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I worked with Larry Kamer during a tumultuous, challenging and highly-visible public affairs crisis which played out in the national media and before the U.S. Congress when I was serving as Group Vice President for Public Policy and Government/Industry Affairs at Toyota Motor North America. Toyota found itself in the unenviable position of having to respond to a vehicle recall situation which became front page and top TV media coverage over many months and was the focus of multiple Congressional oversight hearings. Larry was one of the key advisors to Toyota during the company’s recent vehicle recall crisis in his capacity as Managing Director of the Glover Park Group in Washington, DC. Larry provided strategic advice and counsel to company senior executives and devised successful communications and public affairs activities with his team in support of the company’s efforts to manage the recall situation
Larry’s strategic counsel and leadership during crisis situations was critical. We especially appreciated his ability to construct a thoughtful and deliberate communications plan with concise messaging. It is with his assistance that we were able to successfully navigate during the most turbulent of times.
Larry is among the nation’s most respected corporate communications executives.
I’ve been in the room with Larry Kamer when clients have faced their toughest reputation challenges and crises. What I witnessed was a premier strategic thinker, a decisive manager and a poised leader guide both individuals and entire corporate infrastructures through the roughest of terrain. Larry is one of those unique colleagues who raises the performance level of all of those on the team around him.
What we appreciate most is our long term relationship with Larry Kamer. Over the years we have continued to build on his extraordinary understanding of our issues. Through some difficult and sensitive situations, both the advice and execution we received resulted in far better public understanding of what we were trying to do.
I trust Larry’s guidance implicitly based on his work with us, his many successes in extremely challenging situations, and his personal sense of integrity and what is the right thing to do. Larry is all about getting to the truth, good or bad, in a way that makes the public either a celebratory or sympathetic participant in the event.
In 2005, I needed a proven and dependable crisis communications agency to partner with me in guiding Reebok International Ltd. through the most significant crisis it had ever faced. That agency was MS&L. Larry Kamer took lead and was lock-step with me throughout the entire ordeal. In addition to this being Reebok’s biggest crisis, it was the most difficult period of my career – professionally and personally. I leaned on Larry heavily. Yet, he and his team never broke. I needed, and they delivered. Under Larry’s leadership, the MS&L crisis team helped steer Reebok through the crisis in a way that prevented the brand from being permanently scarred. The brand was able to maintain its reputation as a human rights pioneer and innovative product developer and marketer.
I needed a proven and dependable crisis communications agency to partner with me in guiding Reebok International Ltd. through the most significant crisis it had ever faced. That agency was MS&L. Larry Kamer took lead and was lock-step with me throughout the entire ordeal. In addition to this being Reebok’s biggest crisis, it was the most difficult period of my career – professionally and personally. I leaned on Larry heavily. Yet, he and his team never broke. I needed, and they delivered. Under Larry’s leadership, the MS&L crisis team helped steer Reebok through the crisis in a way that prevented the brand from being permanently scarred. The brand was able to maintain its reputation as a human rights pioneer and innovative product developer and marketer.
A crisis carries twin threats for any enterprise: snowballing reputation damage that undermines stakeholder confidence and a sustained loss of strategic focus that imperils effective execution of the business plan. Larry Kamer is your best bet to avert or at least mitigate both of those outcomes. Trust him early and often. He is a discrete, ethical and clear-eyed expert at containing issues before they catch fire and extinguishing fires before they spread.
The Kamer Group supports Round Table Pizza with crisis management and communications planning services. They provided us the highest quality consulting and coached our leaders on effectively dealing with internal and external audiences. Their services allowed us to smoothly navigate some very turbulent waters.
Larry Kamer is a smart strategist, talks the language of business, understands the dynamics of politics, and rolls up his sleeves to get the job done. He’s been a trusted partner for more than 20 years.
Larry Kamer is one of the most insightful strategists in the communications business. Unlike many public affairs consultants, he does not offer cookie-cutter solutions. Larry first takes the time to listen and gain a clear understanding of an organization’s challenges. He then applies his extensive experience and sharp intellect to develop concrete solutions to the complex issues leaders face.
When our company, Kimpton Hotel & Restaurant Group, was in need of a trustworthy,
astute and sensitive communications firm, we asked several of our most-respected colleagues whom they might recommend. Each person gave one recommendation without hesitation: Larry Kamer. Our timeline to make our decision was very short, so we trusted their judgement and after one brief conversation with Larry, we knew we had found the right person and firm to handle our situation. It was with that same speed that Larry responded, came over to our offices with his colleague and they both immediately rolled up their sleeves. I was dually impressed with their ability to listen as well as counsel. Larry and his staff were empathetic to our situation, quickly assimilated with our team, knew when to take over and when to follow our lead. Larry’s quickly formulated plan was well thought out, tailored specifically to our needs and thoroughly executed. Our relationship with Larry and his team was built on trust and respect. Without hesitation, I too recommend Larry Kamer and his excellent team.
It is rare to have a resource that is consistently reliable, trustworthy, discreet, dependable and who understands the ethos of our company. We have found that partner in Larry Kamer and have entrusted him with our reputation during critical times for over 25 years.
My experience with the Kamer Consulting Group spans more than ten years. Each time I have called on them they have provided expert assistance in a timely and professional manner. I am pleased to recommend them without reservation.
We have worked with Larry Kamer for over 15 years. He came to us in a time of great stress and difficulty from a public relations point of view in a project we were involved in to fight mental health stigma. We have always considered Larry part of our corporate family; he is an ethically grounded, media relations professional with high integrity. Larry’s values match Crestwood’s, as if he were a part of the company. Larry is a founding board member of Dreamcatchers’ Empowerment Network, a foundation we created to help fight mental health issues.
More than a consultant, Larry is considered a trusted friend. He is patient, thorough, extremely well-connected and always available, leaving us feeling as if we were his only client. Larry is a “mensch” in the truest sense of the word.