Entrepreneur of the Week: Kim Tumey, Broker to the Stars

For a living, Kim Tumey negotiates deals, movie roles and other assignments for celebrities. Though she stays busy, Tumey always makes time to feed the homeless through her charity Hotdogs for the Homeless.

Kim Tumey was running late. She was expected at an awards ceremony with Omar Benson Miller who finally tracked her down at Woodruff Park.

The CSI: Miami actor watched her in amazement. makes her living negotiating endorsement deals, movie roles, casting calls and commercials for celebrities.

But here she was, standing in the middle of the park, feeding the homeless. After getting over his shock, Miller realized why.

“Oh my God, I didn’t know it was this bad,” Miller said. Then he joined in, buying hamburgers and fries from McDonald’s after Tumey and her friends had run out of food.

Last Thanksgiving, Miller fed thousands of homeless people in California—and Tumey was happy she helped inspire that.

Miller was one of Tumey’s clients.

Tumey acts as publicist, management and event planner for actors, musicians and a few comedians. For some of these celebrities, she also handles their personal appearances and public relations.

Tumey started Kim Tumey Entertainment seven years ago when she was still living in Dallas, Texas. Four years ago she moved to Georgia and spent two of those years living in the Cascade area before moving to Roswell.

With the help of four junior publicists and two interns, Tumey assists a growing lists of celebrity clientele such as actresses Regina King and Eva Pigford Marcille; actors such as Morris Chestnut, Boris Kudjoe and Anthony Anderson, and singer Dwelle.

With her help, her clients have participated in fashion shows, school and charity events, as well as private functions. They have made appearances at clubs, award ceremonies and red carpet events. Some have been featured in magazines and on radio and television networks.

“People have to go through me to get them to come up to their city, state or country,” Tumey said.

Once a month at various locations, Tumey also hosts the , a networking event for industry professionals to connect with their peers.

Chishala Chibuye, who lives off Drive, is one of Tumey’s junior publicists and has been her employee for at least six months.

 “I enjoy it,” said Chibuye, who is also an entrepreneur. “The good thing about working for Kim is when you do good she lets you know it and when you need improvement, she lets you know it as well.”

Still, it was how Tumey interacted with the less fortunate that won her high ratings from her employee.

One day, Tumey and Chibuye were downtown taking care of some business when they saw a homeless man on the sidewalk. They expected to be out for a while and had packed some lunch.

“She literally gave her lunch to him and he wasn’t asking for anything,” Chibuye said. “He was on the side of the road, he had no sign and she took her lunch and gave it to him and that earned my greatest respect for her.”

Tumey also gave the man money, Chibuye said.

“She already had my respect with helping me with my business issues and constantly trying to help me grow and get it to the next level. But that took my respect to another level.”

To the ones who know her, it’s no secret Tumey cares a lot about people.

“My mom always told me if you see something that needs to be done, nobody should have to ask you, you should just do it,” Tumey said. “I go to a restaurant, I see a hungry person I will have him come and sit with me. My peers don’t care for it, but I don’t care. That’s just me.”

Tumey started Hotdogs 4 the Homeless at least five or six years ago. Every three months or so, Tumey would make paper bag lunches with hotdogs, chips and cookies and donate it to the homeless. Sometimes she goes by herself, sometimes she has help and they always go to different areas of the city.

“It’s something I do from the heart,” Tumey said. “Everybody gets hungry.”

One of Tumey’s longtime clients General Hospital’s has been Tumey’s friend for almost 10 years. He has helped guide her in the right direction and encouraged Tumey in her business.

“She is very, very unselfish and very, very honest with a great sense of humor,” Blakemore said. “She is a cut and dry, down to earth girl from Texas who loves to laugh and help people.

“We have the same heart.”

Janita Poe October 24, 2011 at 09:53 AM
Do you know Kim? Have you attended an ATL CEO Mixer event?
MrTalley October 24, 2011 at 12:59 PM
I'm humbled by Kim Tumey's humbleness. Classy enough for Dom, and kool enough to crack a cold brew. One evening you could catch her networking with stars, and one afternoon in line at the grocery store. In either place, she' still Kim. This is who I admire. Spiritual, real, and inspirational. I'm proud to know her, proud to be able to check on her from time to time, and proud to call her a friend. -Talley
Kim Tumey October 24, 2011 at 03:40 PM
First of all, I'd like to thanks Kimathi Lewis for doing such a job and taking her time out to get the facts. Secondly, I'd like to thank Cascade Path who has been a huge supporter of Kim Tumey Entertainment and my ATL CEO MONTHLY MIXER. I appreciate you all and I wish you nothing but prosperity!
Kim Tumey October 24, 2011 at 03:43 PM
Janita Poe, you are to fabulous for words. Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! For those interested in attending the ATL CEO MIXER, e-mail us at atlceomixer@gmail.com and we look forward to having the Cascade Path Family soon!
Kim Tumey October 24, 2011 at 03:45 PM
Mr. Talley, aren't you too kind! Your kind words mean a lot to me and are appreciated more than you know. I live my life not for me, but for others and I pray God continues to bless to do so. You've been a great supporter for years now and I'm so blessed and lucky....thank you!
Janita Poe October 24, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Kim, thanks for all you do for the entertainment community in Atlanta and L.A.! Continued success to you in your business ventures!
Kim Tumey October 24, 2011 at 04:00 PM
P.S. Anyone reading this article that may look for me on FB, please note I was hacked and have a new page.... www.facebook.com/kimtumey thanks!
Babygirlcosmetics Shon October 24, 2011 at 11:57 PM
Congratulations Ms. Kim Tumey. Loved the article! Blessings & an abundance of success!
April Smith October 25, 2011 at 02:38 AM
Congratulations Kim!! What a blessing you are to so many people. Love the article....
Shirley Simmons October 25, 2011 at 03:01 AM
It is great to read about a successful business woman who cares about her community & those who are in need. Much continued success!
Crystal Pelton October 26, 2011 at 08:03 AM
Hey Kim this is Crystal pelton we meet at the Tupac center... I would love to help when you feed the hungry so please just let me know on fb when you do it again! You are such a great person with a wonderful spirit! Please continue to be the woman you are so young ladies can see positive African American women as a role model....
Keena Jordan October 26, 2011 at 01:38 PM
Wow! What a beautiful article! Kim, you're such a caring & nurturing soul. May God bless you for your efforts to help heal humanity! I'm sure your kind actions have left an impression on the hearts of those people you've come in contact with. Keep up the great work! I look forward to hearing more from you in the future!
Kimathi Lewis October 26, 2011 at 01:59 PM
You're welcome Kim and thank you for your time and patience.


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