PR Contacts

Chris Hosford
Chris Hosford Corporate Communications Executive Director

Responsible for the company's corporate, product and media relations.

Jim Trainor
Jim Trainor Product Public Relations Sr. Group Manager

Fortunate to oversee the hardest-working public relations team in the industry. I’m responsible for making sure our cars are launched flawlessly to the media and that they get more than their fair-share of coverage; I direct the various aspects of our auto show news conferences and affiliated activities; work to make sure our executives spend time with media to answer their questions and share the Hyundai story; and keep an open line of communication between Hyundai Motor America and Hyundai Motor Corp.

Likes: Michigan, Detroit Red Wings, bacon, reading a Sunday newspaper, throwing batting practice and hitting fungos, time with my family

Dislikes: Poor parking lot execution, nuts in cookies, ice cream and brownies, 65 MPH left-lane drivers, cigarette butts flicked from a car, sand traps


Lori Scholz
Lori Scholz Public Relations Manager

Manage and oversee Hyundai’s vehicle press fleet in thirteen locations across the United States. This includes the ordering and logistics of vehicles used for all-media launches, regional events and press fleet operations ensuring media have the opportunity to drive and write about our vehicles. Assist in planning key vehicle launch programs and events. In addition, coordinate with Hyundai sales department to aggregate and distribute monthly and yearly sales releases.

You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Press fleet scheduling
  • Long Term Loan requests
  • Vehicles for comparisons
  • Hyundai Sales Releases
  • Press Events
  • Press releases

Likes: Being a native Californian, riding my bike to the beach, traveling (with family and for business), shopping & CHOCOLATE. Being appreciated.

Dislikes: Sunday drivers, whiners & Sauerkraut

Derek Joyce
Derek Joyce Product Public Relations Manager

Manage Hyundai U.S. product public relations for Motorsports, Genesis Sedan, Genesis Coupe, Equus, Azera, Veloster, Tucson Fuel Cell and future premium products. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Motorsports news, events and interviews
  • Premium product news, data, and insights
  • Press releases, specifications, features, pricing & photos
  • Press kits and annual product changes
  • Innovative story concepts
  • Auto show plans, and interviews 
  • Embargoed information
  • Advanced technology insights

Likes: World travel, surfing, track days, scuba, snow sports, tennis, family time

Dislikes: Lame drivers, “gut-bomb” lunches, excessive formality 

Christine  Jew
Christine Jew Manager, Product PR & Social Media

Manages Hyundai’s PR-run social media channels and product communications for Elantra sedan, Elantra GT and Accent. You can reach out to me when you need help with:

  • Product information, events and news releases
  • Social media strategy and activities
  • Specifications, features, pricing and photography
  • Auto show plans and executive interviews
  • Press kits and annual product changes

Likes: The great outdoors and exploring, working out, homologated cars, dogs, classic horror movies and Trojan football – FIGHT ON!

Dislikes: Traffic, bad parking, peas, "Driving-challenged Toyotas”

Elizabeth Chun
Elizabeth Chun Public Relations Associate

Manages and, assists with managing press fleet operations and Hyundai's social media channels and liaison for Chinese/Korean journalists. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Getting product press releases, specifications, features, product presentations, pricing, video and photography
  • Press fleet vehicle availability/logistics/scheduling
  • DMV authorizations
  • Monroney labels
  • High/Lo-res logos and images
  • Product updates
  • Media kits

Likes: Music, vinyl, tech & gadgets, visual art, event planning, adventures and polygots

Dislikes: The falling feeling, humidity, slow internet speeds and stereotypes

Sarah  Zaim
Sarah Zaim Executive Assistant

Provides executive and clerical support.

Likes: Ice cream, eating out, travel, design, ballet, coffee, open-mindedness

Dislikes: Action movies, bugs, egos

Miles Johnson
Miles Johnson Manager, Connected Care Publicity

Supports all media publicity facets of Hyundai’s Assurance Connected Care programs, Blue Link technologies, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto and telematics inquiries.

Likes: Surfing, snowboarding, soccer and banging weights around at the gym

Dislikes: Avocado Pizza and traffic jams

Kevin Oates
Kevin Oates Ketchum, Sr. Vice President, Group Manager
Alex  Nunez
Alex Nunez Ketchum PR / Hyundai Northeast Product Public Relations

Manages Hyundai’s product public relations and product communications for the Northeast region. Coordinates and executes Northeast regional vehicle launch programs and events. Member: IMPA, NEMPA, and WAPA. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have needs relating to:

  • Hyundai events in the Northeast
  • Product information and press releases
  • Product features, pricing, specs and photography
  • Auto show information, executive interview requests

Likes: Car magazines, movie-theater popcorn, running, the Miami Hurricanes, brown cars, gated shifters, IndyCar, the Yankees, and the Knicks

Dislikes: Olives, traffic, lousy service at restaurants, actual hurricanes, Michigan winters, left-lane squatters, the Red Sox, and the Knicks

Yvonne Marie Lorie
Yvonne Marie Lorie MGSCOMM, Vice President

Support Hyundai Motor America’s corporate communications department, particularly Hispanic public relations and Southern region representation.

An active member of SAMA, GAAMA and TAWA, as well as local Hispanic organizations, I have been lucky to work with the Hyundai Motor America team for over a decade. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Regional public relations source for the South from Texas to Florida
  • Spanish-language media materials
  • Southern region lifestyle media opportunities
  • Regional and national Hispanic lifestyle media opportunities

Likes: Volleyball, boating, crossword puzzles, rainy Sundays, Hawaii Five-O

Dislikes: Thriller movies, pickles, traffic congestion


Ariel Garcia-Linares
Ariel Garcia-Linares MGSCOMM, Account Director

Privileged to work with Hyundai Motor America’s Corporate Communications department since 1999 focusing on product public relations, Hispanic market public relations and Southern region representation. I also serve as Hyundai’s Spanish-language Product PR spokesperson. Active member of SAMA, GAAMA and TAWA. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Press releases, specifications, features, pricing and photography
  • Press fleet vehicle availability/scheduling
  • Regional public relations source for the Southern / South Central Regions
  • Spanish-language press materials & interview opportunities
  • Southern region lifestyle media opportunities
  • Regional and national Hispanic lifestyle media opportunities

Likes: Politics (I’m a political junkie), Horticulture and Landscape design (I have a green thumb), traveling the world, spending time with family

Dislikes: Handheld cell phone users while driving, licorice, jellybeans, celery

Hyundai Motor Global P.R. Team
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Hyundai Customer Connect Center
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Robin  Warner
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