Bill Kennedy Presented the First Patrick Kennedy Leadership Award

LAKE ZURICH, IL, October 19, 2022 – The inaugural Patrick Kennedy Leadership Award was presented during the closing dinner of the STI/SPFA Fall & Emerging Leaders Conference on September 21st. The award honors the late Pat Kennedy’s devotion to the industry and exemplary leadership both throughout the industry and with STI/SPFA serving on the Board of Directors and various committees. 

This year’s recipient is Bill Kennedy, Pat’s son, who has taken a leadership role not only in the families’ companies but also in the industry. Bill started his Kennedy career eight years ago in the Purchasing Department and was soon promoted to Purchasing Manager. His role was expanded and he took over as Production Manager. Following that, Bill became the VP of Manufacturing and continued to not only improve the Kennedy business, but make strides for the steel tank industry. With Pat’s passing, Bill took on the role of President, and along with this challenging position, continues to share ideas to move the industry forward. 

Bill was a catalyst for the STI/SPFA Emerging Leaders program which sought to help the next generation of leaders in the steel tank, vessel, and pipe industry. He was elected to the STI/SPFA Board of Directors and currently serves as President. Bill’s philosophy of sharing knowledge and continued push to improve not only his business, but the industry shows leadership skills well beyond his years. 

Congratulations to Bill on being the first recipient of the Patrick Kennedy Leadership Award. The industry and the association look forward to a great future! 

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