Biz Briefs of the Week: October 11, 2012

| October 11, 2012
Donnie Ogletree, Norton Healthcare; behind him is Paul Weis, LG&E and KU Energy; Peter Nesmith, Fifth Third Bank; SteVon Edwards, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; Abby Shue, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts; Aaron Montgomery, Seven Counties Services; Kelvin Young, Insight/Time Warner Cable, The Show TV; and  Matt Lindblom, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

Donnie Ogletree, Norton Healthcare; behind him is Paul Weis, LG&E and KU Energy; Peter Nesmith, Fifth Third Bank; SteVon Edwards, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; Abby Shue, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts; Aaron Montgomery, Seven Counties Services; Kelvin Young, Insight/Time Warner Cable, The Show TV; and Matt Lindblom, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC.

Ignite Louisville Class

Fifty-four emerging leaders have been selected from a record number of applicants for the Leadership Louisville Center’s Ignite Louisville Class of 2013. The award-winning program, presented by Norton Healthcare, has graduated over 400 up-and-coming leaders and is now entering its tenth year of preparing emerging leaders for expanded roles in their organizations and in the community.  Ignite Louisville is a seven-month program that grows young professionals by developing the key components of leadership. In addition to the core curriculum, the class participates in the Yum! IGNITES Louisville Challenge and takes on a project proposed by a local nonprofit to gain hands-on experience performing on a team and serving the community.

Members of the Ignite Louisville Class of 2013 include: Kurt Barrett, Harshaw Trane; Heather Benson, Visually Impaired Preschool Services; Amanda Bledsoe, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce; Matt Brotzge, United States Senate, Senator Mitch McConnell; Kim Clark, VIA Studio; Talley Cockerel, Norton Healthcare; Alecia Dimar, Yum! Brands, Inc.; SteVon Edwards, Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness; Nikki Francis, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Ankur Gopal, Interapt; Kevin Guthrie, Frazier History Museum; Adam Hack, Ernst & Young LLP; Jonathan Hall, Horseshoe Southern Indiana; Dennis Hillen, Humana Inc.; Jenny Hurst, Big Spring Country Club; Michael Iacovazzi-Pau, Greater Louisville Inc.;

Sarah Johnson, M.D., University of Louisville; Tzivia Levin Kalmes, Jewish Community of Louisville; Justin Keeton, Messer Construction Company; Darren Keith, The Dow Chemical Company; Rob King, Northwestern Mutual; Megan Kishman, Dean Dorton Allen Ford; Josef Krebs, Actors Theatre of Louisville; Tamara Lewis, Jefferson County Public Schools; Matt Lindblom, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC; Tracy Markert, Hosparus, Inc.; Becky Mayton, Frost Brown Todd LLC; Lisa McGriff, RecoverCare; Priscilla McIntosh, The Morton Center; Mick Miller, InnoVise Technologies; Aaron Montgomery, Seven Counties Services; Peter Nesmith, Fifth Third Bank; Kacy Noltemeyer, Cedar Lake Foundation; Donnie Ogletree, Norton Healthcare; Patrick Oster, Yum! Brands, Inc.; Sue Perram, Brown-Forman Corporation;

Amanda Price, Citi Cards; Kevin Richie, KentuckyOne Health; Dan Rodriguez, United States Army; Lou Rohlfing, Brown-Forman Corporation; Aaron Rosenberg, The Courier-Journal; Richard Rowland, Jr., Louisville Urban League Young Professionals/UPS; Kortney Ryan, Deming, Malone, Livesay & Ostroff; Laura Schiller, Dare to Care Food Bank; Abby Shue, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts; Heather Singleton, Norton Healthcare; Darrell Thornton, UPS Airlines; Chris Torres, UPS Airlines; Sara Veeneman, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP; Rich Vollmer, Humana Inc.; Jeanne Ward, The Oliver Group; Paul Weis, LG&E and KU Energy; Rebecca Weis, Young Professionals Association of Louisville (YPAL)/Stites & Harbison, PLLC; and Kelvin Young, Insight/Time Warner Cable, The Show TV.

Louisville Water & Bernheim Partner

Community support was evident at the festive re-opening of Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest’s Hike Bike Trail. The trail was renovated thanks to a new partnership between Louisville Water Company and the non-profit organization. The partnership allowed Louisville Water to extend a water main and construct a pump station with great savings to the company. Bernheim was able to make various improvements to the trail, including an extension of about a half mile, eliminating the need to travel on Highway 245 while on the path. On the cool, crisp morning of Sept. 20, brief remarks from Jim Brammell, Chief Engineer and Vice President of Louisville Water and Dr. Mark K. Wourms, Executive Director of Bernheim, were followed by a ceremonial “vine-cutting” with several community leaders in attendance. Afterwards, Dr. Wourms and Wayne Whitehouse, an engineer with Louisville Water, hopped on a couple of Bernheim bikes for a brief spin side by side on the trail. Learn more about Bernheim at www.bernheim.org. Learn more about Louisville Water at www.louisvillewater.com.

Bourbon Trail Breaks Records

With three busy months left in the year, more people have already completed the famous Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure than ever before. A record 13,173 people have toured all six participating distilleries through Sept. 30 and collected stamps for their Passports. That far surpasses last year’s total of 11,757 completions. The milestone fell Oct. 5 as the KDA finished processing thousands of Passports from runners who competed in The Bourbon Chase annual relay race last weekend, said Adam Johnson, the KDA’s Director of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail experience.

An economic impact study released earlier this year by the University of Louisville found that every person who completes the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour spends an average of $737 on their trip. That means visitors this year alone have already generated nearly $10 million in revenue for communities with a Kentucky Bourbon Trail distillery, Johnson said.

The KDA created the Kentucky Bourbon Trail program in 1999 to offer visitors a firsthand, educational experience into the art and science of crafting the world’s greatest Bourbon. The iconic journey features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington; and Woodford Reserve in Versailles. In 2007, the KDA launched its souvenir “Passport” program to reward visitors with a complimentary T-shirt once they complete tours of all Kentucky Bourbon Trail distilleries. Since then, nearly 40,000 people have finished the tour. For more information visit www.kybourbontrail.com.

Swope Acquires Clapp Volkswagen

The Sam Swope Auto Group is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Clapp Volkswagen, located at 125 West Lewis and Clark Parkway in Clarksville, Ind. The Sam Swope Auto Group intends to retain the current Clapp staff, whose depth of knowledge and dealership culture is right in step with that of Sam Swope. The official acquisition is anticipated to close in mid-October. And existing Clapp Volkswagen customers will be delighted to learn that they will now receive the benefits of the Sam Swope VIP Rewards Club, which includes service discounts, emergency roadside service, lost key return and additional savings on new car purchases throughout the company.

Owned by the Swope family of Louisville, Kentucky, the Sam Swope Auto Group is comprised of 24 auto dealerships in Louisville and throughout the Commonwealth and in Indiana, with dealerships in Lexington, Radcliff, Richmond, Elizabethtown and Clarksville. Founded in 1952 by Sam Swope, it has grown to become the No. 1 new and used car dealer in the Kentuckiana region. Patti Swope manages the company as Chairman of the Board with Dick Swope serving as President & CEO. For more information visit www.samswope.com.

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