• The Team

  • Karen A. Cheeks

    Karen Cheeks is a communications strategist who works with nonprofits, the faith-based community, startups and small businesses. She is the managing partner and founder of Cheeks Communications, LLC. Karen strategizes with clients to develop communication plans that meet outlined goals, such as increasing revenue, building clientele or raising awareness. She is also an adjunct professor at a local community college where she teaches public relations strategies for small business owners and nonprofit organizations. Prior to launching Cheeks Communications, Karen worked in both the for- and non-profit sectors transitioning seamlessly from journalism to the public relations arena. Her career began in the newsroom of a national, weekly newspaper where she covered early childhood education, teaching, charter schools and state policy issues.  Karen continued on to work with a variety of policy organizations to advance forward-thinking initiatives through releasing national reports, convening press conferences, creating messaging documents, and developing communication and marketing strategies. With more than 18 years in the communications/public relations field, Karen brings passion, experience and the know-how to deliver results on time and on budget.  

  • Antonio E. Cheeks

    Antonio Cheeks is a leadership development specialist who works with leaders to reset their passion, reclaim an excellent quality of life, and have greater impact in the marketplace. Using tried and true principles that transcend industry, Antonio has a proven track record that reflects his ability to turn around low-performing teams, improve morale, build confidence in leaders, and increase company revenue. Antonio describes his style of training as “edutainment” because participants are educated through interactive and engaging activities and discussions. Antonio’s career began in the mid-1990s as a corporate sales trainer for a major telecommunications company where he worked with international markets. From there, he was invited to join the faculty training team for a leading fitness company. In this role, he provided corporate training to fitness and sales professionals, in both classroom and one-on-one sessions, and helped them prepare and deliver wellness and personal development strategies that would engage and inspire their clients. Today, Antonio primarily works with leaders in four key areas: wellness, sales/marketing, communication/public speaking, and self-leadership. He uses personal life lessons, management experiences, challenges, and success stories to inspire and give hope to others. Antonio has been featured in several media outlets, including Voice of America TV, The Washington Post and ABC News Channel 8 Sports Talk with Glenn Harris. He is also a partner at Cheeks Communications, LLC and the firm's Director of Training & Facilitation.

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