Young professionals to hear CEO speak

The Republican / – Wednesday, August 13, 2008

SPRINGFIELD – The Young Professional Society of Greater Springfield will host a CEO luncheon, an event open to area professionals interested in hearing about the professional experiences of the region’s CEOs, on Sept. 5 at noon.

The featured chief executive officer and speaker will be Keith Kennedy, general manager of the Enfield distribution center of Hallmark Cards. The luncheon will take place at Hallmark, located at 25 Bacon Road in Enfield.

Kennedy is responsible for the distribution of more than $1.5 billion of personal expression products to Hallmark Cards’ retail partners across the east coast and as far west as Ohio and parts south.

The youth professional group promotes its bi-monthly CEO luncheons as a vehicle for group members to meet with area business leaders on a more relaxed level, helping to foster relationships and allow its members to see, first hand, how successful leaders run their organizations.

“A major part of the (society) mission is civic responsibility, and Hallmark Cards truly encourages community involvement,” said Michelle Sade, YPS president. “Hallmark Cards is extremely involved and generous in supporting community-based initiatives and encouraged their employees to give back to the communities where they live and work.”

Kennedy started his career at Hallmark in 1992 as a career development staff assistant, and has held positions of increasing responsibility to include roles in graphic arts, manufacturing, human resources and corporate diversity, and information technology. In February, he concluded a 28-year career in the Air Force and Air Force Reserve, retiring as a lieutenant colonel and most recently the commander of the 439th Communication Squadron at Westover Air Reserve Base. He is a member of the Enfield Rotary Club, Northern Connecticut Chamber of Commerce, Council of Supply Chain Management Professionals, and Reserve Officer Association. He is on the board of directors of New Horizons of Northern Connecticut, and a past board member of numerous other nonprofit organizations. He is married and a proud father of four.