Kyle Hittner, executive director of the Henderson County Tourist Commission, formerly had a front-row seat for observing the Nashville, Tenn., entertainment industry.
Kyle grew up in Morganfield, Ky., and graduated in 2004 from Belmont University, armed with her degree in commercial music performance with an emphasis on music business. She held several positions within the music industry before moving back to Henderson; the last one being the Executive Assistant at Orbison Productions, a company that aims to preserve and promote Roy Orbison's legacy.
She describes her career as the executive director of the local nonprofits arts agency, the Henderson Area Arts Alliance, as a baptism by fire. She assumed the role at the beginning of the recession; her only experience as a nonprofit director was the ultimate uphill battle. There was no choice but to sink or swim. And swim she did. Many community collaborations and partnerships were forged under her direction, and when she resigned from the position in 2013, she left the Henderson Area Arts Alliance in its best financial, and perhaps emotional, shape in its 20-year existence.
Her current challenge is as the executive director of the Henderson County Tourist Commission. She quickly summarizes her organization as "Henderson, Kentucky's own public relations and marketing firm. We have become much more than just a welcome center!" As a board member of the Downtown Henderson Partnership, KYNDLE (the Kentucky Network for Development, Leadership and Engagement), and Vision Henderson, (a volunteer committee appointed by Mayor Steve Austin to "package and prioritize" our recently completed Visioning Plan), she is constantly being challenged to collaborate, troubleshoot, problem solve and do whatever it takes to make her community a better place for residents and visitors.
She resides in Henderson with her painter and sculptor husband Jon, and their spoiled rotten dog, Diggy.