About Kurt

Cynthia ZhangSmithStreet – Accelerate Growth & Solve China Business Problems

“Before working with Kurt, the marketing department was in search of both a strategic marketing plan and marketing campaigns to increase awareness for SmithStreet’s consulting services. Kurt calmly worked with our marketing team to understand our current operations and identify areas that needed to be improved. He helped us not only organize a simple, yet customized marketing plan but also helped implement procedures and workflows to execute our marketing campaigns. We now have a solid marketing plan with clear goals to execute and measure our marketing campaigns. From identifying our target market to creating compelling content, Kurt helped get us on the right path.”

Don R. RahtzJ. S. Mack Professor of Business The Mason School of Business at The College of William and Mary

“Kurt Hunter demonstrated that he had a solid understanding of the evolving marketing and consumer landscape. His insights on how to successfully engage and build relationships with the target market helped create a solid planned giving marketing strategy for Riverside Health System. On the project we were working on he exhibited a solid grasp of consumer psychology, as well as linking that into a marketing execution. Kurt shows he has a sense of things from the creativity standpoint and  has an entrepreneurial way of thinking that will go a long way in helping any organization.”

Brianna and me at a holiday party

Thanks for visiting. More about me below.

Feel free to connect with me via Twitter (Kurt_Hunter), LinkedIn, or comment on my blog posts.

 I Was Born in Turlock, California.

Turlock_California

Moved to St. Louis when I was 6 months old. Became a  St. Louis Cardinals fan (and Star Wars fan – see t-shirt -) at the age of 3.

Kurt_Cardinals

 

Moved to Batesville, Arkansas at the Age of 7.

Batesville_Arkansas

Where I Went Through a Rambo Phase – My Mom was Not Impressed

Kurt_rambo

Developed my love for playing sports

Kurt_Baseball_Arkansas

 Moved to Charlottesville, VA at the age of 7

Thomas Jefferson's Monticello

Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello

I Have a Sister and 6 Step-Siblings (4 Step-brothers and 2 Step-sisters)

Bottom row (left to right): Todd and Parker. Top row (left to right): Me, Lindsay, Kara)

Bottom row (left to right): Todd and Parker. Top row (left to right): Me, Lindsay, Kara)

(Left to Right): Me, Ginny, Turner, and Jason)

(Left to Right): Me, Ginny, Turner, and Jason)

 Successfully Sold the Family Insurance Business and My Four Rental Properties

Sold

Used Proceeds to:

Enroll in Full-Time MBA Program at the College of William & Mary

Startup pitch team (Left to Right): Me, Mohan, Vipul, and Sheldon.

2012: Startup pitch team (Left to Right): Me, Mohan, Vipul, and Sheldon.

 

(Left to Right): Me, Mohan, and James watching the 2011 Cricket World Cup

(Left to Right): Me, Mohan, and James watching the 2011 Cricket World Cup

Where I Connected with Classmates from 17 Different Countries

India Wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup

India Wins the 2011 Cricket World Cup

 I Moved to San Francisco After Graduation

Lucky to live a few blocks from beautiful Dolores Park

Lived a few blocks from beautiful Dolores Park

My Old Apartment at 17th & Dolores in the Mission District

17th & Dolores - Mission Apartment

 

 Traveled to Thailand…..

Relaxing in Thailand

Relaxing in Thailand

Brianna and me enjoying the sunset in Thailand

Brianna and me enjoying the sunset in Thailand

Thailand - 2

$12.00 USD for 5 hours of private snorkeling. Our guide did not speak English but we had a fantastic time.

Thailand - 1

Hanuman Island - Ang Thong National Marine Park #nofilter

Hanuman Island – Ang Thong National Marine Park #nofilter

Traveled to Bali, Where I Attempted to Ride an Elephant….

Bali Elephant ride - 1

Bali Elephant ride - 2

Elephant rodeo

Elephant rodeo

He finally decided to sit still.

He finally decided to sit still.

Bathed and Fed Sumatran Elephants

Brianna and I bathing an elephant

Brianna and me bathing an elephant

Feeding elephant

And Met Some New Friends

Tour guide - Sarong required to enter temple

Tour guide – Sarong required to enter temple

Nice grooming session

Free grooming session

Spent a Month in Shanghai for a Marketing Consulting Project

shanghai - 1

Shanghai - 2

Shanghai - 3

My morning walk to work.

I Love Exploring the Bay Area

Hawk Hill

Hawk Hill

SF Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

SF Giants vs. Colorado Rockies

Oakland A's-Houston Astros game. Walkoff win for the A's!

Oakland A’s-Houston Astros game. Walk-off win for the A’s!

Golden Gate Fields

Golden Gate Fields

I Discovered My Love for Craft Beer

Lagunitas Day Time

Lagunitas Day Time

The world famous Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewery

The world famous Pliny the Younger at Russian River Brewery

Ballast Point Scupin (San Diego, but still delicious)

Ballast Point Sculpin (San Diego, but still delicious)

And Wine

Champagne flight for my birthday!

Champagne flight for my birthday!

Vineyard - Napa

Raymond Vineyards

Raymond Vineyards

 

 

 

 

Napa Grapevine

Napa Grapevine

Bubbly at the beach

Bennett Lane Winery

Bennett Lane Winery

Moved North to Beautiful Sonoma County in 2015

Petaluma - Double Rainbow

Double rainbow outside our apartment in Sonoma County.

Writing at our secret beach location in Sonoma County.

 

Russian River - hike

Russian River feeds into the Pacific Ocean.

Love the Outdoors: From The Pacific Coast…

Hiking Shell Beach

Hiking Shell Beach

To the Sierra Mountains….

Hiking in the Sierra

Hiking in the Sierra

To the Rivers…

Love to canoe the Russian River

Canoe trip down the Russian River

 Testimonials

 Rob GarlandPresident of Rob Garland Photographers

“Kurt Hunter’s dedication to marketing and his “company first” approach was exactly what we were looking for in 2011 when we decided to restructure our operations and marketing strategies. Mr. Hunter was dedicated to the cause and provided us with many ideas he developed and acquired from some of the top executives in the world while completing his MBA at The College of William and Mary. We could not be more pleased.”

Edmund AmoyeLuxury Brand Guardian + Digital Native

“I have worked with Kurt in a variety of situations – in and out of the classroom. Kurt is dedicated to producing work at the highest level of quality. He played a huge role in our team in the Customer Experience Management course (MBA program), especially because of his insight on consumer behavior and motivations. I hope I can work with him again soon.”

Barry GollidayEntrepreneurial Business Strategy Consultant

“Entrepreneurial, smart, creative, great potential and a pleasure to work with.”

Mohan ChitrapuProduct Manager at Enova Financial

“I have had the privilege to know Kurt from MBA class of 2012, William and Mary. We worked on a few class projects and the one I vividly remember is the Business Plan we worked on for a gourmet business in Virginia. While the plan garnered enough support, the best part was working with Kurt. He clearly showed his grasp on the fundamental courses we went through in the first year and to be specific – marketing, operations and microeconomics. Since the very beginning, Kurt has shown his tremendous interest in Marketing. His opinions he expressed in the class were extremely thoughtful and well articulated. Post MBA, he has been living his passion of Marketing and in this direction; he has been providing consultations to organizations such as Shelter Planners (VA). The one thing most commendable of Kurt is his focus on simplicity. He expresses his well-observed and researched points in a thoroughly simplistic fashion making it easy for the reader to understand. It is always a challenge to write high quality content in such a way and Kurt successfully manages it. His blogs highlight such interesting facts around us that we usually tend to ignore. Be it on cross-marketing techniques that businesses apply or how courteous staff can increase the goodwill and in turn the business of an international airline, Kurt’s articles always help to learn more about the Marketing domain. Its been a pleasure knowing Kurt and I hope to work with him in the near future.”

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