President and Founder
Mr. Guest (jzguest.com) is a publicist, writer, and entrepreneur. He currently serves as President and Founder of Guest Public. A graduate of The University of Texas at Austin and The University of Missouri at Columbia, Mr. Guest holds a decade of commercial and public sales & marketing experience in tech with Dell and SolarWinds. He also co-founded Pure Golf, Inc., an independent content production company which became PGA TOUR Radio on SiriusXM. In 2010, Mr. Guest founded Latin American travel media brand Centro Y Sur; its design was quickly recognized as 2011 Publication Design of the Year by min (the Media Industry Network).
Mr. Guest has generated national publicity for his clients in Forbes, Private Clubs, Travel + Leisure, USA Today, Boston Globe, Texas Monthly, the Los Angeles Times, Austin American Statesman, Music Row, Country Line, MR. PORTER and FOX NEWS, to name a few.
In music, Mr. Guest has had the pleasure to collaborate on projects with Texas songwriters, such as Robert Earl Keen, Jack Ingram, Joe Ely, Will Jennings, Radney Foster, Liz Rose, Jon Randall, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Monte Warden and JD Souther; notables Raul Malo, Pete Wolf and Paul Williams; and institutions such as ASCAP, BMI and Orbison Enterprises.
A fan of travel throughout Latin America, Mr. Guest is currently authoring a book of poetry reflecting upon the wilds of El Salvador. He reviews Latin American cinema for New York-based Cinema Tropical, contributes to several travel and lifestyle publications, serves on the Steering Committee of the Texas Heritage Songwriters' Association, the International Press Academy Digital Committee and volunteers with several Texas community projects. He considers himself blessed, living out life as a seventh-generation Texan in Austin, Texas with his wife and children.
Mr. Hiles has built a career in public relations working for two of the world’s most recognized and respected PR agencies —Rogers & Cowan and Warren Cowan & Associates. Mr. Hiles is the protégé of public relations legend Warren Cowan, and has coordinated publicity for some of Hollywood’s brightest stars including Mel Gibson, Denzel Washington, Rob Lowe, Robert Downey Jr., Aaron Spelling, Elizabeth Taylor, Kirk Douglas, Paul Newman and Merv Griffin, to name a few.
Mr. Hiles has generated national publicity for his clients in Time, Newsweek, Forbes, Fortune, The Robb Report, Vanity Fair, InStyle, GQ, People Magazine, Condé Nast Traveler, Travel + Leisure, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, The Washington Post, and on CNBC, CNN, FOX NEWS CHANNEL, MSNBC, CNET, ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX.
In the corporate arena, Mr. Hiles has served as publicist for such clients as Victor Kiam Enterprises, Merv Griffin Resorts, NewStar Media, and Rubin Investment Group. Mr. Hiles successfully launched the entertainment web site eStar.com to an international audience and was responsible for generating on-going, national press coverage for the company in The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, The Los Angeles Times, The New York Times, and on CNET, NBC, and FOX. Mr. Hiles holds a Bachelor of Arts from the University of California, Los Angeles.