Kamer Adds Washington Partner, Xenophon
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Kamer Adds Washington Partner, Xenophon

Kamer Consulting Group has formed a strategic alliance with Xenophon Strategies, a crisis communications firm with expertise in the aviation industry headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Paul Holmes

SAN FRANCISCO, November 19—Kamer Consulting Group, launched a month ago by former GCI Group executive Larry Kamer, has formed a strategic alliance with Xenophon Strategies, a crisis communications firm with expertise in the aviation industry headquartered in Washington, D.C.
 
Kamer believes that Xenophon will provide public affairs and issues management expertise to complement his expertise in crisis planning and crisis communications, and also that it will held develop technology-based crisis management products, including “dark” websites. The two firms will also partner on communications training.
 
“I have always felt that I needed to have a presence in Washington, D.C., to complement the work we do in public affairs and issues management,” says Kamer. “I pushed hard for that when I was at GCI, but without success. Now we will be able to provide clients with access to first-rate strategic resources in the nation’s capital.”
 
Not only that, but Kamer will be reunited with several people with whom he has worked in the past. Xenophon president David Fuscus was a client of Kamer’s former firm when he was vice president of communications for the Air Transport Association, and former GCI executive Jay Silverberg also works with Xenophon as senior vice president.
 
And both parties believe their timing could not be better.
 
“The events of the past two months have led companies and institutions to focus more on crisis management and contingency planning,” says Fuscus. “Clients today are looking for a qualitative edge—the experience that some of the larger firms offer, but the laser-like focus of a specialty agency. That’s what this alliance is designed to achieve.”
 
“There is an urgency to focus on risk mitigation and the ability to handle emergencies,” adds Kamer. “But there is also a real demand for the kind of experience and values-based approach that Xenophon Strategies and Kamer Consulting Group offer. Our desire is to become the go-to firm for major companies, associations and organizations—and to be able to service their needs with a depth of experience and greater efficiency than large firms do.”
 
Kamer clients include Nike, The Salvation Army, Williams-Sonoma, and several large law firms. Xenophon works for Airbus, Air Transport Association, The Salvation Army, Alaska Airlines, Midwest Express Airlines, the Aviation Safety Alliance, Pottery Barn, and McKesson HBOC.
 
Separately, Xenophon Strategies has named Gabby Richards, former editor of The Washington Post national news section, as director of research and aviation planning. According to Fuscus, “As a top notch journalist, Gabby Richards will provide an essential element in achieving top notch results for our clients.”
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