Kevin Updegrove – Director of Learning, Master Facilitator and Entertainer

Over 20 years ago, Kevin Updegrove started working as a sales associate at JCPenney. This part time job was the spark that ignited his passion for the retail industry and developing people. After 10 years in various store leadership roles, apartment leases and speeding tickets, Kevin shifted his career from stores to corporate. Today he leads the team who facilitates and evaluates training with blended learning approaches inside and outside of the classroom from audiences ranging from 1 to over 1,000. Recently, he accomplished a significant milestone at JCPenney by designing and launching the Store Leadership Academy Programs which attained early success by adding over $2M to the Company’s bottom line. In the first two years of the program, the programs will have over 1,500 alumni. Updegrove holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Religious Studies from Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove, PA. When Kevin isn’t in the classroom, he enjoys tending to his ranch and adopted animals in North Texas.