Ken Wright is an “almost” Georgia native who grew up in Dunwoody, Georgia and attended the University of Georgia, earning a degree in Political Science, with a minor in Criminal Justice.
As a businessman, Wright has been in the healthcare field his entire career. He began directly out of college in 1992 as a salesman for a manufacturer of anesthesia and respiratory devices and equipment, moving to the healthcare software side in 1997. More recently, as an entrepreneur, Wright founded his first company, K2 Healthcare Information Technologies in 1998, merged with NetLearning, Inc. in 2000, and subsequently sold to Thomson Delmar Learning in 2004. In 2005, Wright founded eHealthcareIT, a healthcare focused compliance, eLearning, & talent management company. In March of 2013, Wright sold eHealthcareIT to publicly traded NetDimensions, an international learning and talent management software firm. Wright ran the healthcare division of NetDimensions (NetDimensions Healthcare) as its President until he left in April 2018, with a year left on his employment agreement, to start another healthcare technology venture, Durable Compliance.
As a community volunteer, Wright served as President of Wynterhall Swim & Tennis Club in the early 2000s before serving on the executive board of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association in 2001 and 2002, which he led as president in 2003, 2004 and 2005.
In 2006, Wright was asked to lead and become President of Citizens For Dunwoody, a 501(c)3 organization tasked with researching, vetting and subsequently organizing all areas of the incorporation of the community of Dunwoody, Georgia. In 2008, after a three year legislative battle, Citizens For Dunwoody was able to secure for the residents of Dunwoody a July 2008 vote on incorporation. Over 81% of the voting citizens elected to incorporate Dunwoody, and thus form a City of Dunwoody, the first new city in DeKalb County Georgia in modern history.
In 2008, Wright was elected the City of Dunwoody’s first Mayor and led the charge to birth a city that has “broken the mold” of all other municipalities in the state of Georgia, and in the country, by privatizing virtually all services delivered to the community. Over the course of three years, the city grew with unparalleled speed and success, with great financial constraint and very limited resources. The city of Dunwoody has managed to produce multi-million dollar surpluses, while exponentially increasing services delivered to the community.
In November of 2008, Wright was awarded Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 award for his civic and business accomplishments, and has received numerous community recognitions and honors to include Grand Marshall of Dunwoody’s July 4th parade, DHA community service award, House of Representatives recognition resolution, and Outstanding Support award from the 75th Ranger regiment.
Wright is currently serving his fifth term as Chairman of The City of Dunwoody’s Urban Redevelopment Agency, is Co-Chairman of Dunwoody Nature Centers Building Community capital campaign and is Vice Chairman of The Jekyll Island Foundation.
Ken and his wife Terri have two teenagers: Cassidy and Clayton.