Timing. Luck. Vision. Nearly a decade ago, two visionaries – Jim Gendreau, owner of Tailwinds Development in Lake Mary, Fla., and Colliers International Director David Garnett – stood on a desolate corner at Huntsville’s westernmost point outside Redstone Arsenal Gate 7. Perhaps Redstone’s most discreet entry/exit point, Gate 7 sits at the corner of a […]
About Kimberly Ballard
Kimberly Ballard has been writing in one professional form or another for over 35 years. She has a BA in Communications and a minor in World Literature from the University of Alabama. She started out selling radio advertising for an FM radio station in Biloxi, MS, writing her own radio spots.
Kimberly worked as an account manager, copywriter, and media planner/buyer for two ad agencies in Miami, FL, and moonlighted at the ABC affiliate (WPLG) as a floor director and production assistant for a Top 10 media market news station. She freelanced TV and video production gigs, working behind the scenes on locally-produced Miami TV shows like the Don Shula Show. She also spent a great deal of time in the newsroom where she learned how decisions were made about the news and how it got on the air. This would later play an important role in her career as a writer.
She moved back to Alabama where she worked as the managing editor for a local business and lifestyle magazine and went on to work as a commercial producer for Huntsville’s WAAY (ABC) where she learned to edit video and produce TV commercials and PSAs.
She moved back to Florida in 1997. With a well-rounded background in broadcast production, news, print, ad agencies, magazine editorial, copywriting, and sales – she worked as the marketing director for a window film manufacturer in St. Petersburg, FL with an automotive, commercial and residential product line.
She was able to use diverse background to be involved in all aspects of advertising and marketing for the company, including writing and producing marketing videos, and supporting the sales teams with content and marketing literature. It was during this time that Kimberly landed a permanent editorial writing gig for the Detailers Digest and Mobile Tech News. She would go on to write for them for 14 years.
In 2006, Kimberly moved back to Huntsville for family reasons. After doing a variety of project work to test her ability to start her own business, in 2008, she took the leap to go out on her own with KimberlyWritesCreative.
Specializing in straight editorial at first, she wrote consistently for publications like the Chamber of Commerce Annual Guides and Initiatives magazine, the R&D Report owned by the Huntsville Times, Pulse published by Crestwood Hospital, EVENT Huntsville, and many others.
Still writing for the Detailers Digest and Mobile Tech News, a Boston-area detailer contacted her in 2010 about a project known as the Air Force One Detailing Team at Seattle’s Museum of Flight, led by Master detailer and detailing trainer, Renny Doyle. Doyle was well-known in the high-end automotive detailing industry and he asked Kimberly to write some press releases for detailers on the team in their local markets.
The response was overwhelming. Today, Doyle’s Detailing Success Network of hundreds of high-end, automotive detailers and paint correction specialists make up 50 percent of Kimberly’s writing work in the form of newsletters, PR, websites, and magazine articles in the automotive industry. She has also been building Wordpress websites and writing them since 2015.
Having written for the Huntsville Business Journal’s sister publication EVENT Huntsville for about ten years, Kimberly, who has felt for some time that Huntsville needed a small business-oriented magazine, was one of the first to jump onboard when the Huntsville Business Journal launched its maiden issue in June 2018.
Kimberly is best known for her editorial and copywriting versatility.
Entries by Kimberly Ballard
Dozens of Huntsville small business owners had an opportunity to take their concerns, ask questions and provide feedback on a wide variety of topics that affect their businesses directly to the White House, President Trump, federal agencies and Congress – and they did not hold back. Bruce LeVell, Region 4 advocate for the Small Business […]
Parents and alumni of Virgil I. Grissom High School gathered at the campus on Bailey Cove Road for a farewell to the building and fundraiser for the new South Huntsville Library. The “Goodbye Grissom, Hello Library!” community gathering was nostalgic for many guests such as Jim Hillenbrand, a member of the school’s first graduating class […]
It’s the perfect connection: A digital giant and a high-tech capital. So, when Facebook announced it was building a large-scale data center, it was no surprise.
MERIDIANVILLE — A cost-effective solution for retrofitting old Black Hawk helicopters with the most technologically advanced electronics and equipment was unveiled recently by Sierra Nevada. The event was held during Sierra Nevada’s Industry Day at the company’s facility at the Huntsville Executive Airport. SNC acquired the older model Air Force UH-60L Black Hawk through Huntsville’s […]
The South Huntsville Business Association (SHBA) announced today an executive search for the association’s first executive director. Applications will be accepted through June 20. The SHBA was recently selected as one of three new Main Street designated communities in Alabama. According to the organization, the new director will help promote economic development among South Huntsville […]