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BY: Kendall Hunt
This month’s spotlight illuminates Curtis Ross, a Senior Acquisitions Editor with Kendall Hunt. Serving in this role since 2000, Curtis works with college professors to create materials tailored to the way they teach their courses. He attended Henrico High School and went on to graduate from the University of Virginia in 1992. Today, he is a KH account executive who shares his talents with us from his home base in Richmond, Virginia.
What does Curtis love most about his work? The freedom and the friendships. He explains, “Kendall Hunt really lets authors ‘have it their way,’ so that makes my job a lot easier than trying to fit square pegs into round holes, like at other companies.” Curtis gives a shout-out to his co-captain, Amy Wagner, and all of his other friends and partners in the home office who have given him such amazing support.
Don’t start to think that Curtis is about that “all work, no play” life! He prides himself in his “nerd” capabilities. Ask this trivia buff anything about classic movies and actors/actresses and he will probably be able to answer it for you. He reveals, “When I was a kid I used to read the ‘green section’ of the newspaper…yes, I was a nerd.” He reigns as the 2000 Richmond Frisbee Golf Amateur Champ and now spends his free time in the spring and fall seasons playing league tennis for Jefferson Lakeside Country Club.
When he’s not brushing up his trivia knowledge, reading, playing golf, tennis, and poker, Curtis also cherishes his family time. He and his wife of 14 years, Ann, love traveling and making trips to the beach with their daughter, Lexi. These active community members support local charities including Camp Hope, Speak Up, ACIS, Good Samaritan Ministries, and several organizations that assist at-risk, inner city youths in the Richmond, VA area.
Ross says that his inspiration in life and work comes from his late mother, who would have been 76 years old on February 28. “She passed away nearly two years ago, but she remains my role model and inspiration to succeed always.”
This passion and inspiration truly shows through in everything you do, Curtis. Thank you for your hard work and thank you for sharing!