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Greyston CEO Awarded Health Champion Award

YONKERS, N.Y. – Joe Kenner, President and CEO of the Greyston Foundation, has been awarded the Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award by the Waconia, MN-based Health Enhancement Research Organization (HERO).

Dedicated to identifying and sharing best practices that improve the health and well-being of employees, their families and communities, HERO is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3 corporation established in 1997. The Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award is awarded annually by HERO to an executive who “inspires and initiates the advancement of workplace health and well-being by focusing on the achievement of the organization’s health goals.” In announcing the award, HERO President and CEO Karen Moseley noted that Kenner has “demonstrated a commitment to the health improvement of others by visibly supporting programs and projects that seek those objectives; he has created environments that have produced meaningful outcomes for Greyston.”

Founded in 1982 by Bernie Glassman, Greyston is a 501(c)3 nonprofit social justice enterprise working to create job opportunities and provide services to enable self-sufficiency. Greyston offers employment, and workforce development, education, training and inclusive hiring replication services to better communities, and to meet its collective social, environmental, and financial goals. Greyston promotes inclusion, offers support to disenfranchised people, battles against systemic inequities, and advocates for a level playing field for everyone, regardless of their pasts.

“I can’t tell you what an honor it is to be awarded the Jerry Noyce Executive Health Champion Award,” said Kenner. “This award is really a reflection of the dedication of our employees, who work hard every day to fulfill our mission, which is to help unlock the power of human potential by removing barriers to employment. To be recognized by a prestigious organization like HERO is another confirmation that our efforts are paying off and continue to gain momentum.”

Kenner joined the Greyston executive team in 2018 and was named President and CEO in 2020. Under Kenner’s leadership, Greyston has delivered millions of dollars in economic impact through job placements, and expanded employer and service provider relationships. He previously served as deputy commissioner at the Westchester County (NY) Department of Social Services, and spent 14 years in corporate America, working in insurance underwriting/risk management, capital markets, and sales strategy. He was first appointed and then twice-elected a Village of Port Chester (NY) Board of Trustee member, and also served as Deputy Mayor of Port Chester. He holds an MBA (financial management) from Pace University’s Lubin School of Business, is a graduate of Williams College (MA), and attended Oxford University (Exeter College).

As leader of one of the country’s most well-known social enterprises, Kenner frequently shares his expertise on purpose-driven business, and building a more inclusive economy through employment, workforce development, and social service. He has been featured in a variety of local and national media, including Bloomberg, CNBC, Yahoo Finance, Forbes, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, The Journal News and Quartz.


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