SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS AND COMMUNICATIONS, HALLMARK CARDS, INC.
Steve Doyal is senior vice president of public affairs and communications and a corporate officer at Hallmark Cards, Inc. He also serves as a director of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation. In this role, Steve leads the company’s communications, public relations, government affairs, and community involvement programs. He is responsible for the Hallmark Visitors Center, Kaleidoscope – a children’s creative art experience at Crown Center – and the philanthropic activities of the Hallmark Corporate Foundation.
He began his service to Starlight Theatre Association of Kansas City, EPIC’s parent company, in 2002. He joined the EPIC Board of Directors in 2009 and currently serves as its Chairman.
A graduate of the University Of Missouri School Of Journalism, Steve began his career at Hallmark in 1974. He held a variety of communications positions at Hallmark prior to joining the staff of Crown Center Redevelopment Corporation, a Hallmark subsidiary, in 1980 where he served as director of marketing services. He returned to Hallmark headquarters in 1988 and served as media relations director before being promoted to his current position in 1994. Prior to joining Hallmark, he was a newspaper reporter and had served in the U.S. Army in Hawaii.
Steve has served on the boards of directors of the Advertising Club of Kansas City and the Kansas City chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators. He has been recognized as the Kansas City public relations professional of the year, the Kansas City advertising executive of the year and is a recipient of the Arthur E. Lowell Award for excellence in organizational communications and the American Advertising Federation silver medal. In 2013, Steve received the Kansas City Spirit Award from the Gillis Center.
He is a member of the Boards of Trustees of Baker University in Baldwin City, Kansas, and University of Missouri – Kansas City, and is on the executive committees of the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas City Area Development Council.
He has served as co-chairman of the Kansas City Area Development Council, president of the board of the Starlight Theatre Association and the Advertising Club of Kansas City Educational Foundation, and as a member of the boards of directors of the Mid-Continent Council of the Girl Scouts, the Friends of the Conservatory of Music at UMKC and the Helping Hand of Goodwill Industries.
He and his wife, Cathy, live in Kansas City, Mo, with their two energetic wheaten terriers, Finn and Lili.