Kenneth E. Moore

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1943 – 2020

Ken Moore, died on November 3, 2020 after a short illness. Ken, 76, was a true chamber professional, a civic leader, a mentor to so many, a friend to all butmost important to Ken, a terrific grandfather. He enjoyed that role most of all in his life.

We have no doubt that Ken has started the Heavenly Chamber of Commerce. He was, with out a doubt, the leading expert on running and growing chambers in this country. He taught the folks that teach others about chamber work in this world. He served as the President and CEO of the Edmond Area Chamber of Commerce from December of 2007 until September 2017. Ken was a proud member of the Edmond Rotary Club and a board member for Visit Edmond.

Ken was an avid and proud Sooner fan. He was also a big supporter of the OKC Thunder. He would often use one of his tickets to take a new person to Edmond to

make them feel at home. He also was known to take a person that might need a boost to their spirits. Ken did leave behind his beloved dog Macy who was his constant companion.

Ken was a certified chamber executive with more than 30 years of experience and had served chambers of commerce in Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, California, and Virginia. He had served as president of the Norman (OK) Chamber of Commerce, executive vice president of the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce, president of the Orange County (Calif.) Chamb

er of Commerce and executive vice president of the Orange County Business Council.

Ken served as president of the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives and president of the Oklahoma Economic Development Council. He served two terms on the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Organization Management’s Board of Trustees and served as chairman of management programs at the University of Oklahoma and Southern Methodist University. He served as a member of the executive faculty at UCLA, University of Oklahoma, University of Colorado, and Southern Methodist University for more than 15 years.

Ken served as one of eight members on the American Chamber of Commerce Executives Fringe Benefit Board of Trustees, which oversees the organization’s multimillion dollar fringe benefit programs and was a member of the board of directors of the Virginia Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.  He

is a former member of the board of directors of the American Chamber of Commerce Executives and the Western Association of Chamber Executives. Ken was appointed by the U. S. Chamber of Commerce to serve on the prestigious Chamber of Commerce Committee of 100.

He served on the Board of Directors of the Alexandria Volunteer Bureau, the Alexandria Police Foundation, and the Alexandria United Way and is Past President

of First Night Alexandria. In 1999, Moore was recognized as the “Professional of the Year” by the Oklahoma Society of Associations Executives. He was named as “Executive of the Year” by the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce and was the second person selected for the Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce Executives Hall of Fame. The Western Association of Chamber Executives presented him with its Pettit Award for “Excellence in Leadership” in 1996.

This is what Ken had to say when announcing his retirement. “I’ve been involved in leading chambers of commerce in five different states for 47 years, so I’ve decided to take a break from the day to day activities I’m used to. While there is no ideal time to leave, our programs are solid, the chamber is in good financial shape and we achieved our goal of becoming a “5 Star Accredited Chamber”.  I plan to remain in Edmond and stay actively involved in the community”.

Ken is survived by his two sons – Rick Moore of Longmont, CO, and Keith Moore of Washington, DC; his granddaughter Aspen Arnold (Dylan Arnold) of Dallas, TX; and grandson Jake Moore of Boulder, CO.

More than anything else in his life Ken was mentor and friend. He was kind and gentle. He believed in communication and bringing people together. Ken made us better people and led by example. He was skilled at his profession and caring. The family asked that donations be made to the Ken Moore Endowed Scholarship at the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation. A tax-deductible contribution can be made to the Ken Moore Endowed Scholarship, The University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, 100 N. University, Evans Hall, Room 101, Edmond, OK 73034 Or on-line

The family would greatly appreciate the opportunity to greet you on Friday, March 26, 2021 from 5:30-7:00 p.m. at Matthews Funeral Home. Refreshments will be served in a tribute to Ken in a business after hours fashion.


4 thoughts on “Kenneth E. Moore”

  1. Such an unexpected loss…. we worked with Ken in Alexandia Va on leadership Alexandria… I enjoyed my experience with LA so much. He will be missed by many many people al over this country.

  2. What a great friend and person! He supported me throughout my years in Chamber management! My thoughts and prayers are with the family!

  3. Ken was such a great & gentle person. He was a father figure to my youngest sister Daniela Newville. She is now reunited with her friend/ father figure.
    The Lord needed a leader who will run the Chamber of Commerce in Heaven. RIP my friend

  4. Lynn HAMPTON

    I got to know Ken during his time in Virginia. He was a great Chamber leader. We had fun and grew the Chamber. I will always remember the our Chamber trips to Mexico and DR. Ken loved his puppy. He loved his sons. He especially loved his granddaughter. There are special places in heaven for people like Ken.

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