Ann Hurst


Ann Hurst is a CEO and Professional Counselor who helps groups and individuals achieve their goals.

Before starting a counseling agency, Ann worked over 8 years in Las Vegas as an Operations Manager and over 10 years in Ohio as a mental health counselor.  After a successful career helping clients identify and achieve their goals, Ann now trains interns and new counselors how to best serve their clients without burning out while handling the Marketing, Financials and Ethical standards for her agency.

Ann has served on two prior boards, one term on the Board of Christian Education for the Brethren Church and 4 years on the Community Computer Alliance Board of Directors.

Ann enjoys cooking BBQ with her husband and trying out new desserts that might do well in competition.

General Campaign Platform

First off, I would like to thank you for the nomination for the KCBS’s board of directors.  I know there are other statements to read so I will try to be brief.

My main drives and points are three key aspects that I feel should be at the heart of KCBS’s desire to expand and grow, both in size and reputation.  When all three points work hand in hand with each other it benefits and amplifies their effects.

Awareness: This works on multiple levels but includes reaching out to the entire BBQ community as a whole and identifying the needs of each section and of the group as a whole.

Communication:  As a whole we will increase and improve the communication between all the different KCBS groups and regions.  How many times have you gone to an event in a different region and found that the expectations of the judge or cook team are different?  More education, clearer guidelines, the opportunity to talk with each other to come together as a whole.  KCBS can and should strive to raise the bar as high as we can if we are going to be seen as a serious and guiding force for BBQ.   When the communication increases, the quality improves, and interest goes up.  This can go a long way towards growing KCBS.  

Community: We have an amazing community of judges, cooks, reps, organizers, and other aspects of KCBS.  We can have more.  As KCBS is strongly represented in every City, State and Country we can come together in community and understanding with one another standing firmly as one body and not different separated groups.

Q: Please explain why you want to be a member of the KCBS Board of Directors and the skills you possess which would make you an asset as a board member.

KCBS is such a large part of my life it feels like a natural progression to become a member of the Board of Directors.  As a member of the board I would have the ability to better serve this amazing BBQ Community that I have come to care for. 

My strongest skills lie in business management and Counseling (I am a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor with Supervision Designation and am the CEO of my agency).  I think both in terms of management “what is best for the company” and counseling “what is best for the individual.”  In addition I have been a cook, judge, and organizer of KCBS events.  All of these skills give me a unique viewpoint into what KCBS currently is and what it can be without overlooking the individual members as it moves into a new year of growth.

Q: Please describe your previous participation in KCBS activities and years of experience.

I have been a member of KCBS since 2014.  I first became a certified judge and certified table captain.  I am currently a certified Master Judge with over 60 contests and one half of the cook team Burning Pig.  My husband and I also organize the Pigmania competitions.  Starting in December in Nevada and ending in October in Ohio KCBS is my life.  Every weekend I am either judging, cooking or organizing a competition. In between those weekends we are preparing for a cook or working on final touches for the Pigmania competitions.  During the “off” months we are still working behind the scenes making sure that the next season of Pigmania is better than the last. 

Q: As a board member, what do you believe are the major challenges currently facing KCBS?

 I have had the opportunity, like many of you, to travel throughout the U.S. both as a Cook and a Judge.  One of the difficulties I have run into is inconsistency in how the events are run based on differences in interpretation.  Henry Ford once said, “If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself.” With this in mind I would like to work toward having a more unified interpretation so that everyone is moving forward together.  I think the biggest barrier is unifying such a diverse group of people who all bring such wealth of character and experience to KCBS.  I also think that if we all work together toward a common goal then as Henry Ford said, success will take care of itself.

Q: In dealing with these challenges, give an example of how your skills would serve the KCBS membership as a Director on the board.

In dealing with the challenges of inconsistency and bringing a diverse group of people together on the same page, I have worked for more than a decade as a mental health counselor working with couples and families to bring them together and helping individuals improve communication and connection.  I am a skilled mediator and trained in working across multiple systems.  I believe these skills would serve KCBS a great deal in bringing greater consistency to the organization.