KSA Testimonials

As PR professionals, we spend our days talking about our clients. Here’s what they have to say about us.

KSA has been instrumental in helping ACCESS create and continue to shape our evolving media and social media strategy to meet the growing demands of our organization. As we continue to prepare for health reform, KSA has assisted us in positioning ACCESS as a thought leader for how to navigate the ACA and developing ways to best engage our key stakeholder audiences in meaningful dialogue. Donna Thompson, CEO, Access Community Health Network 
 
KSA helped us develop an exceptionally successful promotional campaign for one of our new products. KSA’s market research report provided valuable advice about how ATLA and our members could communicate value to development officers and administrators at our member schools. Margot J. Lyon, Director of Business Development, American Theological Library Association 
 
 CDM Logo We have engaged KSA several times since 2008 for the public outreach components of our environmental engineering work for the Chicago Transit Authority. The KSA staff knows how to translate complex engineering concepts into simple language to help the public understand. The CDM and KSA teams collaborate well in strategizing and executing public outreach plans. We count on KSA to provide good client service and meaningful participation that exceeds government contract requirements to include partners, such as KSA, who are certified DBEs (Disadvantaged Business Enterprises).  Christopher M. Martel, Vice President, CDMSmith 
 
We are greatly impressed with the work of the KSA team members, who became instant experts on all the Chicagoland Chamber’s departments – including the Foundation and the Chicago Entrepreneurial Center – and produced excellent results while filling in for our communications director. KSA is strategic, aggressive and excels in a variety of areas, including public policy strategy and media relations. Jerry Roper, former President and CEOChicagoland Chamber of Commerce 
 
Kathy Schaeffer and Associates helped us shape our messages about East Bank Club and increase our coverage in the local print and broadcast media. Their strategic, creative thinking pushes beyond the boundaries of everyday expectations about fitness to highlight what is really newsworthy at the Club. Simon Meredith, former General Manager, East Bank Club 
 
federationLogo In the competitive public policy environment in Springfield, it’s not enough to just have a good message. To succeed, you’ve got to get it in front of the right audience, at the right time, often with little time to spare. KSA’s experienced staff put together a flexible game plan, and laid out a strategy for a successful advocacy campaign to garner support for an important aid program for needy higher education students. Job well done. David W. Tretter, President, Federation of Independent Illinois Colleges and Universities 
 
 hospital-sisters-health-system-client KSA was a valued partner during a year-long process by HSHS St. Elizabeth’s Hospital to obtain a Certificate of Need for a $300 million replacement hospital and ambulatory care center. When St. Elizabeth’s announced it was planning to build a new campus, the competitor hospital and some local leaders launched an aggressive campaign to prevent St. Elizabeth’s from modernizing in a nearby community. With KSA’s guidance, HSHS presented a factual, compelling case for why the project was needed and why it would be good for the region.  KSA’s core values and strategic vision aligned with our mission and goals, and they were incredibly professional and responsive during the engagement. I would highly recommend KSA to any hospital embarking on a public relations campaign. Brian Reardon, Vice President, External Relations, HSHS
 
KSA produced a high-quality media training program for us in very little time. This was the first time we attempted a live seminar along with a simultaneous webcast, and they pulled it off flawlessly. Our participants learned a lot about dealing with the media during turbulent times, and they gave the program high marks. Linda Koch, President and CEOIllinois Bankers Association 
 
As the voice for business in Illinois, we move at a fast pace and often have many irons in the fire. I know Kathy Schaeffer and her team will be there when we need them, whether to put out a fire or add fuel. KSA is the best…supportive, creative and interesting – all the time! Douglas L. Whitley, former President and CEO, Illinois Chamber of Commerce, current Executive Director of Supply Chain Innovation Network of Chicago (SINC).     
 
Illinois Hospital Association During the state legislative session in 2012, IHA and the Illinois hospital community faced major challenges regarding the state budget, Medicaid funding and the potential loss of tax-exemption status for nonprofit hospitals. KSA provided key communications support and counsel to IHA, helping us navigate through a difficult and challenging time. Maryjane A. Wurth, President and CEO, Illinois Hospital Association
 
Kewanee Hospital KSA has been a trusted partner to Kewanee Hospital since 2011.  The KSA team took the time to get to know our organization, our leaders and how we were perceived in the community. Most recently, KSA provided strategic guidance and materials for internal and external communications regarding Kewanee Hospital’s intended affiliation with a health system. They gave us exactly what we needed and crafted it to fit our community. Lynn Fulton, CEO, Kewanee Hospital 
 
It’s not easy to make a road building project “cool.” But KSA did it, by connecting with Lake County residents through Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and creating compelling e-blasts that influenced key opinion leaders in Lake County. KSA truly understands the power of new media and demonstrated the techniques that made our project an unqualified success. We couldn’t have reached this level of success without KSA. Tim Penno, former Executive Vice President, Lake County Contractors Association and Build53Yes.com 
 
Little_Company_of_Mary_Hospital The KSA staff members are true professionals.  We had high media expectations for the opening of our West Pavilion Patient Tower and KSA exceeded them by generating media coverage that reached our service area and beyond. The patient move coverage was excellent. Kelly Cusack, Director of  Public Relations and Marketing, Little Company of Mary Hospital and Health Care Centers 
 
Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® hired Kathy Schaeffer and Associates a few years ago in response to negative media coverage regarding the housing industry. Our goal in hiring KSA was not only to increase the amount of positive housing industry articles, but to develop a relationship with local media. KSA has done an exceptional job on both fronts, with media contacting MORe on a regular basis for stats, quotes and interviews. MORe is now recognized as an industry leader because of the efforts of KSA. Pam Krieter, CEO, Mainstreet Organization of REALTORS® 
 
Polk Bros KSA has been our go-to public relations firm for more than a decade. They are great strategic communicators and when we work with them they get us in the media outlets that reach our target audiences. Most recently, KSA was instrumental in helping us announce significant changes in our leadership and structure, while reinforcing the core mission of our organization. Sandy Guthman, former CEO, Chair of the Board of Directors, Polk Bros. Foundation 
 
Kathy Schaeffer and Associates, Inc. has been an invaluable communications partner for Sherman Health since 2005, beginning with our Certificate of Need application for a replacement hospital in Elgin. The KSA team strategically helps us to build strong coalitions and grassroots support, and expertly connected with Chicago-area media on an award-winning hospital opening campaign. Rick Floyd, former President and CEO, Sherman Health 

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