FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement (Kyndle) won several awards at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives Annual Awards Dinner here Thursday night. Kyndle, the chamber of commerce for Henderson County and lead economic development agency for Henderson, Union, Webster and McLean counties, was honored with awards for Outstanding Web Site, Outstanding Event and Outstanding Publication among chambers of similar size.
Kyndle’s web site, www.kyndle.us, was designed and built by the Louisville-based digital media firm Oohology and is overseen by Kyndle Vice President of Communications Wes Rucks. Kyndle’s award for Best Event was for last fall’s Kyndle Fire Pit, an entrepreneurial pitch contest modeled after the popular television show “Shark Tank.” Fire pit was managed by Kyndle Vice President of Business Support Margaret Ridley. Kyndle’s Best Publication Award was for its Stakeholders Planning and Resource Key (S.P.A.R.K.), a benefits guide and new member application designed by ABBA
Promotions in Henderson and edited by Ridley.
Kyndle was also one of four chambers to earn the Kentucky Certified Chamber designation, a peer reviewed, best practices certification awarded to chambers who meet nationally benchmarked criteria on internal organization, processes, financial controls and service to members. Chambers in Bowling Green, Murray and Paducah were also certified.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce honored Kyndle and other chambers that helped identify financial supporters of the state chamber’s Leadership Institute for School Principals. More than 200 principals, including several from Henderson County, have gone through the program, whose training is provided by the Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, N.C.
Finally, the dinner was capped with Kyndle CEO Brad Schneider being named KCCE’s 2015 Executive of the Year, the organization’s top award for chamber
leaders in Kentucky. Schneider was honored primarily for shepherding Kyndle through its first year of existence after being created by the merger of the former Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Northwest Kentucky Forward. In 2014, Kyndle showed strong performance in member retention, financial health, member services and business advocacy efforts, while also handling all industrial recruitment and expansion assistance opportunities in the four-county region.
KCCE is the state association for chamber of commerce professionals. It provides education, training and services for more than 80 chambers in the commonwealth. In 2015 KCCE is celebrating its 50th year serving local chambers. The awards dinner was held in conjunction with KCCE’s Spring Conference.