Kendra Kinnison, MBA, CPA
Kendra Kinnison has a singular goal: to help leaders build teams that achieve excellence and make a positive impact. She believes in relentless resilience, persistent pursuit of meaningful goals, and that the greatest strengths come from diverse perspectives.
Several years ago, the importance of leadership hit home for Kinnison in a very tangible way during Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. The category 4 storm was a defining moment for the Port Royal Ocean Resort General Manager. She called upon lessons learned through years of study and experience to rally her team through the resort’s lengthy recovery process.
Kinnison, who co-authored Royal Resilience: Our Story of Thriving and Surviving After Hurricane Harvey, broadened her own definition of the word “team” after the natural disaster by working with crews from contractors to the city government. She incorporated lessons from crisis management, such as the importance of implementing cohesive systems and language across an organization, so progress can be achieved quickly.
One of Kinnison’s main philosophies is that leadership is a daily choice, one that takes courage to consistently embrace. Kinnison believes that leadership is a set of skills, from communication to organization and execution, that can be learned through practice. She insists that successful leaders take responsibility for others as well as themselves. She also encourages us all to apply leadership principles to projects big and small – from disaster recovery to coordinating the family calendar.
Kinnison’s current focus is providing the community, resources, and coaching that servant leaders need to be impactful, resilient, and healthy. She works directly with founders, executives, and emerging leaders, and is developing a series of leadership playbooks with Donita Brown and Gwen Riedl. She developed the curriculum for Coach.me’s Habit Coach Certification program and leads several cohorts each year.
In addition, Kinnison still serves as the Executive General Manager for Port Royal, concentrating on litigation and financial projects. Kendra serves on the Board of Directors for Navy Army Community Credit Union and the Accounting Advisory Board for the College of Business at Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi.
Holding an MBA and BBA from Texas A&M University – Corpus Christi, Kendra is the youngest MBA graduate in the school’s history. She is also a graduate of Leadership Corpus Christi Class XXX and was the Steering Committee Chair for Class XXXV. Kendra was an inaugural selection to Corpus Christi’s Top 40 Under 40 list in 2006 and was a Y Women in Careers Honoree in 2005.
When she’s not reading, writing, or coaching, Kendra enjoys her collection of motorcycles and tries to experience several new racetracks each year. She lives in Corpus Christi, Texas, with her daughter and grand-daughter.