Campbell County Judge Executive Steve Pendery
Steve Pendery possesses an array of talents. He serves as Campbell County Judge-Executive, was once on Newport City Council, and owns Pendery Insurance and Risk Management Group as co-owner.
He’s one of the co-founders of First Watch and often visits locations nationwide to see firsthand how its services meet customer satisfaction needs.
Early Life and Education
Steve Pendery has long been a presence in Campbell County politics. Since 1999 he has served as judge executive and also held positions as mayor and city councilman of Fort Thomas. Additionally, Steve is co-owner of a family insurance business in Fort Thomas.
Pendery has made notable strides during his tenure as county executive, including balancing the budget, cutting wasteful expenditures and consolidating departments while making sure Campbell County receives its fair share of state funds. Furthermore, he champions regionalism by supporting Northern Kentucky University and Tri-County Economic Development Corporation.
At work, he doesn’t leave much time for leisure activities; nevertheless, he enjoys watching Ohio State Buckeyes football team games and reading historical fiction books. Additionally, as county executive, he takes his job very seriously without letting it become burdensome or take priority over personal priorities.
Pendery’s leadership style as Campbell County judge executive or when visiting First Watch restaurants throughout Florida and nationwide is unassuming and focused. Instead of boasting about his accomplishments, he prefers letting his actions speak for themselves.
Pendery Insurance and Risk Management Group. He also holds several board memberships at community and business organizations including Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts as well as being involved with his church community. A graduate of Leadership Kentucky as well as being a member of Kentucky Bar Association and the CPCU Society. With both undergraduate economics degrees from Denison University and law degrees from Ohio State University he boasts an impressive list of credentials.
Achievement and Honors
Pendery’s passion lies in understanding how things operate; this drive propels him towards witnessing First Watch, his successful breakfast-lunch-brunch chain, come together as an orchestrated whole. From small restaurant components to national expansion goals and beyond.
As Campbell County Judge-executive, he has worked hard to balance its budget each year while eliminating wasteful expenditures and streamlining departments, as well as ensure it receives its share of state funds. Since taking office in 2011, billions in economic development has taken place here while spending less per resident than any full-service government in Northern Kentucky.
He is also a business owner, co-owning Pendery Insurance and Risk Management Group.
Pendery finds great pleasure in experiencing the harmony of flavors, smiles and service at First Watch restaurants nationwide. He visits each one once or twice every two weeks in order to witness how fast their food arrives and see which staff have smiles as wide as theirs!
His lifelong home of Campbell County has seen him serve as County Judge/Executive since 1999 and co-own Pendery Insurance and Risk Management Group family business since. Additionally, he was appointed nine-year Newport city commissioner during this time and active with various community organizations such as Leadership Kentucky and Dan Beard Council of Boy Scouts.
Pendery has prioritized economic development and budget balancing for his County while guaranteeing first-rate services. He has reduced waste, consolidated departments, and worked closely with cities and counties throughout Northern Kentucky to make sure that Pendery gets their fair share of state funding.
Pendery remains busy balancing his hectic schedule with time for his wife, four children and hobby of raising bees, goats and chickens. Additionally, he co-owns and operates Pendery Insurance and Risk Management Group and currently is running for his fifth four-year term as Campbell County Judge Executive – chief executive officer responsible for day-to-day county operations – where he balances budget each year while working closely with area cities and governments to make sure Campbell County receives its share of state funding.