October 17, 2014: SMART Talk Lecture I: Garland Burton, KBR Director Community Affairs and Diversity & Kenneth Hall, KBR Director Sales and Strategy Administration / KBR Infrastructure America
9:00 am -11:00 am, Houston Museum of African American Culture, 4807 Caroline, Houston, Texas 77004
Keynote: Kenneth Hall, Senior Manager, Infrastructure Americas, KBR
Kenneth Hall is a Senior Manager who directs the proposals, marketing, and sales administration efforts for Infrastructure Americas, a group within the Infrastructure Government & Power business unit of Kellogg Brown & Root Services, Inc. (KBR). In this role, Mr. Hall provides sales, marketing, and proposals leadership to the Houston headquarters office and multiple branch offices for the group’s work, primarily in the transportation, water, and facilities market sectors. These offices include Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Austin, and San Antonio, Texas, as well as Mobile and Birmingham, Alabama.
He joined KBR in 2006 as a Proposal Manager, and was promoted to lead responsibility in January 2011.
His duties include leading proposal teams from opening game, pre-Request-for-Proposal activities through proposal post-mortems. He ensures proposals are compliant and responsive and that they present winning strategies. He manages changing deadlines, external inquiries, and related pressures, and he is responsible for a quality product, from inception to close including proofreading, fact-checking, aesthetic appeal, and content. He is also responsible for quarterly internal and external newsletters, trade shows, and advertising for his group.
Through a joint initiative entitled the Tré STREAM—Smart Talks Lecture Series, Tré Magazine and the Center for the Study of African American Culture at the University of Houston will host four public lectures designed to increase and enhance the retention, academic performance, leadership ability, college readiness, and cultural competency of area high school students interested in research based careers in science, technology, engineering, the arts, medicine and mathematics. Moreover, the educational content involved in Tré STREAM will increase the overall capacity of the city and surrounding communities to successfully present subsequent high quality educational programming.
The series identifies outstanding professionals who are making exceptional achievements and contributions to local, state, regional, national and international affairs. In addition to these stated goals, the relationships and networks formed through the lecture series exposes high school students to the possible challenges, career paths and entrepreneurship opportunities that await them upon graduation.
Through this project, Tré Magazine and the Center for the Study of African American Culture will provide high school students in the community’s of Third Ward and Sunnyside with the following services:
Four publicly accessible lectures from professionals in STREAM related fields.
Skill development and knowledge acquisition in the areas of local history, entrepreneurship, marketing, resource allocation, public relations, advertisement, print journalism, budgeting, supply chain management, telecommunications, construction management, industrial and mechanical engineering, urban design and goal setting.
Intrinsic values through participation, such as respect for community, personal growth through social responsibility, honesty, integrity, working with a sense of purpose, and a love of learning.