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Young Leaders Spotlight

Kevin KarderKevin Karder

Continuous Improvement Analyst / Project Manager






Kevin’s Favorites:

Favorite Lunch Spot: Saigon
Favorite Local Resturaunt: Beerhead
Favorite Hobby: Fantasy Sports
Favorite TV Show: Game of Thrones
Favorite Sports Team: Cleveland Browns

About Kevin

I grew up in Mayfield, OH and attended Kent State University where I graduated with degrees in Finance and Accounting. My first professional job out of college took me to Atlanta, where I was a Field Auditor for the Sherwin-Williams retail stores. The Audit position allowed me to travel all around the States and Canada, where I discovered my fervor for traveling. I am now the CI Analyst/ Project Manager for the European HR Shared Service migrations, which has and will continue to travel me throughout Europe and eventually Asia. When I am home, I frequent all Cleveland sporting events, as well as stay active through intermural sports, 5Ks, and cycling.

Why did you get involved with Young Leaders and United Way?

I first got involved with United Way when I moved back to Cleveland from Atlanta and wanted to share my knowledge and experience with intent to help others. I was an active member of the Sherwin-Williams United Way Corporate Chapter for a year and enjoyed the philanthropy and self-improvement aspects of it. Recently I was given the opportunity to join the United Way Young Leaders organization through my dedicated and commitment of improvement and facilitation.

Are you involved with any other groups or activities? If so, what are they?

I am currently on the Finance Committee of the Minds Matter Cleveland Chapter, where they tutor and advise high school students from low-income households to pursue their dream of obtaining the highest level of education. I also recently joined the cabinet of the United Way Sherwin-Williams Corporate Chapter, where we plan to motivate and facilitate future leadership growth.

In your opinion, what makes Cleveland a good city for young professionals?

Cleveland’s main attraction for young professionals may also be one which was previously assumed to be a detriment. As most Cleveland natives are aware, but may not want to admit, Cleveland has had its fair share of rough patches (along with many industrial based mid-west big cities). However, like the Financial Market, the best time to buy-in is when it’s cheap. Investing in housing, careers, or even the city itself at this time, has a much greater chance of seeing a positive return than other major cities because Cleveland has greater room for growth and improvement. Cleveland has some of the most affordable housing, multitude of young professional job opportunities, as well as countless opportunities to join organizations such as United Way Young Leaders.

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