Renee Malone is the founding partner and president of KQ Communications. Known as the organization’s guru of strategic communications planning and crisis media, she is Accredited in Public Relations, certified in Crisis Communication and an Illinois native with an undergraduate degree in Communications and an MBA with a concentration in Marketing.
Before co-founding the agency, she worked as a broadcast news reporter and anchor, and public information officer for a school district. In her role at KQ, Renee has spent over 15 years leading award-winning projects for nonprofit, business and government clients. She has led the firm to become of the largest Black-owned PR firms in the Southeast. Renee has received awards from the PR News, Public Relations Society of America-Memphis, Georgia Chapters, and the National School Public Relations Association. Renee was most recently named the 2019 Executive of the Year by the PRSA, Memphis Chapter; MBJ Superwoman in Business in 2021 and a two-time finalist for the MBJ Executive of the Year Award (2017 & 2021). She also serves several nonprofit and business-related organizations.
Renee is married to Dr. F. Kevin Malone, and they have two children, Dominique (25) and Kevin Jr. (21)