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Point/Arc Names New Chief Operating Officer

Dan Bell is the new chief operating officer at the Point/Arc of Northern Kentucky, the Covington-based agency announced on Monday.

Bell is the Point's first COO.

He joins Point president Judi Gerding in overseeing the 47-year old nonprofit organization that serves individuals with intellectual/developmental disabilities.

Bell was previously director of marketing for Mercedes-Benz of Fort Mitchell.

“I’ve seen Dan’s passion for quality and service, and look forward to the positive impact he can have on carrying out our mission at The Point”, said Gerding. “It’s all about “the experience” we offer families and individuals diagnosed as I/DD. Together with our highly qualified staff, and passionate board, Dan and I will continue to position The Point to maintain and grow and when other agencies say, we can’t, the Point will say, why not?"

While at Mercedes, Bell developed the brand for the dealership through its 2013 construction phase and launch, and implemented community outreach and charitable support as part of the Fort Mitchell dealership's business strategy.

Bell said in a news release that nurturing the Point’s culture and promoting its cash–generating enterprises are both high priorities.  

“I was amazed when I learned the scope of the Point’s twenty programs," Bell said, noting the agency's laundry service, coffee shop, silk screening press and apparel work, and others. “These commercial operations not only produce operating cash flow, but most importantly, are staffed by a minimum of one-third hard-working, and well-trained individuals with an intellectual/developmental disability who work beside typical co-workers.

The Point is currently in the midst of a construction project of its own, the Dr. Anthony and Geraldine Zembrodt Education Center, a new three-story facility set to be completed in September behind the agency's Pike Street offices.

The project will allow the Point to expand educational classes, social activities, advocacy, and employment services, all while doubling the number of individuals served, a news release said.

-Staff report

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