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Executive Profile: Kim Buckler Hydes

Executive Director Oldham County KY Tourism & Conventions

I learned early in my career the value of leading and developing with an entrepreneurial outlook; one that is analytical, yet creative. As a result, I have been fortunate throughout my 25-year career to spearhead the development of many successful programs, products and services that fulfill specific industry demands. Currently, and with a very supportive Tourism Commission, we have built a tremendous tourism industry in Oldham County from the ground up; one with an annual economic impact of over $35 million. I have been the executive director of Oldham County Tourism & Conventions for nearly 15 years.

Strong Woman, Strong Leader Award — Prospect Area Chamber of Commerce
Kentucky Tourism Industry
Economic Engine Award, KTIA
Certified Tourism Marketing Professional, Southeast Tourism Society
Certified Tourism Ambassador,
Louisville Tourism

Oldham County’s one-of-a-kind tourism industry now supports 268 jobs with its bourbon distillery, 9-acre brewery, racehorse farm tours, botanical gardens, five-star indoor gun range, Trains on Main in La Grange, and underground railroad history. Oldham has continuously ranked fourth in its 15-county region for tourism economic impact.

Oldham became the “Farm Tour Capital of Kentucky” in 2012 when Tourism introduced 13 unique Kentucky farms that would be open to the public for interactive educational tours. The Oldham Farm Tours program hosts nearly 15,000 visitors, in just six months each year, through corporate retreats, motorcoach groups and school field trips.

Oldham County is 20 minutes from downtown Louisville via I-71, with the Oldham County Visitor Center and office located inside the new Maples Park in Crestwood.

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