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January 22, 2019 3:53pm

GLI Board Welcomes New Executive Committee and Board Members

Louisville, Ky. – Greater Louisville Inc. held its annual business meeting Tuesday, welcoming 16 new business and community leaders to serve on its Board of Directors and electing its 2019 Executive Committee.


Mike Ash, Regional President-Kentucky of Fifth Third Bank, was elected Chairman of Greater Louisville, Inc. He succeeds Jim Allen, Chairman & CEO of Hilliard Lyons. Allen will continue to serve on GLI’s Executive Committee as Immediate Past Chair. Lonnie Bellar, Chief Operating Officer of LG&E & KU Energy, was chosen to serve as Chair-Elect.


“GLI is fortunate to have such a deep, accomplished board from which to draw its leadership,” Allen said. “Every individual who serves on this board has a singular goal in mind – to make our community and our region even greater.”


The 2019 GLI Executive Committee members are:

  • Mike Ash (2019 Chair), Regional President-Kentucky, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jim Allen (Immediate Past Chair), Chairman & CEO, Hilliard Lyons
  • Lonnie Bellar (Chair-Elect), COO, LG&E & KU Energy LLC
  • Theresa Canaday (Secretary/Legal Counsel), Litigation Department Chair, Frost Brown Todd LLC
  • Russ Cox, President & CEO, Norton Healthcare
  • Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne, CEO, TKT & Associates
  • Charlie Scholtz, Vice President & Associate General Counsel, Brown-Forman Corp.
  • Evelyn Strange, President, AES Advanced Electrical Systems, Inc.
  • Purna Veer, President, V-Soft Consulting Group, Inc.
  • Jennifer Willis, North/Southeast Regional Vice President, Humana
  • David Wombwell (Treasurer), Market President, US Bank


The 12 new Voting Directors are:

  • Toni Clem, President & COO, Scoppechio
  • Steve Cunanan, Advisor, Kindred Healthcare Inc.
  • Tom Eller, Kentucky Region President, BB&T Corp.
  • Jonathan Goldberg, Managing Member, Goldberg & Simpson
  • Mariah Gratz, CEO, Weyland Ventures
  • Denise Jerome, CEO, Michaelis Events
  • Tierra Kavanaugh Wayne, CEO, TKT & Associates
  • Philip Poindexter, President, Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  • Camilla Schroeder, President, Advance Ready Mix Concrete
  • Scott Shoenberger, President & CEO, Al J. Schneider Co.
  • Glenn Sullivan, President, The Sullivan University System
  • John Waggoner, President & CEO, HMS Global Maritime


Additionally, four Representative Directors were selected:

  • Juva Barber, Executive Vice President, Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville
  • David Beck, President & CEO, Kentucky Venues
  • A. Dale Josey, Chair, Arts & Cultural Alliance (ACA)
  • Ferdinand Risco, Interim Executive Director, TARC


GLI also extended its employment agreement with President & CEO Kent Oyler for an additional year.


“Kent has done a great job bringing GLI to its current high-performance level, and this extension takes us well into 2020,” said Board Chairman Mike Ash.


Greater Louisville Inc. is a private, non-profit 501(c)(6) organization governed by a volunteer Board of Directors consisting of 48 voting members and 27 non-voting members. The Executive Committee of the Board is made up of 11 elected members from the Board of Directors. Officers of the Board include the Chair, Immediate Past Chair, Incoming Chair, Secretary, and Treasurer.



About Greater Louisville Inc.

Greater Louisville Inc. - the Metro Chamber of Commerce is focused on growing the regional economy. As the region’s largest convener of business leadership, GLI leads economic and global outreach strategies focused on business attraction; nurtures the entrepreneurial eco-system; and champions the development of the community’s talent base.  As the voice of Greater Louisville’s business community, GLI advocates for a pro-business environment and facilitates businesses engagement on issues that impact regional competitiveness.  For more information, visit www.greaterlouisville.com.