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Celebrating Over 70 Years of Honoring Commitments to Our Clients What matters most, each and every day, is helping our clients address three of life’s greatest challenges. We provide access to quality, affordable health care through the bridge of insurance. We provide planning and investment guidance to build wealth for your retirement and ultimately the next generation. We design insurance products and services to mitigate the risk of living too long, dying too soon or becoming disabled. HORAN is proud to deliver legendary service, achieve great outcomes for Kentucky clients and support the continued growth and enrichment of the region. For more information about how HORAN can provide innovative solutions and healthier outcomes for your business, contact Shannon Schumacher at 859.572.4500 or ShannonS@horanassoc.com.



4 Chair's Letter 8 Caring for the Whole Patient 10 RYL Session Addresses Complex Health Issues 12 Managing the Stress of Running a New Business


16 GROW NKY in Action 18 LNK Class Update 20 The Mindfulness of Meditation 24 The New Age of Working Out 28 Mindshift: Finding the Power Within


30 2020 Legislative Priorities 32 NKY Caucus Map 35 Around the Chamber 40 Ribbon Cuttings 45 Member Milestones 46 Upcoming Events

ON THE COVER: Fitness Court Ninjas — Ross Emerson, Mike Ballenger, Jamie Glavic, Charley Wayman and Brandon Wayman at the St. Elizabeth Fitness Court at Buena Vista Park on 12th Street in Newport. Photo by Ben Gastright.





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IN THE UNITED HEALTH Foundation's 29th annual America's Health Rankings report, Kentucky ranked 45th among the 50 states in health. There are many reasons this statistic should bother us as a community. Focusing on the business aspects of community health—or population health as it is now commonly referred to—the negative economic and business outcomes associated with poor health in our businesses are real.

Businesses looking to locate to our area will take notice of this statistic for two reasons: The younger generation of workers is keenly focused on living, playing and working in areas that promote good health, and businesses looking to relocate to our area will balk at our community health indicators because of the potential cost impact to insuring workers. A common discussion among employers at the NKY Chamber is the fierce competition for talent. The NKY Chamber is working hard to convene community assets and drive short-term programs like apprenticeships, but there are uncontrollable factors that create headwinds. The most important is population growth. One could argue that among our greatest exports is our people. We are creating incredible talent through our university and community programs, but we continue to lose ground in sheer number of individuals available for work. We can start to move the mark on population simply by creating a healthy community in which younger workers want to live. The Millennial and Generation Z populations are known to migrate to communities where healthy behaviors like walking trails, biking and hiking are the norm. There are organizations in our community that work encourage workers to stop smoking and start exercising.

What can businesses do to contribute to improving the health of our community? First, St. Elizabeth has taken the bold step of creating a mission to make Northern Kentucky the healthiest community in America. Reach out to their Business Health group and have a conversation about the tools that exist for employees and businesses. Second, consider creating a wellness program that includes company-sponsored exercise, weightloss competitions, educational seminars, tobacco-cessation programs and health screenings that are designed to help employees eat better, lose weight and improve their overall physical health. Kohrs Lonnemann Heil (KLH) Engineers in Ft. Thomas was recently recognized as one of the healthiest companies in America for their efforts to improve employee health. The leaders of KLH would likely tell you that healthy employees enhanced productivity and culture.

We can start to move the mark on population simply by creating a healthy community in which younger workers want to live.



Humana’s Go365 programs is a wellness and rewards program is a personalized approach to health and wellness that enables members a path to good health by offering rewards for healthy activities and achievements. These programs are good for businesses and good for the community. Wellness programs reduce healthcare costs. Researchers have found that for every dollar spent on wellness programs, the company saves $3.27. One large study by the Rand Corporation found that disease management generated an average of $136 in savings per member, per month, and a 30 percent reduction in hospital admissions. Wellness programs are hard to start and maintain, but when studying the numbers, sustained focus on wellness will create savings for companies in the longterm. Wellness programs also lead to more positive employees, save money by reducing absenteeism costs, and attract and retain high-quality employees.

The same Rand analysis estimated an overall ROI of $1.50 for the boost in employees’ happiness. When employees feel better, both physically and mentally, they are more engaged and productive. In regards to absenteeism, one study found that the return on an investment in wellness programs found $2.73 in savings for every dollar spent. In other words, if employees are healthy, they spend more time at work and less time off on sick leave. Investments in smoking cessation and exercise programs are an investment in your employees and your business. We live in an outstanding community. Our focus on being a healthy community is critical to our sustained success. NK Y

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Caring for the Whole Patient By Casey Williams Spotted Yeti IF YOU’VE DRIVEN THROUGH EDGEWOOD RECENTLY, you probably noticed all of the construction activity on the St. Elizabeth Healthcare campus. Since August 2018, St. Elizabeth has been working hard to bring a world-class cancer care center to the region, and the effort has been helped along by some major donations and the generosity of the community. There is an urgent need for first class cancer care in our region. “We in Kentucky unfortunately rank last in the United States for almost any meaningful measure of Cancer outcomes,” warns Dr. Douglas Flora, Executive Medical Director of Oncology Services at St. Elizabeth Healthcare. “Our patients lead the nation in lung cancer diagnoses and deaths, and don’t fare much better for other common killers like colon or breast cancers. This is a community problem and we are building this center as much as a community hub for families and patients affected by cancer, as it is a cutting edge treatment facility.” Dr. Doug, as he’ll quickly ask you to call him, leads this new effort with a focus on “the whole patient” as well as their families. His own experience as a cancer survivor surely shapes this effort.


Building an ambitious facility to tackle this public health problem required a great deal of creativity. Carri Chandler, Vice President of the St. Elizabeth Foundation led the organization in a campaign to raise $35 million, about a quarter of the estimated cost of new Cancer Center. The Foundation’s efforts included corporate gifts, a matching grant, and a community campaign among other efforts. But one donation stands out as the largest that the St. Elizabeth Foundation has ever received: $5 million from doTERRA International, a global company that sells essential oils and other related products. The gift helps to fund the Center for Integrative Oncology. The doTERRA Center for Integrative Oncology will be a unique space dedicated to mind, soul, and body. There, patients and their families will have access to complementary and alternative therapies dedicated to improving their quality of life as patients go through their cancer journey and into survivorship. There will be a demonstration teaching kitchen to help people understand how food choices or preparation can affect their health and cancer care. “We are building in supportive services ranging from aromatouch to acupuncture, from medical massage


to mindful meditation,” says Dr. Doug. “Our dedicated nurse navigators will help these patients take advantage of anything we might offer that makes their lives better, whether that be through support groups, individual counseling, art and music therapy, yoga or even prayer.” “St. Elizabeth is committed to providing truly personalized care for every patient who comes through its doors,” Dr. Doug continues. “This new partnership [with doTERRA] will allow St. Elizabeth to do just that by allowing us to provide a variety of services in our cancer center that focus as much on caring for the person who has the cancer as we have traditionally focused on treating the cancer itself. This ‘Whole Person Care’ is fundamental to our care of a cancer patient and we are proud of the commitment being made to help our patients’ mental and spiritual health as much as we have their physical health.” As a cancer survivor, Dr. Doug is careful to remind us all that cancer doesn’t discriminate. “As we all know, cancer is a devastating disease. Traditional Oncology has evolved to be so scientific and treatment-oriented that we forget sometimes that the entire family is ill and that our patients might be having as

many problems figuring out how to afford their care or worrying how to tell their children they have cancer as they are dealing with chemotherapy side effects. We need to work better and harder to support the whole patient. A mentally strong patient can fight harder and longer, and experience a better quality of life. When I assumed my current role here, I challenged our teams to remember our ‘true north’: that these patients are guests in our home here at St. Elizabeth and our expectation is that we all work to provide the care we would want for our own family members.” Dr. Doug refers to the St. Elizabeth Cancer Center as “The Mother Ship” for complicated cancer cases, cutting-edge clinical trials, and this unique integrative method of treating people and their families, not just their disease. “We need to meet patients where they need us to be.” To Dr. Doug and his team, that means a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention, early screening, and holistic treatment. The St. Elizabeth Cancer Center shows their commitment to helping to make Northern Kentucky one of the healthiest communities in the country. NK Y

PICTURED: (Opposite) The St. Elizabeth Cancer Center/doTERRA lobby rendering and (Above) ongoing construction of the entire facility at the Edgewood Campus. HEALTH & WELLNESS 2020 | VOLUME 39 NUMBER 2



RYL Session Addresses Complex Health Issues By Amitesh Verma RYL Class of 2020

(Top) Amitesh Verma and his RYL classmates practice life saving techniques. (Bottom) Tori Kremer, Dominic Rulli, Kevin Sanders and Shelby Turney practice CPR skills.


HOW DO HEALTH PROFESSIONALS HANDLE COMPLEX emergencies? What is the reality of the infamous vaping epidemic? What is considered ethical in the world of medicine? The answers to these questions and many more were quickly unveiled in Regional Youth Leadership’s informational health session this past November. As an avid science-lover, the session offered a wide variety of hands-on activities allowing me to immerse myself in a field I could see myself a part of in the future. For example, I became acquainted with the degree of patience and perseverance required in an emergency scenario — the one St. Elizabeth Healthcare created involved a victim of a car crash. As I controlled the ventilation system (by squeezing a bag-valve-mask at a certain rate while delivering oxygen) on the high fidelity manikin in front of me, other individuals began applying chest compressions. The entire scenario not only allowed me to firsthand experience the intensity of the situation but also educated me on the amount of teamwork required. Teamwork builds efficiency, a vital leadership skill one must master for success in the medical field. Acknowledging its importance, in the future I will be working more on involving others and unifying members of a group to complete a task. Additionally, hearing the story of a chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with pan lobular emphysema victim demonstrated to me the evils of tobacco usage and how it was seen in the past. I vividly remember her talking about the childhood she grew up in— her parents smoked, her relatives smoked, and her friends smoked. It touched me to hear the struggles involved in living with such a disease. The activity not only placed smoking in a negative light, but also demonstrated how a small cigarette can easily destroy one’s life in a matter of years. One of the most informational and effective parts of the day that had an innumerable impact on me was the presentation on the reality of e-cigarette prevalence in the United States. As a junior in high school, the evils of the vaping epidemic remain prevalent in the halls of school. However, the presentation presented me with knowledge almost unthinkable. We began the roller coaster of surprises with a small quiz to see how much we really knew about e-cigarette usage. One question hit me the hardest — how many e-cigarette flavors are on the market? I scanned the answer choices: 100, 500, 1,000, 15,000. I thought to myself, “Well, I’m sure there are a lot... let's go with 500… it seems reasonable.” To my dismay, the correct answer was 15,000 flavors — fifteen-thousand flavors of e-cigarettes. Any flavor that could be thought of — whether it be cucumber, gummy bear, or even crème brûlée — there is an e-cigarette pod for it. As a leader and founder of my school’s Students Against Destructive Decisions club, I work a lot with the prevention side of vaping usage. The presentation shown to me at Regional Youth Leadership’s health session was an eye-opening experience for me that inspires me even more to take action. In fact, we are planning to take a few members of the club very soon to the middle school to give a talk and convey the message to students of lower ages. After all, we believe it is effective to start young as the more educated we are to begin with, the lower the risk of falling into the crisis. Overall, the session has encouraged me to use my club as an agent of change in my community of Indian Hill. NK Y


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THOSE OF US WHO ARE OWNERS OF NEW BUSINESS VENTURES—AND therefore usually small businesses—are in good company. The Small Business Administration (SBA) estimates that over 627,000 new business enterprises get started in the United States every year. The tough odds of getting a small business off the ground successfully, it would seem, do little to deter many American entrepreneurs. Some have even argued that it’s in our blood to face grim prospects for success with nothing other than a hearty mix of optimism, tenacity, and verve. After all, the American spirit is rooted in the ever-present, undying dream of what could be, and many of us hail from ancestors who came to the United States on that very vision of turning the possible into reality. To be frank, the challenges facing new businesses are nothing at which to scoff, and they are as considerable as they are well known. According to the SBA , only half of new companies survive the first five years, and only about a third survive long enough to see a decade. Even for the most confident and fearless among us new business owners, the stressors—both to keep the business afloat and to get through the muck of everyday—are unavoidable.



How can we hear this advice so that it means something to us? How can we heed the dire warnings at which it hints before it’s too late? What’s the point of being an entrepreneur if we don’t enjoy the thing we create? HEALTH & WELLNESS 2020 | VOLUME 39 NUMBER 2


ADVICE FOR MANAGING STRESS: CAN’T HEAR IT, WON’T HEAR IT In a culture crazed by self-care, advice for how to cope with this sort of stress is as ubiquitous as those statistics on new-business survival rates, and as a result, these instructions can feel banal and devoid of any real meaning. We can tick-off these pointers on our fingers like we can sing along to our favorite songs: be sure to eat right, be mindful, be dedicated to sleep, know when to turn off work, and have a life outside of our jobs. With a wave of the hand we used to count out this guidance, we dismiss it. Blah blah blah. As George R. R. Martin would say, Words are wind. Some among us may reject this guidance en masse because we think we’re too busy, and it’s full steam ahead until we hit our sales goals. Others among us may want to take this advice seriously and may even recognize its criticality but just… can’t. Instead, we barrel forward at warpspeed, eating poorly, sleeping worse, and careening dangerously toward the edge of our sanity, to that unfriendly place where burnout, anxiety, depression, and the threat of total collapse lay in wait, ready to ensnare us in their sticky webs and crush us under their formidable weight. How can we hear this advice so that it means something to us? How can we heed the dire warnings at which it hints before it’s too late?

NEW MESSAGES FOR MANAGING STRESS: OWN YOUR CHOICES BE IN CHARGE OF YOU Tarita Preston, chief coach and founder of The Curated Coach, says the key is to slow down and notice the strategies that we are using to run ourselves and our business. Do we make choices that support our own growth and development? Or, do we continually make choices that disempower us and blame it on the business? In essence, she says, it’s all about the quality of the choices we make. Do they serve us, or do they limit us? For Preston, the need to own up to her own decision making came when she was working to support her HR employees in their passion and needed to follow her


things, or by denying it an outlet for stress through exercise and hobbies and downtime to debrief and recharge, then we won’t feel good in our bodies. In doing this, we set up our brains to function under conditions that are anything but ideal.


Tarita Preston, The Curated Coach

own. She eventually left her corporate work in pursuit of something more fulfilling. In considering the stress of entrepreneurs, she says that it’s important to recognize that we have more power than we think. For example, we torture ourselves with long hours, grueling schedules, and no off time because (in our minds), we have no choice. These are the things we do to ensure business success. Preston says this is a fallacy and that all we are really doing is making excuses for our choices and ultimately, if we took a step back, we might see that “we are making choices that support being stressed and burned out. We are living in the story of being stressed and burned out and then actively choosing to continue the cycle,” Preston says. “We consistently choose to disempower ourselves by allowing the business to victimize us. Then we complain that it’s happening. As if we didn’t choose it,” she continues, noting that choices are a power strategy, or what a person does to feel powerful and in control.

MIND THE BODY THAT SHAPES THE MIND Preston urges us to realize, too, that our body is the container in which we make decisions and how we treat our body will affect our health and our ability to make good choices. If we treat our body poorly by denying it sleep, by eating too much or not enough, by eating the wrong

Another choice we make that can exacerbate our stress levels is that we overly identify with our business, which is hugely problematic when external forces beyond our control impact our business’s standing. "When you habitually give your self-worth over to an external event, what happens?” Preston asks. “You will consistently rely on something external to you to validate yourself and your life. It’s a recipe for disaster." Instead of focusing on the end goal of what the business is or should be, entrepreneurs should focus on what’s right in front of them that they can control, which is the process of creating something. In her experience with coaching, the truly successful entrepreneurs see themselves as letting a dream move through them, in which they are a vessel. She says that successful entrepreneurs ask themselves what life wants to bring into existence through them, and not what they can get out of life. She says, “It’s much more satisfying that way.”

CONCLUSION: BALANCE ENABLES SUCCESS As a final thought, Preston implores us to remember that however counterintuitive it can feel, downtime is essential for success. “We need rest. Life has ebbs and flows. Even the earth has a rhythmic pattern, and we aren’t immune to that,” she says. “We can't be strategic if we don't have time to think. Strategy requires stillness of mind. It requires slowing down to let inspiration in.” So, when we are tapped out and need a break, we should take it. It’s all about creating a business on purpose and an environment that serves us. We need to see the bigger picture. In the end, what’s the point of being an entrepreneur if we don’t enjoy the thing we create? NK Y



GROW NKY in Action Growing Regional Outcomes through Workforce (GROW NKY) is a collective impact strategy comprised of a coalition of leaders across key industries, educational institutions, and community organizations working collaboratively to leverage the region’s assets to grow, attract and retain a globally competitive workforce. GROW NKY brings together workforce partners to address the regional skills and people gap and focuses on ensuring Northern Kentucky can support business growth through a strategic workforce effort.

Kentucky Launches K-TECH in Northern Kentucky

(Left to Right) Rep. Kim Banta, Gene Kirchner, Garren Colvin, Sec. Derrick Ramsey, Rhonda Whitaker Hurtt, Dan Cahill, Dr. David Rust, Dr. Fernando Figueroa

In an effort to meet the heightening demand for healthcare workers across the Commonwealth, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) announced the launch of the state’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) for students in Northern Kentucky. K-TECH NKY will be led by the Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services (NKCES) and engage key partners within GROW NKY’s collective impact approach to addressing workforce needs of the region. Collaborative partners include the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce


in their role as the backbone organization for GROW NKY, as well as St. Elizabeth Healthcare , Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College. K-TECH NKY will focus on enhancing skills and providing students with access to work-based learning experiences and apprenticeship opportunities within the healthcare field. EWDC awarded $651,150 to the NKCES for the implementation of K-TECH NKY to prepare the future workforce and increase the number of students participating in STEM courses in high school and post-secondary. For more information, visit educationcabinet.ky.gov.


Tara Johnson-Noem Named Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board Director Tara Johnson-Noem has been named director of the Northern Kentucky Workforce Investment Board (NKWIB). She assumes the post previously held by long-standing NKWIB Director Barbara Stewart who retired in December. “Tara Johnson-Noem is a valuable addition to the Northern Kentucky workforce community,” said Boone County Judge/ Executive Gary Moore. “Her experience with strategic planning, workforce development and career planning will ensure the continuation of the great work currently being done by the Workforce Investment Board, as well as developing a comprehensive vision for the future of the region.” The NKWIB Director also serves as the associate director of workforce development for the Northern Kentucky Area Development District (NKADD), one of 15 multi-county planning and development organizations that comprise a statewide network. The NKADD works to foster regional strategies, solutions, and partnerships that achieve sustainable economic growth and improve the overall quality of life for the citizens of the region. Learn more at www.nkadd.org.

Tara Johnson-Noem

Kentucky Career Center Grows Veterans Services Team The Kentucky Career Center (KCC) welcomed its newest veterans’ services representatives, Jad Davis and Rusty Mardis in November. As veterans who have served more than 20 years in the U.S. military, Davis and Mardis have the professional experience and insight necessary to help connect area veterans to resources like finding a job, training opportunities, specialized services for veterans with disabilities, federal tax credit and other veteran-specific programs. To learn more about KCC’s Veterans Services offerings, call (859) 292-6666 or email Jad Davis (jad.davis@ky.gov) or Rusty Mardis (rusty.mardis@ky.gov).

Jad Davis and Rusty Mardis

Become a GROW NKY Partner To learn more about GROW NKY, or to get involved, visit www.nkychamber.com/GROW or contact Leisa Mulcahy, Managing Director, at (859) 578-6396.




LNK Class Update By Mark Collier Living Media & Fort Thomas Matters

LET ME START BY SAYING THAT THE 2020 LEADERSHIP Northern Kentucky Class is the “Best Class Ever.” I used to believe that was a running joke when alumni would come back to help lead our sessions, but I know now they are completely serious. As am I. The 50 members of our class started on an overnight teambuilding trip to Camp Joy. It was a little like summer camp and a little like a corporate board retreat. The experience left us with a foundation that we’ve since started to build into meaningful relationships that will help us all, but most importantly the region. The Leadership Northern Kentucky experience is completely unique in that all of us, our Director, Class Chairs, Session Chairs, members and alumni are completely bought in to the concept that it’s incumbent upon all of us to make sure that our region is thriving. After Camp Joy, we’ve had alumni create unique session days, designed specifically to immerse us in the Northern Kentucky experience. So far we’ve had session days focused on education, inclusive leadership and human services. By early 2020 we will have narrowed the focus on what our group’s biggest singular task will be: our giving challenge. Thanks to The Greater Cincinnati Foundation, we have been given the opportunity to award $25,000 to a nonprofit or nonprofits in Northern Kentucky. I’m excited to see how we decide to deploy that incredible gift, but I’m equally excited to learn about Northern Kentucky in a way I never would have been able to without LNK and to get to know all of my classmates on an interpersonal level that I know will last years. I love people. That’s why my company specializes in social media, because it’s a scaled version of connecting with people. I’ve been very aggressive with one-on-one meetings with my classmates. I’ve connected with all of them on social media. I can’t speak for every class, but our class has demonstrated a very intentional ability to connect with one another and get to know each other. We’re all leaders. Some are small business owners. Some are CEOs of large organizations or work for nonprofits or banks. All of our time is valuable. But the reason I can attest to the fact that our class’ experience has been meaningful thus far is that when we’re in session our phones are down and our ears are perked. My gratitude level is off the charts when I’m surrounded by these folks. We’re challenging ourselves and our regional view and that is an exciting place to be. I can’t wait to see what we accomplish this year together and our story is just getting started. NK Y


Mark Collier and some of his LNK classmates.


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The Mindfulness of Meditation By: Claire E. Parsons, Esq Adams, Stepner, Woltermann & Dusing, PLLC


What Do Mindfulness and the Women’s Initiative Have in Common? Both Would Make Excellent New Year’s Resolutions.



YOU MAY THINK OF MEDITATION AS A SOLITARY ACTIVITY. When it comes to mind, you probably see a person focusing intently, seated alone with eyes closed. I’ve meditated for more than six years now and, while I usually do this on my own, I think of it as a bridge to my professional network. You see, I started meditating shortly after the birth of my first daughter, early in my legal career. During that period, I was so busy litigating cases that I didn’t have enough time to efficiently consider my next task, let alone ponder my life goals. I started meditating after reading about its benefits because I was so stressed, worried, and tired being a new mom and lawyer that I just needed to do something. Unexpectedly, this practice of retreating into myself for a few minutes each day led me to other people. By paying attention to my mind, I started to see the many times my own doubt squashed great ideas. I noticed when I wanted to ask for something but didn’t. I became aware when I was nervous or upset and slowly, with fits and starts, started to reach out for help. Through the Women’s Initiative, I was lucky to find a mentor who gave me a new perspective. She encouraged me to create a circle of friends who could support and energize me and to start getting my ideas out into the world instead of swirling around my head. In a few years, I started to gain traction and moved forward in my career. The key for me was understanding that I couldn’t spend all my time fighting the fires of any given day. Rather, I had to learn to invest in my future by caring for myself and tending to my network. Because of this experience I’ve learned that self-care, in the form of mindfulness for me, and community care are inextricably intertwined. One leads to the other and on and on. So, when Kay Fittes, Chair of the NKY Chamber’s Women’s Initiative Roundtable Committee, asked me to present “Mindfulness Tools for 21st Century Women Professionals” for the Joint Roundtable event in December, it made perfect sense. As a past Roundtable member and a group of several other small professional circles of the like, I have experienced firsthand how close-knit networks can help women professionals. Roundtables matter significantly when you are advancing, reframing or maintaining your career because we all need colleagues with whom we can share ideas, war stories, and strategies to maximize our professional growth. Of course, then, it made sense for me to share mindfulness, the success strategy that gave me the self-awareness to maximize my own career for the Roundtable program.

Claire Parsons presents "Mindfulness Tools for 21st Century Women" for the Women's Initiative Roundtable session at New Riff Distilling.

In the presentation, attendees learned how they could use different meditation strategies to address common workplace situations, such as fatigue due to long hours, performance anxiety, the demand to “be aggressive” in a competitive workplace, and even how to deal with disappointments. Certainly, meditation isn’t the only tool professional women need to advance their careers and surely some career obstacles are outside of any individual professional’s control. As I experienced, though, sometimes small things can have a big impact and sometimes it helps to focus on what you can control, even though you can’t fix everything. The mission of the Women’s Initiative is to inspire area businesswomen in the region to connect, grow, and achieve. Now, that we are in this new year, I hope you see this as one example of how connection—both with oneself and others—can help you grow and achieve in your life and career. Just as mindfulness offers powerful tools to help you care for yourself, the NKY Chamber Women’s Initiative has several programs to help you build your network, develop your skills, and showcase your talents. So, if you have any New Years’ resolutions this year, I hope they include investing in yourself and the Women’s Initiative. NK Y

Attendees perform a meditation exercise at "Mindfulness Tools for 21st Century Women."

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GETTING FIT SITS AT THE TOP OF MANY New Year's resolution lists – and for good reason. According to the World Health Organization, obesity has almost tripled since the 1970s. The average American’s diet consists of high intakes of red meat, processed and fried foods, highfructose corn syrup, alcohol and sugary drinks. Add to that the more sedentary lifestyles we now lead with hours of screen time at work, in front of the TV at home to unwind, and on our mobile devices to make personal and professional connections, it’s no surprise that obesity rates have climbed so significantly.


We can combat obesity with the adoption of a healthy lifestyle. It should be easy: adopt healthy eating habits and move more – but with personal challenges like income, health issues, and busy schedules, it’s important to keep in mind that the right healthy lifestyle is different for everyone. Northern Kentucky offers a variety of resources to give anyone a chance to start their journey toward a healthier lifestyle in 2020. PICTURED: (Left to Right) Ross Emerson, Mike Ballenger, Jamie Glavic, Charley Wayman and Brandon Wayman utilize the St. Elizabeth Fitness Court at Buena Vista Park on 12th Street in Newport. Fitness Court photos by Ben Gastright.


NATIONAL FITNESS CAMPAIGN With the help of a grant from the National Fitness Campaign, St. Elizabeth Healthcare and the Newport Foundation, the City of Newport made major strides this past year in the quest for health and wellness through the installation of the St. Elizabeth Fitness Court, an outdoor gym utilizing body weight for circuit training. Located in Buena Vista Park on 12th Street in Newport, this free space provides body weight circuit training, urban walking trails, and a free Fitness Court app loaded with classes, videos, and challenges to help amp up visitors’ workouts and provide a way to track progress, learn new workouts, and compete in fitness challenges.

“We’ll be adding workouts to the gym Steven Mathisen, Health and Wellness this winter as we get our fitness partners Task Force Chair of the St. Elizabeth trained on building their new workouts Fitness Court, praises the technology. on the Fitness Court App. For ongoing “The app ecosystem is pretty neat. If engagements, we’ll partner with LiveWell you select the Buena Vista Fitness Court, Newport again to put on another Health it’ll show you three levels of difficulty for Expo in the Spring,” Mathisen said. each piece of equipment on the court: Outdoor equipment not for you? beginner, intermediate, and advanced,” There are fitness studios and gyms Mathisen said. “It also allows us to work throughout Northern Kentucky to choose with local fitness partners and publish from that offer a wide range of innovative their new workouts for the Buena Vista Court equipment. This is a twofold benefit.” classes and workouts to suit any fitness goal. Whether it’s losing fat, building The court is open to the public from muscle, getting stronger, or improving dusk till dawn. Excitement for what the your overall health, there’s a workout that court will do to encourage a healthier is right for you in Northern Kentucky. lifestyle is clearly expressed by Mathisen.

PICTURED: (Above & below) The ninjas engage in more exercises the Fitness Court has to offer.



BARRE Do you plié? Barre uses a combination of postures inspired by ballet, yoga, Pilates and strength training. Aided by a ballet bar, isometric exercises – which are contractions of a specific muscle or group of muscles to maintain strength – make up most of the workout. A plank is a prime example of an isometric exercise. Barre improves posture, flexibility, muscle definition, weight loss and stress levels, in addition to maintaining strength with high reps of focused, small range movements.

HOT YOGA NKY Chamber member Modo Yoga NKY, located in Fort Mitchell, offers classes for all levels of fitness – including yoga, barre and Pilates. “Our commitment to supporting healthy humans and a healthy planet makes the studios like little lighthouses in a chaotic world, where you can breathe, sweat, unplug and begin again,” Instructor Meredith Hogan says. Yoga consists of a series of various standing and stretching postures focusing on all major muscle groups. And when it comes to yoga – some like it hot! Often referred to as Bikram yoga, a hot yoga studio class is typically heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit with a humidity around 40 percent. The heat not only raises the heart rate – it improves flexibility and burns more calories than traditional yoga.

Meredith Hogan, yoga instructor at Modo Yoga, in child’s pose, a posture of reverence and reminder that everybody is a child of the Earth. Photo provided by Mer Hogan.

CROSSFIT + METABOLIC RESISTANCE TRAINING CrossFit was designed with everyone in mind. Yes, you read that correctly. Safety and movement go hand-in-hand. From AMRAPs (as many reps as possible) to EMOMs (every minute on the minute), every WOD (workout of the day) of the high intensity, varied functional movement fitness program can be adapted for people at any age and level of fitness. “The growth of CrossFit was primarily driven at first by the 30-40 age group of ex-athletes that had played sports in high school and/or college at a competitive level,” said NKY Chamber member Jerry Scarlato, Performance Coach and Owner of Thriveology. “The program itself is geared around going beyond what you think you're capable of achieving. Once people saw the amazing benefits that CrossFitters got from their workouts, people flocked to it in masses.” Scarlato’s Thriveology, located in Alexandria, specializes in Metabolic Resistance Training, or MRT, a combination of high-intensity interval training (HIIT) and weight training. “At its most basic level, CrossFit is a form of MRT. When it comes to the efficiency of time and effectiveness of the workout, four minutes of MRT has been shown to high the same cardiovascular benefit as 60 minutes of steady-state aerobic exercise such as running or biking,” Scarlato said. Remember, before diving into a new fitness program in 2020, do your research and consult your doctor. NK Y

(Top) Static split squat; (Middle) Band row; (Bottom) Kettlebell swing, led by Jerry Scarlato. Photos provided by Jerry Scarlato HEALTH & WELLNESS 2020 | VOLUME 39 NUMBER 2


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FORTUNATELY, WE ARE LIVING IN A TIME WHERE OUR BUSINESS leaders understand the impact a healthy lifestyle has on both our personal and professional lives. We have come to grasp that living a healthy life certainly includes a focus on physical health. However, an emphasis on mental health is often overlooked in its role as the source of empowering well-being. This year’s Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast speaker, Kristi Nelson, is well versed in how important a strong mind is to a healthy life. She describes herself as a “glass half full” kind of person – a true optimist who exudes positivity. She looks for the bright side when told bad news . . . . until one day she couldn’t. Kristi found out she had a malignant tumor outside of her brain, in the orbit of her left eye. “Every dose of positivity I had possessed my entire life drained out of me,” she explains. “It wasn’t a slow drain, it was like the bottom fell out of my life and I was in a free fall. I could not see anything but darkness; I could not feel anything but despair.” From this point of desperation, Kristi learned the importance of shifting your mindset in order to live a healthy life. “It took mental gymnastics, along with other influences in my life, to rebound. But I was able to regain my footing, feel the earth under my feet again, and again begin living life without fear and constant worry. It was through this process that I reaffirmed one fundamental truth…nothing is as powerful as a strong mind.” At the Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast, Kristi will present on the topic of “Mindshift: Finding the Power Within.” She will share her story of shifting her mindset and will provide insights on how she harnessed her own mental strength to shift from darkness and despair to a place where she lives her life (personal and professional) in the moment and with joy. How the mindshift empowered her to overcome fear, uncertainty and self-doubt while rediscovering her resilience. “Our mental capacity and mental strength to overcome, achieve, survive, and thrive is awesome,” says Kristi. “If there is any part of my story that I can share, which will help others understand, embrace, and better leverage their own mental strength in the midst of despair, while enduring a personal hardship or when the odds against them seem overwhelming, then there is meaning and purpose in my journey.” “Stress, depression, sadness, anxiety — we all experience those things from time to time in life,” Kristi continues. “It is our ability to move through and past those moments, however, that is key to our overall mental and physical health. The inability to push through to the other side of a period of darkness in your life can be debilitating, life altering. A mindshift may not be easy for some people, but I know it can work because it worked for me.” NK Y


Learn More About Kristi & Her Journey Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast sponsored by PNC Tuesday, January 14 7:00 - 9:30 AM NKY Convention Center To register go to NKYChamber.com/ WIAnnualBreakfast. Photo of Kristi Nelson by Ben Gastright


Learn more about Kristi and her journey Tuesday, January 14, at the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Women’s Initiative Annual Breakfast sponsored by PNC. To register go to www.NKYChamber.com/ WIAnnualBreakfast.



2020 Kentucky General Assembly



Increase infrastructure funding to maintain our current system, build for our future and address our workforce issues. Modernize the road fund formula to provide more equitable distribution of revenue in the urban areas.

Continue to build on the 2018 efforts to modernize the tax code and address the long-term need for comprehensive tax reform. Strive to place KY on equal footing with competitor states, especially border states.



Allocate General Fund revenue to fill the void left behind by the expiration of toll credits.

The Historic Preservation Tax Credit is a critical tool for redevelopment in both urban centers and rural towns.



Improve east-west connectivity in NKY through an existing corridor already under development.

Support legislation to pass a tax credit to incentivize brownfield redevelopment across the NKY region.



Continue necessary pension reform focusing on ensuring the viability of the state’s system.

Authorize sports wagering and allow for expanded gaming in Kentucky.



Tax electronic cigarettes the same as cigarettes and raise the purchase age to 21.

End special treatment of smokers under the KY Civil Right Act. Legally protecting smokers alongside immutable characteristics like race, sex, age, disability, and nationality is unreasonable.

MODERNIZE THE CALL BEFORE YOU DIG LAW Update statutes related to underground facility damage prevention to reduce property destruction and personal injury.

ENABLE SHARED SERVICES Improve efficiency of shared services that would create greater ease of doing business. Provide additional options and incentives for local governments to simplify cost sharing and revenue collection.


PROMOTE FAIR USE OF VW SETTLEMENT Use Volkswagen settlement funding to improve mass transit in NKY and spark investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.

REDUCE HEALTH CARE COSTS TO CONSUMERS Address medical malpractice reforms to reduce health care costs to consumers and enhance the region’s ability to attract and retain a sufficient number of licensed medical professionals.

Increase voter participation and reduce unnecessary election costs by moving the election of statewide offices to same year as presidential elections.

WANT TO READ MORE? You can read more about these and other priorities in the full 2020 Legislative Agenda at NKYChamber.com


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Appropriate the Necessary Funding for Workforce and Education Ensuring workforce development is funded at adequate levels is essential to the overall growth of the NKY region.


Growing Regional Outcomes through Workforce (GROW) NKY is a collective impact strategy comprised of a coalition of leaders across key industries, educational institutions, and community organizations working collaboratively to leverage the region’s assets to grow, attract and retain a globally competitive workforce. GROW NKY brings together workforce partners to address the regional skills and people gap and focuses on ensuring Northern Kentucky can support business growth through a strategic workforce effort.

EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Improve Kentucky’s Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP) by increasing reimbursement rates and incentives for high-quality child care centers. Expand eligibility to 200% of the federal poverty level. Increase eligibility of Kentucky’s public preschools to 200% of the federal poverty level, incentivize partnerships between public preschool and private child care, and establish a fixed dollar amount per-child rate.

K-12 EDUCATION Provide funding for schools to implement the 2019 School Safety Bill and ensure funding for this program and any additional public education initiatives does not detract from funding of existing programs.

POST-SECONDARY INSTITUTIONS Increase performance-based funding appropriation by 10% ($74.9M). The formula was proposed and enacted three years ago but has yet to be fully funded. Increase funding from the state for dual credit tuition rate from 1/3 to 1/2. Approve $400 million bond issuance to be allocated to institutions for asset preservation and require 1/2 match by institutions.

WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD Establish a permanent fund for grants to workforce boards and other providers to provide more industry-focused training and retraining initiatives targeted at high-demand jobs with good career pathway opportunities.


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2020 NKY Legislative Caucus House Dayton HS Riverside Marina

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Rep Buddy Wheatley District 65

Rep Adam Koenig District 69

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Rep Ed Massey District 66

Rep Rick Rand District 47

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Robert Franxman has been appointed to the position of County Engineer/ Director of Public Works by the Boone Co Fiscal Court. Franxman is a registered professional engineer with over 19 years of experience in transportation construction, maintenance, and project development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of KY and has filled a variety of positions with the KY Transportation Cabinet, District 6 Office, over his career. Franxman’s most recent role with KYTC has been in the position of Transportation Engineer Specialist, responsible for coordination and development of large, statewide capital improvement projects. “I am very happy to have Rob join our Boone County team,” said Judge/ Executive Gary Moore. “Rob brings the right type of experience and has demonstrated to be a proficient planner which we help us address the challenges of our growing County.”

Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce that Timothy B. Spille has been appointed to the Northern Kentucky Bar Board of Directors. Spille is a litigation, insurance coverage, construction, and small business lawyer representing clients in state, federal, and appellate courts throughout Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana. Spille's litigation practice is diverse, as he defends bodily injury and property damage lawsuits arising from car accidents, landslides, trucking accidents, slip and fall incidents, and premises liability matters. He also defends construction defect and damage, breach of contract, and warranty claims - some of which start as early as a scope of work or as late as a payment dispute. Spille enjoys handing construction workmanship, damage and monetary disputes for general contractor and subcontractor clients.


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NKYP: Cocktails & Conversations | Mac’s Pizza, Cold Spring | 5:00 – 6:30 PM Eggs ‘N Issues: Mental Health | Receptions | 7:30 – 9:00 AM Workforce: Addiction in the Workforce: Learn How Employers Can Combat this Crisis | NKY Chamber | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Business Growth: Top 10 Mistakes in Tax, Succession & Estate Planning with Bill Hesch | NKY Chamber | 8:00 – 11:45 AM Getting the Most from Your Chamber Membership | NKY Chamber | 10:00 – 11:00 AM Business After Hours | TBD | 4:30 – 6:30 PM Business Essentials: Grow Business Using Google | NKY Chamber | 10:00 – 11:00 AM Safety Podcast: What OSHA (KyOSH) Can Do For You | NKY Chamber | 10:30 – 11:00 AM Women’s Initiative CONNECT Hour: Madison Event Center | 4:30 – 6:30 PM International: Exporting | NKY Chamber | 11:30 AM – 1:00 PM Leadership Breakfast | St. Elizabeth Training & Educational Center | 7:30 – 9:30 AM

MARCH 3/1 3/5 3/11 3/14 3/17 3/18 3/19 3/24 3/25 3/26 3/30

Vice President, Public Affairs & Communications Kristin Baldwin | kbaldwin@nkychamber.com Marketing / Communications Director Jeremy Schrand | jschrand@nkychamber.com Design & Photography Ben Gastright | bgastright@nkychamber.com Vice President Membership – Sponsorship Sales Lynn Abeln | labeln@nkychamber.com Director, Sponsor Investments Diana McGlade | dmcglade@nkychamber.com Chamber Communications Committee Kit Andrews, Karen Cornelissen, Mindy Kershner, Katie Scoville Louis, William Powell, Kelly Rose, Charley Wayman & Casey Williams

Regional Youth Leadership Applications Due for Current HS Sophomores Pints & Perspectives: Attracting International Talent | Hilton Cincinnati Airport | 4:30 – 6:00 PM Day in Frankfort | Capitol Annex | 7:30 AM – 5:00 PM International: NKY International Festival | NKY Convention Center | 10:00 AM – 6:00 PM Eggs ‘N Issues: International Trade | Receptions | 7:30 – 9:00 AM Safety Podcast: TBD | NKY Chamber | 10:30 – 11:00 AM HR 100: Kentucky Essential Skills Workshop | NKY Career Center | 3:30 – 4:30 PM Business Essentials: Chick-fil-A Customer Service Philosophy | NKY Chamber | 10:00 – 11:00 AM Business Impact Awards | The Learning Center at the NKY Convention Center | 4:00 – 6:00 PM Employer Best Practices Symposium: The Future of Work | Gateway | 7:30 AM – 1:00 PM Women’s Initiative CONNECT Hour | Stephens Golf Academy | 4:30 – 6:30 PM



CEO/Publisher Brent Cooper | bcooper@nkychamber.com



Profile for Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

NKY Business Journal | January/February 2020  

The Wellness Issue Volume 39 Number 2

NKY Business Journal | January/February 2020  

The Wellness Issue Volume 39 Number 2


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