“All clients have compelling stories to tell. Our job is to tell their stories well, to the audiences that matter most to them.”
With more than 35 years of experience, Ken Gepfert brings a unique understanding of the needs of both clients and the news media. His background in business communication includes mergers and acquisitions, financial services, economic development and real estate.
Ken has been a business reporter and editor at some of the nation's most influential newspapers, including The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times. In addition, he has managed financial and internal communications, and served as chief speechwriter, for the former First Union (now Wells Fargo).
Prior to joining LGA in 2007, Ken was with The Wall Street Journal for 13 years in Charlotte, Atlanta, Brussels and New York. He served as economic development columnist, editor of regional editions covering six Southeastern states, a senior editor of The Journal’s European edition and commercial real estate editor.
Ken also was a senior editor at The Charlotte Observer for seven years, serving as executive business editor and assistant managing editor. At theLos Angeles Times, he was the paper’s aerospace reporter and the editor who launched business coverage in Orange County.
Ken received a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and a master’s degree in communications from the University of Texas. He also was a professional journalism fellow at the University of Michigan, where he studied business and law.
After raising three daughters in Charlotte, Ken and his wife Nancy lived in Europe and New York for five years before returning to North Carolina. He was delighted to find a home at LGA and be closer to his four grandchildren. Ken also enjoys serving as an adjunct faculty member at Queens University of Charlotte, where he works with student staff of The Queens Chronicle to develop effective ways to communicate in a changing media landscape.