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In 1981, Kimberly began working at Farmers Bank as a co-op student, answering the switchboard in the customer accounting department. In 2008, Farmers Bank merged with its sister bank, United Bank, which enlarged the geographic footprint and increased the communities the bank served.

Over her 35 years at United Bank, she went from being a working high school student to a senior officer. She learned the business of banking at a young age and considers it one of her greatest accomplishments. “Education is important but for my journey, I was able to learn the business of banking hands on.”

Kimberly believes in being involved in organizations within her community. “Like so many people, my greatest satisfaction comes from helping others,” she says.

Kimberly and her husband, Barry, enjoy being at her parents’ farm where they raise cattle and hay. “My parents have had the greatest impact on my career because they taught me the importance of a strong work ethic, respect, and caring for others,” she says.

A graduate of Georgetown College, Lee resides in Georgetown with his wife and two sons.  In 2012 Lee accepted the position of Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI).  EEI is the organizing body for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event that annually drew over 84,000 guests to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2016.

As one of only six events in the world to be recognized as a CCI****, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is iconic in the sport of eventing and for Central Kentucky.  As Executive Director of EEI, Lee is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization to ensure we produce the highest quality event possible.

Prior to joining EEI Lee held the position of Senior Vice President for the National Tour Association.   While with NTA, Lee oversaw all of the association’s operations and events.  He was responsible for planning events all throughout North America and Europe ranging in size from 300 people to 3,000.

In his free time, Lee can be found at the soccer fields watching his sons play or spending time with family.

Public advocate, for Georgetown and Scott Co for managed growth and quality of life.
While understanding the needs and necessity of regional cooperation, a champion, of Georgetown and Scott Counties autonomy.
A lifetime of public service to include President of the Georgetown Scott Co Chamber of Commerce, Vice President Scott Co United etc.

Developer of the communities of Mallard Point, Harbor Village, Westwoods, The Traditions at Falls Creek etc.

A horseman.

A nationally recognized poker player with appearances on ESPN and presently appearing on Poker Night in America on CBS Sports.

Proud father of three, and grandfather of eleven.

Kim has been a Chamber board member for two years and was the VP of Membership during that time.

She thoroughly enjoys working with the board and loves being part of the Georgetown community.

She is looking forward to her new position as the Treasurer this year.

Kim is currently the Assistant Vice President of Branch Services for Commonwealth Credit Union and worked in Georgetown for three years as the branch manager. “It’s been a pleasure working with the Chamber and their team.” She’s looking forward to another wonderful year.

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE OFFICERS

Bridget holds a B.B.A. in marketing from University of Kentucky and an M.B.A. from Eastern Kentucky University. She grew up on a farm in Western Kentucky and currently resides in Scott County with her husband Jake. Bridget is the Director of Marketing, Provider Relations & Industry and Community Outreach for Georgetown Community Hospital. She is involved and active within the community including the Salvation Army Advisory Council Board, Elkhorn Crossing School Advisory Council, Scott County Relay for Life Committee (Marketing Chair), Georgetown Rotary Club, Georgetown Kiwanis Club, Georgetown Women’s Club, Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce Board, Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce Vice President of Communications & Marketing, Leadership Scott County Steering Committee (Co-Chair), Quest Farm Board, Philanthropic Educational Organization (PEO) and Georgetown Healthcare Professionals.
Ashley Chatham is an analyst in Corporate Communications/ External Affairs at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc. (TMMK), Toyota’s largest manufacturing plant in the world. In this role, she is responsible for external communications, media relations, social media and advertising.

Prior to her current role, Chatham spent five years in tourism and environmental education as a member of TMMK’s Visitor Center, beginning in 2007, where she lead the development of TMMK’s award-winning environmental education program.

She is a 2007 graduate of Georgetown College with a B.A. in Communication & Media Studies. Chatham has served as a board member for the environmental non-profit, Bluegrass Greensource, and in 2016, served as vice president of community affairs for the Georgetown- Scott County Chamber of Commerce. She is a 2013 graduate of Leadership Lexington.

David Boggs is the President/CEO of Opportunity for Work and Learning (OWL), a nonprofit that assists job seekers in overcoming barriers to achieve successful employment.

David is also President of the Lexington Manufacturing Center (LMC), an OWL company. In addition to leading nearly 100 employees at OWL and LMC, David is heavily involved in the community and holds several positions with organizations throughout Kentucky that support economic development, reentry, and rehabilitation. Some of those organizations include the Franklin Co. ASAP, Kentucky Social Enterprise Alliance, the Kentucky Workforce Innovation Board, the Bluegrass Workforce Innovation Board, Bluegrass Reentry Council, and numerous chambers.

A graduate of Georgetown College, Lee resides in Georgetown with his wife and two sons. In 2012 Lee accepted the position of Executive Director of Equestrian Events, Inc. (EEI). EEI is the organizing body for the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event that annually drew over 84,000 guests to the Kentucky Horse Park in 2016.

As one of only six events in the world to be recognized as a CCI****, the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event is iconic in the sport of eventing and for Central Kentucky. As Executive Director of EEI, Lee is responsible for overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations of the organization to ensure we produce the highest quality event possible.

Prior to joining EEI Lee held the position of Senior Vice President for the National Tour Association. While with NTA, Lee oversaw all of the association’s operations and events. He was responsible for planning events all throughout North America and Europe ranging in size from 300 people to 3,000.

In his free time, Lee can be found at the soccer fields watching his sons play or spending time with family.

Meredith Plant is the Coordinator of Volunteer Services at Bluegrass Care Navigators with responsibility for placing volunteers in direct patient care roles and in administrative roles within the agency.  She oversees a program of 150 volunteers in the Fayette and Jessamine county areas.  In addition to her volunteer placement responsibilities, she recruits and trains new volunteers.

Prior to joining Bluegrass Care Navigators, formerly Hospice of the Bluegrass in late 2015, Meredith worked for three and a half years at the American Cancer Society and staffed the Relay For Life of Scott County.  In that time from 2012-2015, the Relay For Life of Scott County set fundraising, team, and participant records in the community.  Before joining the non-profit sector, she worked for five years in college admissions at Midway University and Transylvania University, recruiting students and coordinating student volunteers.

Meredith received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Transylvania University and her graduate degree from the University of Louisville.  She is an active member of the Junior League of Lexington and served as the 2016 Charity Horse Show Media Chair.  Meredith is a 2015 graduate of Leadership Scott County and served as Secretary on the LSC Steering Committee in 2016.  In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and parents.

Robert Swanigan began his law enforcement career in 1992 with the Georgetown Police Department. Over his 25 year career Robert worked his way through the ranks of the department serving as a Patrolman, Sergeant, Lieutenant, Captain and his current rank of Assistant Chief of Police. Robert is a graduate of the United States Secret Service’s NCFI Computer Forensics Program and the FBI National Academy in Quantico, Virginia.

A lifelong resident of Scott County, Robert and his wife Shannon have three children, Drew, Sara and Kayden. In addition to his law enforcement career, Robert enjoys working as a NCAA / NAIA Basketball Referee. In his free time Robert enjoys spending time with his family and friends and photography.

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2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jeanne Biddle retired from her position as Director of Instructional Technology at Scott County Schools in Georgetown, Kentucky. She continues to be recognized nationally for her innovative and creative methods of embedding technology into current teaching practices. She is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Google Education Trainer, Adobe Education Leader, and Microsoft Innovative Educator. She calls herself a tech geek!

Although Jeanne has served on regional, state, and national education and technology boards, one of her most daunting and successful challenges was election to the Board of Directors of the premiere global organization, the International Society of Technology in Education representing 82 countries with more than 100,000 members. Biddle currently serves as an advisory member for global educational technology policies.

She has served as a Georgetown/Scott County Tourism Commissioner. She was elected as Tourism Chair from 2007-2011 to lead preparations for the World Equestrian Games and the anticipated impact on the Scott County community.

Biddle served on the Board of Directors for the Georgetown Scott County Chamber of Commerce 2009-2014, serving as Vice President of Leadership Development responsible for Leadership Scott County.

She is a consultant for the Center of Quality People and Organizations trained in meeting facilitation and problem-solving. Her experiences include working with Marshall University, Marshall Community College, Scott County Schools, Mississippi School Districts, Georgetown City Council, Georgetown Main Street Program, Georgetown/Scott County Tourism, Cynthiana Main Street Program, and the North Carolina Historical Society. Current work with CQPO includes training students and adults for the High School Manufacturing Academy.

Jeanne is a graduate of Leadership Scott County and Leadership Kentucky. She is blessed with two boys, her eldest a graduate of Western Kentucky University with a degree in Agriculture, and her youngest currently attending Western Kentucky University pursuing an Agriculture degree with focus in Turf Management. In her spare time, she seeks to visit unique travel destinations, is a member of the Scott County Homemakers Quilting Club and works on new tricks with the family dog, Beau the Hound, a border collie-Australian shepherd mix and keeping him away from their two talking parakeets!

Mr. Hamilton has a BS degree in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is Vice President of Nally and Gibson LLC and the Georgetown office of Hamilton Hinkle Paving, LLC. Mr. Hamilton is also associated with Nally and Gibson Hauling.

He is past Chairman and Board Member of the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association, Past President and Board Member of the Plant-Mixed Asphalt Association of Kentucky and current Vice-Chairman and Board Member Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors. He is a Board Member Kentuckians for Better Transportation.

He is a member Saint Francis and Saint John Church in Georgetown. He is a member of the Leadership Council of the Newman Center at the University of Kentucky. He currently is serving a term as a member of the Board of Directors of the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce.

Daniel Harrison is a life long Scott Countian where he resides with his two children and wife, Michiko.

He fell in love with craft beer during a three year stent teaching English in Japan – where he met partner, Nathan Coppage.

Daniel mostly handles public relations for his company, Country Boy Brewing, and is a founding board member of the Kentucky Guild of Brewers where he chairs the Legislative Committee.

He attended Georgetown College where he double majored in History and French Language and minored in business administration.

Furthering his education, Daniel attended The Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce where he received his Masters of Arts with a focus on International Organizations and Agricultural Economics.

Dr. Kevin Hub is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point with a Bachelor of Science degree, Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond with a Masters of Arts in Education, and Spalding University in Louisville with a Doctorate in Education. He is currently the Superintendent of Schools in Scott County.

Dr. Hub is in his twenty-fourth (24th) year in education after serving in the military for forty (40) months including a six (6) month tour in Desert Storm where he was awarded the Bronze Star medal and the Army Commendation medal with “V” device for Valor.

Kevin is the husband of Nanette and is the father of Keaton (25), Kasey (14), and Luke (10).

Pat Littleton is President of Classic Blinds and Green Light Marketing. He’s married to Judy Littleton.

Previously he has served as VP Membership, VP Marketing and Communication, and Economic Affairs committee.

He enjoys keeping up with three children, three grandkids, two cats, and following Kentucky sports helps make the world go round in a good way.

Serving on the Chamber Board again is an honor.

Melissa Miller and her husband, Marty, have called Scott County home for 20 years. She is the owner of em+me boutique, a women’s boutique on Main Street, and her husband is employed by the Kentucky
Retirement Systems.

They both attend Grace Christian Church where she
actively volunteers as a small group leader, women’s ministry, and as a board member of the non-profit Lily bugs Children’s Consignment Sale. She is the former founder of MOPS, Mothers of Preschoolers,
Georgetown chapter.

Melissa was honored to have received the Small Business of the Year award along with her business partner Emily Sevits in 2017, along with the nomination as a Jim Reid Community Award nominee. Her pride and joy are her children, where she spent 12 years as a stay at home mom before becoming a small business owner.

Michael Portwood is the President of Minova Americas, a subsidiary of Orica Limited. Minova is a global manufacturing leader offering mechanical, structural, and chemical-based solutions for the underground mining, tunneling, civil infrastructure and Oil & Gas industries.

As President, Michael is responsible for strategically positioning Minova as an industry leader by executing plans that advance the company while utilizing its Mission, Vision & Values to generate revenue and profitability while sustaining growth.

Michael has over two decades of manufacturing expertise thanks to a career which began with an internship at Toyota Motor Manufacturing in Georgetown, KY. He subsequently held roles with automotive suppliers; responsibilities, including Engineering Manager, Plant Manager, and Vice President of Operations before assuming the role of President at Minova Americas. Michael is best-known for his leadership and expertise in company turnarounds, innovative thinking in manufacturing and business development.

Michael holds academic degrees of a B.A. in business from Sue Bennett College and an Executive MBA from Xavier University. Michael has further education credentials having attended the London Business Schools Executive Development Program and obtained his Journeyman Tool and Die apprenticeship from the University of Kentucky’s “CKTC”. In 2013, Michael received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Xavier University for his leadership in a business turnaround at Orica.

An active leader in his community, Michael serves on several boards, including the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research Advisory Board as well as being the acting Vice Chair of the Georgetown-Scott County Airport.

Todd W. Rasberry, Ph.D. serves as the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Georgetown College. Prior to joining the staff at Georgetown, he served at Perkins School of Theology SMU in Dallas, Texas and at the College of Arts and Sciences at Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas.

Todd is a clergy member of the Northwest Texas Annual Conference.

Todd received a Ph.D. in Technical Communication and Rhetoric from Texas Tech University, a Master of Divinity degree from Perkins School of Theology, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Humanities from McMurry University.

Nate Schwartz is an insurance agent for Chenault & Hoge in downtown Georgetown.

Originally from New Jersey, Nate made Georgetown, KY his home after graduating from the University of Kentucky in 2009. He has been married to his college sweetheart, Ashley, for over 10 years and they have 2 amazing daughters together.
Nate is an active member of Grace Christian Church, a Scott County YMCA coach and board member, and current member of the 2017-2018 Scott County Leadership program. In his free time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, rooting for Big Blue, and horse racing.

Nate has been serving on the Membership council for the Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce since 2016. “I have a passion for meeting new people and businesses in the area and making them feel welcome; I believe that the Chamber serves a vital role in this growing community and the driving force is our members.”

Mr. Shoop is Chairman of Frank Shoop Chevrolet – Buick – Chrysler – Jeep – Dodge – RAM Inc. of Georgetown, Chairman of Cardinal Chevrolet – Buick – GMC – Cadillac Inc. of Hazard, and co-founder and former director of Georgetown Bank and Trust Company. He has served as chair of the Kentucky Racing Commission and was a partner in the lobbying firm of Ratcliff and Shoop. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Kentucky University and was a 1988 EKU Hall of Distinguished Alumni Inductee.

He was named the 1989 Georgetown Chamber of Commerce Outstanding Civic Leader of the Year. Mr. Shoop has served as the chair of the Kentucky Select Chevrolet Dealers, the Eastern Kentucky University National Alumni Association, the Kentucky Automobile Dealer Association and is current director of the Georgetown Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Frank Shoop is a member of the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees, having served from 1991—2014 then 2015 to currently.

Mark Walls is the Central Region President for Whitaker Bank and formerly the Executive Vice President of Whitaker Bank for Georgetown/Scott County.

He is a graduate of The Stoner Graduate School Of Banking, Cannon Trust School and Berea College where he earned a B.S. in Business Administration.

Mark volunteers at Scott County Habitat for Humanity, The Cardinal Sports Club and is an Elder at Harmony Christian Church.

He is a long time resident of Georgetown where he lives with his wife, Lisa and three children, Matt, Josh & Carly.


Mr. Williams is a life long resident of Georgetown. He has been a practicing attorney since May of 1980; and has also utilized that skill as Assistant Scott County Attorney from March 1984 until November 2006 when he became the Scott County Attorney until his recent retirement from that office in 2017. He continues his private practice in Georgetown.

Mr. Williams is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and received his Juris Doctor degree from the Northern Kentucky University Chase College of Law in 1980. In addition, Mr. Williams has been a member of the Georgetown Municipal Water and Sewer Service Board from 1986 until 1998 and again from 2018 to the present.

He is married to Leslie (Greene) Williams and has two children; Ashley (Williams) Tackett and Emily Hunter Williams.

Resa Wright-Browning and her husband, Brian, have called Scott County home for 20 years. Together they own and operate Seeds & Saplings, a children’s store in the heart of downtown, and BTB Building & Remodeling.

Resa attends First Christian Church and actively volunteers in Scott County schools, where her two children attend. She is a former officer for Georgetown Community Theatre, Georgetown Woman’s Club, Georgetown Renaissance, Inc. and Leadership Scott County and has held positions with Georgetown College and the World Equestrian Games. She is also a past recipient of the Jim Reid Community Award.

Resa attended The University of Kentucky (BA – Journalism) and University of Georgia (M Ed – Sports & Event Management).

OUR STAFF


 

 

Executive Director

Jack Conner
jack@gtown.org

Manager

Laura Toole
laura@gtown.org

Assistant Manager

Kellee French
kellee@gtown.org