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Joe King Steps Down From Kids Matter International

Sep 16, 2016 07:50AM ● By Audrey Sellers

Joe King, one of the original founders of Kids Matter International, a nonprofit dedicated to helping children in need in the United States and around the world, is leaving his post as president and CEO at the end of September. King led the Southlake-based charity for more than 10 years.

“It has been my honor and privilege to work with passionate people who invest their time and resources to help children in need. I am proud of the work we have done together over this past decade and I am especially proud that I was able to help make a positive and significant impact on the lives of so many children,” said Joe King in a press release. “There is no greater reward than to see the smiles and hear the laughter of children who are in such dire need. 

“During his tenure as President/CEO, Joe built Kids Matter into the organization it is today with a mission of providing needed programs, services, clothing, food, and financial support to disadvantaged children,” said Mike Parham, Chairman, Kids Matter Board of Directors.

King established collaborative relationships with partners such as Kohl’s, Barbara Bush Foundation For Family Literacy, Buckner Foundation, Ryan Palmer Foundation, Heart Of A Champion, and many other nonprofit organizations and corporate partners.

“Through these relationships, thousands of children benefit on an annual basis, by receiving clothing, shoes, school supplies, backpacks, food baskets, books, bicycles, and toys,” Parham said. “In addition, schools in 26 states that serve underprivileged children, teach character building traits to instill leadership skills in the next generation of children.”

Marti Conner will resume the role of president and CEO next month. Conner has served as alternate board member for more than five years, chaired the marketing committee for four years and is actively involved as a volunteer for the charity.

“[Conner] brings over 30 years of marketing, strategic planning and branding experience. We are very excited to have Marti as our new leader as we enter into our next decade of serving children,” said Parham.

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