Kirk Zehnder: President & CEO of Earnest Machine

Kirk Zehnder

Starting his career as a filmmaker prepared Kirk Zehnder for a leadership role in the family business; he learned when to say “cut” and when to call for “action”. Studying History and Religion prepared him with a good understanding of war and faith; also unintended preparation for the family business.

Kirk joined Earnest Machine in 2002 and became the CEO in 2008 after his father willingly retired. He loves his job and is continually thrilled by the challenges and opportunities. Kirk is involved in the business community as a member of the Cleveland Chapter of Entrepreneur’s Organization. He currently serves on the board for ERC which is committed to creating great organizations in Northeast Ohio.

As a lifelong Clevelander he recognizes the value of being a fair weather sports fan and enjoys a far more predictable and rewarding time commitment to the abundance and always successful Arts.

He lives in Rocky River with his wife who is an Anthropologist at Case, and his two young and spirited children.




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