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View the 2018 Summit Agenda Below!

Thursday, July 19, 2018


Day 1
1:00 p.m. Registration
1:30 p.m. Welcome
Renee Shaw
|Public Affairs Managing
Producer & Host, KET

Janet Jakubowicz
| Chair, Partnership
Board, Bingham Greenebaum Doll, LLP
1:35 p.m. Program Overview
Joe Craft 
| President, CEO, and Director,
Alliance Coal, LLC and Chairman,
Board of Directors, Kentucky Chamber
1:40 p.m. Kentucky vs. the U.S.
Ted Abernathy 
| Managing Partner,
Economic Leadership LLC

– sponsored by Crowe, LLP
How does Kentucky stack up against the rest of the nation?
Do we lead the pack in any category? Are we falling behind
in others? Where are the prospects strongest for our success?

3:00 p.m. Trade, Tariffs and Kentucky’s Economy
John Murphy | Senior Vice President for
International Policy, U.S. Chamber of Commerce
The Honorable Ryan Quarles |Agriculture
Commissioner, Commonwealth of Kentucky (Invited)

Rocco Rossi 
|
President and CEO,
Ontario Chamber of Commerce 

Dave Tatman | Executive Director,
Kentucky Auto Industry Association
Moderator: Ashli Watts 
|Senior Vice President,
Public Affairs, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

– sponsored by UPS
As international trade becomes more complex, what does
the future hold for Kentucky’s place in the world economy?
This session will highlight the latest developments from
the perspective of leaders who engage on these issues
on a daily basis.

4:00 p.m. Kentucky Politics
Scott Jennings
 | Co-founder and Partner, RunSwitch PR
Matt Jones | Host, Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR)
Moderator: Jacqueline Pitts | Director of
Communications, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
– sponsored by US Bank
What a year it’s been in Kentucky politics, and it’s just past
halfway over! In this session Scott Jennings and Matt Jones
will prognosticate on what could happen before 2018 comes
to a close – and what that might mean for next year’s
legislative session and governor’s race.
5:00 p.m. Day one Business Summit concludes

  • Annual Meeting Reception
    with sponsors begins – 
    Hosted by Joe and Kelly Craft
6:30 p.m. Annual Meeting Dinner Keynote:
Bringing America Together
Arthur Brooks | President, American Enterprise Institute,
Social Scientist and Author



Friday, July 20, 2018


Day 2
8:00 a.m. Registration and breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Joe Craft
 | President, CEO, and Director,
Alliance Coal, LLC and Chairman,
Board of Directors, Kentucky Chamber
8:45 a.m. Opening Keynote: Dreamland: The True
Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic

Sam Quinones | Journalist and Author
– sponsored by Norton Healthcare
His award-winning book has been described
as “the single most well researched, well written
and heartbreaking account on the plague of opiate
addiction.” Author Sam Quinones will share his
insights on the opioid challenges that have
ensnared Kentucky and the nation.

10:00 a.m. Selling Kentucky
The Honorable Terry Gill
| Secretary,
Cabinet for Economic Development
Jay Salyers | Senior Vice President,
Miles Partnership

Moderator: Kevin Smith | Vice President, Kentucky
Beam Bourbon Affairs, Beam Suntory

– sponsored by Kentucky Department of Tourism
In this session we will hear from three experts on
our state’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities
and threats when it comes to selling the Commonwealth
for economic development, as a brand and as a
tourism destination.

11:00 a.m. Immigration, Workforce and Economic Growth
Jeremy Robbins
 | Executive Director,
New American Economy
– sponsored by Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC
Kentucky has more than 150,000 immigrant residents,
and immigrant-owned firms employ more than 35,000
people. Clearly, immigration is a key contributor to
Kentucky’s workforce and economic growth. This session
will provide the details on what immigration means for
Kentucky’s bottom line – and that of the nation.
11:30 a.m. Key Issues Facing Kentucky’s Future
Dave Adkisson
 | President & CEO,
Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
– sponsored by Brown-Forman
12:00 p.m. Luncheon Keynote: A Conversation
with Joe Craft

Joe Craft
 | President, CEO, and Director,
Alliance Coal, LLC
Interviewer: Elizabeth McCoy | CEO,
Planters Bank, Inc.

– sponsored by Kentucky Department
of Agriculture

1:30 p.m. 13th Annual Business Summit concludes