NEXT is proud to recognize Kerri Milam as a recipient of the inaugural NEXT Powerhouse Awards.
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Depth Public Relations
Kerri Milam is president of Depth Public Relations, the industry-leading marketing and PR firm she launched in 2006 to serve the business of housing finance – an industry she has considered her calling since her tenure as public affairs director for Georgia’s Housing Finance Authority. Over the last 14 years, DepthPR has been a trusted advisor for some of the housing finance industry’s most well-respected technology and service innovators from well-established brands to start-ups. Those who have worked with her know Kerri’s guiding principles of earning relationships by paying it forward and insisting that her firm’s strategies are grounded in showcasing client expertise and integrity foremost.
In part rooted in her non-profit experience, Kerri’s pay it forward philosophy is evident in her firm’s innovation investments: she has supported The Mortgage Collaborative, the Digital Mortgage Conference, MERS Digital Mortgage Bootcamp, and the 2019 NEXTDC Conference. DepthPR is truly differentiated by its reinvestment in the industry where it has taken a leadership role. For her, it is important that we demonstrate actual love for the industry where we build our businesses – not merely make a few bucks on it.
Kerri’s perspective on business integrity and her strategic business expertise have been contoured by a remarkably diverse career path.
Prior to college graduation (Georgia State University), Kerri became an intern in the State of Georgia’s Executive Branch, later working as a speech writer for the Governor’s Press Office, where she thrived in the intense pace and relevance of the policy making environment so much that upon its conclusion, she extended the internship into full-time jobs with the Governor’s Office of Executive Counsel and as a legal editor with the Georgia Legislature’s Office of Legislative Counsel.
Over the following decade, Kerri had roles in publishing, working in succession for Atlanta, Business Atlanta and PensionWorld magazines, both in production and editorial capacities; leveraged her growing portfolio of business writing to join renowned international PR firm Ketchum where she represented global innovation brand 3M, CAD/CAM technology pioneer Intergraph and commercial real estate behemoth Cushman & Wakefield; served on the staffs of an Atlanta mayoral candidate, a Georgia gubernatorial candidate, and as executive director of a women’s issues advocacy non-profit before joining Atlanta technology start-up AudioFax; and as public affairs director for a major metro Atlanta municipality before joining the Georgia Housing Finance Authority in 1992, where she learned to love her new vernacular of MRB, LIHTC, HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac and HOME.
From 1995 to 1997, Kerri held a marketing role in the Atlanta offices of KPMG where she collaborated on new business initiatives; from 1998 to 2001, she joined global PR firm Porter Novelli as vice president for client service to Philips Electronics and BellSouth Small Business Services and later SocketPR, an Atlanta-based technology PR firm serving tech innovation startups, where she created a consortium of CRM clients that subsequently evolved into the national CRM association.
In 2001, Kerri launched HeadStrongPR, serving tech innovators in the southern coastal region between Hilton Head and Jacksonville, FL while building a professional network in Savannah, contributing a technology column to the Savannah Business Report and Journal, and serving the Coastal BETA community of creative technology development. From 2003 -2006, Kerri lead a client service team at William Mills Agency, which lead to her decision to launch Depth Public Relations, where she has built a team of top-shelf professionals comprised of vice presidents Lindsey Neal and Leslie Colley, and client service directors Johnna Szegda and Jenny Moss.
Kerri Milam is unabashed in her love for the housing finance industry, the network she cherishes, the clients who often become dear friends and the DepthSquad that have allowed her vision of client service to be a reality.
Final, more personal points:
For relaxation, Kerri reads and composes poetry; performs impromptu musicals about coffee in her kitchen; enjoys kayaking Georgia’s lakes, rivers and the heavenly coastal region from Tybee Island to Brunswick GA; and when folks are free to move about in planes again, she hopes to reschedule her canceled April birthday trip to Big Sur and if that takes too long she’s gearing up for a road trip from ATL to SAN and then north on the PCH. Kerri lives in Decatur, GA with her tomcats Husband and Truth, and her 13-year-old Labrador, Beauty.