Closing Luncheon | Keynote | Invited
Bluegrass Ballroom 2
The Honorable Matt Bevin
62nd Governor of Kentucky
Matt Bevin was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015. He is a husband, a father of nine children, a veteran and a small business owner.
Gov. Bevin grew up in an old farmhouse where his family raised both crops and animals. His family of eight shared three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was a financially humble home but he was raised with a strong work ethic and solid Christian values.
He attended Washington and Lee University, in Virginia, on an ROTC scholarship and upon graduation served Active Duty as a US Army officer.
After his military service, Gov. Bevin worked for many years in the financial industry. A job opportunity brought Gov. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, a registered nurse, to Kentucky 17 years ago, when they decided to put down roots and raise their family.
Gov. Bevin has founded several companies in Kentucky and invested in a number of others in the Commonwealth and around the United States. He has managed and expanded multiple businesses, creating many good paying jobs for hard working Americans. These companies range from manufacturing to investment management to medical devices.
In 2011, Gov. Bevin also became the sixth generation President of Bevin Bros., a small bell manufacturing company that began in 1832. He makes all the bells used by the Salvation Army volunteers each year. The company was bankrupt when Matt took over and he saved more than 25 jobs.
Gov. Bevin has served on many non-profit boards, including Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter. He has permanently endowed several scholarship funds, grants, and centers that provide educational opportunities for young people with limited financial resources.