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Chief Executive Officer

Kent Chamber of Commerce
524 West Meeker Street Suite 1
Kent, Washington 98032
United States

Company Description: To promote and foster business prosperity, the Kent Chamber of Commerce focuses on four pillars: Marketing, Education, Advocacy and Networking. We've helped local...   more
Background

Employment History

Board Memberships and Affiliations

Education

  • Green River Community College
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Ken ...
kentchamber.com, 16 Aug 2014 [cached]
Ken Sharp President/Owner (253)852-6020
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Andrea moved to Kent in the summer of 2008 to take the position as the CEO of the Kent Chamber of Commerce.
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Andrea is active with the Rotary Club of Kent, on the Board of Directors of the Kent Downtown Partnership, Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound and the South Sound Chambers of Commerce Legislative Coalition.
Events | I Love Kent, Washington
www.ilovekent.net, 22 Oct 2013 [cached]
Wade Schwartzand Jim Berrios are running for city council position no. 2, and Bailey Stober and Ken Sharp are running for city council position no. 4.
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Three of the candidates, Schwartz, Berrios and Sharp, are Kent business owners, but all four candidates spoke about the importance of balancing the city budget and focusing on economic development.
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Ken Sharp said the city continues to look to small businesses to make up budget shortfalls.
"We need to be supportive of businesses...we can't use them as a cash cow," Sharp said.
Sharp, an active member of the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership, is the owner of Minute Man Press in Kent. He was recently arrested on seven counts of first-degree theft for allegedly stealing $297,500 from his mother's bank account. He plead not guilty to charges in August.
Schwartz, who owns Blanc 'n Schwartz salon on Meeker St., wants Kent to continue its branding through the Kent Chamber and Kent Downtown Partnership, to condense the railroad tracks in downtown Kent over a five to 20 year period, to think outside the box in terms of revenue streams and to drop the ban on marijuana.
Berrios, owner of the Golden Steer and the current president of the Kent Chamber, said Kent is not perceived as business friendly.
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Another hot topic of the debate was homelessness in Kent.
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Sharp said he was glad that the Kent Resource Center as a possible homeless site prompted businesses and the community to talk about the issue. He wants to see a focus on homeless women and children. Schwartz also supports the work of Kent HOPE and wants to be sure that we address all populations of the homeless in Kent.
Berrios, who has actively worked to research and address the homeless issue in Kent, said, "As a Christian and a human, we have a moral obligation to not ignore this issue."
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While the candidates did not agree on several issues, the debates were polite and the candidates focused on their individual visions for the future of Kent.
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Safe, family trick-or-treating at Kent Station in downtown Kent along with a costume contest. Prizes will be awarded for best individual and group costumes.
Diversity | I Love Kent, Washington
www.ilovekent.net, 31 Aug 2013 [cached]
Inviting Kent Chamber president-elect Ken Sharp and executive director Andrea Keikkala, Kent City Council President Dennis Higgins, KDP president Dawn Colston and executive Barb Smith to join her on stage, Mayor Suzette Cooke urged each of them to be part of Kent's solution, asking each of them to hold hands and recite their commitment to the City of Kent.
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HOPE FOR FAMILIES LUNCHEON: Please mark your calendar for Thursday, December 8 at noon to be at the Golden Steer Restaurant, 23826 14 Ave. SE in Kent. The Kiwanis Club of Kent would like you to join them for a $5 lunch to help and support local struggling families. How do you get a $5 lunch deal you ask? By bringing any new or gently used sleeping bags, jackets, hats, gloves and socks to the Golden Steer. Cash or check donations will be cheerfully accepted as well.
Please join your friends, neighbors and community leaders in helping struggling families in Kent.
13 Edit - Board of Directors
www.kentchamber.com, 17 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ken Sharp President/Owner Minuteman Press (253)852-6020
2009 Executive Committee Members
www.kentchamber.com, 17 Dec 2013 [cached]
Ken Sharp- Past President
Minuteman Press
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