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26 The Shape Of The City There is no denying 2020 was a tumultuous and trying year in the Louisville area and worldwide. In January, we reflect on where we’ve been, the shape of the city now, and how we might move forward together, looking to the light at the end of the tunnel. Bowed but unbroken, Louisvillians are stepping up and stepping out into a new year of fresh possibilities.

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“My overarching goal is to make good mental well-being a standard part of every workplace,” says Annetta L. Hunter, Chief Wellness Officer and Founder of WellNOW Consultants, LLC. “She utilizes Positive Psychology and tools such as hypnotherapy to treat addictions and ease anxiety, depression, and many other issues. “My company understands the value of having a dedicated WellNOW Care Advocate available to employees 24/7,” she says. “Especially Sunday evenings when most stress induced heart attacks occur.” While the work of WellNOW Consultants seems complex, Annetta sees what she does as a simple matter of compassion in action. “Everyone needs someone to talk to, but not everyone feels comfortable reaching out to just anyone,” she says. “Having an impartial Care Advocate on call to employees that are suffering in silence could mean the difference in saving someone from dire circumstances or gently steering them back on track.

“We need to take the stigma out of people seeking help when they need it and view them as courageous by championing their self-care!” Annetta was recently voted Director of Wellness for LSHRM (Louisville Society of Human Resources Management) for 2021. She has served on the Board of the Worksite Wellness Council of Louisville for the last 3 years.

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Letter from the editor

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ere’s to 2021: A new year, a new vision. The end of a very trying year left us all with many questions. Among these: How have COVID and its shutdowns affected our city? How can we continue to raise awareness and create a diverse and inclusive culture in Louisville? In this issue, we discuss these questions with Greater Louisville Inc., Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport officials, and health and wellness experts to ascertain how these issues are “Shaping Louisville.”

KATHY THUERBACH Editor-in-Chief

For those of you with fitness and Senior Advertising resolutions, TOPS will guide Account Executive you on how to rework your workout attire for the new year! Get a jump on spring cleaning with our article on closets and organization for 2021. Be sure to check out our 50 Under 50 feature. See who is moving and shaking in Louisville! A special shout out to The Ivy, The Galt House, and Makespace! Studio for providing the beautiful backgrounds for the photos. Please continue to Shop and Eat Local in support of our community small business owners. I wish each of you the very best in this new year.

Kathy Thuerbach

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Blessings in a Backpack Names New Chief Executive Officer COURTESY PHOTO

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he Blessings in a Backpack National Board of Directors has announced that CEO Brooke Wiseman will retire from the organization and Erin Kerr, current Chief Development Officer, will be appointed as the organization’s CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2021. The national nonprofit is headquartered in Louisville, Ky.

“I’m honored to have been selected by the Blessings in a Backpack National Board of Directors to serve as the new CEO,” said Erin Kerr, Chief Development Officer of Blessings in a Backpack. “I have been very passionate about my involvement in Blessings as Chief Development Officer since 2012, and I’m eager to get started in my new role. Although we currently feed more than 88,000 kids, there are more than 18 million children in the U.S. that suffer from food insecurity. There is still more work to be done, and with the strong team we have in place, we will continue to grow this incredible organization to feed more food-insecure kids.” Kerr has been a key member of Blessings in a Backpack’s leadership team since joining the organization in 2012 as Director of Development. In 2014, Kerr transitioned into the Chief Development Officer role, and over the past eight years, she has successfully led the nonprofit organization’s national fundraising strategy, where she helped drive growth and establish Blessings from a $4 million to a $12 million organization.

Prior to joining Blessings in a Backpack, Kerr served as President of Kerr Consulting, Corporate and Foundation Relations Manager with Girl Scouts of Chicago, and Assistant Director of Resource Development at Christopher House. Not only does she have a multitude of nonprofit leadership experience, but Kerr is also actively involved in her community. She is the President of Alphonsus Academy and Center for the Arts Advisory Board, and she also volunteers with Welles Park Parent Association. Kerr received her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Notre Dame, a certificate in nonprofit management from Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management's Center for Nonprofit Management, and she participated in the Allstate Foundation’s Greater Good Nonprofit Leaders Program. During her eight-year tenure as Blessings in a Backpack’s CEO, Brooke Wiseman led Blessings in a Backpack to become the only national organization solely dedicated to closing the weekend hunger gap for food-insecure students. Wiseman’s dedication to Blessings in a Backpack has advanced the organization to feeding 90,000 children every weekend, which is the highest annual number of children fed from the nonprofit to date since its establishment in

2005. Wiseman also helped secure multiple partnerships including the Kate and Justin Rose Foundation and Kim Kardashian-West Fragrance, has helped grow the nonprofit’s volunteer base from 2,700 to more than 15,500 volunteers, and was instrumental in the nonprofit receiving the highest possible rating from two nonprofit evaluators – Charity Navigator’s Four-Star Charity and GuideStar’s Platinum designation. Over the past eight years, she has also helped Blessings in a Backpack secure donors and funds that have tripled under her leadership, resulting in more than $12 million raised through sound fiscal management and a comprehensive fundraising strategy with a diversified donor base. Wiseman has developed and organized a strong team of leaders that will continue feeding hungry children on the weekends as Erin Kerr is promoted from Chief Development Officer to CEO. “Erin has shown her commitment to Blessings in a Backpack for eight years as Chief Development Officer,” said Wiseman. “She has been an invaluable team member that has helped Blessings grow to the national organization it is today. We would not have the support to feed more than 88,000 kids in 46 states and Washington, D.C. without Erin’s dedicated efforts. I have complete confidence that Blessings will continue to succeed under Erin’s leadership.” Erin Kerr will now oversee all Blessings in a Backpack operations in the 1,092 national program locations and six chapters. The organization’s mission is to mobilize communities, individuals, and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. 

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Hunger has both short- and long-term negative effects on children’s health and ability to succeed in school. Blessings in a Backpack mobilizes communities, individuals and resources to provide food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry. Blessings in a Backpack will provide 3 million hunger-free weekends this school year for more than 88,000 kids in 45 states and Washington, D.C. Visit blessingsinabackpack.org to learn how you can end childhood hunger on the weekends in your community. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 17


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Blessings in a Backpack Partners with Spartan Kids Foundation for a National Search to Honor Warriors for Kids During COVID-19 Pandemic

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Since its founding, four years ago, Spartan Kids Foundation (spartankidsfoundation.org) has helped bring better health and fitness programs to over 50,000 underserved children in more than 200 schools and youth organizations. SKF has also distributed over 1,500 free Kids Race tickets to children who could not otherwise afford to attend. Last year SKF launched the SKF Fitness Grants initiative that has awarded $1,000 cash stipends for 30 title I schools nationwide.

The nonprofits are teaming up to recognize local heroes and raise funds to feed hungry kids COURTESY PHOTO

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o you know a teacher, transportation driver, restaurant worker, frontline worker or volunteer who has gone above and beyond for children during the COVID-19 pandemic? Blessings in a Backpack, a national nonprofit that provides food on the weekends for elementary school children across America who might otherwise go hungry, is partnering with the Spartan Kids Foundation to launch a nationwide Warrior for Kids search. The initiative will recognize individuals who have brought joy to children during these uncertain times, and for every entry, the Spartan Kids Foundation will donate $25 to help feed hungry children, up to $25,000. The overall winner will win a $1,000 Amazon gift card and their nominator will win a prize package from Vera Bradley. “This pandemic has been hard for everyone, but especially children, and we have seen many nontraditional heroes step in to help kids or families that may be struggling,” said Brooke Wiseman, CEO of Blessings in a Backpack. “From teachers going above and beyond for their students to restaurant employees donating meals to food-insecure families, we have seen so many heroes step up to be a warrior for local kids. We are honored to continue our partnership with Spartan Kids Foundation and recognize these frontline warriors that are helping children nationwide.” There is still a lot of uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, and Blessings in a Backpack wants to help shine a positive light on those in communities across the country that are putting the needs of others ahead of their own.

One example of a Warrior for Kids is Sarah Weedman, a second grade teacher at Atkinson Elementary in Louisville, Ky., a school where many students are at-risk for food insecurity. “Sarah goes above and beyond for her students,” said Weedman’s nominator. “Whether it’s making her classroom a fun learning environment with decorations, her lesson plans based on popular song lyrics or making sure every student has a Christmas gift under the tree, Sarah loves teaching, and it shows. Sarah has worked endlessly during the pandemic to make sure her students have access to food, support and anything else they may need. Sarah is a warrior for her students and Louisville is lucky to have her.” For every nomination that Blessings receives, the Spartan Kids Foundation will donate $25 to the nonprofit, which will go toward Blessings in a Backpack’s mission of feeding hungry kids on the weekend. Blessings in a Backpack currently feeds more than

88,000 children in 1,092 schools across 45 states and the District of Columbia. There are more than 18 million in the United States who are at risk of hunger. By nominating a Warrior for Kids, each nominator will be entered to win an exclusive prize package from Vera Bradley, a leading American bag and luggage company and iconic lifestyle brand. A live drawing to determine the winner will take place on Blessings in a Backpack’s social media on Giving Tuesday, Dec. 1, but the nonprofit will accept entries to recognize on social media through the end of the year. The winner of the Warrior for Kids search will receive a $1,000 Amazon gift card. Blessings in a Backpack will highlight finalists and showcase their dedication and impactful work on its social media channels and its website throughout the year. To nominate yourself or someone you know that is worthy of recognition, visit blessingsinabackpack.org/warrior-for-kids. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 19




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shapeof the There is no denying 2020 was a tumultuous and trying year in the Louisville area and worldwide. In January, we reflect on where we’ve been, the shape of the city now, and how we might move forward together, looking to the light at the end of the tunnel. Bowed but unbroken, Louisvillians are stepping up and stepping out into a new year of fresh possibilities. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS

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Diversity and Inclusion in Louisville Business Ownership

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resident/CEO Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, at the helm of The Metro Chamber of Commerce Greater Louisville Inc. (GLI), describes the city’s current shape in terms of diversity and inclusion in business ownership and leadership. “Data from the Greater Louisville Project shows that Louisville is at the bottom of the list compared to our peer regions based on the percentage of black-owned businesses.” Only 2.4 percent are black-owned, despite making up 22 percent of the population. “The events of this summer broadened our understanding of racial disparities and reshaped our strategies on how to best address these complex issues,” says Davasher-Wisdom. GLI advocates for diversity, equity, and inclusion in all sectors, including criminal justice, education, healthcare, and workforce and economic development. Early this summer, GLI launched its Business Council to End Racism, which brings together community and business leaders to discuss challenges and execute solutions to address

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life+style systemic racism. Projects currently underway include a Minority Business Accelerator, Career Acceleration Network, and a Racial Equity framework, including a toolkit. “As a chamber of commerce, our focus is on economic and workforce development, and we realize to create a strong economy, the business community must play a part in creating an equitable economy. That is why we were the first chamber of commerce in the state to support and champion

Aside from public policy, GLI also seeks to empower business leaders to play an active role in shaping the community. The Greater Louisville Idea Development Expedition (GLIDE) is typically an opportunity for greater Louisville business leaders to travel to a new city to gain valuable insights and ideas to bring back and implement in our region. This year, Davasher-Wisdom says they chose to “address the deep pain caused by racism and racial disparities in our own backyard.” Key conclusions included the need for:

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expungement reform in 2015. We have continued to pursue policies to bridge gaps and eliminate disparities. Earlier this year, we released our Racial Equity Agenda, which summarizes our diversity and inclusion policy priorities at all levels of government.” At the local level, Davasher-Wisdom sees Louisville Metro Council’s passage of the Civilian Review Board and Office of Inspector General as vital to increased citizen oversight of law enforcement and reform efforts in the

» Increased healthcare access in West Louisville by ensuring public services, like transportation, are meeting community needs. » Increased mentorship programs and resources for minority entrepreneurs and business owners » Comprehensive criminal justice reform, including bail reform and additional emphasis on second-chance employment, ensures minorities and lower-income individuals are not disproportionately impacted by the system.

community. “We appreciate Metro Council for listening to the needs of our city and taking swift and concrete action to improve transparency and accountability in law enforcement. We are also honored to be included as one of several groups with input on the composition of the Board, and we pledge to provide strategic insight and help create a qualified group of decision-makers that will pursue the best interests of all of our citizens.”

» Increased development of re-entry programs and a strong network of second chance employers GLI has committed to creating an inclusive and diverse economy and is taking intentional steps to ensure people of all races have equitable opportunities to succeed in Greater Louisville. “We cannot have a successful and competitive economy without an inclusive community. The business community recognizes we have a role in making our community more equitable and are committed to putting in the work to make it a reality.”


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reater Louisville Inc. Vice President of Public Policy & External Affairs, Iris Wilbur Glick, shared the chamber’s bold legislative agenda to boost Kentucky’s economy in 2021. “We need to protect employers from increases to their unemployment insurance tax burdens, ensure employers have liability protections from potential COVID-related lawsuits, stimulate major economic activity through infrastructure investment, leverage our region’s strengths in the logistics sector, and take head-on the education and workforce challenges facing Greater Louisville.” GLI has been supportive of some actions by the Governor and Louisville Metro Government to provide financial relief to Louisville bars and restaurants affected by COVID-related shutdowns, especially during winter months when outdoor dining is a less feasible option. However, they reiterated that more support is needed. “On the federal level, GLI continues to advocate aggressively for a fourth COVID relief package from Congress,” says Wilbur Glick. “Even though we have had some welcome news with vaccine developments, it will be a while until we return to a state of normalcy. Our businesses are still reeling, and the timeline remains uncertain. For these reasons, GLI has been aggressively advocating for another package that includes priorities such as reauthorizing the Paycheck Protection Program as well as additional support for child care businesses, federal-level legal liability protections for businesses, funding for our health care sector, funding for workforce training and retraining programs, and support for state and local governments.” Wilbur Glick tells us that “GLI has helped businesses understand government

expectations for meeting public health and safety guidelines. Government policy has changed rapidly and unexpectedly throughout the past nine months, and we have shared clear and helpful communication from government officials to our regional business community. We have also actively connected our members to opportunities for financial relief at the local, state, and federal levels to ensure that they do not miss out on these valuable opportunities to keep their businesses going.” To assess the city’s economic status and outlook, we turned to John Launius, GLI Acting Vice President of Regional Economic Development. “The Greater Louisville region is poised for continued long-term growth; however, like many communities, our retail and hospitality industries are still particularly hurting from restrictions and changes in consumer spending habits. The dramatic decrease in both local and out-of-market travel has disproportionately impacted small businesses in our region.” GLI programs like the displaced worker initiative are helping support companies by directly connecting them with candidates ready and willing to get back to work. In addition, “the Greater Louisville Regional Partnership currently has over 45 active projects in their pipeline representing more than 3,600 potential new jobs for our region across a variety of industry sectors. These projects make GLI very optimistic about the region’s future going into 2021.” Launius shared what he sees as Louisville’s potential for economic growth in this new year. “Our region continues to capitalize on our natural logistics advantages with continued investments in our environment. As the home of UPS Worldport, the world’s largest automated sorting facility industry partners in the region can receive and ship later than out-of-market competitors, connecting to 80 percent of the world in under 48 hours. The convergence of Interstates 64, 65, and 71, coupled with our overnight shipping and distribution capacity, puts companies and their products within a day’s drive of twothirds of the US population. Access to 48 private terminals, three public inland ports along the Ohio River, and two class one railroads, afford new and existing companies operational advantages, as well as options to mitigate future risk.”

“The Greater Louisville Regional Partnership currently has over 45 active projects in their pipeline

representing more than 3,600 potential new jobs for our region across a variety of industry sectors. These projects make GLI very optimistic about the region’s future going into 2021.”

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he Louisville Regional Airport Authority (LRAA) typically spends $10-$15 million per year to improve airfields and infrastructure efficiencies and functionality. This impacts UPS and other airlines and agencies that help drive the local economy. Under the continued leadership of LRAA Executive Director Dan Mann, airport and airport area development will top over $40 million this year and next year, taking full advantage of the COVID-19 related decline in air travel to invest, improve, and continue to provide jobs. Dan Mann is originally from northwest Ohio and was a first-generation college student. After studying business, he joined the Ohio Air National Guard and served active duty in the Air Force as a B-52 Navigator. After Desert Storm, Dan left the Air Force, got an airport job, and eventually became Airport Director in Columbia, South Carolina. Because his mother’s family hailed from Kentucky, he was delighted when the Louisville opportunity came knocking. This past September, Louisville Business First’s Business Impact Awards recognized Dan as “Most Admired CEO” for contributions to his company and the overall community.

In the main airport buildings, air travelers will return to much more than the necessary safety improvements. All elevators, escalators, and moving walkways are being replaced. There will be new lighting and flooring installed, along with numerous technology upgrades in nearly every area. Fifteen new jet bridges will be replaced over the next two years. 2019 was a very stable, profitable year for the US airline industry. Despite the challenges of 2020, Dan remains upbeat. “The future of Louisville is very bright. UPS and e-commerce continue to grow and support jobs. I am really optimistic about Louisville’s growth potential. Air service will come back. I’m excited about 2021.” Visit flylouisville.com, @louisvilleinternationalairport on Facebook, and @FlyLouisville on Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube to follow these developments.

While the pandemic has dealt a blow to commercial air travel, Dan and his team have seized on this chance to step up airport safety precautions with extra cleaning, plexiglass, touchless service wherever possible, and other “significant customer service upgrades.” On the bright side, the change in shopping habits means e-commerce is continuing to grow rapidly - good news for delivery service companies like UPS. Included in the larger investments are the Louisville Renaissance Zone and Renaissance South Business Park. A 300,000 square foot warehouse and cargo area for UPS WorldPort is on track for Spring 2021. “UPS is poised to have its busiest year ever in 2021,” says Dan.

“The future of Louisville is very bright. UPS and e-commerce continue to grow and support jobs. I am really optimistic about Louisville’s growth potential. Air service will come back. I’m excited about 2021.”

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s Fitness Director of Baptist Health/Milestone Wellness Center, Lisa Groft has witnessed firsthand the impact of coronavirus on Louisville fitness. “People are afraid to come to gyms. There has been a significant decrease in membership and check-ins. Small studios have taken a big hit.” She hopes to see this turn around “as people feel more comfortable and vaccines come out.” In addition to her duties as Fitness Director and personal trainer, Lisa also runs the Corporate Wellness Division. Lisa graduated from the University of Louisville with a degree in Health & Human Performance concentrating in Exercise Science & Sports Medicine and has been with Milestone for 17 years. She is a certified Exercise Physiologist through the American College of Sports Medicine and an RRCA Certified Running Coach. All Milestone fitness instructors and trainers are certified, and most are also degreed. Since 1984, Baptist Health/Milestone has depended on customer loyalty and community longevity to sustain operations. They recently celebrated their 20th anniversary in the current St. Matthews building and are widely considered the city’s premier fitness club. With top-notch amenities such as towel service, a spa, and a café, Milestone has a lot to offer new and existing clientele. Lisa and the entire Milestone staff labor diligently to help people feel safe working out there. Machines are spaced appropriately, or they use “Out of Order” signs on every other apparatus. Besides providing cleaning supplies for guests before and after using each machine, Lisa says, “The staff is cleaning constantly. We’ve been voted cleanest before, but now we’ve really stepped up our game, especially on high-touch surfaces.” To provide some sense of community to those who prefer to stay home, they have developed more online classes and Facebook Live sessions. With no in-person classes allowed at the time of our conversation with Lisa, many clients were concerned about training on their own, that it wouldn’t be as fun or exciting. When going to the gym feels risky or not safe, Lisa’s job becomes doubly challenging. “Most people don’t like to work out to begin with. Trying to convince them now is

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an even more difficult emotional appeal that affects morale. When it’s all business: ‘get in, get out,’ we are missing gathering together and feeding off each other’s positive energy.” For those who plan to wait a while longer to come back to the gym, Lisa also recommends taking advantage of their virtual personal training sessions, the MINDBODY® app, and YouTube or other online workouts. Being

held accountable is crucial. “Unfortunately, a lot of people have let themselves go since March.” Start by meeting with a professional to prevent getting injured, set goals, and be guided in the right direction. “You don’t have to wait until a Monday or a new month. Start today. If you have a bad day, start over the next day.” For more information, visit baptistmilestone.com and follow @BaptistMilestone on Facebook and Instagram.


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plans related to the health and well-being of our communities; similar to other local healthcare systems. “How do the three systems work together?” For example: cooperating with interfacility transfers of patients when a facility has reached capacity. “How do we take care of the community? According to Dr. Anderson, our health systems support “on the ground” groups working on violence and food insecurity issues. Our focus is education and prevention of disease processes. We are also working with the individual patient to meet their needs so that they get their care (medications) and services (transportation) for their wellbeing. We are person-centered, helping one person at a time, building solutions from the inside out.”

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“The vaccines are a game-changer,” says Dr. Anderson, “and we are looking forward to

getting our lives back to normal. But for the next 4 to 6 months, we need to keep doing what we’re doing. After Thanksgiving, Kentucky saw some stabilization in COVID cases, even a slight downtick. But we must continue with masks, social distancing, and smaller gatherings. Don’t drop your guard, be protective, and don’t give in to ‘COVID fatigue.’ Baptist Health® rose to the events (of 2020) very well. The healthcare community came together and brought out the best in us. Louisville helps lead the way in healthcare innovation with all of our strong working relationships. Baptist Health is a working participant on the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council. As we all build better working relationships, we are all stronger together and we provide better care for everyone in the community.” 

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Some of the couple’s favorite moments included Jumping the Broom, which is a ceremonial aspect of the vows that symbolizes settling down into a marriage relationship. The couple decided to write their vows, creating a special moment to “speak from the heart to each other,” Vivian says. She also loved the father-daughter dance she shared with her dad; they even went to private dance lessons to conquer the moves. Vivian says she wishes she would have asked someone to save the couple’s cake. By the time she and James, who is currently in residency training in Anesthesiology in Miami, Florida, had time to sit down and take a breather, the wedding cake was gone. It must have been a hit because the guests ate most of the geode cake and the Pokemon ball grooms’ cake. To other couples, Vivian gives this advice: Breathe. “Even if you think things aren’t going according to plan, don’t worry,” she says. “No one will ever know. Just enjoy the night as much as you can because it’ll fly by quicker than you know.” 

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John Allgeier

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John Allgeier is a third generation woodworker and a true expert in his field. His family business, Southern Vintage, is where rustic meets refined. Operating out of their Louisville production facility and soon to be downtown showroom location, Southern Vintage works with reclaimed beams and manufactures siding, live edge furniture, and hardwood flooring. “There are so many different options when it comes to flooring and hardwood,” says John. “The biggest thing we like to get across to our clients is that you don’t have to pick from a specific color or brand. We give our clients the opportunity to select from custom stains and textures, all done in house.“ John prefers to meet clients by appointment only, giving each the attention and knowledge he wants them to experience. In addition to the tremendous amount of residential work, Southern Vintage has also created beautiful custom commercial spaces for clients as prestigious as the Galt House’s Swizzle Restaurant, Grassa Gramma, Big Springs Country Club, Gateway to Nulu, and the River House. Southern Vintage manufactures and sawmills all of their own live edge slabs from local trees. They offer fantastic customer service and the ability to see, touch, and feel the many products they offer in their luxurious showroom. They also ship their products nationwide. All in all, John Allgeier and Southern Vintage are second to none when it comes to the quality of their products and customer satisfaction.


Michelle Gammons

Realtor, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Parks & Weisberg, Realtors OFFICE: (502) 897-3321 CELL: (502) 345-2291 HOMESELLINGMOM@GMAIL.COM Michelle Gammons is proof that determination, hard work, and ingenuity pay off. She comes from a working class background and fondly remembers selling donuts door to door as a kid, her first inkling that thinking outside the box and looking for unique ways to serve could lead to big things. “I enjoy going the extra mile and getting people to their goals,” she says. Today and for the last 11 years, Michelle sells real estate. It’s so much more than meets the eye. Her specialty is talking her clients through every step of the process- problem solving, negotiating on their behalf, moving them towards the finish line. Before she became a Realtor, she worked as a Kitchen and bath Designer and also for Local Home Builders in both operations and sales. She understands every level of the home buying process, and sees things other realtors miss. “I love to watch people have their dreams realized,” she says. Michelle has also started a new podcast called Your New Home Build. It outlines various builders and is designed to help listeners choose the right builder for them. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 51


Dr. Danielle Haman-Smith

Dentist and Owner, Pediatric Dentistry (502) 292-1160 PEDIATRICDENTISTRYPROSPECT@GMAIL.COM HEALTHYSMILESHAPPYKIDS.COM Dr. Danielle Haman-Smith discovered early in her life that Pediatric Dentistry was the field for her and never took her eyes off that goal. After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Louisville, she completed her Doctorate of Dental Medicine at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry. After a one year post-graduate fellowship at Underwood and Lee Dental Clinic treating special needs adults, she went on to Indiana University to complete her specialty training in Pediatric Dentistry and a Master’s degree in Child Psychology. After caring for patients in the large group setting for several years, Dr. Danielle (as she is known to her patients and families) now sees her patients in her private practice, with locations in Prospect, Kentucky and Jeffersonville, Indiana. Dr. Danielle has made it her number one priority to make a trip to the dentist a fun, positive experience. “It’s very common for them to be nervous when they come in for the first time, but not after that,” she says. Being the mother of two children and growing up with two special needs siblings, she has a deep understanding and empathy for what children need to help make them feel comfortable and confident in an unfamiliar environment. “We don’t just clean and repair teeth; it’s about caring for the child as a whole.” 52 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Joey Wagner

Owner, J Wagner Group INFO@JWAGNERGROUP.COM JWAGNERGROUP.COM Head of the J Wagner Group, an events, marketing, PR, & multimedia firm, Joey Wagner is an entrepreneur whose brain is always working. He loves a challenge. When Covid hit, he dedicated his creative mind to finding innovative ways to keep his clients advancing in big ways. “Hosting events has always been a massive key to success for any brand; it helps to keep them relevant. So losing in person events has been difficult,” he says. “Covid has been hard on everyone, but it’s also forced us to evolve and adapt.” Towards that goal, Joey created a new virtual division, presenting new opportunities for his clients through big multimedia production ideas. “We’ve done things like move open houses to an online forum, and it’s shown us ways that we can keep growing,” he says. “The interactive concepts we’ve been developing will continue to serve us after we eventually return to normal.” Joey does big things for multiple businesses and nonprofits, including Heuser Hearing, Louisville City FC, JCPS, Magnawave, Craft Culture Concepts, Anytime Waste, and Love City. He’s tailored his services into a “one-stop shop” for his clients. “With the J Wagner Group, you can expect just one invoice,” he says. He’s also currently teaching an Event Planning Course at U of L, imparting his wisdom to up and coming young people. “I think people have a certain impression of this kind of work,” he says, “but beyond the glitz, it’s late nights, early mornings, and a lot of grind and hustle. My motto is simple- I just never let anyone outwork me.”

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Kristina Ping

CEO, Powerful Legacy Insurance and Financial Services (859) 893-5099 YOURPOWERFULLEGACY.COM Kristina Ping, CEO of Powerful Legacy Insurance and Financial Services, is passionate about the future, making her perfect for solving your retirement puzzle. Listening to clients, creating a strategy that incorporates all their needs, being dedicated to service; sets Powerful Legacy apart from other firms. Kristina started her independent insurance practice just over a year ago, but with years of experience in the corporate world and the customer service being first class, this agency is top notch. With growing to include her Louisville firm, is an “absolute blessing” and she looks forward to opening her next office, creating a very powerful trifecta of service in the heart of Kentucky. 54 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021

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EMILY HUGHES

Realtor, RE//MAX Premier Properties (502) 489-7402 EMILY@PITTSTEAM.COM ZILLOW.COM/PROFILE/EMILY935 Emily Hughes is a bright, shining light in the world of real estate. This RE/MAX Premier Properties realtor has dedicated herself to being hardworking, trustworthy, organized, caring, and professional. “I like to leave a good impression on my clients,” she says, “but also on other people that I am working with. I believe in treating everyone fairly and putting my clients first. I take my job seriously and want everyone that works with me to walk away from the transaction feeling like they were successful because I assisted them through the process.” Before she got her real estate license in 2017, Emily graduated from UofL in 2014 with a major in History. “I planned on being a teacher but quickly realized that wasn’t the job for me,” she recalls. Emily works hard every day to ensure that her clients are getting exactly what they want and provides the assistance they need to get their homeowning goals within reach. Her days are long but very rewarding. “I wouldn’t trade my career for the world because I truly enjoy it, and I absolutely love the feeling of being able to help someone achieve a real estate purchase or sale that maybe they didn’t think would happen,” she says. “Realtor life can be stressful and tiresome, but it’s also gratifying and energizing at the same time. I love my career, and it challenges me in ways that I didn’t know I would enjoy being challenged.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 55


Kate Dunnington

Assistant Managing Partner, Becker Law Office (502) 753-1600 KDUNNINGTON@BUBALOLAW.COM BECKERLAW.COM Kate Dunnington’s goal is to bring justice for her clients. Valuing perseverance, passion, and intention, people come to her when they have suffered through no fault of their own and need someone to guide them through unfamiliar and anxious situations. They need someone dedicated to them, who understands how to navigate some of the most complex areas of the law. “My work, every day, is to be the person my clients need the most,” she says. Kate has a foundation in science, having earned a Bachelor of Science from U of L. “I have an incredible respect and admiration for ingenuity in medicine and science,” she says. “But the unfortunate truth is that sometimes the companies making products put profits over people. When big corporations take advantage of the people they claim to be helping, it is my job to give those harmed people a chance to fight back.” Specializing in complex medical cases, including nursing home neglect, medical device, and pharmaceutical litigation, Kate also stands out for being so skilled in her field at just 35 years of age. “Many times, I am the only woman in the room or the youngest person in the room, but I am obsessed with what I do,” she says. “I have put in the work to make myself a real competitor despite my age.” 56 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Randy Blevins

President, Think Tank Marketing (502) 897-0649 THINKTANKLOU.COM

“Right now, people want to feel good about the products and services they are buying,” says Randy Blevins, President of Think Tank Marketing. “We work with passionate, community minded business owners who care about their work. We care, too, because they have amazing stories to tell and something to offer the community. We figured out that our story is telling the stories of others.” It’s that narrative-based approach that’s set Randy and Think Tank apart from others. He founded Think Tank Marketing in 2011 with an eye towards providing social media marketing strategies and online content services with an energetic, creative spirit. A highly driven individual, he put a social-centric approach into action. “I saw that social media would continue to grow; that it would get even bigger and flourish,” he recalls. As Covid created and still creates challenges for all of us, Randy has found resourceful, inventive new ways to create interactive opportunities that keep his clients growing. “It’s all about connectivity,” he says. “We’re about building trust, forming that two way communication, and just telling authentic stories, letting us create a bigger world but make it smaller at the same time. We take the burden of marketing off of the shoulders of business owners so that they can do what they do best.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 57


Danielle Cole

Owner, Blonde Martini (502) 396-5184 FACEBOOK.COM/BLONDEMARTINIHAIR Known around town as the Extension Queen, Danielle Cole isn’t just a hairstylist- she’s also an educator. A real artist in her field, she teaches her craft around the country via Perfectress.us and creates amazing natural looks for her clients as part of Sola Salon Studios in Middletown and her own studio, Blonde Martini. It’s a place where her clients find a kind of therapy in their personalized experiences. “I keep it private, intimate, and cozy,” she says. “It’s a place where you can feel safe and focus on yourself. Hair is so important to your identity, and that’s what I’m all about.” Danielle has spent over a decade in hair care, and her expertise in extensions is absolutely unrivaled. Every service that she offers is custom and personalized to each unique individual. A high end experience with multiple different systems to choose from, it’s a treat and vital part of her clients’ lives. “I really look forward to seeing them every 4 to 6 weeks,” she says. “I love how this makes them feel good inside and out.” 58 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Brian Lykins

Vice President of Sales, Swan Financial Corporation (502) 753-1319 BLYKINS@SWANHELP.COM SWANHELP.COM

Having just personally closed a staggering and remarkably rare 100 million in new home loans for 2020, Brian Lykins is in the Top 1% of his industry nationwide. As Vice President of Sales at Swan, he leads a stellar team to help his home buyers and Realtors. “My team and I take great pride in putting the consumer’s needs first,” he says. “We have access to hundreds of loan products from a wide range of lenders. We can secure the most advantageous loan offers from up to 27 wholesale mortgage lenders.” What makes using Swan an attractive option for the consumer is the flexibility and expertise to meet their needs, their personalized service, and the ability to save time and money without any hidden fees, along with personal access to Brian and his team seven days a week instead of banking hours. Under Brian’s direction, it’s always a hands-on approach in the service of his Real- Estate agents and clients. “In these times especially, a trusted mortgage lender is an absolute must,” he says. “My mission is simple- to deliver an honest and accurate, well communicated, knowledge-based lending experience to all my clients and realtors. Helping families across the country to achieve their dreams of homeownership in that process, that’s something that I take great pride in and find true joy in doing.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 59


Todd Tallon Owner, Vac2Go (502) 225-4000 VAC2GO.COM

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Todd Tallon is a focused, determined, and successful entrepreneur. His award winning business, Vac2Go, was built on a vision of achieving and helping assist in the cleanup of the environment. Focusing on servicing large scale industrial projects ranging from petrochemical, power generation, steel mills, manufacturing plants, and environmental spill cleanups utilizing vacuum trucks and other waste hauling equipment, Vac2Go assists in providing support through fourteen different product lines throughout the United States. The company has seven locations and two more planned for 2021. “We purchase the best products from the best manufactures across our entire fleet,” says Todd. “Where all of our competitors are limited to their dealerships, we provide more flexibility, letting our customers make the choice of the product that they desire.” Vac2Go has grown 336% in 3 years by focusing on customer service, integrity, safety, and acting with a sense of urgency on behalf of their clients. They are also active members in The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and make regular, generous donations to the Salvation Army.


Eric King

Director of Marketing and Communication, TARC (502) 561-5115 RIDETARC.ORG “I find that most come to communications from a very technical perspective, but I approach it as someone who spent more than a decade in front of the camera,” says Eric King, Director of Marketing and Communication at TARC. You may remember Eric from his time in local news. He brought a strong sense of trustworthy competence to journalism- qualities that have perhaps seen a sharp decline in recent years. His path has taken him elsewhere, to a place where his unique skill set is needed, appreciated, and valued. As a gifted executive and nationally certified diversity professional, Eric can handle communications in a way that is more reflective of the community in which we live, at a time when we need that more than ever. Eric’s 15 years in TV took him to all corners of the country and brought him 3 Emmys and a Murrow Award. He carved a path into the world of strategic communications, working first with the extraordinary team at C2 Strategic Communications, and then Fund for the Arts. TARC approached him in 2020, recognizing that his leadership skills and diversity training would be useful during a time of crisis. “Growing up in a small community, my mom had to rely on the kindness of others to get to work. Without a car, opportunities are limited,” Eric remembers. “Public transit is critically important, and that’s especially the case for the historically excluded who rely on it daily to keep their lives moving. I wear many hats, but ultimately, everything I do is designed to build a greater sense of inclusion.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 61


Veronica Michel

Owner, BurgerIM Louisville (502) 901-1101/1102 BURGERIMLOUISVILLEKY@GMAIL.COM BURGERIMLOUISVILLEKY.COM Like so many others, Veronica Michel’s story is about how new and better values get built in the United States. “Being a woman and an immigrant is tough in any business, but the spirit of entrepreneurship in the USA is amazing,” she says. Veronica and her husband, Nirmal, have enjoyed making a home here in Louisville after living in many states around the country. Veronica also serves on the board of directors for a few non-profit organizations. After 15 years in the corporate world working in finance, management, and operations – Veronica decided to venture on her own. “We love food, and we like to travel and try different cuisines. We were blown away by the food scene in Louisville and hence decided to open BurgerIM here in St.Matthews”, she said. Catering to adventurous foodies and casual diners alike, Veronica uses her strong mind for marketing to offer a new, fresh gourmet burger experience to Louisville. Helming a locally based and minority owned business, her specialty burgers are fully customizable and create new taste fusions using fresh ingredients and unique styles, allowing you to mix and match, creating one-ofa-kind experiences any time you order or picking new favorites. Their business started just a week before the pandemic hit, but they credit our city for keeping them thriving via takeout. “We’ve been so pleased and impressed with the goodwill we’ve received,” she says. “We’re looking forward to introducing new concepts this year!” She is working towards rebranding during the first quarter of this year. 62 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


When Mark Mann became Executive Director at Campbellsville University in Louisville in 2016, the school had 280 students. Today, Mark is the Assistant Vice President and there are just under 6,000 students learning, growing, and on their way to fantastic careers, thanks to the school. “I believe in the ripple effect,” Mark says. “I’m very happy to have helped to improve the lives of so many.”

Mark Mann

Assistant Vice President, Campbellsville University (502) 753-0264 X 6018 MDMANN@CAMPBELLSVILLE.EDU

Campbellsville University is Louisville based, and it’s the fastest growing university in the commonwealth thanks to its great flexibility in programs (They offer face-to-face, hybrid, and online courses) and affordability. “We haven’t had a tuition increase in 4 years,” Mark says proudly. “Through a commitment to this community, we are developing resources that can continue to support us in trying times. We’re not just for kids straight out of high school, either- higher education is an ongoing pursuit. One can get a degree and start a whole new career at any point in their life.” His devotion to this Christian university is his life’s biggest professional work, and there’s no end in sight. “ I will eventually retire,” he says, “but I will never stop teaching.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 63


Meredith Lintner Metzmeier Owner, Cartwheels Papers & Gifts

(502) 895-1800 SALES@SHOPCARTWHEELS.COM FACEBOOK.COM/CARTWHEELSPAPERSANDGIFTS

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In 2009, Meredith Lintner Metzmeier and her mother, Kathy Lintner, opened Cartwheels Papers & Gifts. It’s a lovely gift and stationery boutique in Chenoweth Square. “I have always enjoyed event planning and creating invitations for my children’s birthday parties & family holiday gatherings,” she says. “I had no formal education in graphic design or print work; it was literally an on the job process. Becoming Louisville’s premier stationer has been such a joy for me! The creative aspects of designing unique wedding invitations, for example, is truly one of my favorite things to do!” Meredith enjoys that her job allows her to be a part of her customers’ happiest times in life, including weddings and celebrations of all kinds. She creates the perfect invitations for these extraordinary occasions, something she considers a true privilege. “It is an absolute honor and pleasure to be a small part of these most anticipated and special events,” she says. Cartwheels has recently become the only locally owned and operated stationery shop in Louisville, but Meredith’s greatest pleasure is closer to home. “Having young children, I was fortunate enough to be a stay-at-home mom during their formative years,” she says. “My children are one of my greatest accomplishments, and they give me joy and make me proud every day.”


Jason Farabee

Realtor, Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty (502) 649-5181 JASON@JASONFARABEE.COM FARABEEPROPERTIES.COM

Jason Farabee has a dynamic local presence in real estate. It’s no surprise that Jason ended up in this industry given his mother was a successful realtor in Southern IN before relocating her business to the Hamptons. Real estate is the perfect combination of Jason’s love of learning in an ever-evolving market and his drive to help people meet their real estate needs. Whether you are looking for an investment property or a long-term home, you can trust Jason to streamline the process and help you make the best choice for you & your family. Jason is well recognized in a highly competitive market building his brand the past 24 years. He is licensed to sell in the Kentucky and Indiana community.

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Ethan John Adams

Realtor, ReMax Properties East (502) 558-8193 ETHANJOHNADAMS2@GMAILCOM ETHANADAMS.HOMESINLOUISVILLE.COM

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“I don’t want to be thought of as a salesman, I’m a real person and I want to leave a big, positive impact,” says Ethan John Adams, a young realtor who has walked a unique path in life. He was a star football player at St.Xavier whose dreams took him to play for the University of Louisville and then down to Florida. That’s where he went a bit adrift and life took him in a tough direction. “It was very expensive to live down there and the lure of the beach was strong,” he ruefully recalls. He found himself back here in town, working construction all day and at a club late at night. “I had too much fun and had to fall down before I could find other ways to become successful.” When a trusted mentor told him to never leave his potential behind him after he leaves the world, he took it to heart. Now, at just 23 years of age, Ethan is already one of the top realtors in Louisville. His goal oriented vision landed on a new target and today he’s a proud ReMax agent. “More than any financial aspect, I love people,” he says. “I love looking out for people. I treat each home sale just like it’s my house.”


The first female to hold the position, Jody Heazlitt is the President of New Hope Services, Inc. New Hope is an organization dedicated to helping natives of Kentuckiana lead better lives by empowering those with disabilities, strengthening families, and growing communities. Describing herself as “in the business of people,” the role fits her very naturally as a personShe’s dedicated her life to helping people to be more successful.

Jody Heazlitt

President, New Hope Services, Inc. (812) 288-8248 NEWHOPESERVICES.ORG

Jody has been with NHS for 17 years and plans to continue to lead the organization for the foreseeable future; and has placed a strong focus on understanding as much about human behavior as she does about business. “The community impact of the services that we provide benefits not only those directly served, but everyone in the community as a whole,” says Jody. “NHS is always evolving, along with the communities we serve. It’s all about constant change and empowerment of people. There’s always so much to strive towards.” Ever mindful of the future, Jody has also opened her own business, JOJOHEAZ,LLC. a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE), and it’s also designed to work in the development of affordable housing. “Opportunities are endless to enhance the quality of lives of others,” she says. “People of all walks of life come into times of need or struggle. When they meet their goals, we are successful, and it’s very apparent when that happens.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 67


There’s never been a time when corporations had a greater interest in outsourcing important projects to minority owned small businesses. However, one hurdle in the way of many of these businesses is the matter of receiving the certification necessary to get on the radar and capture the attention of the big corporations. That’s where Vanessa Pennoyer comes in.

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Owner, Go 2 Girl: A Business Development Team (502) 303-6030 VANESSA@GO2GIRL4RESULTS.COM GO2GIRL4RESULTS.COM

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“Federal government, state, local and national classification is what tells companies that you are owned, operated, and controlled by a minority group (women, minority, veteran and LGBTQ businesses). That’s what gets you a seat at the table,” says Vanessa. “Without certification, you won’t hear about important bids and solicitations. It’s a complicated process, but completely necessary for advancement.” Thanks to her vast experience and over 100 certifications with 100% awarded rate, Vanessa has the knowhow to keep independently and minority owned businesses thriving, growing from disadvantage to prosperity. “At networking events, I was often referred to as ‘the go-to girl,’ and it stuck,” she says. With that in mind, Vanessa’s company got its name. Go 2 Girl offers the kinds of opportunities that open doors and change lives for the better. It isn’t instant gratification but a tool and resource to add value to your business and the clients and industries that need to meet the compliance of their supplier diversity goals.


Dale Morgan

Founder, Foundation47 (859) 334-0837 FOUNDATION47@OUTLOOK.COM

“I’m not saying I will change the world, but I guarantee I will spark the brain that will.” – Tupac Shakur

In his youth, Dale Morgan lacked direction and the guidance of a mentor or role model. To help today’s young people navigate life’s challenges and make informed decisions, Dale founded the nonprofit Foundation47: “a life development and leadership organization focused on improving the lives of underserved and underrepresented individuals, through positive reinforcement, financial literacy training, as well as everyday life training.” Foundation47 overcomes mindset inhibitions, troubled home environments, and systemic roadblocks by introducing concepts such as credit score and how it affects the ability to buy a car or home and everyday financial budgeting to build generational wealth. With guiding principles of integrity, honesty, discipline, inner wisdom, determination, and perseverance, Foundation47 shows young people how “to take the initiative for their lives, their success.” Dale takes the time and effort to instill the principles he wishes he had growing up. “Find out what it is that you want to do with your life. Hopefully, you find your passion, and you have the discipline and perseverance to see it through to fruition. And most importantly, never allow anyone else to determine what success is to you.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 69


TJ WHITE

Vice President of Sales, TOPS Louisville TJ@TOPSMARKETING.COM TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM With years of expertise in the advertising industry across several markets, TJ White is proud to join the team at Tops. He’s starting 2021 as the new Vice President of Sales, bringing a wealth of experience to the table. “I’m looking forward to collaborating with clients and creating new opportunities for their growth through both print and digital mediums,” he says. “The importance of marketing to the success of a business is huge. It truly impacts where people spend their dollars, and I know that Tops has big ideas and makes things happen.” Originally from Owensboro, TJ has lived in New York and Connecticut and worked in marketing for companies like Building and Land Technology (BLT) and USA Today. He’s also the Vice President of Business Development at Doucette Consulting and is on the media team for the Kentuckiana Pride Festival. He enjoys the outdoors and, along with his new job, he has a new miniature Australian Shepherd puppy named Lady. 70 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Mark Hack

Broker/Owner, GreenTree Real Estate (502) 930-0727 GREENTREEREALESTATE.COM Mark Hack has a passion for what he does. “Real Estate is my life,” he says. “Buying it, selling it, building, and developing. I love it all!” Mark flipped his first piece of real estate when he was 18 and never stopped. He’s made it a point to educate himself in all areas of real estate, including mortgage, new construction, development, investment, and he absolutely exceeds in sales. “A lot of people think the sales side of real estate is just putting a sign out and showing homes,” he says. “There’s so much behind the scenes work that takes place on every deal.” For the past ten years, his GreenTree Real Estate has been one of the top producing, independently owned brokerages in Southern Indiana. “2021 is set to be a big growth year,” says Mark. “Our main focus is growing in the Louisville market.”

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Joe DESensi ED.D. President, Educational Directions

JDESENSI@EDDIRECTIONS.COM EDDIRECTIONS.COM Joe DeSensi holds a doctorate in leadership education and heads the educational consulting firm Educational Directions. He has written several books on K-12 education and business leadership and has several information system patents. Not having a typical education background, DeSensi started his career at Fortune 100 companies and then developed computer systems for government and law enforcement. He applies his interactive design, data-driven approach to create processes and tech programs for school systems. “The key to developing nationwide data tracking systems or helping a specific struggling school is always to be curious and ask a lot of questions. Be open to new research and ideas, and believe there is always more to learn.” DeSensi said in his spare time, he writes and produces music and writes a gluten-free, vegetarian food column for the LEO Weekly newspaper. DeSensi is also a writer for the HOPE For Leaders monthly leadership newsletter. 72 TOPS LOUISVILLE COURTESY PHOTO

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hope zoeller

Founder & President, HOPE (Helping Other People Excel), LLC HOPE@HOPEFORLEADERS.COM HOPEFORLEADERS.COM Hope Zoeller, Ed.D., founded the leadership development and coaching firm Helping Other People Excel, LLC (HOPE). “I often say to leaders that if I can’t bring them hope, then I need to change my name,” she remarked. “I don’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach to leadership development. I aspire to build collaborative relationships where I get to know each person and then work together to develop the best version of that individual by maximizing strengths and mitigating weaknesses. I am continuously learning alongside every leader with which I collaborate. I recognize it’s not easy to wake up every day and strive to be our best. However, I have discovered that it’s always worth the effort when we do.” The old saying is that it takes a village to raise a child, but Hope says it also takes a village to raise a leader. “It’s important to remember that no one succeeds alone. Regardless of where we are, someone helped us get there. That is the secret to becoming the best version of ourselves.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 73


Brandon Denton

Co--founder, Denton Floyd Real Estate Group (502) 767-1280 BDENTON@DENTONFLOYD.COM DENTONFLOYD.COM

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As Co-founder and Partner of Denton Floyd Real Estate, Brandon Denton sees the firm’s guiding principle as the revitalization of communities by pioneering development that brings vibrancy to areas on the cusp of new growth. “That goal is stronger than ever today.” Brandon studied Mechanical Engineering and Finance at the University of Louisville. After twenty years in the financial industry, he began his real estate career in 2000. Undaunted by the 2008 housing crisis, Brandon developed a knack for recognizing the potential in distressed properties. The business model eventually grew to encompass several aspects of real estate, from development to construction, property management, and brokerage. “We are very vertically integrated in that we handle all facets of a real estate project.” Brandon derives satisfaction from the transformative, lasting effects of their projects in the communities and surrounding areas. “Our projects often inject vibrancy and even a sense of identity into areas that need new residential and mixed-use development.” On a more personal level, the ability to improve residents’ quality of life within a community is a dream come true for Brandon. “It has taken 15 years of planned forethought, dedication by our incredible employees, and tremendous support from our strategic partners and investors to get to where our firm is now. None of what we do these days happened overnight. I’m very grateful for the reputation and the supportive team we have been able to build over the years that have been integral in helping us achieve our mission of building better communities.”


Kimberly Rankin

Realtor, United Real Estate Louisville (502) 802-8495 KIMBERLYRANKINREALESTATE@GMAIL.COM UNITEDREALESTATELOUISVILLE.COM

“I believe everyone should have access to own their own home in order to build financial wealth for themselves and their families,” says Kimberly Rankin, who relocated to Louisville in 2006 and instantly fell in love with this city and all it has to offer. “I want to make sure every person has an opportunity to own real estate no matter what their financial situation might be. Growing up, few people in my family owned their own home. That is why I decided to go into real estate- to help others learn how to become financially secure by investing in property.” Kimberly works diligently to find a home that you and your family will love. A Realtor for United Real Estate Louisville, she’s been in the business for over four years. She has been licensed in Kentucky as a real estate agent since 2016. She also received her license in Indiana as a real estate broker in 2019. She also serves on the board of directors for the Woman’s Council of Realtors in Louisville and actively assists clients in buying and selling homes on both sides of the river.

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Opening a new local boutique in the middle of a worldwide pandemic might sound intimidating to most aspiring entrepreneurs, but it did not deter Brandy Lunsford. She opened her children’s clothing boutique Kiddo at 2830 Frankfort Avenue in Fall 2020, specializing in clothing for babies and toddlers and offering brands and designs not previously available in Louisville. Brandy graduated from Parsons School of Design in New York City in 2005. She continued working in fashion design and styling in the city until an opportunity with Neiman Marcus took her to Dallas, Texas, where Brandy became Senior Fashion Stylist for their advertorial magazine “The Book.”

Brandy Lunsford Owner, Kiddo

(502) 409-9840 BRANDY@KIDDOHELLO.COM KIDDOHELLO.COM

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Brandy eventually returned to Louisville to be near family. When a convenient retail space became available, Brandy seized the opportunity. “Right now, it’s more important than ever to shop local and help create a community vibe that fosters creativity. I want to push kids to be more creative, have self-expression, and believe in themselves while also just being a good person. I understand that clothing is an early form of self-expression. I want to encourage that for young ones - it creates confidence, and I want to be a part of that.” Kiddo is truly a labor of love for Brandy. “Having Kiddo carry as many organic, conscious brands that support sustainability and clean products as possible is very important to me—also supporting brands that give back to those in need. I want to bring as much inspiration and aspiration to Louisville that I have been fortunate to experience in the industry and my education.”


Illustrating a truly commendable commitment to community development and engagement through a lifetime of involvement in charitable organizations going back to high school, Josh Kornberg would describe himself as a community advocate. “We need all hands on deck to make our community a better place,” he says. “I see philanthropy as entrepreneurial and believe in utilizing and leveraging gifts to create a stronger social enterprise.”

Josh Kornberg

Executive Director, Caesars Foundation of Floyd County (812) 945-4332 CAESARSFOUNDATIONFC.ORG

For the last five years, Josh served as the Executive Director at Ivy Tech Community, where he directly supported students in endeavors for personal success. During his tenure he oversaw the creation of the Jeffersonville Promise, an endowed scholarship allowing Jeffersonville High School students to go to college without cost. He’s recently accepted the role of Executive Director of the Caesars Foundation. He’s looking forward to the opportunity to partner with local nonprofits and small businesses. “It’s a great challenge, but I am really focused on making our community a better place to live, work and play,” he says. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 77


David Smith

Senior Vice President, Senior Commercial Relationship Manager, Limestone Bank (502) 939-9949 DSMITH@LIMESTONEBANK.COM LIMESTONEBANK.COM David Smith is a Kentucky native with 23 years of banking experience. Based in Louisville but with clients throughout the Commonwealth, he specializes in mergers and acquisitions, real estate, waste management, trucking, mining, manufacturing across multiple industries, and more. He’s the Senior Vice President of Limestone Bank, a trusted institution with 20 banking centers in 14 counties across Kentucky, collaborating with a team of executives from multiple corporations that wanted to create a more efficient way to deliver a personalized banking experience. David’s entrepreneurial spirit is outstanding in his field, making Limestone a perfect fit for his drive and determination. His colleagues encourage him to service his clients with autonomy. “There is no such thing as bankers hours for us,” he says. “I am available 365 days a year. I am very fortunate that my family understands how much I enjoy what I do and the opportunity that I have been given to be a part of Limestone Bank. However, my number one priority is being a great role model for my son, Daulton. To be the role model he deserves, that means working hard and doing everything with the same values that guide everything we do at Limestone Bank: honesty, integrity, positive attitude, team player, professionalism, and celebrating success.” 78 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Anthony Gilmer

Director of Marketing and Air Service Development, Louisville Regional Airport Authority ANTHONY.GILMER@FLYLOUISVILLE.COM FLYLOUISVILLE.COM In an industry full of passionate people, Anthony Gilmer takes his dedication to another level. He’s worked in airports since he was just 14 years old. In the last two, he’s worked tirelessly as the Director of Marketing and Air Service Development at Louisville Regional Airport Authority. He’s committed to never being outworked, out-thought, or outstrategized. “I really do eat, sleep, and breathe all things pertaining to my industry,” he says. Anthony’s primary job duty is to improve Louisville’s air service. He recruits new and existing airlines to add new routes, larger aircraft, more capacity to existing routes, or sometimes just offering a better flight schedule for patrons. There are hundreds of airports across the country that are constantly lobbying airlines for these continually improving conditions; the business of recruiting air service is extremely competitive and requires no small amount of research. Anthony is up to the task and believes in our city. “Airlines can put their resources anywhere,” he says. “For every route we pursue and land, we are literally competing with every other viable city in the country. I’ve only been here a little over two years, but Louisville definitely feels like home, and I’ve grown quite passionate about the amount of potential this city has- and of course, the airport is a big part of that.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 79


Stephanie Susemichel Owner, Magnolia & Fig

(502) 253-4567 MAGNOLIAANDFIGBOUTIQUE.COM “If I could go back in time and tell myself one thing, it would be that it’s absolutely valid to follow a career in retail if it’s the thing you love doing,” says Stephanie Susemichel, owner of Magnolia and Fig. “I definitely do!” Her charming boutique is so much more than a store; it’s a place where women can go and find the apparel that will make them feel more like themselves. “It’s really not as much about clothes as it is about how you feel,” she says. “My customers are my heart. Being with them and helping them to feel great about how they look, that truly is my natural state.” Stephanie dreams of perhaps one day starting a second Mag and Fig elsewhere when the time is right for her young family. “Savannah is such a beautiful place, I would like to have a store there one day, even though I know Louisville will always get my best. That’s all down the road, though. Right now I’m a proud mama to one kid and one store!” 80 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Erica Bachelor

Founder, The Brendon P. Bachelor Foundation for Sports & Education (502) 594-3535 ERICA@BRENDONSFOUNDATION.ORG INFO@BRENDONSFOUNDATION.ORG BRENDONSFOUNDATION.ORG Founded to honor the memory of her brother, Erica Bachelor created Brendon’s Duffels of Hope as a way to make a big difference in the lives of young people in need with a necessary but too often overlooked thing. “All children deserve love, respect, and dignity, but not all children get these things,” Erica says. After learning that children in foster care situations are often expected to carry their belongings in black garbage bags, she partnered with the Home of the Innocents to set out to make a change. Each Brendon’s Duffel of Hope is given to a kid who is entering emergency shelters, discharged from residential treatment programs, or going into a new foster family placement. It’s a real duffel bag filled with clothes, toiletries, and toys that gives them a sense of hope and security at a crucial moment of their lives while providing essential necessities. The bags also go to young adults who enter the independent living and transitional services program and refugees who go to the pediatric medical center for their first health exams. “Since our Partnership began over two years ago we’ve provided over 2000 duffels,” Erica says with pride.

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sarah mitchell

Senior Advertising Account Executive and Fashion Coordinator, TOPS Louisville SARAH@TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM Over the past 20 years, Sarah Mitchell has maintained a professional career and a beautiful family, raising 4 children from ages 10 to 20. It’s been a vital point of pride for her that she continually shows her children that there can be balance; that she can have a professional career while also being involved in their lives. She started in the Talent Services field before transitioning into nonprofit fundraising. “It is very important to me to be involved with organizations that help support community efforts,” she says. “I believe strongly in surrounding myself with people who have like-minded values. Honesty, a strong work ethic, and people with good character. If you treat people well, you will have loyalty and relationships that last a lifetime.” Sarah is currently a part of the Trifecta Executive Committee, which supports the Bridgeman Charitable Group. Sarah’s path led her to become part of the print media world. Her passion for sales and building relationships shines brightly. “If I can figure out how to make a difference in someone’s day, then I consider it a win,” she says. “It is important to love, laugh, and live each day to the fullest.” 82 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Shaun S Wallace

Owner and Partner; Purple Door Realty, Victory Construction, Les Maisons Investment Group (502) 939-8029 SHAUNSWALLACE@GMAIL.COM A man of many passions, Shaun S Wallace is a well rounded individual. Known as the vocalist for the popular band Soul Circus, as the Chef/Owner for the soul food catering company Southern Gentleman Catering, and, for the last 20 years, for doing big things as a real estate entrepreneur. The Owner and Partner for three companies that specialize in brokerage, construction, and real estate investment. “Real Estate is a long game for me, and helping clients understand investments is my goal,” Shaun says. “I like to share this ‘across the board’ understanding that I have developed over the years within all facets of real estate and build long term, symbiotic relationships. I believe in putting in the work and making sure everyone succeeds. I want what I do to speak for itself, whether I am doing multi-million dollar deals, Selling a home for someone, remodeling a house, cooking for a group of people, or entertaining hundreds of smiling faces. I believe I have accomplished that.” Shaun consistently plants seeds and watches them bloom for everyone he works with. He sees our small city as more like a large town. “All I want is to continue to be comfortable in life,” he says. “I want to bring that to as many as I possibly can. We are all brothers and sisters in Louisville.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 83


Allison Ogle

Chief Development Officer, I Would Rather Be Reading ALLISON.OGLE@IWOULDRATHERBEREADING.ORG IWOULDRATHERBEREADING.ORG I Would Rather Be Reading was founded three years ago by Allison Ogle and her best friend and co-teacher Ashley Dearinger. “Back then, I had no idea that our organization would be able to form such a strong support network in our city,” she says. A nonprofit dedicated to providing reading mentoring, summer camps, after school programs, family engagement sessions, and professional development for educators, IWRBR exists for children who have experienced or are currently experiencing trauma to receive reading intervention from a trained reading specialist to outweigh the negative effects caused by adverse experiences. “I have so many ideas that I want to put into practice within our organization,” says Allison. “My goal is to make our reach sustainable for years to come, extend student programming, increase family advocacy opportunities, further our impact across the city, and other communities with demographics that mirror what we have here in Louisville.” IWRBR has also just launched a new apparel line. All proceeds from the collection go straight toward keeping their learning hubs in south and west Louisville operational and free for families. You can check it out at iwouldratherbereading.org/shop. 84 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Ryan Baxter

Sales Manager/MLO, Statewide Mortgage (812) 987-2426 RBAXTER@STATEWIDEMORTGAGE.COM STATEWIDEMORTGAGE.COM

For many of us, purchasing or refinancing our homes causes anxiety. That’s why Ryan Baxter of Statewide pays special attention to making the process as streamlined and worry free as possible for his customers. “We communicate each step of the way, from application to closing, making sure potential obstacles are identified early and resolved,” he says. “A great deal of our business comes from repeat customers or referrals from realtors, and we believe that’s because we are easily accessible and responsive throughout the origination process and thereafter.” Statewide listens to and takes care of their customers and employees. They treat people right and fair while offering practical and realistic financing options. They work hard to move people from the initial application to the closing table as fast or as slow as they need the process to go. “The work we do at Statewide is possible because of our incredibly talented and dedicated team,” says Ryan. “Attention to detail and quality customer service are critical. We also have a lot of fun. Visitors to our office might be greeted by a puppy roaming through the halls, classic rock or hip-hop blaring from an office, or Keith Swisher riding around on a scooter. Work hard, play hard, stay humble. That’s what we do.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 85


Tiffany Welsh

Realtor and Director of Education, Homepage Realty (502) 727-3500 TIFFANY@TIFFANYWELSHREALTOR.COM TIFFANYWELSHREALTOR.COM Five years into her career, Family woman Tiffany Welsh started working as a Realtor with the hopes of enjoying some time outside of the home and tangibly contributing to her household. It’s become so much more than that. “What started as a side job quickly turned into a passion,” she says. Now, she’s a Top Producing Realtor, ranking in the top 6% for residential sales in GLAR (BrokerMetric) and winning Top Producing awards within her company every year. She is also the Education Director for Homepage Realty, responsible for training agents through developing courses, leading training classes, and coaching agents in presenting themselves professionally and with kindness. One of Tiffany’s greatest strengths is her ability to stay calm and adapt, putting nerves at ease. “I am their advocate, and I am never flustered because I know that we will find a solution.” She’s become so adept in her career that it’s become a family affair. “My husband and I are developing our own real estate investment portfolio, and we hope to double our number of properties over the next five years. Five years from now, we will have two teenagers, a middle schooler and a kindergartener. We are focusing on achieving big dreams and making memories!” 86 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Regina Morgan

Owner, The Reg Morgan Experience, LLC THE REG MORGAN EXPERIENCE EVENT PLANNING & COORDINATING (502) 632-3397 BOOK@REGMORGAN.COM REGMORGAN.COM REG MORGAN: CREATIVE CRAFTING (502) 632-3397 CRAFT@RMTHECREATIVE.COM RMTHECREATIVE.COM Committed to continually doing big things in community engagement, Regina Morgan took the challenges of 2020 and created avenues for new art, ideas, and commerce. Her website, RMTheCreative. com, is your source for customized and customizable apparel, accessories, and fun things you don’t know yet that you can’t live without. “Everything I do is based on trust,” Regina says. “It’s so important. There is so much talent in this city. I’m here to engage with the community and build a network that can compete with bigger companies.” Always thinking and evolving, Regina says she’s excited to see where this venture takes her. “I have super exciting plans going into 2021, and I can’t wait for them to unfold!” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 87


Chad Howard

VP of Digital Marketing, TOPS Louisville CHAD@TOPSMARKETING.COM TOPSMARKETING.COM Chad Howard brings more than 18 years of digital marketing experience, client service, thought leadership, and brand development to the TOPS Marketing Team. He has a real knack for putting together plans and explaining them in terms that anyone can understand. He’s transparent and open about which strategies lead to success. “Most business owners I encounter don’t fully comprehend the real potential of the Digital Market or just how much it can benefit them,” says Chad. “I want the opportunity to sit down with them, assess their commerce, and put together a plan that I know can open all new doors.” Chad works closely with each department across both the TOPS Lexington and Louisville markets. He develops effective, integrated digital solutions and provides measurable business results for clients. Before joining TOPS Marketing, Chad worked in leadership roles with Zipie, Sanger & Eby, Up with Paper, POSSIBLE, and Frontgate. His experience with global brands includes Jet Blue Airways, Abercrombie & Fitch, BMW, Marriott, CocaCola, Smuckers, and Procter & Gamble. He’s worked across various industries, including Retail, Airline, Consumer Packaged Goods, and Hospitality, among others. He has developed the knowledge to utilize successful tactics and build the kinds of specialized, innovative campaigns that can take virtually any business to the next level. 88 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Nick Wright

President, Wright Choice Home Inspection and Breathe Wright Radon & Air Quality Services (502) 822-6484 INFO@YOURWRIGHTCHOICE.COM YOURWRIGHTCHOICE.COM “We take pride in being a family-owned and operated business,” says Nick Wright, owner of Wright Choice Home Inspection and Breathe Wright Radon & Air Quality Services. “We believe in treating everyone like family and providing the best possible service to each and every client. Having a home inspection is one of the most important parts of the real estate transaction,” says Nick. “We strive to be the best in our industry through customer service, education, and integrity. We want our clients to have a great experience from start to finish, as well as providing peace of mind in their investment!” Nick has worked his entire career in the construction industry. He started Wright Choice Home Inspection in 2015 at the suggestion of his wife, Jenny. From there, they have established a professional and experienced team that services the Kentuckiana area. Wright Choice Home Inspection and it’s partnering business, Breathe Wright Radon & Air Quality Services, are both top rated. “Our goal is for our clients to know their house before they make it their home and ensure they made the Wright choice!” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 89


George Barrett

Principal Broker/Owner, Homepage Realty (502) 494-2616 GEORGE@HOMEPAGEREALTYKY.COM HOMEPAGEREALTY.COM As an entrepreneur, George Barrett has always followed his own path based around kindness, relationships, and creativity. “I like to learn things on my own and essentially create jobs for myself,” he says. “I find excitement in solving problems with creative solutions.” George and co-owner Carrie King founded Homepage Realty in 2014, which has grown to over 90 agents and $200,000,000 of real estate sold in 2020. The brokerage is focused on two concepts: Culture and Innovation. “It’s a special place to work, and it’s because of the kind agents and employees that love and support each other every day.” he says. “Everything is a collaborative effort, as it takes a cohesive team to succeed.” Homepage takes a progressive approach towards marketing and social media. “When analyzing the local market, we saw an opportunity to introduce more technology and creativity. We decided to put emphasis and investment into the quality of our content and include a strong focus on social media as our main form of branding and advertisement. When you look at the success we have been able to achieve in a short period of time, you can really see that it makes a difference.” 90 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021

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As President and Director of Photography at Andrew Kung Group, Andrew Kung is at the helm of a 7000 square-foot commercial photography and video, full-production studio capable of nationallevel quality of work right here in Louisville. “Having everything in-house provides an opportunity for efficiency and synergy that is unbeatable,” says Andrew. At Andrew Kung Group, they believe in word-of-mouth and stake their reputation on it. “We’ve been very honored to get to work with national and regional companies such as Valvoline, Tempur-Pedic, Humana, and Churchill Downs, to name a few. We only produce work that we feel represents all stakeholders well.”

Andrew Kung

President, Director of Photography, Andrew Kung Group ANDREW@ANDREWKUNG.COM INFO@ANDREWKUNG.COM ANDREWKUNG.COM

Andrew sees his unique team-building approach and understanding of client and production needs as assets. “Our team is at the core, the foundation for our success.” From working independently in a small studio to a full production studio and full-time team today, Andrew built his business and team in little more than ten years. He believes in constant learning and delivering value to his clients. “Being a skilled professional photographer is not our main mission - more so, it is merely the minimum requirement to participate. No matter how creative or beautiful our work is, we understand that it is of little value to our client unless it helps them achieve their objective, which is always our focus.” Andrew’s entrepreneurial spirit and prior experience transitioning from a full-time job in higher education to his own business have led him to advocate for and be a mentor to those who want to leave their 9-to-5 job to pursue self-employment. Andrew Kung feels at home in Louisville, “I love the people and the city. They have embraced me, my team, and what we do. I am truly grateful to have an opportunity to serve this community.”

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Jackie Exum

Senior Real Estate Specialist, Kentuckiana Senior Advocates (502) 345-2557 JACKIE@TEAMWITHROW.COM WITHROWGROUPHOMES.COM/SRES FACEBOOK.COM/KENTUCKIANASENIORADVOCATES THE WITHROW GROUP | KELLER WILLIAMS LOUISVILLE EAST In partnership with the team owners at The Withrow Group, Jackie Exum is the creator of a real estate program called Kentuckiana Senior Advocates. It’s tailored towards serving seniors and their families, catering to their unique real estate needs. Jackie is certified as a Senior Real Estate Specialist (SRES) and licensed as a Certified Social Worker and Realtor. “While I enjoy working with all people, I’m extremely passionate about serving the senior community,” she says. “When it comes to business, I’ve learned over time that you have to take smart, calculated risks and regularly push outside of your comfort zone. I have also found that it takes a team of outstanding professionals to be a successful realtor: lenders, attorneys, administrative staff, photographers, videographers, appraisers, and more. This is not a one-woman job, and I have a great group behind me.” In addition to support at work, Jackie also finds it at home. “I have three children ages 7, 5, and 2,” she says. “I often joke that we are ‘The Exum Circus’ because there’s certainly never a dull moment in our home with our high-energy children!” 92 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Chase Cooksey

Luxury Lease--Up Specialist, Elmington Property Management (502) 996-0559 LINKEDIN.COM/IN/CHASECOOKSEY CHASECOOKSEY@LIVE.COM Chase Cooksey is an award-winning luxury lease-up specialist working for Elmington Property Management at the Ivy Apartment Community. While working with developers and ownership groups to cultivate a long-lasting relationship with his company, he is devoted to building strong teams and helping them recognize the potential within themselves. He also trains his teams in business administration, finance, marketing, and sales. Most importantly, he teaches how to invest in the community’s clients and develop professional relationships to identify their wants and needs. “Statistically, studies have shown us that moving from one home to another is one of the things that people dread the most,” Chase says. “Investing in the lives of our residents while helping them to grow and transition is paramount. They have chosen for us to be a part of their journey, and I want them to look back years from now and smile when they think about the beautiful experience they had with us. “ Chase is also a SAG and Equity eligible performer with a background in professional theatre and film. “As a child, I told my parents that I wanted to live my life every day like I was on stage,” he says. “This industry provides me the opportunity to do just that! I love what I do, and I want the people I work with to feel the same.”

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Morgan Hancock Senior Account Executive, TOPS Louisville

(502) 544-7765 MORGAN@TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM “I love turning an idea into a reality,” says Morgan Hancock. “There is something so satisfying about the process of taking a client’s initial marketing or branding ideas and then working with them to turn those ideas into creative, targeted, and aesthetically pleasing advertisements that, most importantly… gets results!” Morgan is one of our TOPS Senior Account Executives, but it’s more than a job to her. “It’s what I truly enjoy doing,” she says. Morgan treats each client’s business as if it’s her own and puts an emphasis on relationship building. “Most of my clients have grown to become personal friends of mine. I genuinely care about their success, and I won’t rest until I’ve created something for them that I know is going to help their business grow,” she says. 94 TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021


Sarah Contardo

Vice President Sales & Strategy, Churchill Downs CHURCHILLDOWNS.COM

As Churchill Downs Vice President of Sales & Strategy, Sarah Contardo’s number one goal is to ensure an outstanding customer experience for guests visiting Churchill Downs. Her responsibilities include all aspects of sales, including the Kentucky Derby and Kentucky Oaks, premium hospitality, memberships, groups, and special events. Sarah is also responsible for analytics, ticket operations, and guest services. “My constant focus is on ensuring and improving the guest experience and finding areas of growth through innovation to meet our customers’ needs.” Her leadership in developing new products, including food & beverage offerings and facility upgrades are also key to success. She also realizes the importance of having an outstanding team who manage to get an often hectic job done with professionalism and excellence. 2020 was a challenging year, and Sarah understands the public’s uncertainty and disappointment with so many changes. “I want our guests to know that we are always trying our best to communicate in a timely manner, deliver as much information as possible, and make the best decisions for each customer.” Churchill Downs values customer feedback and are listening. “We take it to heart and are always interested in hearing new ideas.” Sarah always maintains her good cheer and sense of humor, and her sparkling laughter remains genuine. But to be frank, she is anxious for COVID-19 to be over. “I look forward to sports and entertainment being fully operational again.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 95


Tori Powell

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Tori Powell is not an original native of Louisville, but she’s proud to be here and loves our city. Hailing from northeast Ohio, Tori came to our town to be a part of Manna Inc, where she’s a Regional Marketing Manager. “I’ve always been a planner and believe in keeping things feeling new, interesting, and never stagnant,” says Tori. “So much of what I do in my day to day is designed to spark and capture joy. This really is a people based business.” In addition to making big things happen at Manna, Tori also works with the elegantly prestigious Trifecta Gala and is also a member of the Next Gen Board for Fund for the Arts. Her strong work ethic continually sets her apart. “In the future, I want to continue to be involved in the community and work with these and other fantastic organizations,” she says.


Mark Kull

Wealth Management Advisor, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CASL, RICP; Northwestern Mutual (502) 562-2441 MARKKULL.COM

“Financial planning means different things to different people. You need a tailored approach and a goal focused investment strategy,” says Mark Kull, Wealth Management Advisor, CFP, ChFC, CLU, CASL, RICP, at Northwestern Mutual. “Whether that goal is retirement, education, philanthropic giving or simply planning for the unforeseen, my role is to be a steward of my client’s assets.” Mark knew from the moment he began his college internship at Northwestern Mutual this was the life path for him. His personality is perfectly suited for his career; he’s an active listener with a strong acumen for finances who actively cares about his clients. “Financial planning is an art as well as a science,” he says. “Trust is the building block that all financial planning should be built on. Our team works hard to build a relationship with each client, to be someone worthy of their trust, so we can help make their financial goals a reality.”

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Having served as the Executive Director of the Kentucky & Southern Indiana Chapter previously, Erika Furlong is now National Business Development & Partnerships Director for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). After graduating from the University of Kentucky, Erika began her nonprofit career with United Way of Greater Cincinnati and the American Heart Association.

Erika Furlong

National Director, Territory Business Development & Partnerships, East Region; The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society LLS.ORG

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Prior to 2017, the FDA approved an average of 2 to 4 blood cancer drugs annually. In the last few years, LLS has advanced 57 of the 66 approved blood cancer drugs. “Professionally, I am so proud to work for this tremendously impactful organization,” says Erika. “These drugs go on to treat all types of cancer. We are impacting drug development for all types of cancer more than any other organization, hands down.” Leukemia is the most common form of childhood cancer. In 2021, The LLS Children’s Initiative (lls.org/childrens-initiative) plans to devote $100 million to “pioneering the first-ever globally collaborative master clinical trial on pediatric blood cancer patients.” Erika is most proud of her organization’s work in this area. “Our anticipated outcome is many new drugs for all pediatric cancer patients with less toxicity.” As meaningful as her working life is, Erika regards her family as her greatest accomplishment. “I enjoy nothing more than spending time with my husband, Tim, and our children, Harrison (5) and Margot (3), along with our french bulldog, Zsa Zsa, and bernedoodle, Blanche Deveraux. Life is great, and I am so very thankful for my personal and professional blessings.”


Maria Teresa Rodriguez Owner, Trust Home Cleaning (502) 919-1421 TRUSTHOMECLEANING.COM Maria Teresa Rodriguez believes in the importance of providing very particular, customer service oriented care. That’s why her top-notch cleaning service is called Trust Home Cleaning. “It’s hard to find someone with an eye for detail, who is custom-oriented and takes a very specialized approach towards cleaning,” she says. “I like to offer you the same quality and care as I do in my own home.” Maria and her small staff are “Bonded and Insured” with many years of experience in the Cleaning & Restoration Industry. Trust Home Cleaning has built a reputation that is second to none and offers housekeeping services (Weekly / Bi-weekly / Monthly or Occasional) for homes and office cleaning, new construction, before and after “Special Events,” and even when you’re moving in or out. “When you call Trust Home Cleaning, it will be me personally who answers the phone,” Maria says proudly. TOPS LOUISVILLE | January 2021 99


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A Place For Everything & Everything In Its Place

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design guru: Kevin Cogan With Jefferson Development Group

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The Burkhart Company Can Design Window Treatments To Bring Light Into 2021

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A PLACE FOR

everything & EVERYTHING IN ITS PLACE An organized closet and home can bring calm to an otherwise busy and hectic life. Here, TOPS provides our readers with closet organization tools from three popular Louisville closet companies. BY TAYLOR RILEY • COURTESY PHOTOS

SPONSORED BY EUROPEAN SPLENDOR European Splendor specializes in hand-crafted, affordable European furniture, gift and accessories Having lived in Europe for several years, and with nearly 20 years experience, owners Susan and Matt Straub are experts in providing hand-crafted European items with superior workmanship at affordable prices. Whether its fine European furniture, hand-crafted Polish pottery, French lotions and soaps, Bohemia crystal, French linens, candles, pillows, baskets, and art, European Splendor is the place to shop.

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Closet Factory

Can Solve Your Storage Problem

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hether you’re trying to create greater utilization through more storage and better organization of an existing space or create new storage and workspace as part of a home renovation or new construction project, Closet Factory has your back. Marilyn Jones, vice president of Closet Factory, says her team’s job is to truly understand how designated spaces will be used, determine what specifically needs to be accommodated, identify the optimal storage solution, and aesthetically integrate the space with the rest of the home. “We work to help people like the way their homes look and love the way they work,” she says. The company believes in a collaborative design process; they’re serious about talking with and listening to their customers. They do not do “cookie-cutter” designs, says Marilyn, and do not create a design during the initial consultation--this part is time to listen to and consult with clients and inventory a customer’s wardrobe to understand the storage requirements. Closet Factory is the only company in the region to offer both industrial grade particleboard and heat-adhered laminate but also MDF, medium density fiberboard, making their projects more structurally sound. Closet Factory is locally-owned and operated. All of their projects, including closets,

home offices, media centers, garage and laundry storage, are fabricated at their woodshop in Middletown. Clients are offered a written, transferable warranty on materials and workmanship. For real insight into the process of getting organized, visit closetfactory.com/inspiration/videos and

see what real customers say about their Closet Factory experience, or get information and inspiration with free guides written by experts like Regina Leeds, top organizer, and Closet Factory design experts at closetfactory.com/inspiration/download-guides for more information.

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the process to create the project of your dreams. Jeff Speedy, vice president and general manager of Closets by Design, says his company can accomplish anything on your to-do list; the company will transform your pantry, mudroom, craft room, home office, garage or closet into a utilized storage space. Beginning with a free in-home design consultation, you’ll discuss what you want to do with your space and receive a quote on the spot. The company uses a program with a 3-D feature to show your room at its most function. “We maximize the use of the space to give you the most capacity,” Jeff says. “We can make it look any way you want.” Jeff, and his team, can update a large space, like a garage, adding a floating


floor to avoid water hazards and an organized area of rakes, hoses and extension cords to create a more visually-appealing space. They can improve small spaces, too, like pantries, taking away dead corners and making shelves more accessible. Mudrooms, study areas and craft rooms are also popular choices of clients. What sets Closets By Design apart from the competition is the time each designer spends on a project. The company has won the Angie’s List Service Award the past nine years and has spent the last 9 out of the past 16 years as the Best Closet Design winner at Homearama. For more information, go to closetsbydesign.com.

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Cardinal Closets Can Customize a Space to Fit Your Needs

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f you have a current space that’s just not working, whether it’s a mess or just not functional, Cardinal Closets can help. Cheryl Meyer, owner of Cardinal Closets, says she and her group of seasoned designers can make the most of your closet, pantry, storage area, basement, attic, home office or media center. “People usually come to us when their current solution is not working,” Cheryl says. The company has been family-owned and operated since 1993, meeting with customers to realize the potential of any space. During the first meeting, the designer will come to the home to take flawless measurements and then the team will review the design with you in the showroom. The company has a 25,000-square-foot manufacturing facility that manufactures each shelf and panel to create total satisfaction guaranteed, saving time and money for their 15,000 customers served; they pay no royalty or franchise fees, thus passing savings to their customers. The company has a beautiful, new 400-square-foot showroom location at 215 S. Hurstbourne Parkway should you want to adjust, change or add on to your closet system. “You will find that we are easy to work with and offer old-fashioned, personalized customer service,” Cheryl says. The company is a member of the Louisville Independent Business Alliance and Building Industry Association of Louisville. Together, the Cardinal Closets design team has 84 years of experience. The difference between their company and others, Cheryl says, “We are the most experienced closet company in Louisville … we are the only completely local, independent closet company, and our prices are affordable.” For more information, go to cardinalclosets.com. 

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DESIGN GURU

Kevin Cogan

JEFFERSON DEVELOPMENT GROUP

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BY DAWN ANDERSON PORTRAIT BY DICK ARNSPIGER COURTESY BUILDING PHOTOS

reativity has no boundaries,” declares Jefferson Development Group (JDG) CEO/Owner Kevin Cogan. His creative vision allows him to see potential in properties that others do not see or have the fortitude to carry out. Cogan has never let himself become overwhelmed by the enormity of a project, “From the beginning almost 40 years ago, I took on projects I could comprehend.” His process allows him to forge ahead step by step, piece by piece, without feeling intimidated, “To be able to scale the mountain, implementation is as important as aspiration.” He evaluates each stage in the process to stay within or reset reasonable expectations of budget, time scope, and all team members’ capabilities. Kevin Cogan has a great affinity for the history of architecture and the history of the city of Louisville, and by extension, the “significant character” of Louisville architecture. As imaginative as JDG projects are, they always manage to reflect or give the nod to an era or design style in keeping with the neighborhood aesthetic. The majority of Cogan’s early projects were in the Highlands, including Worth Plaza in the late 1980s.

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In the 1990s, the Deer Park Neighborhood Association was concerned about two properties: a Bardstown Road business called Plasma Alliance attracting unsavory elements to the area and the neighboring former insurance firm, which had stood empty for years. Cogan helped persuade Plasma Alliance to relocate. Architect Michael Cook’s new award-winning design would eventually

Before: Park Court

become home to Chef Anthony Lamas’ Seviche restaurant. A few years earlier, Kevin Cogan had saved the former AdPro/Standard Typewriter structure just down the street. JDG and Greystone Architects of Frankfort came up with a design to bring together the Fifties-era facades at 1702 and 1706, resulting in

a more modern mix of glass, masonry, and stucco. The building now houses offices and the ever-popular Sapporo Japanese Grill & Sushi restaurant. Cogan says, “The desire to benefit an area and see potential where no one else had the vision leads to the opportunity for creativity and gives energy to the community.”

After: Park Court

After: Park Court

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at home The evolution of real estate development, according to Cogan, is that the bureaucracy involved has increased exponentially. Along with all the red tape and permits, it takes a number of years for planning, site development, infrastructure, and construction. “The upside is that that allows time to develop art and creativity.” When he can “smell the sawdust,” Cogan knows that there is a real carpenter or craftsman at work. He also treasures details such as wrought iron, gas lanterns, stucco work, masonry, and bricklaying. “I always have a boutique project in my back pocket.”

Before: Midland Garage

More massive undertakings like the one at Old Henry Road receive a similar level of care. Developing 200 acres of farmland began when Cogan worked with the city and Metro Planning to design a road system, complete with an aesthetically-pleasing and traffic-quieting roundabout. The planned One Park development at Lexington Road, Grinstead Drive, and Etley Avenue is a vision that started thirty years ago. COVID-19 interrupted its progress, but Cogan is optimistic that it will go on to be “a magnificent project for the city for years to come.” Kevin Cogan understands he is not alone in his passion for Louisville architecture past, present, and future. The saving of the Seelbach Hotel, the Belknap buildings converted for use by Humana, and the new Lynn Family Stadium have all been encouraging and inspiring to him. “How do we save a facade? How do we make something better? We need to cheer them on and take it to the next level. We can be as competitive as Nashville, and we’re as good as Austin, Texas. The Silicon Valley tech companies and New York banks need to know we are open for business. No one can beat our Main Street, and we have better bourbon!” 

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ou may recognize The Burkhart Company for its decades of woodworking business in Louisville, but what some fail to realize, is that the company is so much more than that one area of expertise. Andrew Just, co-owner and project manager at The Burkhart Company, says they are a one-stopshop for custom shutters, as well as their original custom cabinet projects. The Burkhart Company was founded in 1977 by Tom Burkhart, who always had a passion for custom woodworking, and he turned that passion into a business, providing Louisville with fine quality craftsmanship and custom woodworking. The company believes in unique and special designs with modern appeal and timeless elements, and when Andrew bought the business in 2020, he made sure to continue the company’s legacy. Andrew grew up around small businesses--his father owned Louisville Golf--and he worked at Stonemark Granite as a sales manager where he came across Tom. Tom, who wanted to retire, sold the company to Andrew, his two brothers and

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one of Andrew’s best friends, with who he had a business from 2004 to 2014. Andrew believed the company was a perfect fit because it made a “great product.” Speaking of great products, the shutter department specializes in a plantation-style that can be made in-house to the exact specifications of a home. Shutters can help transform a home in an instant, according to Andrew, and the plantation-style is a classic way to replace traditional blinds and curtains; they fit window frames and can be opened like doors. The shutters are made from the highest quality grade regional wood and matched perfectly to fit the space. The shutters aren’t shipped from overseas, they’re made at the historic downtown Louisville location. Ninety percent of the shutters the company provides are painted, but there’s an unlimited supply of finishes to choose from. Most clients want them to match the trim in the home, so the company can mix a custom stain. The shutters can be used for privacy and blocking out the unwanted sun, and they can also contribute to insulating a home, keeping rooms cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. The products are also sturdier than others, according to Andrew. The company can do it all; the process is simple from measurement to manufacturing and installation. Every window is different in a home, so quotes are given after measurements. The

company specializes in 2-½-to-3-½-inch louvers, which provide more control and more light for space. What sets them apart from competitors? “Our finished product sets us apart,” Andrew says. “You can tell there are no shortcuts.” For more information, go to burkhartcompany.com. 

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cuisine

BARN8 Farm Restaurant & Bourbon Bar BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER

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Hermitage Farm in Goshen, Kentucky, has a rich history as a working farm as far back as the 1700s. Famed horseman Warner Jones established the farm’s thoroughbred nursery. The land is now preserved in perpetuity as an Agriculture Conservation Easement by current owners Laura Lee Brown and Steve Wilson. Steve scored another win for the farm’s future when he discovered Alison Settle at her chef’s counter at Red Hog, an artisan butcher shop and restaurant in Louisville. Steve was scouting for an Executive Chef to run the kitchen for the new Barn8 Farm Restaurant & Bourbon Bar at Hermitage Farm. Originally from Lexington, Alison Settle’s passion for cooking led her to pursue a degree from Sullivan University’s Culinary Arts Program. In addition to Red Hog, Alison’s chef pedigree includes stints at Seviche, Portage House, Holy Grale, Gralehaus, and Pizza Lupo. Perhaps most notably, Alison worked with James Beard Foundation and Southern Foodways Alliance member Chef Ouita Michel at Holly Hill Inn and Woodford Reserve. The immediacy of Hermitage Farm’s farm-to-table operation at Barn8, with its greenhouse and horticulturist, is well-matched to Alison’s adventurous flair for traditionally-inspired Kentucky dishes made with fresh local ingredients. “We use as much as we can off our own property and source the rest from local farmers whenever possible.” Adding to the kitchen’s inventive spirit are Alison’s food memories as an au pair in Munich and Barn8’s Vietnamese/American Chef de Cuisine, a former member of the first Lee Initiative class.

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cuisine Chef Settle takes pride in Barn8’s predominantly female management team. “I didn’t set out to hire all women. When we were hiring, the best people were women.” The restaurant also benefits from the sous chef’s experience touring music festivals with a food truck. And the pastry chefs have backgrounds in French pastry and production. Although you can’t go wrong with whatever you choose, Alison was kind enough to offer some menu recommendations. Drunkard’s Soup, a Hungarian dish typically served on New Year’s Day, will warm you up with Barn8 Sauerkraut, Barn8 Smoked Paprika, and Broadbent Bacon. The Tori Karaage Lollipop puts a Japanese spin on fried chicken from Groce Family Farm with Barn8 Furikake, Lemon, and Douchi-Black Garlic Mayo. 3D Valley Farm Beef Tongue is a Reuben-style Pastrami Tongue on Focaccia with Andre 3000 Island Dressing, Barn8 Sauerkraut, and Pickled Red Cabbage. Uni Carbonara brings the umami with Housemade Bucatini, Broadbent Bacon, Uni Butter, Parmesan, and Bottarga. End on a sweet note with Pumpkin Tiramisu: Lady Finger Biscuit, 200 Acres Cushaw Pumpkin Zabaglione, and Barn8 Spiced Coffee Liqueur. Alison’s Barn8 kitchen produces all Hermitage Farm Pantry retail products in-house. Executive Bourbon Steward Adam Walpole oversees the Bourbon Bar’s inventive cocktail program, including an Old Fashioned made with shag hickory bark syrup. Although many of their special selections are difficult to source, the farm maintains vital relationships to keep vintage bottles and barrel selects in stock. Barn8 looks forward to hosting indoor dining events such as a twice-monthly dinner series and a ticketed, prix-fixe 6-course Bourbon Barrel Select tasting menu. For more information, visit hermitagefarm. com and follow @barn8restaurant on Instagram. 

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IT’S WORTH A SHOT!

Cocktails

& Wine Congratulations, you survived 2020! Toast your resilience with a cocktail or glass of wine. We’ll help you stock your bar cart with five of the best brands around town and add some new recipes to your repertoire. Good riddance to the old year, and cheers to 2021! Let’s all drink to that. BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS

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angel’s envy distillery

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fter a distinguished career crafting iconic whiskey brands at the corporate level, Lincoln Henderson and his son Wes founded Angel’s Envy®. As Co-Founder and Chief Innovation Officer, Wes (@kybourbonmaker) lured his father out of retirement to build a family brand that is now one of the fastest-growing smallbatch bourbon companies. Lincoln Henderson passed away in 2013, but his legacy lives on. “Our beautiful downtown distillery is the centerpiece of the bourbon trail and began the Whiskey Row renaissance,” says Wes. On December 14, 2020, Angel’s Envy® made history as the first Kentucky distillery to ship whiskey direct to consumer. Book a tour at Angel’s Envy®, and you’ll likely have the pleasure of meeting Finishing Room Bar Manager Mike Bohn, @mikebohnmusic. A taste of Angel’s Envy® Caribbean Rum Finished Rye Whiskey in NYC’s West Village was all it took to convince Mike that Angel’s Envy was a brand with which he needed to be involved. Mike has been a bartender for over 20 years in NYC whiskey bars and fine dining,

including Olmsted in Brooklyn, and has been with Angel’s Envy® for three years. Even as indoor tastings resume, take-home cocktails are still available: shop.angelsenvy.com. The Henderson is an “Award-winning Old Fashioned with baking spices, citrus, and subtle fruit notes” made with Angel’s Envy® Port Finished Bourbon. A classic balance of bitter, boozy, and sweet, The Boulevardier features the same Port Finished Bourbon. The Vieux Carré is a “Potent, but smooth 1930’s New Orleans classic” featuring Angel’s Envy® Caribbean Rum Finished Rye. Wes and Mike look forward to getting operations back to normal and supporting their restaurant and bar partners. In addition to expanding the Angel’s Envy® brand home, the distillery visitors’ center has increased offerings and added e-commerce. “We accept nothing less than perfection,” Mike says. “We have pivoted and pivoted and pivoted to continue offering an unrivaled guest experience.” For more information, visit angelsenvy.com and follow @angelsenvy on Instagram.

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ingredients —

2 parts Angel’s Envy® Caribbean Rum Finished Rye

½ part Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur

½ part Averna Amaro

2 dashes Angostura Bitters

2 dashes orange bitters

Garnish: lemon peel and cherry

the Giovanna Preparation 1. Add Angel’s Envy® Bourbon Finished in

Port Barrels, Domaine de Canton Ginger Liqueur, Averna Amaro, Angostura Bitters, and orange bitters into a glass.

2. Add ice and stir for 25–30 seconds. Strain and pour into a chilled glass.

3. Garnish with lemon and cherry.

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our Roses® Bourbon moved to Whiskey Row in 1884 and received its trademark in 1888. The brand continued to sell through Prohibition for “medicinal purposes.” Seagrams acquired the company in the 1940s, and Four Roses® was sold as export only until Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. purchased it in February 2002 and resumed sales in the United States. Four Roses® distinguishes itself from other bourbon brands by creating unique combinations of its ten distinct bourbon recipes. Four Roses® Master Distiller Brent Elliott is originally from Owensboro, Kentucky,

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four roses distillery and received a chemistry degree from the University of Kentucky. He was living and working in Tennessee when he took what would become a life-changing trip to tour a bourbon distillery. Brent was hooked, and by 2005 he was employed by Four Roses®. “I was lucky to get involved with a great brand, and as Master Distiller, I am living my dream.” Who better to make some January recommendations from the extensive cocktail list at cocktails.fourrosesbourbon.com? Begin with a Bourbon Espresso: Four Roses® Small Batch, coffee liqueur, and espresso for “a bold, rich burst of coffee-flavored

energy.” Mixologist Elliott Clark’s Cranberry Citrus with Four Roses® Single Barrel, orange, cranberry, Amaro Montenegro, and Angostura Bitters has “a little spice to warm you up in a fashionably refreshing way.” Tell Me Your Troubles, created by Susie Hoyt at The Silver Dollar, features Four Roses® Single Barrel with raspberry, Fernet Branca, Carpano Antica, and Angostura Bitters. “This cocktail takes your classic Manhattan and gives it a really bold spin.” To reach Desired Outcomes, Patrick Abalos and Justin Ware combined Four Roses® Small Batch Select with Cardamaro, Cacao Infused Cocchi Torino Vermouth, and Regan’s Orange Bitters for “a symphony of

the hot buttered bourbon M I XO L O G I S T: S U S I E H O Y T

ingredients —

1½ fl oz Four Roses® Bourbon

1 fl oz Hot Buttered Rum mix

1 dash Angostura Bitters

Hot Water

Hot Buttered Rum Mix (El Camino-Louisville version) —

1 lb butter at room temperature

6 cups brown sugar

4 tsp cinnamon

2 tsp grated fresh nutmeg

1 tsp ground cloves

1 tsp salt

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Preparation 1. Stir all Hot Buttered Rum Mix ingredients until evenly mixed. Set aside. (Refrigerate if made in advance.)

2. Fill mug up to the top with hot water and allow to temper for ~45 seconds. 3. Dump hot water and refill to ⅔ with hot water. 4. Add a heaping dessert spoon of Hot Buttered Rum Mix and stir vigorously. 5. Add Four Roses® Bourbon and 1 dash of Angostura Bitters. 6. Top with more hot water if needed and give a quick stir. 7. Garnish with grated nutmeg or a tall cinnamon stick and serve with the spoon in.


sweet chocolate and orange flavors.” In November 2020, Four Roses® announced plans for a 14,446-square-foot expansion to the visitor center. With completion expected in Fall 2021, the project will include a new state-of-the-art bar, four

new tasting rooms, an updated retail gift shop, and an outdoor patio space. Opened in December, Warehouse Y “is 45,043 square feet in size and can accommodate 24,288 barrels.” Follow @fourrosesbourbon and Facebook and Instagram for the latest info and future developments.

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stablished in Henderson, Kentucky, The Worsham Distilling Company crafted the first Peerless Whiskey in the early 1880s. Henry Kraver acquired E. W. Worsham & Company in 1889 and set to work upgrading machinery and adding warehouses. In 1907, Henry incorporated Worsham Distilling Co. as The Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company. By 1917, the company was operating at peak production of 23,000 barrels per year with 63,000 stored. Kentucky Peerless whiskey was one of a few spirits available by prescription for medicinal use during Prohibition. Henry also successfully navigated the company through World War I and the Great Depression. Henry Kraver’s direct descendants, fifth-generation family owners Corky and

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kentucky peerless distillery Carson Taylor, have revived the proud Peerless heritage. They moved the distillery to 120 N. 10th Street in downtown Louisville, continuing its distinction as Distilled Spirits Plant (DSP) 50 in Kentucky. The 115-yearold building is restored as “a state-of-theart facility with cutting-edge technology… All under one roof, select Kentucky Peerless grains are milled, cooked, fermented, double-distilled, barreled, and bottled as bourbon and rye whiskey.” Among many awards and accolades, American Whiskey Magazine named Kentucky Peerless Small Batch “Best Kentucky Bourbon,” and the Small Batch Rye was awarded Category Gold for Rye 12 Years and Under. Kentucky Peerless Small Batch Rye Small Batch Rye received a 93 score from

Wine Enthusiast® and landed in the 2020 Top 100 Spirits. Single Barrel Curator John Wadell was born and raised in Louisville. His love for spirits led him to work as a bartender. “Kentucky Peerless gave me the tools to succeed, working closely with Master Distiller Caleb Kilburn.” John shared a few of his favorite Peerless cocktails: a classic Peerless Bourbon Sidecar, the rye whiskey Green Point with a dash of chocolate bitters in place of Angostura, and the fruity, rye Ward Eight with a splash of pineapple juice added. For more cocktail recipes and distillery tour information, visit kentuckypeerless.com. Follow @ kentuckypeerless on Instagram and @KentuckyPeerlessDistilling on Facebook.

the peerless cranberry maple smash ingredients —

2oz of Peerless Bourbon

1oz of cranberry juice

1oz of Maple & Cranberry Simple Syrup

maple & cranberry simple syrup —

1 cup Maple Syrup

1/2 cup Water

1 cup Fresh Cranberries

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Preparation 1. To make the Maple & Cranberry Simple Syrup, in a

small saucepan, bring all ingredients to a simmer over medium-high heat until berries begin to burst, about 5 minutes. Strain and let cool. (Makes enough simple syrup for 10 cocktails.)

2. Add ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice and

shake until good and cold. Strain into rocks glass over ice and garnish with a rosemary sprig and 2-3 cranberries.


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s Kentucky’s only urban winery, Old 502 Winery does not have its own vineyard but instead crafts eclectic blends from grapes sourced in the US and Chile. Winemaker Dustin Baumann joined Old 502 in October 2016 and worked under previous Winemaker Logan Leet before assuming the role in November 2017. Dustin studied economics and public policy at Indiana University and continues his education through enology and wine chemistry classes and UK College of Agriculture conferences. With twelve wines to choose from, Dustin guided us through Old 502 Winery’s bestsellers. Old 502’s original and best-selling wine is

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old 502 winery Bourbon Barrel Red, a Cabernet Sauvignon/ Merlot/Chambourcin blend. The three grape varieties ferment separately before blending and aging in bourbon barrels for a touch of sweetness. Dustin’s personal favorite is the drier, richer, bolder Bourbon Barrel Black, a blend of Syrah, Malbec, and Shepherdsville-grown Norton grapes. At the other end of the spectrum is the dessert wine After Choc with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and chocolate additives, reminiscent of a raspberry Tootsie Roll® Pop! Sweet wine lovers will also appreciate Old 502’s bestselling white “Kentucky Lady” from Kentucky-grown grapes, of course.

The sweet red Bach’s Wine is “music to your lips” made with 100% New York Concord grapes. In 2014, Old 502 partnered with the Kentucky Derby Festival to create the official festival wine Run for the Rosé from 100% California Grenache. Old 502’s only rosé has a “white pepper spice note.” As Ben Franklin once wrote in a letter circa 1779, wine is “a constant proof that God loves us, and loves to see us happy.” Find Old 502 wines at Total Wine & More, Liquor Barn, Kroger, and many independent liquor stores. Visit old502.com and follow @Old502 on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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ert “Tito” Beveridge created Tito’s Handmade Vodka, America’s Original Craft Vodka, in the mid-1990s in Austin, Texas, where the corn-based vodka is still “batch-distilled using old-fashioned pot stills.” Its consistency, smoothness, and affordability have built customer loyalty, as has their philanthropy program, “Love, Tito’s.” Through Love, Tito’s, the spirits brand has supported numerous causes, from natural disaster recovery to community enrichment programs and so much more. “Being able to use vodka as a means to give back to the local and national community is a dream come true” for Tito’s mixologist Christina Rhodes. “When

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tito’s homemade vodka it comes to mixing with Tito’s, the sky’s the limit! Whether you like infusions or cocktails on the rocks, Tito’s slightly sweet flavor and smooth texture offers a refined, yet adaptable base perfect for experimentation.“ Christina brings years of bar experience to her role at Tito’s, managing its cocktail program, and curating Tito’s signature infusion program. She made some seasonal suggestions that are just perfect for this wintry month. “All snowed in and stuck inside? Well, bundle up, throw a log on the fire, or turn up the thermostat and stir together the perfect cold-weather cocktail. Chocolate. Coffee. Tito’s. Toss in a few marshmallows

to top off your mug, and you’ve got the ultimate way to spend a snow day,” with Tito’s Snow Day Sipper. Another hot option is Tito’s Toddy: “When the temperatures drop, nothing beats curling up in front of the fire with a warm cup of tea. Add a splash of Tito’s, and you’ll really stay toasty this season.” Tito’s is sharing with us the full recipe for the Tito’s Espresso Martini, “Shake up a decadent after-dinner drink that adds a jolt of bold espresso and a little sweetness to your smooth Tito’s.” For more, visit titosvodka.com and follow @titosvodka on Instagram, Twitter, and Facebook. 

the tito’s espresso martini ingredients —

2 oz Tito’s Handmade Vodka

1 oz coffee liqueur

1 oz espresso

½ oz simple syrup

½ oz creamer, optional

3 espresso beans, garnish

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Preparation 1. Add all ingredients to a shaker with ice. 2. Shake and strain into a martini glass. 3. Garnish with espresso beans and enjoy!


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f you’ve had COVID-19 and are fully recovered, the plasma in your blood contains important antibodies against the coronavirus. Offering to donate this antibody-rich plasma can help other people who are suffering with COVID-19. This particular type of donation is called COVID-19 convalescent plasma, or CCP. Convalescent is an old-fashioned sounding word, but it means you’ve recovered from an illness. Kentucky Blood Center provides blood products to over 70 hospitals in Kentuckiana, almost all of which are using CCP for transfusion to patients who are currently battling the coronavirus. As of mid-December, more than 580 donors have given 2,000 doses of plasma to help patients at Kentucky hospitals.

Shortly after the FDA authorized CCP treatment at the onset of the pandemic, Kentucky Blood Center became the first community blood center in the United States to draw convalescent plasma for transfusion to patients. “Kentucky Blood Center has been proud to supply hospitals across the state with this life-saving product since late March,” said Bill Reed, president and CEO of Kentucky Blood Center. “With treatment options being so limited, we are proud to provide recovered Kentuckians with a way to help their neighbors battling COVID-19. Helping save local lives is our mission and it has been very rewarding for our staff to be key partners in this fight.” Because convalescent plasma is a particularly fragile product that needs to be processed in a short period of time, Kentucky Blood Center uses its internal courier system to pick up every CCP donation from all six donor centers and transport it back to the Lexington facility for processing. KBC has two donor centers in Louisville, two in Lexington, and one each in Pikeville and Somerset. Kentucky Blood Center is the largest independent, full-service, nonprofit blood center in Kentucky, providing services in 90 counties throughout the state. 

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TO DONATE:

Anyone who has received a positive COVID-19 antibody test from a doctor or lab, and those who have tested positive for the virus and fully recovered, can submit information to KBC’s online registry (kybloodcenter. org/convalescent-plasmadonation). From there, a team member from Kentucky Blood Center will contact you for additional screening and help you schedule an appointment to donate. Your convalescent plasma can help another patient recover from COVID-19.


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How do you define your own health? Staying in shape not only means physically but mentally as well. Mental shape is just as important as physical. When you are engaged in physical activity, you are physically releasing stress. Mentally, your mind becomes more clear, and endorphins (the body’s feel-good hormones) are released, which can make problems seem more manageable. Mentally prepare your day with an open mindset. Deep breaths and positive thoughts. Aim to enter into all situations with optimism. A positive mindset means a more positive outlook on life, so you are likely to experience a more positive day. Stress levels will lower, and anxiety will be at bay.

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health+beauty I like to decompress and clear my mind as soon as my day starts. A positive attitude toward others and yourself goes a long way. I aim to get 30 minutes of cardio in a day. Walking, bike riding, or even dancing. Dancing is a great mental and physical release. Mentally, you are challenging yourself to memorize choreography. Your brain sends signals to other parts of your body, which in turn, keeps up with the sequence and counts to the music. I challenge you to find your release and shape up in 2021! It may be roller skating, hide and seek with your family in the house, a gym workout, or just parking far away from the grocery store to get those extra steps in. Challenge yourself this year to get an average of 10,000 steps a day. Challenge yourself to burn at least 500 calories a workout. 

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STATE REPRESENTATIVE ATTICA SCOTT Keeping the Conversation Going BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTO BY DICK ARNSPIGER

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entucky State Representative Attica Scott (D41) has always had a passion for community activism and organizing, especially in the Kentucky Chapter of Jobs With Justice, issues of institutional racism, and anti-racism. She graduated from the first Emerge Kentucky class in 2010, served as an English immersion teacher in China, and as an Adjunct Faculty Member at JCTC and Bellarmine. In addition to multiple local awards and honors, Representative Scott is most proud of her work on Louisville Metro Council to restore voting rights, raise the minimum wage, and remove the felony question from job applications. As a state legislator, she champions girls’ and women’s health, poverty reduction, housing, education, and civil rights. In 2020 and moving forward, Representative Scott’s top priority is seeking justice for Breonna Taylor and banning the use of noknock warrants. She has proposed the Maternal Care Access and Reducing Emergencies Act to address implicit bias in healthcare and the C.R.O.W.N. Act to outlaw discrimination against natural hairstyles. Representative Scott hopes to make Kentuckians aware that no Black members of the legislature have had a bill passed. “I’ve never even had one of my bills heard in committee. For as much as racism persists in society, it is even more blatant in government and politics.” As for her District 41 constituents, the priorities are much the same. Representative Scott sees the socioeconomic range of the district as an advantage. “It is an amazing opportunity to connect and build bridges, to bring people together to build on their knowledge and power. Community

members can say, ‘Here’s what’s hurting,’ and I can show our neighbors how to step up and use their privilege and position to bring change. I can also let Black people in the West End know the places they can patronize safely in the East End and feel welcome there.”

all Louisvillians is, “Be a part of dismantling racism. Show up in whatever way works best for you. Seek justice for Breonna Taylor by speaking up in your neighborhoods, schools, and workplaces. Be bold. Be brave. We have to use our voices.”

When the going gets tough, as it so often does, Representative Scott finds inspiration in her children. “They are my #1 motivators. They deserve a better world. Other people’s children deserve better.” She is continually blown away by the people on the front lines for Breonna Taylor and Black Lives Matter and those in her district who use their voices. Her message to TOPS readers and

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January is National Blood Donor Month, a time to increase awareness about the importance of donating blood, especially during a winter month when donations can slow down. In a city the size of Louisville, there is always a need for blood donation. BY KATHIE STAMPS COURTESY PHOTOS

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es, there are emergency situations like car crashes or other traumatic accidents, but blood donation is also vital for other situations. “Many cancer patients receive blood products during their course of treatment when their systems are depleted by chemotherapy,” said Mandy Brajuha, vice president of external relations for Kentucky Blood Center. Donated blood is also regularly used during childbirth, routine surgeries and to help treat burn victims. Blood cannot be manufactured. “Unless volunteer donors (collectively) roll up their sleeves on a daily basis, there will not be adequate blood on the shelves at the hospitals to save lives,” Mandy said. “Only a very small portion of the population who can donate blood actually does.” If you’re 17 or older (16 with a parent’s permission) you can donate blood if you’re feeling healthy, even if you have diabetes and it’s under control, and even if you’ve had a tattoo at licensed tattoo parlor.

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You can donate whole blood every 56 days. Some donors are good candidates to donate double red blood cells, depending on height, weight, blood type and platelet count, among other criteria, “which means we take twice as many red blood cells, but the donor gets their plasma and platelets back through pheresis, and you can donate double reds every 112 days,” Mandy said. Blood donation centers are not the same as plasma centers. When you donate blood, it will be going from your human body into another human’s body at a hospital. The product collected at a plasma center goes to pharmaceutical corporations to make

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medicine. “It is illegal to pay a donor for a blood product which will be transfused to a patient,” Mandy said. If you can’t donate blood, you can always help support blood donation and the work of the Kentucky Blood Center by hosting a blood drive at your office or organization. “We are always looking for new organizations to partner with to host a mobile blood event,” Mandy said. “You can also advocate for blood donation – encourage others to donate as often as they can.”

stick is just one second in the process and most people note it isn’t as bad as they expected,” Mandy said. “The actual donation of the pint of the blood only takes 5 to 10 minutes. One blood donation can save up to three lives. How many of us have the chance in our daily lives to save lives?”  SPONSORED BY LG&E

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