Debbie Kinsland Reaches 15 Year Milestone

Henry County local, Debbie Kinsland, has achieved 15 years of service with L.I. Smith & Associates (LIS). This milestone solidifies both the work ethic and dedication displayed by Kinsland throughout her time with the company.  

“Director of Human Resources is one of the most critical roles for a company to fill. It can be a thankless position for some.  However, Debbie is a person that can see rainbows where others see waste. We are so thankful for Debbie and all of her hard work over these 15 years,” LIS President Patrick Smith stated.  

Hired by Lucile Smith in 2008, she has worked alongside three generations of the Smith family. Kinsland began her career with LIS as a Payroll Clerk. As LIS grew over the years, her role within the company grew alongside it. While working as Payroll Clerk, she helped to build LIS’ Human Resource Department, creating new policies and procedures as needed.  

“Working in human resources (HR) has given me the chance to create meaningful and lasting relationships,” said Kinsland. “I extremely enjoy working with our employees and having the opportunity to help them is very fulfilling for me.” 

Kinsland was promoted to her current role as Human Resource Officer in 2022. As Human Resource Officer, Kinsland is responsible for onboarding new hires, maintaining employee files, processing payroll, and offboarding staff members, among other responsibilities. She also played a key role in the development of the company’s newly improved onboarding process and benefits package.  

“I have enjoyed my time with LIS so far. We have a talented, young workforce, and I look forward to future opportunities to continue growing alongside them.” commented Kinsland. 

Kinsland is no stranger to small businesses. She is co-owner of K & K Paving Company, along with her husband Tom.  K & K Paving, located in Paris, Tenn., has been in business for 30 years and specializes in asphalt paving, curbing, sealing, and striping.