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Kurt Karr

President & CEO

From Construction To Professional Storytelling

Kurt came to his role of professional storytelling after a career in a variety of construction and construction-related firms, and after owning an office supply business. What he loves about Monkeythis is the opportunity it gives him to share the stories of people whose experiences illustrate the best of our client’s brand; stories of the people who make a difference in the lives of their patients, customers, and patrons.

My Obsession

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The practical application of creativity to solve the everyday problems of small businesses, small communities, and rural America is what I'm obsessed with. There is no stone tablet commanding small businesses to struggle or small towns to shrink. I believe rural America has much to teach America and that, in turn, rural residents can learn valuable lessons from our fellow citizens living in urban areas.

 

I am convinced that creativity is the pursuit of solutions we haven't yet seen and the source of the energy we need to keep moving despite monumental challenges.

 

Kurt's experience comes from owning and managing businesses in very diverse industries, including construction, office supplies, and software as a service. Except for a few years pursuing an undergraduate degree in philosophy, he's lived in his hometown of Vinton, Iowa. His commitment to the importance of community reflects years of experience as a school board member, a community volunteer, and a resource for innovative initiatives. Kurt organized a large group of volunteers who worked from 2014 to 2018 to create Vinton's successful, municipally-owned fiber-to-the-home project.