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Who We Are: Kirk Kirkpatrick

R. L. (Kirk) Kirkpatrick has worked in marketing, merchandising, design and product development for the past 25 years. He has held senior management positions in marketing for major corporations including HSN as Vice President of New Business Development, Discovery Communications as Vice President/General Manager of Commerce at Discovery Health and The Franklin Mint as Director of Collectibles and New Product Concepts. 

Design management projects have ranged from new construction in New York City, Palm Beach and Williamsburg Virginia to extensive renovations in Philadelphia and New York City.

His work as a marketing and merchandising consultant includes assignments with Aetna/US Healthcare (founding merchant InteliHealth Healthy Home catalog), Lenox Collections, and The Company Store. 

Product development assignments included L. L. Bean, The Company Store, and Christian Dior Art de la Table.

He earned an MBA in marketing from New York University and a BA in economics from University of Pennsylvania.