Kirk has nearly 24 years of senior level sales and marketing experience with Fortune 500 companies such as 3M, Jostens and Corning. Kirk founded an Advertising Promotional Marketing Firm, which ultimately became among the top 1% in size nationally, Mr. Berendes often reverts to his promotional contacts and experience to promote the 33 HOPE brand.
Upon selling his promotional company, Kirk started KBG Investments which focuses on unique investment platforms both nationally and internationally. Utilizing his vast and multifaceted network, Kirk specializes in business development and has cultivated a knack for establishing partnerships to secure funding opportunities, coordinate joint ventures and facilitate acquisitions, which has proven valuable for 33 HOPE.
Presently, Kirk is a principal in an internet Social Media/ Behavioral Marketing Agency that developed software that drives target organic traffic to any brand, product or service which has been beneficial to marketing of the brand 33 HOPE worldwide.
A former Wisconsin native, Kirk served in the United States Marine Corps for 4 years, being meritoriously promoted twice. He attended college in Mississippi and later graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Communication. Kirk currently resides in, Florida with his wife and 4 children.
In his spare time, Mr. Berendes enjoys coaching Special Olympic Athletes as well as coaching youth football.