About Kendy John
Kendy John is the nickname of AuKendra Edmonds, a Strategic Communications Consultant whose diverse experience has helped her formulate an impressive portfolio of marketing, sales and communications expertise. Kendy is a Strategic Communications Consultant, a Sales and Branding Expert, Image and Etiquette Coach, and a Public Relations Professional. Kendy has over 23 years of Marketing and Sales experience in a wide variety of industries. Kendy, who is originally from Flint Michigan, knew she wanted to be a Marketing Communication Consultant at a very young age. In high school, she volunteered for the school Forensics team and won multiple local and state competitions in the Oratory competition for public speaking. In 11th grade, she was mentored in Marketing by the Marketing Manager of the Genessee Area Skill Center who encouraged her to enroll in marketing classes. The mentorship increased her appetite for marketing communication and inspired her to major in Marketing at Michigan State University. While attending Michigan State she interned in Motorsports Marketing at DaimlerChrysler. This internship led to a lucrative 7-year marketing career at DaimlerChrysler which ultimately moved her from Michigan to sunny Northern, California. While at DaimlerChrysler, Kendy held several marketing and sales roles including that of Sales District Manager and Service and Parts District Manager. Upon leaving DaimlerChrysler, Kendy accepted a position as a Regional Marketing and Contest and Incentives Manager which relocated her to Chicago.
Kendy currently resides in the Chicago area and has held varying roles in Marketing and Sales during her stay. She held a position as the Midwest Sales Director for Diplomatic Connections Magazine which gave her an abundant amount of experience in proper protocol when dealing with Diplomats as interacting with Embassies and Consulates was a major part of this role. She attended several Diplomat Events in Washington DC which boasted such guests as the Ambassador of Figi and the Ambassador of Italy. She also developed the first advertising account relationship with the Trump Hotel Chain for the publication. Most recently Kendy has held a role in Business Development and Community Relations for one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies. In this role, she developed strong relationships with healthcare marketing executives, faith-based organizations, as well as several government officials including State Representative Sonya Harper and State Representative Juliana Stratton who was a guest speaker at one of several of Kendy’s Community Mental Health Advocacy events. Additionally, Kendy trained police officers, emergency management officials, school adminstrators, and pastoral leaders on several communication topics including, verbal de-escalation and stress management.
In addition to her marketing and sales experience, Kendy is a mental health advocate who has volunteered with NAMI in the past and she continues to support and host several events in the Chicago area advocating for mental health and wellness. Additionally, Kendy is an Image Consultant and Etiquette Expert who received training at a young age as she spent several years attending Avante Modeling School in Flint, Michigan. She later became an instructor at Barbizon Modeling School in Detroit, Michigan teaching young girls etiquette and image training. Additionally, she has held classes in the Chicago area for high school aged girls teaching her “Act Like a Lady” series for school districts. She has most recently started Chameleon Academy for Communication and Civility teaching adults, youth and business professionals everyday image training and etiquette. Kendy has also most recently acquired a Masters degree in Strategic Communications with a concentration in Public Relations from Purdue University. Kendra has used this degree to further her PR expertise by building on her past experience in community relations, crisis communications and branding by helping small to medium-sized businesses acquire media placement with radio stations and newspaper publications in the Chicago area.
Through Chameleon Marketing and Communications, Kendy aspires to help small to medium sized businesses achieve their business goals through her coaching packages and her long list of marketing, sales and PR services to help any business achieve success in their marketing efforts. Kendy also highlights women's lifestyle topics in her online publication, Chameleon Magazine. Kendy is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and a member of the National Public Relations Society of America. She is also a Professional Certified Marketer with the American Marketing Association and a Certified Business Civility Trainer.