1 p.m. Registration

1:30 p.m. Business Summit Begins
Business Summit Emcee
Bill Goodman, Managing Editor and Host, Kentucky Tonight and One to One, KET

Welcome and Overview
Elizabeth McCoy, Kentucky Chamber Chair and President and CEO, Planters Bank, Inc.

Opening Keynote – A New Vision for Kentucky’s Future
Hon. Rand Paul, U.S. Senator

2:30 p.m. Focusing on a Rapidly Changing Future: Kentucky's Path to Economic and Workforce Competitiveness
Ted Abernathy, Managing Partner, Economic Leadership LLC

4 p.m. The Future of Eastern Kentucky
Hon. Steve Beshear, Governor, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Hon. Hal Rogers, U.S. Congressman

5 p.m. Day One Business Summit Concludes

Annual Meeting Reception with Sponsors

6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting Dinner
Keynote Address: National and Kentucky Politics
Chuck Todd, NBC News Chief White House Correspondent and Political Director


8 a.m. Registration and Breakfast

8:30 a.m. Welcome
Elizabeth McCoy, Kentucky Chamber Chair and President and CEO, Planters Bank, Inc.

Opening Keynote: The Future of Toyota, the Auto Industry and Kentucky’s Economy
Wil James, Jr., President, Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky, Inc.

9:45 a.m. Kentucky’s Education Bet: A Future of Progress and Promise?
Virginia B. Edwards, President and Editor, Editorial Projects in Education, Editor-in-Chief, Education Week and

11 a.m. The Future of Coal and Kentucky’s Economy
Robert M. “Mike” Duncan, President and CEO, American Coalition for Clean Coal Electricity

12 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: The Future of Maker's Mark, Bourbon and Kentucky's Economy
Rob Samuels, Chief Operating Officer, Maker's Mark Distillery, Inc.

1:30 p.m. The Future of the Nine Economic Regions of Kentucky
Dr. Paul Coomes, Emeritus Professor of Economics, University of Louisville and Senior Economic Advisor, Kentucky Chamber

2 p.m. Top Issues Facing Kentucky’s Next Governor
Dave Adkisson, President and CEO, Kentucky Chamber

3 p.m. Closing Keynote: Kentucky Leaders Panel
James R. Comer, Agriculture Commissioner, Department of Agriculture, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Jack Conway, Attorney General, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Adam Edelen, State Auditor, Commonwealth of Kentucky
Hal Heiner, Chairman, Capstone Realty, Inc.

Q&A from Media Panel
Al Cross, Director, Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues
Bill Goodman, Managing Editor and Host, Kentucky Tonight and One to One, KET (also moderator)
Sam Youngman, Political Reporter, Lexington Herald-Leader

4:30 p.m. 9th Annual Business Summit Concludes