Baltimore Names Street After Kevin Liles
On September 1, the city of Baltimore will honor Warner Music Group Executive Vice President Kevin Liles when they rename a street in his honor. The 2900 block of Presstman St. where Liles grew up, will be renamed Kevin Liles Drive. Additionally, Liles will receive a Presidential Acknowledgement for his long history of giving back to his community. “As a proud native of Baltimore, I am humbled to receive such a huge honor,” says Liles. “I would like to thank Governor Mark O’Malley and Mayor Shelia Dixon for believing in young America because we do want to make a difference. I would like to thank the City of Baltimore for allowing me to be its symbol of hope, and show the young men and women of this city that despite your environment you can be successful by establishing a commitment to excellence within yourself.” The renaming ceremony is scheduled for 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. on September 1, and representatives from the Mayor’s office and the White House will be on hand. Liles began his career in the music industry in 1991 as an unpaid intern at Def Jam Records. Through the years, he rose to the position of president and is widely credited with reinvigorating the label and increasing revenue from under $100 million to over $400 million. Liles accepted the position at Warner in 2004.