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Business Leader Champions for Education

Dozens of business leaders from across Kentucky have come together to push for dramatic improvement in the state’s schools and to support educators and students as they work toward that goal.

The Business Leader Champions for Education is chaired by James R. Allen of Louisville, CEO of Hilliard Lyons, and is a joint initiative of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence. The group is made up of corporate executives and other business leaders from across the Commonwealth who will serve as the employer voice in urging the state to provide an education of the highest possible quality for Kentucky’s citizens.

Participants

  • Dave Adkisson, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
  • James R. Allen, Hilliard Lyons
  • Bobby Arnold, Republic Bancorp 
  • Rodney Bohannon, Briggs & Stratton
  • Tony Bohn, Norton Healthcare 
  • Jeff Bringardner, Humana Inc.
  • Dave Calzi, Ernst & Young
  • Kevin Canafax, Fidelity Investments
  • Rowan Claypool, Teach Kentucky Inc.
  • Brent Cooper, C-Forward, Inc.
  • Sam Corbett, Sam Meyers
  • Paul Costel, Chase Kentucky
  • John Crockett, Frost Brown Todd
  • Laura D'Angelo, Dinsmore & Shohl
  • Charles Denny, PNC Bank
  • Vince Gabbert, Keeneland Association
  • John Gant, Carbide Industries
  • Ed Glasscock, Frost Brown Todd
  • Jean Hale, Community Trust Bancorp
  • Paula Hanson, Dean Dorton Allen Ford
  • Joseph Hardesty, Stites & Harbison
  • Billy Harper, Harper Industries
  • Dennis Heishman, Old National Bancorp
  • David Heintzman, Stock Yards Bank and Trust
  • Kennedy Helm, Stites & Harbison
  • Audwin Helton, Spatial Data Integrations
  • Henry Heuser, Unistar/Vogt
  • Debra Hoffer, Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana
  • Bill Hollander, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs 
  • Joel Hopper, Brenntag Mid-South
  • Alice Houston, Houston-Johnson, Inc.
  • Franklin Jelsma, Wyatt Tarrant & Combs 
  • David Jones Jr., Chrysalis Ventures
  • Jeff Kosse, Fifth Third Bank
  • William Lear, Stoll Keenon Ogden
  • Charles Maddux, Propulsys, Inc.
  • Pete Mahurin, Hilliard Lyons Financial Services 
  • Tom Meeker, retired, Churchill Downs
  • Deb Moessner, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kentucky
  • Jerry Morris, Southern Star Central Gas Pipeline
  • Michael Mountjoy, Mountjoy Chilton Medley 
  • Pat Mulloy, Elmcroft Senior Living
  • Mitch Nichols, UPS Airlines
  • Nick Nicholson, Keeneland Association, retired
  • Cheryl Norton, Kentucky American Water
  • Tom Partridge, Fifth Third Bank
  • Eileen Pickett, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Mary Pat Regan, AT&T Kentucky
  • Kevin Riddett, Invensys Rail
  • Paul Rooke, Lexmark International Inc.
  • Steve Rudolf, Baptist Hospital East
  • Ken Selvaggi, WAVE 3-TV
  • Mark Shirkness, General Electric
  • Stu Silberman, Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence
  • Barbara Sexton Smith, Fund for the Arts
  • Victor Staffieri, LG&E and KU Energy LLC
  • Steve Tarver, YMCA of Greater Louisville
  • Carl Thomas, Gheens Foundation
  • Jeff Uligian, Genentech
  • Tina Walters, JPMorgan Chase Foundation
  • John Williams, CSI
  • Stephen Williams, Norton Healthcare 
  • Kathy Zandona, Greater Louisville Inc.