April28

Certification and Awards given to local chambers

At the 50th Anniversary Celebration of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) last week, the organization designated four chambers in the state as Kentucky Certified Chambers.  This new designation is a peer reviewed, best practices certification awarded to chambers who meet nationally benchmarked criteria on internal organization, processes, financial controls and service to members. The four chambers that were honored with this designation were Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce, Kyndle (Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement), Murray-Calloway County Chamber of Commerce and the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.   The Kentucky Certified Chamber program is the third of its kind outside of the U.S. Chamber Accreditation. It helps chambers analyze the policies and procedures they have in place as well as best practices in multiple areas. It also gives executives an additional tool to examine the inner workings of their organization and involve the board with this process.

KCCE also named Brad Schneider with Kyndle as the 2015 Executive of the Year. Knowledgeable and trustworthy;  sees the big picture as well as small details;  sincere and interested in promoting the chamber industry and mentoring.  He has leadership and the ability to move people to collaborate.  These are just some of things said by those nominating Brad.He is a board member with KCCE  and has not missed a conference since he got started in the industry seven years ago.This past year has been a pretty significant year for Brad:

*he was the guiding force behind the creation of Kyndle – the new combined chamber and EDC that servces Henderson, Union, Webster and McLean counties

*was able to maintain an 85% retention rate through the merger and end the first fiscal year in the black

*he maintained a prominent leadership role with C-Link (catalyst for completion of I-69)

*he worked closely with Christy Gillenwater at Southwest Indiana Chamber to form BridgeLink for the building of I-69’s Ohio River bridge

*and he worked with Murray State to establish a satellite SBDC office within the Kyndle offices

 

Brad is a true professional and always available to help anyone. It is with great pleasure that KCCE announces Brad Schneider as 2015 Executive of the Year.

 

KCCE also presented the following awards:

Outstanding e-Newsletter

(winners chosen based on layout, appeal & good mix of content)

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                           Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce

Outstanding Website

(winners chosen based on design, layout and ease of navigation)

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce

Group III                           Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce

Group IV                          Kyndle

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

 

Outstanding Publication

Group II                            Marion County Chamber of Commerce                    (Member Directory)

Group III                           Bardstown-Nelson County Chamber of Commerce    (Membership Directory)

Group IV                          Kyndle                                                                         (Spark Form)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce           (Annual Report)

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce                 (Member Guide)

Outstanding Special Event

Group I                             Mercer County Chamber of Commerce        (Jazz Festival)

Group II                            Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce         (Dancing with Prospect Stars)

Group III                           Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce  (2014 Annual Dinner)

Group IV                          Kyndle                                                             (Fire Pit Contest)

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce         (2014 Annual Dinner)

Group V                           Christian County Chamber of Commerce     (Compass Awards)

 Outstanding Member Retention

Group I                             Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce            (91.3%)

Group III                           Madisonville-Hopkins County Chamber of Commerce         (96.5%)

Group IV                          Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce                         (88.3%)

Group V                           Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce                         (86.9%)

Outstanding Membership Growth

Group I                             Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce            (14.78%)

Group IV                          Chamber at St. Matthews                                                       (7.9%)

Group V                           Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce                                 (6.6%)