Kevin Lynch is president and chief executive officer of National Industries for the Blind (NIB), the nation’s leading employment resource for people who are blind. Since joining NIB in 1994, Mr. Lynch has served in a number of leadership roles, working with NIB’s associated nonprofit agencies to expand opportunities for meaningful employment and economic independence for people who are blind.
Under Mr. Lynch’s stewardship, NIB and its nationwide network of associated nonprofit agencies generate hundreds of new jobs each year through the AbilityOne® Program. Today, NIB’s business line has grown to more than 7,000 product offerings produced by people who are blind and includes 3,500 SKILCRAFT® products as well as professional services such as Contract Management Support (CMS), Cybersecurity, Contact Center Services, and Section 508 Assurance.
Before his August 2008 appointment as president and CEO by the NIB board of directors, Mr. Lynch served as senior vice president of marketing and operations. In that role, he oversaw the development of new products and services, advancing several major channels of distribution including NIB’s e-commerce business and AbilityOne Base Supply Center (BSC) retail operations, which today serve military members and federal employees at more than 150 locations.
Mr. Lynch’s career with NIB and its associated agencies spans 40 years. Prior to joining NIB, he was executive director of Georgia Industries for the Blind, where he managed three manufacturing plants employing 165 people who are blind supporting more than $10 million in government contracts. Prior to that, he was director of manufacturing for the Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired of Greater Rochester, New York, where he negotiated and executed multi-million-dollar contracts with the General Services Administration, Eastman Kodak, Xerox Corporation, and other commercial customers.
A Certified Association Executive (CAE), Mr. Lynch holds a Bachelor of Science in Education from the State University of New York at Oswego and a Master of Business Administration from Syracuse University. He serves on the on the board of directors of the New York State Preferred Source Program for People Who Are Blind, as well as the board of directors of the Guide Dog Foundation, which provides guide dogs and training to blinded veterans at no cost. Formerly a member of the Alexandria/Arlington (Virginia) Regional Workforce Council, the local workforce development board under the federal Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA), Mr. Lynch has also served on the Alexandria Commission on Persons with Disabilities (ACPD), and was a member of the 2012 Class of LEAD VIRGINIA, a non-partisan organization that educates leaders about regional differences, opportunities, and challenges across the Commonwealth.