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Community Sculpture at Lyric Norton Commons
Heather French Henry: VP of Media Training, Brielle Cotterman Media Group
leaders of louisville & what makes louisville great
Dining Rules of Business
Seven Tips to Make You the Master of Leading a Meeting
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life + style
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tops cares: Commonwealth Compassion Bridge
keeping the conversation going: Tia Edison: Middle School Math Teacher, JCTA Black Caucus Chair, and KAARPR Secretary
Louisville Xtreme Football
2021 Pride Month: Vanessa Demornay
2021 Pride Month: Play Louisville
2021 Pride Month: Kentuckiana Pride Foundation
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Passion for Future
6th Annual Norton Commons Art Festival
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n this issue, we highlight “What Makes Louisville Great.” From community and business leaders to sights and organizations, we learn how they all work together to unite our city and make it one of the country’s best places to live. What would a June issue be without the latest in swimsuits and sunglasses?! We feature the hottest fashion trends, sure to make your summer fun and fabulous. June is Pride Month. Within this issue, we shine a spotlight on Louisville’s inclusive LGBTQ+ population. We are proud and excited to tell their stories. Flip to Louisville Homes & Gardens Magazine for a tour of a gorgeous Anchorage mansion, the beautiful Waterfront Botanical Gardens, and ways to turn your deck into your very own outdoor dining space. With COVID restrictions lifting, safely and slowly, please be sure to SHOP LOCALLY, and support the small businesses in our magazine that make Louisville great!
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ave Caudill, a Louisville sculptor, has created artworks across America and abroad. Most of his pieces are stainless steel abstract expressions. For the new Lyric Norton Commons, Dave has sculpted a stylized presentation of a treble clef staff with musical notes that he has fashioned from thick stainless plate. It will be installed later this summer. “It’s exciting to work with a client willing to embrace an unusual design,” Dave said. You’ve seen his other work at 6th and Main, UofL's School of Music, Crescent Hill Library and Yew Dell Gardens. The Lyric sculpture is made of stainless steel and stands 15 feet tall and 3 feet in diameter. “It presents a part of the musical notation for the song “This Land is Your Land” by Woody Guthrie in the form of an upward spiral,” Dave said. He titled the sculpture “Community,” to reflect Guthrie’s intent with that song and to remind everyone who sees it “of the importance of community at a time when so much emphasis has been placed on individuality.” Lyric Norton Commons is a new five-acre luxury community with apartments, retail space and public art installations. Nashville-based Bristol Development Group commissioned two outdoor sculptures for the Lyric community, and showcased them both in mid-May by sponsoring the 2021 Norton Commons Arts Festival in its new location this year, the North Village Town Square across the street from Lyric. “Commons Love Tree” by Garry Bibbs was installed the
day before the festival, while festival goers got a photo preview of Dave Caudill’s sculpture as they enjoyed local musicians, independent food and drink vendors, and the local artisan community. The Lyric community will install Dave’s “Community” sculpture this summer at the corner of Meeting Street and River Beauty Loop (the front door of Lyric Norton Commons, if you will) and just across from the North Village Town Square. “I believe in the power of beautiful art to inspire and challenge people,” Dave said. “So many people will see a piece of art in public who might not visit a gallery or museum and by stimulating curiosity and imagination, public art can fuel creativity across all of society.” See more of Dave Caudill’s work at www.caudillart.com and learn more about Lyric Norton Commons at www.lyricnortoncommons.com. TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 15
ell known to Kentuckians as Miss Kentucky 1999, Miss America 2000, and a fierce advocate for our nation’s veterans, Heather French Henry recently joined Brielle Cotterman Media Group as Vice President of Media Training. The Group’s Mission is “To utilize one’s authentic story as a means of creating a movement This is a great of positivity and entrecommunity for preneurial success, by Heather to lead. giving entrepreneurs She is talented at and advocates with a cause direct access to working with clients the world’s largest meCourtesy photo to develop their dia and publicity stages.” breakthrough story, Beyond niche celebrities and influencers, “Our no matter the area Heather will host an in-person TED Style main focus is to make a of expertise. event for Brielle Cotterman’s Celebrity Inpositive impact in the cubator Program. Over twenty women from world through thought – BRI EL L E around the world - including PhDs, attorleaders, world changers, CO T T ERMA N neys, and business leaders - will have the opand change-makers,” portunity to present a live talk professionally says Publicity Expert and filmed and then edited into a “high-quality Celebrity-Maker Brielle Cotterman. Brielle is the speaker reel.” A live, staged press conference will folFounder & CEO of Brielle Cotterman Media Group. low the stage portion of the event, a culmination of Heather and Brielle met during Heather’s reign as Miss America when she was making an appearance at a World Champion equestrian event where Brielle was competing. “I have long admired how Heather presents herself in the public eye. She always has some positive purpose driving her message.” Brielle believes Heather’s extensive entrepreneurial and media experience will benefit clients from all over the world. “Whether appearing on morning talk shows, navigating a media tour or book launch, Heather has been in their shoes and on every major stage.”
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With the summer sun and a feeling that we are all turning a corner after more than a year of signiﬁcant cantchallenges, challenges,ititisishigh hightime timeto to resurrect some civic pride! We reached out to business and community leaders for reminders and updates on what makes Louisville great. See you out and about! BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIG ARNSPIGER DANNY PENDLETON AND MONICA BECHT
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Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce G
reater Louisville Inc., the Metro Chamber of Commerce, is perhaps the foremost authority on what makes Louisville great. “Our mission is to accelerate economic growth, and one of the ways we do that is by attracting and retaining talent. Our goal is to make Louisville a great place to live, work and play. We want people to love living in Louisville by experiencing all the great things our region has to offer,” says GLI President & CEO Sarah Davasher–Wisdom. “Our Live in Lou initiative is just one example.”
extra time off to bonuses and even free admission to community events.” She also shares how the challenges from the pandemic disproportionately impacted small local and minority–owned businesses. “Unlike some larger corporations,” Sarah says,
Our mission is to accelerate economic growth, and one of the ways we do that is by attracting and retaining talent. Our goal is to make Louisville a great place to live, work and play. We want people to love living in Louisville by experiencing all the great things our region has to offer...
GLI showcases “community events, neighborhoods, and leaders that make our community special” through the website (liveinlou.com) and social media platforms. “We also developed our City Champs program (liveinlou.com/ city–champs) to complement this work. We train ambassadors, or ‘City Champs,’ who talk to individuals considering a move to Louisville and help sell the city from a resident’s perspective. These ambassadors are people that love Greater Louisville and come from a variety of backgrounds.” Sarah shares her personal and professional opinion on what the city offers and how to leverage our strengths for further growth and improvement. “Louisville is a unique place. We have a great blend of rich history and a culture that embraces change and innovation. I enjoy our arts community, and I feel it sets us apart from other cities and regions of our size. There is always something new to see and do in the city, no matter what neighborhood you live or work in.”
As people get out more this spring and summer, local businesses are gearing up to meet demand. “Many businesses are working to encourage their employees and patrons to get vaccinated. They know that is the only way to return to full capacity and for restrictions to be lifted. Many are offering incentives to motivate people in the community to get vaccinated and hopefully expedite the process. We have seen everything from
– GLI President & CEO Sarah Davasher–Wisdom
“Many local and minority–owned businesses are the product of personal investment and life savings with a minimal safety net to support them through this once–in–a– lifetime pandemic.” For their part, “GLI is focused on getting traffic and people back to our urban areas like Downtown, Nulu, Russell, and Smoketown, which the pandemic has disproportionately impacted. Our Lou Needs You Campaign (greaterlouisville.com/ louneedsyou) is a partnership with Louisville Tourism, Louisville Forward, and the Louisville Downtown Partnership to help highlight local businesses in these neighborhoods to increase foot traffic helping these businesses rebound. By highlighting these businesses on social media and creating marketing materials to share, we hope the community feels compelled to patronize their favorite restaurants, boutiques, galleries, and attractions as we enter our new normal.”
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strong foundation through collaboration and innovation.” According to Lynda, “Real estate is the backbone of the economy. We marshal our resources, information, and public relations to promote Louisville as a top destination that is welcoming for residents and the business community.” Recovering from the effects of the pandemic on the local real estate market, GLAR is continuing to operate safely and follow recommended public health guidelines. The organization is also concerned with the current lack of inventory. “I expect inventory to open up later in the year with more housing starts and increasing comfortability with showings.”
Real estate is the backbone of the economy. We marshal our resources, information, and public relations to promote Louisville as a top destination that is welcoming for residents and the business community. – Lynda Fernandez, CAE, RCE, CIPS, and CEO of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR)
Greater Louisville association of realtors® A
fter a nationwide search, Lynda Fernandez, CAE, RCE, CIPS, was recently named CEO of the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors® (GLAR). “Having just moved here from Miami, Florida, I am impressed with how progressive, diverse, and inclusive Louisville is – not to mention the quality of life, affordability, arts, culture, and culinary scene. I also enjoy the thousands of acres of parklands and appreciate the warm, welcoming people.”
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Lynda is the former Chief of Communications & Global for the Miami Association of Realtors®, which has 52,000 members. She has over twenty years of experience in association and government management, communications, and international business development. “GLAR has a long history of strong leadership, growth, and success. I am very excited and honored to join the impressive team at GLAR as CEO and look forward to building on the association’s
GLAR launched a Community Outreach Committee to address underserved communities, including an initiative for revitalizing the West End and expanding DEI (diversity, equity, and inclusion) programming. “Most recently, we expressed support for the West End Opportunity Partnership as laid out in Senate bills 100 and 125, which would help to elevate the West End through economic development and affordable housing. GLAR also supported legislation that allows the Louisville Metro Land Bank more flexibility in transferring properties in the land back to get them into the housing market, creating more housing opportunities. In 2020, GLAR participated in the Kentucky Realtors Community, Economic Development Grant Program and presented $10,000 to the Louisville Urban League for the new sports complex in the West End.” For more information on the Greater Louisville Association of Realtors®, visit louisvillerealtors.com. Follow GLAR @GreaterLouisvilleRealtors on Facebook and Instagram and @GLARtweets on Twitter.
Noir Black Chamber of Commerce Inc. A
ccording to John Shaw–Woo, Founder and CEO of Noir Black Chamber of Commerce Inc., innovation and the entrepreneurial community make Louisville exciting. “It’s all about transforming conceptual ideas into well– thought–out business plans, coupled with supportive business and financial connections. Louisville is a synergistic city for budding entrepreneurs focused on creating Traditional and Lifestyle Business Concepts in today’s leisurely and rapidly changing technological times. If you have an unwavering drive to be an entrepreneur, Louisville is the perfect city for you to start, grow, and sustain a business.”
Noir Black Chamber of Commerce Inc., launched in Louisville in 2019, is a member of U.S. Black Chambers Inc. and a certified Community Development Entity (CDE) under the U.S. Treasury Department. The chamber has grown into a national 501(c)3 organization focused on innovative online programming leading to economic and social mobility for all Black Americans.” The chamber’s mission is centered on eight pillars – four around Business and four around Community:
Business START – support for entrepreneurs GROW – small business growth SUSTAIN – continued success for “medium” business 4. RISE – promotion of corporate professionals
If you have an unwavering drive to be an entrepreneur, Louisville is the perfect city for you to start, grow, and sustain a business. – John Shaw-Woo, Founder and CEO, Noir Black Chamber of Commerce Inc.
1. 2. 3.
Black Community Trauma – education to identify, work through, and move past black community trauma 6. Black Teen Higher Professional Careers Attainment – a national online educational program with nine professional career cohorts 7. Apprenticeship and Job Training for Black Non–College–Bound Teens 8. Welfare Reform – bringing lawmakers and entitlement recipients together to find solutions to wean recipients off the system that perpetuates generational poverty
In addition, the chamber’s Homebuyer Education Program moves Section 8 Families and low–to–moderate families into homeownership. The National HBCU (Historically Black College Institutes) & PBI (Predominantly Black Institutions) Black Talent Recruitment Job Placement Program connects corporations with top black talent. “Louisville has a fundamental tension issue that has gone unaddressed for over a decade. College graduates and black talent are leaving the city,” says John. “I have concluded it is a city government issue that must be addressed immediately. The question is what is missing from the city that drives talent away and how city government can find immediate solutions. Each day, the city is falling behind midsize metropolitan cities. Louisville
is a great city, but it can be better with a long– term strategic plan focused on supporting, attracting, and retaining talent.” According to John, “Black Americans are at a point where they realize they need to support black businesses. The online platform Buy Black Lou provides opportunities. Still, small black businesses also need support from the entire community to grow.” John suggests seeking “more variety in the types of businesses you support.” Noir Black Chamber of Commerce Inc. seeks diversity in support of the chamber by offering a Friends of Chamber Membership for non–black businesses. For more information, visit noirbcc.org and follow @noirblackchamberofcommerceinc on Facebook.
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Olmsted Parks Conservancy F
rederick Law Olmsted, the father of American landscape design, was invited to Louisville in 1891 and commissioned to design a park system for Louisville. He was already famous for New York City’s Central Park, the US Capitol Grounds, and the Biltmore Estate Grounds in Asheville, North Carolina. “Olmsted’s designs for Cherokee, Iroquois, and Shawnee Parks took advantage of the topographical elements unique to each sector of the city.” They also provided a system of interconnecting parkways to link them and the neighborhoods that grew up around them.
Olmsted Parks Conservancy was formed in 1989 to provide a high level of care, restoration, and maintenance for the 17 Olmsted parks and six parkways and supplement the work of Louisville Parks and Recreation. President & CEO Layla George believes “arts and parks make us stand out compared to our peer cities. Our Olmsted parks and parkways have shaped the city. These parks are the center of neighborhoods and community gatherings,” including parties, weddings, and other family celebrations. She loves the liveability and size of Louisville and the “uniqueness and character of neighborhoods,” – Layla George, President & CEO, Olmsted Parks Conservancy such as Old Louisville, Cherokee Park, and the cast–iron facades of West Main Street.
Our Olmsted parks and parkways have shaped the city. These parks are the center of neighborhoods and community gatherings.
According to Layla, Louisville’s Olmsted parks have seen a massive increase in usage over the past year. “They have provided the locale for people to gather in a safe space with social distancing to meet up with family and friends, or just take a break from the stress of life. This is a unique period in time when Frederick Law Olmsted’s vision has held true for physical, emotional, and mental wellbeing in free public spaces anyone can enjoy regardless of socioeconomic background.” Layla looks forward to resuming planned in–person events this fall, and updates will continue into 2022 as they finalize plans with community and national partners for the Olmsted 200 (olmsted200.org) Bicentennial Celebration. To support Olmsted Parks Conservancy, visit olmstedparks.org. Follow @olmstedparks on Facebook and @olmstedparks502 on Instagram and Twitter for the latest updates.
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Baptist Health ® Louisville A
s President of Baptist Health® Louisville, Larry Gray is proud of the city’s rich healthcare environment. “The Health Department’s handling of the pandemic and strides toward health equity shows the vitality of our health resources, not to mention the collaboration of the three major health systems and the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council.” On a personal note, Larry has lots of reasons to love Louisville. “My wife and I are empty–nesters who enjoy entertaining and love to cook, but we also appreciate the culinary talents of all the great restaurants here, along with the availability of fresh fruits and vegetables, farmers markets, and seafood.” They are fond of the arts and parks as well. “We are members of Speed Art Museum and are always seeking opportunities for engagement in the city.”
The Health Department’s handling of the pandemic and strides toward health equity shows the vitality of our health resources, not to mention the collaboration of the three major health systems and the Louisville Healthcare CEO Council.
Baptist Health® Louisville serves the city in its capacity for caring for the health of its citizens and gives back in many other ways as well. “We encourage our employees to get involved through volunteerism, such as the mayor’s Give a Day Week of Service. This year our group of eighty helped clean up Brown Park.” They “try to be good corporate stewards” through partnerships with organizations such as the American Heart Association, Twisted Pink, and American Cancer Society. Baptist Health® Louisville also provides athletic trainers for local sports teams.
Larry encourages more Louisvillians to get vaccinated against COVID–19. The Baptist Health® Louisville vaccine clinic is open from 8 am to 6 pm Monday through Saturday. First dose vaccinations are now available without an appointment for those 12 years old and above. (“All patients 12 to 15 years old must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.”) “We also want to remind and educate everyone to get back to their routines with annual checkups and preventive healthcare measures.” Larry looks forward to Baptist Health® resuming in–person community education. Baptist Health® Louisville’s new education center opened on June 1st. The facility
– Larry Gray, President, Baptist Health®
includes conference rooms and a simulation lab for experiential learning. Major construction projects are currently underway with a new OR and Cardiac Care space, an Orthopedic Center of Excellence, and a 30– bed observation next to the emergency room that will be completed by September 2021. “We have also completed a remodel and expansion of our neonatal intensive care unit this year,” says Larry. Visit baptisthealth.com/louisville and follow @BaptistHealthLouisville on Facebook and @BHLouisville on Twitter for more information. TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 27
Jefferson Development Group I
ncorporating the city’s rich history into a vision for forward motion and progress is Kevin Cogan’s passion for Louisville. As CEO/Owner of Jefferson Development Group, Kevin Cogan honors “the sense of tradition deeply rooted in the generations of families and local companies continuously operating, that have not only survived but grown, matured, and developed greatness from within.” The nostalgia of Louisville architecture inspires Kevin as well. “We have tremendous historic district preservation – from Central Park and St. James Court to the Highlands, Cherokee, and Audubon Park to Southside Drive and the facades on Main Street.” – Kevin Cogan, CEO & Owner, Kevin also appreciates “the kindJefferson Development Group ness, spirit, and heart of the people
we represent thinking big, thinking to the future, and thinking next level. We are constantly pushing the envelope in zoning and density.
and the service industry’s special care” of this city. “Sometimes what’s wrong becomes the reputation or the image. We do need to address it, talk about it, and make good better. But there is more love than hate here.” Jefferson Development Group strives to promote civic pride and attract clients to Louisville. “From a corporate stance, we represent thinking big, thinking to the future, and thinking next level. We are constantly pushing the envelope in zoning and density. Without young workers coming in, corporations will not follow to Louisville. The youthful base is looking for excitement – for example, semi–pro and professional sports teams. Nashville, Atlanta, Austin, and Charlotte are moving forward with development and infrastructure. What can we do to attract young people here instead? You can’t tell a Fortune 500 company, ‘We’ll fix it after you get here.’” The question Kevin gets asked most often is, “What’s going on with One Park?” One Park is a $250 million proposed mixed–use development with apartments, retail, hotel, and offices. Its prominent location at Grinstead Drive and Lexington Road is “next to a major urban park at the gateway to Louisville’s downtown.” According to Kevin, “This has been done in other cities multiple times. But Louisville has not done it yet.” What does Louisville want as the “front door” coming into the city?, he wonders. “To be greater than great, you’ve got to fix what’s broken. “I believe we must look hard in the mirror. We need a true, independent, and honest assessment as to why we trail our neighbors in Nashville.” For more information on One Park and other Jefferson Development Group properties, visit jeffersondevelopmentgroup.com. 28 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
Belle Noble Entertainment Group, LLC K
evin Grangier’s Belle Noble Entertainment Group owns and operates The Village Anchor & The Sea Hag Pub, Le Moo Steak House, and Grassa Gramma Italian Restaurant in Louisville. Kevin is a Louisville–area native who relocated to Los Angeles to start an award–winning brand development and marketing communication firm; he returned to Louisville in 2010 and opened The Village Anchor. Having lived and worked all over the US, Kevin appreciates the unique attitudes of Louisvillians. “The people here are unique to those from other places I have lived, such as New York, LA, DC, and Chicago. Louisvillians seem predisposed to inclusion, accepting of fresh ideas and creative ventures. They also respect and enjoy opportunities to grow themselves. As an entrepreneur, business owner, and member of the community, I appreciate this kinder, always accepting environment.”
We add color and vibrance to Louisville. I’m proud to create destinations indicative of the fabric of our great city and that represent the many different audiences that visit them.
Belle Noble Entertainment Group gives back to the community in many ways, not the least of which is directly through the restaurants. “We add color and vibrance to Louisville. I’m proud to create destinations indicative of the fabric of our great city and that represent the many different audiences that visit them.”
Kevin is focusing on back–to–normal business with safe, comfortable environments. “My number one goal as we navigate this latest transition is to ensure that every single employee and customer is at ease when they enter Grassa, Moo, and Anchor.” He agrees that it is essential to continue to support local businesses now. “These are our friends and family. Everyone needs everyone’s support, Including national businesses and chains. While they aren’t necessarily local, they do employ local people.” As for the future of Belle Noble and Louisville’s culinary and hospitality industry,
– Kevin Grangier, Owner, Belle Noble Entertainment Group
“Belle Noble has had the luxury of growing in Louisville over the past ten years. Projects that were forced to the backburner last year have moved to the front and are again starting to boil. We have the opportunity to get back on track with lessons learned, to forge ahead better and stronger. We have learned to operate tighter and more efficiently with
new financial business models under extreme circumstances. Now is our chance to leverage those lessons.” Visit bellenoble.com. Follow @KevinGrangierUS on Facebook and @LeMooLou, @GrassaGramma, and @VillageAnchor on Facebook and Instagram.
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How happy are you that we can now be patio sitting and drinking bottomless mimosas outside? Before we venture out into al fresco dining let’s chat about the rules of business. The big question is, “Can you drink alcohol at a business lunch?” In the great era of the “Mad Men” power lunches we all know the alcohol was the meal. Times changed a bit over the last 50 years so here are the new thoughts.
1. You should know based on your profession (are you an attorney getting ready to head to court after lunch at _____ and maybe it’s frowned upon to not have your wits about you?) and your employer’s opinions of alcohol “on the clock”. Stick with those guidelines and of course, your gut. 2. The magic of networking. If you are in sales and relationship building,then you know nothing can build camaraderie like a glass of wine. Enjoy one drink - it’s not a good look to have two no matter what profession you are in. 3. Know your audience and use common sense. If you are going out with the Boss or the Board - always follow their lead. It’s better to play it safe than sorry.
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We love these! Most of our initial meetings at TOPS are scheduled for 4:00 - cocktail hour! You are allowed to drink regardless of your client. Everyone knows what a “Let’s have a drink” invitation means! If you’re able to handle yourself and get home responsibly, then you might allow yourself to have two. Another choice you can’t go wrong with for a casual business happy hour is Mexican! A couple of margaritas and some chips and queso and you’re all set. It all depends on the client and purpose of the meeting that will determine the location. Do you need somewhere more quiet and sophisticate or is it more of a laid back business lunch?
Meeting Etiquette 1. Always tip well and always be friendly and appreciative of your server. It’s just like the question about do you return your shopping cart after grocery shopping at Kroger? People can tell a lot about you from the little things that you do. We want to do business with people we like overall. 2. Always put your napkin on your lap. Doing this shows basic etiquette and makes you seem well put together from the beginning of your meeting. 3. Try your best not to talk with your mouth full. Your guest will be respectful to let you finish your bite before answering their question. Don’t you love it when you bite into a burger and someone immediately asks you a question? Laugh about it instead of feeling pressured to answer right away without swallowing your food first. 4. Ask questions! The main rule of thumb for a successful business lunch and impression is to listen more and talk less! On average, people report having a better experience when they were asked open-ended questions about themselves. A successful conversationalist doesn’t dominate the conversation, but keeps it moving.
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Leading a Meeting
We have all attended meetings that seem to go and on with no apparent end in sight. In your own company, you have probably experienced some of the worst examples...from meetings that continued long after their productive purpose had ended to “quick catch-ups” that devolved into two-hour-long chaos.
t really is the mark of an undisciplined organization to tie up their people’s time in unproductive or continual meetings. But, there are always going to be times when the only way to build a consensus or foster connection is through group interaction. Below are seven basic pointers of meeting management that will ensure your group is making the most use of your organization’s time when it is necessary to meet.
Distribute the meeting agenda, with supporting documents, before the meeting occurs. If people have not read that information before the meeting, you may need to defer any action for a future meeting. Editor’s Note: At TOPS, the agenda lives on a shared Google Doc that everyone can access before—or after —the meeting. Don’t ask us for any other tips regarding meetings: we’re reading this article and taking notes ourselves!
Utilizing a Consent Agenda is a mechanism to avoid wasting time on routine or trivial items; basically, it is a list of regular, low-impact business items that aren’t likely to need discussion. State in the distributed agenda that issues on the Consent Agenda will be approved without any discussion unless a particular item is brought up by a committee member.
Set time limits for each agenda item. If discussion goes on longer than the allotted time, it should be tabled for another time. It is crucial to identify who will lead the discussion on each item.
If there are controversial items on the agenda, connect with key influencers before the meeting to know where they stand on an issue. Be sure that you know where your key office leaders stand on any vote or discussion so there are no surprises.
Know when the meeting is over. Some people will always want to stay around and talk. Make sure you have clearly adjourned the meeting beforehand so that others may leave if they prefer. This may seem like more structure and standardization than is necessary for your business, but we promise: following these seven guidelines will pay dividends in the long run by maximizing your most valuable resource: your peoples’ time. Running a successful meeting is one measure of an organization’s efficiency. Because if you can’t run your own meeting efficiently, what does that say about how well the rest of your organization is functioning?
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Using Robert’s Rules of Order (a form of parliamentary procedure) will save you considerable time for formal meetings—such as required annual meetings or Board of Director’s meetings— where official minutes need to be maintained. For less formal organizations, it may be helpful to write your own rules of order to help give your meetings some structure.
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LEADERS IN HIGHER EDUCATION
Campbellsville University Mark Mann, Assistant Vice President Kendall Riddle, Business Development Specialist
HOMETOWN: “I am proud to say I grew up in Louisville,” says Kendall. “I love working with and giving back to the
community that has made me who I am today.”
EDUCATION: Mark and Kendall both have degrees from CU WHY THEY’RE LEADERS:
Campbellsville University is one of the fastest growing universities in the Commonwealth, largely due to identifying the needs of students. “Our mission is to prepare servant-leaders and world-changers for a diverse, global society,” says Mark. “This begins with those who earn college credit while in high school and includes adult learners from all walks of life. We have a significant transfer population consisting of students from everywhere, including numerous partnerships with employers locally and around the globe.”
“As an organization focused on servant leadership, we strive to identify the obstacles the students and businesses within our community face and remove those barriers,” says Kendall. CAMPBELLSVILLE UNIVERSITY | 2300 GREENE WAY, 40220 | CULOUISVILLE.COM
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“Ultimately, our success is a result of serving others. Our goal is to work with our community to identify the challenges they are facing and create solutions.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 35
LEADER IN CUSTOM POOL BUILDERS
Davenport Extreme Pools & Spas Tracy Davenport & Angela Liska, Co-Founders
HOMETOWN: Tracy originally hails from Jamestown, New York, and Angela is from Phoenix, Arizona. FAMILY: Tracy’s husband Matthew and their three sons - Shawn (25), Chance (20), and Brent (14) - are all involved in the business. Angela has two sons, Justin (24) and Jesse (18).
WHAT MAKES THEM LEADERS IN THEIR FIELD: “We pride ourselves in attention to detail. We are
honest and fully connect with our clients one-on-one.”
THEIR BEST BUSINESS ADVICE: Keep moving forward and always strive for the best. Some clients have
been skeptical of our knowledge and abilities. But once we start working with them, they realize we really do know what we’re talking about and what we’re doing.”
WHAT SETS THEM APART IN THEIR INDUSTRY: “We are women entrepreneurs who consider our whole company as one family. And as a client, if you build with us, you become part of that family as well. We also have no hidden costs.” WHAT MOTIVATES THEM AS LEADERS: “Our families and our work families - We try to be there
for them whenever they need us. They rely on us in both our professional and personal lives as we are a family team.”
WHAT THEY LOVE MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LOUISVILLE AREA: “We get to meet new and interesting people from so many different backgrounds and cultures.”
FUN FACT: Tracy is a former circuit barrel racer and gets excited about finding great dirt. Angela is an
admirer of motorcycles. “Gotta get that Wind Therapy!”
(502) 408-5892 | (502) 632-1006 | DAVENPORTEXTREMEPOOLS.COM
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LEADER IN EXPERIENTIAL RESTAURANTS AND BARS
The Galt House Hotel
Scott Shoenberger, President & CEO - AJS Hotels HOMETOWN: Denver, Colorado EDUCATION: University of Denver FAMILY: Scott and his wife Nevart have a daughter, Caroline, and a son, Phillip. WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: “A sense of the unexpected and a uniqueness. The Galt House is all-new and completely transformed to celebrate the city. We took it back to its roots with some of the city’s historic restaurants, recreating those experiences for locals and visitors alike - an abundance of experiences in one location with seven restaurants and bars.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: “The simple things make the biggest difference.” WHAT MOTIVATES HIM AS A LEADER: “Working with people, our staff, and our guests and
WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “Louisville is welcoming and friendly. The people are warm and genuine. (And I have been all over the country and the world!) They’re approachable.”
FUN FACT: The Schneider family recreated the third iteration of The Galt House at 4th and Main Streets in
1972, and they still own it to this day!
(502) 589-5200 | GALTHOUSE.COM 140 N FOURTH ST, LOUISVILLE, KY 40202
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LEADER IN LUXURY WATERFRONT LIVING
Lindsey Ford, Director of Sales and Marketing HOMETOWN: Calvert City, Kentucky EDUCATION: Associates in Business from University of Phoenix WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
Seconds from downtown without being in the center of it all, RiverPark Place is an excellent choice for luxury living downtown. It’s the only residential building inside of Waterfront Park, spanning approximately forty acres. “We are very proud to be a part of the park, and furthering the beautification of downtown Louisville,” Lindsey says. We have many people who move from out of state that don’t know anyone when they get here. We try to be the welcoming party and then help them settle into their new space.” Lindsey earned her position and uses it to foster new talent. “I was working in retail management, and I was looking for a change but wanted to stay in sales somehow,” she says. “I started with Waterside in leasing and eventually worked up into a management role. I love to train and help my staff develop new skills or further skills that they currently have- even if they don’t see it. I love to see people grow, both personally and professionally.” Lindsey has great affection for the people of Louisville. “I’ve lived in Chicago and loved it for the same reason,” she says. “It’s truly a melting pot. I love meeting the locals and hearing how long their families have been here, but I also love meeting people that are not from Louisville and hearing about where they grew up and what has brought them to the city.”
BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE EVER RECEIVED:
“Don’t leave today’s tasks for tomorrow. You should always be working as hard as you can to accomplish everything you can today.” (502) 716-6710 | WATERSIDEATRIVERPARK.COM | 1800 MARINA’S EDGE WAY, SUITE 100, 40206 LEASING@WATERSIDEATRIVERPARK.COM
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“We want residents to feel like family and feel like a big community when they choose to lease with us. It’s more than just renting a space to someone.”
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LEADER IN DIGITAL MARKETING
TOPS Digital Solutions
OFFICES: Louisville and Lexington FOUNDED: 2017
Our company is TOP Marketing Group, founded in 2005, with offices in Louisville and Lexington. We have two divisions of our company. Most people know us for TOPS Magazine, which has become a must-read publication for affluent consumers. In 2017, we launched TOPS Digital Solutions. This full-service digital marketing agency delivers outstanding and measurable ROI for our clients here in the Louisville area or out of state. Our service map is the USA! We work with companies whose goals are to get the phone to ring more often, increase traffic to their websites, see new faces coming into their business, engage customers with their social media, and ultimately increase top-line sales. It is all measurable right down to the penny! Led by Chad Howard, a 17-year veteran of digital marketing, TOPS Digital Solutions is a full-service digital marketing agency with over 20 tactics in our portfolio to assist any size business. Many of our clients find that the combination of print and digital delivers a more powerful impact on their overall marketing. Our advice is to contact us and get a quote. It never hurts to get a quote! Clients like our customer-first attitude and the many budget-friendly options we provide. You’ll find our approach refreshingly different. CONTACT: 502-780-7825 OR EMAIL US AT GETMORE@TOPSLOUISVILLE.COM 42 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
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LEADERS IN BOURBON
The IX Bourbon James & Brittany Penny
HOMETOWN: Both from Louisville EDUCATION:
Brittany - MBA in Marketing from Sullivan University James - Studied Electrical & Computer Engineering at U of L Speed School
FAMILY: Married for 10 years with a 1-year-old daughter
WHY THEY ARE LEADERS:
With no previous experience in wine and spirits, the Pennys started a business and got a product to market in 6 months during a pandemic, all while also holding full-time jobs and caring for a newborn. “During my pregnancy, I would use my pregnancy nose to pick up different notes from my husband’s bourbon collection,” Brittany says. “Then one sleep-deprived night, we were talking, and I jokingly said that we should start our own bourbon company. Next week, we met with our partnering distillery, and the rest is history.” Knowing they loved bourbon, the Pennys sought to create a product that customers would love to experience. They put drive and vision into practical application. “Historically, minority groups don’t have a seat at the spirits table,” James says. “We aspire to build a hub that welcomes more inclusive voices to collaborate and be heard.” THEIXBOURBON.COM 44 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
“While not all spirits are created equal, all people are.”
LEADER IN REAL ESTATE FINANCE AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
American Mortgage Solutions Brady Webb HOMETOWN: Shelbyville, KY FAMILY: Two grown kids, Bryce and Nicholas Webb.
EDUCATION: Union University in Jackson Tennessee.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Specializing in peer-to-peer relationships, Brady coaches real estate agents and loan officers across the country to build their business. With over two decades in this line of work, he has built a strong foundation of partners around the country and a major reputation for bringing increased value. Holding both a real estate license and mortgage license certainly gives him added value in the industry. “We’re all in the lead business,” he says. “If I can help you get one more transaction a month, it’s all worth your time and effort.” Brady grew up on a farm and carries that work ethic along with him. He has two brothers that are in the same line of business. He has resident offices in both Kentucky and Florida and is licensed in several other states. He enjoys boating in his spare time in both Florida and Kentucky. (502) 655-0106 BRADY@LOANSOLUTIONSNOW.COM LOANSOLUTIONSNOW.COM
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“I genuinely care about the company, our people, and our guests. I am passionate about my work, and that shines through.”
LEADER IN U.S. RIVER CRUISING
American Queen Steamboat Company John Waggoner, Founder & Chairman
HOMETOWN: “I’ve lived in the Kentuckiana area for over 20 years. We live in Prospect now, but I’m a California
EDUCATION: Cal Poly San Luis Obispo - B.S. Marine Biology, MBA Finance
FAMILY: “My wife Claudette is a Louisville native. We’ve been married for 15 years. Daughter Emily lives in Louisville. Angie has a boutique in Lexington. Marissa lives in San Diego.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: At dinner with casino magnate Jack Binion - “The harder I work, the luckier I get.”
WHAT SET HIM APART IN THE INDUSTRY: “We are the only cruise operator in the Louisville area - a US-owned company with boats built in the US with US steel and operated by US crews. We wrap ourselves in the American flag.” WHAT MOTIVATES HIM AS A LEADER: “Helping others achieve their goals and working for a world-class company.” WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “The quality of life, reasonable cost of living, the
restaurants, the river, and entertainment.”
FUN FACT: He recently recorded an album of Sinatra songs and other covers such as “Maybe It’s Time,” written by Jason Isbell for Bradley Cooper in “A Star Is Born.” WWW.AMERICANQUEENSTEAMBOATCOMPANY.COM 46 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
LEADER IN MORTGAGE LENDING
AnnieMac Brian Lykins
Brian has been named one of the Top 1% Purchase Originators in the United States, as well as one of the Top 1% in his field in 2020 and 2019. Brian also received the Scotsman Guide Awards for 2019 and 2020, a national recognition. He was also one of Tops’ Top 50 Under 50 in 2020.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Brian personally closed over 102 million dollars in new home loans for 2020, serving a truly remarkable 435 families. Brian is a genuine national player, and the industry has taken notice. It’s all in a day’s work and a real labor of love. “Helping families achieve their dream of homeownership is something that I take great pride and true joy in doing,” he says.
HIS SECRET TO SUCCESS:
Just like AnnieMac, Brian’s team approach with his clients and agents is always hands-on. “My mission is simple: for my team to deliver an honest, well-communicated, knowledgebased lending experience to all my clients and realtors,” Brian shares. (502) 773-4834 BLYKINS@ANNIE-MAC.COM BRIANLYKINS.ANNIE-MAC.COM NMLS# 7659
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LEADER OF LOUISVILLE DINING
Belle Noble Entertainment Group Kevin Grangier, Founder, President & CEO HOMETOWN: Sellersburg, Indiana EDUCATION: WKU and Bellarmine CURRENT INTERESTS: “Education/guidance of young
people, animal rescue, entrepreneurial endeavors.”
WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: “I approach restaurants from a customer experience perspective. Food, alcohol, environment, and service are each equally important.” Kevin believes the customer experience defines his brands, the direction they will travel, and their success. Success, in its many forms, motivates him as a leader. BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: “Don’t put good money against bad.”
HOW HE ENDED UP WORKING IN HIS INDUSTRY: “I relocated to Louisville after 20 years in
the communication and brand development industry and was ready to try something new. I quickly recognized there was not an experiential dining option in Louisville, so I developed one. The Village Anchor was born.”
WHAT SETS HIM APART IN HIS INDUSTRY: “The
ability to read my customers and respond to them with new and creative solutions is probably my most unique identifier.”
WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LOUISVILLE AREA: “The people. They support new ideas and concepts and enjoy being a part of them.” FUN FACT: “I do not cook. I am fortunate to leave the
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LEADER IN EVENT PLANNING
Big Day Events Veronica Stivers
HOMETOWN: Louisville WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
In addition to weddings, Big Day Events specializes in planning a variety of event types: corporate events, non-profit/ charity events, social events, and more. Veronica utilizes her resources to bring all elements of event planning under one umbrella. She accomplishes big things while maintaining whiteglove services for clients, having planned corporate events all across the US and abroad. “After over twenty years of working in all areas of hospitality, I stopped treating event planning as a “side hustle” and made it my full time job,” Veronica says. With a drive to do creative work as her main motivation, her ability to manage many types of events is unique.
BEST ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED:
“I enjoy the excitement of working with companies to build the next version of Louisville.”
“You make your own deals in life, so be sure to negotiate yourself a good one. And always be a little bit kinder than you need to be.”
“The best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago. The second best time is today.” HTTPS://WWW.BIGDAY-EVENTS.COM VERONICA@BIGDAY-EVENTS.COM
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LEADER IN WEDDING INVITATIONS
Cartwheels Paper & Gifts Meredith Lintner Metzmeier
Mother/daughter team Kathy Lintner and Meredith Lintner Metzmeier first opened the doors of Cartwheels Papers & Gifts, a full-service gift and stationery boutique, in Chenoweth Square in the Spring of 2009. Cartwheels is best known for its unique offerings of works of local artists, vast gift selections and custom papers for all occasions. With their team, they have made a consistent dedication to friendly, personal service and they all pay attention to every detail.
WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
Meredith is Cartwheels’ creative designer and wedding consultant. Cartwheels is Louisville’s definitive resource for fine papers. Meredith works one-on-one with couples, parents and wedding planners so that the perfect wedding papers are designed for each couple. Their customized papers range from personalized stationery, invitations, announcements, plus full wedding suite papers from “save-the-dates” to formal invitations, programs, place cards, guestbooks, table numbers, thank you notes and correspondence cards. “Appointments are encouraged to allow for the best opportunity to plan paper designs and to formulate a workable timeline appropriate to the wedding date.” says Meredith.
TAGLINE: Cartwheels tagline is “FUN. SERIOUSLY” It was chosen because both Meredith, Kathy and their team take their work seriously, are focused on the customers’ best experience and treat every customer with warmth and respect. Everyone at Cartwheels knows that life is far better for everyone when FUN is at the heart of it all. (502) 895-1800 3919 CHENOWETH SQUARE, 40207
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LEADER IN CITY DEVELOPMENT
City of Jeffersonville
Mayor Mike Moore
“A typical kid from Jeff.”
TIME IN OFFICE:
Currently serving his third term.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Under Mayor Mike Moore’s direction and care, Jeffersonville is thriving. Established businesses are growing, and new ones are opening. Rather than dipping into taxpayers’ funds, it’s all funded by revenue. Ten percent of that revenue is going straight to Greater Clark County Schools, helping to build a strong future for the community. He also established Jeffersonville’s Promise, a program in which any student in town can receive two years free at Ivy Tech College upon graduation from high school. “I was frustrated by things not getting done,” says the Mayor. “When I was asked to run, I asked my father’s advice. He said to go for it, and so I did. He was a small business owner. I grew up in his restaurants. I saw how politicians would start showing up about three weeks before elections, trying to curry favor with people. I want to build real relationships, and I want my kids to be proud of our name and of Jeffersonville.”
“What doesn’t kill me makes me stronger.”
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LEADER IN VENOUS INSUFFICIENCY
Comprehensive Vein Care
Dr. Steve Samuel
Dr.Samuel was a general surgeon for 33 years in Louisville. Two years ago he opened Comprehensive Vein Care in Jeffersonville, IN. He studied and trained in the most prominent vein care centers around the country.
Dr.Samuel and his wife Lori live and work together every day. “People ask me if we enjoy working together and spending so much time together,” says the Doctor. “I always say, I love every minute!” This team built their business from the ground up. Lori stated, we have so much fun and we have a fantastic staff!” I’m so proud of Dr Samuel as he is one of the leading doctors in the southeast!” WHY THEY ARE LEADERS: Lori and Dr. Samuel have created a comfortable, all-inclusive, non-hospital based space where you can receive the treatment you need for your tired, heavy, aching legs and get back to your life quickly. “All of your evaluations, ultra sounds and procedures are performed all in one place, Dr.Samuel says. “You will walk out from your procedures, in fact, you’re encouraged to get active immediately afterwards.” It’s under local anesthesia, and all insurance is accepted. WHY HE DOES IT: “The service at Comprehensive Vein Care is based on a patient-to-patient basis because, after decades on my feet as a surgeon, I needed this procedure myself so I can relate to them!” “I think that’s helpful!” Dr.Samuel said, “I want my patients to have healthy beautiful legs they can be proud of!” (502) 583-7741 | COMPREHENSIVEVEINCARE.NET | 141 QUARTERMASTER COURT, 47130 52 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
LEADERS IN CABINETRY, KITCHEN, AND BATH
Cornerstone Kitchen and Bath
Jeremy Curran and Kevin Colvin WHY THEY ARE LEADERS:
“We are here to create an unparalleled customer experience for all,” says Kevin. A second-generation woodworker, his experience and background in custom cabinetry brings a set of skills that others are hard pressed to find. He was the first person Jeremy thought of to call and partner with when he was forming Cornerstone Kitchen and Bath. “Together, we proudly bring dreams to life,” says Jeremy. They provide not just a service but a real labor of love. For Kevin, it’s a chance to pass along his knowledge of cabinetry, installation, and its workings. “I appreciate the opportunity to pass along my knowledge and create a legacy,” he says.
THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE EVER RECEIVED:
“Embrace positivity and customer service with a great attitude.”
“Whatever cabinetry you can picture in your home, we can realize your vision and make it a reality.”
(502) 890-9100 CORNERSTONEKB.COM KEVIN@CORNERSTONEKB.COM JEREMY@CORNERSTONEKB.COM 1981-B NELSON MILLER PARKWAY LOUISVILLE, KY 40223
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“That stereotyped ‘bodyguard’ who is unapproachable, unsophisticated, and out of place in social settings... yeah that’s not us. We blend and adapt to every situation, whether in a boardroom, luxury function, or in the street. Our team is professionally personable and effective.” LEADER IN SECURITY SERVICES AND CONSULTING
Decisive Action, LLC
Logan Flynn, Owner and Security Operations Director WHY HE’S A LEADER:
“For over a decade we’ve been Kentucky’s premiere security agency working with private families, corporate executives, political figures, media networks, the bourbon industry, and more,” says Logan Flynn, Owner and Security Operations Director for Decisive Action, LLC. The group specializes in executive protection and security consulting for businesses and high net-worth individuals. “Our clients are leaders, decision makers, and highearners. They understand that their productivity and organization’s efficiency drastically increase when they’re kept safe and on schedule.” These are multi-faceted experts at Decisive Action, with a unique blend of professional security, law enforcement, and military backgrounds. “The security landscape has definitely changed,” says Flynn.
MISSION STATEMENT: Decisive Action’s level of professionalism exceeds the industry standard because they hold themselves above it. “For us, there is no compromise.”
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LEADER IN PERSONAL SHOPPERS
Personal Shopper at Dillard’s in St.Matthews Designer Brands/Bridge Specialist BIRTHPLACE: Croatia ACCOLADES: Has held her position for 22 years, and is recognized annually for her fantastic contributions.
WHY SHE IS A LEADER:
With a strong work ethic and desire to continually make Dillards a top destination for shoppers, Nada applies her eye for fashion and style to her career. “I’m here to offer advice and help clients to build self-confidence,” she says. “I can help anyone to reach success in their self-image and become iconic in their own life, elevating their self-esteem. We can make any occasion feel like a red carpet for you!” After being married in Sarajevo, Nada and her husband escaped turmoil and came to America in search of a better life. Here, they raised their son and built their own happiness. (502) 893-4400 DILLARD’S MALL ST MATTHEWS 5000 SHELBYVILLE ROAD, 40207
“Outfits can change people’s lives. It’s so rewarding when they are surprised and thrilled at what they see in the mirror.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 55
LEADER OF COUNTERTOPS
Eleet Stone Countertops WHY THEY’RE LEADERS:
Established by Marty and Tracy Leet, Eleet Stone Countertops bring high-end custom craftsmanship to you with the kind of quality that puts you right in the lap of luxury. Tracy is a third generation stoneworker, passing her expertise down to a fourth in this family owned and oriented business. It’s a team of experts all around, and they can handle every part of the process- from finding the best materials to fabrication to getting every detail just right- so you don’t have to worry about a thing. It comes with the name- Eleet is synonymous with quality. “That name comes from merging our last name with the first initial of our daughter’s name,” observes Marty. “We want everyone to know that we take this all very personally. It’s a labor of love.” (502) 254-7055 | ELEETSTONE.COM 13042 MIDDLETOWN INDUSTRIAL BLVD, 40223
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LEADER IN REAL ESTATE FOR FIRST TIME HOME BUYERS
Ethan Adams RE/MAX
HOMETOWN: Louisville EDUCATION: St.Xavier, which he credits as the basis for his key support. ACCOLADES: Top Agent at RE/MAX Properties East in Nov 2020 , Top 50 Under 50.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
At just 23 years of age, Ethan Adams has translated his gregarious nature into massive success in real estate. “It’s about the clients and the impact on their lives I can make more than it’s about making a sale,” he says. “I believe that if you commit yourself to helping people and being the best version of yourself that you can be, rewards will naturally come around.” Ethan believes in never giving up and has only endless gratitude for what he has achieved. “I will be in this business for the rest of my life,” he says.
BEST ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: “You have a lot of potential. Leave it all here.” (502) 558-8193
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LEADER LEADERIN INWRONGFUL WRONGFULDEATH DEATHAND ANDPERSONAL PERSONALINJURY INJURYLITIGATION LITIGATION
Forman & Associates ACCOLADES:
-Named in the Nation’s Top One Percent Attorney by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel from 2015-current -Won the coveted SuperLawyers Rising Star Award from 2016-current -Named a Top Lawyer by Louisville Magazine and TOPS Louisville Magazine -Inducted as a ‘Life Member’ into the exclusive ‘Trial Masters’ club in 2019
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
A dynamic figure in the courtroom, Larry has seen over 100 DUI cases recently amended, dismissed, or acquitted by a jury, and a greater number dismissed pre-trial, or the morning of trial. In the last year, he has been expanding his practice into the areas of wrongful death and car accident litigation. He applies skills that he developed as a criminal defense attorney to allow him to recover much larger compensation for the injuries suffered by his clients. Insurance companies have awarded numerous maximum policy limits to Mr. Forman and his team as a result of his reputation for being a trial attorney. WORDS FROM A CLIENT: “Larry is the best lawyer I have ever seen... If it wasn’t for him, my life would have taken a turn for the worse. If you have a DUI in the state of Kentucky and are looking for a lawyer, do yourself a favor and hire Larry. You will not regret it.”
844-4-DUI-GUY | LARRY@LARRYFORMANLAW.COM THE LION BUILDING 717 WEST MARKET STREET, STE. 2, 40202 58 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
LEADER IN BUSINESS
Greater Louisville Inc.
Rebecca Wood, Chief Operating Officer and VP of Investor Development HOMETOWN: Brownsville, KY EDUCATION: Bachelors of Arts and MBA from U of L FAMILY: Husband Aaron, 5 year old son Hunter, 2 year old daughter Macey WHY SHE IS A LEADER:
After becoming the COO of GLI a mere three weeks before the pandemic hit, Rebecca helped to pivot the dynamic chamber of commerce so that they could provide a direct response. “We created a COVID crisis support hub, helping companies access the resources they needed to keep functioning,” Rebecca says. “From PPP to PPE, businesses of every size and sort could lean on GLI in their hour of greatest need.” Rebecca is part of a strong leadership team that is focused on introducing big, bold initiatives. In 2021, GLI created a Minority Business Accelerator designed to make an impact in our community for diverse business owners, helping to promote a sense of fairness for all. “GLI is more than a place to network,” says Rebecca. “It’s a place to handle big issues, with an eye for a better tomorrow.”
MOTTO: “Never take time for granted- make the best of every day.” GREATERLOUISVILLE.COM TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 59
LEADER IN LASER VISION CORRECTION
Greenberg LASIK Dr. Jason Greenberg
HOMETOWN: The suburbs of Detroit EDUCATION: The University of Arizona, Medical school and residency at Midwestern University in Chicago, one year in Atlanta doing a fellowship in refractive surgery. FAMILY: Married with two step-daughters, both working at Greenberg Lasik.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
“I come from a long line of eye care professionals,” Dr. Jason Greenberg says. “My parents and maternal grandparents were optometrists, and my great uncle was an ophthalmologist.” Having treated over 80,000 eyes in the last two decades, Dr.Greenberg is the most experienced Lasik surgeon in the region. Also, he’s using the most advanced laser technology available at the best price in town. He had the procedure himself in 1997 and has had 20/20 vision ever since. Dr.Greenberg uses his own eyes in his hobby of photography. He’s decorated his office with remarkable landscape pictures, taken while traveling around the world...but Louisville keeps calling him back. “What I like about this city are the people,” he says. “They’re just friendlier than many other places I’ve lived, I enjoy talking to patients and helping them get rid of their glasses and contact lenses.”
HIS BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE:
“Treat your patients like your family, and your success will follow.” (855) 313-2020 | WWW.GREENBERGLASIK.COM 4040 DUTCHMANS LANE, LOUISVILLE, KY 40207 60 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
“I love to see the dramatic impact this surgery has on people’s lives.”
“I wish to let the younger generation know that anything is possible that you wish to achieve if you apply yourself and work hard.”
LEADER IN MEXICAN CUISINE
Gustavo’s Mexican Grill Gustavo Reyes
HOMETOWN: Born in Lagos de Moreno, now lives in Oldham County. ACCOMPLISHMENTS: Four locations serving delicious Mexican cuisine, a fifth on the way. WHY HE’S A LEADER:
With a combination of hard work and an entrepreneurial spirit, Gustavo has found great success. “My biggest motivation is always to make my clients happy,” he says. “They are the most important thing for me. Day by day, I challenge myself to improve and become the best I can be. The great support I receive from friends, family, and my staff motivates me to do my best.” Gustavo makes a difference by supplying excellent food, friendly service and a clean, fun atmosphere. He keeps prices affordable for his unique and delicious Mexican dishes. “Our restaurants are dedicated to our clients and our community and we try to support local teams, schools and causes,” he says.
Regardless of the problems and situations that arise every day in life, you can always improve. It is a matter of good attitude and depends on the enthusiasm that you put into your daily activities.” GUSTAVOSMEXGRILL.COM GUSTVO’S RESTAURANTS ARE LOCATED IN PROSPECT, CRESTWOOD,ON HURSTBOURNE,AND IN LA GRANGE
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LEADER IN HOMEOWNERS’ PEACE OF MIND
HomeTeam Inspection Service of Kentuckiana Brad Lawler, President
HOMETOWN: US Air Force brat—planted roots in Louisville in
1999- his tenth place to live
EDUCATION: Memphis State University grad, Executive Development Program at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania FAMILY: Wife, Janet, three kids, five grandkids WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: Helming the largest real estate
inspection company in Kentuckiana and the #1 HomeTeam franchise for the last six years (and counting), Brad retired from corporate America in 2017 after years of travel and applied his life’s lessons to the business of building peace of mind. “Our professional experience allows us a non-alarmist response to inspection findings—anything can be fixed,” he says. “Our inspectors average nearly 600 inspections each year, 4-5 times the average. We send a team to every inspection, and TEAM makes all the difference. Overlapping responsibilities and extra sets of eyes mean a more thorough examination and a better value for the client.”
WHAT MOTIVATES YOU TO BE A LEADER: “The team of professionals I work with. I want each of them to grow in their roles and responsibilities. We serve our clients better when we gain skills, knowledge, and experience. And we love serving folks from all walks of life.” BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: ”Learn from your mistakes. Fix the process so it CAN’T happen again.”
(844) 411-TEAM | HOMETEAM.COM
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LEADERS IN HOME LOANS
Integra Mortgage Group, LLC Skip Banister, President & Founder/Broker
HOMETOWN: LaGrange, Kentucky EDUCATION: BSBA University of Louisville, Class of 1986.
FAMILY: Divorced, with three adult children and four
WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: “Honesty and integrity. I have over 30 years of experience originating mortgage loans in the Louisville area.” Skip is motivated by “simply helping others, whether that be my clients, business colleagues, family, or friends.” THE BEST BUSINESS ADVICE EVER RECEIVED:
“Help others achieve their dreams, and you can achieve yours, the inspiration for my slogan, Turning Dreams Into Reality!”
WHAT SETS HIM APART IN HIS INDUSTRY: “As
a one-man ‘boutique’ company, I originate, process, and close each loan myself. By basing my operation from home, I have eliminated most operating costs. I can offer my services at a much better value than traditional store-front mortgage companies and banks, which directly translates into lower interest rates and loan costs for my clients. I have access to hundreds of lenders nationwide, so I’m not bound by the narrow product offerings of banks and direct lenders.”
WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “I love the small-town vibe. The people
I meet in the Louisville area will very often know at least one person I know. I think this is important when trying to establish credibility and rapport with potential clients.”
FUN FACT: Skip is the manager and trumpet player for Soul Kitchen, a local R&B band.
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LEADER IN SALONS AND SPAS
J Michael’s Spa & Salon Jill Higginbotham, Owner
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Kentucky. EDUCATION: Jill graduated from Assumption High School and went on to study Musical Theatre at Roosevelt University in Chicago. When she realized the job market for that major wasn’t the strongest, she came home and enrolled in The Hair Design School. FAMILY: Jill and her husband Paul have
two daughters. Isabella just graduated from Sacred Heart Academy and will attend Purdue University in the fall. Audrey will be a senior at Sacred Heart. Jill’s parents are Jerry and Claudia, and Jerry is her business partner.
WHAT MAKES HER A LEADER:
“My co-owner Kara Biery and I expect a higher level of success, professionalism, and continuing education from our stylists. When we look at it as a pyramid, we put ourselves at the bottom and our stylists and employees at the top. We strive to enrich the lives of our stylists, and want each individual to achieve their financial, personal, and professional dreams.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE: “Don’t move your salt shaker. If the plan doesn’t work, change your plan, not the goal.” WHAT SHE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “This is a
fabulous community with all the conveniences of a big city and comforts of a small town. It’s a beautiful place.”
FUN FACT: Jill appeared in a Christian film shot in Louisville.
(502) 742-8790 JMICHAELSSPAANDSALON.COM 4121 SHELBYVILLE RD #1 LOUISVILLE, KY 40207 64 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
“Never bet against the future. You will always lose.”
LEADERS IN LUXURY RUGS AND RUG SERVICING `
Khazai Rugs Outlet HOMETOWN: Kerman, Iran
EDUCATION: University of Illinois Chicago - Engineering, Management, Psychology FAMILY: David is the fifth generation of his family in the rug manufacturing business. WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: David has written books about oriental rugs, including his extensive research about
symbols incorporated within Persian, Russian, and Turkish rugs. “There is a difference between genuine knowledge and people who know a little. I am the real deal!”
HIS BEST BUSINESS ADVICE: As the owner of an oriental rug business and a software company, David has “an eye on
tradition and vision on technology. Never bet against the future. You will always lose.”
WHAT MOTIVATES HIM AS A LEADER: “Hope is not a strategy. Desire is measurable. Vision includes serving others outside your circle and walking toward the best version of yourself.” WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN THE LOUISVILLE AREA: “Good people.” FUN FACT: “At the ripe old age of 50, I became an expert in business software technology. The company I built from
the ground up now delivers proven business solutions on a national and international level. In essence, we are doing our part to reverse the monopoly of theBig.com and the big box stores. We offer cutting-edge technology to SMB’s at affordable prices. We took a side, and we took the side of the underdog; i.e., the business with less than 20 employees.”
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LEADER IN LUXURY REAL ESTATE
Lenihan Sotheby’s International Realty Crystalyn Noland, Real Estate Professional
HOMETOWN: Originally a native of Minnesota. EDUCATION: Crystalyn came to Louisville in 1996, when she became a Ladybird at the University of Louisville. WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
Dedicated to catering to the unique needs of her clients, Crystalyn Noland is always adapting and adjusting to the ever changing real estate market. She puts her intuitive personality into everything that she does, making certain that her clients are happy in the end. “I love what I do,” she says. “I understand that everyone’s circumstances are different, and I believe it’s essential to be sensitive. I think of what I do as being an advocate.”
Crystalyn and her family live in a house that’s nearly 200 years old, where she enjoys gardening and other projects. She’s a self described homebody and volunteers at Up Louisville, a center for women in need. “Everyone deserves help along the way,” she says. (502) 644-9140 | WWW.CRYSTALYNPROPERTIES.COM | @CRYSTALYN_REALTOR
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LEADER IN LOCALLY OWNED BOUTIQUES
Magnolia and Fig Stephanie Susemichel
FAMILY: Partner Luke and son Emerson, the center of her world. “I always say that I have these 2 buddies at home.”. WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
For her customers, Stephanie is a friend, confidante, and an important part of their day-to-day lives. “It’s never just a piece of clothing. It’s a piece of our identity and who we are every day,” Stephanie says. “Clothes give us confidence, they establish and remind us of who we are. I’m so proud of this, that there is a lot of laughter and happy tears here when we help these ladies to look their best. We truly have something for every body type or phase of life.”
HER FAVORITE THING ABOUT HER CAREER: “Embrace positivity and customer service with a great attitude.”
12623 SHELBYVILLE ROAD MAGNOLIAANDFIG@GMAIL.COM MAGNOLIAANDFIGBOUTIQUE.COM
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LEADER IN PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS
MPC Promotions Shae Beckwith, President & CEO
HOMETOWN: Massillon, Ohio EDUCATION: Shae attended Eastern High School in Louisville and studied Sports Administration at the University of Louisville, where she was a member of the inaugural 1999 softball team. FAMILY: Shae’s father played football at U of L and was President of
MPC Promotions before his passing in 2016. She now co-owns MPC Promotions with her mother and brother. Shae and her husband Mike have two dogs, Kosar and Byner, named after former Cleveland Browns players.
WHAT MAKES HER A LEADER: “Having over 16 years of industry
experience allows me to understand the business at every level. This gives my employees the confidence that I am leading in the right direction.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED: From her father, “Nothing great comes from average effort.” From a local businesswoman, “Making one good decision at a time will keep you moving forward.” WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE:
“People I grew up with are starting their own businesses, which has created a great network for business development.”
FUN FACT: Shae and Mike married on June 6, 2015, the day American Pharoah won the Triple Crown.
(502) 451-4900 | MPCPROMOTIONS.COM 4300 PRODUCE RD, LOUISVILLE, KY 40218
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"It’s not just food or service; it’s an experience."
LEADER OF HOSPITALITY AND CONCEPT DEVELOPMENT
Olé Restaurant Group Rick Moir
HOMETOWN: Born in Atlanta, raised in Louisville EDUCATION: Trinity High School FAMILY: Wife Kaitlin and two kids, Presley, and Logan. WHY HE’S A LEADER:
With Hospitality in his blood, Rick Moir is an owner and manager of the Ole Hospitality Group. That’s the veritable empire of delicious and well-renowned Louisville restaurants that have included Mussel & Burger Bar, Artesano Vino Tapas Y Mas, El Taco Luchador, Mercato Italiano, Guaca Mole, Steak & Bourbon, Señora Arepa, and La Bodeguita de Mima, with more in the future. Founders Fernando Martinez, Yaniel Martínez, Cristina Martínez, and Rick created all these concepts and are very hands on in making them run. This came from humble beginnings years ago when a young Trinity boy in a shirt and tie showed up for an interview for an entry-level job at Mojitos Tapas, one of the earlier Ole hot spots. “Later on, I found out that the managers all had bets that I wouldn’t show up,” Rick says with a laugh. “But I showed up that Friday and now they are stuck with me. This great team was the reason I kept at it. It’s truly a family.”
“I’m Italian & Greek, my partners are Cuban & Venezuelan. Eating and making people feel welcome is what we do. Eating is about being together, creating community. That’s what pushes our horizons farther. It’s a lost art, but we take it personally. TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 69
LEADER IN HOME INSPECTION
Precision Home Inspection Eric Pohler
HOMETOWN: Louisville EDUCATION/QUALIFICATIONS:
Trinity High School, certified with high marks through American Home Inspectors Training (AHIT), three years of high marks from the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI).
PERSONAL EDICT:“I treat everyone as a
neighbor and look at every single home as if I were going to put my own parents in there.”
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Applying the same spirit and can-do attitude that made him an Eagle Scout and successful swim coach, Eric Pohler is an expert in roofing, siding, windows, doors, floors, and furniture, as well as radon, mold, and air quality testing. Licensed in Kentucky and Indiana, he’s a self-starter and a great asset to have on your side. “I work closely with realtors and their clients so that buyers and sellers are fully educated on the investments they are making,” he says. For every client he serves, he leaves behind a personalized booklet about their home that they can refer back to as time goes on. (502) 619-1727 3709 GLENMEADE ROAD 40218 PRECISIONHOMEINSPECTIONSKY.COM
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LEADERS IN CUSTOM HOME BUILDING
Prestige Builders Dave Ernst, Builder/Owner
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Kentucky EDUCATION: Dave attended Eastern High
School and is a product of Georgetown College with a double major in Marketing/Finance.
FAMILY: Dave and his wife Karen live in east
Louisville with their three children, Jenna, Will, and Emma Kate. Dave is a second-generation builder with Prestige Builders, a family-owned business founded by his father, Jim, in 1968.
WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER: “We try to
stay on the cutting edge of design trends and what makes sense for the region, using the best tradesmen and partners to help realize the client’s design goals. We streamline the building and selection process to make it as easy as possible for the customer, ensuring their new home is a fit for what they’re looking for.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED: From his late father, “We’re going to build every house like it’s our own.”
WHAT MOTIVATES HIM AS A LEADER:
“Working with our team to help create beautiful homes and making families happy.”
FUN FACT: Dave is the frontman for Kentuckybased Americana/alt-country band Dave Ernst & The Early Favorites. They have played at Waterfront Wednesdays, and their music is on WFPK. His album Hickory Switch is available on all streaming platforms, and their new album will be coming out at the end of the summer.
(502) 641-1515 PRESTIGEBUILTHOMES.COM 1981 NELSON MILLER PARKWAY LOUISVILLE, KY 40223
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LEADER IN SPECIALTY VEHICLE BUYING
Rolling Stock Auto Cary Donovan
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Rolling Stock is known for its exceptional selection of quality vehicles, from specialty pedigree exotics to everyday dependables with personality. But Cary Donovan, with 50 years’ experience in the automobile business, is the Specialist that makes Rolling Stock Specialty Auto Sales so unique. While VP of Sam Swope Auto Group for 25 years, Cary innovated the “Sell to Sam Swope” division allowing individuals to sell their vehicles for cash separate from the sales team. With a keen eye and extensive knowledge of nearly every make and model vehicle, Cary utilizes current market data from across the country to determine a fair price for your car, truck, boat, or motorcycle. Rolling Stock buys, markets, and sells impeccable vehicles locally and nationwide. It is as simple as contacting Cary to get a purchase quote, and Rolling Stock will pay you and take care of everything else. (502) 396-5445 | ROLLINGSTOCKAUTO.COM 13060 MIDDLETOWN INDUSTRIAL BLVD LOUISVILLE, 40223
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LEADER IN BRANDED MERCH & APPAREL PROGRAMS
Quality First Branding Agency Scott Hendrickson
EDUCATION: UK Business Grad and 2-time National Champion Cheerleading squad. “I Still Bleed Blue,” he says. WHY HE’S A LEADER:
For over 18 years, Scott has led a full-service creative merchandise agency: designing, sourcing, producing, decorating, and distributing branded merchandise nationwide for some of the most recognizable brands in the country. Quality First is small enough to cater to your individual executive needs but large enough to accomplish the largest companies’ national goals. “Anything you need your name on, we can do it,” Scott says. “With our extensive manufacturer network, we pivoted our main business during Covid into supplying PPE items nationally. We also designed, manufactured, and licensed a Mossy Oak Lifestyle Brand, ten pack three-ply disposable mask for a National Retailer.” Scott looks forward to getting back to the fun part of the business, supplying clients with their custom apparel and swag for their web stores, concerts, conventions, collegiate games, and any event imaginable. This Fall, Quality First is launching a new platform to companies offering their own private label turn-key merchandise programs. “I feel very thankful that I have a fun career that I truly enjoy. My clients know I’m always just a phone call away for that rush order,” he says with a laugh. 502-244-8544 QUALITYFIRSTLLC.COM
“In the middle of every crisis lies an opportunity. Find It. Do the very best you can. No one can do more than that.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 73
LEADER OF PRIVATE FLIGHTS AND CHARTERS
PrivateFlite Aviation Todd Strause
HOMETOWN: Louisville WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER:
Aviation is a point of passion for entrepreneur Todd Strause. “Over 10 years ago, I was able to sit in the copilot seat in a small aircraft while flying to the Bahamas,” he recalls. “That experience got me hooked on aviation. As I continued to learn more about the industry, I saw opportunities to provide services in the Louisville area which were underserved.” PrivateFlite Aviation is a full-service aviation company offering aircraft charter services and aircraft management. Recently, PFA opened a new facility at Clark County Regional Airport and Todd has plans to start building another hangar to accommodate the increase in demand.
WHAT HE LOVES ABOUT LOUISVILLE:
“Louisville is a big town with a little town feel. Since my wife and I grew up here, many of our clients are people we have met at some point over the years.” 800-776-JETS (5387) | PFAJETS.COM TODD@PFAJETS.COM 6005 PROPELLER LANE, SELLERSBURG, IN 47172
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LEADER IN SENIOR ADVOCACY AND PLACEMENT
Senior Home Transitions Patti Naiser
WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
Senior Home Transitions helps families with senior care and housing issues when they have a need for assisted living, personal care, or memory care. “We can help someone if they would prefer to stay home by connecting them with resources and suggesting plans that would allow them to do so safely,” says Patti Naiser, Owner. “When a transition to a community is needed, we assess the care needs and level at which they should be looking. We dig into financials to be sure we only introduce communities that make sense to their financial abilities. We also help with VA Aid and Attendance benefits. We get to know what hobbies or interests the senior has so that we can match them with communities that can not only take care of their physical needs but also where they will thrive.”
Additionally, Senior Home Transitions never takes a dime from families. “The thank yous I receive from families are humbling and rewarding,” says Patti. “I relish the knowledge that I am respected in my field and will always strive to continue to earn that respect.” (502) 203-0332 | SENIORHT.COM
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LEADER IN CUSTOM CAKES & CONFECTIONS
Sensations Confectionary Jeremy Ford
HOMETOWN: Louisville EDUCATION: Butler Traditional High School, 2011 WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Creating approximately 30 customized cakes, 1200 cupcakes, and 500 bonbons made to order for clients every month, Jeremy Ford is here to provide delicious and exclusive sweet confections for the happy events we cherish and celebrate in our lives. It’s a lifelong passion that’s become a vocation. “Since I was a kid, I’ve always enjoyed watching the Food Network,” he says. “It inspired me to develop a passion for the discipline, art, and craftiness of food. The flavors, the presentation, and the endless equations give such an amazing amount of possibilities. While I love both the savory and sweet side of the culinary world, I just found my greatest passion in the pastry realm. “ Culinary adventures led him to bake for Disney World in Florida before he found his way back home again.
WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE YOU’VE EVER RECEIVED:
“Be patient. Great things take time to happen.” (502) 909-0750 SENSATIONSCONFECTIONARY.COM
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“There’s something about the charisma and hospitality of Louisville that allows individuals like sel to o ris .”
LEADERS IN CHARITABLE GAMING
Shirley’s Way Mike Mulrooney & Kellye Duckworth POINT OF GREATEST PRIDE: Over a million dollars given away.
WHY THEY ARE A LEADER:
“There has to be another way,” says Mike Mulrooney. “A way for people who are sick to not lose everything they have. Shirley’s Way is about giving money directly to people in their time of greatest need.” With the mission of always finding new ways to engage and raise money for people facing the greatest challenge of their lives, Shirley’s Way was founded by Mike after he lost his mother in 2013.
ShirleysWay.org brings you many other ways you can donate, including by purchasing gear of every type with the words “Cancer Sucks” emblazoned upon it. The Shirley’s Way Gaming Room at 10966 Dixie Highway features 35 new state-of-the-art games to play, with all proceeds going directly to those in need. “It’s a travesty that we live in the richest country in the world and people can lose everything they have when they are sick,” says Kellye Duckworth, Director of Events and Gaming. “Let’s pull the community together and help those in need.” (502) 883-0014 | SHIRLEYSWAY.ORG 10966 DIXIE HIGHWAY, 40272
“I heard so many awful stories a out the incredi le financial toll that cancer patients endure,” he says. “It will wipe out whatever you have. That doesn’t work for us, and we want to change that.” TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021 77
LEADER IN HARDWOOD FLOORING
Southern Vintage John Allgeier
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Ky. PEDIGREE: Third generation hardwood flooring, slabs, timber’s, reclaimed & traditional milled hardwood and a true expert in his field.
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
When made right, a floor is more than just the ground of your home is built around. It can be a work of art, a point of pride, an expression of you as well as elegance, a lasting legacy. John Allgeier understands legacy; he’s crafting a trade that lives in his blood. His business, Southern Vintage, is where rustic meets refined. It’s all about an experience as well as passion in practical application. “We create different looks, textures, and colors,” he says. “There are so many different options.”
CUSTOMER SERVICE PHILOSPHY:
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“We are passionate about our products and our client’s experience being second to none.”
"We kept tight as a family," he says. "We hope to take the energy that we have and expand on it in the future "
LEADER IN STEAK
Steak and Bourbon
Brandon Thompson, General Manager WHY HE’S A LEADER:
Brandon has put in almost a decade in the hospitality industry, and he’s lead Steak and Bourbon to become one of the top twenty restaurants in America according to the revered Open Table website. “We believe in making guests feel like family,” he says. “I make a point to speak to every guest, thank them for coming in. The key to execution in the restaurant business is to control many moving parts, but make it look seamless. I love the adrenaline and trying to keep ahead of all of the components. On top of that, it’s of the greatest importance to keep everyone safe.” Thanks to Brandon’s leadership, Steak and Bourbon retained every employee throughout the pandemic, a tremendous point of pride. The company even gave out produce and meat from their coolers that employees came to pick up during the worst of 2020.
PERSONAL MOTIVATION: “It’s the amazing people in this city that drive me to love coming to work every single day.”
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LEADER IN INTERIOR DESIGN
Steinbock Interiors Lisa Steinbock
BIRTHPLACE: Crestwood, where she still lives today. EDUCATION/BACKGROUND: Sullivan College, Bellarmine College, and a Board of Architects Certified Interior Designer. FAMILY: Husband Tom, a commercial hot air balloon
pilot and mason contractor, along with “four-legged kids” Max and Willow, both Golden Retrievers rescued through GRRAND.
WHY SHE IS A LEADER:
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Owner of a full-service interior design and remodeling firm, Lisa applies 23 years of industry experience to both residential and commercial design. It’s the fruition of a lifelong passion. “Since I was a kid, I was involved in anything artsy from painting, making candles, floral arrangements, and pottery,” she recalls. “Anything that would help me express my creative side. While working as a computer programmer, I still did design for friends and neighbors until I decided this is what I wanted full time.” Steinbock Interiors is one of the very first design and remodeling firms locally to have a full-service shop for both design and renovations, but the most essential things to Lisa are the connections she’s made. “I have made some of the best friends imaginable by simply working with clients” she says. “I love the diversity of our city and the people who live here. I truly desire to do 100% of the job that results with delighted clients.“
BEST PIECE OF BUSINESS ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED: “Believe in yourself and don’t compare what you’re doing with others in the industry.” STEINBOCKINTERIORS.COM
it involves one call s rst.” LEADERS IN WEALTH MANAGEMENT
SunHarbor Wealth Advisors Jim Turk, Owner
WHY THEY ARE LEADERS:
SunHarbor Wealth Advisors is devoted to bringing the best products and services to clients. Jim opened the firm to provide the very best, and along with John Cahill, Laura Rolling, Beau Mankin, Matt Rague, and Jimmy Blandford, this team has made a commitment to excellence. “We explain to clients that there are two ways to look at financial decisions- the emotional answer or the financial answer,” says Jim. “We will give you the pros and cons of both and make sure the decision we make is the best for you!” As an independent firm trading through a large broker, Sun Harbor is a dealer that can control costs, protect clients, and partner with many of the top financial firms and insurance companies to get the best products and services. If they don’t directly handle a particular product or service, they are still there to help guide you through the process and look after your best interest. “Our main business is to manage your money and act as a fiduciary,” says Jim. “We manage our clients total financial picture in their best interest.” (502) 939-7145 JIM.TURK@LPL.COM SUNHARBORWEALTH.COM 9900 CORPORATE CAMPUS DRIVE #3000, 40223
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LEADER IN CUTE LITTLE THINGS
That Cute Little Shop Jessica Taylor
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Kentucky CURRENT RESIDENCE: Springfield, Kentucky WHY SHE IS A LEADER:
“We started in a small town that had very few options for cute clothing and gifts. So we tried to cater to every age group and size.” Even after the move to Louisville, three generations of Jessica’s family still buy clothing from That Cute Little Shop: Jessica (40), her mother (65), and her daughter (18). “You get a mixed bag when you shop at my place, from preppy to boho and everything in between.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED:
“Stay busy minding your own business. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing, even if they are copying you.”
WHAT SETS HER APART IN HER INDUSTRY:
Jessica only ever orders six at most of any item. “You won’t see a photoshopped Instagram page or a certain style everywhere.” She is always changing the shop with new arrivals.
HER MOTIVATION: “My children have seen me work really
hard their entire lives. They watched me start from nothing and grow over the last fourteen years.”
WHAT SHE LOVES ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “Since I live in the country, I love working
in Louisville so that I can eat at all the restaurants!”
(502) 822-3585 | THATCUTELITTLESHOP.COM SUMMIT PLAZA DR, LOUISVILLE, KY 40241
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AUTO AND MOTORCYCLE ACCIDENT LAW
Truman Law Karl Truman
WHY HE’S A LEADER:
If there are two things to which Karl Truman has dedicated himself, it’s helping those in personal injury litigation and doing things to enrich the lives of our veterans. “It’s important to help people through difficult times,” he says, “and there’s nothing quite like community service.” The head of the Karl Truman Law Office and Leader of Personal Injury Law is also a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the Army, having served for nearly three decades. Professionally, Karl is also an aggressive advocate for his clients while maintaining professional courtesy. “It’s important to do what is right rather than what is easy,” he says. “My competitive spirit motivates me to continue to sharpen my skills. The most satisfying thing is to see the result of a case that has had a direct and meaningful impact on someone’s life. A trend that concerns me is law firms whose objective is just to get as big as possible across the country, creating legal services that are somewhat of a ‘department store’ commodity. Some of these firms are advocating for non-lawyer ownership of law firms by hedge funds. I believe your lawyer should be someone you know in your local community.”
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LEADERS IN HOME REMODELING
Waller Design Group John Waller, Owner
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Kentucky EDUCATION: Ballard High School (“because it
is Louisville and that is the question that is always asked”) and University of Louisville Class of 2012 with a BA in History and minor in Political Science.
FAMILY: John is incredibly proud of his daughter
Kathryn (26), a Louisville attorney. “My wife passed away in 2006 of breast cancer at the age of 40. I was lucky enough to meet Jenny Hoertz a little over a year after my wife passed, and we have been together ever since. Her three children, Hannah(30), Drew(28), and Ben(26), are awesome and now a huge part of my life. She gave me the confidence to get back into building after I lost everything during the recession. She is remarkable, and I love our life together.”
WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER:
“Innovation, quality, and details. After 28 years in the industry, I am still receiving awards for innovative design and thoughtful quality workmanship.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE HE EVER RECEIVED:
From his mentor Steve Canfield, “Part of something is better than all of nothing.”
WHAT SETS HIM APART IN HIS INDUSTRY:
His full-service firm works one-on-one with the client through the entire building or remodeling process.
WHAT HE LOVES ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “Louisville is really just a big small
town. I want to see it continue to grow and prosper for future generations to enjoy, and I hope I can be a part of that growth.”
FUN FACT: “I am a James Bond junkie.”
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“The client always speaks directly with me. Custom ‘bespoke’ design does not have to be expensive if the client selects t e ri t r .”
LEADER IN NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS
Waterfront Botanical Gardens Kasey Maier, President
HOMETOWN: Louisville, Kentucky EDUCATION: Psychology at Denison University in
Granville, Ohio, graduate studies at Penn State
FAMILY: Divorced mother of two grown children - one here in Louisville, one in San Francisco.
WHY SHE’S A LEADER:
I am a visionary, an implementer, and a collaborator. We are building a world-class botanical garden for Kentucky and Southern Indiana. It’s a beautiful place focused on environmental education. We can’t do it without our community.” Waterfront Botanical Gardens is Maier’s second startup. The first was KyCAD - Kentucky College of Art + Design. She is motivated by inspiring and leading people to become what she knows they can become, “building a team with the right players and with the right variety of skill sets.”
WHAT SETS HER APART IN HER INDUSTRY:
“The boldness of our project and the fact that we are doing what we said we were going to do. Commitment and followthrough are very important to me. I want our donors to feel that we are reliable.” Maier is a certified yoga teacher who loves watching all sports. “Playing sports has taught me everything about building a team to grow a business.”
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE SHE EVER RECEIVED:
“Don’t make enemies in the community where you work.” WATERFRONTGARDENS.ORG 1435 FRANKFORT AVENUE, 40206
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LEADER IN REAL ESTATE DEAL-MAKING
White Picket Real Estate Kyle Elmore, Broker + Owner
HOMETOWN: Born in Indianapolis, raised in Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio EDUCATION: Public Relations & Marketing at WKU
Graduate School of Banking, Madison, Wisconsin
FAMILY: Kyle and his wife Olivia have been married for
ten years and have two children - daughter Harper (4) and son Hayes (1).
WHAT MAKES HIM A LEADER:
Kyle is annually ranked as one of the top producing realtors in Greater Louisville for sales volume + clients served. He owns and operates an independent boutique brokerage in St. Matthews, and founded the Craft Beer Throwdown Charity Event for Coalition for the Homeless.
BEST BUSINESS ADVICE:
“The way you do anything is the way you do everything.”
WHAT SETS HIM APART IN HIS INDUSTRY: Kyle is the sharpest real estate dealmaker in the city with strategy in negotiating deal terms, marketing of listings to sell for the highest price possible, and concierge service to his clients. WHAT MOTIVATES HIM AS A LEADER: “Helping my clients fulfill their real estate goals and helping my White Picket agents reach new heights.” WHAT HE LOVES MOST ABOUT WORKING IN LOUISVILLE: “The eclectic, distinct neighborhoods with
diversity, character, and amazing restaurants.”
FUN FACT: “I love James Bond films, always see them opening weekend at the theater. My favorite is Skyfall. They’re a guilty pleasure.” (502) 378-3912 | WHITEPICKETKY.COM 3819 WILLIS AVE, LOUISVILLE KY 40207 86 TOPS LOUISVILLE | June 2021
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LEADER IN WOMEN’S HEALTH
Women First WHY THEY’RE LEADERS: Women First is an all-female obstetrics and gynecology practice who makes it easy
for patients to receive exceptional healthcare. Founded in 1988, they were early pioneers of minimally-invasive hysterectomy and gyn procedures and early adopters of DaVinci® robotic gyn surgeries. They were also one of the first Louisville physician practices with in-house mammography and breast cancer screening. Today, Women First is making a difference for women with technologies such as in-house 3D tomosynthesis mammography—the most advanced breast imaging available for very early detection of breast cancer. Accredited by the American College of Radiology, they average 14,000 mammograms per year, detecting about two incidences of breast cancer per week. Women First’s maternity care is advanced medical care focused on healthier outcomes for moms and babies with personalized birthing plans for labor and delivery. Women First’s two-week post-delivery Telehealth visit checks on new moms and babies after they’re home to help answer questions about breastfeeding, screen for postpartum depression, and more.
(502) 891-8700 | WOMENFIRSTLOUISVILLE.COM | 3900 KRESGE WAY STE 30, 40207
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LEADERS OF THE REVOLUTION. Meet Independence Bank’s Community Board of Directors.
John “Gill” Holland
Alton Pollard III
Charles “Bill” Weyland
Retired, SVP, Commercial/ Corporate Banking, Republic Bank
Executive Director New Directions Housing
Louisville is a community full of change-makers and we are proud to have not one, but eight of them serving on the Independence Bank Louisville Community Board of Directors. “Over the past year, each and every one of our board members has proven their commitment to Louisville and protecting its uniqueness and fierce sense of community. We are honored to have these leaders, helping to guide the direction of our Bank in St. Matthews,” said Louis Straub, President of the Louisville Market. In addition to providing guidance to the Louisville market leadership team, members also represent our market on the corporate level, participating in community events and leadership forums. “They want to be a part of the larger conversations happening in the Commonwealth, because together we are all stronger. Outside of building business, our Community Board inspires us to find ways to continue going forward by giving back,” said Straub. Independence Bank is the fifth largest Kentucky based bank with assets over $3 billion and locations in St. Matthews and 14 other Kentucky cities. For over a decade, the American Bankers Association has ranked Independence Bank a Top Performing Bank in the nation. Additionally for the past 12 years, Independence Bank has been ranked nationally as a Best Bank to Work for by American Banker Magazine and ranked within the top ten for Best Places to Work in Kentucky.
Retired, President Federal Reserve
CPA, Henderman, Jessee & Company, PLLC
Principal Partner, MCM CPAs & Advisors
The leadership of our Independence Bank Board of Directors is a dynamic group of people, and we are just getting started. With their sights set on giving back and innovating in the process, the possibilities for our Bank and community are limitless.
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President, Louisville Presbyterian Seminary
President, Weyland Ventures
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Swim Wear for All Body Types pro to know: Kathy Vogt of Visit Mickey Vacations
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for all body types Sometimes we spend years trying to find the perfect swimsuit that hits us in all the right places. We all want that go-to piece that we know will make us look beautiful and more importantly, feel beautiful. Well ladies, we’re here to help! We will be breaking down the do’s and don’ts to find the perfect swimwear style for your body shape so that you can walk that walk this summer season!
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Y O U R LO O K - A - L I K E S
W Riot Phoenix One Piece in black, $109 | Riot Swim
hen it comes to a pear shaped figure, you sort of have all the juiciness in all the right places. You just have to find the perfect way to highlight them! With this body type, you are curvy at the hips and smaller at your waist creating that natural “pear” shape. So when shopping for swimwear, you want to find pieces that balance out your proportions and povide good coverage for the bottom half. You want to avoid boy-short style bottoms or thick bands as those will draw attention to your curviest areas. Styles that are flattering for pear shaped figures are plunging necklines or a unique and eye-catching top that will draw attention upward therefore making the bottom half appear smaller.
The Perfect Wrap One-Piece, $95 | Summersalt Swimwear
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must try style Ribbed Shine Unlined Underwire Bikini Top, $45 and Ribbed High Cut Bikini Bottom, $30 | Aerie
Surf Check Underwire Bikini Top and matching bottoms, $55 | Billabong
Printed Ruffle Scoop Bikini Top, $40 and Printed Super High Cut Cheekiest Bikini Bottom, $25 | Aerie
must try style
he women who consider themselves small busted would be proportionately smaller in the bust area, therefore an A or B cup bra size.
Go for pieces that have minimal coverage that might have embellished details or bows and patterns, which create the illusion of a larger chest. Other winning styles would be triangle tops that help portray curves or padded push-up and halter tops that help create cleaveage. Also, take advantage of embracing a bandeau or scoop neck style top! With having a smaller bust, you’re able to wear those styles and be comfortable as well as supported.
Y O U R LO O K - A - L I K E S
However, having a smaller chest can bring some advantages! You require less support so you’re able to be adventurous with your swimwear.
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Cenit Top in black rib, $150 and Bella Bottom, $140 | Palm Swimwear
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he term “athletic” figure doesn’t necessarily mean decked out in toned arms and muscle definition. An athletic body shape basically means your frame is more up and down and with fewer curves. So therefore, to create the illusion of more curves look for pieces that might be less coverage to help create the illusion of a shapelier figure.
Ruched Cut Out One Piece Swimsuit, $55 | Aerie
Don’t be afraid to have fun with patterns and bold prints - they have a way of adding a feminine flair and the appearance of more curves, which is always a win! Another way to create beautiful curves on the bottom is to try choosing smaller style swimsuit bottoms. They have a way of making the backside look fuller... in a good way! And of course, tie-side bottoms are your friend! They enhance the look of curves while also allowing you to adjust them to fit your frame perfectly.
Tassel Side Tie Bottom, $39 | Venus
must try style Contrast Leopard Self Tie One Piece Swimsuit, $15 | Shein
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must try style Plus Black Frill Edge Ring Detail Swimsuit, $38 | Pretty Little Thing
o all the curvy ladies, we love a good suit that works those curves!
A curvy body shape is one that is full throughout in the bust, hips, thighs, bum, etc. With that said, the main piece of advice we have for you is.. work those curves!
Other good styles are high waisted bottoms and asymmetrical tops, which draw the eye to the neckline creating the illusion of smaller and more feminine features. One tip to avoid is string bikini bottoms. The ties start to accenuate your hips which can be the widest areas on your body so you’ll want to turn the focus more towards your smaller areas.
Y O U R LO O K - A - L I K E S
Choose suites that are in fun colors or feature a color blocking pattern that have a beautiful way of highlighting those curves in a good way.
Wrap One Piece Swimsuit, $40 | Aerie
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Banded Wide Strap Scoop Bikini Top, $30 | Aerie
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Kathy Vogt OF VISIT MICKEY VACATIONS
BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTO
ive your family a magical vacation to remember at Disney - the Happiest Place on Earth! Whether you choose a Disney Cruise, Disney Theme Parks, or a Disney Resort, Kathy Vogt with Visit Mickey Vacations can make your Disney dreams come true. “Tell me your wishes. I’ll make the magic happen.” Kathy has over twenty years of personal experience with Disney family vacations, often as many as four Disney trips per year! She is a travel advisor with Visit Mickey Vacations Inc., a Disney Authorized Travel Planner.
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Though Disney vacations can undoubtedly command a high price, Kathy believes it is worth it for the premier customer service. One of the many advantages to using a travel advisor versus trying to book everything online yourself is getting the best deals. With Kathy and Visit Mickey, if a better offer arises subsequent to booking, Kathy will attempt to rebook to get you any eligible savings. Her services are entirely free to her guests, with Disney paying commission to Visit Mickey and team. Team members are independent, pull in all their own sales, and give you a single point of contact for all your travel arrangements.
Visit Mickey also offers specialist planners for special needs and military guests. According to Kathy, planning and navigating a Disney vacation can be pretty complex. With her personal expertise, Kathy knows many priceless tips that will help you make the most of your vacation. She can “take the stress off” as your “resource for any question,” providing quotes, bookings, and dining reservations. Kathy is up at any hour booking Disney products - from Walt Disney World® to Disneyland ® to Disney’s Aulani Resort & Spa in Hawaii, not to mention Disney Cruise Line® and Adventures by Disney®
domestic and international river cruises and guided VIP land tours. For those unfamiliar, “Adventures by Disney® are culturally immersive and exclusive Disney storytelling experiences,” says Kathy. Kathy Vogt still has some Disney dreams of her own. Her favorite resort is Wilderness Lodge, or as her kids called it, “the Lincoln Logs hotel.” She appreciates the easy access to the Magic Kingdom by boat to easily take breaks in the afternoons. Kathy and her husband enjoyed a trip to Walt Disney World just last month. They visited the Italy Pavilion at Epcot in anticipation of their 2022 wedding anniversary celebration - an Adventures by Disney® Amalfi Coast Tour! Kathy aspires to be a Disney Cast Member one day, “I’m going to get that badge!” For more information, go to visitmickey.com/ kathy, email Kathy@VisitMickey.com, and follow @visitmickeywithkathy on Facebook.
is sharing the Disney MAGIC! Every guest has individual needs so I will work to ensure your wishes are granted! I can also share many tips and tricks and sprinkle in some Disney history. I have experienced all of the isne o cts ﬁ st hand and can guide you through all the possibilities!
NEW TO DISNEY OR WANT A SEASONED PRO TO HELP PLAN YOUR NEXT VACATION?
Kathy can help you with... Theme Park experience in Walt Disney World or Disneyland World class cruising with Disney Cruise Line A visit to Aulani – Disney's Resort and Spa in Hawaii First Class Guided Tours with Adventures by Disney
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SCHEDULE OF EVENTS MONDAY, JULY 12th Practice Round
KENTUCKY’S PGA TOUR WEEK IS BACK
TUESDAY, JULY 13th Practice Round; Executive Women’s Day; ISCO Par 3 Shootout WEDNESDAY, JULY 14th Official Pro-Am
In 2021, the Barbasol Championship tees off for the third year at Champions at Keene Trace Golf Club. Held annually in July, the Barbasol Championship marks one of only 52 regular-season tournament stops before culminating with the FedEx Cup playoffs at the end of the season. The Barbasol Championship is broadcast live each day on the Golf Channel and covered nationally by sports outlets. The Barbasol Championship reaches over 4.7 million viewers annually. Excitement is high for this major sporting event, as the Barbasol Championship hosts 120 golfers and attendance is expected to reach 25,000-40,000.
THURSDAY, JULY 15th First Round; Military & First Responders Appreciation Day FRIDAY JULY 16th Second Round; Alumni Day SATURDAY, JULY 17th Third Round; Family Day @barbasolchamp
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2021 CHARITY PARTNERS
All God’s Children Make-A-Wish Foundation Refuge For Women Kentucky Children’s Hospital (University of Kentucky) Sunrise Children’s Services Woodhill Community Center
WHAT IS CADDIE127? The Barbasol Championship’s charitable arm, Caddie127, connects a biblical connotation from James 1:27 “to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Just as Caddies and their players support one another, so will Caddie127 support philanthropic organizations that benefit and empower women and children.
To learn more, visit barbasolchampionship.com/charities
Raise Your Spirits
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Whether you are ready to explore some distilleries or stock up for a get-together with family and friends, we have scouted the best options to raise your s i its e e o ill ﬁn the latest events and offerings from a diverse group of dedicated distillers and owners, more than happy to welcome you back. BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DANNY ALEXANDER
The IX Bourbon Whiskey™
s President and Vice President of 2 Cents, Inc., Brittany and James Penny began their journey with The IX Bourbon Whiskey™ in September 2020. Brittany is also Social Media Manager for Metro United Way. Her husband James is Senior Project Manager for Designed Conveyor Systems, following 18 years working for various engineering functions at UPS WorldPort located at Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport. They plan to bring all that experience to bear in developing their blended bourbon into a major spirit brand with its own distillery. Brittany admits that while they are new to the beverage industry, “We want to produce what customers want.” According to Brittany, The IX Bourbon Whiskey™ is a very small-batch blended bourbon with 1200 bottles planned for the
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first run and three additional products already in the works. “We want to give people an inclusive experience of trying our bourbon, with tastings announced as restrictions are lifted.” James is particularly proud of the fact that they place no age statement on the bottle. “Nobody has been able to guess the age of our spirits.” The Charter Line “presents a sweet flavor of buttery caramel, with undertones of chocolate, and a hint of spice,” including clove and pepper.
shield with nine colors representing various shades of humanity, “bringing us together and not tearing each other down as we have been.” says James.
The IX Bourbon Whiskey™ “is nine barrels carefully selected, all possessing unique characteristics blended to perfection.” The name also has special significance in that the Pennys firstborn daughter was born in their ninth year of marriage. The label depicts a
To purchase your IX Bourbon experience, visit theixbourbon.com and follow @theixbourbon on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
In addition to a distillery, James has visions of a monorail system for the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. “It’s counterintuitive to have a tasting and get in the car and drive to the next distillery.” This form of mass transit would also bring people together to network with fellow bourbon aficionados.
Brough Brothers Distillery
he first and only African American Distillery in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Brough Brothers is owned and operated by the Yarbrough brothers. The eldest, Victor, is CEO, middle son Bryson is COO, and the youngest, Chris, is CMO. Bryson Yarbrough is also the first African American Master Distiller in Kentucky. Brough Brothers started as an import/export company with offices in the United States and the United Kingdom. While living in the UK, Victor Yarbrough “saw the opportunity to provide fantastic products to each continent.” The brothers used their “experience, insight, and relationship” to launch Brough Brothers Bourbon and Distillery. “I use my sales background and marketing expertise to create programs to engage our supporters and market our brand,” says Chris Yarbrough. Bryson is a retired military veteran with a science education and mechanical experience, “the perfect tools” for a Master Distiller. “Brough Brothers is a craft distillery that has direct roots to the West Louisville community,” which Chris says sets them apart from other distilleries. The brothers grew up in the West End. Their Distillery, located at 1460 Dixie Highway in the Park Hill neighborhood, allows them “to provide positive examples and direct economic impact” to the community. In addition to in-store and virtual tastings across the country, Brough Brothers Distillery plans to offer virtual and in-person tours in the near future. The Distillery includes a bar and retail shop as well. “We are keen to sponsor and create events for our supporters and have started the search for brand ambassadors,” says Chris. Brough Brothers Bourbon is available in 23 states across the US and internationally in the United Kingdom. “We’re looking forward to rolling out in all 50 states by the end of the year!”
To keep up with these exciting developments, visit broughbrothers.com and follow @broughbrothers on Facebook, Instagram, TikTok, and Twitter.
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Woodford Reserve® Distillery
he distillation of fine Kentucky bourbon first occurred on the National Historic Landmark Woodford Reserve® Distillery site in 1812. Woodford Reserve® took up the torch in the early 1990s, putting in modern technology and three traditional copper pot stills to create unique flavors. Iconic Kentucky horse farms surround the distillery with its back deck overlooking a horse pasture, where the neighbor’s foals are out in the springtime.
Woodford Reserve® Assistant Master Distiller Elizabeth McCall has nostalgic attachments to the geographical location of her workplace. “The beauty is second to none. It’s like taking a step back in time to the relaxing, comforting Kentucky countryside.” When the bourbon barrels roll down the barrel run from the distillery to bed in the warehouse (a phenomenon known as “The Woodford Wobble”), she likens it to the “So Long, Farewell” children’s bedtime scene in the film “The Sound of Music.” Elizabeth received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Psychology at the University of Louisville before landing at Brown-Forman in 2009 as a Sensory
Technician in nosing and tasting. She worked her way up through R&D, quality control, and production facilities to become Senior Quality Control Specialist & Master Taster in 2016. Elizabeth assumed her current role in 2018. “I wear many hats. In addition to serving as spokesperson, the face of the brand, and brand ambassador, I work closely with Master Distiller Chris Morris.” Their annual Master’s Collection release is renowned for “innovation, flavor, and quality.” This month, be sure to get your hands on Brandy Cask Finished Bourbon Blend, the latest expression of the Woodford Reserve® Distillery Series, available exclusively at the distillery and select retailers. “This whiskey is a blend of Woodford Reserve Bourbon finished in American Brandy barrels and French Brandy barrels. The nose has delicate notes of caramel and chocolate-coated vanilla wafer laced with the faintest hints of cotton candy and citrus peel. The taste is of soft caramel and brown sugar mingled with a rich vanilla bean character. Fig and vine fruit round out the palate with a soft and powdery finish.” For more information, visit woodfordreserve.com and follow @woodfordreserve and @elizabeth_oneill_mcccall on Instagram.
Kentucky Peerless Distilling® Co.
ccording to Marketing and Public Relations Associate Tara Bowling, Kentucky Peerless Distilling® Co. originated in the early 1880s, before flourishing under entrepreneur Henry Kraver in 1889 as Peerless Distillery. Peerless shut down in 1917 to support war efforts, although Peerless remained available by prescription for medicinal use through the early 1920s. The distillery opened by fourth and fifth generations Corky and Carson Taylor in 2015. Kentucky Peerless® Single Barrel Curator John Wadell got his start as a bartender when he met Peerless® Master Distiller Caleb Kilburn. John was already familiar with the industry as a native Louisvillian. Caleb invited him to learn the business from the ground floor, from cooking the mash to distillation to a Single Barrel Tasting Board seat. Tara similarly rose through the ranks, from Distillery Tour Guide to Legal Assistant to Marketing.
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Tara believes Kentucky Peerless® Distillery differentiates itself through crafting “the best product without shortcuts.” Quality takes precedence over financial expediency. John adds that everything is done in-house. Guests can view the whole operation, including production, bottling, and rickhouse aging and storage. “We are a small company with a strictly sweet mash. All our bourbon whiskeys are barrel-strength, using simple
Angel’s Envy® Distillery
ngel’s Envy® hand-crafted, small-batch finished bourbon whiskey began with father and son Lincoln and Wes Henderson. The distillery opened for guest experiences on November 19, 2016, and in 2017, Angel’s Envy® was added to the Kentucky Bourbon Trail®. Before Brand Home Manager Dee Ford joined Angel’s Envy® five years ago, she ran the Woodford Reserve® Tour Experience. Angel’s Envy® founder Lincoln Henderson also created Woodford Reserve®. As Brand Home Manager, Dee is the general manager of visitor experience, including tours and tastings.
Dee believes the people and product distinguish Angel’s Envy® from other distilleries. “We teach how to taste in an educational tasting experience. Our finished whiskey adds a wonderful complexity to the taste,” says Dee. With the lifting of COVID restrictions and the revitalization of Downtown
filtration for purer taste.” Kentucky Peerless® Distillery offers three tours and three tastings per day limited to groups of ten by reservation only. Tours are conducted at 10:30 am, 12:30 pm, and 2:30 pm, with “Sensory Experience” tastings at 11:45 am, 1:45 pm, and 3:45 pm. The distillery is open Monday through Saturday, 10 am - 5 pm. Private VIP Heritage Tours are available Monday through Thursday by reservation
Louisville, Dee and her team are excited to fully open the doors again “and let people see Angel's Envy's working, full-production distillery where its whiskeys are distilled, finished and bottled.” The distillery’s popular Bottle-Your-Own Tour is back this month on weekends, and Tasting Experiences are by reservation. Both can be reserved online at angelsenvy.com. On May 14, 2021, Angel’s Envy® announced the release of Angel’s Envy® Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey Finished in Madeira Casks in celebration of Father’s Day. The limited-run, 100-proof (50% ABV) whiskey is the third release in Angel’s Envy’s Cellar Collection, the brand’s special release program led by Wes Henderson and his sons to honor the late Lincoln Henderson’s pioneering and innovative spirit. Tasting notes include caramelized
only. The distillery’s event space is currently operating at half-capacity - 30 seated or 50 standing. A rotating schedule of hand-selected single barrel Bourbon and Rye selections named for their tasting notes “are offered exclusively at the Peerless® distillery in limited quantities.” Make your reservation today at kentuckypeerless.com and visit @kentuckypeerless on Instagram.
banana, brown sugar, raisins, almonds, and faint cherry on the nose and notes of oak, grass, smoke, leather, chocolate, and dried cherries on the palate. The finish lingers with notes of almond and hazelnut. Public sale (limit one per customer) begins at 1 PM ET on June 6, with approximately 400 bottles available at Angel’s Envy’s distillery and limited quantities at select retailers in KY, NY, CA, FL, TN, IL, and TX. Visit angelsenvy.com and follow @tourangelsenvy on Facebook, @angelsenvy on Instagram, and @Angels_Envy on Twitter for the latest updates.
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e celebrate Father’s Day in the month of June. Whether you are a father to children of your own, a father to a four- legged animal at home, or a positive male role model to a classroom of children at school, we celebrate you! The day to day hustle and bustle of life can be exhilarating, yet exhausting. There are two different types of stress we encounter as busy adults. It is important to recognize the positive and negative effects stress can have on the body. Eustress is a good stress. This stress stems from excitement. We feel this “good stress” when we are about to receive a promotion, ride a roller coaster, or go on a first date.
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Distress is a negative stress. Feelings of Jitteriness and exhaustion can be a result of distress. This stress is tied to mood, poor communication, and confusion. By learning to rest your mind and body, you can continue to be the superhero and a great leader to the lives of others.
CLEAR YOUR MIND WITH 7 WAYS TO REST PHYSICAL REST
This can be passive or active. Passive includes sleeping and napping. Active includes activities such as yoga, stretching, and massage therapy.
Meditation and deep breathing.
Turn off your televisions and phones.
DODGE THE DAD BOD
Do not let a busy schedule stop you from getting the physical and mental release that your body needs.
Get outside and walk around your neighborhood with your kids or family members 30 minutes everyday.
Freely express yourself to people without feeling the need to please. Be authentic. Surround yourself with positive people that do not exhaust you. Prayer and meditation. Connect beyond the physical and mental and feel a deep sense of belonging, love, and acceptance.
A busy schedule may consist of soccer practice, school online courses with your children or grandchildren, and taking care of elderly parents. This will take its toll on your body mentally and physically.
Incorporate physical ﬁtness and be a leader to your children or loved ones and help them lead healthy, stress free lives both mentally and physically.
Add in one calisthenic exercise daily to your cardio routine. • 25 push ups • 1 minute wall sit • 1 minute plank Also incorporate weights into your weekly routine. Meet with one of our trainers at Baptist East Milestone Wellness Center to set up a program that best suits your specific needs or make an appointment at our Oasis Spa to relax and unwind. By practicing these mental and physical release techniques, you will find that inner strength to tackle all obstacles and feel like a superhero to your loved ones that surround you.
Scrapbooking and writing your thoughts in a journal.
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Commonwealth Compassion Bridge BY KATHIE STAMPS • COURTESY PHOTO
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t has been amazing and often eye-opening to find the commonalities between ministries from different parts of the state, to see how rural and urban needs and assets are so similar, and to learn from each other,” said Phyllis Platt, Ph.D. She is the executive director of Commonwealth Compassion Bridge and has 30 years’ experience working with community-based organizations.
Many of CCB’s partner organizations are “mom and pop” or smaller ministries. Some are organizations serving incarcerated populations and their re-entry into society; others are involved in foster care and adoption; and several partner organizations are helping people who have substance use disorders. Oftentimes, CCB forms a bridge of compassion by introducing a nonprofit to a relevant state or local governmental agency. Together, these organizations and agencies help even more people. “Capacity building, or strengthening ministries to do what they do in the best way possible, is a large part of what I do as director and what our board members do in their roles,” said Dr. Platt. CCB was founded in 2005 by Dr. Larry Martin and Greg Correll, “two men passionate about ministry support for small faithbased ministries throughout Kentucky,” said Dr. Platt. One of the key goals of CCB is to assist faith-based community organizations is “netweaving.” While networking is interacting with others, particularly in business settings, CCB co-founder Larry Martin explains that netweaving is “when God brings together people and groups to weave a new pattern in the way they work together to meet needs.” Dr. Platt tells the story of a CCB board member who found out that a Fazoli’s restaurant in Northern Kentucky was closing and had tables and chairs to give away. At a CCB board meeting, other members knew of a youth program opening a community-based gathering site in Eastern Kentucky. “As a result, a donor was able to make a connection with a ministry that had a need,” she
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To donate and learn how you can help Commonwealth Compassion Bridge, visit ccbridgeky.org
said. “Without CCB the two would likely never have known about one another.” Sometimes CCB connects nonprofits that are doing similar work but they just aren’t aware of each other yet. “Other times it can mean providing group or individual training, connecting people to resources, or helping access needed funding,” said Dr. Platt. “We may at times walk alongside a ministry leader by providing mentorship or a listening ear during start-up or at a key point in the life of the ministry such as when the time has come for the founder to retire or pass the baton to a new leader.” In 2008 CCB began engaging with partner organizations to address the opioid epidemic in Kentucky. At that time, they found out about NET Recovery, a device providing neuroelectric therapy (NET). According to Dr. Platt, studies in Kentucky and in Scotland have shown significant reductions in SPONSORED BY LG&E
withdrawal symptoms and cravings when NET Recovery is used for a week at the beginning of addiction treatment. Commonwealth Compassion Bridge, in collaboration with the National Christian Foundation, is raising monies to assist in clinical trials in the United States (taking place in Willisburg, Kentucky) to seek FDA approval for NET Recovery to treat addiction. “One key benefit of this research project is that people who need substance-use disorder treatment will receive it,” said Dr. Platt. Five men from Louisville, Lexington and a couple of rural communities in Kentucky were filmed as they went through a NET Recovery process. The resulting documentary, The Final Fix, was released in 2020 and earned 10 international film festival awards. “Walking together through the growth and development of a ministry, meeting a need, fulfilling a passion, or responding to a calling requires partnership,” said Dr. Platt. “CCB serves as a link between ministries, between people, and between communities to bring about change in the lives of individuals, families and communities.”
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n the ongoing struggle for social justice and racial equity and with Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) recently resuming in-person instruction, Tia Edison is involved with significant issues facing the city of Louisville. She teaches middle school math at a JCPS Accelerated Improvement School, where she works on the Racial Equity and Safe Return to School Committees. “I began my journey as an educator in 2010; since then, I have advocated and pushed for the closure of the achievement/ opportunity gap, which leads to the school to prison pipeline.” Tia is Chair of the Jefferson County Teachers Association (JCTA) Black Caucus and the Greater Louisville Alliance of Black School Educators Legislative Committee. “I currently sit on the JCPS Future State Committee where we are defining “diversity” and how to be more creative in achieving diversity within schools to meet diversity targets.”
For over 20 years, Tia has worked with the Kentucky Alliance Against Racist and Political Repression (KAARPR), becoming a community organizer and currently serving as Secretary on the Board. “The Kentucky Alliance is the oldest grassroots social justice organization in the state. It has always been a driving force in the community around inequalities within education and the criminal justice system. The Alliance is a coalition of organizations collaborating on various campaigns.” During the most recent education campaign, the alliance pushed for a “No” vote on SB8, requiring school resources officers to be armed. “The bill inevitably affects the students who live in some zip codes disproportionately more than others.” The KAARPR advocates for more transparency in Metro Council funding and budget allocation of programs, or lack thereof. “The Alliance has always been a voice demanding
more sustainable economic development projects west of 9th Street. During Covid, KAARPR provided thousands of free PPE kits in the West End and South End of Louisville. More recently, they have led the occupation of Injustice Square, also known as Jefferson Square Park, demanding justice for Breonna Taylor and protesting police brutality.” Tia graduated from Emerge Kentucky in 2016. The “in-depth, six-month, 70-hour training program” provides Democratic women “with cutting-edge tools and training to run for elected office and elevate themselves in our political system.” She began to advocate for local and state policy changes related to the needs of the marginalized community. “In 2018 and 2019, I helped organize the statewide and local Kentucky teacher strikes. Currently, I am working on getting my certification in Racial Trauma Therapy and pushing this agenda into JCPS. I am collaborating with NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) to research local data on black and brown students in mental health residential facilities and the stigma in the community.” Tia’s priority in education is “to create measurable goals for identifying and addressing racial trauma.” She is working with Dr. Steven Kniffley of Spalding University to introduce the Child Racial Trauma Conceptualization model in JCPS. “I recently presented a session called ‘Teaching and Learning on the Frontlines’ at the JCTA Women's Leadership Conference. Educators need more training on understanding microaggression, like invalidation and intent versus impact.” KAARPR is sponsoring her Racial Trauma Therapy certification. Her personal experiences of “the many levels of trauma” on
the Breonna Taylor protest frontlines have only intensified her understanding. “Racial Trauma Therapy provides a clear definition of race-based stress and trauma. This therapy will help individuals develop their racial identity, process their trauma, and develop skills for future trauma.” Tia’s first boyfriend was killed by gun violence in 1994. In 2011, her godson was murdered in a park in broad daylight. “As an educator, I have witnessed our students come to school year after year with heavier invisible backpacks. They come to school with more trauma than we are aware of.” Tia has lost two students to gun violence. She also taught a student who took the life of another young person. That student was the brother of one of her students that was killed. “His brother died in his arms in the middle of the street just five months before he took someone's life.” As the city has cleared out Jefferson Square Park in preparation for Derby visitors this spring, Tia shares what that place has meant to the people who gather there. “Injustice Square is a tangible example of diversity, equity, and inclusion created by broken people who found a purpose. It was a community built of mutual aid and donations. While seeking refuge in First Unitarian Church the day of the Breonna Taylor grand jury announcement, Travis Nagdy stood up and shared that he was suicidal and had bad depression just months before… However, when he came to Injustice Square, he felt the love and purpose he was looking for in life. Everyone felt a sense of belonging. They felt included in the movement. From all walks of life, every race and socioeconomic status, we were all equally loved and appreciated in that space. Yet when the sun went down, the tear gas and rubber bullets came out.”
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Xtreme Football Keeping the Conversation Going As an owner and Director of Communications for Louisville Xtreme Football, an fﬁcial a tne of the Indoor Football League, Haven Harrington III is proud to be part of an almost exclusively Black-owned sports franchise. BY DAWN ANDERSON • COURTESY PHOTOS
t means a lot and is a rarity in the sports landscape.” Harrington is also CEO of Maine Event Sports Group and hosts the 100% Black-owned sports talk radio program “The Main Event Sports Show” on WLOU and ESPN, one of only a few such shows east of the Mississippi. Through Louisville Xtreme Football, “Along with the social unrest and revitalization in the West End, we hope to bring about healing and show young people that if you put your mind to it, you can achieve anything.”
Harrington’s father and grandfather had a “tremendous influence” on him. His grandfather, also known as the “Mayor of Russell,” was a barber in the Russell neighborhood, interacting with people at all levels. Haven Harrington, Jr. has served on the Executive Committee of the Louisville Branch of the NAACP for many years. Harrington III still lives in the Russell neighborhood, and also counts the advisors and elders of his fraternal organization Phi Beta Sigma at the University of Louisville as mentors who shaped his leadership style. After meeting on the radio show, Louisville Xtreme Football Co-Owner Victor Cole
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convinced Harrington to join him in bringing a professional football team back to Louisville. Cole is a former semi-pro football player and decorated veteran of the Kentucky Air National Guard with multiple stateside and overseas deployments. In addition to a team owner and media group owner, Harrington is the founder of Main Event Leadership Academy, a board member of KMAC (Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft) Museum, and an advisory board member of Russell Place of Promise. SPONSORED BY LG&E
Harrington, Cole, and their fellow team owners are determined to pass on what they have learned and give back to their athletes, fans, and community. “We teach our athletes how to position themselves, conduct themselves in interviews, and prepare for life after football. We are intentionally headquartered in Downtown Louisville at 1300 West Muhammad Ali Boulevard, and we outsource our HR, media, and CPA positions to Black Women-owned companies. As business owners, we support each other. We try to reach out to Downtown, the West End, the South End, and the East End, to pull everybody together.” To experience the excitement of professional football in Louisville, attend a Theme Night such as Superhero/Youth Night for Autism Awareness on June 12, Country Night on June 27, Military Appreciation Night on July 3, or the first nationally televised Louisville Xtreme Football game on July 10. The IFL recently secured a multimedia rights partnership with the Stadium network. Purchase your tickets today at louxtreme.com and follow @LouisvilleXtremeFootball on Facebook and @LouXtremeFB on Instagram and Twitter.
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Vanessa DeMornay BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS
ow do you recognize the definitive moment an entertainer is born? For Vanessa Demornay, the answer is at once simple and emotionally, wonderfully complicated. Perhaps a lip-syncing Britney Spears impersonator started it all? “Oh, I can do that!” Vanessa says to herself as show host Taylor Demornay takes her under her wing. “She was so sweet and kind. She took me backstage and introduced me to the scene. I was fascinated, impressed, and enamored.” Vanessa was experiencing a difficult transitional phase of life when Taylor quite literally took her in, providing Vanessa a place to stay and a new family, the House of Demornay. Houses serve as families of choice in drag culture, giving “shelter, solace, and safety” to those whose families may be less than accepting of their lifestyle. Desiree Demornay started House of Demornay, and her encouragement and approval were significant to Vanessa.
Vanessa packs some makeup, a wig, and an outfit to the club at Taylor’s insistence. Her first performance is Spice Up Your Life by the Spice Girls and Cher’s Strong Enough. “I was hooked!” Taylor also taught Vanessa “how to be a good person, to be appreciative and humble.” Vanessa met Terri Vanessa Coleman, whom she affectionately calls “Mommie Dearest,” in Louisville in 2006. “She taught me how to
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portray myself, aesthetically and visually as a work of art, and how to conduct business offstage.” The 2009 National Entertainer of the Year contest at the Palace Theater in Louisville was a defining moment for Vanessa. She had helped backstage and was a backup dancer since EOY 2005 when a friend who
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worked in the theater suggested Vanessa become a contestant performing aerial acrobatics as her talent. Vanessa had long dreamed of the circus, so she figured out the rigging and staging with the help of a local company and an artist. “The crowd went crazy! It was like a dream. It was hard work, and I had bruises, but I won the talent portion and missed the overall title by only six points.” “I was ready to win in ‘09,” says Vanessa, “but I was not ready to reign.” For her talent at EOY 2010, Vanessa was inspired by Pink’s stunning live aerial acrobatic Grammy performance of “Glitter in the Air.” Vanessa had “elevated her costume and tricks” and began her performance playing a simple melody of the song on a grand piano. She performed her new acrobatic routine, ending with an explosion of glitter confetti and taking the title by a 75-point margin. Vanessa performed at The Connection Night Club in Louisville for ten years and Play Louisville for three years. “I want to shine a spotlight on Play Louisville for their fundraising and community involvement.” She has also appeared at drag brunches and dinners, which she believes is “the future of drag.” But what was Vanessa up to during the pandemic, when the entertainment industry was virtually on hold? Vanessa took a break as the alter ego of “Innovative Stylist, Theatrical Design
Specialist, Makeup Artist,” and Professional Beauty Educator Mikhail Schulz of J Michael’s Spa & Salon so that he could focus on his career. Mikhail comes from a family of adopted siblings. He is from Russia, his sisters are from India, and his brother is from Italy. Mikhail grew up in the theater and performing arts, including gymnastics and figure skating, and attended boarding school in the Dominican Republic. When he was 17, his biological mother gave him an ultimatum - to live with her or pursue a gay lifestyle. He packed up his Ford Taurus station wagon and drove all night to be true to himself and find his tribe. Starting this month, be on the lookout for a new show with Vanessa, Syimone, and Hurricane Summers at House Lounge in Old Louisville. In July, Vanessa will host the 30th anniversary National EOY event in a full-circle moment. She is preparing for a competition in Florida later this year. Everyone asks if Vanessa will ever appear on RuPaul’s Drag Race. She has been approached about it and considered it multiple times. “Let’s just say, ‘Never say never,’ and leave it at that.” SPONSORED BY LG&E
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Play Louisville BY DAWN ANDERSON COURTESY PHOTOS
But Play Louisville is so much more than a money-making venture for its owners. “When I was in the process of coming out, I was lucky to have an overall positive experience because of this community.” Play Louisville’s business model is all about giving back, raising over $750,000 to date for local charities through direct donations and free hosting of fundraisers. The club donates not only their space but complete staffing as well. 100% of the money raised at these events goes to charity. “We are a safe haven and community center.”
Pride Month is traditionally celebrated in June to commemorate the Stonewall riots of late June 1969. While most Kentuckiana Pride events have been postponed to October out of an abundance of caution, dance bar and nightclub Play Louisville is getting the party started this summer. For 7½ years, Play has been widely considered a social center of the city’s gay community.
Chris shies away from comparing and contrasting Play Louisville with other bars and clubs in town. “We are all a community, have a great relationship and work together. I am proud of our dance floor, drag shows, and entertainers’ stage. But we don’t necessarily compete; we each offer a different niche.” Ultimately, at Play Louisville, “We just want people to come out and have a great time with no judgment. We welcome everyone.”
Co-Owner/Manager Chris Galla is a former real estate agent who also flipped properties. But he always dreamed of being in the bar business. Chris called his friends who own Play Nashville to ask if they might be interested in expanding to their old hometown. It turns out they had been considering Louisville as the next step for over a year. “Then it took a year and a half to find the right location and renovate the building,” says Chris.
Play Louisville’s drag shows and video lounge might be just the ticket for those not into a crowded weekend party scene. Wednesday Open Stage Nights give aspiring performers the chance to practice their chops where they are “not judged but loved and embraced.” Thursday night is Ladies Night, primarily attended by the lesbian community. Benefit shows, such as Wigs on
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Tap for Gilda’s Club Kentuckiana each October, are another opportunity to check out Play Louisville. There is a lot to celebrate this month, kicking off June 5th at 7:30 pm. Tony Lewis’s Drag Daddy Productions will present the live-sung Pride Review “Heroes,” followed by top Britney Spears Illusionist Derrick Berry of RuPaul’s Drag Race and RuPaul’s Drag Race Live! Vegas Revue. Chris is excited “to see people’s smiles, out having a good time loving and supporting each other.” He is also very grateful, “I want to thank the community for embracing Play. They have stood by us from Day One and communicated their support during the pandemic.” SPONSORED BY LG&E
For more information and the latest event updates, visit kypride.com and follow @PrideInKY on Facebook and Twitter and @kentuckianapride on Instagram.
Pride Foundation BY DAWN ANDERSON PHOTOS BY DICK ARNSPIGER
une may be national LGBTQ+ Pride Month, but in 2021 the Kentuckiana Pride Foundation will present the annual Festival, Concert, and Parade on October 8 & 9 at Big Four Lawn in Downtown Louisville. The Kentuckiana Pride Foundation is in its 21st year of operation and has “grown tremendously” in that time, says KPF President Rodney Coffman. This is Rodney’s 20th year volunteering with the 501(c)3 KPF, and he is serving his third two-year term as President after seven years as Treasurer. Rodney first became involved shortly after moving to Louisville in 2001.
With KPF’s history, “we have the confidence and the respect of the community.” According to Rodney, KPF has become more politically involved over the past 6-8 years, whereas before that work was primarily left to other human rights organizations in the area. “Each organization has its role, and we embrace them.” The Kentuckiana Pride Foundation and Festival is still all about pride and celebration. “I encourage you to attend Pride. I understand the apprehension. But if you try to make a genuine connection, bring a friend, and you will find that Pride embraces everyone, regardless of race, sexuality, or gender identity. I am always happy to share the experience,” says Rodney. “I am most excited about coming together to celebrate normalcy. This year, Pride is like a victory. ‘We’re here! We made it!’”
discounts at concessions and gift shops. Pride Day at Kentucky Kingdom and Hurricane Bay is July 18th, with an evening drag show to close out a fun-filled day. In August, KPF will have table space at Play Louisville dance bar for Community Turnabout with community leaders and a drag show! KPF Pageants will be held in September. SPONSORED BY LG&E
Despite the October Festival dates, KPF has not forgotten June as the traditional Pride Month. June 27th is KPF’s annual Family Day Out at the Louisville Zoo. KPF and Louisville Zoo are providing discounted tickets and
“We started with grassroots fundraising. Whether you are LGBTQ+ or an ally, we are safe and all-inclusive for families and kids as well. The landscape of acceptance is continuing to change.” KPF’s Mission is “Promoting social, economic, and health equity of Kentuckiana’s sexual and gender minorities, we advocate pride, celebrate achievements, and educate leaders.”
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