Kenny Ward, Jr.

Director of Talent at the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce

The Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce plays a crucial role in driving economic development within this community. By connecting businesses, supporting entrepreneurs, advocating for business interests, promoting tourism and events, and fostering workforce development, they contribute to the growth and prosperity of local economies. Kenny’s role is to establish talent pipelines by partnering with businesses, universities, and colleges to attract skilled professionals and increase retention. His greatest career achievement is graduating with honors as a first-generation college graduate and achieving a 4.0 GPA in Faulkner University’s Executive MBA program. He is an active volunteer in the community, feeding the homeless and less fortunate, serving on the local youth ministry team, and serving as an associate minister at his church.


Key to Success: Success for me has always been rooted in my faith in God and the support of my loved ones. There were times when I felt like giving up, but their encouragement kept me going.


Guilty Pleasure: I love to bake and try new recipes from around the world.


Childhood Aspirations: When I was younger, I had dreams of becoming a baker. As an adult, I still hope to open a restaurant someday.


First Job: Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC)


Best Advice: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight,” Proverbs 3:5-6.


Biggest Influence Personally & Professionally: My parents, and particularly my mother, always instilled in me the belief that nothing was impossible for me to achieve.


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