Former United Methodist Publishing House CRO assumes role effective June 7
Former United Methodist Publishing House CRO assumes role effective June 7
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On behalf of the Saddle Up! Board of Directors, we are pleased to share that Audrey Kidd has been named the new executive director of Saddle Up!, a Middle Tennessee nonprofit providing children and youth with physical and developmental disabilities the opportunity to grow and develop through therapeutic, educational and recreational activities with horses.

“Extending the offer to Audrey was an easy choice. We feel strongly she not only embodies Saddle Up!’s mission, but brings a strategic, forward-thinking mindset,” said Trina Hayes, Saddle Up!’s board president. "Even after such a challenging year for many with more challenges on the horizon, we are confident Saddle Up! will continue to be an essential community partner and enrich the lives of all our students under Audrey’s leadership.”

Prior to her new role with Saddle Up!, Kidd served as chief revenue and customer experience officer for the United Methodist Publishing House, which includes Cokesbury, a multi-channel Christian retailer, and Abingdon Press. 

She has over 40 years of management experience in a wide range of industries, spanning the fine arts, broadcasting, health care, research, advertising, and all aspects of bookselling and publishing. In 2008, she served in executive positions for Thomas Nelson Publishing, Ingram Book Group and two prominent independent bookselling chains.

Kidd is also a devoted volunteer for Copper Horse Crusade, an equine rescue organization in eastern Ohio, and served as the president of the board of directors of the Tennessee Reining Horse Association. 

“Audrey’s commitment to providing congregations quality essential resources, and her eager readiness to adopt fresh approaches amid rapidly changing circumstances in the church and publishing industries, have made an enormous and positive difference,” said Rev. Brian K. Milford, president and publisher of UMPH. “We will miss her incredible work ethic and critical thinking skills. We are thrilled that she has found this moment to combine her rich storehouse of knowledge and experience with her passions for people and horses.” 


Saddle Up! Board of Directors

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