Welcome New Members!
The West Virginia Roundtable would like to welcome the following new members to our organization!
- Kimberly B. Knopf, President and CEO of Innovative Mattress Solutions
- At the age of 23, just one year removed from her college days at the University of Kentucky, Knopf set out to live the American dream in the world of free enterprise. Over the next several decades, she grew her company to 90 retail locations.
- Kim has won several awards for professional achievement, including being a 1995 finalist for Entrepreneur of the Year, the 1996 GERS “Power User of the Year, a national technology award, and was profiled in Nation’s Business in 1998. In May 2010 her company was one of only four bedding stores in the USA honored as a Retail Giant of Bedding by Furniture/Today.
- She served as director of the Putnam County Chamber of Commerce (1997-1999), director of the Putnam County Rotary Club (1997) and president (1999-2000); she is also a member of the Young President’s Organization, served as communication chair for the 1997-1998 year and is currently serving the organization as membership chairman.
- Clarence E. Martin, Chief Executive Officer of State Electric Supply Company
- Clarence E. Martin, a 1965 Marshall graduate, BBA in Accounting, MBA Marshall University 1967, Post Baccalaureate Work at Ohio State University and University of Kentucky, was hired as controller at State Electric in 1972, became chief financial officer in 1977 and was named chief executive officer in 1994. When he began working at State Electric, there were two branches of the company - Huntington and Dunbar - with a total of 41 employees. Today, the business has grown to 40 branches in six states, with more than 700 employees.
- Martin also is executive vice president of Service Wire Company, a worldwide manufacturer of wire and cable, and executive vice president of Arthur's Enterprises, which was formed in 1986 to provide organizational structure for the continued growth of State Electric and Service Wire. The combined entities employ more than 900 people in eight states.
- At the NAED National Meeting in Washington, DC, Clarence Martin officially took over the reins as NAED Chair for the 2012-2013 term.
- Patrick J. Farrell, President and COO of Guyan International
- Patrick Farrell is the President and Chief Operating Officer of Guyan International in Barboursville, WV. Guyan International is a holding company that includes Permco, a manufacturer of precision high-pressure hydraulic pumps and motors in the USA and China. Farrell was brought into the company in 2011 to reshape Permco for the family-owned business’ continued global growth. Going forward, Permco will serve as a blueprint as Guyan International acquires other businesses in West Virginia and the surrounding areas that are looking to maintain long-term viability and a competitive advantage.
- Prior to joining Guyan International, Farrell worked for Computer Sciences Corporation (NASDAQ: CSC) and served in the US Air Force Flying F-15E Strike Eagles. He is a graduate of the United States Air Force Academy and earned his MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Farrell lives in Huntington, WV with his wife and two children.
- Brian O. Hemphill, Ph.D., President of West Virginia State University
- Dr. Brian O. Hemphill, President of West Virginia State University, came to this position following an eight-year tenure as Vice President for Student Affairs & Enrollment Management and Associate Professor, Northern Illinois University (NIU).
- Prior to joining NIU, he served as an associate vice chancellor and dean of students at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, associate dean of students at University of North Carolina-Wilmington, assistant dean of students at Cornell College, and coordinator of minority recruitment and retention at Iowa State University. Dr. Hemphill served as a member of the Board of Trustees for St. Augustine's College in North Carolina and is currently serving on the Advisory Board of the Greenlea School of Journalism at Iowa State University.
- Dr. Hemphill earned a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Iowa, a Master of Science degree in journalism and mass communication from Iowa State University of Science and Technology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in organizational communication from St. Augustine's College.
- Holly Kauffman, President WV Operations of FirstEnergy
- Holly Kauffman joined Allegheny Energy in 1984. She held various management positions with Allegheny Energy including General Manager of Operations in Western Pennsylvania, the West Virginia panhandle and Virginia. She was the project manager for the Trans-Allegheny Interstate Line (TrAIL) project. In early 2012, she was named Vice President of Operations for Jersey Central Power & Light.