Greater Louisville Inc. The Metro Chamber of Commerce 2019 Chamber of the Year
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GLIDE 2019 is heading to San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Sonoma County September 8-11, 2019.  This four day, three night trip will explore two critical areas of growth for our region: technology and tourism.

As always, GLI is focusing on initiatives that lead to regional business and talent attraction and growth. GLIDE 2019 will take us to the world’s foremost technology hotbed to gain a much deeper understanding of tech business, investment and workforce.  Then we will extend on to California wine country to see what that region may teach us about our own bourbon tourism, or “bourbonism”.  We will use this year’s intercity leadership expedition to build on the momentum of our region and implement best practices from the experts in tourism and modern technology.

GLIDE has become one of the community’s most valuable opportunities to build collaboration and make positive changes in our region. This trip is designed to provide community representatives, elected officials, entrepreneurs, education delegates and business leaders, an opportunity to see how selected cities have overcome obstacles and achieved success.  Recent trips have taken us to hot cities like Denver, Nashville, Austin, Portland, and Charlotte.

We will spend the first two nights in downtown San Francisco, which will serve as our home base as we explore the magic of Silicon Valley.  Then the group will move out to Sonoma County for the last two days of the trip.  Being San Francisco, extensions and significant others are encouraged.

Registration is $3200* and includes four days and three night hotel accommodations, all meals, snacks, receptions, ground transportation and briefing materials.  Register early as the last three GLIDE trips have sold out well in advance.



There are recommended flight provided by Southwest Airlines

*All attendees are responsible for their own flight, there will not be a charter flight. 

September 8th Departure from SDF to SFO 7:40am-11:40am: Southwest Airlines #4777/4171 (connection in Phoenix)

September 11th Departure from SFO to SDF 2:05pm-11:10pm: Southwest Airlines #455/13387 (connection in Denver)



Want to include your spouse? CLICK HERE

Want to come early or stay longer? Discounted hotel rates are available for early-arrival in San Francisco and extended stay in Sonoma. Contact Miriam Nally 502.625.0156 for booking details.



Council Member, Brent Ackerson, Louisville Metro Council

Raelyn Adkins, Beam Suntory

Jim Allen, Hilliard Lyons

Mike Ash, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky

Matt Ayers, Norton Healthcare

Lourdes Baez, Baptist Health

Cleo Battle, Louisville Tourism

Duffy Baker, CHASE

David Beck, Kentucky Venues

Lonnie Bellar, LG&E-KU

Matt Berrian, BKD, LLP

David Bizianes, Oldham Chamber & Economic Development

Christen Boone, Fund for the Arts

Jim Bopp, Southwest Airlines

Jamie Brodsky, Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC

David Brown, The Underwriters Group

Spencer Bruce, Louisville Water Company

Eric Burnette, Louisville Forward

Jeff Busick, McCarthy Strategic Solutions

Jeff Calderon, DMLO CPAs

Nick Chitwood, LDG Development, LLC

Lisa Clark, Merrill Private Wealth Management

Toni Clem, Scoppechio

Gerard Colman, Baptist Health

Bob Connolly, Stites & Harbison

Tim Corrigan, The Rotunda Group

John Crockett, LG&E-KU

Brian Cromer, Stites & Harbison

Jim Dahlem, Dahlem Company, Inc

Nick D’Andrea, UPS

Michael Dees, BluMine Health

Susan Donovan, Bellarmine University

Dan Dry, PriceWeber

Tommy Elliott, Old National Bank

Rudy Ellis, YPAL

Chris Estes, EOP Architects

Mark Farmer, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs

Nick Fears, Wehr Constructions, Inc.

Randy Frantz, TARC

Vernon Foster, University of Louisville – College of Business

Council Member, Mark Fox, Louisville Metro Council

Council Member, Nicole George Louisville Metro Council

Paul Goatley, Fisher Phillips

Mariah  Gratz, Weyland Ventures

Jason Groneck, GBBN Architects, Inc.

Tim Hagerty, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Amber Halloran, The Kentucky Center for the Performing Arts

David Hardy, CBRE

Kelley Helgeson-Kosse, H2R Consulting

Julie Hermann, Julie Pogue Properties

Scott Herrmann, Hosparus Health

John Hollenbach, Hollenbach-Oakley, LLC

Jill Horn, Brown-Forman

Steph Horne, Horne Title and Escrow Services, LLC

Flev Hughes, Southwest Airlines

Mark Hurst, Stoll Keenon Ogden

Jim Irving, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Council President, David James, Louisville Metro Council

Denise Jerome, Michaelis Events

Kevin Joynt, Deloitte & Touche LLP

Brian Keith, Koetter Construction, Inc.

Joe Kelley, Kelley Construction Inc.

Cynthia Knapek, Leadership Louisville Center

Bob Koetter, Koetter Construction, Inc.

Glenn Kosse, Bellarmine University

Jeff Kurt, Miranda Construction

Riggs Lewis, Norton Healthcare

Tom McMahon, Humana

George McMinn, Messer Construction

Todd Magner, Koetter Construction, Inc.

Rebecca Matheny, Louisville Downtown Partnership

Nick Mattingly, SwitcherStudio

Jeff McKenzie, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP

Diane Medley, MCM CPAs and Advisors

John Megibben, Messer Construction

Dr. Todd Mooradian, University of Louisville – College of Business

John Moore, Atria Senior Living Inc.

Joseph Neary, University of Louisville – College of Business

Jim Newberry, Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Chris Nolan, MML&K Government Solutions

Patrick  O’Daniel, The Underwriters Group

Don Parkinson, Commonwealth of Kentucky

William  Paynter, Tier 3 Technologies

Julie Pogue, Julie Pogue Properties

Jean Porter, Louisville Forward

Theresa Reno-Weber, Metro United Way, Inc.

Kendrick Riggs, Stoll Keenon Odgen PLLC

Ferdinand Risco, Transit Authority of River City (TARC)

Charlie  Scholtz, Brown-Forman

Camilla  Schroeder, Advance Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

John Schroeder, Advance Ready Mix Concrete, Inc.

Curtiss  Scott, Todd Asset Management, LLC

Ben  Simmons, EOP Architects

Kevin Smith, Beam Suntory

Brad Smith, MCM CPAs and Advisors

Joe Steier, Signature Healthcare

Doug Stough, AssuredPartners

Bill Strench, Frost Brown Todd LLC

Ray Strothman, Strothman and Company

William  Summers, Republic Bank

John Talbott, Bardenwerper, Talbott & Roberts, PLLC

David Tate, BKD, LLP

Anna Tatman, Rosa Mosaic & Tile Company

Mary Thompson, The Underwriters Group

Andy Treinen, Frazier History Museum

Purna Veer, V-Soft Consulting Group Inc.

Darrell Wells, Commonwealth Bank & Trust Company

Mark Wheeler, Central Bank

Mary Ellen Wiederwohl, Louisville Forward

Jennifer Willis, Humana

Council Member, Markus Winkler, Louisville Metro Council

David Wombwell, U.S. Bank

Council Member, David Yates, Louisville Metro Council

Stacey Yates, Louisville Tourism


Jennifer Ash

Peggy Baker

Lindsey Brodsky

Stephanie Cook

Amy Fears

Robert Jerome

Teresa Kelley

Prewitt Lane

Kathy Oyler

Ben Reno-Weber

Carmen Riggs

Kristie Saffer

Mary Strench

Carolyn Strothman

Bryan Sunderland

Leslie Tate

Jeff Tatman

Tom Willis


Photos from 2018 GLIDE

Past GLIDE Takeaways

Presenting Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsor: 

Atria Senior Living Inc.

Bellarmine University




Louisville Tourism

MCM CPAs & Advisors 

Southwest Airlines

Stites & Harbison

Transit Authority of River City (TARC)

University of Louisville – College of Business

Gold Sponsor: 

Frost Brown Todd LLC

Hilliard Lyons

Kindred Healthcare 

Reception Sponsor

Beam Suntory

Breakout Dinner Sponsor: 


Fifth Third Bank

H2R Consulting LLC

Welcome Sponsor: 

Louisville Regional Airport Authority

Lanyard Sponsor: 

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, LLP