New York Times Interviews Kenny

posted August 13th, 2011 at 12:01 pm

by Josh Martn

Kenny Chesney is in New York City this weekend for a show at the Meadowlands and he made time to sit down with the New York Times for an interview on “Kenny Chesney, Inc.”

Here are some excerpts. Be sure to read the full interview here.

Q. So, you’re the C.E.O., in effect, of Kenny Chesney Inc. How big is the business?

A. I have 120 employees on the road every day, and about 30 other employees off the road. I remember being on the bus a couple years ago, and I looked out the window of my bus and said to myself: Who’s paying for this? And it hit me: You are! I was in charge of making sure that we get from Point A to Point B, that we all do it seamlessly and that we all do it effectively, and we all do it on time.

Q. So how do you make that real — everybody should have respect for everyone else — rather than just a slogan?

A. I want all the people out there who work with me to feel as appreciated as possible, especially the people who are the first to get up in the morning and the last to go to bed — my crew guys. Sometimes we do a “merch” lottery. We put everybody’s name in a huge sombrero and whoever’s name I pull out gets all of the money from merchandise sales for that night.

Q. How much money could that be from the merchandise?

A. Probably the biggest check was three hundred grand. But do you know what those guys did? This is why I think this kind of thing works: They waited until the end of the year and I wrote one big check to the crew and they divided it up 13 ways. Doing things like that just motivates people.

Q. What else do you do?

A. At the end of each year, I take the band, crew, the merchandise people, catering people, my management team, their wives, girlfriends, whatever, down to the Virgin Islands for a week to thank them. I pay for everything, and we’ve done it every year since 2002.

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  • Robin

    He wouldn’t need any additional ‘crew’ members would he?  ;-)

    • Texxlisa

      I would love to work for Kenny!

  • Dianne L Cuseo

    We All Want To Work For Kenny :}:} About Next Year Lets App. For A Job :}:}

  • guest

    how do you get a job with this guy

  • guest

    He is a package of talent, saw him at Giant Stadium and put on a show that beyond my expectations, natually great voice, sounds better than his records and that says something these days!!!!

  • Megsuekot

    I will volunteer for KC because I have a  full time disabilit but an active, where do I look.


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