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Kevin Liles was born in Baltimore, Maryland on February 27. Kevin Liles ascent from unpaid intern to president, author, philanthropist, motivational speaker and consultant to many entertainment and political boards began in 1991 when he became an unpaid intern for Def Jam in the Mid-Atlantic region. By 1993, he had become the Mid-Atlantic Marketing Manager and by 1998, after only seven years, Liles accepted the position of President of the Def Jam Music Group. During his tenure as President, Def Jam revenues doubled to $400 million.

Thanks to his uncanny ability to provide leadership while allowing artists the freedom to create, he has been instrumental in the success of and eventual cross-over of many artists who have made the leap from “performer” to “global brand” – Jay Z, Hoobastank, Ludacris, Sum 41, Ja Rule, LL Cool J, DMX, Kanye West, Musiq Soulchild and Ashanti.

Liles serves as board member/ advisor to Ogilvy & Mather diversity board, New Yorkers For Children, The SEED School of Maryland, Harbor Bank, and HealthCorps. He is the bestselling author of Make It Happen: the Hip Hop Generation’s Guide to Success and oversees both Kevin Liles for a Better Baltimore, which invests in the Baltimore community, and the Make It Happen Foundation, which empowers African-American youth to succeed in the business world, before stepping down as executive vice president of Tha Corporation to pursue entrepreneurial endeavors in November 2004.

The Kevin Liles For A Better Baltimore Foundation cultivates a better Baltimore through youth oriented service. It provides Baltimore youth with exposure to social, educational, economic, cultural, and civic opportunities that they may not otherwise experience, and educates the public about funding needs of organizations that provide services or advocacy for Baltimore youth.

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