Appointment of Executive Director, Jeffery Hardin
St. Louis, MO – April 19, 2018: Jeffery Hardin has been selected as the new Executive Director of the National Blues Museum replacing Founding Executive Director, Dion Brown, who announced his resignation in January. Interim Executive Director, Jacquelin K. Dace will remain in her role as Director of Internal Affairs.
Jeffery is a St. Louis native of College Hill on the cities Northside, graduate of Vashon High and Hall of Fame Inductee. He received his Bachelor of Science Business degree from Harris-Stowe University where he was awarded the HSSU Community Service Trail Blazer of the year award.
Jeffery’s professional skill-sets uniquely qualify him for the role of Executive Director for the National Blues Museum. His extensive business development and strategic planning expertise will serve him well as he rebrands the National Blues Museum as the place to be in the revitalized downtown district.
Jeffery has provided business oversight on various fundraiser campaigns for numerous not-for-profit organizations such as, The Wolff Jazz Institute housed on the HSSU campus and
Citizens for Community Improvement where he served as V.P. of Business Development just to name a few.
He is a proud son of Bernice and Rev. Leo Hardin Sr., an eight-medal recipient for his service in the Korean War. He and his siblings sang in the choir at his father’s church, where he quickly discovered the power of gospel music and its influence in blues, jazz and R & B. He’s widely considered to be one of St. Louis’s premier male vocalist and entertainers. His versatile style of gospel, jazz, blues and R & B has kept him in demand.
When asked, Jeffery states, “I see the National Blues Museum as one of the premier attractions in downtown St. Louis. It’s an extension of my life’s stage and a welcomed opportunity to highlight the Blues sound as we transform the National Blues Museum into the attraction that every tourists and native St. Louisan puts on their must-see list.”
‘‘We believe Jeff is an excellent fit for the next chapter of the National Blues Museum. His experience in the non-profit sector, in particular, as to development and fundraising, as well as his energy, drive and devotion to the music, will lead the organization to an even brighter future, building on the strong foundation we already have,” said Rob Endicott, Chairman of the Board of Directors for the National Blues Museum.
For more information, please contact Kirk Zimmerman, Education Coordinator at 314-925-0016 ext. 436 or by email at [email protected].
About the National Blues Museum
The National Blues Museum is dedicated to preserving and honoring the history and legacy of Blues music and its impact on American and world culture. Located in Downtown St. Louis in the Mercantile Exchange (MX) district, the museum is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to be the premier entertainment and educational resource focused on the Blues as the foundation of American music. Voted as a top travel destination in 2016 by The New York Times, Smithsonian.com, and CNN, the National Blues Museum uses artifact-driven exhibits, live performances and interactive galleries to perpetuate blues culture for future generations of artists, fans and historians. Conveniently located at the center of St. Louis’s convention and tourism district, the museum is within walking distance of the iconic Gateway Arch, the home venues of the MLB’s St. Louis Cardinals and the NHL’s St. Louis Blues, and many other attractions and amenities. For more information, visit www.nationalbluesmuseum.org. To stay connected, follow @NatBluesMuseum on Twitter, @NationalBluesMuseum on Instagram, and like “National Blues Museum” on Facebook.