MEET THE TEAM
Hope Caldwell / Prinicpal of KLH Group
Born and raised in Boston, Massachusetts, Hope Caldwell majored in International Travel & Tourism and minored in Event Management at Johnson and Wales University in Providence Rhode Island. Growing up as the youngest of 7, Hope is resourceful and tenacious. After graduating cum laude with a BS in Hospitality and Tourism in 2003, Hope spent over a decade working various roles at a five star property in the luxury event industry including logistics & transportation, destination management, and event design/management.
Hope is passionate about serving the underserved, leads medical missionary trips to Africa annually with One World Health, and was honored with the 2018 Social Impact Award by Local Choice for launching the KLH Group, which is passionately connecting clients to social causes that matter most to them and their employees through high end service events. In 2017, Hope founded Doors to Dream, a 501C-3 who is working to mentor and employ underserved high school students throughout the school year and summer months. Hope is the co-founder of The Spokes Group, a 501C-3 whose mission is to put deserving children on bicycles promoting health and wellness in communities.
Throughout her hospitality career, Hope has successfully produced luxury corporate events for many Fortune 500 companies.
Kim Van Horn / Director of Events
Born in Connecticut and raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Kim Van Horn obtained her B.A. from Purdue University in Psychology. Post graduation, Kim chose to follow her love for event management and took a job with a consulting group in Fort Wayne. There she assisted in facilitating team building exercises for companies interested in creating a positive climate within their organization. Craving both a change in scenery and a career dedicated to healing, Kim moved to South Carolina and pursued her license in nursing. Graduating Phi Beta Kappa and working at a Federally Awarded Five Star and Top 100 Hospital, she continued on to receive her Progressive Care Certified Nurse accreditation, became a member of the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses, a member of the Heart Failure Team and was awarded the Starfish award for excellence in nursing.
Throughout her tenure as a nurse, Kim assisted on the production of luxury events at a Five Star hotel with a destination management company. It was in this high end environment Kim was able to cultivate her passion to execute luxury weddings, corporate meetings and corporate excursions. Working as a freelance event planner, Kim has produced events for some major corporations.
Kim joined the KLHGroup’s team two years ago quickly earning her title as Director of Events. Kim’s passion for team building, hospitality and social responsibility has been fused at KLHGroup.
HOW WE GOT STARTED
From this cafe in Rome, Italy, my thoughts are filled with reflection on where I have been, where I am, and where I am headed. Spring in the event planning world, is like Christmas for the retail industry. The irony that I am in Rome, during April is not lost on me. For the last 10 years, I would never have imagined traveling to Rome with a bride to be, instead of working diligently within the walls of my office in South Carolina. And yet, here I am working with an incredible client, doing what I love, all the while getting to take a minute and think through introducing myself, under my new company, all because I took the step.
For the better part of my 20’s, I had the privilege of working for an established and well respected Destination Management Company representing one of the premiere resorts in the world. I had, what most would say, the best job on the East Coast.
In 2012, my life changed forever. My husband and I served on a mission trip to East Africa. Being welcomed in to the lives of such beautiful people filled with kindness and gentleness, people with no worldly possessions, impoverished at the most significant degree, and yet people with richness of character left a significant mark on me, one that reshaped my lens through which I viewed the world and my role in it. This was the beginning of my journey, a journey that gains momentum daily for ways to continue to be a part of these lives in East Africa; to forge new ways to provide resources and support to this area of the world and beyond. The shock in my initial homecoming rocked my world. The ball was set in motion, but the question was, how to find a way to blend my successful career in event management with my passion for serving with my time and resources to the underprivileged and less fortunate.
In the fall of 2015, I made a significant decision in my career to leave the secure job in Destination Management. Leaving this job gave me space and freedom to create and think outside the box as I worked to achieve my new goals. I could see that creating experiences that matter was worth taking this leap of faith. In doing so, I started the KLH Group.
KLH Group is a meeting and event management resource (Company) that excels in creating events with meaning and substance. It starts with a client’s vision and ends by making a difference in the local community.
The personalized commitment KLH makes to each individual client, takes the relationship to a level of friendship that is beyond what you might expect. Through KLH Group, I am passionately setting out to assist my “friends” in creating memorable experiences for their companies while making a difference for someone less fortunate throughout the process.
I hope to inspire you in the event industry and help YOU become a difference maker.
Photo Credit **Josh Drake Photography
Hope Caldwell founded KLH Group in 2016. She and her husband welcomed their son, Kenneth "Liam" Caldwell, home from China in 2015. She resides in Charleston, S.C.