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Kim Gouch

Ignite Creative Services, LLC
Principal Owner
Kim Gouch is an innovative, dynamic and strategic thinker gifted with a sharp mind, a tireless competitive spirit and an innate ability to connect brands and consumers.

For more than 30 years she has built and grown brands using innovative business practices coupled with strategic initiatives that consistently propel revenues, brand exposure and market expansion in the restaurant, hospitality and retail brand categories. Her proven track record is supported by her leadership skills, sharp business acumen, and practice of transformational business ingenuities.

In the early 80’s, she performed a significant role on the brand-building team that launched The Residence Inn by Marriott hospitality brand, and applied that experience to later become a key player pioneering the introduction of the first National wireless PCS technology brand – VoiceStream Wireless (now T-Mobile).

Throughout her career, Gouch has never disappointed. In 2004, she was hand-picked by a distinguished entrepreneur to lead the National branding and development initiatives for a fast-casual start-up. Her branding expertise and disciplined marketing strategies drove rapid growth achieving 100+ units of real estate development within four years, culminating annual revenues of $25M. In 2008, she commenced her
consulting career and was instrumental in facilitating the corporate merge of an East coast entity with a West coast based business resulting in a bi-coastal Billion-dollar hospitality and restaurant giant. The outcome delivered big wins; revitalizing brands within the portfolio, renewing associate confidence and positioning the company for long-term, sustainable and profitable growth.

In 2010, she officially launched Ignite Creative Services, LLC., (ICS). ICS is a full-service food and beverage agency specializing in strategy, branding, design, marketing, advertising, operations training and promotions. As Principal Owner and Partner, along with fellow partner, Celia Waddington; they have built a multi-million dollar global agency serving brand giants like DiageoUSA, TOPGOLF, Brown-Forman, Landry’s, Chili’s, Marriott, Hilton, Golden Nugget Casinos, and TGI Fridays, among many others.

The ICS mantra is “Fire Up Your Brand Potential™.” This disciplined practice and guiding principle has consistently fueled agency growth resulting in a business plan three years ahead of projections.

Kim’s competitive nature is fueled by her passion for the Arabian horse. When she’s not in the boardroom, she’s busy stimulating her equine craving competing in the show arena with her Purebred and Half Arabian horses in the English, English Show Hack, Country English and Western Pleasure Divisions. From the age of five, Kim has been an equine owner and athlete and attributes her many years of hard work, training and commitment to the equine sport to her business successes throughout her career.

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Monday, March 25
 

4:00pm