Employees of Toro Turf Equipment Distributor Lend a Helping Hand Around the World

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Kenney Machinery Corporation, an Indianapolis-based Toro turf equipment distributor, has partnered with the nonprofit organization TrueU to give employees personal development opportunities that will enable them to perform at higher levels at home, in the community, and at work. Thanks to these opportunities, several employees have already completed service projects that are making a difference in their communities and overseas.

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We have always believed that in order to have a great company we needed to have a team of individuals who invest in themselves and their own personal growth. said Mike Kenney, the CEO of Kenney Machinery Corporation

As a Toro turf equipment distributor serving Indiana and Kentucky for over half a century, Kenney Machinery Corporation has long made it a priority to help their employees develop personally and professionally. The company’s purpose statement, “Growing people who grow the green industry”, speaks to their commitment to the philosophy that their success as a company is directly tied to the personal success of individual employees. Now, thanks to a partnership with the Indianapolis-based nonprofit organization TrueU, employees have more opportunities than ever for personal growth—and it’s already making an impact.

“We have always believed that in order to have a great company we needed to have a team of individuals who invest in themselves and their own personal growth. What we have struggled with is how to put this belief into practice beyond just encouraging people to do this”, said Mike Kenney, the CEO of Kenney Machinery Corporation. “TrueU gives us a comprehensive platform to not just encourage behavior but to facilitate it as well. By the end of 2016 every individual in our company will have completed a minimum of 4 personal development classes of their choosing along with being exposed to multiple community and charitable service opportunities.”

While most of the charitable service opportunities are close to home, some have involved trips abroad. One powerful example of this is a project that Kenney Machinery general manager Angie Hubble recently completed in Ensenada, Mexico with the organization Homes for Hope. During the course of her trip, Angie and a team of 15 other volunteers built a home for an impoverished family of four in that community, who up to that point had been living in a shack consisting of tarps wrapped around tree limbs.

“I knew people lived in poverty, but to be there and experience it was life changing”, said Angie. “I had never done anything for any type of charity prior to doing this, and it was really a very humbling experience for everyone on the trip. It also opened my eyes to what kind of difference we can make as a company, both here in our community and abroad.” Angie was so moved by the experience that she is making a second trip to Mexico with Homes for Hope, this time as a team leader.

The trip that Angie completed was part of a six-month TrueU program on servant leadership. Employees in the program spend two days each month taking classes on topics such as coaching, trust, and other leadership development skills. It’s one of several programs that Kenney Machinery employees are participating in during the course of the year. In addition to these programs, employees are also given paid time off work to complete service projects in the local community.

“I think it is the most exciting thing we have done in the history of our 110-year-old company,” Mike Kenney said of the TrueU partnership. “Our purpose as a company is to help our customers prosper and this will be facilitated by our people prospering through individual growth.”

Updates on how the TrueU programs are benefitting individual employees and the company as a whole will be posted on the Kenney Machinery blog throughout the year.    Business leaders who are interested in finding out more about how TrueU might be able to help their organization can find more information at http://www.trueu.com.

About Kenney Machinery Corporation

Kenney Machinery Corporation is an Indianapolis Toro distributor providing sales and service throughout Indiana and Kentucky. Founded before the turn of the 20th century, the company has been a Toro distributor for over 70 years and has previously been recognized by Toro as the #1 turf equipment distributor. Kenney Machinery currently supplies new and pre-owned turf equipment to golf courses, municipalities, sports fields, and educational institutions throughout the region, and also helps customers maintain turf equipment using their unique Count On It Method™.

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