Kip Cheroutes | Vice President of Public Affairs
That’s how his high school yearbook reads, anyway. But public relations has been a way of life for MGA’s Louis Xenophon (Kip) Cheroutes. He can trace his passion for relationship building to age 12 , when he organized bike rallies on his birthday. Or even before, during his elementary school days as student council president, a position he later held in high school. The 1960s song “Give A Damn” by Spanky and Our Gang influenced him to turn his passion for relationship building into farther-reaching action.
That fervor continued after college when the idealistic Cheroutes packed up his Volkswagen and moved to Washington, D.C., to work in the congressional office of U.S. Rep. Patricia Schroeder. The political arena, he knew, was a place he could continue to work for the benefit of others. His proudest achievement was legislation he first drafted to turn the 27-square mile Rocky Mountain Arsenal, dubbed the most polluted site on the planet, into an eventual national wildlife refuge.
Still idealistic? Mostly. Adventurous? Very. Cheroutes explored Greece alone for six weeks to find ancestral roots, ultimately sleeping in the dwelling where his great-great-grandfather was born. Another adventure was a six-year annual teaching opportunity in Vietnam, a country he found filled with beauty and optimism despite its history. Since then he has combined Asian adventure with business opportunity. It’s all about relationships, he discovered, a mainstay in the public relations business.
What puts a smile on his face? Early morning walks in the park. Finding the perfect bowl of chili, be it red or green. People with worldly views and unusual backgrounds. And doughnuts. Lots of doughnuts.
With a name almost impossible to spell or pronounce, Kip (a nickname given at birth by his Uncle Kipp) has brought to the MGA team a level head, world view, creative mind, off-beat sense of humor and sensitivity to all walks of life.
Cheroutes’ middle name, Xenophon, comes from his grandfather. In Greek, “xeno” means foreign, “phon” means sound.