Coach Kev helps people achieve personal goals and build healthy relationships
By Kamala Kirk
After a successful career as a business change consultant and entrepreneur, Kevin Thibodeaux (aka Coach Kev) decided he was ready to pursue a new challenge.
“I helped companies implement huge change projects and initiatives, new processes, strategies, technologies and did a lot of change management work,” Thibodeaux says. “When companies make big changes that impact their workforce, they need people to help them through the process. I did that for a long time and had my own firm, but I got tired of the grind and wasn’t feeling fulfilled. There aren’t many people of color in the coaching field and I wanted to add value as a resource in this space.”
Putting his professional skills and background to work, Thibodeaux became a dating and relationship coach. His company, From Casual to Serious, helps high-achieving individuals navigate the challenges of today’s rapidly-changing world, achieve their personal goals and build healthy relationships.
“I offer one-on-one coaching, which is tailored for the individual and provides up to 10 coaching sessions over four months where we go over the Date Smarter process, which is tailored to the needs, challenges and goals of each person,” Thibodeaux says. “I also offer small group coaching, which is a three-month program where I host weekly group sessions. If you’re coached by me, you get to join my exclusive Date Smarter community, which is a safe space where like-minded individuals can connect, network, have access to tools and resources, receive ongoing support and guidance, and share their stories and successes.”
Prior to taking on a new client, Thibodeaux offers a free 30-minute session to see whether it’s a good fit.
“They need to evaluate me to see if I’m a good match for them as a coach, and I can always refer them to other coaches I know,” Thibodeaux says. “I feel like each day I’m helping new people with a challenging aspect of their lives, who at the end of the day want results, which I will help them achieve.”
In addition to writing a book, Thibodeaux is planning to put events together in the next few months where people can meet new friends and potentially more.
“It’s not a speed-dating event,” Thibodeaux says. “I’ll invite a certain number of pre-screened people that are ready to be serious about dating and they can each invite a friend that they screen based on the same criteria, then we’ll have a nice mixer. My best relationships have typically been referrals through friends. At the very least, you’ll make new friends, or you never know, you might find the love of your life.”
A Houston native, Thibodeaux lived in downtown Los Angeles for several years before moving to Playa Vista at the end of 2021.
“What brought me to California was a change of scenery and good weather,” Thibodeaux says. “I’d been here many times for vacation and after all the rain, humidity and mosquitoes in Houston, I was due for a change. Playa Vista is beautiful, clean and the people are nice. The community has great parks, local events and offers good walkability.”
From Casual to Serious