About kevineharris

Kevin is a businessman and leader who has travelled to 22 countries on 5 continents. As a business and community leader, Kevin has observed and applied leadership principles across uniquely different cultures and demographics while engaging with business, government, religious and student organizations throughout the world. Kevin owns and operates a leadership consulting business which focuses on developing leaders for the future. Kevin leverages his vast leadership experience to conduct keynote speeches and workshops which focus on critical leadership skills and behaviors. Kevin is also currently the general manager for BP’s 2 million sq ft property portfolio in the Chicago Area. He leads a team of 250 people to deliver safe, reliable and cost efficient operations. His organization also provides design, construction, safety, medical and other business services to 3000 employees in Chicago. Kevin has domestic and international business leadership and operations experience in the U.S., Japan, China, Africa, S. America and various parts of Europe. His previous leadership experience includes serving as Vice President of strategy, planning and performance for a $15 billion BP fuels business, General Manager for a $100 million international BP chemical business in addition to other international and domestic sales, engineering and operational roles. Kevin is a director for the Heritage Society which is a historical museum and also serves on the board of trustee associates for North Central College. In addition, Kevin was chairman of the board for the Naperville Chamber of Commerce, the second largest chamber in Illinois. With respect to education, Kevin earned his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management in Evanston, IL as well as an MS degree in mechanical engineering from Georgia Tech in Atlanta, GA and a BS degree in mechanical engineering from Howard University in Washington D.C. Kevin and Etiennette have been happily married for 15 years and together they have four children. Kevin remains an active assistant scout master for the boy scouts, coaches junior high school basketball and also serves as a Sunday school teacher for his church. More importantly, he’s known as “tickle man” around the house.

Graduate Students – Personal Finance

I recently spoke to Univ of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC) graduate students about personal finance.   I provided the following key points:
 
  1. Develop a long term financial vision for your life to support the lifestyle you want to lead.  Items in the vision may include home ownership, providing an inheritance to future generations, philanthropy, financial independence and early retirement.                                                                                                                                                                               
  2. Pursue three lines of action to achieve your financial vision:
  • Create a budget and follow it with discipline
 
  • Save your money.  I recommend trying to save 10% of your income and begin developing an emergency fund.  You should save 4-6 months worth of expenses for this emergency fund and set it aside for the unexpected events of life.  As you save, follow your budget and save both large and small sums of money every week and make it habitual.
 
  • Invest and put your money to work.  Take advantage of compounding interest by investing early within the limits of your risk profile.  You can invest in the stock market, property, life insurance and even art.  
 
 
Recommended Reading:
  1. Money Matters:  Answers to Your Financial Questions by Larry Burkett
  2. The Wealthy Barber by David Chilton
  3. The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko
  4. Beating the Street by Peter Lynch

 

  • This was an excellent collaboration between Bedrock Assets, Univ of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC), PROMISE AGEP and the Community College of Baltimore County (CCBC).  Special thanks to Dr. Renetta Tull and Sonya Ceasar.

100 World Changers

“100 People Who Changed the World”. Life Magazine published their list of people both good and bad who literally changed the world. It includes religious figures, philosopher kings, elected and unelected leaders, scientist, innovators and cultural icons. It’s definitely worth buying and reading! What will it take for you and I get included on the next list? #Leadership