KAM President & CEO Announces Retirement

KAM President & CEO Announces Retirement

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM), Kentucky’s most effective advocate for manufacturers, announces that President & CEO Greg Higdon has informed the Board of Directors of his plan to retire from his position. He will continue to serve the Association until an orderly transition is complete.

Mr. Higdon, a Brescia College graduate, also served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam. He served ten years in the Kentucky Senate where he held several Leadership posts. He also served as Deputy Secretary of the Natural Resources and Environmental Protection Cabinet and as a Special Assistant to the Governor’s Office.

Higdon has been an integral part of KAM since 1994, when he joined the governmental affairs team representing KAM, and was tapped to become President & CEO in December 2009.

Under Higdon’s leadership, KAM has become laser-focused on meeting the needs of Kentucky manufacturers, using regional Executive Briefings to take the pulse of manufacturers statewide. When energy became a hot topic, KAM instituted an Energy Conference, aimed at giving manufacturers answers and real-time examples of cost-saving options and initiatives to boost their bottom lines.

The next most urgent issue for manufacturers was adequate workforce. KAM has been a leader in the expansion of the KY FAME program, Kentucky’s internationally recognized program to develop skilled industrial maintenance talent. Now with ten chapters statewide, involving more than 125 member companies, 56 employer sponsors, and more than 10 partner colleges, KY FAME’s 98% employment rate for graduates is helping to meet manufacturers’ most pressing need of a highly skilled and well-trained workforce. Greg’s legacy to the Association and Kentucky manufacturers is his ability to bring disparate groups to the table and get them working together to find solutions to manufacturing’s most challenging issues.

“I am proud to have been a part of KAM’s support for Kentucky’s manufacturers,” said Higdon. “Manufacturing is the #1 contributor to Kentucky’s GDP and KAM has a 105-year history of advocacy. I am confident that KAM is well-positioned for its next 100 years. I look forward to working with the Board of Directors and my successor to ensure a seamless transition.”

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank Greg for his leadership and commitment to KAM, the Commonwealth of Kentucky and our manufacturers,” said John P. Malloy, Chairman of the KAM Board of Directors. “We also appreciate Greg’s commitment to seeing through a smooth transition as we find and put in place his successor.”

The Board has formed a search committee to advise them on potential candidates and identify a new leader for KAM. For inquiries, interest or referrals, please write searchcommittee@kam.us.com.

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