In 1997, the Greater Lexington business community took a leap forward in our economic development efforts by creating and funding Lexington Strides Ahead. Lexington Strides Ahead funds important initiatives of Commerce Lexington’s Economic Development Division and the Business and Education Network. Since the initial campaign in 1997, three sequel campaigns, One Team…One Vision, One Team…One Vision 2 and Full Stride, each falling under the umbrella of Lexington Strides Ahead have been great successes.

The goal of Lexington Full Stride will always be to focus on enhancing our business climate and competitive position. Commerce Lexington’s Economic Development Division focuses on three ways to create primary jobs and increase the amount of income coming into our community: business attraction, business retention and expansion, and business creation. Today, Full Stride supports these overall economic development efforts including community and minority business outreach and the Business and Education Network.


Able Engine

Able Engine 
Luther Andal, Principal
4101 Tates Creek Centre Drive
Suite 150 – PMB 118
Lexington, KY 40517

Able Engine is a Technology Services company located in Lexington, KY offering services in web design and development, mobile application design and development, custom application design and  development, database design and development, UI/UX design and development, and graphic design. We were founded in January of 1999 as NetMediaOne and rebranded in 2012 as Able Engine. We work in construction, architecture, engineering, equine, financial, food and beverage, manufacturing healthcare, legal, media & communications, retail and wholesale, sports & entertainment, technology and other industries with clients located in Lexington, KY and throughout the United States.


AgTech Scientific 
Jessica Scott, Public Relations
1077 Cane Ridge Rd.
Paris, KY 40361

Agtech was established in 2015 as a pet food research project with an emphasis on dosage and delivery of CBD to pets and equine. The company moved to Kentucky in early 2017 and signed a master research agreement with the University of Kentucky.


Anderson Communities, Inc. 
Dennis Anderson, President
1720 Sharkey Way
Lexington, KY 40515

Anderson Communities was formed in 1978 by Lexingtonian Dennis Anderson, growing out of his passion to build a great company focused on providing the residents of Central Kentucky with “A Better Place to Live.” Anderson Communities specializes in developing THE safest and most livable mixed-use communities.  His company owns over 1,700 available acres in Lexington and its surrounding counties with zones ranging from commercial to industrial to residential and manages an expanding portfolio of commercial leases. In addition to its commercial properties, Anderson Communities owns more than 2,000 leased units consisting of apartments, homes, townhomes and a downtown high-rise.Mr. Anderson has received significant recognition for his Company and its various developments including the Mayor’s Award for “Best Suburban Infill Project,” Bluegrass Tomorrow’s “Vision Award,” an IREM Award for “Best Rehabilitation,” an IREM Award for “Best Contribution to the Neighborhood” and the Home Builders Association of Lexington’s Award for “Builder of the Year.”  Anderson Communities has also been named as one of the “Best Places to Work in Kentucky” and takes pride in team of approximately 100 dedicated employees who are supported by hundreds of respected subcontractors, professionals and suppliers.


Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield
Kennan Wethington
1792 Alysheba Way, Ste. 200
Lexington, KY 40509-2285

Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield is Kentucky’s leading health benefits company, providing over 1 million Kentuckians with access to quality medical coverage for 75 years. Guided by a mission “to improve the lives of the people we serve and the health of our communities,” Anthem offers a full range of benefits and services designed to promote a healthy lifestyle, including medical coverage, pharmacy, dental, vision, life and disability and employee assistance programs.  Find out more at


Apex Realty
Steve Hupman      
651 Perimeter Drive, Suite 605
Lexington, KY 40517


Atchison Heller Construction 
Hollis Heller Rigdon, Marketing Director
3399 Tates Creek Road, Suite 210
Lexington, KY 40502

Atchison Heller is an award-winning construction company with over 35 years experience building and remodeling upscale residential homes.


AT&T Kentucky 
Hood Harris, President
462 S. 4th Street, Suite 2400
Louisville, KY 40202

At AT&T, we bring you the innovative communications services you need, right when you need them. It’s our commitment to keeping you in touch with family, friends, entertainment and the world. It’s what you need for how you live. In Kentucky, AT&T employees more than 2,500 men and women and has invested nearly $700 million in our Kentucky networks between 2014 through 2016. With a more than 140-year history of serving the Commonwealth, AT&T is committed to keeping you connected.


Steve Grossman
325 West Main Street, Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40507

For 100 years, Baird has been a strong, stable and trusted financial partner across generations and through many market cycles.  Being privately held has enabled us to keep our clients’ interests first and think long-term about the way we run and grow our businesses. Today Baird offers Private Wealth ManagementAsset ManagementInvestment Banking/Capital Markets and Private Equity services with offices in the United States, Europe and Asia.  As employee owners of our firm, we know the success we’ve achieved over the last century is because of our relationships with clients like you. And we believe all we’ve accomplished positions us very well to serve you in the future. You can learn more about our proud tradition of service at


Ball HomesBall Homes
Mira Ball, President
James Parsons, CFO
P.O. Box 12950
Lexington, KY 40583

Ball Homes is a family owned and operated homebuilder based in Lexington and building in Central Kentucky since 1959. Ball Homes was ranked the 47th largest homebuilder in the nation by BUILDER Magazine’s Builder 100 list for 2009. New homes are available in Lexington and Louisville, and in Georgetown, Richmond, Versailles, Frankfort, and Nicholasville. Ball Homes is proud to build homes that are for everyone—they offer high quality, great floorplan selection, and a wide variety of highly customized options, all at attainable prices. They build in a variety of neighborhoods, and for a diverse group of people. Ball Homes is pleased to support a variety of organizations and programs that help to build a bright future for Kentucky.


Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co.Bank of the Bluegrass
Bill Allen, President
101 E. High St.
Lexington, KY 40507

Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co., is a locally owned community bank serving Lexington and surrounding communities for over 41 years. Our goal is to create relationships for life with our clients by providing a full range of services to meet their personal and business needs. These services are delivered and supported with individuals that care about the clients they serve. We proudly offer Kasasa®, free checking that rewards our clients for banking with us. We also offer other checking and savings products, commercial real estate loans and other business and personal loans, investments, mortgages, and wealth management. Our goal is to help our clients achieve their financial goals.


Baptist Health LexingtonBaptist Health Lexington
Ruth Ann Childers, Director of Marketing
1740 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503

Baptist Health Lexington, an award-winning 391-bed acute care hospital, is also known for medical research and education. It is one of the few hospitals in the nation to be designated a Magnet® hospital for nursing excellence three times by the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Performing nearly 21,000 cardiac procedures and studies yearly, Baptist Health Lexington holds Chest Pain Center with Primary PCI and Resuscitation accreditation from the American College of Cardiology. The Cancer Center offers a full range of services, from chemotherapy and radiation therapy to genetic counseling, and is accredited with commendation by the American College of Surgeons Commission on Cancer. The hospital’s family-centered obstetrics program delivers close to 4,000 babies a year. Other specialized, comprehensive patient service areas include orthopedics, neuroscience, women’s services and digestive health. Baptist Health offers more than 40 points of care in the area through Baptist Health Medical Group offices, Baptist Health Urgent Care facilities, Baptist Health Express Care inside Walmart stores and Baptist Health Occupational Medicine.


Randall Stevens
163 E. Main Street, 3rd Floor
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

Space is easy to come by, but not creative neighbors! – Located in the heart of downtown Lexington, base163 is the hive for some of Lexington’s most creative, technology savvy people and businesses.


Laura Boison, Market President
200 West Vine St.
Lexington, KY 40507

BB&T operates more than 1,800 financial centers in 12 states and Washington, D.C. — with nine locations in Greater Lexington – and offers a full range of consumer and commercial banking, securities brokerage, asset management, mortgage and insurance products and services. A Fortune 500 company, BB&T is consistently recognized for outstanding client satisfaction by J.D. Power and Associates, the U.S. Small Business Administration, Greenwich Associates and others.  BB&T’s banking subsidiaries are organized in regions, as a group of community banks, which allows decisions to be made locally, close to the client, enabling BB&T’s client service to be highly responsive, reliable and empathetic.


BC Wood Properties
Brian C. Wood, Founder and CEO
321 Henry Street
Lexington, KY 40508

BC Wood Properties owns, leases and maintains established, well-located grocery anchored shopping centers in the Southeast, Mid-West, & Mid-south that generate consistent returns.


Belcan Engineering Group LLC 
Ben Marsico, Director of Operations
333 West Vine Street, Suite 800
Lexington, KY 40507

Belcan is a global supplier of engineering, supply chain, technical recruiting, and IT services to customers in the aerospace, defense, automotive, industrial, and government sectors. Belcan engineers better outcomes for customers – from jet engines, airframe, and avionics to heavy vehicles, automobiles, and cybersecurity, Belcan takes a partnering approach to provide solutions that are adaptable, integrated, and value added. Belcan has been earning the trust of our customers for 60 years and counting.


Big Ass Fans
Joe Miller
2348 Innovation Drive
Lexington, KY 40511

In 1999, the Big Ass Fan Company was born. Kind of. Then called the HVLS Fan Co. (that’s High Volume, Low Speed—catchy, right?), we first made our mark selling massive ceiling fans that spun slowly but moved astounding amounts of air. The fans kept large spaces that lacked air conditioning, such as factories and dairy barns, feeling cool and comfortable—and soon enough, plenty of other customers wanted in. Things moved fast after that (and kept moving). Only a few years later, we officially changed our name after customers kept calling and asking if we made “those big-ass fans.” When churches wanted to install fans to keep congregations comfortable, we developed the first silent fan motor to meet their needs.


Block+Lot Real Estate
Clay Angelucci, Peter Barr, Greg Leveridge, Partners
133 W. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Born in the spring of 2013, Block+Lot is the creation of three proud Lexingtonians. From Downtown to the Suburban market, we are devoted to meeting the commercial real estate needs of the city and region that we love. Serving the greater Central Kentucky market, Block+Lot specializes in the brokerage of office, retail, industrial, flex, land, multi-family, residential, and investment properties. Block+Lot also offers tenant/buyer representation, property management, and marketing services.

Striving to be the THE commercial real estate firm of choice in Central KY, we set our expectations high and have built our reputation through hard work, client advocacy, and innovative thinking. We pride ourselves in having our clients’ best interest in hand, treating each property as if it’s our own.


Blue & Co., LLCBlue & Co.
Gregory C. Mullins, Director
250 West Main Street, Suite 2900
Lexington, KY  40507

Blue & Co., LLC, ranked as the 59th largest CPA firm in the U.S. by Accounting Today, has seen unprecedented growth since its inception in 1970. With 10 offices in three states (IN, KY and OH,) and over 450 professionals, Blue is proud to serve clients in the Construction, Manufacturing, Distribution, Healthcare, Equine, and Not-for-Profit industries.When you work with Blue, you work with a group of professionals who serve each of our client’s unique needs with the same enthusiasm, dedication, and responsiveness that helped shape our firm over 45 years ago.


Blue Grass Airport
Eric J. Frankl, A.A.E.
4000 Terminal Drive, Suite 206
Lexington, KY 40510

Blue Grass Airport is serviced by four major airlines providing non-stop flights to 18 destinations nationwide. Located in Lexington, Kentucky, the airport offers approximately 75 daily flights and serves more than 1.3 million passengers. The airport is conveniently located just six miles from downtown Lexington and offers excellent ground transportation options to ensure travelers arriving to our region can easily reach their final destination. Guests will enjoy a beautiful terminal building complete with comfortable seating, excellent shopping and dining venues, complimentary internet access and an upscale business lounge. For more details on flying to/from Blue Grass Airport, visit

Bluegrass Sotheby’s International Realty 
M. Riley Kirn, VP-Manager
1999 Richmond Road Suite 400
Lexington, KY 40502

Full service real estate firm focusing on exceptional service for our clients.


Blue Grass Stockyards 
Jim Akers, COO
4561 Iron Works Pike
Lexington, KY 40511

Blue Grass Stockyards is the largest livestock auction market East of the Mississippi, with seven physical locations and internet auctions. Our new state-of-the-art facility in Lexington,KY, The Blue Grass Regional Marketplace, is a unique space where both farmers and those with little agricultural experience can come together and enjoy central Kentucky’s rich agricultural heritage and promising future.


Bluegrass Valuation Group
Will Berkley, President
366 Waller Ave., Suite 203
Lexington, KY  40503
(859) 276-2278

Bluegrass Valuation Group, LLC (Formerly Berkley Appraisal) is considered a leader in the commercial appraisal industry in Kentucky, having served clients across the Commonwealth for almost three decades.  Our certified appraisers, staff appraisers and administrative staff members offer unsurpassed expertise in commercial valuation and appraisal matters. Will Berkley started the company with the goal of providing the best commercial appraisal services possible.  In 2014, our name changed, but our goal remains the same.  Will is still at the helm, and Bluegrass Valuation Group continues the legacy of excellence began almost thirty years ago.  Across Kentucky and in surrounding states, Bluegrass Valuation Group continues to deliver an array of professional, timely commercial appraisal services to a wide spectrum of clients from a variety of industries and sectors, including state, county, and city municipalities; as well as those in the energy, education, and finance industries, just to name a few.


Jen Larkin, Account Director + Partner
522 West Short Street
Lexington, KY 4050

BORN is a strategic branding, design and advertising agency.  We craft strategies, identities and experiences to connect great brands with people. At the heart of our work is a passionate group of creative minds who love what they do. We’re brand focused, design-led and strategically driven.


Brett Construction CompanyBrett Construction
Brett T. Setzer, CEO
354 Waller Avenue
Lexington, Kentucky 40504

For more than 30 years, Brett Construction Company has been providing full-service commercial contracting to industrial, transportation, government, health care, commercial office and retail clients across the Commonwealth of Kentucky and beyond. Our firm specializes in design-build construction and offers in-house capabilities in multiple divisions of work. In addition to our construction services, our firm shares ownership with Setzer Properties, a national real estate investment and development company specializing in design-build-lease projects. Our firm has completed more than $350 million worth of built-to-suit development projects that total nearly 3 million square feet across 20 states. At Brett Construction Company and Setzer Properties, our goal is to provide the finest quality materials and workmanship with the highest standard of professional service. Our greatest measure of success is that many of our clients are both current and long standing, utilizing our services on multiple projects in multiple locations.


Bristol Group
J. Todd Ball, President
Bristol Group1115 Delaware Avenue, #200
Lexington, KY  40505

Bristol Group, Inc., is a relationship-driven engineering, design, manufacturing, and construction firm with over 25 years of industrial and commercial design-build experience.  Bristol Group is a recognized leader in panelized concrete construction, operating a PCI certified precast plant in Lexington, Kentucky. Faster project cycles and quality, assured by a certified manufacturing process, are delivered to clients through a unique design-manufacture-construct approach.  In addition, identification and management of risks, coupled with self-performed site-work and cast-in-place concrete construction, lead to remarkably predictable results for our clients.  Experience true RESPONSE ABILITY with Bristol Group. Contact us today to learn more about our philosophy and how it fits your building needs. We’re ready for your next project.


Wells Bullard, CEO
2421 Fortune Drive
Lexington, KY 40509

Founded in 1898, Bullard is a leading manufacturer of high-quality personal protective equipment and systems that are marketed worldwide. Product lines include thermal imagers, hard hats, firefighter and rescue helmets, supplied air respirators, powered air-purifying respirators, and air quality equipment. Bullard is a fifth-generation family-owned enterprise whose employees are committed to excellence in every product category.


Central BankCentral Bank
Luther Deaton, Jr. Chairman/President/CEO
300 West Vine St.
Lexington, KY 40507
859-253-6222 or 800-637-6884

Central Bank is the state’s leading community bank for banking, mortgage, investment, insurance and wealth management services. The Bank provides personal and business banking that features outstanding personal service and world class technology. Customers are served integrated solutions for trust and private banking with financial, estate and retirement planning. Investment brokerage and insurance services are provided through wholly-owned affiliates, Central Investment Center and Central Insurance Services. For Central Kentucky’s most community focused bank please call 859 253-6222, 800-637-6884.


CHI Saint Joseph Health

Bruce Tassin
Lexington Corporate Office
1 Saint Joseph Drive
Lexington, KY 40504


By combining the technology, services, expertise and caring of eight of the best health care facilities in the region, everyone in every community we serve benefits. Together as Saint Joseph Health System, we can provide more state-of-the-art care reaching out to more communities, more specialists able to serve more patients, and more of the latest technology.

All delivered to you, while you remain close to home.


CLARK Material Handling 
Dennis Lawrence, CEO
700 Enterprise Drive
Lexington, KY 40510


A Centennial is an important milestone which not only celebrates longevity, but testifies to the strength of the CLARK brand across generations. This is reflected in the more than one million lift trucks manufactured by CLARK Material Handling Company over the past 100 years. Even more powerful than the number of trucks built is the company’s legacy of innovation. It began in 1917 when employees of CLARK Equipment Company constructed a simple three-wheeled shop buggy to haul sand and castings between buildings at their Buchanan, Michigan plant. The “Tructractor” as the shop buggy was named, became the first internal combustion material handling truck and was a great success. The industrial truck was born and in the process CLARK developed the first hydraulic lift. Through the years, many extraordinary inventions followed, among them the nested I-beam upright, overhead guard and operator restraint system. The founding principles of Eugene B. Clark are still true: “Aim always to build the best; never be content with just as good.” Today the company remains focused on a bright future and the technologies and trends driving the material handling industry around the world. One Purpose, One Brand, One Legacy, One Century.


Clay Ingels Company LLC
William S. Chapman, President
PO Box 2120
Lexington, KY 40508
Clay Ingels is fourth generation locally owned company who distributes and manufacturers quality building materials, including brick, stone, windows and doors.


Columbia Gas of Kentucky   
Linda Rumpke/Tyler Burke
Economic Development
2001 Mercer Road
Lexington, KY 40511
800-432-9345 Customer Service
800-440-6111 New Business Services

Each day, the underground network of over a million miles of pipeline safely carries natural gas from supply areas to customers’ homes, businesses and factories across the country. Columbia Gas of Kentucky safely delivers clean and efficient natural gas to over 130,000 customers in 30 counties in Central and Eastern Kentucky. Headquartered in Lexington, the company is one of the seven energy distribution companies of NiSource Inc. Please visit us at


Community Trust BankCommunity Trust Bank
Larry Jones, Regional President
100 East Vine Street
Lexington, KY 40507
Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $3.6 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 71 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, four banking locations in northeastern Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.  Community Trust Bank is the #1 SBA Lending Institution in the state of Kentucky for the last 9 years.


Crowe LLP 
Steve Jennings, Office Managing Partner
541 Darby Creek, suite 270
Lexington, KY 40509
Crowe LLP is one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the United States. Crowe uses its deep industry expertise to provide audit services to public and private entities while also helping clients reach their goals with tax, advisory, risk and performance services. Crowe is recognized by many organizations as one of the country’s best places to work. Crowe serves clients worldwide as an independent member of Crowe International, one of the largest global accounting networks in the world. The network consists of more than 200 independent accounting and advisory services firms in more than 130 countries around the world.


Cumberland Valley National Bank & Trust 
Whitney Greer, EVP
1721 Nicholasville Rd.
Lexington, KY 40503

CVNB loves our community. For us, that means putting you first. We know not everyone fits the mold, so we treat you like you, not like everyone else. We are eager to help make your banking experience pleasant and rewarding in any way we can. From your first savings account to your retirement funds, we offer financial services for every stage of life. Our friendly staff will give you the personalized care you need to make your finances work for you. CVNB has been in business and investing in our local communities since 1904.Try CVNB and see. You won’t be disappointed.


Dean Builds
Jeff England, VP of Operations
109 Mercer Courtdeanbuilds-logo
Lexington, KY  40511
(859) 269-1385

Dean Builds, Inc. is a commercial and industrial construction company. Our services include Construction Management, General Contracting and Design-Build. We have established relationships with local and nationally recognized companies, schools and churches, and are licensed to work in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Tennessee, Alabama, Georgia and West Virginia. Dean Builds is committed to job site safety as demonstrated by our Build Safe, Live Well program.


Dean Dorton Allen Ford
David Bundy, CEO
250 West Main St., Suite 1400
Lexington, KY 40507

Dean Dorton is a full-service accounting and business advisory firm providing comprehensive accounting, tax, and consulting services to a variety of clients. Aside from standard audit and tax services, Dean Dorton specializes in wealth and estate tax planning, outsourced accounting services, healthcare consulting, accounting software selection and cybersecurity services. Our core industries we serve include: colleges and universities, construction, energy and natural resources, equine, healthcare, manufacturing, nonprofit, and real estate. The firm is one of the largest Kentucky-based public accounting firms in the Southeast and serves clients of all sizes throughout the region, as well as nationally and internationally. Dean Dorton has been awarded Best Places to Work in Kentucky for 14 consecutive years.


Denham-Blythe Company    
Bill Quenemoen, CEO
100 Trade Street
Lexington, KY 40511

Denham-Blythe Company is a full service Design-Build Contractor with in-house Architects, Engineers, and Construction Managers. We specialize in industrial, commercial, and healthcare design and construction projects. Our services include conceptual construction design services, budgeting and cost analysis, site and building design development, and all phases of the construction process. With offices in Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina, we have completed projects in more than half of the States in the United States. Our focus is turn-key Design-Build projects, providing assistance to our clients from the earliest conceptual design and budgeting phases, all the way through the final commissioning and owner turnover phase.


Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP
P. Branden Gross, Office Managing Partner
300 West Vine Street, Suite 1200
Lexington, KY 40507

Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP is a full-service law firm providing progressive business, litigation and government services to clients ranging from Fortune 500 businesses and Global 1000 companies to small, regionally based organizations across a variety of industries and sectors. Dentons Bingham Greenebaum LLP has more than 220 attorneys and seven locations in Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio. Our attorneys are known for being responsive, aggressive and effective advocates both in and out of the courtroom, the boardroom, the legislature and our communities. We pride ourselves on being locally accessible and nationally connected. Our firm is recognized for excellence and devotion to client service.


Dickinson Wright PPLC 
David Owen
300 W. Vine Street, Suite 1700
Lexington, KY 40507

Dickinson Wright PLLC is a general practice business law firm with more than 475 attorneys among more than 40 practice areas. Headquartered in Detroit and founded in 1878, the firm has nineteen offices in Michigan, Texas, Florida, California, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Nevada, Arizona, Washington, D.C., and Toronto.


Dinsmore & Shohl LLP 
Brady Dunnigan, Partner
250 West Main Street, Suite 1400
Lexington, KY 40507

Dinsmore is a full-service, national law firm with local and regional roots.  Our more than 650 attorneys, located coast-to-coast, assist leading and emerging businesses, government entities and individuals in a variety of areas, including public and commercial finance, corporate, mergers & acquisitions, labor and employment, compensation and benefits, intellectual property, real estate, bankruptcy and all manner of litigation.  We strive to align our services with the short- and long-term business goals of our clients, creating value through exemplary legal service infused with practical business insight.  With more than 125 attorneys practicing in our Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort and Covington offices, Dinsmore is proudly celebrating 20 years of helping clients across the Commonwealth of Kentucky accomplish more than ever before.


EA Partners, PLCEA Partners
Albert W. Gross, P.E., P.L.S.
3111 Wall Street
Lexington, KY 40513

EA Partners is a mid-sized, Kentucky based consulting firm with offices in Lexington. Since 1979, we have been providing services in the areas of land planning and development, landscape architecture, storm water management, sanitary sewer system design, water distribution services, traffic engineering, surveying, construction management, and construction inspection. EA Partners has established a solid and consistent reputation with both governmental and private sector clients and is a comprehensive resource for your engineering and science needs.


EHI Consultants 
Edward J. Holmes, AICP President
333 West Vine Street, Suite 300
Lexington, Kentucky 40507

EHI is a certified planning and engineering firm licensed in the State of Kentucky and has been in business since 1995. As  a planning and engineering consulting firm, EHI specializes in and has the expertise to offer professional services in the areas of: Urban Planning and Design;  Civil Engineering Site Design; Environmental Assessments and Impact Statements;  Facilitation Services; GIS Services; Land Use Planning & Zoning;  and Socioeconomic and Neighborhood Studies.


Emerson Automation Solutions
James “JJ” Rodgers, Director Finance Machine Automation Americas
1953 Mercer Road
Lexington, KY 40511

Emerson (NYSE: EMR), headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri (USA), is a global technology and engineering company providing innovative solutions for customers in industrial, commercial, and residential markets. In Lexington, the AVENTICS™ brand of pneumatic valves, cylinders and other automation components are manufactured. Products and services are provided for industrial automation, while additionally focusing on key sectors such as commercial vehicles, food and beverage, railway technology, life sciences, energy, and marine technology. By integrating electronics, the use of innovative materials and prioritizing trends such as machine safety and the Internet of Things, Emerson is a pioneer in applied and environmentally-friendly solutions. Find out more at


Equity Solutions Group
Ray Daniels, PresidentESG Consulting
1591 Winchester Rd Ste 125
Lexington, KY  40509
(803) 760-2711

A certified MBE with headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky, Equity Solutions Group, LLC (ESG), is a strategic sourcing firm with an emphasis on expense reduction while ensuring competitive participation from qualified diverse businesses.  ESG has the ideas, resources and strategic business solutions that are just right for your company. Our unique approaches to supplier diversification and inclusion enable our clients to enhance and expand their supplier base to ensure that they never fall short of their commitment to provide the highest-quality goods and services to their customers.  More than two decades of experience in various manufacturing and service industries worldwide enables us to develop a framework for providing strategic solutions in most environments and situations. Because we employ the right balance of technology and human capital, we encompass the ability to ensure success in each and every engagement.


Field & Main Bank
Kathy Woods, President, Lexington Market
169 E. Main Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Field & Main Bank will debut a brand of service we’re calling modern craft banking ®. Modern craft banking will focus on creating crafted solutions with bankers who take the time to understand the breadth of your needs and ambitions. We’ll create a customized banking solution just for you by choosing from our diverse range of financial products.


Fifth Third BankFifth Third Bank
Mary-Alicha Weldon, City President
250 W. Main St., Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40507
Fifth Third Bank has served the Bluegrass for more than 25 years and is a community leader in Central Kentucky. With 17 convenient locations and more than 40 ATMs, Fifth Third is committed to partnering with Commerce Lexington and businesses to support our community. Fifth Third Bank has encouraged economic development through community development lending, investments and contributions, as well as the significant volunteer activities of our employees. Fifth Third Bank puts our customers at the center of all that we do to make banking better. A Fifth Third Better.


Forcht Bank
Tucker Ballinger, President & CEO 
2404 Sir Barton Way
Lexington, KY 40509

What started as one location in 1985, has consistently grown into a 26 location bank with over $1 billion in assets.  A Kentucky-based organization, Forcht Bank is focused on the 12 community markets it serves and makes one simple promise to its customers – to consistently exceed their expectations.   Offering a wide variety of financial solutions from business and treasury management tools, insurance and investments, commercial and home lending, Forcht Bank offers the perfect combination of an intimate customer service experience with the products and services traditionally found in larger banks.  Member FDIC.


Fortune Realty, LLC 
Amy Mellinger, Principal Broker
900 Beasley Street, Suite 110
Lexington, KY 40509
Cell: 859-619-5369


Foundations Human Resources Consulting
LogoCaroline Baesler
249 E. Main St., Suite 200
Lexington, KY  40507

Foundations Human Resources Consulting is a full-service consultancy firm that partners with companies to implement systems and processes that further the principles of lean business operations – teamwork, flexibility, cooperation, and continuous improvement. Our consultants have experienced firsthand the legal, labor, and employment challenges companies face and will use this expertise to partner with your team to maximize your organization’s human performance.

Foundations offers practical, tested, and effective services and solutions.  And because we have decades of experience working for a Fortune Global 500 automotive company, we have a unique business perspective to bring when crafting solutions to your challenges.


Frost Brown Todd LLCFrost Brown Todd
Jonathan S. Miller, Member-in-Charge
250 West Main Street, Suite 2800
Lexington, KY 40507

Frost Brown Todd is a full-service law firm serving some of America’s top corporations and emerging companies. With attorneys regularly identified by clients, peers and industry organizations as leaders in their practice areas, the firm advises and protects clients in business transactions and litigation in many industries, including insurance, financial services, manufacturing, real estate, construction, energy and health care. More than 500 attorneys in 12 offices in Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia provide unparalleled service to meet clients’ needs; deliver the insights and solutions available only from a diverse group of professionals; and support the communities in which they operate.


The Gibson CompanyThe Gibson Company
Kevin Verhoven
1050 Monarch Street, Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40513

The Gibson Company is a full service Commercial Real Estate Company that specializes in Brokerage, Property Management, Leasing, Tenant Representation, and Receivership Services. The Gibson Company was established in 1991 by Doug Gibson and Billy Smith who together have over 90 years of real estate experience in the Central Kentucky Market. Both Doug and Billy have been awarded the prestigious Realtor of the Year award from the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors. The Sales team at the Gibson Company includes thirteen highly skilled and professional broker associates and agents with a vast knowledge of the Central Kentucky commercial real estate market.  Our company is proud to have a sales force that boasts a Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM), a member of the Society of Industrial and Office Real Estate (SIOR), and a Certified Property Manager (CPM).


Gray Construction 
Jill Wilson, Vice President, Communications & Marketing
10 Quality Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Gray Construction is a nationally ranked, design-build firm with nearly 60 years of experience in manufacturing, automotive, food and beverage, distribution, and retail facility construction. As a family-owned company headquartered in Lexington, Ky., Gray has offices across the U.S. as well as in Japan and Canada. The company provides engineering, architecture and construction services to both domestic and international customers.


Hanna Resource Group    
Lyle Hanna, President
3229 Summit Square Place, Suite 250
Lexington, KY 40509

Founded in 2007 by Lyle Hanna, HRG has stayed at the forefront of the human resource industry by utilizing an ever-growing team of seasoned and diverse professionals. Government and industry regulations are always changing, so our team makes it a priority to stay on top of trends, engage in training and professional development, and partner with subject matter experts and industry leaders in order to deliver the information and services that best serve your needs. We are proud of our approach and the ways in which each uniquely designed solution has helped our hundreds of clients better position themselves towards their strategic goals and objectives.


Haymaker/Bean Commercial Real Estate
Tim Haymaker
3120 Wall Street, Suite 300
Haymaker/BeanLexington, KY 40513

Haymaker/Bean Commercial Real Estate is a full-service commercial real estate firm that specializes in Brokerage, Leasing, Property Management, Tenant Representation, Receivership Bankruptcy Services, Land Development, Land Sales and Consulting. Haymaker/Bean has been a trusted name in commercial real estate in the central Kentucky market for nearly 30 years. Our agents are professional, ethical and are up-to-date on the commercial real estate profession. Our team of agents have over 100 years combined experience that includes Certified Commercial Investment Members (“CCIM”) and Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (“SIOR”) designations. Our agents are a part of a networking unit that is highly sophisticated in its knowledge of commercial real estate and has represented some of the most prestigious properties in the central Kentucky market.


Hisle & CompanyHisle & Company
Kent Hisle
277 East High Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Hisle and Company is a progressive firm of accountants and consultants committed to meeting the changing needs of our clients. Our mission is to provide the most professional and personal service possible in a timely and cost effective manner. We offer a wide range of services to our individual and business clients in the following areas: tax preparation, income tax planning, auditing, business valuation, litigation support, fraud examination, bookkeeping, payroll processing, and reselling and supporting Microsoft Dynamics GP and QuickBooks. We believe in the value of relationships. We view every client relationship as a partnership and truly believe that our success is a result of your success.


Jackson Kelly PPLC  
Robert F. Duncan, Office Managing Member
175 E. Main Street, Suite 500
Lexington, KY 40507

Client Focus, Industry Insight, National Reputation. Jackson Kelly PLLC is a strong regional law firm with more than 160 attorneys located in 12 offices throughout Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Washington, DC. Focusing on clients’ industry-specific needs, the Firm serves a wide variety of corporate and public clients and enjoys a national reputation in business, labor and employment, litigation, government contracts, tax, safety and health, permitting, natural resource and environmental law.


J.Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC Company
John Milward, Managing Director
360 E. Vine Street, Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40507
As one of the oldest insurance brokerage firms in the United States, J. Smith Lanier & Co., a Marsh & McLennan Agency LLC company, leads the industry through unparalleled specialization in the management of business, alternative risk, employee benefits, and personal insurance needs.  The Lexington, Kentucky office (recognized as Powell Walton & Milward), is proud to be a part of this organization, which is a 5th generation company that traces their roots back to 1868. Through a network of offices located throughout Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Kentucky, and Tennessee, our employees design state-of-the-art programs that complement a full range of risk management solutions coupled with the support of resource professionals who are unmatched in the industry.  Combined with the resources of our parent company,  you can be certain that no matter where you grow or what you do, we can offer you the advice and support you need.J. Smith Lanier & Co. has a reputation of professionalism, outstanding technical skills, unique problem-solving ability and integrity. Our goal is to establish long-term partnerships with our clients by providing exceptional service that inspires customer confidence, trust, and business anchored in our local communities.



The J.M. Smucker Company
Ellis Miller, Director of Operations
767 Winchester Road
Lexington, KY  40505

For 120 years, The J. M. Smucker Company has been committed to offering consumers quality products that bring families together to share memorable meals and moments. Today, Smucker is a leading marketer and manufacturer of consumer food and beverage products and pet food and pet snacks in North America. In consumer foods and beverages, its brands include Smucker’s®, Folgers®, Jif®, Dunkin’ Donuts®, Crisco®, Pillsbury®, R.W. Knudsen Family®, Hungry Jack®, Café Bustelo®, Martha White®, truRoots®, Sahale Snacks®, Robin Hood®, and Bick’s®. In pet food and pet snacks, its brands include Meow Mix®, Milk-Bone®, Kibbles ‘n Bits®, Natural Balance®, and 9Lives®. The Company remains rooted in the Basic Beliefs of Quality, People, Ethics, Growth, and Independence established by its founder and namesake more than a century ago.


Keeneland Association
Shannon Arvin
PO Box 1690
Lexington, KY 40588

For more than 80 years, the Keeneland Association has devoted itself to the health and vibrancy of the Thoroughbred industry. As the world’s largest Thoroughbred auction company, Keeneland conducts sales every January, September and November. Its sales graduates dominate racing across the globe at every level. In April and October, Keeneland offers some of the highest quality Thoroughbred racing in the world. In 2015, Keeneland hosted the Breeders’ Cup World Championships. Uniquely structured, Keeneland is a private, for-profit corporation that reinvests its earnings in the horse industry and the community, funding higher purses, racing-related initiatives, and charitable contributions focused on health and human services, education, arts and culture throughout Central Kentucky. To learn more about Keeneland, visit


Kentucky American Water
Nick Rowe, President
2300 Richmond Rd.
Lexington, KY  40502

With headquarters in Lexington, Kentucky American Water, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Water (NYSE: AWK), is the largest investor-owned water utility in the state, providing high-quality and reliable water and/or waste water services to approximately half a million people in portions of 12 counties.


Kentucky Bank
Louis Prichard, President & CEO
360 East Vine Street, Suite 100
Lexington, KY 40507

Kentucky Bank, headquartered in Paris, Kentucky, is a locally owned and publicly traded financial institution with 17 branches, located in 11 Kentucky communities. Its parent company, Kentucky Bancshares Inc., is traded under the symbol KTYB. Paris, Kentucky is home to our administration and operations. We are a community bank at heart that delivers Premier Customer Service and financial performance. Our offices are located in Cynthiana, Georgetown, Lexington, Morehead, Nicholasville, Richmond, Sandy Hook, Versailles, Wilmore, Winchester, and Paris. Understanding these communities and their needs is important to us. Kentucky Bank and its tributaries have been a part of Kentuckians’ financial solutions since 1851.


Kentucky Blood Center  
William Reed, President & CEO
Jill Ball, Executive Office Coordinator
3121 Beaumont Centre Circle
Lexington, KY 40513

Kentucky Blood Center (KBC) is a community-based nonprofit organization providing life-saving blood products to Kentucky hospitals since 1968. We strive to ensure every hospital we serve has access to a safe and abundant blood supply. KBC is the largest FDA licensed nonprofit blood bank headquartered in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and relies on volunteer blood donors to provide 400 pints of blood per day to meet area patients’ needs.Donated blood components are vital to a wide range of treatments including cancer, trauma, sickle cell, organ transplant, surgeries and many more. More than half of all blood donations come from blood drives organized and hosted by volunteers at businesses, churches, schools and community centers. Blood drives can be indoors at host facilities with adequate space and amenities, or on specially-designed bloodmobiles. Community leaders who organize these drives perform a vital role in ensuring blood is available for Kentucky patients. We are able to save lives only through the generous donation of blood from our donors.


Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives 
Brad Thomas, Associate Manager for Economic Development
4775 Lexington Road
Winchester, KY 40391

Providing 25% of all Kentuckians with safe, reliable, affordable electric power, Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are ready to help our businesses grow and our communities prosper.  Through state-of-the-art technology including the international award winning PowerMap mobile app and the first-of-its-kind drone technology of PowerVision, we are showcasing some of the best industrial development sites in the world.


LG&E & KU Energy
Kentucky UtilitiesDaryl Smith or Brad Sowden
One Quality Street
Lexington, KY 40507

LG&E and KU Energy LLC, headquartered in Louisville, Ky., is a diversified energy services company that is a member of the PPL (NYSE: PPL) family of companies.  One of the U.S.’s lowest-cost energy providers and an industry innovator, we operate in Kentucky, Virginia and Tennessee.  Our mission is to provide exceptional value and service to our customers.


Kito USAKito USA
Kelly McEuen
2259 Jaggie Fox Way
Lexington, KY 40511

Kito USA is a turnkey manufacturer of jigs and fixtures, weld cells, and conveyors for any application. Our capabilities include Design, Fabrication, Machining, Assembly, and programming with all services to support installation. We are able to modify a current piece of equipment to fit new needs or create new equipment depending on the needs of the customer. Our services can be used individually such as machining only jobs or as a team with all departments.


Lane Report The Lane Report
Kevin Stinnett, Publisher & CEO
601 W. Short Street
Lexington, KY 40508

The Lane Report publishes Kentucky business and economic news in Kentucky on both print and digital platforms. The content is targeted to chief executives, top/middle managers, professionals, government leaders and entrepreneurs with business operations and investments in Kentucky.  The editorial includes feature articles on outstanding companies, local entrepreneurs, updates on regional economic development projects, articles on manufacturing and on the state of the region’s economy; opinion polls, the arts and other topics.

Special feature topics throughout the year include:  banking and financial services, healthcare, construction, architecture, insurance, technology, education, legal services, accounting, the equine and distilling industries, telecommunications, real estate, transportation and an annual business forecast.


Langley Properties 
Scott A. Davidson, President
300 West Vine Street, Suite 2200
Lexington, KY 40507

Langley Properties Company manages and leases prime office, retail and industrial space in Kentucky and North Carolina. Properties managed by Langley Properties include 300 West Vine, a Class A office building in Lexington, Kentucky; Lexington Green, an upscale retail center in Central Kentucky; and Southside Square Shopping Center, a Target-anchored shopping center in the Winston-Salem, North Carolina region. Established in 1974, Langley Properties has developed retail centers in Kentucky, North Carolina and Alabama. The company specialized in redeveloping underperforming centers into vibrant shopping destinations for their communities.


LBX CompanyLBX Company
Eric Sauvage, President and CEO
2004 Buck Lane
Lexington, KY 40511

LBX Company is the proud maker of Link-Belt hydraulic excavators, scrap/material handlers, demolition equipment and forestry equipment. These products are sold through a large independent dealer network located throughout North and Latin America. LBX’s subsidiary company, LBX do Brasil, distributes these products in Brazil. LBX Company provides full product and technical support, parts distribution, service and sales training, marketing and sales management to its dealers through the worldwide headquarters located in Lexington, KY.


Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR)LBAR
Justin Landon, CEO
2250 Regency Road
Lexington, KY 40503

As the region’s leading advocate for homeownership, Lexington-Bluegrass Association of REALTORS® (LBAR) understands the value and joy of owning a home. LBAR represents more than 3,100 REALTORS® located in Anderson, Bath, Bell, Bourbon, Clark, Clay, Elliott, Fayette, Franklin, Harrison, Jackson, Jessamine, Knox, Laurel, Menifee, Montgomery, Nicholas, Powell, Rowan, Scott, Whitley, and Woodford Counties.


Lexington CenterLexington Center
Bill Owen
430 W. Vine St.
Lexington, KY 40507

The Lexington Center, central Kentucky’s premiere sports, entertainment and convention complex is located in the heart of downtown within walking distance of two convention hotels, upscale restaurants, nightclubs, galleries and more. Nearby are wonderful parks, historic homes, boutiques and antique shops. The Lexington Center manages and operates five exciting venues: 23,000 seat Rupp Arena, home of the University of Kentucky Wildcats; Lexington Convention Center, offering 130,000 square feet of versatile meeting, banquet and exhibit space; the historic 1,000 seat Lexington Opera House; The Shops at Lexington Center featuring two levels of locally owned boutiques and a food court; and the landmark Triangle Park with its signature cascading fountain.


Lexington Clinic    
Dr. Andrew Henderson, CEO
1221 South Broadway
Lexington, KY 40504

Lexington Clinic was founded in 1920 and is Central Kentucky’s oldest and largest medical group practice. Lexington Clinic has nearly 200 providers and serves more than 600,000 patients every year. Lexington Clinic has providers in 30 different specialties and has more than 25 locations throughout Central Kentucky.  It is our privilege to be your doctors for life.


Lexington Industrial FoundationLexington Industrial Foundation
Darby Turner, Chair
300 West Vine Street, Suite 1200
Lexington, KY 40507

The Lexington Industrial Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by business leaders in Lexington to support economic development in Fayette County.


Lexmark International, Inc.
Sheri Evans Depp, Director, Global Talent Management, Diversity and Corporate Citizenship, and NA Business Partners
740 W. New Circle Road
Lexington, KY 40550

Lexmark creates innovative imaging solutions and technologies that help you print, secure and manage information with ease, efficiency and unmatched value. Founded in our deep industry expertise, Lexmark solutions simplify the complex intersection of digital and printed information, transforming your processes to strengthen customer interactions and improve your bottom line.


Lexington Legends  
Andy Shea, President & CEO
207 Legends Lane
Lexington, KY 40505

The Lexington Legends are a Minor League Baseball team and Single-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals since 2013.  Bringing baseball back to the Bluegrass in 2001, the Legends began their journey with the Houston Astros for their first 12 years of existence.  The Legends are members of the Southern Division of the South Atlantic League. In 2017, the Legends received the MiLB John H. Moss Community Service Award and SAL Community Service Award for their ongoing commitment to philanthropy and service in the Central Kentucky area. The company prides itself in offering affordable family fun for 400,000+ fans each summer.


Lockheed Martin
Hector Alvarez
5749 Briar Hill Road
Lexington, KY 40516

Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 100,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. Lexington’s facility provides design, manufacturing, engineering, and field service and support to its domestic and international customers.


Long Construction Management 
Linden Long, Owner/Member
200 Big Run Road
Lexington, KY 40503

Long Construction Management offers design/build, construction management and general contracting. With experience in complex, multimillion dollar projects, a commitment to the values of workmanship, stability, and integrity; we have developed a solid track record with our clients. There are many options to consider and decisions to make with any construction project. All will impact the appearance, functionality, and longevity of a new or expanding building. And since LCM is also a Butler Builder ®, we can offer even more options to help meet a client’s project needs.  Take a closer look and see that Long Construction Management is the right company for any construction project.


Messer Construction  
Mark A. Hill, Vice President Lexington Region
854 West Main Street
Lexington, KY 40508

Messer Construction Co. provides leadership for complex, commercial construction projects in the Industrial, Aviation, Health Care, Higher Education, and Science and Technology market segments. Dedicated to the Lexington region since 1990 – the same year we became an employee-owned company – Messer’s investment in its people, the community and innovative building solutions has helped enhance the landscape in the Commonwealth where we live, work and raise our families.  Messer takes care to exceed customer expectations, build long-term relationships and commit the best resources to make sure we meet these goals. Messer’s workplace, industrial and manufacturing construction experts are backed by our Zero Injury Safety Culture; our Building Systems Group ensuring systems work as designed; our Cost Segregation experts who identify opportunities for tax savings and cash flow; our Design/Build delivery to meet budget needs and facilitate a faster project schedule; our Lean Construction best practices as a founding member of Lean Construction Institute (LCI); and our Virtual Design and Construction for equipment installation, real-time conceptual estimating, plant expansion/renovation planning, single-source record keeping, and building maintenance data.


More Than A Bakery
Bill Quigg, Fourth Generation Owner
570 Big Sink Road
Versailles, KY 40383

More Than A Bakery is affiliated with Richmond Baking Company, the oldest family owned cookie and cracker bakery in the United States, dating back to 1902. Richmond Baking has facilities in Richmond, Indiana and Alma, Georgia. More Than a Bakery in Versailles, KY, began production in the fall of 2017. In the next 3-5 years, More Than is expected to create a minimum of 300 jobs that include a comprehensive benefits package and the opportunity to work in a family atmosphere unlike any other in the industry.


NAI Isaac Commercial Properties 
Al Isaac, President
771 Corporate Drive, Suite 500
Lexington, KY 40503

NAI Isaac Commercial Properties, Inc. is a Lexington, Kentucky-based firm specializing in the leasing, sale and management of commercial real estate in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. We combine over 170 years of collective real estate experience, local industry knowledge, leasing expertise and national office and retail relationships to ensure every client receives the highest quality of service available.  We focus on the long-term success of our clients and invest our time and talent towards that purpose. NAI Isaac has been awarded the prestigious Accredited Management Organization (AMO)® from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM)®. NAI Isaac is the only real estate firm in Central Kentucky to achieve the AMO designation. We have personnel that have earned designations as CCIM’s, SIOR’s, CPM’s, and ArGis, as well as advanced degrees in business, marketing and accounting.  NAI Isaac is the Central Kentucky affiliate for NAI Global, a leading international commercial real estate brokerage firm of more than 400 offices strategically located throughout North America, Latin America, the Caribbean, Europe, Africa and Asia Pacific.


Terri A. Morrical
Vice President, Animal Safety
944 Nandino Blvd
Lexington, KY

Founded in 1982, Neogen Corporation (NASDAQ: NEOG) has grown to more than 800 employees in multiple U.S. and international locations, and a worldwide presence. Neogen develops, manufactures and markets a diverse line of products dedicated to food and animal safety.  Neogen’s Lexington, KY – based Animal Safety Division develops and markets a complete line of diagnostics, veterinary instruments, veterinary pharmaceuticals, nutritional supplements, disinfectants, rodenticides, and insecticides.


PNCPNC Foundation
John Gohmann, Regional President
301 East Main Street, Suite 200
Lexington, KY 40507

The PNC Foundation’s priority is to form partnerships with community-based nonprofit organizations within the markets PNC serves in order to enhance educational opportunities for children, particularly underserved pre-K children through our signature, PNC Grow Up Great program, and to promote the growth of targeted communities through economic development initiatives.


QX.netQX Net
Zachary Murray, President
2659 Regency Road, Suite 130
Lexington, KY 40503

QX.Net is Kentucky’s largest independent Internet service provider. Locally owned and operated, QX.Net has been in business since 1997. The staff at QX.Net is committed to providing businesses the fastest, most reliable Internet connections available along with IP delivered phone services. Through offering a robust package of services, QX.Net’s clients receive the most cost effective connectivity solutions available. As the operator of the state’s largest wireless network, QX.Net is able to provide clients a variety of connectivity options beyond the traditional wired connections. The impressive scope of the data network QX.Net has in place ensures that no need is beyond the scope of our data network’s ability.


Republic Bank & Trust CompanyRepublic Bank
Todd Ziegler, Market President – Central Kentucky
333 W. Vine Street, Suite 102
Lexington, KY 40507

Over the last 30 years, Republic Bank has become the largest Kentucky-owned community bank, with $4.8 billion in assets and 44 banking centers in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Tennessee and Florida.  There are 5 banking centers in Lexington with the newest bank located 333 Vine Street in downtown Lexington. Republic offers a full array of banking and financial services for individuals as well as small and large businesses.  From traditional personal and business checking, to a full suite of treasury management  products and services, to online and the latest in mobile banking technology, Republic offers a wide variety of deposit products and services.  Looking for a loan? Republic offers a full line of home mortgages, equity lines and loans, small business loans, larger commercial loans and leasing.Our local and dedicated associates provide the personal understanding that comes from being a part of the communities they serve. Our goal is to make banking easier than anyone else for our clients and to exceed their expectations in all that we do.


Jerry W. Hensley, CPA
230 Lexington Green Circle, Suite 600
Lexington, KY 40503

RFH, PLLC is a firm of Certified Public Accountants and Consultants. The firm is registered as a Certified Public Accounting Firm with the Kentucky State Board of Accountancy. All licensed personnel are members of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants and the Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants. The members and staff of Ray, Foley, Hensley & Company have extensive combined public accounting experience gained as partners, associates or staff of public accounting firms.


RHS Group, LLC
Annita Rucker, Business Development Director
1890 Star Shoot Parkway – #170-42
Lexington, KY  40509
(859) 268-2571

RHS Group LLC was founded in 2019 by a team of Recruiters, HR Business Partners, and Business Development Managers who desire to offer Real Hiring Solutions to growing businesses. RHS Group will partner with your organization to understand your needs, help develop workforce plans, and connect you with the best candidates to help your business reach its goals.RHS Group also offers resources to job seekers, such as resume writing services, as well as connecting job seekers to the next great opportunity.


R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC 
Ed Quinn, President & CEO
101 RJ Corman Drive
Nicholasville, KY 40356

Founded in 1973 by Rick Corman, R. J. Corman Railroad Group, LLC serves all seven major North American railroads, as well as many regional and short line railroads. With its national headquarters in Corman’s hometown of Nicholasville, Kentucky, its field offices are located in 22 states and operate in many more. These operations encompass an array of services, including railroad construction, short line railroads, industrial switching services, emergency response, material distribution, distribution centers, signal construction, and locomotive design. The outstanding execution of these services depends on the dedication and expertise of over 1,400 employees, who work tirelessly to realize and maintain the company’s core values of safety, customer is #1, look good, efficiency, and fair and respectful treatment.


SRC of Lexington
Adam Trebolo  
1105 Eastland Drive
Lexington, KY 40505

SRC of Lexington specializes in the remanufacture of large engines, hydraulics and power train components. We work as an extension of our OEM customers, developing the highest quality remanufactured components to add value and lower cost of ownership. Our products can be found in the Mining, Construction, Gas Compression, and Power Generation industries, providing exceptional quality and value while maximizing uptime.  SRC of Lexington is a subsidiary of SRC Holdings and is an employee-owned, open-book company.  Open-book management informs and empowers employees as owners to continuously improve our products and services.


SVN Stone Commercial Real Estate 
Matt Stone
300 East Main Street, Suite 220
Lexington, KY 40507

SVN Stone Commercial Real Estate is affiliated with the SVN National Network, which is comprised of 1,100 advisors in over 200 offices globally. This network offers a local, regional, and national platform to market properties and provide services. Our advisors bring the advantage of over 60 years of combined professional real estate experience. Stone Commercial Real Estate offers services including client consultation, asset evaluation, accelerated marketing, market research, full service property management, full service brokerage and leasing, and workout resolution included short sales and receivership. Our advisors are specifically trained in all types of properties including office buildings, shopping centers, industrial building, and apartments. SVN Stone Commercial is simply built for better results.


Stites & Harbison, PLLCStites & Harbison
Cassidy Rosenthal, Member & Office Executive Member
250 West Main Street, Suite 2300
Lexington, KY 40507

A full-service law firm representing clients across the United States and internationally, Stites & Harbison, PLLC is known as a preeminent firm managing sophisticated transactions, challenging litigation, and complex regulatory matters on a daily basis.  The firm represents a broad spectrum of clients including multinational corporations, financial institutions, pharmaceutical companies, health care organizations, private companies, nonprofit organizations, family-owned businesses and individuals.  The firm places great emphasis on quality client service and it operates as the centerpiece of the firm’s strategic direction. Stites & Harbison makes every effort to understand a client’s industry and business objectives to effectively anticipate client needs, and provide exemplary service and value. Tracing its origins to 1832, Stites & Harbison is one of the oldest law practices in the nation.


Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC  
P. Douglas Barr, Managing Director
300 W Vine Street, Suite 2100
Lexington, KY 40507

Formed more than a century ago, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC is one of Kentucky’s oldest and largest law firms. Today, Stoll Keenon Ogden boasts more than 150 lawyers, organized into 18 comprehensive practice groups practicing from four locations across the Commonwealth. Our client list consists of major national and international clients in myriad industries, including financial services, utilities, mineral law, manufacturing, real estate, health care, technology and telecommunications. These clients include Fortune 500 companies headquartered in Kentucky, as well as national and global companies. Across the years, as we have grown and diversified, as the law has evolved and our clients’ needs have changed, we have never forgotten who we are and why we are here. In a sentence, we are a client-oriented, service-oriented, people-oriented law firm. As this sequence suggests, our clients always come first. With offices in Lexington, Louisville, Frankfort, Evansville, Indianapolis and Pittsburgh, we pride ourselves on being always here for them.


Summit Biosciences
Greg Plucinski
15313 Bull Lea Road
Lexington, KY 40511

Summit Biosciences is a specialized pharmaceutical company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing generic and innovative nasal spray medicines. We collaborate on the development of products with our clients and manufacture at commercial scale for the US and European markets.


Toyota Motor Manufacturing, KentuckyToyota Motor Manufacturing
Rick Hesterberg, Manager of Community Relations
1001 Cherry Blossom Way
Georgetown, KY 40324

Toyota (NYSE:TM) established operations in North America in 1957 and currently operates 13 manufacturing plants including its largest in North America (TMMK) located in Georgetown, Ky. TMMK began producing vehicles in 1988 and is one of the most celebrated manufacturing facilities in the world for its high quality with ten J.D. Power & Associates Initial Quality Plant Awards. The Kentucky plant represents a $6 billion investment which utilizes more than 350 direct suppliers across the United States, including 90 in Kentucky. Toyota currently produces 12 vehicles in North America, including the Avalon, Camry, Corolla, Highlander, Matrix, RAV4, Sienna, Sequoia, Tacoma, Tundra, Venza and the Lexus RX 350. The Avalon, Camry and Venza are built at the Kentucky plant by more than 7,000 team members.


Traditional BankTraditional Bank
Dana Adamson
163 W Short Street
Lexington, KY 40507

Traditional Bank is an independent, community bank with 14 banking centers in five Kentucky counties. We have been providing quality banking services since 1902. Through responsive leadership, local decision makers and a commitment to service we offer customers a rewarding banking experience in a secure environment. We offer a variety of high quality products and services for home and business including mortgage loans, business loans, business and personal checking, online banking, mobile banking, cash management and more. Traditional Bank was recently awarded a five-star rating by Bauer Financial, the nation’s leading independent bank rating firm.


Tru-Tone Finishing 
Greg Klemenswicz, President
1325 Baker Court
Lexington, KY 40511

Tru-Tone Finishing is a full-service ISO 9001:2000 certified e-coat and powder coating company that has provided superior quality and service to the Midwestern United States since 1974. Our precision processes, and cutting edge technologies enable us to provide finished parts that exceed the needs of our customers. With multiple e-coat and powder coating lines, Tru-Tone offers quick turnaround on large volume or customized small orders. Where tailored packaging or light assembly is required, Tru-Tone Finishing offers the full gamut of services. Whether you are looking for our “Class A” cathodic black epoxy e-coat, a decorative powder coating, or the superior finish of e-coat combined with powder coat, Tru-Tone Finishing will exceed your expectations. When quality and service are your primary consideration, think Tru-Tone Finishing.


UK HealthCare
Dr. Mark Newman
Office of the Executive Vice President for Health Affairs
900 S. Limestone, Suite 317
Lexington, KY 40356

Established in 1957, UK HealthCare consists of the medical, nursing, health sciences, public health, dental and pharmacy patient care activities of the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Ky. UK  HealthCare  includes  UK  Albert  B.  Chandler Hospital,  Kentucky  Children’s  Hospital,  UK  Good  Samaritan  Hospital,  Kentucky  Clinic,  more  than  80  specialized  clinics,  143  outreach  programs,  and  a  team  of  9,000  physicians,  nurses,  pharmacists  and  healthcare  workers  all  dedicated  to  patient  health. As  part  of  an  academic  medical  center,  these  teams  work  together  with  the  colleges  of  Medicine,  Pharmacy,  Nursing,  Health Sciences,  Dentistry  and  Public  Health  to  ensure  Kentuckians  receive  the  highest  quality  healthcare  as  well  as  the  latest healthcare  information. UK  HealthCare  specialists  and  staff  offer  a  broad  array  of  services,  from  primary  care  to  the  most  sophisticated  quaternary care.  Teaching  and  research  programs  ensure  our care  rivals  the  nation’s  best  centers.


U.S. Bank
Tommy Owen,Vice President Community BankingUS Bank
2020 Nicholasville Road
Lexington, KY 40503

U.S. Bank  is the fifth largest bank in the United States and fourth largest in the US in total branches with 127 branches in Kentucky. U.S. Bank’s branch network serves 25 Midwestern and Western states with 3,081 banking offices and 4,906 ATMs. U.S. Bank offers regional consumer and business banking and wealth management services, national wholesale and trust services and global payments services to over 15.8 million customers. The company employs over 64,000 people.


University of Kentucky
Tom Harris, Vice President of University Relations
213 Main Building
Lexington, KY 40506-0032

The University of Kentucky supports economic development by providing connections to students, researchers, and resources through programs at the Coldstream Research Campus and the Advanced Science & Technology Commercialization Center (ASTeCC).  Coldstream is a 735-acre hub of innovation and creativity that is home to over 65 organizations with more than 2,000 employees working in biotechnology, pharmaceuticals and equine health, and a variety of other industry sectors. ASTeCC is UK’s premier business incubator housing over 20 new and emerging technology-based companies.  Over 40 companies have graduated from the ASTeCC program; many that continue to grow in the local region.


Valvoline Inc.  
Michele Sparks, Sr Director Communications & Talent Management
100 Valvoline Way
Lexington, KY 40509

Valvoline Inc. (NYSE: VVV) is a leading worldwide marketer and supplier of premium branded lubricants and automotive services, with sales in more than 140 countries. Established in 1866, Valvoline’s heritage spans over 150 years, during which it has developed powerful brand recognition across multiple product and service channels. The highly trusted brand ranks as the No. 3 passenger car motor oil brand in the DIY market by volume and the No. 2 quick-lube chain by number of stores in the United States. The company operates and franchises more than 1,100 Valvoline Instant Oil Change℠ centers in the United States. It also markets Valvoline lubricants and automotive chemicals, including the new Valvoline™ Modern Engine Full Synthetic Motor Oil, which is specifically engineered to protect against carbon build-up in Gasoline Direct Injection (GDI), turbo and other engines manufactured since 2012; Valvoline High Mileage with MaxLife technology motor oil for engines over 75,000 miles; Valvoline Synthetic motor oil; and Zerex™ antifreeze.


The Webb Companies 
Woodford Webb, President
250 West Main Street, Suite 3000
Lexington, KY 40507
(859) 253-0000

The Webb Companies is Central Kentucky’s premier commercial real estate firm, specializing in commercial development, property management, leasing, brokerage and tenant representation.  We offer a prestigious portfolio of more than three million square feet of commercial real estate including high-rise office towers, suburban office parks, mixed-use complexes, retail shopping centers, residential developments, apartments, warehouses and other industrial facilities.


Jeff Koonce, City President
400 East Vine
Lexington, KY 40507

At WesBanco, we believe the bank has a commitment to invest in the customer and the community. We work constantly to be a bank you can trust. That’s why we take the time to listen to you and focus on meeting your needs. At WesBanco, we provide you a wide variety of services while we give you the personal service you’d expect from a community bank. WesBanco, by all accounts, better.


W6_logo_lex_wrap.jpgWest Sixth Brewing
Ben Self, Founder
501 West Sixth Street, Suite 100Lexington, KY 40508

A craft production brewery and taproom located on the northside of Lexington.


Stephanie Bell, VP Government Affairs
130 W. New Circle Road, Suite 170
Lexington, KY 40505

Windstream Holdings, Inc. (NASDAQ:WIN), a FORTUNE 500 company, is a leading provider of advanced network communications and technology solutions for consumers, businesses, enterprise organizations and wholesale customers across the U.S. Windstream offers bundled services, including broadband, security solutions, voice and digital TV to consumers. The company also provides data, cloud solutions, unified communications and managed services to small business and enterprise clients. The company supplies core transport solutions on a local and long-haul fiber network spanning approximately 150,000 miles. Additional information is available at


WLEX Communications, LLCWLEX Communications
Andrew Shenkan
1065 Russell Cave Road
Lexington, KY 40505

Count on LEX18… Lexington’s NBC affiliate and home to the Olympics and Kentucky Derby. With nearly 40 hours of local news programming every week, LEX18 is Central Kentucky’s number one source for news each morning and at 6pm and 11pm.


W. T. Young Storage Company

W. T. Young Storage Company
Jim Pierce, V. P. and Chief Operating Officer
2225 Young Drive
Lexington, KY 40505

W. T. Young Storage Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of W. T. Young, LLC. Founded in 1957, Young today owns approximately 3 million square feet of modern high-cube fully sprinklered warehouse buildings in Lexington which are also suitable for light manufacturing. In addition to leasing buildings to companies that want to run their own operations, Young also provides a broad range of warehousing and distribution services for a wide variety of grocery and industrial product manufacturers and distributors. W. T. Young Storage Company has the experience and flexibility to handle any logistics challenge.


Wyatt, Tarrant, & Combs LLPWyatt, Tarrant, & Combs LLP
Craig Robertson
250 W. Main Street, Suite 1600
Lexington, KY 40507

Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs is one of the South Central U.S. region’s largest law firms and it maintains an active national practice with five offices throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. The Best Lawyers in America® 2018 named 83 of our lawyers in its publication and eight of our lawyers were also named “Lawyer of the Year” for their practice and market. Chambers USA, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business 2017, named Wyatt a “Leading Law Firm” and 26 of our lawyers as “Leading Individuals” in its publication. Super Lawyers® (Kentucky and Mid-South current editions) named 62 of our attorneys as Super Lawyers or Rising Stars in its publications. Kentucky Super Lawyers® also recognized two Wyatt partners as the top two lawyers in Kentucky, number one being the first female in the publication’s history to receive this distinction. Additionally, the publication named four of Wyatt’s attorneys in the “Top 25 Women Attorneys in Kentucky” and five attorneys to the “Top 50 Lawyers in Kentucky” Super Lawyers List. Wyatt’s clients include fast growing start-ups, second and third generation family businesses, and some of the country’s largest corporations. This wide variety of clients gives breadth and depth to our team of lawyers and offers our clients unique perspectives on their legal matters. We also know that the best legal advice starts with an understanding of your goals. At Wyatt, we take the time to get to know you.


Ellen Williams, Chief Financial Officer
2029 Buck Lane
Lexington, KY 40511

At Zelios, we’re taking a leading role in processing and producing natural, hemp-derived cannabinoid-rich products for all the right reasons. We’re passionate about CBD’s boundless future, and prepared to help you take advantage of it. A large-scale extractor and global supplier, Zelios exists to meet your challenges as well as your opportunities. Applying innovation and creativity throughout the supply chain, we’re uniquely equipped to contribute to a new era of well-being with exceptional quality and greater cost efficiencies.