Carroll County Chamber of Commerce

Herb Kinman Chevrolet
among businesses honored in 2012

Kinman recognized for
renovating his car dealership

By Helen E. McKinney
Contributing Writer

CARROLLTON, Ky. (December 2012) – Herb Kinman takes nothing for granted. In renovating his car dealership facility, he says he has given back to a community that has given him so much.

Kinman Chrysler

Photo by Don Ward

Herb Kinman Chevrolet was remodeled
earlier this year and the effort resulted
in the chamber’s Beautification Award.

Kinman owns Herb Kinman Chevrolet, located at 1934 Hwy. 227 in Carrollton. He recently remodeled the building, inside and out. He said he spent more than $1 million on a new outside façade, service and waiting areas, showroom, paint and flooring. “We completely redid the facility,” said Kinman, 62.
“We had a choice to do it or not to do it. I could have retired, but I chose not to. I want the business to last another 25 years.”
Kinman not only remodeled the facility but provided the opportunity for more jobs in the area. “Jobs are what makes the economy flow.” After nine months of renovation, “business is up 60 percent due to what we did,” he said.
While he did most of the drawings for the remodel, Kinman said he also used Louisville-based architectural firm Gensler. The firm was recommended by General Motors, and “we worked well together.” All businesses used for the construction work were local except for a few from the Louisville area that specialized in certain things that were needed.

Herb Kinman

Photo by Debbie Cloyd

Herb Kinman contributes
to the Carrollton community in
many ways, his chamber peers say.

Kinman was rewarded for his efforts with the Beautification Award from the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce. He received a plaque at the chamber’s Annual Banquet, held Oct. 25 at the Gen. Butler State Resort Park Conference Center in Carrollton.
“This award is presented to a chamber member whose business has improved the quality of their business through landscaping, renovation, expansion, façade improvements, signage and other “curb appeal” projects, to enhance the appearance of their property,” said Bret Reese, the chamber’s administrative assistant.
Nominees are chosen by chamber membership. “He was nominated by several of our chamber members for this award,” Reese said.
Kinman said “it was a great compliment to receive the award. I was totally surprised.” He believes that when individuals are honored for something they have done to help others, “there’s always a payback.”

Carroll County
Chamber of Commerce Business Award Winners

• Raymond Ray Community Service Award: Tammie Crawford, Carroll County Animal Support.
• Community Impact Award: The Family Worship Center and Pastor Pat Butcher
• Friend of Chamber Award: Joan Moore, Executive Director of CCCDC; Kanute Rarey, CEO Carroll County Memorial Hospital; Sheriff Jamie Kinman
• Business Hall of Fame inductees: Carrollton Federal Bank, General Butler State Resort Park Lodge.

“I’ve been in the car business since I was 29,” said Kinman. This is the sixth dealership he has owned. Herb Kinman Chevrolet was previously known as Carnes Chevrolet before Kinman took it over in May 2003. But even before that, he began selling cars for the company in 1979.
“It’s something I’ve always wanted,” said Kinman of the car dealership business. “I love people. It’s been a challenge, but I love a challenge. I have a lot of loyal, repeat business and great service and parts departments and employees.”
Originally from Carrollton, Kinman has also been an active member of the chamber and been involved in Rotary Club events. “I try to help as much as I can,” he said.
Reese said Kinman is “very active in the community. He regularly attends our chamber membership meetings, supports our schools with advertising and helps the sports teams. Last year, he brought entertainer T.G. Sheppard to the Rotary Ball as a special guest to help raise funds for the ball.”
Although he doesn’t boast about it, “he also regularly helps many families in need,” Reese said. “There are many things he does, that no one knows about, to help others.”

Singer George Jones
will appear at Herb Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m.
Dec. 8. to sign autographs.

As another example of giving back to the community, Kinman plans to extend business hours during the holidays. He has decorated his showroom for Christmas and wants families to come by in the evenings and enjoy what he has to offer. Santa will make an appearance at Herb Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 15.
As many in the community may know, Kinman is personal friends with country music singer George Jones. “We’re real close,” said Kinman.
He met Jones many years ago. Kinman was walking off of a bus that Jones had for sale, and Jones rode up on his golf cart. They struck up a conversation and an instant friendship.
Jones will appear at Herb Kinman Chevrolet from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8, for photos and to greet people. “The last time he was here, we had 4,000 people come by,” said Kinman.

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