Kris Sandman’s work with women’s group earns recognition
By Kyle Morey | 3.6.14
The Edge's Kris Sandman | Photo by Dale Pickett
For Kris Sandman, it’s a FAB life. Personally. Professionally. Literally.
Sandman – general manager of The Edge, a public golf, recreation, dining and catering facility – is this year’s winner of The FAB! Award.
The award, presented Thursday at the Madison County Chamber Gala event, honors a female active in business who excels professionally in Madison County, contributes to the community, supports the growth of the FAB program and personally mentors and supports other women.
“Kris is a tireless worker whose energy, personality and creativity have not only helped make The Edge the huge success it is, but also turned the FAB! Program into one that lives up to its name,” said Angela Barbosa, vice president of the Madison County Chamber.
For Sandman, who has The Edge’s banquet facility booked through 2015, the award is hard to comprehend. But the “thanks” come easy and are spread in many directions.
“I was shocked, really surprised,” she said of receiving the award. “There’s a lot of people who have been my mentors. The Madison County Leadership Academy and The Chamber have really helped me the past two years.”
Sandman was a key force behind the highly successful FAB! Women’s group, now in its fourth year.
The organization, which endeavors to bring business women together in both a social and support-system way, draws as many as 100 people to its monthly luncheons.
“It’s not just a social event,” Sandman said. “We have speakers who share important information. It’s just a good support system for busy women who have both a career and a family.
Sandman says even for the busiest woman, the hour or so once a month is time well-spent.
“Even though your week is crazy and you don’t think you can take time for lunch, a lot of things can stem from it,” she said. “You meet a lot of people who are going through the same things with life, work, home and families that you are. People who take the time to attend often tell me afterward they’re glad they did.”
Success at The Edge and growth of FAB! are just two reasons why Sandman is very optimistic about Madison County’s future.
“There are a lot of people who are very passionate about rebuilding Madison County,” Sandman said. “Their dedication shows in all different directions.”
As she accepts the award, Sandman wants to be sure tribute is paid to her employers and co-employees at The Edge.
“Gary and Cindy Reynolds have really encouraged me,” Sandman said. “I couldn’t work for nicer people. I also have 50 employees who work very hard and love the events that come to The Edge. They ask to be on the schedule even during the busiest times and are proud to be a part of it.”
> See past FAB! award winners on the WALL OF FAME