About Kevin


J. Kevin McHugh

Kevin McHugh is the president of JKM Management Development, a management consulting firm specializing in increasing organizational performance and coaching business leaders to develop emotional awareness, conflict resolution capabilities, and maximize executive effectiveness.

He currently serves on the board of directors for Jack Cooper Transport and has been a guest lecturer at Case Western Reserve University, Weatherhead School of Management.

Executive Coach and Off Site Facilitator

Over the past twenty years, Kevin has traveled the world facilitating retreats and off-sites within North America, South Africa, Australia, Southeast Asia, Latin America, and Europe.

McHugh has also served as an executive coach to hundreds of CEOs, helping them to improve their personal and professional leadership competencies. His clients have included: American Funds Distributors, Anthem, Estée Lauder, Parker Hannifin , Sprint-Nextel, The Entrepreneurs’ Organization,  CEO Roundtable and Vistage.

YPO/WPO Resource

In addition to his work as a facilitator and an executive coach, Kevin is a long-time educational resource for the internationally recognized Young Presidents’ Organization and its graduate group, The World Presidents’ Organization. Kevin is a featured presenter at their annual Global Leadership Conference and works with various chapters throughout the year.

Prior to founding JKM Management Development, Kevin was President and CEO of a capital goods distribution company and founder of the Plymouth Candle Company, a chain of retail stores selling candles and accessories.

Throughout these businesses, his desire to leverage open and honest dialogue with those with whom he worked remained a prominent feature in his professional pursuits. Kevin counts the awareness that arose from his time as a CEO as critical to the work he does today.

Continuing Education

Kevin received his degree in Marketing from St. Joseph’s College. Widely recognized as an authority on leveraging the power of peer groups, accelerating peer group trust, and finding personal growth through peer disclosure, Kevin has continued his postgraduate education by attending a wide variety of executive development programs including: Situational Leadership, OAD Management Seminar, Wilson Learning Corp, YPO Moderator Training, Praendex Inc., and the Karrass Center for Negotiations.

In 2002, Kevin’s wife of nearly thirty years passed away from ovarian cancer. He has since remarried and lives with his wife Mary Burnett in Chagrin Falls, Ohio. They have six adult children and twelve grandchildren. When not helping executives address the issues and tensions of the C-Suite, he enjoys riding his Harley Davidson motorcycle and traveling the globe with his wife.

Kevin’s unique personal story — coupled with his significant business experience — offers his clients and audience a blend of humor, insight, and engagement that leaves them compelled toward action to personal change.