Location: Metro Atlanta
Members: Kettering Members are the leading senior level executives in the Atlanta area.
CROSS FUNCTIONAL EXECUTIVE NETWORK
Was the group founded by a group of guys on broken lawn chairs in someone’s garage on Kettering Drive? Close, but not quite…
Kettering Executive Network was conceived in late 2001 on Kettering Drive in East Cobb, (an Atlanta, Georgia neighborhood) by three savvy neighbors who wanted to expand their networks of senior executives. It didn’t take long for the group to establish a weekly get together.
The founders recognized that there were many individuals just in their neighborhood who could help each other with business contacts and opportunities. Prospective members had to be senior leaders with extensive management and P&L responsibility.The membership agreed that, as senior executives, none of them would have achieved that success without other individuals helping them to get there. It was now time to ‘Pay It Forward’ — time to help other executives accomplish their goals, and in selflessly helping others, derive satisfaction and additional success.
The formalization of Kettering Executive Network occurred in 2002 with the establishment of a core leadership group. Within the first year the membership quickly grew. Meetings started to include invited speakers, and Special Interest Groups were formed to link members with similar industry and functional backgrounds.
Today, Kettering is one of the largest business networking organization in Atlanta. Its’ members still adhere to the same Pay It Forward principle, helping each other network, learn and make new business contacts. More than a dozen Special Interest Groups have become a brain trust for the top executives in the Atlanta area. Speakers at weekly meetings include business, non-profit and political leaders. Monthly events bring the membership together in a social environment for lunch or dinner.
Kettering membership is by invitation only, but it lasts a lifetime…