Hilary Kaye


As CEO of HKA, Inc. Marketing Communications, Hilary Kaye provides the overall vision and strategic direction for HKA.  Spearheading the agency’s business development function, she is particularly adept at identifying new client challenges, recognizing how HKA can support business objectives and generate measurable results that move the needle.  Hilary also is known as a natural connector – finding innovative ways of uniting HKA clients to yield even greater results – and genuinely enjoys symbiotically pairing organizations.

As HKA has grown since opening its doors in 1984, Hilary has maintained its boutique feel, providing highly accountable service to clients and media and an environment where team members are respected and encouraged.  Along the way, the agency has nabbed dozens of industry awards, and Hilary has been honored with several, personally.  Among her standouts are the 2008 Ethics in America “Pillar in Business” Award and the 2004 NAWBO-OC Remarkable Women Award. Both are related to integrity in business, which Hilary views as her most significant trait.  She also is a recognized community philanthropist and volunteer, particularly as a longstanding supporter of the MS Society.

Hilary holds a master’s degree from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and an undergraduate degree from UC Santa Barbara. Prior to launching HKA, she worked at UC Irvine in the Public Information Department as assistant director. Earlier, Hilary worked as a newspaper reporter in Orange County, and was a correspondent for several national newspapers. Hilary is co-author of Plant Extinction: A Global Crisis, a book translated into six languages.

Q & A with Hilary

Fantasy occupation
Being Vin Scully (better than being a Dodger player because he just keeps going!)

A movie that never gets old
Avatar (I see something new every time)

Weekends were made for
Treks to Dodger Stadium, walking our dog, more time to sweat at the gym to burn calories, leisurely breakfast with Layne to add calories

On my college dorm wall
Janis Joplin and Beatles posters and a variety of peace symbols

Prized possessions
Signed Mickey Hatcher cleats (in Dodger blue), autographed photos with Duke Snider and Orel Hershiser, my two acoustic guitars

A song I don’t mind getting stuck in my head
Sittin’ on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding)

Give me an extra scoop of
Almost anything gelato

I would be a good game show contestant on
Hollywood Squares (assuming I’m a celebrity and I’m funny)

Brands I admire
Whole Foods, Trader Joe’s, Fry’s, 24 Hour Fitness, PetSmart, Virgin Air

Guilty TV pleasure
Stranger Things

I’m a fan of
Dodgers, foreign travel, dogs, cats, sushi, Indian food, good novels, classic rock

I’m inspired by
Sunsets and sunrises, travel to distant places, animal rescuers, crossing everything off my list (maybe this will happen someday)

Favorite HKA core value
Integrity, which provides the foundation for every other core value, as people or companies without integrity can’t see true meaning in any of the other values.

What I want to read inside a fortune cookie
Good fortune, good health – coming your way!