Kenneth G. "Kenny" Craven, Imperial First Ceremonial Master
Kenneth G. “Kenny” Craven of Summerville, South Carolina, is currently serving his fourth year as a member of the Boards of Directors for Shriners International and Shriners Hospitals for Children®. He was elected Imperial First Ceremonial Master, part of the 12-member body that helps govern the Shriners fraternity, during the Shriners’ 2017 Imperial Session – held in Daytona Beach, Florida., July 9 – July 13.
Craven was raised a Master Mason at Summerville Lodge #234 and served as Worshipful Master in 1994. Founder of the “Smoke at the Lodge” barbeque competition, Craven developed the event into the largest Masonic fundraiser in South Carolina.
Craven became a member of Omar Shriners in Charleston, South Carolina, in 1988 and served as the temple’s Potentate in 2012. During Craven’s term as Potentate, the temple achieved gold membership status, with membership gains for the first time since 2008. Craven has held several positions at his temple including Public Relations Chairman, and he has also worked closely with the Imperial Donor Relations committee. In 2006, Craven created the "Beach Boogie BBQ Festival" in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Currently, Craven is serving as a board member of the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Craven was a founding member of the Ford Motor Company Program for Shriners Hospitals for Children, and is the recipient of both the Walt Disney and Dave Thomas Awards for his contributions to Omar Shriners, the highest honors in the temple. Craven has also received the prestigious Legion of Honor Investiture from DeMolay International. Additionally, Craven is a Past Director of the Royal Order of Jesters Court #113.
Professionally, Craven is an experienced member of the automotive industry and is the owner of Central Trucking Inc. Craven is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Charleston Restaurant Association, a nonprofit organization that now recognizes Shriners Hospitals for Children as its official charity.
Craven and his wife, Jennifer, have been together for 17 years. Craven has one daughter, Stacey, who served as Queen of the Charleston Daughters of the Nile at age 25. Several men in Craven’s family are active members of Omar Shriners, and have joined the Shriners' Legacy Program to commemorate their heritage. In his spare time, Craven enjoys boating, hunting, and watching the Washington Redskins and the University of South Carolina Gamecocks during football season.