Gary McKillips, APR, Fellow PRSA, is managing director of The McKillips Group, which provides public relations and employee benefits consulting services as well as free-lance writing, broadcast services and voice overs for media organizations, corporations and community organizations. His current clients include the IUGB Foundation, established to suppprt the International University of Grand Bassam in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa (publications, PR and marketing); the Atlanta Business Chroncile (free-lance writing); AP Radio Sports and other local and national outlets on an ad hoc basis (locker room interview and in-game and post game reports)
Previously, Gary served as director of communications and marketing for Georgia State University's J. Mack Robinson College of Business; assistant vice president of university relations at the University of Tennessee; vice president of corporate and sports public relations for Turner Broadcasting System; and vice president of public affairs for Contel Corporation (now part of Verizon Communications). He served as a public affairs officer in the U.S. Army, including a tour of duty with the 4th Infantry Division in AnKhe and Pleiku,
With the Robinson College Gary oversaw all facets of public relations, special events, social media and marketing communications; assisted the college in attaining record enrollments, consistently high rankings, and the reputation as one of the Southeast's top business schools. He traveled to various international locations and wrote by-lined stories on business-related subjects from such placesas The Middle East, Africa, China, Russia, and South America.
With the University of Tennessee (UT) he coordinated PR
activities for the
state university system, including UT-Knoville, UT-Martin, UT-Chatanooga, the UT Space Institute at Tullahoma and the medical school at UT-Memphis.
At Turner, in addition to handling media relations, Gary coordinated crisis activities, handled PR for the Goodwill Games in St. Petersburg, Russia and oversaw the activities of Turner Sports public relations.
Gary has been quoted in numerous national publications, including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Chicago Tribune. He has contriibuted to two books--one in higher education and one in sports. The higher education book is titled Elite MBA Programs at Public Universities: How a Dozen Innovative Schoos are Defining Business Education (Praeger Publishers, 2004) and the sports publication is Total Mets: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the New York Mets (Triumph Publishers, April 1, 2012).
Gary was named to the Georgia Public Relations Hall of Fame and was elected to the College of Fellows of the Public Relations Society of America, one of just 400 members in the 20,000 member organization who have been accorded that distinction.
he is a frequent speaker on public relations and sports. See the News section of this website for information on recent presentations.
McKillips Hosted Webinar on "Big Time College Sports Make For Big Time PR Challenges,"
McKillips to Moderate Stadium Panel for PRSA. The new Mercedes Benz Stadium will be the subject of a PRSA panel on at Maggiano's in Buckhead. (registration closed)
McKillips spoke on crisis communications at Atlantic Sun Sports Information Directors' Conference in Macon,
Gary McKillips spoke at the Christ the King Men's Club at 6:30 p.m. He talked about covering Atlanta's local and pro team's for AP Radio and Sirius XM as well as his career in sports.