July 17, 2008
Ken graduated from the University of Georgia with an undergraduate degree in Accounting in 1979 and a Masters Degree in Taxation in the fall of 1980.
Upon graduation, Ken joined the Atlanta office of Arthur Andersen in the tax division in January of 1981. He was promoted to partner in 1990. During his fifteen year career with Arthur Andersen, Ken served a variety of companies as well as individual clients. Ken was on the firm-wide Accounting Methods Tax Specialty Team, headed the firm's recruiting efforts at the University of Georgia and also served for two years on the Chairman's Advisory Council.
In February of 1996, Ken left Arthur Andersen to join Shaw Industries, Inc. as its Chief Financial Officer. Shaw Industries had been a client of Ken's for fifteen years while he was at Arthur Andersen. Shaw Industries was a publicly traded company on the NYSE until January 2001 when the company was acquired by Warren Buffett and Berkshire Hathaway. Shaw Industries is located in Dalton, Georgia, and is the largest manufacturing employer in the state.
Ken presently is a member of The Conference Board Council of CFOs, and serves on the Advisory Board of FM Global (Factory Mutual Insurance Company), the Advisory Board of the J. M. Tull School of Accounting at the University of Georgia and the Board of Trustees for the University of Georgia Foundation.
Ken is married to the former Jody Salmon of Birmingham, Alabama, and has two children, a son Grant and a daughter Virginia.