Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park is pleased to announce the hiring of Carol Kendra as its first Chief Operating Officer. With a distinguished career in strategic development and community engagement, Kendra brings a unique blend of passion, vision, and expertise to Meijer Gardens. She will begin her tenure at Meijer Gardens on January 2, 2024. "We are elated to have Carol join our team," said Charles Burke, President & CEO of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park. “Her depth of experience and commitment to innovation aligns seamlessly with our mission and vision for the future.” About Carol Kendra A purpose-driven leader, Kendra has dedicated her career to elevating organizations through innovative strategies, effective marketing and meaningful community partnerships. Her broad-ranging skills in Strategy, Business Development, Marketing, Communications and more make her an invaluable addition to the Meijer Gardens executive leadership team. Extensive Experience and a Track Record of Success Prior to joining Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park, Kendra served as Vice President of Business Development, Strategic Growth, and Engagement at The Henry Ford in Dearborn, Michigan. Under her visionary leadership, the institution underwent a significant transformation, rebranding itself as a destination of national and international acclaim. She also initiated several groundbreaking marketing strategies that set new records in attendance, membership and revenue streams. A Dedication to Community and Culture Outside of her professional pursuits, Kendra is an artist, an avid gardener, and a passionate traveler. Her commitment to the community was most recently demonstrated through her co-founding during the Covid-19 pandemic of the Plymouth unFAIR, a grassroots initiative to support emerging artists and creators. A Vision for the Future In her new role, Carol Kendra aims to leverage her diverse experience to enhance Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park’s visitor experience, operational efficiency, and community impact. "I am excited to contribute to an institution that holds such a special place in the hearts of so many," said Kendra. "My mission is to propel this cultural gem to new heights, creating unparalleled visitor experiences while ensuring its continued growth and transformation."