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greater owensboro chamber of commerce

Vol 19/Issue 4


Susan Elkington to speak at April Rooster Booster The Chamber invites you to join us for this Thursday’s Remote Rooster Booster, sponsored by New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services. Our program will feature an interview with Susan Elkington, President of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, by the 2021 Chamber Board Chair Clay Ford. This virtual Rooster Booster program will stream on the Chamber’s Facebook page and on Zoom starting at 7:30 a.m.

Join us! Join us via Facebook Live @gochamber To register for the event via Zoom, fill out a registration form on www. chamber.owensboro.com.

As president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Ken- ident at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI). tucky, Inc. (TMMK) since 2018, Elkington oversees an She currently serves on numerous charitable and $8 billion operation, which employs more than 10,000 corporate boards, including the Prichard Committee people, and in a year, can produce as many as 550,000 for Academic Excellence, is a member of the Kentucky vehicles and more than 600,000 engines. TMMK Chamber of Commerce board and its executive is Toyota’s largest production facility globally, procommittee, and a member of the board of trustees ducing the Camry, Avalon, Lexus ES 350 (includof the University of Evansville. She is also a noning hybrid versions of all three), and RAV4 Hybrid; executive member of Toyota Motor Corporation plus, four-cylinder and V6 engines, in Georgetown, Australia’s (TMCA) Executive Management ComKentucky. mittee (EMC). Elkington joined TMMK in January 2017 as Throughout her career, Elkington has been senior vice president, overseeing the plant’s manurecognized as a leader in the automotive industry. Susan facturing and administrative functions. Prior to this Elkington She was included in Automotive News’ 100 Leadrole, she served as general manager, Production ing Women in the North American Auto Industry Control Division at Toyota Motor Corporation’s (TMC) (2020), is an inaugural inductee into the Women in Manuglobal headquarters in Toyota City, Japan, supporting facturing Hall of Fame (2020), a STEP Ahead Honoree Toyota’s 53 manufacturing plants worldwide. (2014), and an ATHENA of Southwest Indiana Award Elkington began her career with Toyota in 1998 in Finalist (2013). Princeton, Indiana, as an assembly engineering specialist. Elkington earned her mechanical engineering degree By 2013, she held the position of manufacturing vice pres- from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana.

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In 1978, a group of concerned citizens recognized the need for rape victim advocacy in the OwensboroDaviess County area. This group called itself Citizens Against Rape and launched a court and medical advocacy program. In 1979, the fundraising campaign commenced, and various sources provided the program with temporary limited funding. When these funds were depleted in 1981, Green River Comprehensive Care Center and the Owensboro City Commission agreed to fund the program for a few months. By late 1982, the Rape Victims Services program had received more funding from the Owensboro City Commission and became an autonomous program under the umbrella of the Owensboro Spouse Abuse Center (now known as OASIS). With the help of the City of Owensboro and the Daviess County Fiscal Court, funding made it possible to hire a fulltime Director in that year. In the fall of 1985, United Way of Owensboro also agreed to fund the agency, making it possible to grow even more. On July 1, 1988 RVS declared itself an independent agency. In 2000, the agency changed its name to New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services to be more inviting to the public. The name change was also more inclusive of the services we provide and what we hope to offer the people we serve, a new beginning. We provide free therapy, crisis intervention services, legal and medical accompaniment, and prevention programs for all ages. Our volunteer advocates continue to be a critical part of the agency, providing advocacy after business hours to our 4 regional hospital locations. As of 2021 the agency employs 19 staff members, has relocated to a professional office building purchased in 2006 and serves the entire seven county Green River Area Development District. We also have offices in Henderson and Ohio Counties.

Last month, we celebrated two great new additions to the Chamber and to our Greater Owensboro community. On March 5, we hosted a ribbon cutting for the newly re-named Merchant Centre Court: Owensboro Daviess County Tennis Association. Their tennis facilities are unmatched in our region and are accessible to everyone from beginners to championship teams. On March 19, we celebrated a brand-new addition to our downtown scene with a ribbon cutting at Mile Wide Beer Co. Located at 119 East Second Street, Mile Wide was founded in Louisville and recently opened their second location in Owensboro. Whether or not you are familiar with tennis or craft beer, we hope you will check out these incredible new Chamber Members and continue to support our local businesses and organizations.

Left: Merchant Centre Court is located at 2965 Bittel Road. Learn more about their programs and facilities by visiting their Facebook page  @OwensboroDaviessCountyTennisAssociation. Right: Pictured left to right are Noel Clayton, Merchant Centre Court general manager; Minga Trogdlen, Chamber Ambassador and Assistant Vice President/Treasury Management Officer at Independence Bank; Altaf Merchant, naming sponsor

Left: Mile Wide Beer Co. is located at 119 East Second Street in downtown Owensboro. Visit their taproom or www.milewidebeer.com to check out their entire beer selection. Right: Pictured left to right: Michael Vanover, Chamber Ambassador and Agent at Helton Insurance Group, Inc.; Scott Shreffler, Mile Wide Co-Founder; and Kyle Tazares, Mile Wide Co-Founder


Tuesday, March 30, 2021


April Calendar 1 AARP Kentucky Allergy and Asthma Specialists, PSC Arby’s - Highway 54 Battery Headquarters Inc. Business Communications Solutions Bennett Insurance Agency, LLC Buffalo Wild Wings Care Net Owensboro Clark Distributing Co., Inc. Daviess County Property Valuation Office de AM-RON Building Systems, LLC Dismas Charities of Owensboro Domtar Converting & Distribution Dr. Mark Fort DMD Dream Riders of Kentucky Farm Credit Mid-America, ACA Flamingos for Amber, Inc. GADSOOK Great Harvest Bread Co. Hermitage Care & Rehabilitation Center Home Realty Inc. Infintech, LLC Jagoe Homes, Inc. Jennifer Hardesty Besecker, Daviess County Circuit Court Clerk Junior League of Owensboro Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance, Mandie Stone Kentucky Mirror & Plate Glass Co., Inc. Kidstop Children’s Boutique, LLC L. Steve Castlen Realtors, Scott Lyons

Legends Marilyn and William Young Charitable Foundation Marks Company, Inc. Massie-Clarke Development Co. McCarty’s Auto & Truck Repair Mellow Mushroom Owensboro Moonlite Bar-B-Q Inn, Inc. Murphy Excavating, LLC New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services Owensboro Atlas Center PNC Bank Red Wing Shoes REMAX Professional Realty Group, Rick Cummins Rhoads & Rhoads, PSC Owensboro Richard House, Chief Deputy Clerk Riverside Transport, Inc Roto-Rooter Shady Green Farms, Inc. State Farm Insurance, Shane Satterfield The Crème Coffee House Towne Square Mall TrueNorth Treatment Center, LLC United Way of the Ohio Valley Velotta Design WBKR/WOMI WEHT ABC 25/WTVW Local 7 Wendell Foster WFIE TV 14 Willow and Pine Market, LLC WKU Public Radio 89.5 Women’s Guild of Owensboro Wright Implement

Remote Rooster Booster Sponsored by New Beginnings Sexual Assault Support Services Featured Speaker: Susan Elkington, President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Inc. 7:30 a.m. Webinar: COVID-19 Vaccine Update for Workplaces Connecting your employees with COVID-19 vaccines available locally 2:00 p.m. via Zoom, registration required


Virtual Chamber Ambassador Meeting 12:00 p.m.


Leadership Owensboro: Human Needs and Services Day


Ribbon Cutting: Murphy’s Excavating 2601 West 4th Street 12:15 p.m.


Virtual New Member Breakfast 8:30 a.m.


Fast Lane Auto Repair 2121 Triplett St. (270) 231-8161 www.fastlaneautorepairs.com

First United Bank and Trust Company 3012 W Parrish Ave. (270) 821-5555 www.efirstunitedbank.com

Society of St. Vincent dePaul - Diocesan Council of Western Kentucky, Inc. 200 East 18th Street (270) 315-5747 www.svdpwesternky.org

StepStone Family & Youth Services 2601 W Parrish Ave., Suite G (270) 691-1090 www.stepstoneyouth.com

HANNAH THURMAN DIRECTOR, TALENT PROGRAMS, COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, LEADERSHIP OWENSBORO hthurman@owensboro.com SUSAN HIGH BUSINESS MANAGER susan@owensboro.com MARTHA MICHAEL COMMUNICATIONS AND EVENTS COORDINATOR mmichael@owensboro.com LYDIE BOONE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT lboone@owensboro.com Chamber Matters is published monthly in the Messenger-Inquirer for the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 825, Owensboro, KY 42302-0825 (270) 926-1860 • chamber.owensboro.com

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Grace Christian Academy 5741 KY-144 (270) 574-9974 www.gcaowensboro.org

Super 8 by Wyndham 1027 Goetz Dr. • (270) 685-3388 www.wyndhamhotels.com/super-8/ owensboro-kentucky/super-8owensboro/overview


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CHAMBER MATTERS Timesavers Kentucky, LLC 101 East 2nd St (270) 792-5703 www.mytimesaversky.com www.facebook.com/mytimesaversky

March Members of the Month

Friday After 5 117 East 18th St #131 (310) 738-0340 www.fridayafter5.com www.facebook.com/ fridayafter5

Firestone Complete Auto Care 2400 Patriot Run • (270) 297-4369 www.local.firestonecompleteautocare.com/ kentucky/owensboro

Cedarhurst Senior Living 1900 Pleasant Valley Rd • (270) 208-9150 www.cedarhurstliving.com/ cedarhurst-owensboro-ky www.facebook.com/cedarhurstofowensboro

Ambassador of the Month

AMBER FARMER Amber Farmer is the Marketing Director for Disaster Team/Building by Wayne Baker. She has been with the company for over 15 years and has been involved in every aspect of the business. Amber is very dedicated to the company and the community. She enjoys being involved with the Chamber as an Ambassador and other community organizations. Amber is married and has two children. She enjoys spending time with family and friends as much as possible.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2021



MEMBER CORNER Want to reach a wider audience with news about your business or organization? As a Chamber Member, you have full access to our Member Corner tool. Members can easily submit events, employment opportunities, deals and discounts, Then, we post what you submit on our website as well as our social media. Our Member Corner is accessed by individuals, businesses and organizations across Western Kentucky and Southern Indiana, but only Chamber Members can submit posts. Utilizing this tool is a fantastic (and free!) way to share news and announcements about your business or organization. Take advantage of this membership benefit today! Visit www.chamber.owensboro.com/ member-corner to learn more.

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Last month the Chamber hosted a Legislative Update webinar with our Greater Owensboro legislators. This was a great opportunity for our Members to learn about important bills moving through the Kentucky General Assembly before the end of the short Legislative Session. We were joined by Senator Matt Castlen (KY District 8), Representative Suzanne Miles (KY District 7), Representative Jim Gooch (KY District 12), Representative DJ Johnson (KY District 13), and Representative Scott Lewis (KY District 14). The panel was moderated by Rod Kuegel, the Chamber’s Advocacy Co-Chair. We thank all our legislators for participating and their hard work to keep Greater Owensboro moving forward. The Chamber continues working with our lobbyist from Capital Link Consultants to keep our Members informed about the status of legislation. Our Members receive legislative updates via email that include a comprehensive report of bills the Chamber is tracking. The Chamber advocates for our member businesses, organizations, and individuals so that Owensboro is heard on the local, state, and national level. If you missed any of our virtual programs, including our recent Talent Retention webinar, Chamber Check-Ins, or our virtual Rooster Booster programs, you can find them all on our YouTube channel to watch at your convenience!


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Owensboro Riverport Authority

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April 2021 Greater Owensboro Chamber Matters  

April 2021 Greater Owensboro Chamber Matters