meetNKY President and CEO Julie Kirkpatrick Recognized as a 2023 NewsMaker by the Northern Kentucky Tribune

Covington, Ky (Nov. 7, 2023) – meetNKY is proud to announce that its President and CEO, Julie Kirkpatrick, has been honored as a 2023 NewsMaker by the Northern Kentucky Tribune. This prestigious recognition highlights Kirkpatrick's exceptional leadership and contributions to the Northern Kentucky community.

The NKyTribune’s annual NewsMakers list is celebration of top community servant-leaders. The honorees for 2023 are Kirkpatrick, Global Business Solutions owner and CEO Gaby Batshoun; Pomeroy Chief Administrative Officer and General Counsel Kristi Nelson; Republic Bank President Tom Saelinger; and Talent Magnet Institute co-founder and CEO Mike Sipple Jr.

“We are honored to hold up these outstanding community leaders as examples of the best of the talented, dedicated, and decent people who have distinguished themselves as top servant-leaders,” said NKyTribune editor Judy Clabes. “Based on input from former recipients, from our board and advisors, and from other community leaders, the consensus was that these five individuals earned an honor setting them apart from the pack this year. We agreed.”

Kirkpatrick assumed the role of President and CEO of meetNKY in 2020, and under her guidance, the organization has consistently achieved remarkable milestones in promoting and advancing tourism and hospitality in Northern Kentucky. Her dedication to enhancing the region's reputation as a premier destination for visitors and businesses has earned her this well-deserved recognition.

As a 2023 NewsMaker, Kirkpatrick joins an exclusive group of individuals who have made significant contributions to the Northern Kentucky region. Her visionary approach, strategic thinking, and tireless commitment to the success of meetNKY have not only elevated the organization but also brought substantial economic growth to the area.

Her innovative leadership has been instrumental in fostering collaboration between local businesses, government agencies, and community organizations, resulting in numerous successful initiatives, including the expansion of Northern Kentucky's convention and tourism industry.

"Because her enthusiasm, devotion, and amazing talent for her job impacts the region’s tourism industry in such a positive way, with provable results, because she is a terrific role model for others, and because she is a caring leader others want to follow, Julie Kirkpatrick is a Northern Kentucky Tribune 2023 NewsMaker,” wrote Clabes in an article on Kirkpatrick in recognition of her NewsMaker award. 

In addition to her professional achievements, Kirkpatrick is deeply involved in the Northern Kentucky community, volunteering her time and expertise to various charitable causes and civic organizations. Her dedication to making Northern Kentucky a better place to live, work, and visit has left an indelible mark on the community.

meetNKY congratulates Kirkpatrick on this well-deserved recognition as a 2023 NewsMaker. Her exceptional leadership and unwavering commitment continue to be a source of inspiration and pride for the Northern Kentucky region.

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About meetNKY:

meetNKY drives quality of life and economic growth for Northern Kentucky through tourism marketing and destination development. Learn more at

About the Northern Kentucky Tribune:

The NKyTribune is a publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism. The Center was established in 2013 and received its official 501-c-3 status from the IRS in May 2014. It is a nonpartisan, independent news organization that produces indepth, informative journalism in the public interest for a place we love. The Center pursues specific grants for specific reporting projects and produced an in-depth series on the Licking River as well as a 30-minute program for KET, after a year-long reporting assignment by Andy Mead.