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Chamber News

April, 2019

Drennan2 headshot Jennifer Drennan has been named President, Lexington Market of Field & Main Bank. She most recently served as Senior Vice President, Chief Information Officer and formerly as Chief Retail Officer. Drennan brings 16 years of banking industry experience to the position, including in the areas of retail, lending, operations, information technology and regulatory examining. She has been with Field & Main since 2013 (then BankTrust Financial).

In her new role, Drennan will provide the leadership necessary to maximize the growth and development of the Field & Main financial services brand in the greater Lexington area. She will as well be fully vested in representing Field & Main as it fulfills its corporate culture of faithful community stewardship.

Drennan earned her undergraduate degree and Master of Business Administration from Murray State University. She is a graduate of the FDIC University and is currently attending Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin - Madison, WI. Drennan currently serves as the Vice President of Midwest Central User Group with Jack Henry & Associates. She has also been actively engaged in her community serving on the Downtown Henderson Partnership Executive Board, as a Downtown Henderson Master Plan committee member and the chair of the Henderson Boys & Girls Club, set to open in August of this year. Drennan resides in Henderson, KY, but will soon be relocating to Lexington, KY.

Heather Stevens

April, 2019

Heather Stevens has been promoted within the Field & Main Insurance team as a benefits insurance agent in the company’s Henderson office. In this role, she’ll conduct risk assessments, evaluate insurance programs and recommend insurance coverage. Previously, Stevens served as receptionist and bookkeeping assistant for the agency.

Stevens previous experiences in long term care, home care and service coordination sparked her interest in the industry and will be a benefit to the customers she will serve. She received her Bachelor of Science in Health Services in 2001 form University of Southern Indiana.

Stevens resides in Henderson, KY with her husband Kirby and their two sons.

March, 2019

Donna Crooks is stepping down after nearly seven years of overseeing the economic development functions of Kyndle.

Crooks, who is a native of Henderson county, plans to pursue a new career in commercial and industrial real estate development. During her tenure at Kyndle, Crooks was involved with the merger of the regional economic development organization and the Henderson Chamber of Commerce. During this time, Crooks has facilitated the development of two shovel-ready sites and Kentucky’s first build-ready site at the 4 Star Industrial Park, two new websites for Kyndle, and a new website for the 4 Star Industrial Park. Crooks recently secured a state grant of over $50,000 to assist with the opening of Henderson’s first-ever entrepreneurial center, HEATLab.

"For the past seven years, Donna has been the face of Economic Development for Kyndle”, said Tony Iriti, CEO of Kyndle. “We are selfishly saddened by her moving on but extremely happy for her as well. She has been a professional in every sense of the word but most importantly, a major part of our Kyndle family. Donna is very well respected by our colleagues at the Kentucky Economic Development Cabinet. She will be very hard to replace."
Before joining Kyndle, Crooks worked as a Director of Economic Development for Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville. Crooks started her Economic Development career in 1997 when she was hired by the Henderson Economic Development Council. Afterwards, Crooks worked as Business Development Director for EDAWN, regional economic development agency for Greater Reno for five years.
Crooks graduated from the Henderson Community College with an Associate Degree and received her Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Nevada-Reno. Crooks also is a Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and is a member of International Economic Development Council.
“It has been a privilege to serve the Kyndle region over the past several years and work with so many outstanding local community leaders, utility providers, business and industry leaders, and others who care about the development of this region”, said Donna Crooks. “This was a difficult decision to make but I believe it is time for me to begin a different direction in my life.”

“We will be evaluating our service delivery before beginning a replacement search. In the interim, feel free to direct all inquiries to me, said Tony Iriti, CEO.”

Arvin “Bill” Rhodes has accepted and officially began his tenure as the new Executive Director at The Gathering Place on Monday, February 25th. Bill brings a background as a retired firefighter, advanced emergency medical technician, active community and Arvin Bill Rhodeschurch member to our local senior center. When asked what he is most excited about as the new director, Bill responded, “I am honored to be able to give back to Henderson and look forward to helping our senior population.”

The mission of The Gathering Place is, “To discover and identify needs of older persons; to promote the development of services to meet the special needs of senior citizens; to coordinate and evaluate services and programs of all agencies delivering services to older persons in Henderson County; to serve as a means through which group opinion can be voiced and community effort channeled to meet the needs of older people; to inform the community of existing programs and services to meet the needs of senior citizens.”

If you are local senior want more information on The Gathering Place, please contact Bill Rhodes at (270) 827-2948.

Kyndle announced Columbia Sportswear Co., a manufacturer of apparel and footwear products, will expand its distribution operation in Henderson County with a $700,000 investment that will create 25 full-time jobs.
"Columbia is a widely recognized brand within its industry, and we are excited for the company's decision to expand its presence in the commonwealth," Gov. Bevin said. "This is just the latest investment that exemplifies Kentucky's status as a national leader in distribution and logistics. We are grateful for Columbia's commitment to the commonwealth over the past 15 years, and we are excited to see their business continuing to grow."
Columbia plans to invest in its existing operation at 2001 Northern Star Way near Robards with the purchase of new racking and electronic processing equipment to accommodate growing customer demand. The expansion will increase the location's capacity to distribute Columbia, Sorel, prAna and Mountain Hardwear branded products. Located in the community since 2004, the company currently employs 89 people in Henderson County. The facility is one of two distribution locations operated by the company in the US, with the other located in Oregon.
"We have been very happy with our distribution center in Kentucky," said Tim Boyle, CEO and president of Columbia Sportswear Co. "We are pleased to invest again in Kentucky, and to create more quality jobs for the region."
Columbia Sportswear Co. has assembled a portfolio of brands for active lives, making it a leader in the global active lifestyle apparel, footwear, accessories and equipment industry. Founded in 1938 in Portland, Ore., the company's brands are today sold in approximately 90 countries. In addition to the Columbia® brand, Columbia Sportswear Co. also owns the Mountain Hardwear®, SOREL® and prAna® brands.
Sen. Robby Mills, of Henderson, said the company has been a great fit for the local community.
"I am excited that Columbia has decided to expand its operation in Robards by investing in new equipment and expanding its employment numbers," Sen. Mills said. "Columbia is a world-class corporate citizen, and when they choose Western Kentucky as the location to expand their business, I think that speaks volumes about our people, our location and our quality of life."
Rep. Suzanne Miles, of Owensboro, said the state's economy as a whole has shown great progress of late.
"I'm thrilled to see Columbia's new investment in Henderson County, which is just the latest positive trend in an economy that is seeing higher levels of job creation and consumer spending," Rep. Miles said. "These new jobs will pay dividends for our communities, and I look forward to seeing more growth and expansion in the future."

Henderson County Judge-Executive Brad Schneider said the local leadership and workforce will continue to prove to be a serviceable partner to the company.
"It is a point of pride in Henderson County that one of the nation's most recognizable brands for outdoor gear in the world, Columbia Sportswear, has a distribution facility here," Judge-Executive Schneider said. 

"Columbia has become a terrific corporate citizen in our community, and we appreciate that Henderson Countians play prominent roles in managing its local operations. This expansion indicates Columbia approves of the business climate in Henderson County and the job their Kentucky team is doing. We couldn't be happier about that, and hopefully, this expansion will lead to even more investment by Columbia in Henderson County in the future. We look forward to doing anything we can to help Columbia continue to grow and prosper."
Tony Iriti, CEO of Kyndle, noted the company's reputation as a strong corporate partner.
"The Columbia distribution center has been a tremendous corporate citizen located in the 4 Star Industrial Park," Iriti said. "We are excited to work with them through this expansion project to add jobs and investment to the Kyndle region."