CVG and Bob Heil Honored at 2024 Gateway to Greatness Awards Luncheon | GCTC

CVG and Bob Heil Honored at 2024 Gateway to Greatness Awards Luncheon

Published on Apr 29, 2024

Gateway Community & Technical College will honor CVG and Bob Heil at the third annual Gateway to Greatness Awards Luncheon. 

The event will be held at Drees Pavilion (790 Park Lane Covington, KY 41011) on Tuesday, May 14, 2024, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

CVG, the region’s international airport, was selected in recognition of the award for their long-standing partnership with Gateway and their continued support of the college’s Workforce Solutions Division and advanced manufacturing programs.

CVG’s support for Gateway began in 2008, when they partnered with the college to provide onsite and on campus development and education opportunities to their employees.

Rooted in the belief of employer-supported professional growth, CVG works with Gateway’s Workforce Solutions Division to design customized business certificate programs, technical training, and performance skill development programs to allow their workforce to sharpen their skills and advance within the organization.

CVG also works with Gateway to provide apprenticeship pathways in skilled trades to their employees and supports the continued education for employees with an annual tuition benefit.

Gateway President, Dr. Fernando Figueroa said, “CVG’s partnership with Gateway is just one of the countless examples of their commitment to the Northern Kentucky community and its people, especially those looking to influence and contribute to the economic well-being of our region.”

In addition to CVG, Bob Heil will also be honored at the luncheon for his support for Gateway and the Northern Kentucky community.

As he emerged as a visionary figure and an unparalleled leader within Northern Kentucky, Bob continued to be an avid advocate for education throughout his career. Formerly serving as President and CEO of KLH Engineers, Bob’s roots intertwine with the fabric of the city of Fort Thomas, while his upbringing traces back to Newport.

Bob’s academic journey took him through Cincinnati State for his associate degree in science, followed by a pursuit of engineering at the University of Kentucky. His journey of academic excellence eventually led a Master of Science in Executive Learning & Organizational Change (ELOC) from Northern Kentucky University.

Joining KLH in 1987, Bob steered the company's growth to encompass 150 employees across offices in Fort Thomas, Lexington, Columbus, and New York City.

“Bob Heil is a tremendous regional leader and is crucial to the development of Northern Kentucky. The landscape of our region has been so greatly impacted because of Bob’s dedication to the growth of Northern Kentucky” said Figueroa.

To learn more about the event, please contact Vice President of Advancement, Tess Burns at or (859)391-4353. Sponsorships and tickets can be purchased using the event webpage.

All event proceeds will support scholarships and Gateway student support programs such as the campus food pantry and the student emergency fund.