SOMERSET, KY – Kyle Smith has been promoted to the newly created position of Manager of Impacts, Investments, and Operations at SKED.
The Eastern Kentucky native joined SKED’s staff in 2018 as its Small Business Training Specialist. Since then, he’s worked to assist in presenting Be Boss Online classes across the region and helped many small business owners improve the scope of their digital footprint.
Smith has worked one-on-one with entrepreneurs and more seasoned business owners by improving their websites and social media presence and overcoming several challenging technological issues by providing technical assistance (TA) for SKED.
Smith says he’s ready for the challenges of the new position. “I am excited to further my career at SKED and help businesses throughout Southern and Eastern Kentucky continue to succeed by moving into this newly created position,” Smith said.
As the Manager of Impacts, Investments and Operations, Smith will create and manage SKED’s impact tracking data, identify and secure new investments for SKED’s lending services, and help organize operational efforts to ensure the organization’s goals are met. Additionally, he will continue to oversee internal information technology for the organization and maintain its various loan software systems.
However, Smith will still be able to provide TA to SKED clients and others part-time in his new role.
“While stepping back from full-time TA, I look forward to working with new and old clients in the future, as time allows,” he said.
Smith has a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems and a master’s in business administration from Morehead State University.
SKED Executive Director Brett Traver says Smith has proven himself over the past five years and has earned his stripes, qualifying him for the new position.
“For the past five years, Kyle has proven himself as a valuable asset to SKED and a dependable partner to our clients,” Traver said. “He will continue to be invaluable as we work to grow SKED as the premier partner to small business owners across Southern and Eastern Kentucky.”
Smith lives in Eubank, Ky., with his wife Meagan. When not at SKED, he enjoys traveling the country to enjoy a variety of motorsports.
Smith can be reached at the SKED offices in the Center for Rural Development by phone at (606) 677-6100 or by email at email@example.com.