People Making A Difference: Brian Kennedy

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BRIAN KENNEDY, Partner at Covington Development, L.L.C.

Photo by Matt Kile

Photo by Matt Kile

In all cities, and especially in St. Louis, community is vital. That sense of belonging and alliance keeps us proud of where we work, play, live and relax. As a man who has dedicated his life to building and strengthening communities, Brian Kennedy knows this better than most.

When putting together plans for Vanguard Heights, an apartment community with 174 upscale, sophisticated homes in Creve Coeur, he and his partners knew that opening up the community to new residents would directly help the area, and the area would help them in return: They’ll support the local businesses and maybe even open up their own. They’ll make new connections and enhance the old.

Through this new project, which will land residents in new homes for the new year, Kennedy sees his dream coming true: his desire to make his community better for others.

To learn even more about Kennedy and Vanguard Heights, we asked a few more questions.

What is your personal mission statement or one quote you live by?

“If you don’t have a competitive advantage, don’t compete.”- Jack Welch

Are you involved with any charities or philanthropic causes? 

Through Vanguard Heights I am involved with The Salvation Army and Friends of Kids with Cancer and the Creve Coeur/Olivette Chamber of Commerce.

What is the most rewarding part of your career?

Helping improve and enhance a community.

Who has made the biggest impact on your professional life?

My dad is a doctor and my mom an elementary school nurse. Over the years, they have shown me how finding a profession you are passionate about allows for a rewarding career.

How do you hope to be remembered?

As a man that makes his community better for others.

What recent accomplishment are you are most proud of?

Vanguard Heights Apartments at 10362 Old Olive Street Road.

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