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Bringing Up a Brand: Upscale children’s clothing line Beaufort Bonnet Company is set to open several stores across the Southeast PAGE 12
Making the Case: Propelled by revitalized incentive program, Wrigley Media Group debuts first nationally syndicated program filmed in Kentucky
A Model for Smart Manufacturing: Schneider Electric updates its 63-year-old Lexington plant with industry-leading technology PAGE 16
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A monthly look at economic indicators compiled by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Kentucky PAGE 5
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The latest statistics on local commercial and residential properties PAGE 6
Trademark Modernization Act provides useful tools for brand owners of all sizes PAGE 7
Pour Decisions designed to fill gap in nightclub scene PAGE 8
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Going the distance: As fabric and home goods store Interior Yardage welcomes second-generation customers, its owners are looking to transition into their next chapter PAGE 10
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Bringing Up a Brand: Upscale children’s clothing line Beaufort Bonnet Company is set to open several stores across the Southeast
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BusinessBriefs Lexington Center Corporation selects management group for key properties The Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) has approved a multi-year agreement with Oak View Group Facilities to manage and operate its properties, which include the 20,000-seat Rupp Arena and the new 200,000-squarefoot Convention Center, both located in the Central Bank Center complex, as well as the 900-seat Lexington Opera House. Oak View Group will report directly to the LCC and begin managing the day-to-day operations for Rupp Arena, the Convention Center and the Opera House on Oct. 1. According to a statement from the LCC, Oak View Group Facilities will generate new business opportunities and attract a variety of events that will bring visitors to Lexington and drive economic impact for Lexington and the region. Additionally, the group will be responsible for the marketing and sales, box office, finance, operations, bookings and premium seating/VIP experiences and opportunities for the three properties. The company will also focus on increasing convention center business and creating more opportunities with VisitLex. The contract expands a five-year partnership, established in early 2018, where Oak View Group was responsible for all areas of
event programming at Rupp Arena, excluding University of Kentucky athletic events. “Central Bank Center has been fortunate to have tremendous leadership from Bill Owen and his team for the past two decades,” said Bob Elliston, Lexington Center board chairman. “As we prepare for Bill’s retirement in the summer of 2022, the selection of OVG Facilities was the right choice to position the center to achieve even greater heights as our nearly $300 million capital expansion comes online. “Central Bank Center stands ready to appeal to a larger marketplace for conventions, meetings, and the top music and entertainment tours in the country,” added Elliston. “Through our existing booking agreement, OVG has demonstrated their market leadership taking Rupp Arena bookings to record levels in 2019, the last full year before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted national touring.” Oak View Group Facilities is a division of the Oak View Group, the world’s largest developer of sports and entertainment facilities with $4.5 billion of deployed capital across eight projects. The company is part of the team developing the new Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, and manages the Charleston Convention and Events Center in West Virginia, the Jackson Convention Center Complex in Mississippi, and the Fort Smith Convention Center in Arkansas. The company also has a booking arrangement at Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee in Knoxville.
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The Lexington Center Corporation announced that Oak View Group Facilities, which had already been providing event booking services for Rupp Arena, will expand its role to also provide event management services for the Convention Center and Lexington Opera House.
Oak View Group is currently involved in five new arena construction projects in the U.S., including the Climate Pledge Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken; the UBS Arena in Belmont Park, New York, the new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders; Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia; the Coachella Valley Arena in Coachella Valley, California; and the Moody Center on the campus of University of Texas, Austin. “Based on our success at Rupp Arena, we
look forward to expanding our role and bringing our additional resources to all the Central Bank Center facilities,” said Peter Luukko, chairman of Oak View Group Facilities. “We are focused on increasing revenue, partnerships, conventions business, and building a larger community and regional presence as Lexington has so much to offer. Additionally, as we expand our presence across the Southeast, Lexington will be a key hub for Oak View Group Facilities and our other Southeast properties.” BL
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A monthly look at economic indicators compiled by the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) at the University of Kentucky. For more on CBER, visit www.cber.uky.edu.
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Recent Data August 2021
1-Month 1-Year Change Change
Payroll emp. MSA**** Manufacturing Employment Durable Goods (KY) **** Manufacturing: Lexington-Fayette MSA Total Employees**** Unemployment Rate MSA****
267,100 July 156,900 July
28,327 July 3.90% July
Payroll Employment, US Manufacturing Payroll Employment US Unemployment Rate, US
147,190,000 Aug. 12,384,000 Aug. 5.20% Aug.
0.16% 0.42% -0.20%
4.28% 2.62% -3.20%
Consumer Price Index, Southern Region Consumer Price Index, US Producer Price Index, US
263.728 Aug. 273.567 Aug. 223.2 Aug.
0.30% 0.20% 1.00%
5.60% 5.30% 10.17%
Index of Leading Indicators** Fed’s Index of Industrial Production**
116.0 July 101.6 Aug.
3-Month Treasury Yield*** 10-Year Treasury Yield***
0.05% Aug. 18 1.28% Aug. 18
Real GDP (millions $)
1-Month 1-Year 2nd Qtr. Change Change 2020 $22,731,369.00 Aug. 27 3.15% 5.82%
MSA: Lexington-Fayette Metropolitan Statistical Area; (p)=preliminary; NA=not available * Source: http://www.conference-board.org ** Source: Federal Reserve Statistical Release — http://www.federalreserve.gov/releases/G17/ *** Source: Federal Reserve Statistical Release — http://www.federalreserve.gov/Releases/H15/data.htm **** Source: St. Louis Federal Reserve — https://research.stlouisfed.org/fred2/ Note: In some cases 1 mo. and 1 yr. changes are based on revised data from previous mo./yr. GDP is reported in current dollars.
This happens a lot: People misspell a lot by making two words (a lot) into one word (alot). There is, in fact, no word spelled alot. So use a lot (but not too often, especially in formal writing). Did you know that already? And do you know the difference between already and all ready? If not, here it is: All ready means “completely prepared.” Already means “previously.” So, if you are all ready already, you are prepared in advance.
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I can also say, “Everyone’s a critic,” and be sure that’s the correct usage of everyone. When it’s one word, everyone means all the people. If you want to single out a particular critic, you’d have to divide the compound word: “Every one of her criticisms is a lie.” OK, everyone, we’ll stop there. I’ve already said a lot. BL
Now, I’m going to prepare you in advance for a few more situations in which you might wonder whether to use one word or two. I cannot say that cannot is any better than can not. That’s because, according to a preponderance of grammarians, either is acceptable (though your spell-check may declare war on can not). I can say that kickoff, backup and printout are all spelled correctly here, but only if used as nouns, as in: “A kickoff is required at a football game; a backup of your printout is optional.” If you want to use any of those three nouns as verbs, however, you have to split them in two, as in: “He can kick off a football, back up his computer files and print out a document – all before breakfast!”
Neil Chethik, aka the Grammar Gourmet, is executive director at the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning (www.carnegieliteracy. org) and author of “FatherLoss” and “VoiceMale.” The Carnegie Center offers writing classes and seminars for businesses and individuals. Contact Neil at firstname.lastname@example.org or (859) 254-4175.
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PVAStatistics These statistics on local residential and commercial property are compiled by the office of the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator. The data reflect the most up-todate information available at the time of printing for this publication, but monthly figures may be revised as additional public records of property transactions are submitted and become available.
Top Commercial Transactions for August 2021
Residential Sales Data for August 2021 The chart below shows the monthly residential sales activity in Fayette County for the previous 24 months. The data for the most recent month reflect a projected estimate from the office of the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator and are subject to change. 2021 RESIDENTIAL SALES
2020 RESIDENTIAL SALES
2019 RESIDENTIAL SALES
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201 W. Loudon Ave. 131 N. Eagle Creek Drive 162 Old Todds Road 254 Willard St. 295 E. Loudon Ave. 135 York St. 518-522 W. Fifth St. 227 Willard St. 402-406 E. Seventh St. 536 Ohio St. 742 N. Broadway 201 E. Sixth St. 1301 Baker Court 400 Dabney Drive 450 Dabney Drive 237 McDowell Road 381 S. Upper St. 426 Codell Drive 135 York St. 536 Ohio St. 402-406 E. Seventh St. 780 N. Limestone 400-402 N. Limestone 742 N. Broadway 518-522 W. Fifth St.
$6,500,000 $3,200,000 $2,380,000 $2,250,000**
Lexington Blue LLC Bluegrass Primary Health Care Center Inc. Prometheus Properties LLC Eckman Management LLC
700 600 500 400 300
Cargo Court LLC Fritz Michael Daniel
$687,500 $600,000 $555,000 $524,400 $460,000 $409,000 $385,000 $375,000 $365,000**
SJAI LLC Amel KY Properties LLC Medlaw Consulting LLC Watts Family Properties LLC Astra Investments LLC Spillman Properties LLC Northyard LLC 400 N. Lime LLC Multifamily West 5th Properties LLC
* Sale price based on a multiple-parcel transaction ** Parcel includes multiple improvement
MONTHLY PERCENTAGE CHANGE OVER PREVIOUS YEAR For more local residential and commercial real estate information, visit the website of the Fayette County Property Valuation Administrator at www.fayettepva.com.
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Trademark Modernization Act Provides Useful Tools for Brand Owners of All Sizes BY MICHAEL S. HARGIS CONTRIBUTING WRITERS
he Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (TMA) introduced several amendments to federal trademark statutes, known as the Lanham Act, that should prove favorable to brand owners when the TMA becomes effective on Dec. 27. There has been much written of late about trademark depletion or congestion theories, which suggest there are only so HARGIS many words and that all of the “good” words/marks are taken. With more than 2 million marks on the federal register, the suggestion seems plausible. This is particularly true if you are a business owner on a budget. Maybe you have worked with a creative group to identify the perfect mark, only to receive a less than favorable clearance report declaring your mark too similar to another’s registered mark. What if the report also suggests that the similar registered or blocking mark appears to be no longer in use? How can this be? Registration owners, or registrants, are
required to submit a declaration and proof of continued use of their mark to the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) between the fifth and sixth years after registration, again at the 10th year, and every 10 years thereafter. A goal of these requirements is to rid the register of unused marks so others can use them. Under this system, however, an unused blocking mark can remain on the register for nearly a decade. What can you do? Prior to the TMA, your options for overcoming such a scenario were limited. You could abandon the perfect mark or petition the Trademark Trial and Appeal Board to cancel the registration for the blocking mark. Neither were good options, and the latter
While these tools are beneficial to all brand owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses should benefit most from the TMA and its provision of relatively inexpensive tools to quickly clear a path for the use and registration of their perfect mark.
could add significant cost to your brand development endeavors. Thankfully, the TMA offers two additional tools designed to simplify the removal of such blocking marks. The first is ex parte reexamination, and the second is ex parte expungement. Reexamination permits challenges to use-based registrations by any third party for five years after a mark is registered. In other words, a registrant’s allegation of use of a mark for each of the goods in a registration can be challenged, if the challenger is able to submit evidence to the USPTO establishing an authentic case of nonuse as of the date on which the registrant alleged use in support of their application. Expungement, on the other hand, permits challenges to all registrations, including registrations that did not require an allegation of use by any third party between the third and 10th years after registration. This tool primarily targets registrations based solely on a foreign/international registration rather than an allegation of use. These registrations can be challenged if the challenger is able to submit evidence to the USPTO establishing an authentic case that the mark has never been used. Whether reexamination or expungement is sought, a challenger must establish nonuse at the time use was alleged (reexamination) or
that the mark was never used (expungement), and provide a verified statement that “sets forth the elements of the reasonable investigation the petitioner conducted to determine” nonuse/never used and “any additional facts that support the allegation.” Once a proceeding is instituted, registrants will be provided an opportunity to refute the allegations by submitting evidence of use of their mark and a determination on cancellation will follow. While specific rules for these proceedings are yet to be provided, the required effort will certainly be less costly and time consuming than a cancellation proceeding. While these tools are beneficial to all brand owners, entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses should benefit most from the TMA and its provision of relatively inexpensive tools to quickly clear a path for the use and registration of their perfect mark. BL
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CraveWorthy Pour Decisions Designed to Fill Gap in Nightclub Scene BY SHANNON CLINTON CONTRIBUTING WRITER
bout two years ago, Kelly J. King was sure she was settling into retirement mode after founding and overseeing company after company for decades, but Pour Decisions proved her wrong. Open since early August, Pour Decisions Social Bar is the latest project from King, a Lexington native and longtime local food, beverage and events industry professional. As the daughter of Thoroughbred industry veterans and nightclub owners with operations in both Lexington and Nashville, King had founded her first nightclub by age 26 and her second by age 29. “I was just kind of born into the entertainment industry,” she said. In late 2019, King sold her share of Venues of the Grand Reserve (now known as 903 Venues) on Manchester Street, a 50,000-squarefoot events space in the Distillery District that she founded in 2009-10 and KING formerly owned. Over the years, the ideas for new businesses kept coming. In the two years before COVID-19 hit, she founded Barrel Fest KY, a beer, wine and liquor festival that may one day make a comeback. For the past three years she’s been founder and owner of events planning company Kingsway Events. Five years ago, she founded Dipsie’s Gourmet Mini Donuts & Ice Cream (aka Dipsie’s Sweet Treats), which started out at the Venues of the Grand Reserve but in 2018 became a mobile doughnut and ice cream truck. In 2012 she founded Cocktails and Wedding Bells, a nighttime wedding show where engaged couples could browse vendor displays while enjoying a variety of cocktails. And for the past dozen years she’s been founder/owner of Top Shelf Bartender Service, a company providing bartenders-for-hire with catering options for special events. After mostly cooling her heels in 2020 and part of 2021, a newly energized King began to get antsy for a new project.
“I missed the camaraderie of doing things, so I started looking into venues that were available, and actually the first place that I’d looked at was the old Grillfish on Limestone,” she said. That property was snapped up, but she was able to secure a lease at 233 E. Main, the former location of The Casual Pint and more recently Gather on Main. It had been vacant since March 2020. Doing much of the labor herself in the 2,300 square-foot space, she set about demolition work, painting and building a bar, as friends Chad Howard and Andrew Shayde lent helping hands. Opening during a pandemic wasn’t easy, and she had some delays in sourcing furnishings and other equipment. Opening weekend was pushed back a week while waiting for glassware and a dishwasher to arrive. The finished space has an industrial speakeasy type feel with red and black décor, sparkling chandeliers overhead, concrete flooring, dance floor and a mirror wall. Patrons can sit at tables or on Chesterfield couches, and tinted windows with crushed red velvet draperies help create an intimate, cozy vibe. Garage doors can be opened to the outdoors, and many wall-mounted televisions will be tuned to popular sports events. King said several patrons have remarked that once inside, they feel like they’re in a bigger city nightspot. “We are something that’s not a normal place in Lexington,” King said. “We’re something different. There’s not another place in town that looks like ours and has the feel of ours. The drinks themselves should entice you enough to come here because nobody in the state is doing what I’m doing here.” Many cocktails are served in glasses generously rimmed with white or dark chocolate or caramel, depending on what best suits the libation. King’s personal favorite is called Going Back for More, a Roscato wine served in a glass rimmed in white chocolate. “It’s fantastic,” she said. “it’s like drinking grape juice.” The full bar features a variety of liquor, wines, 10 taps with mostly local brews from favorites like West Sixth Brewing, Mirror Twin Brewing and Ethereal Brewing, Pour Decisions has partnered with Skip
Pour Decisions Social Bar, recently opened at 233 E. Main Street, is a new venture from hospitality veteran Kelly J. King.
the Fork to provide traditional and dessert charcuterie for patrons to snack on as they socialize. Karaoke is held Mondays, followed by Trivia Tuesdays. Every Wednesday is Ladies Night, and live music by either bands or DJs round out Fridays and Saturdays. Eventually monthly themed costume parties will be held, like disco night, as well as other special events centered around sports or holidays.
King is confident in her ability to deliver once again with this latest venture. “I feel that I keep a grasp on entertainment around me, and I feel that I am good at what I do and know what people want,” she said. “It’s all about customer service. You are the face of your business, and you’ve got to be one with it, so people recognize me and hopefully recognize the quality of the work that comes with something that I do.” BL
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QuickBites Baked Goods and Comfort Foods Highlight Latest Restaurant Openings BY SHANNON CLINTON
Kenwick Table coffee shop and wine bar is moving into 201 Owsley Ave.
oes any hint of fall weather send you scurrying for the flannel shirts, hot drinks, comfort food and sweet treats? This year you can channel all things cozy at a new Italian bakery, doughnut shop and a couple of recently opened cafés. Kenwick Table coffee shop and wine bar is coming to the Kenwick neighborhood in Lexington at 201 Owsley Ave. at a former Thriftway Food Mart site. General manager Savannah Cox described how the bar’s inspiration came when Kenwick resident and owner Rett McGoodwin was skiing in Breckenridge, Colorado, several years ago. “[He] visited a breakfast joint that had several people lined up to sit at a community table,” she said. “Intrigued, he learned the restaurant incentivized its patrons to sit at this table, allowing for a myriad of people to meet and socialize from all over the world.” During renovations, McGoodwin used the building’s original wood rafters to create a similar community table. There, people can enjoy a variety of coffees, locally made pastries and eventually wine and beer. “We are so excited to open at the end of September and can’t wait for the neighborhood to have a seat at our table,” Cox said. Everybody Eats Café has opened at 417 Georgetown St., with entrees including roast
potatoes and carrots, oxtail and gravy, and beef ribs. The menu also lists spaghetti, lasagna, baked chicken, burgers, sides and a kids’ menu. Tratti di Busalacchi (pronounced Boosuh-la-key and known as Busalacchi Treats for short) has joined the Julietta Market inside Greyline Station. Marketing representative Morgan Busalacchi, who’s married to baker, owner and San Diego native Lorenzo Busalacchi, said the treats served hail from a collection of traditional Italian family-made cookies with a modern twist. Seven different varieties will be available weekly, such as a Sicilian chocolate spice cookie called Tatus, biscotti, lemon shortbread, lemon knots or signature sugar cookie. Morgan Busalacchi said plans are to grow the business and bring their cannolis to Lexington in early 2022. For now, they’re open during market hours and available for custom orders for delivery and pickup. “Julietta Market has given the business an entrance into storefront, and has been off to a great start,” she said.
Fiddletree Kitchen and Bar is open in the new boutique hotel Elwood Hotel & Suites at 444 Parkway Drive. According to its website, “Fiddletree has the artisan carefree feel of an all-day café, reflecting a comfortable and creative place where people gather to meet, eat, talk and relax!” The site says the menu will change with the seasons, but recent offerings included appetizers such as cheese plate and country ham on biscuit, a variety of salads, dinner entrees like fish and chips, chicken parmesan and pizza, and desserts. There are also craft cocktails, wine and beer, and daily breakfast and weekend brunch menus. The first Kentucky franchise location of Evansville, Indiana-based Parlor Doughnuts is opening in the former Tandoori restaurant at 630 Euclid Ave. Local franchisee Nathan Schaffner said the time estimate for opening is December or early 2022. The shop will offer original layered craft doughnuts in a variety of flavors, specialty coffee, gluten- and ketofriendly products and artisanal breakfasts. Pearl’s Pizza is now a part of Delivery Coop, the service announced in mid-August on social media. “Our members have been asking to add a pizza restaurant since we started, and we are very excited about this partnership!” the post said. Starting as a food truck, Porterhouse BBQ opened in late August in Julietta Market, and Habibis Sweets & Pastries announced in late August that it would be moving from its Nicho-
lasville Road location to the market. Opening in Habibis’ former space is a second location of Mexican ice cream shop Panchitos Ice Cream. Pho Kytchen is now in the culinary rotation at Champion Kitchen on the University of Kentucky campus, selling Vietnamese food there one week per month. Promising “Tasteful Tex-Mex and More,” Burnacos Featuring Maiden City Brewing is a new taproom coming this fall to The Lex at the corner of Broadway and Oliver Lewis Way, according to its Facebook page. Whiskey Bear, an original tenant of The Barn food hall at The Summit, announced on its website that the bar and restaurant is relocating to the Beaumont neighborhood and will hold a grand reopening celebration early next year. The expansion will also include a new pizzeria concept called Addie’s StoneFired Pizza. After more than four years in its downtown Lexington location, West Main Crafting Co. announced via its Facebook page that the bar and restaurant has ceased operations. Thanking staff, loyal patrons and the community for their support, Cha Tamura with Tomo Lexington announced on the restaurant’s Facebook page in September that the restaurant would close after more than 20 years in business in the Chevy Chase area. BL Have a food- or beverage-related update to share with readers? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Chuck and Jenny Hill, seated, with longtime Interior Yardage employees Liz Rose, Lee Sharp and Dana Mayborg, standing from left to right. Hill founded the fabric and home goods store in 1994.
Going the Distance As fabric and home goods store Interior Yardage welcomes second-generation customers, its owners are looking to transition into their next chapter BY KATHIE STAMPS CONTRIBUTING WRITER
n the early 1990s, Jenny Hill worked as a nurse. In her spare time, she enjoyed sewing and helping friends decorate their homes. She and a neighbor, also a nurse, once attended a fabric show in Atlanta and came back with more fabric than they needed.
A lot more. Hill sold it from her house and at a flea market, while working and raising two small children. The initial $1,000 investment for material officially outgrew its hobby status when her accountant advised, “Get in or get out.” Hill opened Interior Yardage in 1994 on Southland Drive. She has moved up and down the street a handful of times. The first
location was on the second floor of an office building, until Hill realized “nobody wants to walk up steps, including me,” she said. In 2001, an opportunity arose to purchase a building in the 300 block of Southland Drive. Hill and her husband, Chuck Hill, had a few rental properties at the time, which they sold and invested the profits into the building and a parking lot behind it. Within a year of moving into its new location, Interior Yardage had outpaced what Hill could handle on her own. She needed to hire someone to run the business end while she took care of clients, products and projects. “That was a monumental task, to find someone to turn over all your money to,” she said. So, Chuck quit his job in medical sales and joined her in the business. “We soon discovered that the first year
of marriage wasn’t as hard as the first year of working together,” she said, with a laugh. They have five to seven employees at any given time making window treatments, offering design advice and selling lamps, artwork, home décor accessories, case goods furniture and upholstered goods. Lee Sharp, Liz Rose and Dana Mayborg have been with the company upward of 20 years. “A lot of people think Lee owns the business,” Hill said. “It’s been fun to watch it evolve, because if you’re buying drapery, chances are you’re probably going to need a lamp to go with it,” she said. “Because Lexington is centrally located and there are so many communities around us that don’t offer this type of service, we get a lot of out-of-town business. It’s great to serve a lot of the outlying communities.” Interior Yardage was hired to upholster
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Bringing Up a Brand Upscale children’s clothing line Beaufort Bonnet Company is set to open several stores across the Southeast
BY JUDY BRUMLEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
ine years ago, Markey Hutchinson was working for Bank of America Home Loans. When her boss retired, Hutchinson took the opportunity to spend more time with her daughter, Betsey. While adjusting to her new role as a stay-athome mom, the Lexington native discovered a little bonnet business located in Beaufort, South Carolina. “I loved their bonnets, and every time my daughter wore one, people would ask where it was from,” she said. “I referred so many people to the shop, but one day a friend let me know their website wasn’t working.” Hutchinson reached out to the owners, a mother-daughter duo. “I let them know the site was MIA and also asked if I could be a sales rep of sorts,” she says. “I was sending the store a lot of business and thought it would be fun to be compensated for it.” It turns out they had experienced a sudden uptick in sales and were struggling to keep up. Their seamstresses were leaving, and the owners were contemplating next steps, so Hutchinson asked if they were willing to sell. Three months later, the business was hers and she renamed it to The Beaufort Bonnet Company (T.B.B.C.) in honor of the item that started it all. Hutchinson started running the business out of her basement in July 2012, but it wasn’t long before she needed additional support. “I reached out to Oxford Industries about a year later because we were having trouble finding manufacturing partners in the United States to keep up with our growth,” she said. “Joining their family of brands was the best decision I could have made for The Beaufort Bonnet Company.” Oxford — a publicly traded clothing company home to major labels like Tommy Bahama, Southern Tide, and Lilly Pulitzer — acquired T.B.B.C in 2017 and has provided legal resources, IT support and professional guidance ever since. In the beginning, Hutchinson had a few part-time employees working for commission only and about 15 boutiques carrying the company’s products. Nine years later, she has about 30 full-time staff supporting the nearly 400 stores selling T.B.B.C. “We can now achieve weekly sales that are in line with what we did our entire third year of business,” she said. In addition to bonnets and hats, they carry apparel and gifts for babies and children, from sleepwear and one-piece outfits to blankets, books and cuddly stuffed animals. The company is currently on track to open four brick-and-mortar locations: two new “signature stores” in Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina, and Mountain Brook, Alabama, as well as the first-ever “flagship stores” in Miramar Beach, Florida, and Kiawah, South Carolina. “A signature store is owned and operated by an individual who is passionate about The Beaufort Bonnet Company and agrees
to our store concept and brand standards,” Hutchinson explained. Little Classics on Clay, owned and operated by Peggy Queen and located in Lexington, was the brand’s original signature store. The Miramar Beach location will be its debut flagship store, meaning it will be owned and operated by T.B.B.C. Although there have been supply chain delays, Hutchinson hopes to open the signature stores in the next three to six months, Miramar Beach by January and Kiawah in March. Hutchinson believes social media has played an important role in her business’ success. “It’s allowed us to communicate who we are as a brand in a very cost-effective way,” she said. “I think engaging with our customers online has set us apart and helped us illustrate how much we care about our supporters.” T.B.B.C. also used social media to its advantage during the pandemic. “We were determined to support our wholesale partners that relied on foot traffic for sales, so we used our social media platform to highlight those businesses and promote what inventory they had in stock,” Hutchinson said. They also encouraged stores to ship orders, deliver to doorsteps and facilitate curbside pickup. “We received a lot of positive feedback that our brand and team helped them ‘keep the lights on’ during such a challenging time.” Her team was so reliable and efficient while working from home that the company is now fully hybrid. Their Lexington headquarters was previously located at 400 Old Vine Street, but they recently renovated and relocated to a 12,000 square-foot space at 921 Beasley Street. “There are many positives to going into the office, but we realized the hybrid format was a nice benefit to working for The Beaufort Bonnet Company,” Hutchinson said. “I also think it’s allowed people to achieve better work-life balance, which is important in preventing burn out.” Hutchinson isn’t afraid to pivot if it’s going to benefit the company, and she encourages other business owners to follow her lead. “Changing your mind or altering your strategy isn’t failure,” she said. “It’s being resilient.” One thing that will never change is the brand’s commitment to maintaining a smallbusiness feel. “We take pride in not only having a tight-knit team but also knowing our customers,” Hutchinson said. “We talk about their growing families, gush over Christmas cards, pray for them when they face adversity and cheer for them when they win a blue ribbon at a swim meet or lose their first tooth.” No matter how much the business grows, she hopes her team will always understand the role their products play in their customer’s memories. “Our mission is to make babyhood and childhood special. We want to be there for the baby’s first beach trip, their first day of school and beyond,” Hutchinson said. “We really encourage parents to take a lot of pictures and embrace this sweet stage of life. After all, they’re only little for a little while.” BL
Lexington native Markey Hutchinson, above, purchased a South Carolina-based clothing company after becoming enamored with its baby bonnets. She rebranded the business as The Beaufort Bonnet Company, and is preparing to open several new flagship and signature stores as the business continues to grow. PHOTOS FURNISHED
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Several theaters in the former Cinemark Movies 10 in the Woodhill Shopping Center have been renovated for filming projects by Wrigley Media Group, including as a set for its new court room show, “Relative Justice”.
Making the Case Propelled by revitalized incentive program, Wrigley Media Group debuts first nationally syndicated program filmed in Kentucky BY TOM WILMES BUSINESS LEXINGTON
he former Cinemark theater in Woodhill Shopping Center, which hasn’t shown a movie since 2016, was back in show business this summer with a project that may help put Kentucky on the map for film and television production. Wrigley Media Group leased the vacant building and has turned it into a production complex for film projects. One of the theaters has been transformed into a set for the company’s first original production, “Relative Justice,” a new daytime courtroom show and the first nationally syndicated television program filmed in Kentucky. The unscripted show stars Judge Rhonda Wills, who presides over cases involving small claims civil disputes involving people related by blood, birth or marriage. The proceedings are arbitration-based, meaning participants agree to abide by the judge’s decision and not pursue further litigation regarding the matter.
One case involves an aunt and nephew from Chicago, for example, who disagree on assigning responsibility for the care — and subsequent decline — of a collection of beloved houseplants. Judy Pemberton, of Pemberton’s Greenhouses in Lexington, appears as an expert witness and offers some helpful plant-care tips. Litigants appearing on the show are flown in from across the country, put up at local hotels and receive a per diem for food and other expenses during their stay, along with a small appearance fee. The production also covers a portion of the arbitration amounts awarded by Judge Wills. The crew — about 300 people in all, roughly half of whom were hired locally — filmed eight to 10 cases a day, for a total of 150 half-hour episodes filmed over 25 days of production. “Relative Justice” debuted in mid-September and airs on stations across more than 80 percent of the country, including in 44 of the top 50 markets. “I’m proud that our team has been able
to produce ‘Relative Justice’ in Lexington,” Misdee Wrigley Miller, CEO and owner of Wrigley Media Group, said in a statement. “While our litigants came from states across the country, it was so nice to be behind this Lexington-based production and to be able to send a message to the community that quality production can come from Kentucky as easily as it can from New York or Los Angeles.” Wrigley Miller and others involved in the project cite Kentucky’s recently renewed film incentive program as a primary reason for choosing to repurpose the shuttered theater and film “Relative Justice” in Lexington.
On “Relative Justice,” Judge Rhonda Wills presides over cases involving family members seeking resolution for small claims civil disputes in which they are involved. PHOTO FURNISHED
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Created in 2009 by House Bill 249, Kentucky’s film incentive program reimburses a percentage of qualified expenses related to television shows and movies made in the state. The incentive program was well received by production companies but caused some controversy and misunderstanding, especially when the percentage of refundable income tax credit was raised to 35 percent for Kentucky resident labor and 30 percent for out-of-state labor in 2015. The program was closed to new applicants in 2018, and the tax credits were changed to become nontransferable and nonrefundable later that year, effectively gutting the program. Now administered by the Economic Development Cabinet, amendments to the bill are set to take effect Jan. 1. These include a cap of up to $75 million annually in total refundable tax credits, as well as a shortened timeline between when a project can apply for credits and complete production, as well as more oversight in the review process. Industry professionals say incentive programs like those in Georgia, New Mexico and now again in Kentucky are increasingly critical in attracting film and television projects to a state. “The first-run syndication business has changed in the last decade, and the tax incentive is really important to the overall budget of the show,” said industry veteran Lou Dennig, executive producer of “Relative Justice.” “Budgets for court shows like this one have been cut in half, sometimes more, because the revenue that local stations generate has also dropped by more than 60 percent.” As a large chunk of viewership has shifted to social media, streaming services and other delivery systems, many local stations can no longer afford to pay for high-profile daytime
programming like “The Ellen DeGeneres Show” and “The Kelly Clarkson Show,” Dennig said, yet they still need quality, non-news content to play throughout the day. Syndicated courtroom shows, talk shows and game shows are cost effective and have all proven to perform especially well, he said. A boutique production company like Wrigley Media can produce original content efficiently and with relatively low overhead, especially when compared with much larger production companies like those in New York and Los Angeles, said Ross BabBABBIT bit, Wrigley Media’s chief content officer. “We’re able to put 300 people to work for three months to put together this show and deliver it at a price point that’s cheaper than what the other guys could do it for,” he said. “Of course, you have to have a good show, which is why we bring in people like Lou and Miguel Enciso, who has directed “Entertainment Tonight”, “Judge Joe Brown”, and “The Insider” … but half our staff are locals who have never done a court show before and are learning the business.” In addition to hiring Kentucky-based crew, the program also incentivizes purchasing goods and services locally, such as the many props purchased from Chevy Chase Hardware for use on “Relative Justice,” for example, as well as hotel rooms, meals at local restaurants, and catering from local providers such as Selma’s, DV8 Kitchen, Black Soil, Seasons Catering and Bourbon n’ Toulouse, among others.
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Lexington-based Wrigley Media Group is renovating the former Cinemark movie theater into a studio complex, where it filmed “Relative Justice” and plans to produce several more syndicated television shows.
“You have to look beyond the state budget to fully see the impact you can have in a community,” said Elizabeth Combs, executive vice president of strategic initiatives with Wrigley Media. “The overall community impact is estimated to be, on average, about three times the production budget.” While Wrigley Media also produces content for clients such as Big Ass Fans, the Coca-Cola Company and others, creating its own syndicated content is a potentially lucrative long-term investment for the company, Babbit said. “Our vision is to own and control our own
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A Model for Smart Manufacturing Schneider Electric updates its 63-year-old Lexington plant with industry-leading technology
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tephen Lyczkowski, plant manager for the Lexington branch of Schneider Electric, can see how productive his plant is from his desk. Not through a huge glass window looking over the factory flow as in days of old but from three large monitors in his office that provide him with a dashboard of many aspects of the plant. “I call it the control tower,” he said. “I have a real-time display showing the performance of the plant, whether it’s in production or not. I’m tracking predictive analytics on the defect rate … I can track our overhead conveying system … I can tell if a line is going to go down, and it’s sending me alerts before the line even goes down because we’re tapped into that connectivity.” In operation since 1958 and located on Mercer Road, Schneider Electric’s Lexington plant has recently transitioned to be a smart facility — and the international company’s only smart facility in the United States. The other North American smart facility for the company is in Monterey, Mexico. Being a smart facility means that all assets within the 500,000-square-foot plant are connected. The high volume, heavily automated plant produces load centers and safety switches for electrical applications, manufacturing all of the products’ elements within the plant. As a smart facility, all of the assets and equipment in the plant are connected, with the data pulled from them being delivered to the cloud. From there, employees can pull information from the cloud onto a tablet or laptop and see aspects of the facility’s performance as it happens. “When you see somebody holding a tablet in front of a PLC with a barcode on it, that’s our augmented operator offer… We can see what’s happening live within that PLC cabinet, and it’s telling us whether all of the relays or other signals are properly working,” he said. “You can see if one is tripping or even faulting out without opening the cabinet. That’s the power that we give to our maintenance technicians, our control specialists or our automation control engineers, and then within that tool, you can put in work orders or sticky notes, or pull the schematics realtime … you’re not using paper anymore.” For the company, it means greater productivity, less downtime and lower energy usage, Lyczkowski said. Two years ago, he said, prior to transitioning to smart technology, the plant was creating about 40,000 load centers per week. Now, the plant produces 55,000 per week. That production increase also correlates with a decrease in energy consumption.
Lyczkowski said the plant has seen a 7 to 8 percent reduction in energy use per year. That energy savings led to it earning the 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR) Advanced Lighthouse by the World Economic Forum (WEF) recognition. The Lexington site is the third Schneider Electric factory to receive the honor, the first two being the company’s Batam, Indonesia, plant in 2019, and its Vaudreuil, France, site in 2018. The transition has also led to fewer injuries. Being able to effectively predict when equipment needs repairs allows technicians to proactively address concerns prior to break downs, he said, as well as manage repairs during downtime. Putting an exact figure on the investment the plant has made or the return on the investment is difficult, he said. “It’s hard for me just to tell you specifics, because every year we’re investing,” he said. “It’s not just three years… it’s been a journey over the last 10 to 15 years, really. And every year while we were investing more capital in the plant, newer equipment packages and replacing older equipment, we were using our own Schneider products, whether it’s relay components or servo drive motors. That has allowed us to adapt and be more creative with our coffers.” The plant serves as a model not only for the rest of Schneider Electric, he said, but also for the company’s customers. Sometimes, he said, customers come into the plant to see how things operate on the plant’s floor and to get ideas as to how the same technology could be used in their own facility. The company is also working with the University of Kentucky to offer students an opportunity to see the plant and learn how smart facilities operate. Currently, he said, the facility is operating seven days a week, a move that has allowed him to expand his workforce from about 350 people to over 530. Giving those employees access to the smart technology has only helped the business, he said. “You’ve got people out there with iPads, or using our iPhones, with all these tools that we’ve given them,” he said. “It’s kind of the domino effect. You give the power to the people and they’re going to start bringing things to you. We’ve given access to everybody on the floor. Now, they’re monitoring tonnage; they’re monitoring thermals or monitoring speed on things. I had a maintenance technician develop his own dashboard and he’s predicting welding failures. No one told him to go do that. He just took it on himself because he thought it was cool and he knew it would help the business in his team.” Lyczkowski said Schneider Electric’s goal is for all of its plants to be smart plants like the one in Lexington. The plant serves as a model for what smart technology can do for manufacturing in Lexington, in Kentucky and beyond, he said. But now that the facility has transitioned to being a smart facility, that doesn’t mean he’s about to stop innovating. “We’re never going to stop pushing the limits. I mean, the good thing about being a smart factory here in Lexington is that we’ve stood out and we’ve done all kinds of new things. I want to take the lead to be that playground for any new technology that’s out there to help us be smarter, more effective, more efficient and continue to grow.” BL
Technicians at Schneider Electric’s Lexington plant use handheld devices to monitor the facility’s equipment and systems in real time.
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Company Name Address, Phone
Investment Amount ($)
New Jobs Announced
Infiltrator Water Technologies 3138 Corporate Drive Winchester, KY 40391
Buffalo Trace Distillery 113 Great Buffalo Trace Frankfort, KY 40601
Corning Incorporated 680 E. Office St. Harrodsburg, KY 40330
Plastic injection molding for wastewater drainage chambers and tanks
Roy E. Moore, Jr. (Branch Manager)
Distiller of world class and award-winning bourbons and American whiskeys
Mark Brown (President)
AMLCD glass substrate — thin, durable, highly scratchresistent cover glass used in portable/handheld electronic devices
Amy Porter (Plant Manager)
Woodford Reserve Distillery 7785 McCracken Pike Versailles, KY 40383
Woodford Reserve distillery and visitor center; Woodford Reserve manufacturing along with educational distillery tours and retail shop
Chris Morris (Master Distiller)
Neogen Corporation 944 Nandino Blvd. Lexington KY 40511
Diverse suite of solutions for the food, beverage, animal protein and agriculture industries
John Adent (CEO)
Chapin International, Inc. 276 Industrial Park Road Mt Vernon, KY 40456
Industrial sprayer manufacturing
Jim Campbell (President and CEO)
EJ Curley Distillery 7777 Old Danville Road at the Kentucky River Palisades at Camp Nelson
Rick Baker (CEO)
Send Cut Send, LLC 129 Cleveland Drive Paris, KY 40361
Custom computer numerical control cut parts; online cutting service that offers small batch and beyond.
Jim Belosic (CEO)
Cooper Standard Automotive 250 Oak Grove Drive Mt. Sterling, KY 40353
Molded & extruded rubber products, reinforced rubber hoses & automotive parts
Jessica Hawkins (Human Resources Coordinator)
The Candleberry Company 120 Corporate Drive Frankfort, KY 40601
Manufacturing of a variety of candle products
Ernie Fowler (Owner)
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Phil Miller (Regional Manger)/ Bryan Pryor (CIO)
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139/ Tech 114/ Staff 25
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Tim Burke (CEO)
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74/ Tech 39/ Staff 35
Managed IT services, cybersecurity, cloud services, network consulting, VoIP, corporate AV/conference room design, compliance consulting, network cable installation, VCID services, vendor management.
Accounting, banking, finance, healthcare, manufacturing, engineering, legal services, small business
Bob Fronk (Vice President)
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55*/ Tech 40 Staff 15
Data center infrastructure in the cloud and on-premise, cyber security, analytics, cognitive, hybrid IT, talent acquisition
Health care, manufacturing, financial services, higher education, state government and logistics
Steve Sigg (CEO)
Volta, Inc. 208 Steele St. Frankfort, KY 40601 (859) 296-5780 www.voltainc.com
31/ Tech 21/ Staff 10
Managed IT services, cybersecurity and solutions, data center infrastructure solutions (compute, network, and storage)
State and local government, K-12, higher education, manufacturing, health care, public utilities, finance and retail
Marshall Butler (President)
Box Lake Networks 400 Shoppers Drive Winchester, KY 40391 (859) 737-4400 www.boxlake.com
20/ Tech 16/ Staff 4
Managed IT services, cabling, network services, managed data services, cyber security, help desk, back up and disaster recovery
Community banks and financial services, manufacturing, engineering, professional services, health care
Kevin Hale (President & CEO)
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18/ Tech 13/ Staff 5
Managed IT services, managed cybersecurity, IT support by the hour, network support, hardware sales, hosted VOIP telephone solutions and consulting in all of these areas with a focus on IT security
Banking, health care, manufacturing, legal, small to medium businesses of all sizes
Russ Hensley, CISSP (CEO)
Barney Miller’s, Inc. 232 E. Main St. Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 252-2216 barneymillers.com
15/ Tech 8/ Staff 7
Design, program, install and service electronic systems for home and business
Gray Construction, Longship, Rubicon, Rood & Riddle, Kerr Brothers, ASDSO, Frontier Nursing University, Fayette Co-op Extension, Nicholasville Police Department, Infiltrator Water, Stoll, Keenon and Ogden
Barney Miller (Third-generation Owner)
Tactical IT Group 201 E. Main St., Ste. 760 Lexington, KY 40507 (888) 223-6781 www.tactical-it.com
10/ Tech 9/ Staff 1
Managed IT and support, cybersecurity protection, business continuity and disaster recovery, infrastructure implementation and support, information security services for financial institutions, vCIO services, VoIP platform installation and support, supplemental IT services
Kenney Orthopedics Group, Eclipse Bank, Meijer Credit Union, Kinkead & Stilz, Habitat for Humanity, Lexar Labs, Dupree Financial Group, First National Bank of Middle Tennessee, National Tour Association, Upper Right Marketing, Alumni Dental, Human Rights Commission, Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary School
Jeff Propps (CEO)
Next Century Technologies 1795 Alysheba Way Ste. 5104, Lexington, KY 40509 (859) 245-0582 www.nextcenturytechnologies.com
7/ Tech 6/ Staff 1
IT management, IT consulting and projects, cybersecurity, HIPAA/bank compliance, network evaluations and virtualization, cabling, VoIP phones, disaster recovery/business continuity, co-managed IT (working with your existing IT staff)
Century Bank, American Health Management, Meridian Wealth Management, Highlands Diversified Services, WLJC-TV
Tracy Hardin (Founder & President)
SimplifIT 112 E. Main St. Frankfort, KY 40601 (502) 783-6630 www.wesimplifit.com
3 Tech 3/ Staff 0
No-contract managed IT services, cybersecurity, compliance (CMMC, HIPAA, etc.), cloud services, VOIP phone systems, IT projects and consulting for construction, engineering, CPAs, health care and DoD contractor organizations
Grayhawk, Denham-Blythe, Davis & Plomin Mechanical, Congleton Hacker, Associated General Contractors of Kentucky, Harrod and Associates PSC, Sizemore Tucker PLLC, Capital Medical Group, Everyday Matters
Craig Willard (COO)
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Intellectual Property Law Firms Ranked by number of IP lawyers in central office
Firm Name Address, Phone Website
IP Lawyers in Central Office
IP Lawyers in Lexington Office
Total IP Lawyers in Other States
Intellectual Property Law Main Practice Areas
Intellectual Property Top Official/ No. of Local Offices
Dinsmore & Shohl, LLP City Center 100 W. Main St., Ste. 900 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 425-1000 www.dinslaw.com
97 – California, Colorado, Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Washington D.C., West Virginia
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, patents, trademarks, import/export control, IP litigation, privacy, data protection, internal technologies
Josh Lorentz/ 2 offices
Stites & Harbison, PLLC 250 W. Main St., Ste. 2300 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 226-2300 www.stites.com
11 – Tennessee, Virginia and District of Columbia
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, patents, patent/trademark/copyright registration service, IP litigation, software/information technology agreements and litigation, privacy and data security agreements and litigation, biotechnology/life sciences, clinical research/trials, franchise offerings, franchise litigation
Terry L. Wright/ 2 offices – Lexington, Louisville
Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC 300 W. Vine St., Ste. 2100 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 231-3000 www.skofirm.com
9 – Alabama, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, multiple other U.S. District and Circuit Courts and the U.S. Supreme Court
P. Douglas Barr (Managing Director)/ 3 offices, Lousiville, Lexington, Frankfort
Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP 250 W. Main St., Ste. 1600 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 233-2012 www.wyattfirm.com
4 – Tennessee
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, patents, intellectual property protection & litigation, protection of names and likeness, privacy and data security
Stephen C. Hall (Louisville)/ 2 offices – Lexington, Louisville
Dickinson Wright, PLLC 300 W. Vine St., Ste. 1700 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 899-8700 www.dickinson-wright.com
94 – Michigan,Oho, Tennessee, Florida, Texas, Arizona, Nevada, California, Washington, DC, Toronto
Patents, trademarks, post-grant proceedings (inter partes review), IP litigation, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law
Andrew Dorisio/ 1 office – Lexington
Frost Brown Todd 250 W. Main St., Ste. 2800 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 231-0000 www.frostbrowntodd.com
38 – Ohio, Indiana, Texas, Tenneessee, Washington, DC
Copyright, trade secret, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, patents, IP ligation, advertising, technology and IP transactions, media and First Amendment, social media and internet
Ann G. Schoen (Chairperson of Intellectual Property Practice Group/ 1 office – Lexington
Dentons Bingham Greenebaum 300 W. Vine St., Ste. 1200 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 231-8500 www.dentons.com
5 – Indiana
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, patents
Brian W. Chellgren, J.D., Ph.D/ 2 offices – Lexington and Louisville
McBrayer, PLLC 201 E. Main St., Ste. 900 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 231-8780 www.mcbrayerfirm.com
Licensing law, copyrights, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, trademark clearance, trademark registration, trademark infringement, copyright and patent infringement and other IP litigation
Jack A. Wheat/ 1 office
Stockwell and Smedley, PSC 861 Corporate Drive, Ste. 200 Lexington, KY, 40503 (859) 223-3400 www.stockwell.us
Copyright, trade secret, domain names, licensing law, patents
Todd Stockwell/ 1 office – Lexington
Francis Law Firm, PLLC 4071 Tates Creek Centre Drive, Ste. 304 Lexington ,KY 40517 (859) 286-4500 www.francis-law.com
1 – Ohio
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, lecensing law, patents, trademark, rights of publicity, international IP litigation
Jim Francis/ 1 office – Lexington
Landrum & Shouse LLP 106 W. Vine St., Ste. 800 Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 255-2424 www.landrumshouse.com
Copyright, patents, IP litigation
Elizabeth A. Deener/ 1 office – Lexington
Michael Coblenz 4071 Tates Creek Centre Drive, Ste. 304 Lexington, KY 40517, (859) 321-6206 www.coblenzlaw.com
Patent, trademarks, trade secrets, licensing, entertainment law, copyright law
Michael Coblenz/ 1 office – Lexington
Wolfe & Houlehan, PLLC 226 N. Upper St. Lexington, KY 40507 (859) 444-4695 lexingtonkylaw.com
Copyright, trade secrets, domain names, entertainment law, licensing law, trademark law
Ted Houlehan/ 1 office – Lexington
Source: Business Lexington questionnaire. More firms were eligible for this list, but did not respond by deadline. Key: * = 2020 figures; NA=Not Available
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Shannon Arvin Keeneland’s new president and CEO is making great strides amid a changing racing industry BY JUDY BRUMLEY CONTRIBUTING WRITER
n July 2020, Shannon Arvin made history when she was named Keeneland’s first female president and CEO. As a partner with Lexington law firm Stoll Keenon Ogden, where she practiced for 18 years, Arvin represented Thoroughbred owners and prominent industry organizations both in Kentucky and around the world. She’s also served as corporate counsel to Keeneland and secretary and advisory member of its board of directors. But Arvin’s ties to Keeneland extend beyond her impressive professional experience. Her grandfather, W.T. “Bish” Bishop, was its first general manager from 1936 to 1971 and, in addition to growing up there, her father, William T. “Buddy” Bishop III, was Keeneland’s lead counsel, a trustee and a member of the board of directors during his lifetime. “They always spoke of Keeneland with such reverence, and I definitely carry that same reverence with me today,” Arvin says. You’re the first woman to serve as Keeneland’s president and CEO. What makes you uniquely qualified for the role? I started working on the switchboard and in the sales office and message center when I was in high school. [All of the women wore dresses because pants weren’t allowed!] Those memories combined with my strong family ties to Keeneland led to a passion for it and the Thoroughbred industry as a whole, which I think is the most important thing.
Being a part of that legacy is really special. Serving as counsel to Keeneland since 2008 also helped me develop a strong understanding of its culture, goals and mission. I’m really proud to be in this position, and I certainly hope it helps other women feel confident that anything is possible. What is your personal approach to leadership? It’s an old adage, but I believe you’re only as good as your team. I’ve always worked to put the strongest people around me, and I definitely feel like we’ve got that at Keeneland. My job as a leader is to think strategically, put the right people in the right places, and then support them as they do their jobs. I’m not a micromanager, but I’m also not afraid to roll up my sleeves and work right alongside them. Is it fair to say that Keeneland is a leader in the Thoroughbred industry? I think those of us who work here feel obligated to take on that position. Keeneland is a for-profit company that acts like a nonprofit. Everything it earns goes toward helping the industry. Keeneland is a founding member of the Thoroughbred Safety Coalition as well as a strong supporter of the Gluck Equine Research Center and the Grayson Jockey Club Research Foundation, both of which do so much to improve the health of horses. In 2019, we gifted $1.3 million to the University of Kentucky to establish the Keeneland Endowed Chair in Equine Veterinary Science, a contribution that
put Gluck Research Center in a position to launch a world-class equine drug research and testing program. We’re also a founding member of the Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance, an organization that works to ensure horses make their way to a second career and are treated well when their racing days are over. To help keep horses safe, we’ve put an emphasis on Keeneland’s track surfaces. We’re able to take data measurements every single day on our turf and dirt tracks, and we share that information with tracks across the United States so we can all reach an acceptable level of safety. Keeneland is also the largest Thoroughbred auction house in the world and the only track in the world that also has an auction house. That puts us on an international stage, which we take very seriously. How has horse racing changed over the past decade? The industry is definitely safer. If you walk through our grounds at Keeneland, you’ll see how well our Thoroughbreds are treated. We’ve also forged closer relationships with tracks like Churchill Downs, Kentucky Downs, Turfway Park and Ellis Park to help make the sport better and safer.
On a larger scale, the National Thoroughbred Racing Association has created the Safety and Integrity Alliance. Tracks that meet safety standards are accredited with their gold seal of approval, but I think the Horseracing Integrity and Safety Act (HISA), which goes into effect on July 1, 2022, is going to be a game-changer for the industry. There aren’t many sports that operate at a high level without an independent authority, and that’s what we will finally have with HISA. We’ll be able to address safety and integrity concerns and strengthen public confidence in the sport. There will be one governing body, and that’s a huge benefit and advancement for our industry. Do you have any advice for people who are interested in working within the industry? Just to raise your hand and not be afraid to say, ‘Hey, I’d like to try that.’ There are many different aspects of this industry — from farmers who grow grain and hay and people who transport horses to marketing folks, lawyers and accountants — so there are a lot of ways to get involved. You just have to find what you’re passionate about and follow it. BL
Shannon Arvin was a partner with Stoll Keenon Ogden and served as corporate counsel to Keeneland prior to being named its president and CEO in summer 2020. PHOTO FURNISHED
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New Hires & Promotions Hunter Johns of Lancaster, Kentucky, has joined Kentucky National Insurance Company as assistant vice president, business development. Lexington Clinic has welcomed three new physicians. Rebekah McDaniel has joined family
EMPLOYMENT NEWS AND AWARDS IN OUR COMMUNITY
medicine, at Lexington Clinic East; Marina Saad has joined hospital medicine based out of CHI Saint Joseph Health Office Park; and Adele Amine has joined endocrinology at the main Lexington Clinic facility on South Broadway. Marc Manley, MSN, RN, NE-BC, has been named executive director of
Cardiovascular Services at Baptist Health Lexington. Fred Odago, MD, has joined CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group in Lexington as a neurologist. Thomas George, a distinguished trailblazing journalist and Kentucky native, will be joining C2 Strategic
Communications as a senior director, focusing on attracting new clients and diverse talent to the regional public relations firm.
Central Bank has promoted both Ben Morris and James “Jim” Sparks to the role of vice president, commercial lending officer.
Traditional Bank has named Kevin Avent to its board of directors. Avent is the managing director of wealth management at Unified Trust, a division of American Trust.
The Breeders’ Cup Board of Directors unanimously elected Barbara Banke as board chairman. Banke becomes the first woman to chair Breeders’ Cup Limited.BL
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