Joe Kilsheimer is a veteran strategist in public relations and public affairs message development, issue and exposure management, crisis communications planning and execution, media negotiations, media training and coaching, senior executive communications, press release preparation, case studies and ghost-writing. In recent years, Kilsheimer has represented some of Florida’s leading growth companies, particularly focusing on companies with thorny PR issues. These include: the nation’s largest operator of waste-to-energy facilities, which faces significant PR issues in five Florida markets; Florida’s fastest growing financial services company and one of Florida’s largest not-for-profit community-based hospitals.
Kilsheimer is a former journalist with more than 20 years of experience. At The Orlando Sentinel, Kilsheimer covered personal technology and the information technology industry, telecom, real estate and local government. In 1994, Kilsheimer created the Sentinel’s Internet beat, covering the rise of the Internet as a cultural phenomenon. He interviewed and covered leading IT industry figures, such as Microsoft’s Bill Gates and Jeff Raikes, Sun Microsystem’s Scott McNealy and Netscape’s Jim Barksdale. His bylines appeared in publications ranging from the Chicago Tribune to the Washington Post to the Los Angeles Times. Kilsheimer has written freelance stories on subjects ranging from Tiger Woods for Yahoo! Internet Life to super-agent Mark McCormack for Florida Real Estate magazine.
Kilsheimer is based full-time in Central Florida where he has made his home for more than 40 years. He is a graduate of Leadership Orlando (Class 52) and Leadership Apopka (Class 1). He serves on the boards for the following organizations: Sustainable Florida, the City of Life Foundation, focusing on foster youth who “age out” of foster care and the Apopka Area Chamber of Commerce.
Joe Kilsheimer is a 1979 graduate of the University of Central Florida. He and his wife Cheryl reside in Apopka, Florida.
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