Fire Chief Nominated for Leadership Award

8/12/2013, 12:35 p.m.
Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran

ATLANTA - Fire Chief Kelvin Cochran has been nominated for the Leadership Character Award, an annual honor given by the Turknett Leadership Group, an Atlanta company specializing in executive coaching, leadership assessment, executive team development and executive selection. Chief Cochran is one of four nominees in the “CEO/President/Management Partner – Large Company” category. Nominees are 50 people in the categories “CEO/President/Managing Partner – Small/Medium Company,” “Executive/Manager,” “Education,” “Non-Profit” and “Inspiritor.”

Chief Cochran was nominated by Charlotte King of Snowden & King Marketing Communications, who has worked closely with him on the Department’s Emergency Preparedness Institute. “Chief Cochran devotes his time in concrete ways to make the fire profession transformative,” Ms. King wrote in her letter nominating him for the award. “He has mentored other municipal leaders, he looks for opportunities to showcase his youngest recruits, and he is in constant demand as an inspirational speaker at the national level.”

Since 2003, these prestigious awards have recognized individuals and companies who demonstrate character, leadership and integrity. The 2013 awards will be presented on September 18 at the Georgia Aquarium. Winners will be chosen by the company's Advisory Board, Kent “Oz” Nelson, retired chair and CEO of UPS; Dr. Betty Siefel, president emeritus and endowed chair of Leadership, Ethics and Character at Kennesaw State University; Tom Crawford, Crawford Corporate Coaching and former chair and CEO of Crawford & Company; Conchita Robinson, president and CEO of C. Robinson Associates; and Ann Cramer, senior consultant, Coxe Curry & Associates.

“I am honored to be among these 50 fine people,” Chief Cochran said. “I appreciate the work the Turknett Leadership Group does in recognizing those who are working to make a difference in their communities.”