Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park welcomes Carol Kendra as its first Chief Operating Officer.
A purpose-driven leader, Carol Kendra has dedicated her career to elevating organizations through innovative strategies, effective marketing and meaningful community partnerships. Now, as Frederik Meijer Garden & Sculpture Park's first Chief Operating Officer, Kendra looks to bring a unique blend of passion, vision and expertise to this new role.
"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."
With a distinguished career in strategic development and community engagement, Kendra began her tenure at Meijer Gardens on January 2, 2024. Her broad-ranging skills in strategy, business development, marketing, communications and more make her an invaluable addition to the Meijer Gardens executive leadership team.
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.
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.
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."
Courtesy of West Michigan Woman.
Photos Courtesy of Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park.