Kenney Machinery Employees Make Service Trip to Mexico to Build a Home for Needy Family

“It was an experience that I will treasure, and I’m looking forward to accompanying many others from our company on the next home build.” .” –Kevin Koss

For nearly two years, Kenney Machinery Corporation–a turf equipment company based in Indianapolis–has been creating a culture of servant leadership among employees through a partnership with the local nonprofit organization trueU. As part of that leadership development program, twelve employees of the company, including company CEO Mike Kenny, traveled to Mexico to help build a home for a needy family.

The trip was organized by Youth With a Mission (YWAM), a global movement of Christians from many cultures, age groups, and Christian traditions that runs a wide variety of programs around the world. One of their programs, Homes of Hope, builds free houses for impoverished families around the world. Last year, Kenney Machinery General Manager Angie Hubbell participated in a home build in Ensenada, Mexico with that program and had such a good experience that she convinced Mike Kenney to organize a return trip just for Kenney Machinery employees in 2017.

“Angie’s description of her experience in Mexico last year left no doubt in my mind that this trip was something we needed to do as a company,” said Mike. “Aside from the fact that we would be forever changing the lives of a family for the better, it would give our employees a chance to bond outside of work while continuing to develop a culture of servant leadership in our company.”

In addition to Mike and Angie, other Kenney Machinery employees making the trip included Controller Jon Treadway, Sales and Marketing Manager Kevin Koss, Store Manager Thomas Cangelosi, Landtech Design Manager Jim Davis, and Store Manager Jeff Linder. Although each person who made the trip had their own reasons for going, Jon Treadway expressed a common sentiment among all the participants: “It was a no-brainer to be a part of a home build to me. Before going, and even though I didn’t know exactly what to expect, I was so excited and honored to be a part of something like this,” Jon said.

The group arrived in Ensenada on Thursday, August 10th and traveled to a base camp maintained by Youth with a Mission,…

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