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KCCE Board Spread 2019 2020FRANKFORT, KY, September 23rd, 2019– The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) is proud to announce its board of directors for the 2019 – 2020 year.

Continuing in service on the Executive Board are: Board President: Andrea Miller, Lincoln County Chamber, President – Elect: Sandra Wilson, Paducah Area Chamber, Secretary: Virginia Davis, Hart County Chamber, Treasurer: Jordan Gibson, Southeast Kentucky Chamber, Immediate Past President: Deanna Herrmann, London – Laurel County Chamber

Continuing in service on the Board are: Cindy Banks, Winchester – Clark County Chamber, Betsy Clemons, Hazard – Perry County Chamber, Jill Cutler, Mercer County Chamber, Carla Wright, Greater Louisville Inc.

New Board Members are: Lynda Bebrowsky, Commerce Lexington, Samantha Brady, Bardstown – Nelson County Chamber, Tomi Clifford, Cynthiana – Harrison County Chamber, Kelli Pendleton, Christian County Chamber, Ellen Redding, Henderson County Chamber, Christie Rogers, Northern Kentucky Chamber

The newest members are nominated by the membership and approved at the annual meeting that was held during the KCCE Annual Conference last week. KCCE board members serve a three-year term.

KCCE is dedicated to the professional development and grassroots advocacy of local chambers across the state. It is a membership driven organization with its headquarters located in the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce in Frankfort.

In June 2019, the KYNDLE Policy Board, which is the governing board of directors for the entity, formed a special task force to review the organizational components of KYNDLE.  The goal of the task force was to help determine the optimal structure for the organization to provide the best return on investment for its economic development stakeholders and chamber members.  

Since June, this task force met frequently to review the organizational structure of KYNDLE.  On Thursday, September 12th, they presented their analysis and made their recommendation to the KYNDLE Policy Board – which the board formally accepted.  The recommendation was made to amend and reorganize the existing KYNDLE structure.  Two separate entities will emerge from the reorganization – one entity to perform the Henderson Chamber of Commerce operations and one entity to perform the Economic Development operations.  Once the transition of those operations and the reorganization have been completed, those operations will no longer be performed under the KYNDLE umbrella and the KYNDLE name and brand will be discontinued. 

This change will provide more efficient services and a greater return on investment for both the chamber members and the economic development stakeholders.  For the Chamber side, it will continue to serve the business community in our region through network opportunities, advocacy, and economic sustainability efforts. It will also continue developing a sustainable structure of membership benefits, demonstrating business support and enhancement. 

For the Economic Development side, although economic development will be more specifically aligned with Henderson-Henderson County, the emphasis & importance for regional economic development – working with the immediate surrounding counties & neighbors in all directions (north, south, east & west) – will absolutely continue.  Economic Development will continue to support existing industries, implement and expand workforce development strategies in our Henderson region, and communicate opportunities available for industry outside our region and state.  Economic Development’s strong working relationship with local, regional, & state economic development officials will continue. Policy Board members will be visiting or contacting all existing economic development investors individually to provide more detail about the changes.  

During this transition, the daily operations of the Henderson Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development of Northwest Kentucky will continue as normal under the existing KYNDLE umbrella until necessary structural changes have been made & fully implemented.  The KYNDLE Policy Board will work together to create the organizational structure for the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, including forming what will be the new chamber board.  Ellen Redding, as Vice President of the Chamber of Commerce, will continue to oversee its operations.  On the Economic Development side, with assistance from local city and county government and input from existing investors, the Policy Board will work together to create the organizational structure for the new economic development entity and what will be the new economic development board.  At this time, Tony Iriti will remain as KYNDLE CEO to assist with the transition and economic development operations, however, a search committee will be formed immediately to start the process of hiring a new executive for the economic development entity.  

“A great deal of thought and consideration was given by the task force before making its recommendation and by the Policy Board before accepting such a bold change to the KYNDLE organization.  We are excited about these changes and feel they are the correct & necessary ones to make at this time.  The benefits from these changes moving forward should greatly enhance both organizations independently,” stated KYNDLE Policy Board Chair, Tony Krampe.  

It is anticipated these structural changes will be completed and ready for implementation by January 1, 2020.  

For more information contact: Tony Krampe, KYNDLE Board Chairman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Algona, Washington: EZ-ACCESS is pleased to announce their expansion into Henderson bringing new business and additional jobs.

Work has begun on the 50,000 square-foot building located on Klutney Park Place Drive, which will serve as an additional facility for EZ-ACCESS, a manufacturing company headquartered near Seattle.

In addition to its corporate location, the company also has a plant in Morganfield in Union County, which will continue distribution/operations and employment of approximately 70 people. Operations Manager Mike Willett states that opening the Henderson facility will bring a wide range of new manufacturing-related jobs to the area and also provide the company the extra breathing room needed to keep up with production demands. At its peak, the Henderson facility expects to employ approximately 35 people. Additionally, the company continues to expand in their current locations.

EZ-ACCESS, a division of Homecare Products, Inc., is all about accessibility and serves the nation with a wide variety of access solutions for homes and commercial buildings. From modular and portable ramps to patient transfer and vertical platform lifts, along with multi-story custom stair systems, they provide ezaccess logoresidential, commercial, industrial, and recreational industries with the solutions they need to ensure durable, safe, and convenient access.

To help serve East Coast customers quicker with less transportation costs, the company opened their Morganfield location 10 years ago. “We are extremely happy with our experience in the state of Kentucky and have decided to expand in the same region,” says Don Everard, owner and CEO of EZ-ACCESS.

“EZ-ACCESS and the Everard family have become very important and respected members of the tri-county business community. We appreciate their confidence in both Union County and Henderson County and we look forward to continuing to do whatever we can for them to grow and prosper here,” says Henderson County Judge Executive Brad Schneider

“EZ-ACCESShas been a good citizen and a community asset in Union County for a number of years and we are very happy to welcome them to Henderson,” said Henderson Mayor Steve Austin. “They have been very successful in their product manufacturing, and, the bonus is, their products are extremely helpful to their customers.”

The Henderson plant is expected to focus on production of the company’s aluminum commercial line, including its TITAN™ Code Compliant Modular Access System as well as the FORTRESS®OSHA Stair System. Production of residential ramps will continue to be done in Morganfield. Staffing for Henderson is set to begin by the end of October and full production is anticipated to be in place by the first of the year.

“The Henderson location will provide EZ-ACCESSquick interstate accessibility to meet their customer demands for the two product lines they will bring to this location” said Tony Iriti, Kyndle CEO. “We are happy to welcome EZ-ACCESSto Henderson.”


Established in 1984, EZ-ACCESS is a family owned and operated company and is the leading manufacturer of ramps, lifts, and stairs, having introduced, trademarked, and manufactured the EZ-ACCESS product line for 35 years. Their commitment to exceptional customer service and innovative products is an enduring promise to their customers and the driving force behind their success. For information on the complete EZ-ACCESS line, please visit www.ezaccess.comor call 1-800-451-1903.

Arin Waggoner
Arin Wagner was born and raised in Henderson, Kentucky where she graduated from Henderson County High School and attended Henderson Community College. She has 15 years of real estate experience in Henderson and was named Realtor of the Year by her peers in the real estate industry. Arin joined the credit union in early 2015.
“I am fortunate to be able to advance my experience as a successful real estate agent to the financial side as a Mortgage Loan Originator. I have learned that providing excellent service to all parties involved is the best way to succeed. I look forward to working with you and helping you on your path to home ownership.”