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MOUNT VERNON – Korey M. Kidwell, Jeffry D. Harris, and Kim M. Rose were elected to the First-Knox National Bank board of directors at the April 18, 2017 meeting. “The addition of these gentlemen will bring some new perspectives to our advisory board,” said Vickie A. Sant, president of First-Knox National Bank.

“Their involvement in community and business activities will help First-Knox better understand and respond to local needs and developments."


Jeffry D. Harris is the president of the Area Development Foundation. He holds a bachelor of arts degree from Bowling Green State University and a masters of public administration and juris doctor from The Ohio State University. Harris has extensive experience in various aspects of public
sector organizations, with a focus on economic development. He is a practicing attorney, providing legal counsel to political subdivisions and private property owners in commercial real estate development. He also volunteers his services for the Legal Aid Society of Columbus.

“Jeff brings a different angle to the board that can help provide a unique viewpoint,” Sant stated. I’ve had the pleasure of working with him in a variety of capacities. I look forward to Jeff’s fresh perspective.” Harris plays an active role on many community boards, including the following: secretary, Knox Labs, Inc; secretary, Fredericktown Community Development Foundation; chairman of the MVNU Engineering Department Industrial Advisory Board; board member of United Way, Knox County Chamber of Commerce, and Main Street Mount Vernon; member, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; advisory committee member, Knox Works; and city finance study committee member for the city of Mount Vernon. He lives in Mount Vernon with his wife, Adrienne.


Korey M. Kidwell is a local attorney and partner in the law firm of Murray, Rauzi, Kidwell and Cunningham, Ltd. He is a graduate of East Knox High School and completed his bachelor of science at Ohio Northern University. He subsequently obtained his masters of health administration from The Ohio State University and spent a number of years in health care operations before graduating cum laude with his juris doctor from Capital University Law
School. Active in the Mount Vernon community, Kidwell sits on a number of local boards: president, Rotary Club of Mount Vernon; board of trustee member of Knox Community Hospital; voting board member of the Knox Community Hospital Foundation; member and past president of the
Knox County Bar Association; past member and president of Licking/Knox Goodwill Industries, Inc.; and past board member and past president of the Knox County Chamber of Commerce.

“Korey brings a well-rounded understanding to the board and we appreciate the guidance his experience can provide,” said Sant. “He’s well-known and well-liked in the community and we are thrilled that he has joined the board."
Kidwell resides near Walhonding with his wife, Kelly, and daughters, Ellie and Josie.

Kim M. Rose is an attorney with Critchfield, Critchfield, & Johnston, Ltd. He attended the United States Military Academy and subsequently graduated from Ohio University with a bachelor’s in business. He received his juris doctor from Capital University, and completed his masters in business administration from Ashland College.

“Kim and I have worked together for many years, professionally and within the community”, said Sant. “His extensive legal background, avid community involvement, and overall knowledge make him an excellent choice to sit on our board." Currently, Rose’s community involvement includes: chair, Foundation Park Conservancy board; secretary and member, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County; member, Knox County Airport Authority; and president, Mount Vernon Development Corporation. He has previously served on the Knox Community Hospital board, Knox County Salvation Army advisory board, Knox County Mental Health Association, Metropolitan Housing Board, and many more.
Rose and his wife, Pam, live in Mount Vernon.

FK Jeff HarrisKorey Kidwell 5.2017FK Kim Rose 5.2017

   Harris                                                      Kidwell                                            Rose - photos submitted


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