Around Town

Kathleen Hawkins Selected 
as President of Hendersonville 
Area Chamber

Kathleen Hawkins has been named President and CEO of the 750-member Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce. Hawkins comes to the Chamber from Heathrow, Fla. where she founded Women on a Mission to Earn a Commission, a women’s professional organization that grew to 71 chapters nationally.

Hawkins was selected following a national search that took nearly two months to complete.

“We said throughout the search that we would be done when we found the right person and we have definitely found the right person in Kathleen Hawkins,” said Mike Incorvaia, Chairman of the search Committee.

“Kathleen’s background in business and membership advocacy make her a great fit for the future of the Chamber and for Hendersonville,” says Board Chair, Kori Langford.

“I am so honored and excited to lead a dynamic organization like the Hendersonville Area Chamber of Commerce,” says Hawkins. “With a great team and board already in place, I feel we are poised for success and I gladly welcome the challenge. I plan to hit the ground running and look forward to meeting all of our members very soon.”

Mayor Scott Foster applauded the hiring of Hawkins and expressed his strong support for the Chamber organization.

“The Chamber of Commerce is such an integral part of Hendersonville and a key partner for economic development,” said Foster. “I was so impressed with Kathleen when I got the chance to meet her, and I am confident that she will lead the Chamber and the community to new heights.”

Hawkins holds a M.B.A. from Florida Metropolitan University and an undergraduate degree in business administration from Tampa College.

Hawkins was born in Ohio but considers herself a Florida native. She is an accomplished business consultant, public speaker, and nine times published author. Her essays have been published in numerous lifestyle, business and photography journals.

Personally, she is a licensed foster parent and adoptive mother of three. She and her husband, Jeff, are strong advocates of adoption and in 2007 were awarded the Volunteer of the Year Award by the Florida Coalition for Children.

She served as a committee member of The Governor’s Faith Based Initiative Committee Work Group for Child Advocacy. In 2009, she was accepted as a member of the Compassion Florida Roundtable for the Governor’s Volunteer Florida Foundation. The Hawkinses will reside in Hendersonville with their three children.

Servpro Industries, Inc., Named a 2016 Tennessean Top Workplace

For the second time in as many years, Servpro Industries, Inc., was recognized as a top company in Middle Tennessee. The final field was based on responses from more than 110 companies and 15,000 employees.

“We are honored to be one of the select area businesses named to The Tennessean’s Top Workplaces program for the second consecutive year,” says Sue Steen, Chief Executive Officer of Servpro Industries, Inc. “This honor is notably special because it was achieved based on the feedback from our employees. I want to thank our employees for helping create a workplace recognized as one of the best.”

Servepro was selected based on a wide-range of employee programs and benefits, including personal and professional development, culture of wellness, employee benefits and community events and involvement

SERVPRO specializes in the emergency cleanup and restoration of fire and water-damaged homes and businesses, among other services. The Gallatin-based franchise company employs more than 450 people at the corporate headquarters. There are more than 1,700 individually owned and operated franchises. Additional information is available online at Servpro.com.

Dollar General Literacy Foundation Awards More 
Than $7 Million for funding
 of adult, family and summer literacy programs

The Dollar General Literacy Foundation awarded more than $7.1 million in grants to support adult, family and summer literacy programs to over 900 schools, libraries and nonprofit literacy organizations across the 43 states Dollar General serves.

“Consistent with our mission of serving others, we are excited to provide these organizations with funding to further literacy and education across the communities we call home,” says Todd Vasos, Dollar General’s CEO. “It is always so exciting to see the true and meaningful impact the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has on both children and adults looking to improve their lives through literacy.”

Grants will be used to help promote childhood summer reading or help adults learn to read, prepare for the high school equivalency exam or learn English. A complete list of grant recipients may be found online at DGLiteracy.org.