Kim Duncan

Founding Partner, Elements IV Interiors

With a belief in giving back to the community in which she lives, Kimberly Duncan has made a major impact on many nonprofit organizations in the Miami Valley. Her version of “retirement” is a focus on reinvesting in our community and introducing countless individuals to deserving causes.

Write her nominators: “When Kim agrees to serve on a nonprofit board or committee, she isn’t one to just show up and sit at the meetings. She is an idea-a-minute person and offers energetic ways to make the organization or event successful. She works tirelessly and engages others to help as well. She will get the job done – she must be the busiest retired person in our community!”

Kim founded Elements IV interiors, a commercial interiors business, in 1990 along with three partners. Under her leadership as CEO, the company grew to a multi-million dollar organization. Prior to the company’s sale in 2012, Elements IV was recognized three times on INC Magazine’s “500/5000 Fastest-Growing Privately Held Companies in America” list, awarded the Dayton Business Journal’s Minority Business of the Year and Community Supporter Award, and awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Eclipse Integrity Award. She championed the company’s LEED Silver-Certified corporate headquarters renovation and has lectured on both business ownership and sustainable design at University of Dayton, Stebbins High School, ITT Tech, The American Institute of Architects Dayton and others.

Kim has been a mentor to fellow businesswomen through the Bridges to Success program with Women in Business Networking and Dayton Business Journal’s Mentoring Monday, connecting with other like-minded women to help each improve their business skills. She has served on more than two dozen boards and committees and was named a Dayton Area Chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year and a Dayton Daily News Ten Top Women 2013.