KECH, Inc. Ranks No. 410 on the 2021 Inc. 5000

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KECH, Inc. Ranks No. 410 on the 2021 Inc. 5000, with Three-Year Revenue Growth of 1,187 Percent

NEW YORK, August 17, 2021Inc. magazine today revealed that KECH, Inc. is No. 410 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies. The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Intuit, Zappos, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

“We are so honored to be recognized in the top 10% of fastest growing companies by Inc. magazine. We are so proud of the whole team at KECH, and we know that we wouldn’t be here without the dedication and hard work that our team puts in every day!” said Chris Carpenter, CEO.

Not only have the companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but this year’s list also proved especially resilient and flexible given 2020’s unprecedented challenges. Among the 5,000, the average median three-year growth rate soared to 543 percent, and median revenue reached $11.1 million. Together, those companies added more than 610,000 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc., which will be available on newsstands on August 23rd.

Methodology

Companies on the 2021 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2017 to 2020. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2017. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2020. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2017 is $100,000; the minimum for 2020 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to three decimal places. There was one tie on this year’s Inc. 5000.  Companies on the Inc. 500 are featured in Inc.’s September issue. They represent the top tier of the Inc. 5000, which can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., founded in 2016, is a HUBZone certified, WOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions.  KECH has four lines of business: 1) Consulting- we have helped our clients win more than $360M in new business awards; 2) Contact Center and Service Desk operations- we provide 350+ customer service staff focused on providing a great interaction every time; 3) Learning & Development- we design, develop, and administer training for multiple clients using the top training techniques to create interactive training that promotes a culture of learning through self-paced training; and 4) Our products line includes the KECH Management Portal, KECH Learn – our Learning Management System (LMS), and KECH Connect- our customized contact center technology platform. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies such as the IRS, Department of Education, and Department of Defense agencies.  KECH is also a 2019, 2020, 2021 Best Places to Work in Kentucky winner for the Small and Midsize (2021) Business Category awarded by the KY Chamber of Commerce!

KECH, Inc. Named Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner in 2021

2021 Best PLaces to Work in 2021 in KentuckyWilliamsburg, KY – March 10, 2021 – KECH, Inc. is excited to announce our recognition as a 2021 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner! But this year we are moving on up – KECH was included in the mid-size business category that consists of companies with 150-499 employees. This is the third consecutive year that KECH has been selected for this honor by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM).

The selection process is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com. As most business owners know, 2020 was a difficult year, and changes to the work environment had to be made very quickly to keep employees safe. KECH was able to deploy a work at home model for 99% of our employees within two weeks. Additionally, due to our adaptability and dedication to operational excellence throughout the pandemic, KECH grew significantly in Kentucky and expanded to Texas during the latter half of the year.

Moving from a mostly brick and mortar model to a work at home environment is a big change for contact center employees. KECH’s culture is very focused on treating our employees right and promoting employee engagement so we had to figure out how to continue that practice virtually. Even though we were not physically together, we were able to stay connected through fun virtual games that we ran every few weeks such as “Guess the Number of Candies in the Picture of the Candy Jar”; “Pumpkin Coloring Contest” with a drawing by our own Whitley Davenport (Trainer and Quality Analyst on one of our DOD programs); and even virtual Bingo and Pictionary get togethers in the evening.

Our team continues to come up with creative ways to connect with our employees and make them feel valued which has helped us to be recognized as a “Best Place to Work in KY” for the 3rd year in row!” Chris Carpenter, CEO commented. Kevin Woznick, COO, added “At KECH, we appreciate and recognize hard work, so it is gratifying to know our employees helped to vote KECH as a great place to work again.

Interested partners are encouraged to visit the KECH, Inc. website (www.kechco.com) to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, WOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting and proposal services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies such as the IRS, Department of Education, and Department of Defense agencies.

KECH, Inc. received a Community Partnership award from Whitley County

Williamsburg, KY – September 18, 2020 – KECH, Inc. is excited to announce our Community Partnership award from the Whitley County School District! In February 2020, KECH started a partnership with Whitley County High School to launch a career training program. As a business owner in the Whitley County area, KECH is dedicated to helping the area thrive by adding new jobs/careers at our Williamsburg KY headquarters. The KECH Learning Center program provides training to high school students who do not plan to, or have delayed attending college/university, and want to be trained for a career with growth potential in the contact center environment.

KECH - Community Partnership award - Whitley CountyThe program teaches the students contact center 101:

  • Understanding and using all types of technology, including Interactive Voice Response (IVR), Automated Call Distribution (ACD), Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Workforce Optimization (WFO), Surveys, and emerging technologies such as chatbots and other AI
  • Customer service and soft skills such as building rapport with callers, active listening, how to handle challenging customers, and more
  • Career pathing through career opportunities available within a contact center
  • Understanding the types of contact centers, especially focused on Federal government, and the requirements for eligibility to work on a Federal contract

The program is designed to not only teach students about a contact center career but also provide valuable life skills that can be applied to any type of profession, including resume writing, mock interviews, employee expectations for attendance, timeliness, productivity, etc. The goal of the program is to provide students with the necessary skills to obtain a contact center job with KECH or other local contact centers in the area. During the summer of 2020, KECH employed about half of the students that participated in the program.

The partnership has been a very rewarding experience for the KECH team. Many of our KECH team members were key contributors to helping us develop and implement the program. We would like to recognize the following employees for their dedication and hard work on the program: Christie Angel, Joe Creech, Lauren Creech, Whitley Davenport, Crystal Early, Kristen Gentry, Felicia Huddleston, Jesse King, Jeremy Lambdin, Tiffany Lawson, Cody Rae McVey, Eileen Morrow, Rodney Ramsey, Justin Richardson, Andrew Roaden, Brittany Strunk, and Travis Woznick.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting and proposal services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Defense agencies.

KECH, Inc. received a Patriotic Employer award from the National Guard

KECH - Christie Angel and Alex Schultheiss holding the award

Christie Angel and Alex Schultheiss holding the award

Williamsburg, KY – August 20, 2020 – KECH, Inc. is excited to announce our recognition as an employer that contributes to national security and protects liberty by supporting employee participation in the National Guard and Reserve Force! Alex Schultheiss, a KECH employee that provides contact center support to Active Military personnel and Veterans, and also serves in the National Guard, nominated Christie Angel, Operations Manager, for the award earlier this year. On August 20th, Christie was presented with the award by Lt. Phoenix of the Army National Guard. The whole KECH team is extremely proud of Christie!

Alex was excited to let us know the reasons he nominated Christie for the award. He stated “I nominated Christie because of her willingness, and those above her, for being so understanding when it comes to my military career. If I’ve ever had something that has come up due to me being in the military she has always been with me 100% and ensuring that I’m able to properly assist my soldiers and/or my states by allowing me to be absent from work or take the time I need to make sure I get my job done correctly.”

Christie leads a team of personnel that provide contact center services for Active Military, Veterans, and their families to check eligibility of benefits. Christie is a true leader and inspires her team to give their all every day! KECH is a subcontractor to InspiriTec, a non-profit Ability One company, that hires disabled Veterans. KECH greatly appreciates our partnership with such a great company that cares about and supports disabled Veterans, and supports KECH’s commitment to hiring Veterans, National Guard soldiers, and reservists.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting and proposal services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Defense agencies. Interested partners are encouraged to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

KECH, Inc. Named Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner in 2020

KECH 2020 Best Place to Work in KentuckyWilliamsburg, KY – January 28, 2020 – KECH, Inc. is excited to announce our recognition as a 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner! This is the second consecutive year that KECH has been selected for this honor by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and Clearpath Mutual Insurance. KECH, Inc. has been recognized in the small business category consisting of companies with 15-149 employees.

The selection process is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.

I love the fact that we are a family and we are treated as a person and not just a number. They go above and beyond to let us know that we matter and that we are important as well as giving out rewards for a job well done!!KECH Employee
They promote a friendly, peaceful atmosphere. I feel appreciated, and my opinion is valued and often implemented. I have never worked anywhere that ownership is so easy to get in contact with and where they actually want to communicate with their team. They teach the management team to show the same care, concern, and patience they show. While the work we do is at times difficult, the atmosphere is warm and inviting. They reward hard work.KECH Employee

“KECH is thrilled to be awarded as a “Best Place to Work in KY” for the second year in a row!” Chris Carpenter, CEO, commented. Kevin Woznick, COO, added “We are very thankful to have such a talented team that cares for each other and the customers we serve.”

Interested partners are encouraged to visit the KECH, Inc. website (www.kechco.com) to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting and proposal services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Department of Defense agencies.

KECH, Inc. announced as 2019 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner

best places to work in KentuckyWilliamsburg, KY – January 23, 2019 – KECH, Inc., a HUBZone certified, Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), is excited to announce our recognition as a 2019 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Award Winner! This is the 15th year that the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management (KYSHRM) and Lifestyle Health Plans have selected awardees. KECH, Inc. has been recognized in the small business category consisting of companies with 15-149 employees.

The selection process, managed by Best Companies Group, is based on an assessment of the company’s employee policies and procedures and the results of an internal employee survey. The competition is a multi-year initiative designed to motivate companies in the Commonwealth to focus, measure and move their workplace environments toward excellence. Numerous studies show a strong correlation between profitability and employee satisfaction and engagement. For more details about Best Places to Work in Kentucky, visit www.bestplacestoworkky.com.

“KECH is a young company so we are very focused on building a great workplace culture where employees know they are valued and can grow professionally and personally,” stated COO, Kevin Woznick. KECH has experienced significant growth in 2018 and 2019, expanding from 12 employees at the end of 2017 to 65 employees today. Our focus on our employees and their success and growth has greatly contributed to our ability to win new contracts. Rodney Ramsey, HR Manager, was thrilled to learn of the award and remarked “You’re only as good as the people you hire, and we are grateful for our team. Our success is a direct result of our ownership and employees being unified in their priorities to care for our customers and each other.” Chris Carpenter, CEO, added “KECH isn’t just the founders’ company, but the KECH team’s company, and we are all creating a great place to grow together! It is an honor to be recognized as a company that truly cares about employees.”

Interested partners are encouraged to visit the KECH, Inc. website (www.kechco.com) to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

KECH 2018 End of the Year Celebration

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting and proposal services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies as a subcontractor such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services, and multiple Department of Defense agencies including: SPAWAR, Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Defense Health Agency.

KECH, Inc. Awarded Prime Contract to Develop Computer Based Training

Computer Based TrainingWilliamsburg, KY – September 25, 2018 – KECH, Inc., a HUBZone certified, Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), is thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a Department of Defense contract to develop several Computer Based Training (CBT) classes.

KECH, Inc. has been selected to develop a series of CBTs to help end-users understand key features and functionality of a DoD application. Using an AGILE approach for the development of each CBT, KECH is working in close collaboration with the client to make certain each CBT is designed and created with the end-user in mind. KECH is using professional software to develop interactive training that can be integrated into a Learning Management System (LMS) or uploaded and launched directly from the DoD web-app in an HTML format.

KECH’s learning philosophy was borne from a desire to improve Customer Experience (CX) and address operational issues that impact all industries. As financial constraints increase for both public and private sectors, we must continue to offer services that enhance skills in an everchanging world, increase efficiency, and decrease errors by empowering users with training self-service options. “With current budget pressures and associated business impacts, developing and administering an engaging Learning and Development (L&D) program has become more important than ever,” said Kevin Woznick, COO of KECH. For trainees to succeed, they must feel comfortable using a training platform, which requires the creation of training that is accessible, easy to digest, engaging and fun, and improves confidence with the training subject matter.

We developed our KECH Learn offering to modernize training; engage employees, customers, constituents, and end-users; and promote a continual learning culture. KECH Learn is a customizable Learning Management System (LMS) that supports rich content creation and a live virtual classroom environment. Course creation is highly interactive, uses gamification, embeds external sources, and multimedia integration for an engaging learning environment.

Interested partners are encouraged to visit the KECH, Inc. website (www.kechco.com) to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing government and commercial clients with successful IT Service solutions such as L&D, contact center, service desk, consulting, federal procurement services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently supporting multiple government agencies as a subcontractor such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and Defense Health Agency.

KECH, Inc. is now a SBA HUBZone Certified Small Business

KECH is now HUBZone certifiedCertification provides innovative solution options for KECH and its clients.

Williamsburg, KY – February 6, 2018 – KECH, Inc., an Economically Disadvantaged Woman Owned Small Business (EDWOSB), is thrilled to announce its acceptance by the U.S. Small Business Administration as a HUBZone-certified company.

“We are extremely proud of our designation as a HUBZone certified company. This underscores our strong commitment to providing opportunity in economically disadvantaged areas,” said Chris Carpenter, CEO of KECH. “We are anticipating significant growth this year and by locating in a HUBZone, close to the University of the Cumberlands, we can offer our clients access to highly skilled resources at competitive rates.”

The Historically Underutilized Business Zones (HUBZone) program encourages economic development and employment growth in distressed areas. By providing small businesses in urban and rural communities preferential access to federal procurement opportunities, the program promotes growth in areas with proven economic needs. Each year, the Federal Government has an annual goal of awarding 3% of all federal prime contracts to HUBZone-certified small business concerns. You can learn more about the HUBZone program at SBA.gov.

Kevin Woznick, the firm’s COO stated “Since we are one of the few HUBZone-certified, Woman-Owned Federal Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) providers in the U.S., KECH can offer unique advantages for all stakeholders. I am looking forward to working closely with our clients, partners, and employees to realize the full potential of our capabilities.”

“We are very excited that KECH has chosen to locate in our town- promoting economic growth and helping to bring jobs to our community of talented, hard-working, and capable people.” said Mayor Roddy Harrison of Williamsburg, KY.

Interested partners are encouraged to visit the KECH, Inc. website (www.kechco.com) to learn more about how we can help you enhance your operations through our full suite of services.

About KECH, Inc.

KECH, Inc., is a HUBZone certified, EDWOSB, providing government and commercial clients with successful IT Service solutions such as contact center, service desk, consulting, federal procurement services, and staff augmentation. KECH is currently providing contact center support to government agencies such as the US Citizenship and Immigration Services and the Defense Health Agency.