Member Login

Ralph Drees Honored with Kenton County Pioneer Award

The Kenton County Fiscal Court honored one of the recipients of the 2018 Pioneer Awards.

Ralph Drees was presented with a proclamation noting his community leadership.

Drees is chairman of the board of The Drees Company, one of the top 25 home builders in the nation. During his career, he has been honored with the three premier national housing awards: Builder of the Year, America’s Best Builder, and the National Housing Quality Award.

The former Kenton County Judge/Executive (2004 to 2010) also served as a city councilman in Erlanger, president of the Home Builders Association of Northern Kentucky, chairman of the Northern Kentucky Area Planning Commission, chairman of the Kenton County Airport Board, chairman of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, regent at Northern Kentucky University, and a board member at Thomas More College.

To mark The Drees Company’s 75th anniversary in 2003, the Drees Pavilion at Devou Memorial Overlook, valued at $2 million, was donated to the City of Covington, resulting in revenue generation of nearly $5.5 million to date to support Devou Park improvements.   

Drees resides in Crescent Springs with his wife of 60 years, Irma. Together, they have five children and thirteen grandchildren.

Established in 2017, the Kenton County Pioneer Award honors living residents of Kenton County who have a record of outstanding service to the community and exemplify the highest standards of personal integrity. The Pioneer Award honors those who demonstrate servant leadership combined with awareness of the needs of fellow residents.

A committee, composed of the members of the Kenton County Ethics Commission, reviewed the nominations, identified five deserving individuals, and forwarded their names to the Kenton County Fiscal Court for consideration and approval. The 2018 Pioneer Award recipients are Ralph Drees, Mer Grayson, Robert Hoffer, Kim Kitchen, and Ed Schroeder. They also recommended special recognition for Parker Willman as a “Young Pioneer”.

-Staff report
Photo: Ralph Drees (provided)