November 14, 2023 9:20am
Michael Mountjoy to be honored with Greater Louisville Inc.’s Gold Cup Award
Greater Louisville business community’s highest honor recognizes lifetime dedication, leadership
LOUISVILLE, KY (November 14, 2023) – Greater Louisville Inc. announced it will recognize Michael B. Mountjoy with its highest honor, the Gold Cup. The Gold Cup is awarded periodically to recognize extraordinary individuals who represent lifetime leadership in making the Louisville area a better place to live and work.
Mountjoy became a Certified Public Accountant in 1975 and in 1980 was a founding partner in the predecessor firm to Mountjoy Chilton Medley LLP (MCM). Under his leadership, the firm grew from one office with a staff of approximately 15, to the eighth largest accounting firm in the Southeast region. It opened multiple offices in Kentucky, Indiana, and Ohio employing approximately 370 people. In August 2023, MCM was acquired by Cherry Bekaert, a top national accounting firm, to bring new and innovative advisory services to the region.
“The Gold Cup recognizes change-makers and visionaries in our community who use their business acumen to make our community a better place. Mike truly exemplifies this, and I am thrilled to honor him with this well-deserved award,” said Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, President and CEO of Greater Louisville Inc.
Mountjoy has been a leader in advancing the accounting profession, serving on the American Institute of CPAs Board of Directors and as president of the Kentucky Society of CPAs Board of Directors. He has participated in civic organizations across the region including past service on the board of directors of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce, Community Foundation of Louisville, Greater Louisville Project, Louisville Orchestra Foundation, and Louisville Library Foundation. He currently serves as the Chairman of the Gheens Foundation, Inc., and is a co-founder of Soccer Holdings LLC, a professional soccer holding company that owns Louisville City FC and Racing Louisville FC.
“Through both his career accomplishments and civic engagement, Mike has made a tremendous difference in shaping our city. He is most deserving of this award, which is given with immense gratitude for his many years of dedication to the Greater Louisville community,” said Ed Glasscock, Chairman-Emeritus of Frost Brown Todd and 2003 Gold Cup Winner.
Created in 1969, GLI’s Gold Cup is the organization’s most prestigious award and has only been bestowed 25 times. The Gold Cup is not automatically presented each year but is awarded periodically in recognition of truly extraordinary contributions. Previous Gold Cup recipients provide guidance throughout the selection process and must unanimously confirm a nomination. The most recent winners of the Gold Cup include Sandra Frazier, Alice and Wade Houston, Bill Samuels, Junior Bridgeman, and Sam Swope.
“I am honored to be recognized by my peers in the business community with the Gold Cup. The past recipients of this award are friends, colleagues, and people who have inspired me throughout my career, and it is an honor to share this recognition with them,” said Mountjoy.
This year’s Gold Cup will be formally presented to Mountjoy at GLI’s Annual Meeting presented by Baird on January 16, 2024. Each year, the event is the largest convening of businesses in the region. In addition to the Gold Cup Award, three organizations will be presented with GLI’s Silver Fleur-de-Lis award, and the event will be keynoted with a fireside chat between Seth Waugh, CEO of the PGA of America, and Bill Carstanjen, CEO of Churchill Downs Incorporated. More information about the event and a link to purchase tickets is available here.