Mike Kilroy started his career as a journalist writing for a newspaper and then trade magazine, transitioning to public relations some 25 years ago. He has spent most of his career as an executive with top agencies in Southern California and the San Francisco Bay Area/Silicon Valley. He has represented companies promoting the latest technological innovations, from WiFi connectivity and mobile GPS in the early days to artificial intelligence (AI), IoT and 5G today. He has led communications programs for a variety of technology firms, from venture capital funded startups to top-tier brands such as Epson, Toshiba, Ericsson, Cisco and Ingram Micro.
Earlier in his career, Mike played a key role in building HKA’s impressive technology communications legacy. In 2019, he returned to the agency to help companies take advantage of market opportunities in the era of digital transformation. His responsibilities include business development and marketing as well as providing strategic counsel and account management to HKA technology clients to ensure the most effective program implementation possible.
He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from California State University, Long Beach and is the author of a popular book on local history titled A Look at Orange County’s Colorful Past. Mike has been recognized for his work with three Silver Anvils, the prestigious national award from the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).
Q&A WITH MIKE
A movie that never gets old
The Quiet Man
Weekends were made for
My daughter’s lacrosse and water polo games
On my college dorm wall
Commuter college student – no dorm for me!
Autographed Chieftains album (Irish traditional band) and a signed copy of Lost Moon by Apollo 13 Commander Jim Lovell
A song I don’t mind getting stuck in my head
Almost any Beatles song
Give me an extra scoop of
Pasta from Sonny’s Italian Restaurant
I would be a good game show contestant on
Name that Tune
Brands I admire
Apple, Disney, HBO, Southwest, SpaceX
Guilty TV pleasure
Love It or List It, Game of Thrones
I’m a fan of
The Lakers, the Rams and any SoCal team that’s a ‘contenda’
I’m inspired by
Great writers of the past
Favorite HKA core value
Accountability. In public relations, we owe it to our clients to give our very best effort every day to achieve results.
What I want to read inside a fortune cookie
Keep on chooglin’