Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce
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Sunday, September 16 – Tuesday, September 18
The Art Hotel –  1201 Broadway, Denver. CO

Thank you for a great trip!

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The Greater Louisville Idea Development Expedition (GLIDE) is an annual, invitation-only executive program for regional business and community leaders. The program promotes learning, brainstorming and relationship building that is critical to regional visioning and progress. GLIDE Denver attendees will learn how this thriving city attracts and retains talented professionals and embraces creativity to craft a vibrant community.

GLI is focusing on initiatives that lead to regional business attraction. Visiting The Mile High City will allow us to learn from the best economic development corporation in the country, Metro Denver, explore their diverse economy and learn more about urban and regional grow and design.

Denver has been able to attract the headquarters of major financial and technology firms by capitalizing on low real estate prices and a growing, educated population.  Colorado is the second fastest growing and second most highly-educated state in the U.S. In 2016, 39.2 percent of the population held a bachelor’s degree or higher according to Census Data.  The majority of Metro Denver’s population growth is Millennials working in the leisure & hospitality, professional & business services, wholesale & retail trade, and government sectors.

This three-day trip has become the most valuable opportunity to build collaboration and make positive changes in our region. GLIDE is designed to provide community representatives, elected officials, entrepreneurs, education delegates and business leaders with the opportunity to see how selected cities have overcome obstacles and achieved success.

Registration includes two night hotel accommodations at one of Downtown Denver’s newest hotels, the ART, a 2017 Conde Nest “Readers Choice Award “ #1 Hotel in Colorado. The trip price is $2995 and for the first time ever, includes all meals, snacks, receptions, round trip charter transportation and briefing materials.

Find out more about GLIDE through the years. 




Councilman Ackerson, Metro Council

Jim Allen, Hilliard Lyons

Bobby Arnold, Republic Bank

Mike Ash, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky

Duffy Baker, CHASE

Kim Baker, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

Barry Barker, TARC

Susan Barry, The Community Foundation of Louisville

Cleo Battle, Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau

Lonnie Bellar, LG&E

David Bizianes, Oldham Chamber & Economic Development

Kent Blake, LG&E

Neville Blakemore, Great Northern Building Products

Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts

Kevin Borland, Mulloy/Borland

Jamie Brodsky, Stoll Keenon Ogden

Lauren Brown, Michaelis Events

Spencer Bruce, Louisville Water Company

William Butler, Corporex

Jeff Calderon, DMLO CPAs

Theresa Canaday, Frost Brown Todd

Tim Corrigan, The Rotunda Group

Brian Cromer, Stites & Harbison

Steve Cunanan, Kindred Healthcare

Jim Dahlem, Dahlem Company

Wendy Dant Chesser, OneSouthern Indiana

Condrad Daniels, HJI Supply Chain Solutions

Fred Davis, PriceWeber

Councilwoman Denton, Metro Council

Craig Dilger, Stoll Keenon Ogden

Susan Donovan, Bellarmine University

Dalton Dreisbach, Stephen C. Gault Co.

Jennifer Eberle, HighNote

Tommy Elliott, Old National Bank

Councilman Engel, Metro Council

Chris Estes, EOP Architects

Scott Ferguson, The Underwriters Group

Mayor Greg Fischer, Metro Council

Vernon Foster, University of Louisville

Kevin Fuqua, MCM CPAs and Advisors

Bert Griffin, Spalding University

Amber Halloran, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

David Hardy, CBRE

Nick Heekin, Corporex

Dennis Heishman, Old National Bank

Kelley Helgeson-Kosse, H2R Consulting LLC

John Hollenbach, Hollenbach-Oakley

Steph Horne, Horne Title and Escrow Services

President James, Metro Council

Aimee Jewell, YPAL

Kevin Joynt, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Brian Keith, Koetter Construction

Joe Kelley, Kelley Construction

Don Kelly, Wyatt, Tarrant, Combs LLP

Andrea Kinser, Merrill Lynch & Co.

Cynthia Knapek, Leadership Louisville Center

Bob Koetter, Koetter Construction

Glenn Kosse, Bellarmine University

Todd Lanham, USI Insurance

Councilman Lanshima, Metro Council

Donald Lassere, Muhammad Ali Center

Councilwoman Leet, Metro Council

Riggs Lewis, Norton Healthcare

Anne Marie Maldini, YPAL

Phil Marshall, Hosparus Health

Rebecca Matheny, Louisville Downtown Partnership

Jeff McKenzie, Bingham Greenebaum Doll

John Megibben, Messer Construction

Ryan Miranda, Miranda Construction

Dr. Todd Mooradian, University of Louisville

Tim Mulloy, MulloyBorland

Josh Nagel, Merrill Lynch & Co.

John Neace, Neace Ventures

Penny Neace, Neace Ventures

Jim Newberry, Steptoe & Johnson

Chris Nolan, MML&K

Jim O’Malley, Brown-Forman

Kent Oyler, Greater Louisville Inc.

Councilwoman Parker, Metro Council

Katen Patel, Day Dream Hotel Group

William Paynter, Tier 3 Technologies

Steve Poe, Poe Companies

Julie Pogue, Julie Pogue Properties

Richard Polk, EOP Architects

Dr. Marty Pollio, JCPS

Nick Pregilasco, Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts

Erin Rasinen, Messer Construction

Nick Reddin, V-Soft Consulting

Theresa Reno-Weber, Metro United Way

Sadiqa Reynolds, Louisville Urban League

Ferdinand Risco, TARC

Dan Rivers, Northwestern Mutual

David Saffer, Stites & Harbison

Ana Schwager, Southwest Airlines

Curt Scott, Todd Asset Management

Councilwoman Sexton-Smith, Metro Council

Mike Shea, Government Strategies

Rush Sherman, Spalding University

Kevin Smith, Beam Suntory

Brad Smith, MCM CPAs and Advisors

Denise Spalding, HighNote

Doug Stough, AssuredPartners

Evelyn Strange, Advanced Electrical Systems

Louis Straub, Independence Bank

Ray  Strothman, Strothman and Company

William Summers. Republic Bank

John Talbott, Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts

David Tate, BKD, LLP

Jim Tencza, Dean Dorton

Purna Veer, V-Soft Consulting

Darrell Wells, Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company

Mark Wheeler, Central Bank

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Forward

Jack Will, Jefferson County League of Cities

David Wombwell, U.S Bank

Councilman Yates, Metro Council

Tammy York Day, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council


Thank you to our sponsors!

Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:
Bellarmine UniversityLG&E, MCM CPAs and Advisors, Neace VenturesStites & Harbison, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)University of Louisville – College of Business
Gold Sponsors:
Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc., Beam Suntory, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, Corporex, Crown CastleFrost Brown Todd, H2R ConsultingHilliard Lyons, Southwest Airlines
Supporting Sponsors:
AssuredPartners, CHASE, DMLO CPAs, Fifth-Third Bank Kentucky, Poe Companies, U.S. BankWyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP