Kevin Baten is a proud member of the SWBID “blue shirt” team. When asked how he came to work for the BID, he says he was part of the roofing construction team of The Bible Museum and his supervisor introduced him to SWBID Chief Operating Officer Andre Witt. Andre was so impressed with Kevin that he invited him to interview for a job with the BID.
Kevin primarily works around the Wharf area ensuring that it is safe and clean. He also provides directions to visitors to find restaurants, parking and other businesses. He is a “Wharf expert!”
His co-workers think of him as the quiet guy on the team but one of the busiest on the team.
When asked what he likes about his job he says “it’s like working with a family – everyone works as a team helping each other.”
Kevin was born in DC but grew up in Maryland. He is the proud father a beautiful 2 year old daughter.
I first met Kevin at the Southwest Duck Pond where he was part of the team setting up for “Duck Drop.” Throughout the day, I watched him talking to guests and ensuring that everyone had a good time.
Kevin is a real music fan. He recently bought a keyboard and is learning to read music. He just mastered Luther Vandross’ “Superstar” and he is working on Stevie Wonder’s “Ribbon in the Sky.” Maybe we will be lucky enough to have him play for us at a Southwest event.
SWBID COO Andre Witt says:
“Kevin and I grew up in the same neighborhood, one that was known at the time as a very hard-working community. Kevin has truly brought that strong work ethic with him to the BID. While he is one of the quieter staff, his daily performance speaks very loudly. He is one of the BID’s top employees and I am very proud to work with him.”
Movie: “Coming To America”
Music: R&B – especially Luther Vandross
Favorite Song: “Superstar & Matrimony” by Wale
Sports Team: Oakland Raiders
Favorite SW Spot: Duck Pond
Best thing about his job: Stability, family atmosphere
Proudest moment: The day he was hired
When you are out and about, be sure to say hello to Kevin.