James H. Booth, president of Booth Energy, has been elected chairman of the Kentucky Chamber’s 2013 Board of Directors. Booth will head a 60-member board, representing a cross-section of Kentucky business and industry.
Booth is a lifelong resident of Martin County, Ky. After earning a degree in business administration from Morehead State University in 1971, Booth accepted a management position with Wolf Creek Collieries.
He partnered to start his first contract mining operation in 1975 and has since added many more mining operations in the eastern Kentucky and West Virginia area. His mining group now supplies over 7 million tons of coal annually to electric utilities in the eastern United States. Over the years, Booth and his associates also entered into the retail industry. Combined, the mining operations and retail operations employ approximately 2,100 personnel in the eastern region of Kentucky and southern West Virginia.
During Booth’s year of chairmanship, the Kentucky Chamber will focus on implementing its new strategic plan, as well as working with legislators on addressing the unfunded pension system.
He succeeds 2012 Chairman Luther Deaton, Jr., chairman, president and CEO of Central Bank & Trust in Lexington. Mary Pat Regan, president of AT&T Kentucky has been named chair-elect for 2013 and will serve as Kentucky Chamber Chairwoman in 2013. Click here
for a full listing of the 2013 Board of Directors.