After graduating from the University of Southern California Journalism School in 1987, Kirt worked in the advertising agency business for 8 years, first with Grey and later Kresser Craig Advertising (both in Los Angeles). He gained valuable experience working with such clients as Albertsons, K-Swiss, Clothestime and Ceasar's Palace. He then moved client side, as Director of Advertising for ARCO Products Company. While there his accomplishments included repositioning and revitalizing the ARCO and ampm brands with differential marketing programs resulting in an annual 9% sales lift during his tenure. Prior to joining RPA in 2003, Kirt worked as a private consultant helping clients grow brands with innovative marketing solutions. Kirt was born in Tyler, Texas, grew up in Portland, Oregon and is married with three children.