We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Padgett and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
After spending several years in corporate America, I made the decision to start my own public relations and marketing firm almost 20 years ago in order to spend more time with my young children at the time, have the flexibility to travel more often, and to be able to work with clients and peers that were like minded. It was the best decision I’ve ever made.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
The Padgett Group, a successful strategic PR and marketing firm, was founded in 2001 by Kim Padgett after a successful executive career in communications with leading corporations in Houston. The Padgett Group works with clients to develop critical messages, the most appropriate and effective channels for communication, and to position the company in specific geographic and vertical markets. The agency accelerates the process of identifying target audiences and gaining access to the influencers within those audiences, including customers, employees, shareholders, partners, community leaders, the media, and alliance partners. The Padgett Group works with clients in the hospitality, nonprofit, healthcare, technology, energy, real estate, financial services, retail, food and beverage, and special event industries. I am proud of our tagline: Expanding Spheres of Influence. We go beyond traditional public relations and marketing services for our clients. Always thinking outside the box, we make every effort to ensure the success of our campaigns.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
In a non-pandemic world, I would plan a variety of activities to showcase the diversity of Houston. We’d travel down Clear Lake, the Kemah Boardwalk, Galveston, and hit some hole in the wale restaurants along the way. We would not miss a chance to visit NASA/Space Center Houston. We’d spend time downtown catching a musical at the Hobby Center, and shows at the Symphony, the Ballet, and others. We’d also skip over to the Museum District for a day to check out the latest exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, the Menil, Museum of Natural Science, the Health Museum, and others. We’d visit the Zoo, Hermann Park, the Art Car Museum, Rothko Chapel and more. We’d spend a day shopping at the Galleria, Rice Village, Highland Village and Upper Kirby before heading to 19th Street in the Heights. As for restaurants, I’d make sure that we sampled all of the incredible cuisines Houston has to offer in Montrose, the Heights, Galleria, West Houston and Chinatown. Houston has so much to offer, a visitor could never be bored here or starve from lack of amazing food!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many people that impacted my business success. In the beginning and still to this day, I looked to mentors of all ages (male and female), influencers, as well as professional and charitable organizations, where I could be a partner in the process. What I mean is that I learned early on from my father, that the more you give – without expectation of a return – the more you get back. My dad was my biggest cheerleader, coach, and taught me more than I could have ever learned in college. He also spent many years in corporate America before venturing out to start his own company and became a successful entrepreneur. I knew I could always turn to him when I had questions, concerns, and needed advice.