Kenmac Rentals & Sales selected as Business Champion
Leadership Butler County 25th Anniversary and Class of 2018 Graduation
The Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors invites you to Celebrate Business on Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at the Chamber’s ‘Celebrate Business’ Annual Dinner at the Robert M. Smith Student Center on the campus of Slippery Rock University. The event will recognize the accomplishments of local businesses and highlight the activities of the Chamber, our programs and our volunteers. The evening begins at 5:30 p.m. with hors d’oeuvres cocktail party (microbrews courtesy of North Country Brewing Company) and continues with dinner and award presentations. The culinary staff at Slippery Rock Dining Services (AVI Food Systems) has promised a wonderful display of gourmet delicacies.
Each year, the Butler County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Past Presidents / Board Chairs, selects a business in Butler County to receive the Award of “Business Champion” which is presented at our annual dinner. Selection is based on: Unique Initiatives, Investment in Butler County, Innovative Approaches, People Philosophy/ Employee Commitment, Recognition/Awards and Future Plans.
From bobcats to champagne flutes, Kenmac Rental & Sales has been a Butler County go-to rental stop for more than six decades. The company’s history paired with community contributions earned it the 2018 Community Champion Award from the Butler County Chamber of Commerce. “I’m truly honored. But I feel like I’m only a spokesperson for this award,” said Brian McCafferty, owner of Kenmac Rental & Sales. “The business is here because of my father, who started it, and great employees who have been here a long, long time.”
One of the first rental shops in the tri-state area, Kenmac Rentals & Sales was opened in 1958 by original “Ken Mac,” patriarch Ken McCafferty. The shop has been on Main Street for about five decades.
The oldest of the three sons, Brian McCafferty has spent time pretty much his entire life at the shop. He recalls running around the shop as an elementary-aged boy. Counting part-time involvement, Brian McCafferty has been at the business about 42 years. He took ownership when his father was looking to retire 27 years ago. “My wife, Ruth, was born and raised in the area and we wanted to stay here,” Brian McCafferty said.
Over the years, Brian McCafferty said the products offered for rent at Kenmac Rentals & Sales have revolved in popularity and run the gamut from large equipment to fun party supplies. In addition to longevity, the company has offered up its share of philanthropy. Brian McCafferty’s community involvement began with a decade in the youth ministry programs at First United Methodist Church. He also became heavily involved with the chamber of commerce, serving as chairman for one year; as well as Butler Downtown when it was just a fledgling organization.
At present, Brian McCafferty serves on the board of trustees at Butler County Community College and on the board of the City of Butler Redevelopment Authority. “We are blessed. And there’s a natural tendency to ask yourself, “What kind of community are we going to leave our kids and grandkids?” “Sometimes you get asked to volunteer somewhere and you just agree. But if you can find something you are passionate about, it becomes fun. That camaraderie fits with that.” Congratulations to Kenmac Rentals & Sales as the 2018 Chamber Business Champion.
Past “champions” include Thompson-Miller Funeral Home, Slippery Rock University, Concordia Lutheran Ministries, C. W. Howard Insurance Agency, Eisler Landscapes / The Atrium, Butler County Ford, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, Butler Eagle, Butler Health System, ARMSTRONG, Quality Life Services, United Plate Glass, CDC of Butler County, VNA of Western PA, NexTier Bank, Friedman’s Freshmarkets, Randy & Bob’s CARSTAR and Baglier Buick GMC Mazda. Thank you to our event sponsors, Minuteman Press, Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau, XTO Energy, Ligo Architects, WesBanco Bank, Butler Eagle, Butler Health System, NexTier Bank, Highmark, Farmers National Bank, PA American Water Company, ARMSTRONG and North Country Brewing Company.
In addition, we will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of our Leadership Butler County Program and presenting the Leadership Butler County Graduating Class of 2018 at their graduation sponsored by C.W. Howard Insurance Agency and Thompson-Miller Funeral Home. The Leadership Board of Directors is pleased to announce the following graduates: Marcie Barlow, Community Development Corporation of Butler County, Audrianna Bly, SpringHill Suites by Marriott, Lauren Buchanan, Butler County Community College, Shelby Chappie, US Office of Personnel Management, Rebecca Compton, Butler Health System, Heidi Coyle, Sunnyview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Melissa Crocker, NexTier Bank, Angela Cross, US Office of Personnel Management, Karen Earhart, VA Butler Healthcare, Lynn Ismail, Butler County Community College Foundation, Jessica Krahe, VA Butler Healthcare, Cara Kriebel, Slippery Rock University / PASSHE, Peter Kyne, Eisler Landscapes, Inc., Tara Lynn, Grace @ Calvary Lutheran Church, Phillip McJunkins, Armstrong Utilities, Inc., Janelle Metnick, Quality Life Services, Shawna Mitcheltree, Alliance for Nonprofit Resources, Anita Orozco, Sonneborn, Diane Lynn Richardson, Lawrence County Regional Chamber of Commerce, Brandon Savochka, County of Butler Children and Youth Services, Wendy Sciullo, Mars Bank and Shawn Stanton, VA Butler Healthcare. Congratulations to the Leadership Butler County Class of 2018. If you have not received your invitations, please call the Chamber at 724.283.2222 or email Jennifer@ButlerCountyChamber.com. Cost is $50.00 per person and tables of 8 may be reserved.