The Stockdale Group

Jim Simmons
Managing Partner

Jim Simmons is a public relations and crisis management expert. As managing partner of The Stockdale Group, he offers clients counsel in communications, advocacy and relationships with the news media, local communities and governments, and key stakeholder audiences.

He helps companies build awareness, understanding, support and action to become exemplary citizens and cherished neighbors.

His clients have included Chevron Corporation, Comcast, Lehigh Southwest Cement Company, Rhodia/Solvay, EcoServices, Western States Petroleum Association, Tosco Refining Company, US Naval Air Systems Command, GWF Power Systems, Sandia National Laboratories, and fairgrounds in Alameda, Kern and Nevada counties.

Companies he works with have been honored with the national Points of Light Award for Excellence in Corporate Community Service, Best 100 Places to Work, Business of the Year, and Business Leader of the Year.

Jim has served on over 50 boards of directors for community, civic, business and charitable organizations, including a 27-year stint with the East Bay Leadership Council, and on the Concord Economic Development Corporation. He also served as executive director of the Coalition for Good Government, the Diablo Valley College Foundation, and the six-state Southwest Defense Alliance. He has also served as president of a press club, an industrial association, and president and chief executive officer of the Kern Community Foundation.

His family’s charitable fund, housed in a regional Community Foundation, supports efforts and projects that benefit both the economy and the environment.

His unique background in and dedication to economic development and environmental stewardship in rural America brought a White House appointment to the first Desert Advisory Council and a California governor’s nomination to serve as director of the state’s office of military and aerospace support.

In addition to his current work supporting industrial, agricultural and economic development interests, he continues to write for a newspaper on California water issues, crafting a second edition of his book Good PR, and developing a social media network for “BoomerNation: What We Have Left to Do!”

Jim is a life member of The Nature Conservancy, the Navy League of the United States, the Kern Press Club, the Death Valley 49ers, the California Desert Tortoise Preserve Committee, the China Lake Museum Foundation, and the Red Rock Canyon Interpretive Association.

He holds an Associate of Arts Degree in Theater and Dramatic Arts with highest honors, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree (magna cum laude) in English and Comparative Literature with Distinction in the Field.

Jim has been professionally accredited (APR) in the practice of Public Relations by the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA).

James E. Simmons
(925) 451-2160

Dennis L. Kline
Of Counsel

Denny is an expert on the news media. He has served as chief communicator for national public agencies, the military and major corporations. He also helps clients with public policy and governmental relations.

Brent Clark Palmer
Of Counsel

A pioneer in networking technology and internet marketing, Brent has worked in several industry categories and has been a leader in the field of web development.

Douglas W. Reid
Of Counsel

Doug is a visionary master of visual media. He conceives and builds interactive films, website video pages and related presentation packages.