Frank Cercone: President and Founder
Frank Cercone is the President and founder of Bluegrass Educational Technologies. He began his more than 35 years of industry and technical education experience, unsurprisingly, in a career and technical education program. As a master electrician Frank discovered his passion for entrepreneurship, creating an electrical contracting business at the age of 23, employing over 75 electricians. While he left this company for work which afforded him more time to spend with his first son, who was to be born shortly thereafter, he never lost his love of being his own boss. After several successful years working in the food and beverage industry, specializing in automation, and working in technical education sales, Frank decided the time had come to revisit that dream. In 2009, when the economy was at a historically low point, he incorporated Bluegrass Educational Technologies, with one line in the relatively small territory of Kentucky. Fostering his vision with determination and hard work, the company has flourished. Today Bluegrass has partnerships with more than sixteen industrial manufacturers, employs nine highly qualified individuals, and has territory in Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia, Maryland, Delaware, Washington D.C. and Florida. Frank currently serves on the advisory boards of Festo Didactic and Kuka Robotics.
One of the core corporate values at Bluegrass Educational Technologies is generosity. This is reflected clearly in the avid support the company shows SkillsUSA and TSA, particularly in the form of scholarships, prizes and registration support to teams and students at various levels. Frank also reflects this value in his personal life by supporting the local homeless community and at-risk youth in Lexington. He provides financial and time resources to these two groups, giving back to the town he and his family call home, which has given so much to him.