Carroll County Chamber of Commerce
Herb Kinman Chevrolet
among businesses honored in 2012
renovating his car dealership
Helen E. McKinney
CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2012) Herb Kinman
takes nothing for granted. In renovating his car dealership facility,
he says he has given back to a community that has given him so much.
by Don Ward
Herb Kinman Chevrolet was remodeled
earlier this year and the effort resulted
in the chambers Beautification Award.
Kinman owns Herb Kinman Chevrolet, located at 1934 Hwy.
227 in Carrollton. He recently remodeled the building, inside and out.
He said he spent more than $1 million on a new outside façade,
service and waiting areas, showroom, paint and flooring. We completely
redid the facility, said Kinman, 62.
We had a choice to do it or not to do it. I could have retired,
but I chose not to. I want the business to last another 25 years.
Kinman not only remodeled the facility but provided the opportunity
for more jobs in the area. Jobs are what makes the economy flow.
After nine months of renovation, business is up 60 percent due
to what we did, he said.
While he did most of the drawings for the remodel, Kinman said he also
used Louisville-based architectural firm Gensler. The firm was recommended
by General Motors, and we worked well together. All businesses
used for the construction work were local except for a few from the
Louisville area that specialized in certain things that were needed.
by Debbie Cloyd
to the Carrollton community in
many ways, his chamber peers say.
Kinman was rewarded for his efforts with the Beautification
Award from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He received a plaque
at the chambers Annual Banquet, held Oct. 25 at the Gen. Butler
State Resort Park Conference Center in Carrollton.
This award is presented to a chamber member whose business has
improved the quality of their business through landscaping, renovation,
expansion, façade improvements, signage and other curb
appeal projects, to enhance the appearance of their property,
said Bret Reese, the chambers administrative assistant.
Nominees are chosen by chamber membership. He was nominated by
several of our chamber members for this award, Reese said.
Kinman said it was a great compliment to receive the award. I
was totally surprised. He believes that when individuals are honored
for something they have done to help others, theres always
Chamber of Commerce Business Award Winners
Raymond Ray Community Service Award: Tammie Crawford, Carroll
County Animal Support.
Community Impact Award: The Family Worship Center and Pastor
Friend of Chamber Award: Joan Moore, Executive Director
of CCCDC; Kanute Rarey, CEO Carroll County Memorial Hospital;
Sheriff Jamie Kinman
Business Hall of Fame inductees: Carrollton Federal Bank,
General Butler State Resort Park Lodge.
Ive been in the car business since I was 29,
said Kinman. This is the sixth dealership he has owned. Herb Kinman
Chevrolet was previously known as Carnes Chevrolet before Kinman took
it over in May 2003. But even before that, he began selling cars for
the company in 1979.
Its something Ive always wanted, said Kinman
of the car dealership business. I love people. Its been
a challenge, but I love a challenge. I have a lot of loyal, repeat business
and great service and parts departments and employees.
Originally from Carrollton, Kinman has also been an active member of
the chamber and been involved in Rotary Club events. I try to
help as much as I can, he said.
Reese said Kinman is very active in the community. He regularly
attends our chamber membership meetings, supports our schools with advertising
and helps the sports teams. Last year, he brought entertainer T.G. Sheppard
to the Rotary Ball as a special guest to help raise funds for the ball.
Although he doesnt boast about it, he also regularly helps
many families in need, Reese said. There are many things
he does, that no one knows about, to help others.
will appear at Herb Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m.
Dec. 8. to sign autographs.
As another example of giving back to the community, Kinman
plans to extend business hours during the holidays. He has decorated
his showroom for Christmas and wants families to come by in the evenings
and enjoy what he has to offer. Santa will make an appearance at Herb
Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
As many in the community may know, Kinman is personal friends with country
music singer George Jones. Were real close, said Kinman.
He met Jones many years ago. Kinman was walking off of a bus that Jones
had for sale, and Jones rode up on his golf cart. They struck up a conversation
and an instant friendship.
Jones will appear at Herb Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec.
8, for photos and to greet people. The last time he was here,
we had 4,000 people come by, said Kinman.
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