atlnta hawks & state farm arena
sr. vice president of public relations
Garin Narain has served as Senior Vice President of Public Relations for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena since 2012. Originally hired to develop and lead the communications strategy strictly for the Hawks Basketball Operations Team, his responsibilities were expanded in March of 2014 to include oversight of all the public relations efforts for the Hawks Corporate and State Farm Arena groups. In his role, he serves as the primary media spokesperson for the organization, cultivating relationships with local and national media and creating internal communications plans across the marketing, revenue and community development/social responsibility platforms.
Prior to Atlanta, Narain held communications positions with the Cleveland Cavaliers. During his nine-year tenure, he led the development on the NBA’s first team-run media services website and played an integral role in the publicity efforts of NBA all-stars LeBron James, Shaquille O’Neal and Kyrie Irving.
He has been recognized nationally by PR Week, the PR Industry’s top trade publication, and was named to its prestigious 40 under 40 class in 2018 and was also named to the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 Under Forty honorees class of 2018.
Narain attended the University of Florida, graduating with honors in 2002 with a B.A. in Psychology and earning a minor in General Education. He and his wife reside in Decatur and have two children.