Kendley Davenport, CDO

With more than 30 years of leadership experience in building high-performance teams and developing innovative solutions, Mr. Davenport is an accomplished leader and strategist in the public education sector.  His vision and expertise provide a strong basis for the growth and leadership that builds organizational success.  Mr. Davenport has a proven track record of greatly enhancing organizations’ operational performance and leading dynamic teams with an emphasis on developing people, creating exceptional operating efficiencies, establishing a profitable growth culture, and driving innovation.

Davenport currently serves as Chief Development Officer responsible for Business Development, Marketing and Acquisition activities.

Prior to Springboard, Mr. Davenport was the CEO of Source4teachers/Mission One which was recognized as the  7th fastest growing U.S. Staffing Firms by Staffing Industry Analysts’ (SIA) in 2016. Source4Teachers was the only company on the list serving the education industry.  Additionally, during Mr. Davenport’s tenure as CEO, the company was recognized as one of Forbes Magazine’s Best Large Employers of 2017 as well as earned a place on Inc. Magazine’s 5000 fastest-growing U.S. companies.

Prior to leading Source4Teachers, Kendley spent more than 20 years in the K-12 education space serving as Vice President and Senior Vice President for Sodexo Education. In that time, he was a key senior leader in the $3.2B Education Division and was fully responsible for all offer development and sales/marketing management in the U.S.  While at Sodexo, he was responsible for negotiating highly complex multiyear contracts –some as much as $300 MM – and achieved a consistent development rate of 7+ percent.

Mr. Davenport is affiliated with and an active member of a variety of boards and charities including The National Association of School Boards, The Council of Urban Boards of Education, The American Association of School Administrators, The National Center for Research and Technology, and the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech to name a few.

Davenport attended Virginia Tech for his undergraduate studies, where he studied both Public Administration and Management in the Pamplin College of Business.  He went on to receive his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.