Meet our CKO: Kennon Adkinson

At Sonny’s BBQ, we’re always lookin’ for ways to go beyond smokin’ and servin’ to do what’s right. So, to help guide our mission, we began our search to fill a brand-new position—Chief Kindness Officer. On Random Acts of Kindness Day (2/17), we asked Sonny’s BBQ team members to come forward and nominate someone who they felt would be the best fit for this role. Dozens of nominations were submitted, and stories of kindness were shared over the months that followed, but we finally landed on the right candidate. Without further ado, we’d like to introduce Kennon Adkinson: our CKO. 

Kennon has worked for Sonny’s since June 2013 and has over a decade of culinary experience. As the Senior Director of Catering for our local franchise group, iServ BBQ, LLC, Kennon manages a catering team of 13 across Central Florida. He is most passionate about giving back to his community and the many causes he cares about, such as American Heart Association and American Cancer Society. 

In his free time, Kennon loves to travel and dabbles in extreme activities such as skydiving, primitive camping and water sports. Kennon is big on family and is happiest riding around on his scooter with his dog, Elijah, in the sidecar. Check out their latest adventures on Instagram (@ridewitheli). 

Now, Kennon will be leading our team’s effort to amplify kindness in the communities we serve, inspire acts of kindness, and help our restaurants share their stories. To learn more about this initiative, read stories of kindness or to share your own, visit

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