay Flag Football League.
- Completed massage therapy school.
- Moved to the mountains of Colorado to get serious about “work-life balance.”
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