Shirley promoted to Houchens president

Brandon Shirley

Houchens Industries Chairman and CEO Dion Houchins announced the promotion of Brandon Shirley to president of the employee-owned company.

Before joining Houchens Industries in July 2020, Shirley was audit partner for the BKD, LLP accounting firm.

Shirley is a certified public accountant with more than 17 years of experience working with private companies, including many with employee stock ownership programs.

Shirley is currently a director-elect with the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce.

“Working for an ESOP company is very gratifying,” Shirley said. “The ESOP makes a real difference in the communities where we operate our businesses, and the retirement benefit our employee owners earn makes a meaningful difference for their families.”

Houchens is one of the largest and most diversified 100% ESOP companies in the country.

It owns more than 25 companies in various industries, including retail, manufacturing, construction and insurance.

Houchens and its affiliates generate annual revenue of more than $3 billion.

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