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Kentucky Chamber and Kentucky SHRM Announce

2020 Medium Business Winner

2020 Large Business Winner

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2020 Small Business Winner

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Honored to be Named 2020 Best Places to Work IN KENTUCKY

Flaget Memorial Hospital

Congratulations to the employees and leaders of Flaget Memorial Hospital, Saint Joseph London and Saint Joseph Jessamine for being recognized as a 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and the Kentucky Society for Human Resources Management. We are proud of this recognition and proud of the quality health care services that we offer patients at all our facilities across the communities we serve.

Saint Joseph London

FOR MORE INFORMATION CHISaintJosephHealth.org

Saint Joseph Jessamine

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What Does It Take to Become a Best Place to Work in Kentucky?------------------------- 2 Messages from KYSHRM and Kentucky Chamber----------------------------------------------- 3 What Our 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Winners Look Like -------------------- 4 Winners Hall of Fame--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 6 Workforce Center Ramps Up, Addresses Number One Issue ------------------------------- 8 Creating a Culture of Inclusion & Diversity in the Workplace -------------------------------- 10 How Family-Friendly Policies Benefit Your Organization -------------------------------------- 26 Kentucky Chamber and KYSHRM Board of Directors------------------------------------------- 32 Retaining Professionals Through Professional Development-------------------------------- 42 Beyond the ADA---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 58

Table of Contents

2020Best Small Places to Work in Kentucky ------------------------------------- 13 All Star Purchasing ------------------------------------------------------------- 17 Associations International --------------------------------------------------- 23 Bim Group ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 BUDGET For The People ---------------------------------------------------- 20 CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph Jessamine ---------------- 23 Clay Ingels Co. LLC ------------------------------------------------------------ 25 Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) ------------------------------------------ 15 Connected Nation -------------------------------------------------------------- 15 DBL Law ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 21 Delta Dental of Kentucky, Inc. ---------------------------------------------- 17 EdjAnalytics ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 15 Extell Financial Services, Inc. ----------------------------------------------- 25 Fahe --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 23 Hardin County Water District No. 1 --------------------------------------- 25 KECH, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 KLH Engineers ------------------------------------------------------------------- 20 Marine Solutions, Inc. ---------------------------------------------------------- 19 Massage Envy Lexington ----------------------------------------------------- 21 MCF ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 16

MiddleGround Capital --------------------------------------------------------- 14 Middleton Reutlinger ---------------------------------------------------------- 20 Mirazon------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 25 NetGain Technologies, LLC ------------------------------------------------- 20 Oasis Solutions ------------------------------------------------------------------ 19 Peel & Holland ------------------------------------------------------------------- 17 People Plus, Inc ------------------------------------------------------------------ 19 PriceWeber ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 17 SIS, A Converge Company -------------------------------------------------- 24 Strothman and Company ---------------------------------------------------- 25 Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. ------------------------------------- 22 Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. ----------------------------------------------------- 22 Unified Technologies LLC ---------------------------------------------------- 22 Unified Trust Company ------------------------------------------------------- 24 United States Hunter Jumper Association ----------------------------- 21 Venminder, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------------ 19 Volta --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 19 Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC ------------------------------------------- 14 Wehr Constructors, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------- 15

Abound Credit Union ---------------------------------------------------------- 39 ARGI --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 34 Associates in Pediatric Therapy LLC ------------------------------------- 35 Blue & Co., LLC ------------------------------------------------------------------ 39 CHI Saint Joseph Health, Flaget Memorial Hospital --------------- 38 CLARK Material Handling Company ------------------------------------- 40 Columbia Gas of Kentucky -------------------------------------------------- 38 Commonwealth Credit Union ---------------------------------------------- 36 Community Financial Services Bank ------------------------------------- 34 Dean Dorton ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 37 Elizabethtown Community & Technical College --------------------- 41 Forcht Bank ----------------------------------------------------------------------- 37 Harrison Memorial Hospital ------------------------------------------------- 30 Harshaw Trane ------------------------------------------------------------------- 34 Houchens Insurance Group ------------------------------------------------- 30 Independence Bank ----------------------------------------------------------- 35

ISCO Industries ------------------------------------------------------------------ 34 Kentucky Bank ------------------------------------------------------------------- 35 L&N Federal Credit Union --------------------------------------------------- 31 LIMESTONE BANK ------------------------------------------------------------- 39 Louisville Tile---------------------------------------------------------------------- 37 MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP--------------------------------------------------- 38 Park Community Credit Union --------------------------------------------- 39 Signature HealthCARE Consulting Services -------------------------- 35 Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College ----- 40 Stites & Harbison, PLLC ------------------------------------------------------ 40 STOBER Drives, Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------ 39 The Keeneland Association ------------------------------------------------- 41 US WorldMeds ------------------------------------------------------------------- 38 WDRB Media --------------------------------------------------------------------- 37 Winterwood Incorporated --------------------------------------------------- 37

Appriss ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 48 AssuredPartners ----------------------------------------------------------------- 56 Bluegrass Care Navigators -------------------------------------------------- 55 Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. ----------------------------------------------------- 47 Central Bank & Trust Co. ----------------------------------------------------- 47 CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph London --------------------- 56 Comcast ---------------------------------------------------------------------------- 49 Corning Incorporated --------------------------------------------------------- 54 CSI ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ 55 Edward Jones -------------------------------------------------------------------- 46 Envoy Mortgage, Ltd. ---------------------------------------------------------- 47 Farm Credit Mid-America ---------------------------------------------------- 48 Frankfort Regional Medical Center --------------------------------------- 50 Galen College of Nursing ---------------------------------------------------- 54 Genentech Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------------- 49 Jack Henry & Associates ----------------------------------------------------- 49

Kentucky Power Company -------------------------------------------------- 50 KORT Physical Therapy-The Best in Rehab --------------------------- 53 Kronos Incorporated ----------------------------------------------------------- 46 Long John Silver’s, LLC ------------------------------------------------------- 53 Neustar ----------------------------------------------------------------------------- 48 Novelis Inc. ------------------------------------------------------------------------ 51 Republic Bank -------------------------------------------------------------------- 50 Senture, LLC ---------------------------------------------------------------------- 55 St. Elizabeth Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Physicians ------------- 56 Steptoe & Johnson PLLC ----------------------------------------------------- 50 Total Quality Logistics --------------------------------------------------------- 53 Vaco --------------------------------------------------------------------------------- 47 Valvoline --------------------------------------------------------------------------- 55 V-Soft Consulting --------------------------------------------------------------- 53 WellCare of Kentucky, Inc. --------------------------------------------------- 46

2020Best Medium Places to Work in Kentucky ------------------------------- 29

2020Best Large Places to Work in Kentucky -------------------------------------- 45

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What Does It Take to Become a Best Place to Work in Kentucky? Determine eligibility • • • • •

Be a publicly- or privately-held business Be a for-profit or not-for-profit business or a government entity Have a facility in the state of Kentucky Have a minimum of 15 full-time or part-time employees working in Kentucky Must be in business a minimum of one year

Register for the survey process • Registration for the survey process is open between August and October.

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Company assessment

• In late fall, surveys are sent out to Kentucky employees. This confidential feedback accounts for 75% of a company’s score. • While employees are providing feedback, the company is completing an employer questionnaire, which accounts for 25% of a company’s score.

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Compiling the results • Experts conduct an in-depth analysis of the assessment results to determine if a company has what it takes to be the best.

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Making the list • Each January, participating companies are notified whether or not they made the list of 100 companies.

Feedback • Participating companies receive a feedback report with detailed data (including an employee demographic report, employee comments report, employee benchmark report, and employer benchmark summary).

Adjust and grow • Regardless of whether or not they made the list, participating companies use their survey results to drive change within their organization.

Celebrate • Each year our winning companies gather together for a celebration where the rankings are announced.

For more information or to be added to our communication list for the 2021 program, visit us online at www.bestplacestoworkky.com

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We are pleased to celebrate the extraordinary efforts of 100 companies who have created exemplary work environments, making the Commonwealth a better place to do business. As president of the Kentucky Chamber, I am excited to see so many Kentucky employers with such a strong commitment to their employees. I am especially glad to see 63 of the 100 companies named in the “Best Places to Work” competition this year are members of the Kentucky Chamber. From banks to colleges, health care facilities to manufacturers, this year’s winners represent a diverse cross-section of industries from all corners of the state. With the COVID-19 pandemic as well as recent economic and social struggles facing our state and nation, your companies have shown how vital a quality work environment is to Kentucky’s success. In order to make Kentucky’s economy thrive, we must be able to not only educate and employ Kentuckians, we must also attract those from out of state to want to work here. The Best Places program provides your company with a tool to measure workplace satisfaction each year. The Kentucky Chamber is proud to offer the Best Places to Work in Kentucky program – which may look a bit different this year- to celebrate the companies who are doing their part to make the Commonwealth a great place to live and work. The Kentucky Chamber works each day to unite business and advance Kentucky through aggressive advocacy, education and meeting the needs of businesslarge and small. Now, more than ever, it is important for Kentucky businesses like you to provide safe and meaningful employment as we seek to rebuild our economy. We thank you for your participation in the Best Places initiative and congratulate you on your efforts! We look forward to celebrating with you in person next year!

The Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management is proud to be a founding partner of Best Places to Work in Kentucky. The Best Places to Work in Kentucky program recognizes those employers who set an exemplary standard of excellence for both employee engagement and business success. Human resource professionals lead the business of people in Kentucky. We know what’s next and what employers can do to be prepared for changing economic and business conditions. Today’s HR professionals guide their organizations with innovative strategies to increase employee engagement and performance. HR professionals are the CEO’s strategic partner in creating an adaptive advantage for Kentucky’s employers. Kentucky SHRM, along with our 13 local SHRM chapters, provides ongoing educational and leadership opportunities for over 2,700 human resource professionals throughout the Commonwealth. We lead our organizations and contribute to the effective strategies that impact the bottom line. Kentucky SHRM is thrilled to recognize the best of the best in Kentucky. Enjoy learning more about our top employers in the pages to come, and feel free to call on them to find out more about their successful strategies and what they are doing to be ready for what’s next. Kentucky SHRM. Moving HR Forward. Congratulations to all of the 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky winning companies! Patrick J. Smith, SHRM-CP, PHR Chair, 2020-2021 Kentucky SHRM State Council ky.shrm.org

Ashli Watts President & CEO Kentucky Chamber kychamber.com

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What our 2020 Best Places to Work in Kentucky Winners Look Like: average number of paid holidays offered each year

What percentages of our winning companies: • Offer employees the option to work flexible hours or a compressed work week: 58%

average number of PTO days availableand/or after one year • Provide tuition reimbursement assistance for advanced or postof employment

graduate degree: 60%

• Formalized program and/or practices for succession planning: 66% • Have a program in place to actively recruit/retain the aging workforce:

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number of yearsrecruit/retain the highest- members of the disabled • Have a programaverage in place to actively ranking company employee has been community: 70% in his or her current position

• Offer telecommuting options to employees: 71% • Offer formal diversity training: 72%

• Have a program in place to actively recruit and/or retain employees of varying ethnic and cultural backgrounds: 76%

• Match employee contributions to an employee’s retirement plan: 89%

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16-YEAR WINNERS

We are proud of the following companies that have made the list yearly since the program began in 2005

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10-year winners:

Bim Group Edward Jones

Frankfort Regional Medical Center MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP Stites & Harbison, PLLC

13-year winners: Central Bank & Trust Co.

12-year winners: Corning Incorporated Independence Bank 6

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AssuredPartners Booz Allen Hamilton Inc.

Genentech Inc Harrison Memorial Hospital

9-year winners:

Appriss ARGI Blue & Co., LLC Connected Nation ISCO Industries Kentucky Bank SIS, A Converge Company Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. WDRB Media

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Associations International CSI Farm Credit Mid-America Harshaw Trane Jack Henry & Associates Park Community Credit Union People Plus, Inc Total Quality Logistics Unified Trust Company

7-year winners:

Houchens Insurance Group Neustar Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC


Our 10-year winners for 2020 answer the question: “Why do you think your company has made the list for 10 years?”

We’re proud to have been on the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for the past 10 years. Though our position may vary from year to year, our longevity on this list is a testament to our commitment to making Genentech a great place to work for all. We’re keenly aware that delivering on our mission of helping people with serious diseases depends directly on all of our employees who are, day in and day out, making a difference in the lives of patients. Listening carefully to and acting upon their feedback helps us to continually evolve and enhance our employee experience while offering excellent benefits that include a 6 week paid sabbatical every 6 years at Genentech.

HALL OF FAME 6-year winners:

Forcht Bank LIMESTONE BANK NetGain Technologies, LLC Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Winterwood Incorporated

5-year winners:

Join us in welcoming the latest inductees into our Best Places to Work in Kentucky Hall of Fame. Delta Dental of Kentucky, Inc. L&N Federal Credit Union Louisville Tile Middleton Reutlinger Republic Bank V-Soft Consulting

We believe that Harrison Memorial Hospital being named as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky for ten years can be summarized in one word, commitment. Our vision statement is “To become the Health Care Delivery System of choice for the people we serve” and we maintain a focused commitment to that vision for our community and the surrounding communities. Inside the walls of HMH, we strive daily to show our commitment to our employees with effective management, fair policies, and amazing benefits. We believe that a sincere commitment to our employees creates a culture of sincere care for our patients, the heart of our business. Best Places to Work assists HMH in maintaining a focus on our commitment. And that’s why we have made the list for the past ten years. At HMH, we are a family with shared commitment and one vision.

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Workforce Center Ramps Up, Addresses Number One Issue By Beth Davisson | Executive Director | Kentucky Chamber, Workforce Center

As part of the philanthropic arm of the Kentucky Chamber, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center serves as the state’s business resource to strengthen Kentucky’s labor force. Under the helm of the Workforce Center board of directors, the Center opened in 2017 with one employee and has since grown to nine staff members, focused

on supporting the business community and strengthening the state’s talent pipeline.

The Workforce Center was created to answer the call of business to address the number one issue on the minds of employers, the workforce. During

the recession, when jobs were at a low, there was a mismatch of skills. Now, during a heightened economy, the pressures for Kentucky Chamber members have become even greater. A report from the Chamber in 2015 detailed these challenges from the employer’s perspective. That report, and subsequent discussions on the talent pipeline and related issues, pointed out the need for the meaningful, ongoing involvement of the business community in the workforce development arena.

To get involved with the Workforce Center, please contact Beth Davisson at bdavisson@kychamber.com.

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Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline System — An Employer-Led Approach to Solving the Talent Gap Through the Workforce Center, Kentucky was chosen by the US Chamber as one of three states to deploy a statewide Talent Pipeline Management (TPM) system. In June of 2020, the Workforce Center and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) partnered to train Workforce Solutions leaders from all 16 colleges across the state in the Talent Pipeline Management® (TPM) Academy. This is the second statewide TPM Academy for Kentucky following an inaugural class of 40 community leaders selected and trained in 2018. Now, more than 215 employers are using Kentucky’s Talent Pipeline system through 25 collaboratives statewide to build talent pipelines for 57 critical jobs. Based on these industry demand findings, communities are now creating stronger talent flows in partnership with local workforce and education providers.

Bus to Business — Bringing Classrooms to Careers As technology advances the way we do business, the skills needed by employers are also rapidly changing. In order to prepare the state’s future workforce, Kentucky students have to be exposed to the in-demand opportunities that await after high school. On October 2, 2019, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center launched Kentucky’s first statewide Bus to Business day. School buses full of over 1,200 students visited local businesses across the state, taking part in tours and hands-on, work-based learning activities. In response to COVID-19, we partnered with the Kentucky Department of Education and created a virtual program in spring of 2020 that consisted of video interviews from business leaders for students to watch while doing non-traditional learning at home. These videos were viewed over 1,400 times. This fall, in partnership with the Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management and Kentucky Department of Education, we are expanding Bus to Business through the entire month of October and bringing the program to students completely virtually. This will engage more students, giving them opportunities to visit employers in their communities and to see what career pathways are in their communities while helping to support Kentucky’s future economy.

Recovering Kentucky’s Workforce — Recovery Response Program for Business In recent years, Kentucky’s business community has become acutely aware that the state’s addiction epidemic is more than just a public health issue. It has become a serious workforce issue, and employers are feeling its impact firsthand. Employers are struggling to find and retain workers, and the addiction epidemic is making the challenges even greater for business and human resource leaders. In June of 2019, the Kentucky Chamber Workforce Center launched the Recovery Response Program for Business, which is focused on hiring, treatment, prevention, recovery, and reducing stigma. As part of the program, the Workforce Center staff is providing added support to businesses by auditing existing policies and providing recommendations and access to support for the best practices in order to maintain a drug-free workplace while supporting a recovery-friendly culture. #BESTPLACESKY

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CREATING A CULTURE OF INCLUSION & DIVERSITY IN THE WORKPLACE Maria Hughes | Senior Vice President, Chief Inclusion & Diversity Officer | Humana Inc. Our goal at Humana is to help people achieve their best health, and our backgrounds, cultures, and geographies vastly affect how we do this. It is a business imperative that we have diverse voices on our teams to help us meet people where they are on their health journeys. When thinking about diversity, the subjects of race and gender usually come to mind. But it’s more than that. We see diversity as an infinite range of individual characteristics and experiences, including traits such as physical (age, race, sex, gender identity/ expression, physical abilities); occupational (work style, role, work experience, industry); societal (education, geographic location); values (attitudes, beliefs, religion); and relational (family status, generation, habits, birth order). Diversity is complex, and each of us is multidimensional. There are things you can see and things you can’t. But in the end, all of these dimensions influence who we are, how we connect with others, and how we make decisions. In 2020, especially, we’ve learned the importance of understanding and embracing our differences, and we’ve seen how critical it is to listen, learn and act intentionally to respect one another. Amid a national dialogue around race, equity and opportunity – along with the disproportionate health and economic impacts of COVID-19 – we need to make it easier to speak up, be vulnerable and stand against racism in any form. Humana has provided safe spaces for associates to share their experiences, fears and hopes, with leaders as well as fellow associates. This show of support and togetherness cultivates our inclusive culture.

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At Humana, we strive to have balanced, diverse representation in our workforce to drive innovation and creativity and to create better outcomes for our members. However, we also know that diversity alone is not enough. We need an inclusive culture where everyone feels like they belong and their opinions matter. For us, diversity is the “who,” while inclusion is the “how.” Inclusion starts with leaders, and it creates a meaningful and safe work environment. This important sense of belonging -- combined with a clear purpose -- allows us to focus on doing our best work and not on how other people perceive us based upon differences.

INCLUSION STARTS WITH LEADERS

And because we’re all unique individuals, we must also address bias in the workplace and the problems that result. Whether conscious or unconscious, bias is a prejudice in favor of or against a person or group, which may or may not align with a person’s explicit beliefs. We may not want to have biases, but we do, and they show up in the workplace in a variety of ways. Biases can impact the recruiting and hiring process or influence who gets selected for promotional and developmental opportunities. Employees who have experienced bias in the workplace are less engaged; are more likely to leave the organization; and, with the help of social media, will tell others about their experience. In the end, a successful business must build and nurture a workforce that represents the communities it serves. By doing so, we drive innovation; attract and retain top talent; foster empathy; and, most importantly, guide our members toward their best health.


HERE ARE SOME TIPS ON CREATING A COMPANY CULTURE THAT VALUES DIFFERENCES: What individuals can do: • Be curious and check your assumptions • Be an advocate and engage allies in the journey • Expand your network and learn about others from different backgrounds • Engage in dialogue versus debate. Ask openended questions and listen to understand versus listen to respond

What organizations can do: • Create an environment for courageous conversations • Make inclusion and diversity core elements of the company’s values and culture • Model inclusive leadership behaviors from the top down • Leverage tools, technologies, and processes that recognize and disrupt bias

While we’ve made progress, there is more work to do. We will continue listening to our employees to understand gaps; drive changes to ensure that we have diversity in the room; and cultivate an inclusive culture that

allows employees to feel safe and welcome. Ultimately, by transforming the experience of our employees, we will attract the best talent and create simplified and personalized experiences for our customers.

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SMALL COMPANIES have between [15 - 149] U.S. employees

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MiddleGround Capital

BUDGET For The People

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Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) EdjAnalytics Connected Nation Wehr Constructors, Inc. MCF Peel & Holland Bim Group Delta Dental of Kentucky, Inc. All Star Purchasing PriceWeber Oasis Solutions Venminder, Inc. Volta Marine Solutions, Inc. People Plus, Inc KECH, Inc.

KLH Engineers NetGain Technologies, LLC DBL Law United States Hunter Jumper Association Massage Envy Lexington Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. Unified Technologies LLC Fahe CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph Jessamine Associations International Unified Trust Company SIS, A Converge Company Strothman and Company Hardin County Water District No. 1 Clay Ingels Co. LLC Mirazon Extell Financial Services, Inc. #BESTPLACESKY

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: MiddleGround Capital Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.middlegroundcapital.com Survey Administrator: Bonnie Howard, Office Manager # of U.S. Employees: 21 # of KY Employees: 21 Company Executive: John Stewart, Founder

Spotlight Profile:

MiddleGround Capital is a private equity firm, which makes it a priority to invest in its people as equally as its companies. Doing so has earned respect, loyalty, and dedication of its employees. Employees who feel challenged yet valued every day. You can walk into any of the Partner’s (John Stewart, Lauren Mulholland, and Scot Duncan) offices to work through a project, or receive support and encouragement. Who wouldn’t be impressed by the variety of snack and drink choices, monthly massages, golf simulator, and monthly car detailing in addition to daily lunches prepared by a professional chef? MiddleGround Capital truly stands out, with the best work and life balance, amazing benefits, and as a company that genuinely cares about its people, and their success.

#2

Previous Rank: 1 # of Years Ranked: 7 Company Name: Ward, Hocker & Thornton, PLLC Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Legal Web Address: www.whtlaw.com

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Survey Administrator: Allison Saxton, Administrative and Marketing Manager # of U.S. Employees: 61 # of KY Employees: 61 Company Executive: Gregg Thornton, Member


#3

Previous Rank: 24 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Clinical Behavior Analysis (CBA) Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.cbacares.com

#4

Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: EdjAnalytics Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Information services, data science Web Address: www.edjanalytics.com

#5

Previous Rank: 6 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: Connected Nation Primary Location(s): Bowling Green Industry: Non-Profit Web Address: connectednation.org

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Previous Rank: 9 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Wehr Constructors, Inc. Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Construction Web Address: www.wehrconstructors.com Survey Administrator: Katrina Dietrich, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 145 # of KY Employees: 109 Company Executive: Dale Berry Sr., CEO

Survey Administrator: Stephen Foreman, Executive Business Director # of U.S. Employees: 75 # of KY Employees: 60 Company Executive: Jason Simmons, President/CEO

Survey Administrator: Stacey Langan, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 28 # of KY Employees: 26 Company Executive: Sean O’Leary, CEO

Survey Administrator: Stephanie Rivera, Human Resources Manager # of U.S. Employees: 25 # of KY Employees: 25 Company Executive: Tom Ferree, Chairman & CEO

Spotlight Profile: Wehr has been a family run business since 1945, and our success has been leveraged on the incredible men and women that work for Wehr Constructors. We build buildings, but at our core, we have built life-long relationships with our clients, our employees, and their families over the years. Our employees are the foundation that holds our business together and we wouldn’t be here today if it wasn’t for each and every employee. What a great recognition this is!

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#7 a fiduciary partner Previous Rank: 10 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: MCF Primary Location(s): Covington/Lexington Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.mcfadvisors.com Survey Administrator: Lacy Sisk, Marketing Specialist # of U.S. Employees: 24 # of KY Employees: 24 Company Executive: Dave Harris, CEO

Spotlight Profile: MCF is an independent investment management firm that serves clients through two divisions: Wealth Management and Institutional (retirement plans - 401k, deferred compensation & defined benefit; endowments, health benefit trust and corporations). The Wealth Management division provides investment management and wealth creation services to individuals & families and successful privately-owned businesses / shareholders. Our experienced team provides the leadership necessary for retirement and financial planning, business and succession planning, risk management, insurance planning, personal trust, tax and estate planning. We believe that successful outcomes are the result of a disciplined and prudent approach. The Institutional division is dedicated to creating successful retirement plan experiences for employers and employees. Our process-driven solutions help protect employers from financial liability, while increasing investment opportunities and improving confidence in participant outcomes. MCF offers a proactive, high-touch service experience that shifts the conversation regarding retirement income potential from the participant to the plan sponsor.


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Previous Rank: 2 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Peel & Holland Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Insurance - Non-Healthcare Web Address: peelholland.com

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Previous Rank: 7 # of Years Ranked: 15 Company Name: Bim Group Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Insurance - Non-Healthcare Web Address: www.bimgroup.us

#10

Previous Rank: Last made the list in 2018 at #8 on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: Delta Dental of Kentucky, Inc. Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Healthcare - Insurance/Services

#11

Previous Rank: 40 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: All Star Purchasing Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Business Services/Purchasing Web Address: allstarpurchasing.com/

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: PriceWeber Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Advertising/PR/Marketing Web Address: https://priceweber.com/

Survey Administrator: Janice Winder, HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 55 # of KY Employees: 55 Company Executive: Roy Riley, CEO/President

Survey Administrator: Heather Taylor, Director of Employee Benefit Services # of U.S. Employees: 30 # of KY Employees: 30 Company Executive: L. Briggs Cochran, President & CEO

Web Address: www.deltadentalky.com Survey Administrator: Paige Greenwell, HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 75 # of KY Employees: 75 Company Executive: J. Jude Thompson, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Bruce Daily, CEO # of U.S. Employees: 15 # of KY Employees: 15 Company Executive: Bruce Daily, CEO

Survey Administrator: Tamara Davis, Director of Public Relations # of U.S. Employees: 48 # of KY Employees: 48 Company Executive: Fred Davis, CEO

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Leadership Kentucky, offering four unique programs across the Commonwealth, creates a network of engaged leaders who develop alliances and influence positive change in their communities and throughout the state.

LEADERSHIP KENTUCKY

joins together a selected group of established leaders to gain insight into complex issues facing the state. In a series of seven monthly, three-day sessions held throughout the state, participants meet with Kentucky leaders and explore the state’s resources and opportunities.

ELEVATE KENTUCKY

offers young professionals (average age 25-35) indepth personal and professional development while fostering a better understanding of challenges facing our Commonwealth in a series of three monthly, twoday sessions across the state.

BRIGHT KENTUCKY

builds the capacity of next-generation leaders (average age 20-40) in the Appalachian region of Kentucky to innovate, collaborate, and advance community and economic development in a series of five monthly, three-day sessions.

NEW EXECUTIVES TO KENTUCKY

highlights signature Kentucky experiences and thought-provoking discussions about exciting opportunities in our Commonwealth. The one-day complimentary program is designed for senior level executives who have transferred into the state during the last two years.

To learn more about these programs, contact Leadership Kentucky at (502) 695-1102 or email lky@leadershipky.org.

www.leadershipky.org

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#13

Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Oasis Solutions Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: www.oasisky.com

#14

Previous Rank: Last made the list in 2018 at #25 on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Venminder, Inc. Primary Location(s): Elizabethtown Industry: Financial Services

#15

Previous Rank: 12 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Volta Primary Location(s): Frankfort/Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: www.voltainc.com

#16

Previous Rank: 21 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Marine Solutions, Inc. Primary Location(s): Nicholasville Industry: Engineering / Commercial Diving Web Address: www.MSImarinesolutions.com

#17

Previous Rank: 18 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: People Plus, Inc Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Staffing Web Address: www.peopleplusinc.com

Survey Administrator: Annette Manias, President # of U.S. Employees: 23 # of KY Employees: 23 Company Executive: Annette Manias, President

Web Address: www.venminder.com Survey Administrator: Bethany Gatlin, Human Resource Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 117 # of KY Employees: 117 Company Executive: James Hyde, CEO

Survey Administrator: Shana Watson, Director of HR and Administration # of U.S. Employees: 25 # of KY Employees: 25 Company Executive: Marshall Butler, President

Survey Administrator: Blair Kearns, Director of Marketing # of U.S. Employees: 93 # of KY Employees: 56 Company Executive: Amy Wilkins, President

Survey Administrator: Amanda Huddleston, EVP # of U.S. Employees: 20 # of KY Employees: 20 Company Executive: Amy Sanderson, President

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#18

Previous Rank: 29 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: KECH, Inc. Primary Location(s): Williamsburg Industry: Services Web Address: www.kechco.com

#19

Previous Rank: 17 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: BUDGET For The People Primary Location(s): Mulraugh/Radcliff Industry: Retail Web Address: www.tonysaysyes.com

#20

Previous Rank: 13 # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: Middleton Reutlinger Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Legal Web Address: www.middletonlaw.com

#21

Previous Rank: 26 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: KLH Engineers Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Engineering Web Address: www.klhengrs.com

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Previous Rank: 37 # of Years Ranked: 6 Company Name: NetGain Technologies, LLC Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Engineering Web Address: www.netgainit.com

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Survey Administrator: Rodney Ramsey, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 61 # of KY Employees: 58 Company Executive: Christine Carpenter, CEO

Survey Administrator: Lou Ramirez, Sales Director # of U.S. Employees: 46 # of KY Employees: 46 Company Executive: Tony Malito, Owner

Survey Administrator: Steve Bringard, Director of Finance and Operations # of U.S. Employees: 104 # of KY Employees: 103 Company Executive: Henry Alford, Managing Member

Survey Administrator: Amanda Tavernelli, Talent Acquisition Manager # of U.S. Employees: 103 # of KY Employees: 93 Company Executive: Robert Heil, CEO

Survey Administrator: Elizabeth Royse, VP of Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 121 # of KY Employees: 94 Company Executive: Tim Burke, CEO


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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: DBL Law Primary Location(s): Crestview Hills/Louisville Industry: Legal Web Address: www.dbllaw.com

Survey Administrator: Joanne Flanagan, Communications Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 93 # of KY Employees: 84 Company Executive: Bob Hoffer, Managing Partner

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: United States Hunter Jumper Association Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Non-Profit Web Address: ushja.org Survey Administrator: Lisa Moss, Chief Financial Officer # of U.S. Employees: 30 # of KY Employees: 30 Company Executive: Kevin Price, Executive Director

Spotlight Profile: The United States Hunter Jumper Association, as the official hunter/jumper affiliate of the US Equestrian, is a competition-based sport organization that serves our members through competition programs, awards and recognition, educational programs, and experiential opportunities accessible to all levels. We promote fair sport, sportsmanship and horse welfare, and through our governance structure, the USHJA provides representation, advocacy and regulatory input. Additionally, we are committed to preserving the history of our sport and through our Foundation we support charitable and benevolent services. Learn more at ushja.org

#25

Previous Rank: 28 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Massage Envy Lexington Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Therapeutic Spa Web Address: Massageenvy.com

USHJA A blue ribbon company to work for!

Survey Administrator: Carrie Huff, Administrative Manager # of U.S. Employees: 90 # of KY Employees: 90 Company Executive: Piers Harvey, Franchisee

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Previous Rank: 31 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking

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Web Address: www.mytcbt.com Survey Administrator: Linda Gordon, Asst. VP and Human Resources Manager # of U.S. Employees: 92 # of KY Employees: 92 Company Executive: William Wimsett, President and CEO

Previous Rank: 32 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Tri-Arrows Aluminum Inc. Primary Location(s): Bowling Green/Louisville Industry: Manufacturing Web Address: triaa.com

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Unified Technologies LLC Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Telecommunications Web Address: unified-team.com

Survey Administrator: Susan Bradley, Senior HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 57 # of KY Employees: 57 Company Executive: Henry Gordinier, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Steven Walker, Marketing Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 86 # of KY Employees: 86 Company Executive: Scott Diamond, Chief Executive Officer

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Previous Rank: 16 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Fahe Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Non-Profit Web Address: www.fahe.org

#30

Previous Rank: Last made the list in 2016 at #30 on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph Jessamine Primary Location(s): Nicholasville Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: https://www.chisaintjosephhealth.org/

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Survey Administrator: Norma Edwards, Vice President of Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 59 # of KY Employees: 59 Company Executive: James King, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Sarah Klotz, Market Director, Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 46 # of KY Employees: 46 Company Executive: Dan Andrews, Director of Operations

Spotlight Profile:

Previous Rank: 38 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Associations International Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Non-Profit Web Address: https://www.associationsinternational. com/ Survey Administrator: Sarah Pitt, VP HR # of U.S. Employees: 135 # of KY Employees: 127 Company Executive: Mark Meikle, Chairman of the Board

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We bring missions to life! And it is all due to our wonderful and talented staff. Associations International is a leading association management company recognized for helping professional and trade associations build membership, promote their missions and seize opportunities for growth. Headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky for more than 40 years, AI employs more than 140 association professionals. Accredited by the AMC Institute, we achieve this mission through our unique set of values and beliefs: - Respectful, trusting relationships built on integrity and transparency; Innovative, collaborative and transparent partnerships with our clients; Dedication and commitment to exceptional value and service.

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#32

Previous Rank: 30 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Unified Trust Company Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.unifiedtrust.com

#33

Previous Rank: 4 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: SIS, A Converge Company Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Technology Web Address: www.thinksis.com

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Survey Administrator: Melissa Geertz, Marketing Director # of U.S. Employees: 121 # of KY Employees: 108 Company Executive: Gregory Kasten, Founder & CEO

Survey Administrator: Candace French, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 112 # of KY Employees: 58 Company Executive: Chris Sigg, President


#34

Previous Rank: 41 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Strothman and Company Primary Location(s): Louisville/Middletown Industry: Accounting Web Address: www.strothman.com

#35

Previous Rank: 35 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Hardin County Water District No. 1 Primary Location(s): Fort Knox/Radcliff Industry: Government

#36

Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Clay Ingels Co. LLC Primary Location(s): Cadiz/Lexington Industry: Construction Web Address: www.clayingels.com

#37

Previous Rank: 20 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Mirazon Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: www.mirazon.com

#38

Previous Rank: Last made the list in 2018 at #38 on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Extell Financial Services, Inc. Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Accounting

Survey Administrator: Briana Whittle, HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 67 # of KY Employees: 67 Company Executive: Raymond Strothman, President & Chairman

Web Address: www.hcwd.com Survey Administrator: Nora Gocking, Executive Assistant # of U.S. Employees: 68 # of KY Employees: 68 Company Executive: Stephen Hogan, General Manager

Survey Administrator: Jacqueline Ballard, HR # of U.S. Employees: 126 # of KY Employees: 126 Company Executive: Bill Chapman, President

Survey Administrator: Leah Weisman, Marketing Manager # of U.S. Employees: 40 # of KY Employees: 40 Company Executive: Craig Stein, Owner

Web Address: www.extell.com Survey Administrator: Kelci Kirchdorfer, Employee Experience and OperationsSpecialist # of U.S. Employees: 63 # of KY Employees: 48 Company Executive: Julie Long, President

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HOW FAMILY-FRIENDLY POLICIES BENEFIT YOUR ORGANIZATION Katie Adams, Executive Director, Kentucky Society for Human Resource Management

What factors determine which businesses in Kentucky are named a Best Place to Work? Salary is no longer the single driving force that motivates employees to do their best for an organization. With a significant increase in the number of 2-earner families, employers must seek creative ways to attract and retain employees. The latest Best Places to Work Kentucky survey data indicate family-friendly policies are a significant factor in separating the good from the great. For example, 70 percent of the winning companies offer full or partially paid parental leave for the birth or adoption of a child versus 40 percent of the non-winners. As employers respond to the current COVID-19 pandemic and it’s impact on their workforce we are seeing increasingly creative approaches to balancing the needs of employees and their families. If your organization is looking to join the ranks of the winners, here are innovative family-friendly options to consider implementing from the survey results. PAID PARENTAL LEAVE Offering paid parental leave is a great way to put your company’s family values at the forefront. It is also an effective tool in attracting and retaining talent. As previously mentioned, the inclusion of this benefit was a clear delineator between winning organizations and those that did not make the top 100 list. Implementing a gender-inclusive parental leave policy and supportive company culture creates a more equal, family-friendly company. Launched in 2017, the

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Paid Leave Project has been gathering and analyzing data on such programs. The group has found that companies with such a program experience these five benefits and outcomes: 1. Improved retention of talented employees 2. Enhanced ability to recruit talented employees who are increasingly expecting this benefit 3. Demonstration and re-enforcement of company values 4. Improved employee engagement, morale, and productivity 5. Strengthened employer and brand equity through external recognition of the policy ADOPTION ASSISTANCE Did you know that over 25 years ago Dave Thomas started an initiative for adoption benefits in the workplace? Dave, who himself was adopted as a child (and is the founder of Wendy’s), saw it as a matter of equity. If an employer provides benefits for families because of the birth of a child, why wouldn’t it also acknowledge adoption? The legacy of the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption continues today and annually recognizes the nation’s 100 Best Adoption-Friendly Workplaces. Adoption assistance is a valued fringe benefit for employees. It can range from reimbursement of agency fees, travel expenses, and legal assistance to paid time off before or after the adoption. Thirty-nine percent of the winning Best Places to Work in Kentucky offer adoption assistance.


This benefit offering is trending upward as well. In a survey by Hewitt Associates in 1990, only 12 percent of companies offered some kind of employerprovided adoption assistance. In 2008, this same survey found more than half provided some form of assistance. Offering financial assistance for adoption is a family-friendly option that tends to be inexpensive because few employees use it. Even so, the benefit has a positive impact on how those outside and inside the organization (employee nonusers and users of the benefit) feel about the company as a whole. FLEXIBLE HOURS Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and requests from employees; more and more employers are offering an alternative schedule in the form of a flexible work week. Of the 2019 Best Places to Work in Kentucky winners, 93 percent give employees flexible hours to accommodate school events; taking a family member to the doctor, etc. What is considered a flexible work schedule can include telecommuting (or work from home), flex time, part time work, and a compressed workweek. An example of flex time is requiring employees to be present during a daily “core time” and work a prescribed number of hours a pay period. As an employer, you have multiple options to implement this benefit in a way that makes sense for your organization and business needs. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not regulate scheduled hours for those over age 16 or address flexible work schedules. Flexible work schedules are a matter of agreement between the employer and employee. At the discretion of the employer and based on the needs of the business and requirements of the specific position, the workday can look very different from employee to employee. Get creative! EXTENDING THE INVITATION A family-friendly workplace can be fostered by simply extending an invitation for immediate family to participate in company functions. In review of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky data, 83 percent of the winners (versus 66 percent who did not win) include immediate families in corporate events. Inclusion not only provides employees time to bond with their families, but it also allows them to discover shared interests with their work colleagues. Connection can have a great impact on employee loyalty, retention,

and engagement. It boosts moral and builds loyalty by fostering community among employees. FAMILY DISCOUNTS Looking to retain your top talent and stand out in today’s competitive labor market? Consider enhancing your benefit package with discount offers. Eightyfour percent of winners on this year’s list give their employees free or discounted tickets to local family entertainment attractions, sporting events, and more.

84% OF 2020 WINNERS GIVE EMPLOYEES DISCOUNTED TICKETS TO LOCAL FAMILY ENTERTAINMENT ATTRACTIONS Discounts can range from reduced cost for your company’s product or service, to partnerships or affiliations with other businesses in the community, to nationwide programs administered by a third party. Aside from being a valued perk for employees and their family members, employee discount programs are often cost beneficial as the vendors appreciate the marketing and potential positive impact on their bottom line. Need ideas? Call your local museums, cultural institutions, amusement parks, gyms, zoos, restaurants, movie theaters, and other attractions and ask them about employee discount days. Many institutions offer them. Include a flyer about your partners in your onboarding package, in the employee break area, your website, and more. CONCLUSION Fostering a family-friendly culture with your workplace policies tells your employees that you embrace them fully as people, not just as employees. Implementing family-friendly policies is an effective recruitment and retention tool for businesses of all sizes. These familyfriendly policies help to increase job satisfaction, loyalty, employee morale, and productivity while reducing employee disengagement and absenteeism. The best way to craft family-friendly policies that are meaningful to your team is to actively listen to team members and their feedback. Then, take action and get creative! #BESTPLACESKY

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MEDIUM COMPANIES have between [150 - 499] U.S. employees

#1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16

Houchens Insurance Group

Harrison Memorial Hospital L&N Federal Credit Union Community Financial Services Bank ARGI ISCO Industries Harshaw Trane Independence Bank Kentucky Bank Signature HealthCARE Consulting Services Associates in Pediatric Therapy LLC Commonwealth Credit Union Forcht Bank Winterwood Incorporated WDRB Media Louisville Tile

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Dean Dorton MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP Columbia Gas of Kentucky CHI Saint Joseph Health, Flaget Memorial Hospital US WorldMeds Park Community Credit Union Blue & Co., LLC LIMESTONE BANK Abound Credit Union STOBER Drives, Inc. Stites & Harbison, PLLC CLARK Material Handling Company Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Elizabethtown Community & Technical College The Keeneland Association

Information current as of August 12, 2020

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Previous Rank: 3 # of Years Ranked: 7 Company Name: Houchens Insurance Group Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Insurance - Non-Healthcare Web Address: www.higusa.com Survey Administrator: Lydia Gilliam, Human Resources Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 303 # of KY Employees: 287 WE’RE Company Executive: Andy Barker, President

HIRING

Spotlight Profile: Houchens Insurance Group is a family of agencies, taking the success of each individual agency and utilizing their expertise to create the power of HIG, directly impacting the clients we serve. Creating a solid company that is unmatched from a strength and knowledge base, makes HIG one of the premier agencies in the country. We offer clients the best possible protection for all insurance needs and as our tag line says, “Nobody Works Harder!”

#2

Spotlight Profile:

Previous Rank: 2 # of Years Ranked: 10 Company Name: Harrison Memorial Hospital Primary Location(s): Cynthiana Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.harrisonmemhosp.com Survey Administrator: Rebecca Jenkins, Director of HR # of U.S. Employees: 438 # of KY Employees: 438 Company Executive: Sheila Currans, CEO

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Harrison Memorial Hospital has been named a Best Place to Work in Kentucky for the 10th year! At HMH, we understand the connection between creating a great work culture and providing amazing care to our patients and their families. We pride ourselves in keeping a patient focused atmosphere where delivery of amazing care from dedicated, skilled employees is our number 1 priority. We know that taking care of the people who take care of the people is essential to our continued growth and success. We are a small town with BIG medicine. We are a small hospital with a HUGE heart. We love serving our community and the surrounding counties and are proud to be their choice for healthcare!


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Spotlight Profile:

Previous Rank: 1 # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: L&N Federal Credit Union Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: https://www.lnfcu.com/ index.asp Survey Administrator: Peggy O’Bryan, Chief People Officer # of U.S. Employees: 281 # of KY Employees: 268 Company Executive: Chris Brown, President/CEO

L&N Federal Credit Union has been in business since 1954. With assets over 1.5 billion dollars and an array of products and services, L&N can offer everything necessary for someone’s personal or business finances. Over 96,000 people have taken advantage of flexible mortgage and consumer loans, free online and mobile banking, free checking, business accounts and more.

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10 CONGRATULATIONS! For 10 years in a row, Harrison Memorial Hospital has been named one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

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2020 KYSHRM State Council

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KYSHRM Chair Elect

Bluegrass SHRM President 2020

Mid-West SHRM Chapter President

KYSHRM Treasurer

Amanda Huddleston Executive VP People Plus, Inc Bluegrass

Amanda Sutton HR Generalist Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government Bluegrass

Amy Keith Executive VP/ HR Manager First United Bank & Trust Company Mid-West Kentucky

Amy Kirk Senior Director of Payroll Churchill Downs Inc Louisville

Heart of KY SHRM Chapter President 2020

Southeastern SHRM President

Membership Director

Central KY SHRM Chapter President 2020

Dr. Charles Crain Business Programs/ Associate Professor Cambellsville University Heart of KY

Heather Hill HR Mananger Pulaski Co. Public Library Southeastern KY

Jennifer Wheatley President HR Affiliates Louisville

Joanne Prewitt Vice President- KY West Nesco Resource Central Kentucky

Northern KY SHRM Chapter President 2020

Legal Advisor

Owensboro SHRM President 2020

Southern KY SHRM President 2020

Beth Davisson Executive Director, Workforce Center Kentucky Chamber Louisville

Bill Brammell Partner Dressman Benzinger LaVelle Louisville

Casey Richeson HR Specialist Owensboro Health Owensboro

Christine Jenkins HR Representative Westrock Southern KY

Diversity and Inclusion Director

Council Management Professional

Best Places to Work in Kentucky Director

Western KY President 2020

Eastern District Director

Joshua Mosby HR Business Partner Christian County Health Department Western KY

Katie Adams Executive Director, KYSHRM; HR Manager, KY Chamber Kentucky SHRM Louisville

Laura DeFazio Training & Development Manager L&N Federal Credit Union Louisville

Lauren Wilson Human Resources Director Pennyrile Allied Community Services Western KY

Leslie Moody Business Development Manager Precision Staffing, Inc. Bluegrass

Louisville SHRM President 2020

Public Relations Director

Immediate Past Chair KYSHRM

College Relations Director

Rawleigh Richardson Senior Associate Relations Professional Humana Louisville

Rita Johnson Human Resources Analyst Abound Credit Union Elizabethtown

Scott McGarvey President/ Owner ARCpoint Labs Northern KY

Shelly Trent HR & Training Coordinator Next Step Network Louisville

State Conference Co-Director

Workforce Readiness Director

Angela Bailey Customer Experience Specialist Unified Team Louisville

State Conference Co-Director

Jon Hall Senior Consultant Human Resources Consulting Mid-South

Amy McElheney HR Manager Sisters of Notre Dame Northern Kentucky

Western Area District Director

Strategic Advisor /Chair Emeritus

At-Large State Council Advisor

KYSHRM Secretary

Certification Director

KYSHRM Chair 2020

Lori Wilson Kentucky Works Program - AACS Four Rivers & Midwest

Lyle Hanna President and CEO Hanna Resource Group Bluegrass

Lynn Ingmire President / Owner Essential HR Partners Louisville

Martha Argotte HR Director United Southern Bank Western KY

Patrick Smith Human Resources Manager Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC Louisville

Elizabethtown SHRM Chapter President 2020

Mid-South Chapter President 2020

Four Rivers SHRM Chapter President 2020

Patricia Williams Director of Family Services Louisville Central Community Centers, Inc Louisville

Legislative Affairs Director

Foundation and Philanthropic Director

Sherry Whitman-Powers Vice President, HR & Customer Service Bluegrass Cellular Elizabethtown

Sondra Caldwell Sr. Human Resource Business Partner Hermetic Motor Mid-South

Sonia Osman Employment Specialist, Workforce Center Kentucky Chamber Four Rivers

Summer Lindsey Director of Human Resources Pennyroyal Center Western KY

Tiffany Cardwell HR Advisory Principal MCM HR Solutions Louisville

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2020 WINNERS O F B E S T P L AC E S T O W O R K I N K E N T U C KY !

2020 Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Leadership Board Chair

Chair-Elect

Immediate Past Chair

Vice Chair, Administration

Vice Chair, Business Services

Kevin Smith VP, Kentucky Bourbon Affairs Beam Suntory Clermont

Scott Davis Chairman and CEO Field & Main Bank Henderson

Vice Chair, Membership & Development

Executive Committee Officers and Regional Representatives Nick Rowe Sr. VP Southeast Division/ President Kentucky American Water Lexington Vice Chair, Public Affairs

Nick D’Andrea VP, Public Affairs UPS Louisville

Janet Jakubowicz Condrad Daniels Partner and Partnership President Board Member HJI Supply Chain Solutions Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP Louisville Louisville

Board of Directors

P. Douglas Barr Matt Adams Managing Director General Manager/General Affairs Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC & Human Resources Lexington Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems Bowling Green

Chair, Kentucky Chamber Foundation

Diane Medley Executive Chairman MCM CPAs & Advisors Louisville

Garren Colvin CEO St. Elizabeth Healthcare Edgewood

At-Large Member

At-Large Member

At-Large Member

At-Large Member

President & CEO

Mike Castle EVP & COO and CEO, Feed Division Alltech, Inc. Nicholasville

Spencer Coates President Houchens Industries, Inc. Bowling Green

Susan Elkington President Toyota Motor Manufacturing Ky. Georgetown

Mark Newman Executive Vice President for Health Affairs UK HealthCare Lexington

Ashli Watts President/CEO Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Frankfort

Business leaders from every region in the state who govern the Kentucky Chamber

Jay K. Box* President Kentucky Community & Technical College System Versailles

Stephen Branscum President and CEO Branscum Construction Company Russell Springs

Gabby Bruno Regional Governmental Affairs Director Ford Motor Company Louisville

Gerard Colman CEO Baptist Health Louisville

Jonathan Copley President Aetna Better Health of Kentucky Louisville

Paul Costel Region Manager of Kentucky Chase Louisville

Russell Cox President/CEO Norton Healthcare Louisville

Brian A. Cromer Member Stites & Harbison, PLLC Louisville

Ben Cundiff Owner Cundiff Farms Cadiz

Ray Daniels Owner Equity Solutions Group Lexington

Marilyn Ford City President Heartland Region WesBanco Bank Elizabethtown

Les Fugate VP and Director State & Local Government Relations Brown-Forman Louisville

John Gohmann Regional President PNC Bank Lexington

Mark Gooch President/CEO Community Trust Bank, Inc. Pikeville

Joe Grossman President/CEO Appalachian Regional Healthcare Lexington

Mark Guilfoyle Partner Dressman, Benzinger & LaVelle, PSC Crestview Hills

Adam Hancock President Riney Hancock CPAs PSC Owensboro

Hood Harris President AT&T Kentucky Louisville

Larry Hayes* Interim Secretary Cabinet for Economic Development Frankfort

Andrew Henderson CEO Lexington Clinic Lexington

Maria Hughes SVP, Chief Inclusion and Diversity Officer Humana Louisville

Rich Maddux Principal The Rabbit’s Basket, LLC. Hopkinsville

Mark Martin Vice President, Rates & Regulatory Affairs Atmos Energy Owensboro

Brett Mattison President/COO AEP - Kentucky Power Ashland

John Megibben Vice President Messer Construction Louisville

Steve Merrick President and Owner Somerset Hardwood Flooring, Inc. Somerset

Chris Perry President/CEO Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives Louisville

Scott Powell Market President and Senior Commercial Team Leader U.S. Bank Paducah

Edward Quinn President/CEO R. J. Corman Railroad Group LLC Nicholasville

Chris Reid President/CEO Independence Bank Owensboro

Jay Richert Refining General Manager Marathon Petroleum Corporation Catlettsburg

Mark Sommer Member Frost Brown Todd LLC Louisville

Joseph Steier III President/CEO Signature HealthCARE, LLC Louisville

Matthew Tackett* President/CEO Kentucky Association for Economic Development Frankfort

Bruce Tassin CEO CHI St. Joseph Health Lexington

Bill Thomason President/CEO Keeneland Association Lexington

Aaron Thompson* President Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education Frankfort

Art Walker, III President Walker Construction Mount Sterling

LaJuana S. Wilcher Partner English Lucas Priest & Owsley, LLP Bowling Green

Kelley Workman President Planters Bank, Inc. Hopkinsville

Bryan Fite Director of Manufacturing Region 3 Westlake Chemical Corporation Calvert City

Cindy Johnson President Mountain Top Media Pikeville

Small Business Representative

Treasurer

Winston Griffin Paul Thompson Chairman of the Board/CEO Chairman, CEO and President Laurel Grocery Company LG&E and KU Energy LLC London Louisville

Warren Rogers CEO W. Rogers Company Lexington

* Ex-Officio

Chuck Session Rodney Shockley Vice President, Ohio/ General Counsel Kentucky Government Affairs Forcht Group of Kentucky Duke Energy-Kentucky Corbin/Lexington Cincinnati

Local Chamber Advisory Board

Candance Brake* President/CEO Greater Owensboro Chamber Owensboro

Ron Bunch* President/CEO Bowling Green Area Chamber Bowling Green

Bruce Carpenter* Executive Director Southern Kentucky Chamber Corbin

Brent Cooper* President/CEO Northern Kentucky Chamber Ft. Mitchell

Tim Gibbs* President/CEO Ashland Alliance Ashland

Jordan Gibson* President/CEO Southeast Kentucky Chamber Pikeville

Sarah DavasherAndrea Miller* Wisdom* Executive Director President/CEO Lincoln County Chamber Greater Louisville Inc. Stanford Louisville KCCE President

Bob Quick, CCE* Brad Richardson* President/CEO President/CEO Hardin County Commerce Chamber Lexington Inc. Elizabethtown Lexington

Sandra Wilson* President Paducah Area Chamber Paducah

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Community Financial Services Bank Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.yourlifeyourbank.com

#5

Previous Rank: 5 - previously on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: ARGI Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: argi.net

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Previous Rank: 6 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: ISCO Industries Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Distribution Web Address: https://isco-pipe.com/

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Survey Administrator: Lauren Seaman, Director of Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 200 # of KY Employees: 176 Company Executive: Joe Reeves, CEO

Survey Administrator: Mary Orr, HR Business Partner # of U.S. Employees: 433 # of KY Employees: 156 Company Executive: James Kirchdorfer, Chairman & CEO

Spotlight Profile:

Previous Rank: 17 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Harshaw Trane Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Services Web Address: www.harshawtrane.com Survey Administrator: Ruth Reid, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 278 # of KY Employees: 236 Company Executive: Frank Harshaw, President

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Survey Administrator: Allen Waddell, VP/Assistant HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 296 # of KY Employees: 296 Company Executive: Jason Jones and Michael Radcliffe

Harshaw Trane is a leading energy management services company creating comfortable, sustainable, and efficient environments in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. With deep levels of experience and dedication, we believe it’s our responsibility to put the planet first. We’re setting new standards in energy efficiency, productivity, sustainability, expertise and trust, to reduce the energy intensity of the world.


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Previous Rank: 4 # of Years Ranked: 12 Company Name: Independence Bank Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: 1776bank.com

#9

Previous Rank: 5 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: Kentucky Bank Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.kybank.com

#10

Previous Rank: 11 - Last made the list in 2016 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Signature HealthCARE Consulting Services Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: ltcrevolution.com

#11

Previous Rank: 11 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Associates in Pediatric Therapy LLC Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Insurance/Services

Survey Administrator: Dana Kabalen, AVP / Human Resources Manager # of U.S. Employees: 415 # of KY Employees: 415 Company Executive: Chris Reid, CEO

Survey Administrator: Carol Caskey, Sr. VP of HR # of U.S. Employees: 244 # of KY Employees: 244 Company Executive: Louis Prichard, President and CEO

Survey Administrator: Ann Bowdan Wilder, Media/PR/Communications Manager # of U.S. Employees: 415 # of KY Employees: 415 Company Executive: Joe Steier, CEO & President

Web Address: www.kidtherapy.org Survey Administrator: Mary Anne Parrish, Director of HR # of U.S. Employees: 180 # of KY Employees: 165 Company Executive: A. Renea Sageser, CEO

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Spotlight Profile:

Previous Rank: 8 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Commonwealth Credit Union Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.ccuky.org Survey Administrator: Travis Flora, Culture and Values Officer # of U.S. Employees: 327 # of KY Employees: 327 Company Executive: Karen Harbin, President/CEO

Commonwealth Credit Union is a leader in the financial services industry in Kentucky. Its brand of We Better Lives starts with its Team 1 Culture. Each team member is valued and empowered to make a positive impact by providing an extraordinary experience when interacting with their teammates, members, and community. This has helped the credit union achieve incredible growth over the past decade, growing assets to over $1.3 billion. Commonwealth Credit Union now serves over 105,000 members through 17 branches, as well as mobile and online platforms that provide 24/7 access. Commonwealth Credit Union is proud to be the Official Credit Union of the University of Louisville and a primary supporter of Kentucky’s Financial Literacy Initiative.

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#13

Previous Rank: 19 # of Years Ranked: 6 Company Name: Forcht Bank Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.forchtbank.com

#14

Previous Rank: 13 # of Years Ranked: 6 Company Name: Winterwood Incorporated Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Real Estate Web Address: https://winterwoodonline.com/

#15

Previous Rank: 9 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: WDRB Media Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Telecommunications Web Address: www.wdrb.com

#16

Previous Rank: 22 # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: Louisville Tile Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Distribution Web Address: www.louisville-tile.com

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Previous Rank: 18 # of Years Ranked: 16 Company Name: Dean Dorton Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Accounting Web Address: deandorton.com

Survey Administrator: Leslie Jarvis, Corporate Human Resources Director # of U.S. Employees: 292 # of KY Employees: 278 Company Executive: Tucker Ballinger, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Danielle Booth, Director of Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 359 # of KY Employees: 359 Company Executive: Mike Hynes, Chief Executive Officer

Survey Administrator: Clark Rhea, CFO # of U.S. Employees: 203 # of KY Employees: 203 Company Executive: Dale Woods, General Manager

Survey Administrator: Crosby Hall, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 211 # of KY Employees: 89 Company Executive: Robert DeAngelis, President

Survey Administrator: Kerri Schwaner, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 242 # of KY Employees: 242 Company Executive: David Bundy, President & CEO

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Previous Rank: 7 # of Years Ranked: 14 Company Name: MCM CPAs & Advisors LLP Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Accounting Web Address: www.mcmcpa.com Survey Administrator: Laura Davis, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 319 # of KY Employees: 185 Company Executive: Brad Smith, Managing Partner

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MCM CPAs & Advisors provides assurance, accounting, tax and consulting services to public and private companies, small businesses, not-for-profits and individuals. While accounting is our profession, we also practice our core values on a daily basis – People Matter. Excellence Rules. Leaders Inspire. We embody these through a people-focused culture that prioritizes flexibility, professional development and thought leadership in all that we do. MCM team members are partners to our clients in a myriad of ways that bring beyond the bottom line solutions to their lives and businesses. We do the same in the communities we serve— we sit on boards, chair committees and lead volunteer efforts that make a difference.

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Previous Rank: 7 - Last made the list in 2018 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Columbia Gas of Kentucky Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Utility Web Address: www.columbiagasky.com

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Previous Rank: 26 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: CHI Saint Joseph Health, Flaget Memorial Hospital Primary Location(s): Bardstown Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.chisaintjosephhealth.org

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Previous Rank: 12 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: US WorldMeds Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Life Science/Biotechnology Web Address: www.usworldmeds.com

Survey Administrator: Jodi Falknor, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 228 # of KY Employees: 228 Company Executive: Kimra Cole, President and COO

Survey Administrator: Jan Ostbloom, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 274 # of KY Employees: 274 Company Executive: Jennifer Nolan, President

Survey Administrator: Melanie Comella, Sr. Director, Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 222 # of KY Employees: 128 Company Executive: Breck Jones, CEO


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Previous Rank: 15 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Park Community Credit Union Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.parkcommunity.com

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Previous Rank: 10 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: Blue & Co., LLC Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Accounting Web Address: www.blueandco.com

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Previous Rank: 18 - Last made the list in 2018 # of Years Ranked: 6 Company Name: LIMESTONE BANK Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: LimestoneBank.com

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Abound Credit Union Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.AboundCU.com

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Previous Rank: 42 - Previously on the Small List # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: STOBER Drives, Inc. Primary Location(s): Maysville Industry: Manufacturing Web Address: www.stober.com

Survey Administrator: Lisa Brangers, AVP of Human Resources and Organizational Development # of U.S. Employees: 274 # of KY Employees: 261 Company Executive: Jim Spradlin, President/CEO

Survey Administrator: Nancy Rife, HR Officer # of U.S. Employees: 387 # of KY Employees: 104 Company Executive: Dale Skaggs, Director-in-Charge

Survey Administrator: Kelly Wright, VP, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 235 # of KY Employees: 235 Company Executive: John Taylor, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Jill Krimm, Chief People Officer # of U.S. Employees: 292 # of KY Employees: 292 Company Executive: Ray Springsteen, President / CEO

Survey Administrator: Amy McCord, Marketing Manager # of U.S. Employees: 165 # of KY Employees: 165 Company Executive: Peter Feil, General Manager

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Previous Rank: 13 - Last made the list in 2017 # of Years Ranked: 14 Company Name: Stites & Harbison, PLLC Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Legal Web Address: https://www.stites.com

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Previous Rank: 23 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: CLARK Material Handling Company Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Manufacturing Web Address: https://www.clarkmhc.com/

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Survey Administrator: Sherry Myers, PHR, SHRM-CP, HR Manager # of U.S. Employees: 244 # of KY Employees: 244 Company Executive: Dennis Lawrence, President & CEO

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Previous Rank: 32 - Last made the list in 2016 # of Years Ranked: 6 Company Name: Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College Primary Location(s): Bowling Green/ Glasgow Industry: Education Web Address: https://southcentral.kctcs.edu/ Survey Administrator: Sherri Forester, Vice President of Administrative Services # of U.S. Employees: 228 # of KY Employees: 228 Company Executive: Phil Neal, President & CEO

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Survey Administrator: Pam Keeney, Business Development Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 209 # of KY Employees: 202 Company Executive: Robert M. Connolly, Chairman

Southcentral Kentucky Community & Technical College’s (SKYCTC) mission is to improve the quality of life through education focused on career development, community partnerships, and economic growth. True to its mission, SKYCTC faculty and staff embrace a culture of inclusiveness and continue to build a framework that guides institutional efforts to increase levels of engagement and success for our students, employees, and community members. Around this culture of inclusiveness exists intentional plans for celebrating and recognizing the achievements of our students and our employees. “The foundation for our efforts is our ‘culture of caring,’” said Sherri Forester, Vice President of Administrative Services, “and SKYCTC’s focus on creating a culture of caring has directly impacted student success.” In November 2019, the Aspen Institute named SKYCTC as an Aspen Prize Top 150 U.S. Community College. The College was selected based on strong and improving student outcomes, including learning, completion rates, employment rates and earnings, and equity.


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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Elizabethtown Community & Technical College Primary Location(s): Elizabethtown Industry: Education Web Address: https://elizabethtown.kctcs.edu Survey Administrator: Whitney Taylor, Human Resources Director # of U.S. Employees: 257 # of KY Employees: 257 Company Executive: Juston Pate, CEO

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At Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, we believe in our people, who tell the ECTC story best. “Your professional development and community involvement are encouraged. I serve on several boards, and it’s celebrated here,” said Jerisia Lamons, Director of Cultural Diversity. “ECTC is home to me. It’s where I got my associate degree. I love giving students the opportunity that I had to enrich their lives and better their community,” said Martha Glutting, Director, Associate Degree Nursing. “We have so much to do in this area. We have biking and hiking trails, lakes to boat on, and we have the amenities, like shops and restaurants. There’s something for everyone,” said Josh Brooks, Instructor, Electrical Technology. “At ECTC you’re focused on the teaching, on interacting with students. I’m at home every night. I get to tuck my kids in. It provides a great, unique, work/life balance for the college setting,” said Shawn Kellie, Professor, Chemistry; division chair, Physical Sciences and Related Technologies. “This is the place you want to be if you’re looking to grow as an individual and professionally. If you want your voice to be heard, if you want to be someplace where you matter, then you’ll come to work at ECTC,” said Kae Cooper, Associate Professor, CIT. Best mission. Best people. Best region. Best Places to Work.

Previous Rank: 27 - Last made the list in 2016 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: The Keeneland Association Primary Location(s): Lexington Industry: Entertainment - Horse Racing and Sales Web Address: keeneland.com

Survey Administrator: John Greene, HR Leader # of U.S. Employees: 229 # of KY Employees: 229 Company Executive: William Thomason, President and CEO

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RETAINING PROFESSIONALS

THROUGH PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Cassie Collins | Operations Manager, Business Services | Kentucky Chamber of Commerce In today’s workforce, you often hear about workplace becoming more important to provide the right training culture and how it affects an organization’s for all employees because protecting an organization’s employees. The days of employers focusing solely human capital helps protect the investment that the on production are long behind us. Now, employers organization made in hiring those employees in the are putting value on their employees because many first place. The time and money that an organization understand that the way employees are treated by an spends on the recruitment and onboarding process, organization can go a long way in creating a happy in addition to the time that it would take to fill a role place to work and, at the if a current employee left, is So, the question for an end of the day, a profitable enough for many companies company. So, the question to embrace the growing notion organization becomes, for an organization becomes, “What can we do to promote that it is just as important to “What can we do to promote current employees as it is personal growth and show train personal growth and show to train new ones. our employees that both they our employees that both they and their work are valued?” and their work are valued?” Our 2020 Best Places to Work One answer: encourage their in Kentucky questionnaire professional development within your organization so results support what the IBM research shows. Eightythat they don’t have to go looking for it elsewhere. nine percent of small, 87 percent of medium, and 86 percent of large-company employees feel that they IBM recently completed a study that found that are receiving the amount of training that they need in 84 percent of employees at the best-performing order to successfully perform their job. Furthermore, companies receive ongoing training and professional in all three size categories, 88 percent or more of development, compared to only 16 percent of employees feel that their company has created an employees at the worse performing companies environment where they can do their best work. These (Schawbel, 2017). Furthermore, the companies with statistics show that when employees feel confident in properly trained staff saved an average of $70,000 on their skills to perform their job duties, they are more their bottom line annually (Schawbel, 2017). These are likely to feel comfortable in their work environment. some powerful numbers. This study tells us that it is 42

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Even if you are not a company that can afford to send your employees on a 3-day professional development training, make the effort and get creative with what you can afford. There are many organizations through the Commonwealth, the Kentucky Chamber included, that offer 1-day and 2-day local seminars to help sharpen your employees’ skills and keep them informed of industry changes and trends. There are even online trainings that can be bought one time and used to train multiple people in your office. At the end of the day, do your best to be the employer who promotes the culture of learning, so that your employees, and your bottom line, are happy and healthy. Schawbel, D. (2017, November 1). 10 Workplace Trends You’ll See in 2018. Retrieved from https://www.forbes.com/sites/danschawbel/2017/11/01/10-workplace-trendsyoull-see-in-2018/#42eb4b044bf2

We asked all survey respondents to answer questions related to training, development, and resources and then tracked the positive responses. When asked if “this organization provided as much initial training as needed”, only 76 percent of companies not making the list responded positively, versus 85 percent of the companies making the list that responded positively. When asked if “this organization provides as much ongoing training as I need”, only 78 percent of companies not making the list responded positively, versus 87 percent of the companies making the list responded positively. On average, a winning company had a 9 percent higher positive response rate on these questions than a non-winning company. COVID Note: The response to COVID has resulted in company travel bans and reduced traditional professional development opportunities, along with increased financial strains. As a result, Company’s may have to become more strategic and creative in this area.

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LARGE COMPANIES have at least [500] U.S. employees

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Kronos Incorporated WellCare of Kentucky, Inc. Vaco Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. Envoy Mortgage, Ltd. Central Bank & Trust Co. Farm Credit Mid-America Neustar Appriss Jack Henry & Associates Genentech Inc Comcast Kentucky Power Company Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Republic Bank

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Frankfort Regional Medical Center Novelis Inc. V-Soft Consulting Total Quality Logistics Long John Silver's, LLC KORT Physical Therapy-The Best in Rehab Galen College of Nursing Corning Incorporated CSI Bluegrass Care Navigators Senture, LLC Valvoline CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph London St. Elizabeth Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Physicians AssuredPartners

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Previous Rank: 1 # of Years Ranked: 15 Company Name: Edward Jones Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.edwardjones.com Survey Administrator: Bill Shaffer, Financial Advisor # of U.S. Employees: 45085 # of KY Employees: 498 Company Executive: Penny Pennington, Managing Partner

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Kronos Incorporated Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: www.kronos.com

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Previous Rank: 8 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: WellCare of Kentucky, Inc. Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Insurance/Services Web Address: www.wellcare.com

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Survey Administrator: Jessica DeVore, Public Relations Manager # of U.S. Employees: 3937 # of KY Employees: 41 Company Executive: Aron Ain, CEO *Kronos merged with human capital management solutions provider Ultimate Software on April 1, 2020 to create an organization with 12,000+ employees and 40,000+ customers worldwide.

Survey Administrator: Allison Porter, HR Business Partner # of U.S. Employees: 13884 # of KY Employees: 315 Company Executive: William Jones, Plan President


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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Vaco Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Staffing Web Address: www.vaco.com

Survey Administrator: Clif Freeman, Managing Partner # of U.S. Employees: 820 # of KY Employees: 16 Company Executive: Clif Freeman, Managing Partner

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Previous Rank: 2 # of Years Ranked: 11 Company Name: Booz Allen Hamilton Inc. Primary Location(s): Radcliff Industry: Consulting Web Address: www.boozallen.com

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Survey Administrator: Edward Miller, Lead Associate # of U.S. Employees: 26700 # of KY Employees: 80 Company Executive: John M. Tharpe, Principal

Previous Rank: 3 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Envoy Mortgage, Ltd. Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Financial Services Web Address: https://www.envoymortgage.com/

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Previous Rank: 13 # of Years Ranked: 13 Company Name: Central Bank & Trust Co. Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.centralbank.com Survey Administrator: Amy Manning, HR Benefits Manager # of U.S. Employees: 527 # of KY Employees: 527 Company Executive: Luther Deaton, Chairman/President/CEO

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Survey Administrator: Jaclyn Cantu, Human Resources Manager # of U.S. Employees: 705 # of KY Employees: 18 Company Executive: Ron Millard, Chief Executive Officer

Spotlight Profile: With more than 74 years of service to Kentuckians, Central Bank is one of Kentucky’s leading community banks. At Central Bank, we focus on what’s Central to our customers, wherever they are on their financial journeys. Our knowledgeable Central Bankers serve banking, investment, insurance, mortgage and wealth management needs for both personal and business customers. In addition to our excellent service, we are honored to be one of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work for the 13th year and the Official Bank of UK Athletics. Visit one of our convenient locations in Central Kentucky, Northern Kentucky or Louisville to find out how we can be Central to you. You can also visit our website at centralbank.com to learn more.

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Previous Rank: 15 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Farm Credit Mid-America Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.e-farmcredit.com Survey Administrator: Kim Abbott, HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 1253 # of KY Employees: 673 Company Executive: Bill Johnson, President and CEO

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Farm Credit Mid-America encourages an employee first work environment that fosters growth and opportunity. Honest, respectful and committed are the values that are reflected in all of us. Opportunities are readily available to connect with fellow employees, increase skills and knowledge, celebrate accomplishments, and have fun! FCMA wants employees to enjoy coming to work every day and purposely works to create a welcoming environment by hosting events to bring employees from various departments together. Some of the events have included Halloween costume competitions, Corn Hole tournaments, Thanksgiving Dinners, Ice Cream socials and pizza parties.

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We believe in more than the big breakthroughs. And more than the next big thing. We believe in the day-in day-out work of making science happen. And the millions of little victories — and failures — in between the breakthroughs. Because to us, it’s the daily effort of everyday people that changes the future. So we don’t stop. We keep working. Every day. Jacki, patient

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Previous Rank: 11 # of Years Ranked: 7 Company Name: Neustar Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: home.neustar

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Previous Rank: 23 # of Years Ranked: 9 Company Name: Appriss Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: www.appriss.com

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Survey Administrator: Rebecca Eisenberg, HR Operations Analyst # of U.S. Employees: 1312 # of KY Employees: 83 Company Executive: Charlie Gottdiener, President and CEO

Survey Administrator: Erin Carter, HR Talent Acquisition Manager # of U.S. Employees: 907 # of KY Employees: 553 Company Executive: Krish Sastry, CEO


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Previous Rank: 7 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Jack Henry & Associates Primary Location(s): Elizabethtown/ Louisville Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.jackhenry.com Survey Administrator: Amy Hibbard, Corp. Comm. Specialist Sr. # of U.S. Employees: 6600 # of KY Employees: 320 Company Executive: David Foss, CEO

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Previous Rank: 14 # of Years Ranked: 10 Company Name: Genentech Inc Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Pharmaceuticals Web Address: www.gene.com Survey Administrator: Shannon Burch, Project Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 13638 # of KY Employees: 40 Company Executive: Alexander Hardy, CEO

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Previous Rank: 4 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Comcast Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Telecommunications Web Address: www.comcast.com

Jack Henry & Associates (JHA) was founded on the premise that strong relationships and sound technology go hand-in-hand. Today, with more than 9,000 customers and over 6,500 associates, we combine this idea with the pursuit of one common goal – excellence in financial services. Our three brands – Jack Henry Banking®, Symitar®, and ProfitStars® – support financial institutions of all sizes, diverse businesses outside the financial industry, and other technology providers. Jack Henry & Associates, company’s philosophy: “Do the Right Thing, Do Whatever It Takes, and Have Fun” and this permeates throughout the organization. We know our culture is the mirror to our high associate engagement. We are mindful of how we treat associates, clients and shareholders. We continue to lead in work/ life balance for associates, with concentrated efforts placed on how the organization can continue to award/reward employees and keep them as engaged, productive team mates. We walk the talk!

Spotlight Profile: The passion that drives us is the belief that the science of life — biology — holds the keys to solving life’s toughest health challenges. Innovative science is the basis of our existence and the foundation for our future. Doing our job positively impacts the lives of millions of people. This is our purpose. Each individual patient inspires our researchers to do groundbreaking science. Our one-of-akind culture is built on diversity, dedication, and celebration. We bring together the most talented employees we can find, and then we give them room to be themselves. This type of environment that ensures employees can make their greatest contributions to Genentech and, most importantly, to our patients.

Survey Administrator: Leanne Richardson, Human Resources Manager # of U.S. Employees: 100250 # of KY Employees: 109 Company Executive: Brian Roberts, CEO

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Kentucky Power Company Primary Location(s): Ashland Industry: Electric Utility Web Address: Kentuckypower.com

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Previous Rank: 19 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Steptoe & Johnson PLLC Primary Location(s): Lexington/Louisville Industry: Legal Web Address: https://www.steptoejohnson.com Survey Administrator: Jeff Phillips, Member # of U.S. Employees: 646 # of KY Employees: 34 Company Executive: Christopher Slaughter, CEO

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Previous Rank: 16 # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: Republic Bank Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Banking Web Address: www.republicbank.com

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Previous Rank: 10 # of Years Ranked: 14 Company Name: Frankfort Regional Medical Center Primary Location(s): Frankfort Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.frankfortregional.com

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Survey Administrator: Amy Elliott, External Affairs Manager # of U.S. Employees: 18000 # of KY Employees: 397 Company Executive: Brett Mattison, COO

Spotlight Profile: At Steptoe & Johnson PLLC, we believe that diversity, inclusiveness, and mutual respect are essential values that not only strengthen and enhance our firm culture, but also contribute to our ability to more effectively serve a broad range of clients and provide the highest quality of service in a manner that exceeds client expectations. We believe that the best ideas come when lawyers and staff with diverse backgrounds and experiences embrace one another’s uniqueness and share their perspectives. We see our individual differences as assets that strengthen what we can accomplish as a firm.

Survey Administrator: Robin White, VP Employee Relations Manager # of U.S. Employees: 1112 # of KY Employees: 961 Company Executive: Steve Trager, Chairman & CEO

Survey Administrator: Bev Young, Vice President of HR # of U.S. Employees: 211735 # of KY Employees: 503 Company Executive: Reed Hammond, CEO


Novelis is Shaping A Sustainable World Together in Kentucky For Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum recycler, the difference between good and great comes down to our employees— pioneering, providing and protecting. We salute our Berea and Guthrie teams for being recognized as one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

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Previous Rank: 21 # of Years Ranked: 2 Company Name: Novelis Inc. Primary Location(s): Berea/Guthrie Industry: Manufacturing Web Address: www.novelis.com Survey Administrator: Monica Johnson, HR Leader # of U.S. Employees: 3530 # of KY Employees: 200 Company Executive: Steve Fisher, Plant Manager

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With a 35-year history in Kentucky, Novelis works alongside its customers to provide innovative solutions to the beverage can, automotive & high-end specialty markets. We are driven by our purpose to shape a sustainable world together. Everything we do at Novelis begins with our commitment to the health, safety and well-being of our colleagues, customers and communities. We owe our status as a world-class manufacturer to our employees who continually anticipate and exceed the needs and expectations of all those we work with across the globe. At Novelis, each of us is driven to produce excellence, and that’s exactly what we do at our facility in Berea, Kentucky. We are proud of our history and thrilled for our future in the Bluegrass State.

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We’re proud to be named one of the Best Places to Work in Kentucky for the eighth year in a row!

We’ve also had the honor of being included on American Banker’s Best Places to Work in Fintech since the award’s inception in 2018.

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Previous Rank: 27 # of Years Ranked: 5 Company Name: V-Soft Consulting Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Technology Web Address: https://www.vsoftconsulting.com

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Previous Rank: 12 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: Total Quality Logistics Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Transportation Web Address: www.tql.com

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Previous Rank: 24 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Long John Silver’s, LLC Primary Location(s): Louisville Industry: Restaurant Web Address: www.ljsilvers.com

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Previous Rank: 17 # of Years Ranked: 16 Company Name: KORT Physical Therapy-The Best in Rehab Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.kort.com

Survey Administrator: Brianna Kolder, Corporate Project & Event Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 672 # of KY Employees: 41 Company Executive: Purna Veer, President

Survey Administrator: Colleen Berliner, Marketing Specialist # of U.S. Employees: 5500 # of KY Employees: 490 Company Executive: Ken Oaks, CEO

Survey Administrator: Krista Lang, Vice President- HR & Training # of U.S. Employees: 10000 # of KY Employees: 45 Company Executive: Blain Shortreed, President & COO

Survey Administrator: Kourtney Westurn, HR Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 727 # of KY Employees: 548 Company Executive: Jason Chambers, Regional Vice President

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Survey Administrator: Allyson Wolfe, Vice President of HR and Chief Cultural Officer # of U.S. Employees: 902 # of KY Employees: 359 Company Executive: Mark Vogt, CEO

Previous Rank: 30 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Galen College of Nursing Primary Location(s): Hazard/Louisville Industry: Education Web Address: www.galencollege.edu

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Corning is one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 165 years, we have applied our unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics to develop products that transform industries and enhance people’s lives. We’re proud of our long track record, and we believe the best innovations are still ahead. © 2020 Corning Incorporated. All Rights Reserved.

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We are pleased to support the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce and other great causes that link us and our communities together.

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Previous Rank: 18 # of Years Ranked: 12 Company Name: Corning Incorporated Primary Location(s): Harrodsburg Industry: Manufacturing Web Address: www.corning.com Survey Administrator: Denise Cornish, HR Coordinator # of U.S. Employees: 15809 # of KY Employees: 393 Company Executive: John Antonelli, Plant Manager

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Spotlight Profile: For over 165 years Corning has provided life changing innovative products to the world. We take pride in our technology and product leadership within the key markets we operate. Corning consistently delivers what we promise and ties rewards directly to our performance. We provide high quality products and hold integrity in the highest regard, which characterizes our relationship with others inside and outside of Corning. We value each individual and understand that in the end the commitment and contribution of all our employees will determine our success. We continually innovate to stay relevant and look forward to being leaders in Kentucky well into the future.


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Previous Rank: 20 # of Years Ranked: 8 Company Name: CSI Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Financial Services Web Address: www.csiweb.com Survey Administrator: Edie Harvey, HR Business Partner # of U.S. Employees: 1188 # of KY Employees: 387 Company Executive: Steven Powless, Chairman and CEO

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: Bluegrass Care Navigators Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Nonprofit – Health & Human Services Web Address: www.bgcarenav.org

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Previous Rank: 22 # of Years Ranked: 4 Company Name: Senture, LLC Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Multi-Channel Contact Center Web Address: www.senture.com

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Previous Rank: 25 # of Years Ranked: 3 Company Name: Valvoline Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Engine and Automotive Maintenance Web Address: www.valvoline.com

Good companies stand behind their products; great companies also stand behind their people. That has been CSI’s philosophy for more than 50 years. Thanks to its exceptional corporate culture and devoted employee population, working in more than 20 locations across the U.S., CSI has emerged as one of the country’s leading providers of fintech and regtech solutions. The company’s goal is to create innovative products that help keep financial institutions and other businesses competitive, compliant and profitable, all while maintaining its reputation for the best customer service in the industry. CSI is proud of its long-standing tenure and its innovative spirit, but its most proud of the employees who give their best, each and every day!

Survey Administrator: Danita Ross, Vice President of Human Resources # of U.S. Employees: 574 # of KY Employees: 574 Company Executive: Elizabeth Fowler, President & CEO

Survey Administrator: Jane Krebs, Program Manager # of U.S. Employees: 2073 # of KY Employees: 2011 Company Executive: Christopher Deaton, President and CEO

Survey Administrator: Amanda Plakosh, Organization Development # of U.S. Employees: 5896 # of KY Employees: 1128 Company Executive: Sam Mitchell, Chief Executive Officer and Director

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Previous Rank: Not previously ranked # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: CHI Saint Joseph Health, Saint Joseph London Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.chisaintjosephhealth.net

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Survey Administrator: Sandra Turqueza, HR Director # of U.S. Employees: 3490 # of KY Employees: 578 Company Executive: John Yanes, President

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Previous Rank: Last made the list in 2018 # of Years Ranked: 1 Company Name: St. Elizabeth Healthcare and St. Elizabeth Physicians Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Healthcare - Provider Web Address: www.stelizabeth.com Survey Administrator: James Parsons, SVP Human Resources/CHRO # of U.S. Employees: 9006 # of KY Employees: 9006 Company Executive: Garren Colvin, President and CEO

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At St. Elizabeth Healthcare our associates are key in helping us provide the highest level of care to our patients that we can. Being certified as a Best Place to Work in Kentucky is a significant achievement, as it is based on validated associate feedback gathered with data-driven analysis. The Best Place to Work award is important to us, because we know our team’s satisfaction is critical both to our success and our ability to deliver the highest possible care to our patients. Every associate in our system exemplifies our ICARE values. We hire the best, treat people right, and provide them with opportunities for growth.

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Previous Rank: 28 # of Years Ranked: 11 Company Name: AssuredPartners Primary Location(s): Multiple Cities Industry: Insurance - Non-Healthcare Web Address: www.assuredpartners.com

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Survey Administrator: Emily Hammer, HR Generalist # of U.S. Employees: 694 # of KY Employees: 315 Company Executive: Corey Freeman, Regional President, COO


St. Elizabeth named one of Kentucky’s Best Places to Work in 2020

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B E YO N D t h e A DA Kathy Sheppard-Jones, PhD, CRC | Executive Director | Human Development Institute University of Kentucky Disability is part of life. In the United States, 25 percent of people have a disability. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Kentuckians experience disability at a higher rate, with one in three people having some type of disability. The passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 furthered the expectation of work for people with disabilities across the country. However, data from the last 30 years show an employment rate gap that hovers near 50 percent, between those who are employed without a disability and those employed with a disability. We know that workforce needs are anticipated to grow in Kentucky and around the country, with employers unable to fill many jobs. We also know that the COVID environment has changed how work gets done. Staying connected to employees and recognizing workers may be experiencing new and different impairments on the job provides a time to recognize innovations and effective practices that can keep workers on the job, and keep them from exiting the workforce. The last few years have brought several notable employment initiatives to the Commonwealth. In 2017, the Kentucky Work Matters Task Force was convened to create responses to barriers for populations that include people with disabilities. Results of the Kentucky Work Matters efforts included Kentucky becoming an Employment First state in 2018. In June, 2020, Governor Beshear signed Employment First executive order 2020-552, to further strengthen the commitment of Kentucky to address employment disparities for people with disabilities. Employment First means that if a person with a disability wants to work, employment shall be the first and preferred option. In our society, we largely define who we are by the work that we do, regardless of whether we have a disability or not. We have an opportunity right now to build collaboration around employment to create a stronger workforce that is inclusive of all people.

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Recent research finds that companies include best practices in recruiting, employing, and supporting people with disabilities outperform their peers. Inclusive companies have higher returns, higher revenue, and higher profit margins, as well as having access to a broader talent pool. However, research also shows that there is a lack of understanding of the scope of talent, of potential benefits, and about the cost versus return on investment related to disability inclusion. One of the steps necessary for progress is to share information about employment efforts that are working in support of improving employment outcomes for people with disabilities. We all need to increase our knowledge about disability and not just rely on what we think we know. For too long, expectations of society at large about the capabilities of people with disabilities have closed the door to work. We must improve our understanding of what disability means because disability impacts all of us. Disability can be acquired at any point of life. If you don’t have a disability, there are people in your life who do. Disabilities become disabling when opportunities disappear. That is one of the reasons that there is an increased expectation that students with disabilities should go on to higher education and employment when they leave school. Education provides a direct pipeline to employment for every student. We must recognize that, with the right supports in place, there is opportunity for ALL people. Understanding the supports and strategies to keep employees engaged can keep a strong workforce in the midst of the uncertainty of the COVID environment. Because economic development and business success are directly related to the workforce, join us for future training opportunities that focus on identifying an often-overlooked component of the workforce talent pool – namely, people with disabilities. Plan on attending to learn how to make a positive difference for the productivity of your company and the overall quality of Kentucky’s workforce.


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