Eric Gregory, a Henderson native who is president of the Kentucky Distillers Association, will be the featured speaker at Kyndle's Industry of the Year Award breakfast, set for 7:30 a.m. Oct. 8 at the Henderson Fine Arts Center.
A graduate of the University of Kentucky, Gregory joined the KDA in 2008 after seven years as Governmental Affairs Manager at East Kentucky Power Cooperative. He previously served as vice president of public affairs for Preston-Osborne, a prominent Lexington public relations, marketing and research firm. Gregory began his career as an award-winning journalist for the Lexington Herald-Leader. He also served as a reporter and editor at the Honolulu Advertiser.
"Kentucky bourbon has truly become a global phenomenon, and nobody tells its story better than Eric," Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider said. "And the numbers indicate distilling is now as much an 'industry' in our state as auto manufacturing or coal mining. It is a $3 billion enterprise that supports more than 15,000 jobs in Kentucky and contributes more than $166 million in state and local taxes. We look forward to welcoming Eric home to give us a full update."
The breakfast will also include the announcement of the winner of 2015 Kyndle Industry of the Year Award. Nominations for the award are currently being accepted through September 25. Kyndle Stakeholders in Henderson, Webster, Union and McLean counties are eligible. River View Coal in Union County won the award last year.
Tickets to the Industry of the Year Award breakfast are $13 for Kyndle Stakeholders and $18 for non-members. For nomination information or to RSVP, contact Kyndle at (270) 826-7505 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Sponsorship opportunities are still available.