About Kim Garst
“It’s an amazing thing to find yourself on a Forbes list”, says Boom! Social CEO Kim Garst. She should know, having been added by the aforementioned organization to its list of Top 50 Social Media Power Influencers in 2012. Kim’s “hands-on” approach to getting results for her clients is based on collaboration, partnering and relationships – the very same skills that have propelled her and her company to the top in the field of social media marketing strategy and implementation.
Recent accolades include: 2012 Forbes Top 50 Social Media Influencers List (#24), Kred Top 50 Social Media Bloggers (#1), 2013 Social Media Examiner Top Social Media Blogs (#2), Top 23 Social Media Power Influencers by Blogtrepreneuer.com (#11), Social Media Examiner Top 10 Small Business Facebook Pages (#7) and one of the Leading Moms in Business winners from StartupNation.com.
Kim received her B.S. in Political Science from Methodist College some 20 years ago. She planned on being one of the many women balancing traditional jobs outside the home with the demands of marriage and motherhood. After the births of her sons, however, her priorities shifted. Still, her love of learning, determination, and desire for continued professional growth led her to begin her first business from her dining room table – a business that over the course of 9 years became the first of many 7-figure enterprises.
Earning a Master’s Degree in Distance Education in 2006, Kim began to use her education to teach others how to exercise influence, create brand value and sell products and services using virtual platforms. In 2010, just as social media began hitting its stride, Kim turned her attention to training and equipping other business owners to use social media marketing to achieve their business goals. In mid-2012 she partnered with successful serial entrepreneur Terry Williamson, and created Boom! Social Media Marketing – a personal branding and social media consulting firm dedicated to helping organizations build engaged communities and build their brand’s influence in a social world. Boom! Social has since risen quickly to become one of the leading social media marketing firms in the United States.
Kim resides in the Tampa area with her husband, Joseph and younger son; her older son serves in the armed forces.