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, long and straight drives, road biking, pierogis, throwing batting practice and 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


Miles Johnson
Miles Johnson Senior Manager, Quality, Service and Technology

Responsible for Technology, Quality and Service public relations 

Technology initiatives include: 

  • Blue Link
  • Apple CarPlay
  • Android Auto
  • Infotainment systems
  • Cyber and Data Security
  • V2V Technology
  • Autonomous Vehicles
  • Wearables
  • Owner Apps
  • Electronics and Telematics Shows

Quality initiatives include: J.D. Power Survey Results (IQS, VDS, Appeal, CSI, SSI) and Consumer Reports results

Service initiatives include: Car Care Service, Owner Marketing, Social Media and Crash Parts

Other responsibilities:

Likes: Surfing, House of Cards, Automotive History, Gadgets, Lifting Weights

Dislikes: Avocado and Pesto Pizza, Time Zones

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 & Love being a grandma, times two!

Dislikes: Sunday drivers, whiners & Sauerkraut

Derek Joyce
Derek Joyce Product Public Relations Manager

Manage Hyundai U.S. product public relations for Blue Drive® Eco-focused product lines, Motorsports, CUV lines. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Blue Drive® product lines: Tucson Fuel Cell, Ioniq EV, Hybrid, Plug-in, Sonata Hybrid and Plug-in
  • Motorsports news, events and interviews
  • CUV press releases, specifications, features, photos/videos
  • Press kits and annual product changes/explanations
  • Innovative story concepts
  • Auto show and media event plans and interviews 
  • Pre-show Eco and CUV embargoed information by request
  • Advanced technology insights and interviews

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

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

Robin  Warner
Robin Warner Manager of Midwest Product Public Relations

Manage Hyundai U.S. product public relations for Accent, Azera, Sonata, Veloster, Elantra, and Elantra Eco. I also help with affairs in the Midwest. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • SUV 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

Likes: (Loves: Wife, Family), Formula 1, IndyCar, WEC, most any form of road racing, cars, trees, running, pizza, mountain biking, curry, Iceland

Dislikes: Traffic, reality television, vulgar sensationalism, incurious conformists, many other isms and ists

Christine  Henley
Christine Henley Manager, Public Relations & Social Media

Manages Hyundai’s social media channels. You can reach out to me when you need help with:

  • Social media strategy and activities
  • Auto show plans and executive interviews

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 Sr. Associate

Manages Hyundai and Genesis media websites and social media channels. Assists with managing daily press fleet operations, product digital assets and media kits. Primary liaison for Chinese/Korean journalists. You can reach out to me when you need help with the following:

  • Getting media materials, including: product and corporate press releases, vehicle specifications, features, pricing, video, photography, media presentations and other documents
  • News alerts
  • Hyundai & Genesis social media channels
  • & 
  • Press fleet vehicle availability/logistics/scheduling
  • DMV authorizations
  • Monroney labels
  • High/Lo-res logos 
  • Product updates
  • USB flash press kits

Likes: Music, vinyl, technology, gadgets, art, cheese, hammocks, event production, gastronomy, adventures and polygots

Dislikes: The falling feeling, humidity, slow internet speeds, traffic 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

Kevin Oates
Kevin Oates Ketchum, Partner, SVP, Practice Director

Support Hyundai Motor America’s corporate communications and product public relations programs.

Active in West Coast media relations and corporate communications programs for 15 years as a leader on the agency team representing Hyundai Motor America. Please feel free to find me when you need help with the following:

  • West Coast media needs
  • Corporate information
  • Marketing and advertising programs
  • Hyundai executive communications
  • Auto show information

Likes: USC football, running, good wine, rescue dogs, home improvement projects

Dislikes: The 405 freeway, bumper stickers, gophers, sitcoms with live studio audiences 

Yvonne Marie Lorie
Yvonne Marie Lorie Ketchum Public Relations / Hyundai Hispanic and Southern/South Central Public Relations

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 Ketchum

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 public relations 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

Alex  Nunez
Alex Nunez Ketchum Public Relations / Hyundai Northeast Product Public Relations

Manages Hyundai’s product public relations and product communications for the Northeast region (including the Boston, New York, and Washington, D.C. metro areas). Coordinates and executes Northeast regional vehicle launch programs and events. Based in NYC. Member: IMPA, NEMPA, WAPA, APA, and MPG. Don’t hesitate to contact me regarding 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: Movies, running, the Miami Hurricanes, brown cars, gated shifters, IndyCar, the Yankees, and the Knicks

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

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