Honorary Chair Kevin Hurst
As the Director of Charitable Giving for Neiman Marcus Group, Kevin is responsible for implementing the newly defined giving strategy for the company, as well as managing the associate volunteerism program for the stores and operational/support facilities across the country.
Kevin began his career in the financial industry. His knowledge in the trust operations arena led him to internal business consulting at JPMorgan Chase. Initially, he was part of a core team that led business re-engineering initiatives for the bank. After a series of mergers and acquisitions, however, his focus was on post-merger integration and process improvement.
Kevin then moved into the external technology consulting field working with client/server and internet-based solutions. This eventually led to working with entrepreneurs to realize their start-up plans during the “dot com” boom which included developing business, marketing, and venture capital fundraising strategies.
Upon rejoining Chase, Kevin was the Vice President of eCommerce for the mortgage servicing division. This eventually led to him taking the reigns as the Vice President of Community Development overseeing all charitable giving and public relations for the division with a multi-state presence in Ohio, Louisiana, and California. At the same time, he assumed oversight for the JPMorgan Chase Foundation annual grant process for the same markets. In this capacity, he served on numerous non-profit boards and committees.
Following his commitment and passion for the community, Kevin made the leap “to the other side” and became the Executive Director of the American Cancer Society in Palm Desert California. When the opportunity arose to work on the launch of a new Hole in the Wall Camp (founded by Paul Newman), he began commuting to Columbus, Ohio to the lead the efforts of a $20 million capital campaign. After successfully developing a business, fundraising, and marketing plan (and doing some fundraising along the way), he then turned his attention to an agency back in California. When his family relocated to Chicago, Kevin utilized his business and non-profit experience to lead the multi-million dollar expansion efforts for the Chicago Lighthouse for People who are Blind or Visually Impaired. As the city’s oldest human services agency and as the Director of Operations, he was tasked with buying and renovating a building to offer services in the outlying suburbs. He also conducted focus groups to determine appropriate programs, which in turn defined his marketing, community outreach, and fundraising plans.
Returning to the corporate role of philanthropy at Neiman Marcus has brought Kevin full circle and allows him to once again focus on the total needs of the community. In his capacity of Director of Charitable Giving, Kevin oversees the annual associate giving campaign and volunteer program, as well as administers the corporate philanthropic giving program which focuses on building partnerships and alliances with organizations focusing on youth arts education.
In his spare time, Kevin trains for marathons and triathlons and enjoys traveling to explore new epicurean experiences to bring back home and recreate.