Promise in Brevard Announces Selection of Jeff Kiel as President and Chief Executive Officer
By Space Coast Daily // February 1, 2020
Kiel will officially begin in new role this month
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Promise, Inc., announced Friday that Jeff Kiel has been selected as the organization’s new President and CEO.
Kiel’s work experience includes the role of President of Florida Today and TCPalm, properties of the Gannett Company, Inc., which has supported Promise in its mission to offer opportunities for individuals with special needs.
In 2017, Gannett awarded Promise a $100,000 grant to complete its Creative Arts Center.
“It is an honor to join an organization that means so much to the special needs community, families and Brevard County,” said Kiel, who will officially start this month.
“Kudos to those who made Promise happen, as it is a jewel of our community and a model and envy of scores of communities around the nation, including many which are much larger.”
In the past, Kiel has served as Board Chair, Executive Committee member and Countywide fundraising chair for The United Way.
“Jeff is an amazing leader who knows our community,” said Rob Rains, President of United Way of Brevard County.
“Jeff was fantastic to work with serving as Campaign Chair and Board Chair not only because he is an accomplished leader, but because he cares.”
In addition to his history of business and community leadership in Miami, Silicon Valley and Brevard County, Kiel brings a wealth of community knowledge and relationships, sales and marketing and financial expertise to his new position.
“We are so thrilled that Jeff will be joining our Promise team,” said Dr. Lori Nelson, Chairwoman of Promise, Inc.
“He brings new ideas and vast experience to our organization as we move forward in our marketing and development with an important goal of increasing our social enterprises and employment opportunities for our residents. We have always desired our organization to be a model for other communities and welcome Jeff as we continue on that endeavor.”
Promise also announced that Nan Evans will assume the dual role of Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer.
Evans joined the Promise team in June 2018 and helped propel the organization forward, while adding strong financial stewardship and a valued sense of leadership.
Kiel and his wife Gayle live in Viera and have two adult children, including Ryan, and his wife Joanna, who live in Viera with their two sons, Brady, 2, and Ryder, 1; and daughter Alexa of Los Angeles and future son-in-law, Josh.
“Promise is looking forward to what the future holds for the organization and its 124 residents with special needs and is confident this addition will create the next level of unity and success for Promise,” said Promise officials in a press release.
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