Jim Kokoris

Why PR?

“I love the variety and challenge of working in and learning about different companies and industries.”


Fun Fact

Jim has published four novels, including the award winning “The Rich Part of Life,” which was optioned by Columbia Pictures, and the critically acclaimed “It’s. Nice. Outside.” and “Sister North,” which also was optioned by Hollywood.

Jim Kokoris

Executive Vice President

Jim has more than three decades of experience in brand building and product promotion for clients ranging from wine and spirits, power tools, food and candy and pet supplies. His expertise spans the spectrum of business-to-business and consumer public relations. The recipient of more than a dozen industry awards, Jim has developed a reputation for strategic and creative programming.

Job Highlights

  • Creating and hosting the award-winning “Great Whiskey Debates” around the world for more than 15 years for longtime client Beam Suntory, which were debates between scotch and bourbon experts to educate and entertain consumers.
  • Writing two books on the Jim Beam family — the biographies of celebrated master distillers Booker Noe and his son Fred Noe.
  • Writing speeches for a number of chief executive officers, including McDonald’s, Beam Suntory, Midas International, Bosch and Allied Van Lines.

Before LCWA

Jim served as partner and president of JSH&A Communications, a leading boutique agency known for brand marketing, which was acquired by LCWA in 2017. He spent twelve years at a global agency, rising to the level of senior vice president before leaving to join start-up JSH&A. Throughout his career he has written humorous columns for USA Today Weekend magazine and the Chicago Tribune Sunday Magazine, where his essays ran regularly for three years.

Involvement

Jim has earned a multitude of public relations industry honors from many organizations — including the Publicity Club of Chicago (PCC) and the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

Education

A native Chicagoan, Jim is a proud graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign and attended the Iowa Writer’s Workshop at the University of Iowa.