Ken has lived his life in and around District 48. He graduated from Ballard High School and the University of Kentucky with a Bachelor of Business Administration. Ken spent the next ten years in the finance sector working for banks as a loan and marketing officer, while simultaneously attending Bellarmine University’s MBA courses.
Ken joined his family’s aerial surveying and mapping company – a company that operated throughout the country. With a ten-year background in finance and marketing, Ken restructured the company’s operations and marketing to be more competitive. It was during this time that Ken was asked to be a member of the Board of Directors of the Management of Professional Photogrammetric Surveyors (MAPPS), a national aerial surveying and geographical information mapping association.
Ken became president of MAPPS, using his position to improve U.S. infrastructure, create federal government efficiencies and solve agricultural issues. In 2000, Ken sold his surveying company and for the next thirteen years helped other aerial surveying and mapping firms jumpstart their own growth.
Ken was elected as an inaugural Councilmember of Louisville Metro Council and he has served the 7th District from 2002 until 2014. Ken has chaired several committees while in leadership and has been the Republican Caucus Chair for three years. Ken took charge on many issues through bi-partisan efforts which include:
- Pushing for ethic reform laws and government efficiencies.
- Improving transparency ordinances that work to open up government books to the public and audit governmental policies and procedures.
- Improving the accountability and responsibility of the procurement process.
- Advocating for a more business-friendly Louisville by addressing taxing of businesses.
- Conducting a Local Option Sales Tax economic study – a study that marked Louisville as the third most-taxed community out of its competitive cities and proved the need for serious tax reform.
- Forging better cooperation between Louisville Metro and the more than 25 suburban cities he served.
- Reinvesting over $1 million towards District 7 infrastructure.
Ken received the Public Policy Advocate Award in 2004, given by the National Association of Women Business Owners, the Smoke Free Louisville Award in 2006, and the Celebrate Freedom Award in 2010.
Ken now serves as the Executive Director of Kilgore Samaritan Counseling Center, a faith-based, not-for-profit counseling center. The counseling center address mental health and wellness of individuals and families. By applying his business acumen, Ken restructured the center’s operations, increased its marketing outreach, added personnel to handle clients’ needs, and improved grant writing efforts. Ken has a deeper understanding and appreciation of the healthcare business because of his time at the counseling center.
Ken is married to Ann and they have two children and two labs. He is active in his church and enjoys flying planes, golfing, fishing, reading and spending time with his family.