June 2016 - Commerce Lexington

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June 2016 - Commerce Lexington
BUSINESS FOCUS
OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC.
JUNE 2016
VOLUME XXIV, ISSUE VI
Delegation Showcases Lexington
and Kentucky at Hannover
Messe in Germany
INSIDE THIS ISSUE:
2016 Salute to Small Business
Award Applications Due June 24
Registration is Open for Aug. 15
Business on the Green Event
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Hosts Business Link on June 7
Over 200 Head to Charleston,
S.C. for Leadership Visit
www.CommerceLexington.com
BUSINESS FOCUS
June 2016: Volume XXIV, Issue VI
INSIDE THIS ISSUE
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
Hera BioLabs to Invest $1.8 Million for New Headquarters
James E. Pepper Distillery to Locate in Distillery District
Commerce Lexington Inc. Staff Attend Hannover Messe
STAT OF THE MONTH: Lexington’s Cost of Living Index
6-13
EVENTS:
International Trip: Sicily, Italy, September 17-23
Business on the Green Golf Outing Registration Form
Hilton Lexington Downtown Hosts Business Link June 7
Salute to Small Business Award Applications Due June 24
Over 200 People Set for Charleston, S.C. Leadership Visit
14-19
GET CONNECTED:
Leadership Lexington Project Update: S.O.S. Project
Volunteers, Teams Sought for 2016 Winner’s Circle
Leadership Central Kentucky Visits Clark County
Leadership Lexington: Equine Day Recap
Ambassador Spotlight: Cheryl Eadens, EBTH
Welcome New Commerce Lexington Inc. Members
Member Personnel Announcements & Awards
WHAT 2 WATCH 4
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Business on the Green Golf
Outing is August 15th at
Andover Golf & Country Club
Applications for 2016-17
Leadership Central Kentucky
Program Due By June 16th
2016 Salute to Small Business
Awards Applications Now
Available; Due June 24th
Hilton Lexington Downtown
Hosts Business Link After Hours
Networking on June 7th
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Business Focus is published once a month for a
total of 12 issues per year by Commerce
Lexington Inc., 330 East Main Street, Suite 100,
Lexington, KY 40507. Phone: (859) 226-1600
2016 Chairman of the Board:
Alan Stein, President & CEO
SteinGroup, LLC
Publisher:
Robert L. Quick, CCE, President & CEO
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Editor: Mark E. Turner
Communications Specialist: Elizabeth Bennett
Printing: Post Printing
Mail Service: Lexington Herald-Leader
Subscriptions are available for $12 and are
included as a direct benefit of Commerce
Lexington Inc. membership. Business Focus
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Lexington, Kentucky.
POSTMASTER: Send address corrections to
Business Focus, Commerce Lexington Inc.,
P.O. Box 1968, Lexington, KY 40588-1968.
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[email protected], and an
account executive will contact you.
Personnel Updates
Submit your company’s awards and milestones or
personnel changes and additions to
[email protected] Personnel
news might include promotions, additions, awards
and milestones, recognitions and certifications
and/or appointments. Information is published
only as space permits.
Cover Photo
President Barack Obama and German
Chancellor Angela Merkel visted the Kentucky
booth during Hannover Messe in Germany.
(Photo from U.S. Department of Commerce)
Business, Community Leaders Form New Initiative Called Together
Lexington to Promote Lexington and Fund Community Projects
A group of 16 business and community leaders
recently announced the formation of a new initiative
called Together Lexington to energize the community
by creating a positive marketing campaign and funding projects that will improve quality of life. The project partners include:
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Ann Bakhaus, President, Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Lisa Ball, Vice President, Ball Homes
Barry Bishop, Regional VP/Operations,
Windstream Communications
Bill Farmer, President & CEO, United Way of the
Bluegrass
Rufus Friday, President & Publisher, Lexington
Herald-Leader
Lee Greer, President, Greer Companies
Larry Hall, President, Hall Media, Inc.
Jeri Isbell, VP of Human Resources & Corporate Communications,
Lexmark International
Larry Jones, Central Region President, Community Trust Bank
Dr. Augusta Julian, President, Bluegrass Community and Technical
College
Brian McCarty/Bruce Drake, Partners, Bluegrass Hospitality Group
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Bret Melrose, Owner, Fayette Heating & Air
Jeff
Murphy,
VP
of
Marketing
&
Communications, KentuckyOne Health
Rhonda Petr, Director of Marketing, Anthem
Blue Cross & Blue Shield Medicaid
Mary Quinn Ramer, President, VisitLEX
Bill Thomason, President and CEO, Keeneland
Association, Inc.
“There are so many reasons Lexingtonians are
proud to call our community home,” said Ann
Bakhaus. “We want to celebrate that spirit, spread the
enthusiasm and invest in our local assets.”
Together Lexington will be seeking the input for
suggested projects that will enhance the community.
People can visit www.togetherlexington.com to submit ideas for projects and explain how those projects would make a noticeable difference
in the community. More than $125,000 will be available to fund multiple
projects.
To learn more or submit a project idea, visit
www.togetherlexington.com, and follow on Twitter @2getherLex and
Facebook at Together Lexington.
859-351-6728
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
A Collaborative Effort of the Bluegrass Business Development Partnership (BBDP):
SUBMITTED BY:
Gina Greathouse, Hannah Crumrine, Kimberly Rossetti & Allison Boyd | CLX Economic Development Division
Hera BioLabs Inc. to Invest
$1.8 Million in New HQ’s
In late April,
Kentucky Governor
Matt
Bevin
and
Lexington Mayor Jim
Gray
announced
Hera BioLabs Inc., a
biotech startup providing genetically specialized
products and services for scientists and pharmaceutical researchers, will establish a new headquarters
and create 23 jobs in Lexington with an investment of
$1.8 million.
Established in 2015 as a spinoff of Lexingtonbased Transposagen Biopharmaceuticals Inc., Hera
plans to outfit an existing building to produce specialized laboratory rat models that could make pharmaceutical testing quicker, safer, and more cost
effective.
“Hera’s success is Lexington’s success in creating
an environment that attracts entrepreneurship and
enables businesses to prosper,” said Mayor Gray.
“When a home-grown biotech firm expands here we
know we’re on the right track.”
“Cutting edge technology is being done right here
in Lexington by Hera BioLabs,” said Bob Quick, CCE,
President & CEO of Commerce Lexington Inc. “We’re
proud that Hera is expanding its company and technology in our city and creating 23 new jobs for our citizens. Thank you to Hera for your investment and
commitment to Lexington.”
KentuckyUnited Delegation
Promotes KY in New York
Commerce Lexington Inc.’s Economic Development
team participated in a KentuckyUnited marketing trip
in mid-May to New York. KentuckyUnited is the
statewide marketing initiative that was formed to
promote Kentucky as a great place to do business, as
well as raise the state’s awareness across the county.
Seventeen site selection consultants attended the
KentuckyUnited luncheon. We also participated in an
existing business appreciation event to thank those
companies headquartered in New York that have
operations in Kentucky.
James E. Pepper Distillery to Locate in
Lexington’s Distillery District Area
The Georgetown Trading Co., steward of the James E. Pepper ‘1776’ bourbon, announced plans in early May to
build a distillery, museum, and tourist
destination in the historic remnants of
the James E. Pepper distillery in downtown Lexington.
“Our authentic history is distilling
new jobs in the Distillery District, which
has become an important area for economic growth and tourism downtown,”
said Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.
“Congratulations to the Georgetown
Trading Company for honoring and
growing the James E. Pepper brand.”
“Bourbon is an iconic brand for our
city, and we’re excited that James E.
Pepper is coming back to its origin in
Lexington and as part of Lexington’s
Distillery District,” said Bob Quick, CCE,
President & CEO of Commerce
Lexington Inc. “Congrats to the James E.
Pepper Distillery!”
The distillery was founded in 1879,
when the legendary Colonel James E.
Pepper - in whose honor the Old
Fashioned cocktail was created - built
his distillery on the site, which he then
operated until his death in 1906. The
distillery continued operations until
1958, when it was shuttered, and then
abandoned for over 50 years, eventually
falling into disrepair.
Over the last few years a portion of
the site and adjacent buildings have
been revitalized as a vibrant ‘Distillery
District,’ full of thriving local businesses. The James E. Pepper Distillery will
be the anchor tenant in the historic
main distillery building.
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ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
Stat of the Month:
Lexington’s Cost
of Living Index
Lexington’s high quality of life and
low cost of living are assets to the
city, and last year Lexington scored a
90.4 on the Cost of Living Index. The
Cost of Living Index (COLI) measures the cost of living in one area
compared to other cities and urban
around
the
country.
areas
Approximately 270 cities are represented in the COLI, gathering pricing
data about a specific sample of
goods products, and services in six
categories that are weighed and combined into an overall score, the
Composite Index.
The national average is set to 100,
and Lexington’s 2015 composite
score of 90.4 means that living costs
in Lexington are 90.4 percent of the
average for all participating cities–or
9.6 percent less expensive. Lexington
also scored 93.4 in Groceries, 76.3 in
Housing, 81.4 in Utilities, 96.7 in
Transportation, and 95.8 in
Healthcare. What does this mean?
COLI is most commonly used to estimate how much more or less income
a person or household will need to
maintain their standard of living
when moving from one city to another. Therefore, a Lexingtonian earning
$100,000 per year would need to earn
about $111,700 in Charleston, SC,
$105,300 in Nashville, TN, and
$251,500 in Manhattan, NY.
CLX Attends Hannover Messe for Business Development
Commerce Lexington Inc. partnered with the
Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development and
KentuckyUnited in the Hannover Messe Tradeshow
this April. Lexington’s own Space Tango had the
opportunity to present its technology to President
Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela
Merkel. Space Tango is a for-profit spinout company
of Kentucky Science Technology Corporation (KSTC)
and Kentucky Space LLC.
Kentucky was only one of two state booths the
President and the Chanceller visited. This tradeshow
allowed Lexington and Kentucky to visit with existing
businesses headquartered in Europe as well as networking with prospective companies that have interests in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the United
States. FDI is a big component of our BEAM partnership and economic development strategies.
Fun Facts about Hannover Messe:
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Governor Matt Bevin and delegation attended
meetings with existing and prospective businesses.
15 Kentucky Economic Developers attended.
5 Kentucky companies attended, including
Lexington-based MakeTime & Space Tango.
2,000 Kentucky-made products given away
(300 Jif Peanut Butter Products).
80 high-level private and public sector guests
attended Kentucky Governor Bevin’s business
reception.
800+ attendees participated in the in-booth
bourbon tasting event.
ABOVE: Space Tango President Twyman Clements (far right) presents the company’s technology to President
Obama, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Kentucky Business Development Commissioner Mandy
Lambert. (Photo from U.S. Department of Commerce) BELOW: Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin with
Commerce Lexington Inc. team and Aventics’ German and Lexington leadership team.
By The Numbers:
In 2016, Commerce Lexington’s
Economic Development Division
responded to calls from the following:
New Business: 33 new prospects
interested in finding a new location
or expanding operations
Existing Clients & Local
Entrepreneurial Companies:
14 companies with potential expansions in Lexington
Client Visits: 6
Existing Business Visits: 56
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EVENTS
Sicily, Italy
SEPTEMBER 17 - 23, 2016
Commerce Lexington Inc.
2016 International Trip to
Take Travelers to Italy
Commerce Lexington Inc. is continuing its
annual offering of a unique international travel
opportunity for its members and the general public. Over the last few years, Commerce Lexington
Inc. has led groups to China, Cuba, Vietnam &
Cambodia, Dubai, and Croatia. In 2016, CLX is
offering yet another attractive destination, which
will enable travelers to experience a unique international adventure like no other.
Commerce Lexington Inc. is partnering with
Central Holidays for a nine-day, seven night trip to
Sicily, Italy, from September 17-23, with an optional trip extension to Malta until September 25th.
This trip includes stops in Palermo, Taormina
along the Sicilian coast, Agrigento, with optional
tours to Cefalu, Marsala, Mount Etna (Europe’s
largest active volcano), Syracuse, and Messina,
with an optional extension to Malta and its capital
city of Valletta.
Some of the sights you’ll see on this once-ina-lifetime opportunity include such picturesque
attractions as Cappella Palatina, the Benedictine
Abbey, Sicily’s colorful markets, Monreale and its
cathedral complex dedicated to Santa Maria
Nuova, the Valley of the Temples in Agrigento, a
visit to the Greek Theater built in the 3rd Centry
B.C., and much more.
TO REGISTER:
The cost of this nine-day, seven-night trip is
$3,999 per person for Commerce Lexington Inc.
members, or $4,099 per person for non-members,
and includes hotels, some meals, day trips and
airfare from Cincinnati. For a more detailed trip
itinerary and registration information, visit
www.CommerceLexington.com or contact Katie
Hardwick
at
[email protected]
Lexington.com.
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Stay Connected & Interact: Commerce Lexington Inc. Social Media Guide
Commerce Lexington Inc. recognizes that business owners and
business professionals live busy
lives. That’s why we have so many
different ways to keep connected to
the events, programs, and services
that help you succeed. From the
monthly Business Focus magazine
to our weekly E-Newsletter and web
site to our many social media channels, there are plenty of choices for
you to get connected to Commerce
Lexington and interact with other
businesspeople.
Social media is an effective way
to promote your company or
organization, keep tabs on what
people are saying about your business, and engage your customers.
Here are some of the places you
can keep up with Commerce
Lexington Inc. on social media.
Commerce Lexington Inc. members are permitted to post items
about their business to our social
media channels. Review the list
below to see where you would like
to connect.
www.instagram.com/CommerceLex
www.facebook.com/groups/
CommerceLexington
www.facebook.com/LocateInLex
www.facebook.com/clmbd
Commerce Lexington Inc. has over 2,400 members
on its Facebook group page. You can also follow
www.facebook.com/ LocateInLex for news on
expansions and relocations, as well as news from
our Minority Business Development division.
www.twitter.com/CommerceLex
www.twitter.com/LocateInLex
Join the 9,800 people who follow Commerce
Lexington Inc. on Twitter for the latest news as it
happens. Typically, we’ll tweet live from events, conferences, and trips, like our annual Leadership Visit
and D.C. Fly-In, so you can get a sense of what’s
happening in real-time.
www.youtube.com/commlexingtonky
There are 237 video clips and in some cases full
events posted on our YouTube channel. There are
also plenty of video clips promoting Lexington and
our region, which you can post or embed on your
own web site.
www.linkedin.com/company/
commerce-lexington
www.linkedin.com/groups/CommerceLexington-Inc-3937103
If you’re on LinkedIn, you can join the 1,100 people
in our LinkedIn group and post your own businessrelated items & interact with others, and keep up
with our LinkedIn company page as well.
www.commercelexington.com/clx-blog
http://news.locateinlexington.com
Check out our blog entries and stay up-to-speed on the
Legislative Session or follow our economic development blog for analysis on economic, demographic,
and other key data related to the Bluegrass Region.
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2016 BUSINESS ON THE GREEN
PRESENTED BY:
Business on the Green
Platinum Sponsor:
Gold Shield Limousine, Inc.
Gold Sponsors:
Fayette Heating & Air | Ingersoll Rand
KU - a PPL Company | Rupp Arena | SIS
Golf Ball Sponsor:
Frank Shoop Chevy, Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Inc.
Team Photo Sponsor:
First Southern National Bank
Driving Range Sponsor:
C-Forward, Inc.
Beer Sponsor:
Kentucky Eagle, Inc.
Monday, August 15, 2016
Andover Golf & Country Club
Whether you’re networking with potential clients
through a hole sponsorship, entertaining clients by
playing, or just enjoying an afternoon outside the office,
you won’t want to miss the 2016 Commerce Lexington
Inc. Business on the Green event presented by
Members Heritage Credit Union and University of
Kentucky Federal Credit Union on Monday, August 15,
at Andover Golf & Country Club (3450 Todds Road).
Return Form To:
Signage Sponsor:
Lynn Imaging/Monster Color
Snack & Beverage Cart Sponsors:
ExecuTrain of Kentucky | Windstream Communications
Lunch: 11:30 a.m.
Tee Time: 12:30 p.m.
PLAYER REGISTRATION
Includes lunch, 2 mulligans, cart and awards reception.
r $205 per person
r $820 foursome
r $350 Hole Sponsorship (limited availability)
Player A
Name _______________________________________
Company ____________________________________
E-mail _______________________________________
Player B
Name _______________________________________
Company_____________________________________
E-mail _______________________________________
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Attn: Katie Hardwick
330 E. Main Street, Lexington, KY 40507
[email protected]
Fax: (859) 233-3304
Awards Reception: 5:00 p.m.
Player C
Name ________________________________________
Company _____________________________________
E-Mail ________________________________________
Player D
Name ________________________________________
Company _____________________________________
E-Mail ________________________________________
r Please Invoice
r Charge Credit Card
Card # _____________________________________ Exp. ________
Security Code (three digit code on back of card) ________________
For information about Business on the Green sponsorships, please contact
Katie Hardwick at [email protected]
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EVENTS
TUESDAY, JUNE 7, 2016 | 4:30 - 6:30 P.M. | HILTON LEXINGTON DOWNTOWN (369 WEST VINE STREET)
Warm Up Your Summer Networking at Business Link on Tuesday, June 7th
As the weather heats up, so does the networking at the next Commerce Lexington Inc. Business
Link event on Tuesday, June 7, from 4:30-6:30
p.m. at the Hilton Lexington Downtown (369
West Vine Street). You won’t want to miss this
great opportunity to build your client base, browse
our exhibitors, and enjoy great food and drink
from the Hilton Lexington Downtown.
Come and experience the great service and
hospitality from the staff at the Hilton Lexington
Downtown, and find out more about the amenities and features available at this signature downtown Lexington hotel.
EXHIBIT SPACE:
SPONSORED BY:
Limited exhibit space is available at this Business
Link for Commerce Lexington Inc. members
only. The cost to exhibit is $175. Contact Liz
Bennett at [email protected]
to reserve your exhibit space.
TO ATTEND:
The cost to attend the Business Link event is $5
for Commerce Lexington members, $10 for
non-members (payable at the door). Members
of Lexington Forum can also attend for CLX
member rate of $5 per person.
ON-LINE REGISTRATION:
You can also pre-register for Business Link
events
on-line
at
www.Commerce
Lexington.com. Online registration closes the
day before the event. As always, you may still pay
at the door. If registering online, pick up your
beverage ticket at the registration table on the
evening of the event. PLEASE NOTE: NO
REFUNDS WILL BE GIVEN FOR ONLINE REGISTRATIONS.
June 7th Business Link
to Spotlight Junior
League of Lexington
The Commerce
Lexington Inc.
Business
Link
networking event
on Tuesday, June
7, from 4:30-6:30
p.m.
at
the
Hilton Lexington
Downtown (369
West Vine Street) will highlight the Junior
League of Lexington, an organization of
women committed to promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of
women, and improving the community
through the effective action and leadership
of trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational and charitable. Find at
more at the next Business Link or on-line
at www.lexjrleague.com.
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SALUTE TO SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
Apply Now for 2016 Salute to Small Business Awards; Deadline is June 24
PRESENTED BY:
PLATINUM SPONSORS
Community Trust Bank
Keeneland Association
Windstream Communications
TOAST TO THE WINNERS SPONSOR
Barney Miller’s Inc.
GOLD SPONSORS
Central Bank & Trust Co.
Lexington Herald-Leader/Kentucky.com
SILVER SPONSORS
ADCOLOR, INC.
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Hanna Resource Group
Humana
LM Communications Broadcast
Media Group
TravelHost of the Bluegrass
WUKY 91.3 FM
SMALL BUSINESS SPONSORS
Hurst Business Supply & Furniture Solutions
ENTERTAINMENT SPONSOR
Frost Brown Todd, LLC
INVITATION
& PROGRAM DESIGN SPONSOR
Stablemate Creative LLC
PRINT SPONSOR
Lynn Imaging/Monster Color
Commerce Lexington Inc. began honoring the
contributions that small businesses have on our
economy in 1986, and since that very first Salute to
Small Business, the impact of small businesses on
the global economy has become greater than ever
before. In fact, small business owners have accounted for more of the job growth in our country over the
last decade than large companies.
Commerce Lexington Inc. small business members can apply to be recognized in a variety of award
categories during the 2016 Salute to Small Business
Awards program presented by Forcht Bank, including Green Initiative, Innovation, Legacy, Nonprofit,
Minority Business, Phoenix, Business Success and
Young Entrepreneur. A summary of the criteria for
each award appears on Page 11 of this issue.
Businesses must be active members of Commerce
Lexington Inc., and must have completed three (3)
or more full years of operation and have fewer than
100 employees. Small businesses can apply for
more than one award category, but can be a finalist
for ONLY one category.
Small business award applicants are judged and
winners are selected for each of the eight categories.
Commerce Lexington Inc.’s 2015 Small
Business of the Year award winner Integrated
Engineering was recently recognized on the state
level by the Kentucky District Office of the U.S.
Small Business Administration. Integrated
Engineering (pictured below with Kentucky
Governor Matt Bevin) and its president Harsha
Wijesiri received the Kentucky Minority-Owned
Small Business of the Year Award.
Mr. Wijesiri told Commerce Lexington Inc.,
“Integrated Engineering is much honored to have
During the Salute to Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht Bank on Thursday, August 25, from noon to
1:30 p.m. at the Keeneland Entertainment Center, we’ll recognize the “Thoroughbreds” of our small business community in
variety of categories and help celebrate the naming of a new
Commerce Lexington Inc. Small Business of the Year. You’ll
want to come early and network, as the award winners in each
category will be on hand to show off their products and services.
The cost to attend is $50 for Commerce Lexington members, $60
for potential members.
To register, e-mail to
[email protected] or register on-line at
www.CommerceLexington.com.
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DOWNLOAD AN APPLICATION:
Those interested in applying for the 2016 Salute to
Small Business Awards can download a detailed
application at www.commercelexington.com.
Applications must be submitted to Commerce
Lexington Inc. by Friday, June 24, 2016.
2015 Small Business of the Year Winner Integrated
Engineering Recognized With State Level Award
Salute to Small Business Awards
Luncheon is August 25th
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The names of the category winners are released
about a month prior to the Salute to Small Business
Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht Bank to be
held on Thursday, August 25, at the Keeneland
Entertainment Center.
The Commerce Lexington Inc. Small Business of
the Year is then selected from the category winners
and announced at the awards luncheon. The Small
Business of the Year then has the opportunity to
apply for state and national recognition through the
U.S. Small Business Administration with the assistance of the Bluegrass Small Business Development
Center. Additionally, award winners in each category
are provided with exhibit space prior to the Salute to
Small Business Awards Luncheon so they can show
off their products and services.
received the Commerce Lexington Small Business
of the Year, as well as the Kentucky MinorityOwned Business of the Year. We strive to maintain the highest level of excellence in all of our
work. We are very grateful to be contributing to
the Kentucky economy in a variety of engineering
disciplines. We would like to extend our thanks to
our clients, our employees, and the other businesses that we partner with, and all that have contributed to our success. We look forward to many
more years of service in this great state!”
SALUTE TO SMALL BUSINESS AWARDS
Salute to Small Business Award Categories; Deadline is June 24, 2016
GREEN INITIATIVE AWARD
MINORITY BUSINESS AWARD
BUSINESS SUCCESS AWARD
Company must display movement toward
the implementation of green initiatives. The
business would have to demonstrate what
they have done to go "green" to quality for
this award. Criteria includes written policies, goals and metrics for green practices,
provision or use of alternative energy and/or
energy efficient products or services, or produce or manufacture a green product or
service. As a business or organization,
being green means finding environmentallyfriendly ways to do business and/or encouraging employee participation in sustainable
business practices that have a significant
and positive impact on the company and/or
the community.
The Minority Business Award recognizes an
ethnically-owned member business, which is
defined by Commerce Lexington Inc. as a
business that is 51-percent owned, operated &
controlled by a person within the following
racial and ethnic groups: African American;
Hispanic American; or Asian American. Tell
us about the unique aspects of your business,
such as enhanced services for customers,
workplace flexibility initiatives, logistics adjustments, and/or expansion efforts.
The Business Success Award recognizes a
business that doesn't fall into one of the
other award categories. This is your opportunity to put your company's operations, products and services, growth, and response to
adversity up against the "best of the best."
Tell us about the unique aspects of your business, such as enhanced services for customers, workplace flexibility initiatives, logistics adjustments, and/or expansion efforts.
INNOVATION AWARD
Company must have demonstrated ability in
adopting and utilizing technology to directly
increase productivity, efficiency, revenue
and/or profits. Additional criteria include
informed decision-making process around
technology adoption, strategic implementation and ability to measure results of utilization. This award is your chance to "wow" us
with an innovative practice that your company has implemented in the past year in
response to the changes in the economy.
Provide an example of a new product, service, business process or system; quantify its
growth; and explain how this innovation
resulted in reduced expenses or increased
operation efficiency for your company.
YOUNG ENTREPRENEUR AWARD
PHOENIX AWARD
Phoenix awards are given to those individuals (business owners, volunteers and
public officials) whose efforts and contributions have enabled their businesses or
communities to recover successfully from
a disaster, natural, economic or manmade. Company must have endured a
uniquely challenging circumstance or natural disaster and successfully emerged
from it stronger and poised for growth in
order to qualify for this award.
To be considered a young entrepreneur, the
individual must serve as a majority owner and
operate or bear principal responsibility for
operating a small business with at least a
three-year track record, and who will not have
reached the age of 35 by June 1, 2016.
Evidence of success as measured by sales and
profits, increased employment opportunities
created by the nominee's business, development and/or utilization of innovative or creative business methods and demonstrated
entrepreneurial potential necessary for longterm business success and economic growth.
Download a 2016 Salute to
Small Business Awards
application on-line at
www.CommerceLexington.com
LEGACY AWARD
Businesses eligible for this award include companies that have been in business for 25-plus
years, multi-generational businesses, and past
Small Business Celebration award winners.
The award recognizes staying power, longevity, the ability to adjust to the changing economic climate, and company growth.
NONPROFIT AWARD
To be considered for this award, the organization must highlight its services, fundraising
efforts, its impact and return on investment,
ability to inspire and engage volunteers, maximizing its output and reach to a wide variety of
groups and people within the community.
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EVENTS
Over 200 People Set to Head to Charleston, S.C. for 2016 Leadership Visit
PRESENTED BY:
PLATINUM SPONSORS
Central Bank & Trust Co.
CHASE / J.P. Morgan
Kentucky Community & Technical
College System
Kentucky Utilities Co.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC
Unified Trust Company
Your Community Bank
OPENING NIGHT RECEPTION SPONSOR
Saint Joseph Hospital, a Part of
KentuckyOne Health
GOLD SPONSOR
MCM LLP
BRIEFING BOOK SPONSOR
J.J.B. Hilliard, W. L. Lyons, LLC
NAME BADGE SPONSOR
Wyatt Tarrant & Combs, LLP
More than 200 local and regional leaders will
travel to Charleston, South Carolina, June 8-10,
during the Commerce Lexington Inc. Leadership
Visit presented by McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie &
Kirkland, PLLC to hear from elected officials and
business and education leaders there and to
study the city’s successes and examine best practices. The Greater Charleston region has experienced unprecedented business growth over the
past several years, with both multinational corporations and fast-growing startups taking advantage of its globally competitive business environment.
This trip will include a heavy focus on education and workforce development, as participants
take a look at Charleston’s efforts to cultivate
partnerships between business and education
through the development of Career Academies in
their local schools. This initiative has engaged
business partners in education, increased graduation rates, lowered dropout rates, and ensured
that what is being taught in the classroom is relevant to current job demands.
Attendees will also hear about Charleston’s
efforts to maximize the impact of its tourism
economy, while valuing their culture and history,
and preserving their quality of life. Over 5 million
Photo of King Street in Charleston, South Carolina, courtesy of the Charleston Convention & Visitors Bureau.
people visited Charleston in 2015, representing
nearly $4 billion in total economic impact.
As trip participants get out and about on
Thursday, June 9th, elective sessions will include
a lunch with representatives of Charleston’s
young professionals organization, a tour of
Boeing - one of the area’s largest employers, a
tour through historic Charleston, and the downtown “Charleston Challenge” that will allow participants to explore the unique areas of downtown, as well as a visit to Lowcountry Local First
and GrowFood Carolina, which promotes local
foods, local farms, and rural sustainability.
The trip will wrap up on June 10 with a session
at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church,
where we’ll engage in “A Courageous
Conversation” about how city and community
leaders responded to the mass shooting that
happened there one year ago.
STAY CONNECTED:
Even if you are unable to attend this trip, you can
still experience what others are seeing and doing
while in Charleston through social media on
Facebook at www.facebook.com/LeadershipVisit
and Twitter at www.twitter.com/CommerceLex
using the hashtags #bgvisit and #lexky. You’ll
also find trip materials and an agenda posted online at www.commercelexington.com/leadershipvisit.html.
RUN/WALK SPONSOR
Humana
SPECIAL THANKS
Blue Grass Airport | WLEX Communications
BANK RECEPTION
& DINNER SPONSORS
BB&T | Central Bank & Trust Co.
CHASE / J.P. Morgan | Community Trust Bank
Cumberland Valley National Bank
Fifth Third Bank | Forcht Bank | Kentucky Bank
PBI Bank, Inc. | PNC Bank
Republic Bank & Trust | Traditional Bank
U.S. Bank | Your Community Bank
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Commerce Lexington’s “CLX2Go” Mobile App Surpasses 900 Downloads
Mobile technology is here to stay, and
Commerce Lexington Inc. (CLX) has embraced
this method of communication not only to add
visibility for its members, but to also provide an
easy way to keep up with current CLX events,
community events, local news, programs, and
your favorite businesses while you're on the go!
Commerce Lexington Inc.’s CLX2Go mobile app
is available FREE for download in the iTunes
App Store and Google Play.
EVERY COMMERCE LEXINGTON MEMBER
has their own basic listing as a benefit of membership, which includes a "click to call" and
"click to map" link. Mobile users now have onetouch access to your business contact information and location. As a member of Commerce
Lexington, you can now attract more customers
by offering mobile coupons, "near me" deals,
and special offers to both CLX members and
anyone in the Greater Lexington area who
downloads this free mobile app.
TO DOWNLOAD THE FREE APP:
- Go to the App Store or Google Play
- Text lexington CLX2Go to 80802, OR
- Scan this QR code with your mobile
device.
PLATINUM SPONSOR:
JUNE 2016
BUSINESS FOCUS
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LEADERSHIP LEXINGTON CLASS PROJECT UPDATE
Supportive Oncology Services Project Aided by Dean Dorton Foundation
A Leadership Lexington project that began
almost three years ago has come to fruition, in
the form of a cancer patient receiving free childcare during treatments, thanks to the help of
the community and the Dean Dorton
Foundation. During the 2013-2014 Leadership
Lexington program, the S.O.S. group project,
which stands for “supportive oncology services,” partnered with the YMCA of Central
Kentucky and a local church to structure a program to provide free childcare to the dependents of cancer patients as
they go through their cancer journey.
Two children of a recently diagnosed cancer patient started receiving
free childcare last week through S.O.S., as their mother began her yearlong chemotherapy treatment. “With everyone’s hard work and persistence, we have eased some of [the mother’s] burden as she begins her
cancer journey,” stated Erica Radhakrishnan, a two-time cancer survivor,
S.O.S. project team leader, and Distinguished Leader of Leadership
Lexington class of 2013-2014. “I want to express my sincere gratitude to
the Dean Dorton Foundation for their support. I am grateful that our
community possesses business entities, such as Dean Dorton, that
appreciate the value of leadership development and cultivation, as well
as a generous spirit that supports opportunities to give back and
enhance our city.”
The 2013-2014 Leadership Lexington class worked on multiple proj-
ects, including Advance Lexington, Roosevelt
Boulevard Community Garden, University You,
and S.O.S. Cancer Support. Current S.O.S.
project team members include Erica
Radhakrishnan
(Bluegrass
Veterinary
Specialists & Animal Emergency), Bill Kohm
(Dean Dorton), Dan Hitchcock (Wyatt, Tarrant
& Combs, LLP), Della Tuttle (Bluegrass.org),
and Kelly Karbowicz Riley (Thomas P. Miller
and Associates).
“We are thankful for the Dean Dorton Foundation’s support of our
cause. It’s an amazing feeling that our vision has finally helped a young
mother with cancer,” said Kohm.
Leadership Lexington is a leadership development program sponsored by Commerce Lexington and directed toward individuals who
demonstrate leadership qualities. Find out more on-line at www.leadershiplexington.com.
The Dean Dorton Foundation is a charitable foundation that supports nonprofit organizations throughout Kentucky. Each year, the firm
contributes a percentage of its net profits to organizations that help the
community through social service, cultural, environmental, or educational activities.
Watch for More Leadership Lexington Project
Updates in Upcoming Issues of Business Focus
Recommend LEX Program
to Bring Meetings Here
VisitLEX recently
announced the formation of a new campaign
called Recommend LEX
to encourage organizations and individuals to
bring their meetings to
Lexington and help grow the local economy.
Recommend LEX will provide special, tailor-made
services to organizations or businesses that
could host meetings or conventions in the community.
To kick off the program, VisitLEX hosted a
“Local Tour” on May 17th for local planners. The
tour highlighted six unique venues as well as
lunch and a tour of Lexington Convention Center
space. Participants were also given information
about 18 additional facilities available for meetings or events.
The state recently released a study that
showed total travel spending in Fayette County
reached the $2 billion mark for the first time.
Whether it’s a meeting for 10 or 5,000, VisitLEX
can provide resources for planning and promoting a meeting or event. To learn more, or to
become part of Recommend LEX, call (859) 2331221 or visit www.VisitLEX.com/recommendlex.
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Winner’s Circle Preparations Underway; Volunteers Sought for Teams
For the 14th consecutive year, Commerce
Inc.
is
Lexington
preparing for its annual
Winner’s Circle total
resource development
program. This initiative
enlists the help of
around 100 volunteers from throughout the community, who
seek to bring in new members, renewals and membership
upgrades, while informing existing members of services and
marketing opportunities available through Commerce
Lexington Inc.
Teams are forming now, so if you’re interested in getting
more involved in your community, we’d love to have you on
board. The Winner’s Circle is a great way for you to meet community and business leaders, while working directly with volunteers from your company and the other teams. This is an
opportunity for you to grow professionally, to expand your
business and community contacts, and to help Commerce
Lexington become even stronger and more vital for business
in the future.
If you’re interested in joining one of our existing teams or
forming your own corporate team, contact Lynda Bebrowsky
at (859) 226-1611 or [email protected]
Find out more about The Winner’s Circle program at
www.clxwinnerscircle.com.
PICTURED ABOVE: Winner’s Circle Volunteers enjoyed the Mid-Campaign Fall
Festival event at Kentucky Eagle, Inc. in 2015. Volunteers, staff, and campaign
leadership come together periodically throughout the campaign to celebrate success and recognize the top producing individuals and teams.
Find Out More On-Line at
www.clxwinnerscircle.com
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BUSINESS FOCUS
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CONNECT
Leadership Central Ky. Studies Economic Development in Clark County
PRESENTED BY:
PLATINUM SPONSOR:
GOLD SPONSOR:
Keeneland
SILVER SPONSORS:
Ale-8-One
Kentucky Bank
Excerpts of Article by Sheila Vaughn, Junior
Achievement of the Bluegrass
Clark County industrial and economic development is
making great strides in making the community a better
place to live and work. The Leadership Central Kentucky
class began their day at Kentucky Bank where Darryl Terry,
President, welcomed the class to Clark County. Chris
LeMaster (Kentucky Bank and LCK member), Mark Manuel
(BCTC) and Cindy Banks (Winchester Chamber of
Commerce Director) all joined us for the kickoff breakfast
and served as hosts throughout the day.
What would a day in Winchester be without a tour of Ale8-One (pictured at right). DeAnne Elmore, Marketing
Director, gave LCK a “glorified” tour of the bottling plant
and talked about how its hometown soft drink is now
emerging across the United States, including a recent partnership with Cracker Barrel.
Bluegrass Community and Technical College hosted us
next to hear from Todd Denham, Executive Director of
Winchester/Clark County Industrial Authority, Randy Todd,
Peoples Exchange Bank President, and Jason Luring, HR
Director at Catalent. Bruce Manley, BCTC Campus Director
and Mark Manuel, Vice President, Advancement and
Organizational Development both shared the vision of
BCTC and gave us a tour of the campus.
During a luncheon at Graze Market and Café, Craig
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DeVillier, Executive Chef, talked about how the restaurant
specializes in farm-to-fork dining with a blackboard menu
that changes twice daily. Nancy Turner, Executive Director
of Winchester/Clark County Tourism, gave us updates on
the upcoming events for Winchester.
Following a visit to to Blackfish Bison Ranch, we ended
our day in Clark County on the historic bricked Depot Street
with Rachel Alexander, Executive Director of Main Street
Winchester.
Applications Available for
2016-17 Leadership
Central Kentucky Program
Applications are now available for the 2016-17
Leadership Central Kentucky program, which is
designed to educate and inform individuals on
issues and opportunities for all of our region's communities; create awareness and understanding of
how each county's actions affect the others; and to
help foster a regional vision for the Bluegrass. Its
vision seeks to build a network of committed,
informed and progressive citizens connected across
institutions and county lines. This regional leadership development program runs from August 2016
to May 2017. For more information, contact Amy
Carrington
at
(859)
226-1610
or
[email protected] Access an
application at www.leadershipcentralkentucky.com.
The deadline to submit an application is Thursday,
June 16, 2016.
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Leadership Lexington Class Members Study Impact of Equine Industry
Excerpts of Article by Jennifer Buntin, Keeneland
Perhaps one of the most widely anticipated parts of
Leadership Lexington, this year’s Equine Day was
meticulously planned by day chairs Jenny Cave, David
Kidd, Warren Rogers, Phillip Sisk and Camden
Skidmore. The morning kicked off trackside at
Keeneland where the class soaked in one of Lexington’s
most iconic views, while watching up-and-coming
horses prep for races. After a warm welcome by
Keeneland’s Vice President and COO, Vince Gabbert,
we headed to the rail for a closer look and to chat with
exercise rider Dr. Lark Carroll, which was fittingly done
on horseback.
After the morning works, the class loaded the bus
and headed to Rood & Riddle Equine hospital for a tour
of the state-of-the-art facility. Highlights included
watching a live surgery and learning about specialized
equine equipment such as a diagnostic horse treadmill
that allows the animals to reach 35 mph.
Our next stop was the Kentucky Horse Park to spend
some time at the United States Equestrian Federation,
where we learned about the sport horse side of
Kentucky’s equine industry. Lee Carter, EEI Executive
Director, provided valuable insight on the Rolex
Kentucky 3-day Event and Leah Oliveto, USEF’s
Director of Communications, explained the role of the
federation in governing all of America’s equine disciplines.
A short drive across the Horse Park took us to
Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, a facility specializing
in helping children and adults with physical disabilities
and mental afflictions such as PTSD, substance abuse
and depression. One of the center’s most interesting
programs is its collaboration with Fayette County
Public Schools, allowing equestrian enthusiasts to
attend regular classes and work within the program
where they assist in the care of the horses. Students
from the program served a key role in the next portion
of our day, and were there to make sure everything
went smooth during our team building exercise.
The group then returned to the bus and headed to
Darley’s North American stallion operation at Jonabell
Farm. The breathtaking view pulling into the drive
quickly brought home the point that Thoroughbreds in
Lexington live a life of luxury like no other. After a warm
welcome from COO Dan Pride, the group was divided
for a crash course in the stallion industry, complete
with the eye-opening experience of viewing a live cover.
From there, the group spent time with Head of
Nominations Darren Fox, learning about the business
side of the stallion industry. As a special treat, Anne
Sabatino Hardy spent a few minutes with the group discussing Lexington’s newest tourism initiative Horse
Country, Inc.
A quick stop at Keeneland’s backside barn provided
the class with a behind the scenes tour of trainer Kellyn
Gorder. As his assistant walked us through the shed
row, we were able to ask a wide variety of questions
about the training and strategy that goes into these
equine athletes.
Loading the bus for the last time, we headed to
Keeneland’s Sales Pavilion to spend some time with
Sales Associates Jesse Ulley and Chip McGaughey.
Suzy White of Keeneland Sales explained the credit and
other financial processes associated with buying a
horse, while Dr. Michael T. Hore of Hagyard Equine
Medical Institute spent time discussing the veterinary
considerations when buying a horse at a public auction.
All in all, Equine Day was an exciting and educational
experience for this year’s Leadership Lexington class.
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Ambassador Spotlight: Cheryl Eadens, Everything But The House
CHERYL EADENS
Cheryl Eadens, Relationship Manager
Everything But The House
Phone: (859) 519-0098
E-mail: [email protected]
www.EBTH.com
About EBTH: With eight years in business, Everything But The
House helps clients with relocation, downsizing, or managing a
family member's estate. EBTH's full-service model photography, cataloging, payment, and delivery makes the process easy
and worthwhile, with proceeds typically three to five times higher
than a conventional estate sale.
About Cheryl Eadens: A Louisville native, Cheryl Eadens came to
Lexington in 1982 to attend college. She just recently celebrated
her one-year anniversary with Everything But The House
(EBTH), an on-line estate sale company. As a relationship manager, Cheryl consults with clients looking to have an estate sale
or consign personal property.
About Serving as an Ambassador: “I enjoy serving as an
Ambassador, helping members get more connected and representing such a quality organization.,” said Cheryl. “For me and
my company, it has been a win-win. I have met new clients at
Commerce Lexington events that I have been able to help with
my company’s services.”
Read More About Our Ambassadors at www.CommerceLexington.com > Connect > Volunteer Opportunities
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NEW MEMBERS
Welcome New Commerce Lexington Inc. members for the period of April 20, through May 19, 2016
Another Man's Treasure, Inc.
Furniture Dealers
Dottie Gibbs, Vice President/Owner
2550 Regency Road, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 296-5991
Web: www.anothermanstreasurefurniture.com
Imprint Coaching + Consulting
Consultants
Michelle Hollingshead, President
1017 Richmond Road, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 312-0141
Web: www.imprintcoaching.com
Proof Fitness
Fitness Centers
Lauren Burton, Marketing Coordinator
230 West Main St., Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 559-0230
Web: www.prooffitness.com
Corey Jones Photography
Photographers
Corey Jones, Marketing Director
615 Waxwing Way, Lexington, KY 40517
Phone: (859) 519-5986
Web: www.coreyjonesphotography.com
JAGLETS Properties, LLC
Real Estate Developers
John Sims, President
2188 Island Drive, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 559-7162
Web: www.jagletsproperties.com
R & D Indoor Comfort
Air Conditioning & Heating Systems HVAC
Allen B. Cottongim, Sales Manager
2529 Regency Road, Suite 104
Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 255-7650
Web: www.rdindoor.com
Detail Lex
Auto Detailing
Jerry Parsons, Owner
530 E. 2nd Street, Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (859) 230-4917
Web: www.detaillex.com
Johnny Carino's
Restaurants
Jordan Johnson, Marketing Specialist
2333 Sir Barton Way, Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 264-1049
Web: www.tandk.com
Embry Merritt Shaffar Womack, PLLC
Attorneys
Suzanne Lee Shaffar, Member
155 E. Main St., Suite 260, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 543-0453
Web: www.emswlaw.com
Massage Envy
Massage-Licensed Therapists
Piers Harvey, Owner
630 Euclid Ave., Suite 105, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 281-1218
Web: www.massageenvy.com
Gem Source Inc.
Jewelers & Jewelry Design
James Salyer, President
368 Southland Drive, Lexington, KY 40503
Phone: (859) 278-3108
Web: www.gemsourceinc.com
Mosquito Joe of the Bluegrass
Pest Control
Travis Hightower, GM/Partner
910 Enterprise Court, Lexington, KY 40510
Phone: (859) 568-5800
Web: www.lexington.mosquitojoe.com
H2O Designs, Inc.
Pond/Lake Management
Rachel Duggins, Owner
10 Greystone Dr., Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (859) 339-6655
Web: www.h2odesignsinc.com
Mtani Catering
Caterers
James Baker
468 Squires Road, Lexington, KY 40515
Phone: (859) 396-0071
Web: www.mtanicatering.com
Hayden Company, Inc.
Construction
Wayne Hayden, Vice President
208 South Main St., Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (859) 885-3388
Web: www.haydenco.com
Mulberry & Lime
Home Decor
Mary Ginocchio, Owner
216 North Limestone, Lexington, KY 40507
Phone: (859) 231-0800
Web: www.mulberryandlime.com
Holly Enterprises, LLC
Real Estate
Kevin Martin
2105 Hart Court, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 619-3232
Web: www.myuk4rent.com
Perry Capital Holding
Manufacturers
Gerald R. "Randy" Perry, owner
3624 Fair Ridge Drive, Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 420-1879
Web: www.apprmky.com
Hope Center
Non-Profit Organizations
Carrie Thayer
250 W. Loudon Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (859) 225-4673
Web: www.hopectr.org
Precision Door Service
Garage Doors
Theresa Derenthal
3005 Park Central Avenue, Suite Y
Nicholasville, KY 40356
Phone: (859) 309-8690
Web: www.pdslexington.com
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The Sage Rabbit
Restaurants
John Foster, Owner
438 S. Ashland Avenue, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 523-2095
Web: www.thesagerabbitrestaurant.com
Sash & Bow
Retailers
Sasha Bowlby, Owner
109 Walton Avenue, Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (606) 481-9800
Web: www.sashandbowboutique.com
Source on High
Health & Wellness
Corinne LeReau
518 East High Street, Lexington, KY 40502
Phone: (859) 539-2097
Web: www.sourceonhigh.com
Spirit Manufacturing, LLC
Manufacturers
Charles B. Watson, CFO
3657 Winding Wood Lane
Lexington, KY 40515
Phone: (859) 312-8904
Xooker
Advertising-Other
Conrad Carney, President
501 Darby Creek Road, Suite 5
Lexington, KY 40509
Phone: (859) 264-7568
Web: www.xooker.com
The Zenith Company
Restaurant Companies
Jordan Johnson, Marketing Specialist
427 South Mill Street, Lexington, KY 40508
Phone: (859) 226-9001
PERSONNEL ANNOUNCEMENTS
Kendra Steele recently joined Brand Advertising
Group as the agency’s media coordinator, while
Barb Sallee was hired to oversee creative services.
The Children’s Advocacy Center of the Bluegrass
named Townsend Miller as director of development.
CLARK Material Handling Company announced
the appointment of Scott Johnson as vice president, dealer services.
Dentistry for All Ages: Doyle Freano, Jr. DMD
received the “Passion for Dentistry” award from
the Dawson Academy in St. Petersburg, Florida.
The award is given to a dentist annually recognizing “passion for and advancement of the dental
profession.” Dr. Freano currently serves as
President of the Dawson Academy Alumni
Association.
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP was featured on Law360’s
list of the best U.S. law firms for women, based on
the firm’s female representation at the partner and
non-partner levels and its total number of female
attorneys. Dinsmore ranked 57th in the 2016 Best
Law Firms for Female Attorneys list, moving up 14
spots from last year’s ranking.
Georgetown College’s Board of Trustees named C.
David Wilhite, CPA, as chief financial officer and
treasurer.
Keller Williams Bluegrass announced several new
agents, including Marsha Moors-Charles, Dawn
Severt, Allison Haas, Ryan Camenisch, Ashley
Cook, Elizabeth Traugott, Starla Yount, Treva
Jones, Roxanne Henry, and Vickie Lucas.
Keller Williams Greater Lexington announced the
following new agents: Heather Penichet, Paula
Mata, Toni Ward, Taylor Ruth, Aaron Allnut, Sandy
Allnut, Todd Back, Tyler Back, Deborah Back, Greg
Back, Cara Gallagher, Joanna Frauenhoffer, Candi
Vester, Nancy McFarland and Amanda Hill.
The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the
Kentucky Society for Human Resource
Management recently named the 2016 Best Places
to Work in Kentucky. A variety of Commerce
Lexington Inc. members appeared in the rankings.
The following were recognized in the Small
Companies Category (15-149 employees): 4. SIS,
LLC; 7. Benefit Insurance Marketing; 8. AMR
Management Services; 10. Dean Dorton; 12.
Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, PLLC; 13.
McGregor & Associates, Inc.; 15. People Plus, Inc.;
18. Integrity IT; 19. Ward, Hocker & Thornton,
PLLC; 20. Associations International; 21. Delta
Dental of Kentucky, Inc.; 26. Town & Country Bank
and Trust Co.; 28.Unified Trust Co.; 29. Tenmast
Software; and 32. Lexington Habitat for Humanity.
The following CLX members made the Medium
Companies ranking (150-499 employees): 2.
KEMI; 4. Independence Bank; 5. Van Meter
Insurance Group; 10. Park Community Credit
Union; 12. MCM CPA’s & Advisors; 16. Kentucky
Bank; 18. Blue & Co., LLC; 19. Stites & Harbison,
PLLC; 22. Forcht Bank; 26. Louisville Tile
Distributors; 27. Keeneland Association, Inc.; 29.
Clark Regional Medical Center; 30. Plumbers
Supply Co.; 31. PBI Bank; and 34. ProLift Industrial
Equipment. In the Large Companies Category
(500-plus employees), the following members
were recognized: 1. Edward Jones; 3. Aerotek; 6.
Crowe Horwath LLP; 10. Farm Credit MidAmerica; 12. Hilliard Lyons; 13. Kentucky
American Water; 15. Baptist Health; 16. Big Ass
Solutions; 17. Central Bank & Trust Co.; 20.
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield; 22.
AssuredPartners NL; and 28. Allconnect.
Lexington Habitat for Humanity announced the
appointment of four new board members, including Rev. Dr. Bishop Carter III, Laura Dalzell, Drew
McLellan, and Veronica Dean Thacker. The 2016
Board Officers are Board President David Doss
(Messer Construction), Vice President Chris
Crumrine (University of Kentucky); and Secretary
Roslyn Heise (retired). Executive Committee
Members At-Large include Rachel Smith Childress
(Lexington Habitat) and Steve Combs (Kaba Mas).
Additional Board members are Jim Ford (Kentucky
Chamber of Commerce), Ron Griffin (KET),
Marlene Helm (retired), Parashar Joshi
(Valvoline),
Kevin
McGuire
(Messer
Construction), Dwain Neeley (PNC Bank), and
Sean Washington (Fifth Third Bank). Board
Members Emeritus are Lyle Hanna and Dennis
Pike.
The Lexington Public Library has received an
exemplary rating from the Kentucky Public Library
Association, making it one of only nine public
libraries throughout the state to reach the association’s highest rating level. KPLA measures seven
categories to determine rating levels: governance,
human resources, collections, services, facilities,
technology and marketing.
Bobby Webb, the Lexington Public Library’s virtual
librarian, recently won the Kentucky Public Library
Association’s Charlene Davis Excellence in
Technology Award, recognizing outstanding
achievement in the use of technology to advance
the work of public libraries in Kentucky.
Lexington Theological Seminary named Rev. Dr.
Leah Schade as Assistant Professor of Preaching
and Worship. She will officially join the seminary
in August.
McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC,
announced that Katherine K. Yunker has joined the
firm as Of Counsel.
As part of its third annual Spotlight Awards
Ceremony, Midway University honored noted
community leader Isabel Yates and members of
the James Bowling family. Yates, a longtime public
servant and former vice mayor of Lexington, was
presented with the Pinkerton Vision Award, which
honors a person who has shown tremendous leadership and innovative thinking in her field while
serving as a role model to others. During the
Spotlight Awards, the University also presented its
Legacy Award to the James C. Bowling family. A
member of the family has continuously served on
Midway’s Board of Trustees since 1962.
Schrader Commercial Properties, LLC announced
Laura H. Adams as its newest sales associate and
Melinda F. Wester as the new property manager.
Stantec won the Grand Award in the Mapping &
Technology Category for the Community Hazard
Assessment & Mitigation Planning System
(CHAMPS) project in Frankfort during the
American Council of Engineering Companies of
Tennessee’s Engineering Excellence Awards Gala.
Steptoe & Johnson PLLC announced that attorney
Jonathan “Tyler” Adkins joined the firm’s litigation
team, focusing on civil litigation and corporate law
from its offices in Charleston, W.V., and Lexington.
Stites & Harbison, PLLC attorney Cassidy Rosenthal
has been named Office Executive Member for the
Lexington office, succeeding attorney Greg Parsons.
Meanwhile, the Fayette County Bar Association
bestowed attorney J. David Porter with the Henry T.
Duncan Award, which is given to an attorney
“whose integrity, leadership and professional conduct serves to exemplify the high ethical and professional standards that benefit the community.”
Finally, attorney David Ratterman was recently
inducted into the University of Kentucky College of
Engineering Hall of Distinguished Alumni. Less
than one-half of one percent of the College of
Engineering’s graduates have received this honor.
TrinSoft recently welcomed Paula Durst to its
administrative team, Heather Nichol to its
TrinDocs team, Audra Meighan to the sales and
marketing team, and Mark Jenkins and Chelsea
Gerstle to the Microsoft Dynamics development
team.
Women Leading Kentucky announced the following
winners of the 2016 Martha Layne Collins
Leadership Award: Paula Hanson, Tax Director,
Dean Dorton Allen Ford PLLC; Dr. Augusta Julian,
President/CEO, Bluegrass Community and
Technical College; and Marta Miranda,
President/CEO, Center for Women and Families.
The award recognizes women of achievement who
inspire and motivate other women through their
personal, community and professional lives.
SUBMIT PERSONNEL NEWS:
Submit your company’s awards, personnel changes,
additions, or promotions for Business Focus to
[email protected] Information is
published in the order received & as space permits.
JUNE 2016
BUSINESS FOCUS
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Lexington, KY 40588-1968
COMMERCE LEXINGTON INC. UPCOMING EVENTS
2
JUNE 2016:
JULY 2016:
Leadership Lexington presented by KentuckyOne Health:
Reflection and Graduation Day.
Lexington Inc. offices closed in observance of the
4 Commerce
Fourth of July holiday.
Policy Luncheon presented by Kentucky American
3 Public
Water, Noon - 1:30 p.m., at Hyatt Regency Lexington’s
Bluegrass Region’s Washington, D.C. Fly-In presented by
6-7 Columbia
Gas of Kentucky.
Regency Ballroom (401 West High Street).
7
Business Link hosted by Hilton Lexington Downtown (369
- SEE PAGE 9
West Vine Street), 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Visit to Charleston, S.C. presented by McBrayer,
8-10 Leadership
- SEE PAGE 12
McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland, PLLC.
for 2016-17 Leadership Central Kentucky Program
16 Applications
- SEE PAGE 16
due today.
to submit applications for 2016 Salute to Small
24 Deadline
Business Awards presented by Forcht Bank. - SEE PAGES 10-11
5 Across at Awesome Inc., 5:00 p.m.; Admission: $5 per per29 son;
For more information, contact [email protected]
SPARK event (formerly Lexington Venture Club) featuring
13 Governor’s
School for Entrepreneurs Pitch Competition, 11:30
a.m. - 1:30 p.m., at Copper Roux (861 S. Broadway).
Member Luncheon presented by George Fletcher Law
21 New
Office PSC, 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at Commerce Lexington Inc.
AUGUST 2016:
Business on the Green golf event co-presented by Members
15 Heritage
Credit Union and University of Kentucky Federal Credit
Union at Andover Golf & Country Club (3450 Todds Road).
- REGISTRATION FORM ON PAGE 8
to Small Business Awards Luncheon presented by Forcht
25 Salute
Bank, noon - 1:30 p.m., at Keeneland Entertainment Center.
- SEE PAGE 10

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