Jason Grill Receives the Kansas City Business Journal NextGen Leader Award

Jason Grill was honored with the Kansas City Business Journal’s NextGen Leader Award recently. The award honors 25 of the up-and-coming leaders of Kansas City. A panel of judges selected the 2016 class of need-to-know leaders in business and the community based on their accomplishments, talent and drive. These include businesspeople – entrepreneurs, executives, professionals – who will lead their companies, and their community, into the future. The NextGen Leaders Award is designed to recognize the budding talent in the KC community, but that’s just the start. The awards objectives include helping emerging leaders continue to build their knowledge and skill sets, and to connect them with each other and the present generation of Kansas City leaders. See below for the feature:

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Jason Grill

Senior adviser for public affairs, policy and media, Parris Communications.

Parris Communications is a Kansas City-based company specializing in media relations, public relations, event management, crisis communications and public policy. The company has been awarded the Kansas City Business Journal’s “Best Places to Work” award for nine years in a row.

Responsibilities: Grill, 36, helps clients with media relations, public affairs and crisis communications. He also helps other Parris team members with city council and public policy matters. Additionally, he co-founded a fashion sock company, Sock 101, and hosts Grill Nation Show on KMBZ 980AM.


Describe yourself in a tweet:“Communicator who loves bringing people together, policy, challenges, positivity, diversity, traveling and finding solutions to problems. #KC”

Greatest challenge: After being a two-term member of the Missouri House of Representatives, Grill lost his re-election campaign and left government. He said leaving government and starting from scratch provided a great challenge.

“I don’t think I worked nearly as hard as I should have compared to my other election. And that has been something that I have taken with me. So I think overcoming and kind of readdressing your life and starting a business (was a challenge).”

Five-year goal: Grill wants to continue growing at Parris Communications and work with more clients on policy and public affairs issues.

“From an entrepreneurial standpoint, I’d love to see Sock 101 continue to grow. … We get orders from every state in the country, which is awesome. So I’d like to see that, in five years hopefully double, triple in revenue.”

Whom he admires: From a work ethic and community prospective, Grill said he admires his dad, Brad Grill

“One of the things I learned from him was (his) work ethic and working harder than your fellow competitor.”

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