Corvette Museum’s Director Wendell Stode Honored by KY Non-Profit Group


Corvette Museum's Director Wendell Stode Honored by KY Non-Profit Group

When a sinkhole swallowed eight Corvettes at the National Corvette Museum last year, the facility earned kudos around the world for making lemonade out of lemons.

Have another sip, NCM!

The latest example of the good that has come out of a disastrous situation came recently when NCM Executive Director Wendell Strode was announced as the recipient of the Distinguished Nonprofit Leadership Award by the Kentucky Nonprofit Network, Inc.

Strode will receive the award on Oct. 28 during the 13th annual Kentucky Nonprofit Leadership Forum Awards Luncheon at the Lexington Convention Center.

KNN praised Strode for growing Museum membership and increasing visitors to Bowling Green and Kentucky, resulting in an economic impact of more than $35 million to the local and state economy. The group also noted Strode’s “exceptional leadership” after the sinkhole incident in February 2014, “using the disaster as an opportunity to gain worldwide media attention and experience record Museum attendance during repairs.”

Two other winners of KNN awards will be recognized at the luncheon, including FoodChain of Lexington – Innovative Nonprofit Award for “implementing inventive, nontraditional programs or methods that effectively meet community needs,” and Dr. Whitney Jones, board member of the statewide Colon Cancer Prevention Project based in Louisville – Outstanding Board Leadership Award for a board leader “who is strategic-thinking, works cooperatively to further the organization’s mission, and is actively committed to best practices and succession planning.”


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