The Kentucky Lake Chamber of Commerce, with the help of West Kentucky Xerographics, recognizes women in the community who represent their business or organization well. So many leaders leaders have unique backgrounds and stories, and the chamber would like to share those stories.
Assistant Park Manager
Kentucky Dam Village State Park
Q: What is a general description of your role at Kentucky Dam Village?
A: “As Assistant Park Manager, I work closely with staffing & guest services…I like to think of myself as the ‘House Mom.’ KDV is a big Park, with a lot of moving parts and various tasks, and no two days look the same. One day, we could be hosting 100 golfers and the next we might be holding an intimate wedding at a lake view point, then, we might have a convention of 250 with F&B (pre-COVID). It is my belief that communication within all departments is key!”
Q: How long have you been with Kentucky Dam Village?
A: “I have been with the Park for just under two years, but have lived and worked in the region the majority of my life, which has been integral to my success in this role.”
Q: What is your favorite aspect of your job? (What gets you out of bed in the morning?)
A: “The view, I mean really…I get to come to work everyday to one of the most beautiful resources one could wish for, and it is right in our back yard! And the most rewarding aspect of my job is working to continue to preserve and promote our natural resources for future generations. With a background in agriculture and over 20 years in hospitality, working as a steward of the state, in parks, is a natural fit. I really enjoy working to find new ways to engage guests, while promoting local and regional resources; including our people, agriculture, and small businesses. We have recently transformed the South Entrance into a Sustainability Garden, and I am excited for all the opportunities this opens up for our Region. We are working to promote more farm to table practices through this, along with future classes in sustainability. The gift shop has also recently taken on a transformation of moving into more of a Kentucky Proud market. Hospitality is in such a changeful place, and working together to embrace this change and being open to growth, while supporting our resources, is pivotal to our overall continued success.”
Q: What is one piece of advice you live by as a business leader?
A: “Intuition…always follow your gut, your heart, your spirit. Whatever your guiding light is, trust it. You know the way. Sometimes, the end product may not always be in sight, but trusting yourself and your people enough to take the leap, is a start.”
Do you know someone awesome that should be shared on the next Women in Business Wednesday? Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Chamber supports and promotes all business leaders in the community and want highlight as many leaders as possible.