Since moving to Hardin County about 40 years ago, Joe Fowler has focused on, and succeeded at, being involved within the community.
Fowler hopes to further that involvement through his new role as president and CEO of United Way of Central Kentucky.
Growing up in Louisville, Fowler moved to Elizabethtown in 1979. The 65-year-old has been involved in youth soccer programs, the Hardin County Schools board and Big Brothers Big Sisters throughout the years. He also for several years was on the United Way of Central Kentucky board as a member and chairman.
“I’ve always been involved,” he said.
In August, Fowler retired from Soudal, previously Accumetric, where he had worked for nearly 30 years.
His first day at the helm of United Way was Monday. He believes in the mission of United Way and is excited to join an organization focused on helping build a stronger, healthier community.
“United Way is the facilitator. With United Way I think what you get that you don’t necessarily get with others is a trust level that they are spending the money wisely and ... they have put a lot of time and effort into making sure their programs are viable and they are working,” he said.
“They touch a lot of different areas ... you’re involved in a little bit of everything. So I think your potential to have a positive affect on the community is very large,”
The Rineyville resident said he wants to raise awareness of United Way programs, such as Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, 2-1-1, and Way to Work.
“We’re going to be a lot more focused on awareness because you’ve got these great programs and who knows about them? I think you’ll be seeing us a little bit more visible in the future,” Fowler said.
The search for a new president and CEO started in November when Ron Eppes resigned from the position. Eppes took on the role Oct. 1, 2018
United Way of Central Kentucky board chairman Chad Sarver said the organization received interest from all over the country for its CEO position. He said there were more than 30 applicants, which they narrowed down based on qualifications. They then selected four applicants from the initial pool of candidates for additional screenings and interviews.
“The search committee had to take several variables into consideration, looking for the optimal fit for the position and our community. During that process, Joe Fowler was selected for the opportunity,” Sarver said in an email.
“Joe brings a wealth of experience, with well over 30-plus years of leadership in our community. He has a long-standing relationship with many businesses and leaders in our community and has been involved with UWCK over many of those years as a board member and donor,” Sarver said. “The established circle of influence and understanding within our community was one of the key ingredients to deciding on Joe as the correct fit for our community.”
“There were several great candidates, it was a hard decision, but one that the board feels strongly, will position us for continued success and growth for years to come,” he said.