"The Leadership Connoisseur"


Hello, my name is Frank Kitchen. I'm known as "The Leadership Connoisseur." I am a Fundraiser Strategist, Consultant and Keynote Speaker. I Educate, Elevate and Empower professionals, educators, entrepreneurs, volunteers and students to be positive Difference Makers and Life Changers. My keynote speeches, educational workshops and consultations have inspired individuals and organizations around the world. I am only the 3rd African American to earn the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) designation from the National Auctioneers Association (NAA). When I'm not on stage as a speaker, I work with numerous nonprofits and schools across the United States to raise millions of dollars to support their philanthropic causes. 

My journey began in Bad Kreuznach, Germany. My father was in the United States Army and I grew up as a “military brat.” My family constantly relocated around the world during my childhood.  The continuous travel provided diverse experiences and an interesting life. Our travels taught me how to connect with people and gave me visual examples of what life has to offer.

Wanting a college degree, I embarked on a twelve year adventure to earn my Associate of Arts Degree from Lakeland Community College (Ohio) and my Bachelor of  Arts Degree from David N. Myers College (Ohio) in Business Administration with a Marketing Specialty. To pay for my education I served as college student leader; performed as a children’s birthday party entertainer; managed a toy store; moonlighted as a professional actor and model; volunteered for various charities and worked as College Student Activities Assistant Director.

Every occupation provided me with leadership opportunities that impacted my life and the lives of the people I worked with in positive ways. Seeing my passion for servant leadership, my family, friends, and students, challenged me to leave my college position to pursue the unpredictable career of professional speaker and business owner.

To date, I have shared the successes and failures with individuals from around the world. I have been blessed with the opportunity to share the knowledge I have earned as college student leader, educator, entrepreneur, entertainer, auctioneer and author with major corporations, schools, colleges, universities, professional associations, conventions, conferences and civic organizations in the United States, Canada and Australia.

Thank you for dedicating your valuable time to learn a little more about the guy named Kitchen.



P.S. If you’re still reading, I'm assuming you're curious and want to know more about me.

Frank’s Leadership Adventures and Experiences

  • I am the CEO and Founder of Frank Kitchen Enterprises

  • I am married with two children.

  • I took three years of cooking classes in High School

  • I earned my Varsity Letter in High School by managing the school basketball team

  • I was a Birthday Party Entertainer for Discovery Zone Fun Centers

  • I gave the commencement speech at my college graduation

  • I was an award winning manager for KB Toys

  • I worked at Lakeland Community College as a Orientation Director, Diversity Director and Assistant Director of Student Activities.

  • I was voted as one of "America's Most Eligible Bachelors" in Complete Woman Magazine

  • I was asked to audition for ABC's "The Bachelorette"

  • I have helped lead two separate attempts to break a Guinness Book World Record (Teeth Brushing and Simon Says)

  • I once grew my hair out dyed it purple to raise money for Cancer Research

  • I have appeared in a music video, commercials and training videos for Nike, Goodyear, Toyota, Applebee's, Major League Baseball, The University of Phoenix, Allied Waste and Phillips Medical

  • I visited Australia as a cultural ambassador for the Rotary International GSE Program

  • I appeared on CNN's "30 Second Pitch"

  • I worked at the Phoenix Zoo as  Exhibit Guide, Trail Host and Train Driver

  • I was a recruiter, administrator and instructor for an Auctioneer School

  • I am only the 3rd African American to receive the Benefit Auctioneer Specialist (BAS) Designation from the National Auctioneers Association 
  • I have authored/co-authored four books

  • I have served as a board member for several nonprofits

  • I have performed stand-up comedy 

  • I have completed two marathons and a half marathon

  • I have spoken professionally for over 500,000 people 

  • I have helped raise millions for non-profits and schools

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For more information, contact Frank by phone at 480-405-7658.



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