A small group of community leaders power the DTC mission in some amazing ways.

Learn more about the people behind our organization.

Kurtis Loftus

Founder/Executive 716-3853

Kurtis Loftus spent his early career as an award-winning marketing professional helping small business and non-profits grow. Kurtis has received regional and national recognition for design, advertising, illustration and publishing work.

Kurtis is passionate about north Florida and its Beaches where he has lived, worked, and raised two daughters with his wife, Margaret. He spent decades active in civic leadership roles on behalf of many community-based organizations.

 In 2013 Kurtis founded Deck The Chairs (DTC) , a non-profit whose mission is to promote children’s arts and arts education while activating public park space. The major event produced and managed by DTC features more than 50 decorated lifeguard chairs on public display throughout the holiday season.

Deck The Chairs is recognized as one of America’s most unique holiday experiences.

Additional Recognition

Jacksonville Chapter of American Institute of Graphic Design — Founding Member

American Institute of Advertising Silver Medalist (AAF’s highest honor)

JAX Chamber Beaches — Small Business Leader (2x’s)

JAX Chamber Beaches — Walter R. Murr Award (2X’s For Outstanding Service)

City of Jax Beach — Wave Maker Award (Outstanding Service as Community Leader)

National Exchange Club, Golden Deed Award

Beaches Legend Recipient

Guinness World Record, Longest Surfing Marathon   


Kathy Marvin 874-7603

Deeply rooted in community with a history of small business leadership, Kathy Marvin is set apart as a true Beaches Legend. Her passion for family and neighbors plus a steadfast belief in always stepping forward and lifting up those in need have made her a friend to hundreds of people near and far. Deck The Chairs is honored to have her leading the organization and its Board.

Deck The Chairs

Board of 710-4528

Alexander Zimmer | Vice President, Technology Chair

Hannah Hackworth | Fundraising

William Rotchford | Outreach & Development

Jess Walters | Volunteers

Robyn Wesley | Merchandise

Joseph McKenzie | Education Chair

Tiffany Gonzalez | Student Exhibit Chair

Larry Griffin | Exhibit Management

Honorary Members

Bill Hillegass, Treasure |

Margaret Loftus, Secretary |

Cathy Thomasson | Student Exhibit Director