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    Bill Laird, President

    Barbara Cahoe Memorial Award Winner bestowed
    at the 2014 Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce Annual
    Dinner, has worked in the insurance industry for about 38
    years. Most recently with Ash Group. Bill has the experience
    of most all types of insurance. Bill went to DuPont Manual
    High School, and attended Arizona Western College. Bill
    has coached many youth sports league in Bullitt County,
    and was booster club president for North Bullitt High School
    for five years. Bill proudly served in the United States
    Marine Corps for four years. Bill’s mission is to help the
    Chamber grow, and to be one of the best chambers around,
    and to support all businesses in Bullitt County.

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    Tammy Ott

    In August of 2003 something happened that changed Tammy Ott’s life: the birth of Emma Claire Livingston, her first of three amazing grandchildren. After talking with her daughter and visiting daycare centers, she realized there was a need for quality childcare. She decided to open her own center. Her goal was to provide a facility in which parents would feel comfortable leaving their children. She wants every parent to know that his or her child is receiving the best possible care. Today’s Kids has served the families of Bullitt County for the last 10 years and will continue to strive to meet new goals.

     Tammy is very active in the Bullitt County community. She helped develop the CASA program in Bullitt County and currently sits on the advisory board. She was instrumental in providing a meeting location for the Center for Women and Families. She is the chairperson for the Foster Review Board and also reviews foster cases for family court. She is the Past President of the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce and KidsFest Chairperson. Tammy is continually updating her education in order to stay up-to-date with the latest information to help Today’s Kids’ children, parents and staff.

    Ellie Yerkes, Treasurer

    Ellie Yerkes is a Director of Business Development for Park Community Credit Union. Her territories include all of Bullitt County, Downtown Louisville, Middletown and Jeffersontown, KY and Berea, KY. Ellie has been with the credit union and in her current position since 2008. Prior to coming to Park, Ellie worked as the Public Relations Manager for the Jeffersontown Chamber of Commerce and is a graduate of Coastal Carolina University.

    As a Business Development director she is currently responsible for creating new business opportunities and relationships within each community she is involved with – meeting with business owners and their employees. It is her objective to increase the credit unions awareness within the community and form quality relationships with businesses and community organizations. Ellie also serves and volunteers her time on several additional non-profit and not-for-profit boards. She is married and has 2 young daughters.

    Jerry Summers

    Jerry Summers

    Jerral (Jerry) Summers is the Beam Community Relations Director Kentucky.
    Careers:
    Jim Beam CO.
    1979 – 1986 – Assistant Distillery Manager
    (Clermont –Boston Operations)
    Jim Beam Brands
    1987 – 1991 Environmental Supervisor
    (Clermont – Boston)
    1992 – 2006 Clermont Distillery Operations Manager

    2007 – Current Beamglobal Spirits and Wine – Beam
    Inc. – Beam Suntory Director of Community Relations Kentucky

    Degrees:
    University of Louisville BA MGMT.
    University of Kentucky Technical College AA

    Current Board Member of:
    Kentucky Travel Industry Association (Chair – elect)
    Kentucky Bourbon Festival – 2014 Chairman: one of the top 20 events in the Southeast Tourism region
    YMCA of Bullitt County
    Bullitt County School for Excellence Foundation
    Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce (Past Chair)
    Bullitt County Economic Development Authority (Vice – Chair)
    Commerce Lexington Trustee

    Past Board member of:
    Kentucky Bourbon Trail Boutique
    Kentucky Distillers Association (Executive team member)
    Shepherdsville – Bullitt County Tourism
    Leadership Bullitt County (Chair)
    Regional Leadership Coalition
    SAC St. Aloysius (Chair)

    Recognition Awards:
    Barbara Cahoe 2000
    North Star Award Lincoln Trail BSA 2014
    Kentucky Colonel (State Representative Susan Westrom)
    Bernheim Honoree White Oak in the Meadow

    Supporter of:
    Moore – Mayfield foundation, Ronald McDonald House, Kosair and Leadership Kentucky

    Favorite place:
    Bernheim Forrest & Arboretum

    Quiet time:
    On his River Bank. He has a family and they all enjoy golf.

    June Daugherty

    June Daugherty is the Executive Director of the Bullitt County Family YMCA. She has held this position for the past 25 years. In that time, the budget has grown from $25,000 to $2,500,000 annually. The Bullitt County YMCA employs 100 part time and 25 full time employees. Their largest program is before and after school child care. They also offer youth sports including soccer, basketball and baseball plus summer swim lessons. The YMCA operates the largest wellness center in the county. She has been married to Jeff Daugherty for 22 years and they have four children ages 20, 18, 16, and 15. The couple attends Southeast Christian Church where volunteers in the children’s ministry. June is an active member of the chamber since she first started working for the YMCA in 1987. She looks forward to working with the Board of Directors to make the Chamber the most effective that it can be for Bullitt County Chamber Members and to serve the local community.

    Barbara Wright

    Barbara Wright is a graduate of Midway College, with a B.A. in Business Administration. Barbara has used her business management skills in sales management, marketing, and finance throughout her career. Prior to joining Shelter Insurance in 2002 she worked as an owner/partner for Resource America. As National Sales Director she traveled the United States and Puerto Rico working with federally funded health centers serving indigent populations. In 1999 the company was bought by Web MD/Medical Manager. After twenty years of extensive travel, Barbara was ready to work closer to home. Opening an insurance agency in Bullitt County was a natural fit for her. As a Kentucky native, Barbara was eager to settle into her community and begin working with local people. As a member of the Bullitt County Woman’s Club, Barbara has served as a committee chair, President, and District Governor to help further the hard work of the renowned civic club. She also serves on local boards for Shepherds Shelter and the Bullitt County Extension Office. In addition, for the last five years she has also worked in Prison Ministry outreach, after care, and county wide recovery programs to help reintroduce women into our community thereby establishing them as useful citizens again. So when the opportunity presented itself to join the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce, Barbara jumped at it. Using her years of sales and marketing expertise, she is eager to foster relationships with other local businesses. A strong business community benefits all of us, and she considers it a privilege to use her skills and passions on the Chamber Board to help make Bullitt County a better place for all of our citizens.

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    Lou Ann Moore 

    Lou Ann Moore is the Broker/Owner of Century 21 Advantage Plus with offices in Shepherdsville and Mt. Washington. She
    previously served as President of the Bullitt County Chamber from 2009 to 2012.  Lou currently serves as President of the Century 21 Broker Council of Kentucky and the MidSouth representative of the Century 21 National Brokers Congress. She also serves as Publicity and Style Show chair with the Bullitt County Woman's Club, chair of the  Finance Committee at Bethel United Methodist Church and is on the executive committee at Kentuckiana Works.

    Grace Kessler

    Grace Kessler is an Executive Assistant II for Amazon.com. Grace joined Amazon in March 2012 when the Zappos FCs were acquired by Amazon. At that time she was the EA for the Regional Director of Softlines Fulfillment for Amazon. In this role, she supported the sites’ leaders and associates and was particularly adept at planning large scale events. In 2016, Grace was promoted to Executive Assistant I and supported two Directors of Finance for all North American Operations and one Regional Operations Director and has since added support for a fourth Finance Director and been promoted to Executive Assistant II. While providing outstanding support to all of her Directors Grace has also been instrumental in the launch of a global leadership program at Amazon. Prior to Amazon, Grace completed her BS in Integrated Strategic Communications at the University of Kentucky and held administrative roles in higher education settings. Grace is also an active member of The Junior League of Louisville and currently sits on the Cookbook Committee.

    Rick Clements

    Rick Clements

    Rick Clements has worked at United Bank since February 1998 in his current role in the Bullitt County Market.  He previously spent 21 years (May 1977 until January of 1998) in two previous positions in the financial industry serving in various capacities such as Branch
    Manager, lender and loan underwriter.  He has been very active since moving to Bullitt County (Mt. Washington, Kentucky) in 1977 with sports including coaching, serving on the Board of the Mt. Washington Youth Baseball/Softball Program since 1985, and formerly, for many years, Booster Club President of Bullitt East High School.  Rick was appointed in 2012 by the Governor of Kentucky to fill the term as 2nd District Magistrate representing the Mt. Washington area of Bullitt County until January 2013. Rick holds a Kentucky Real Estate License and is an active member of many community organizations including the Lions Club of Mt. Washington and The Knights of Columbus.  He is also a Kentucky Colonel.  He has served as a Director with the Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce since 1998. In his spare time, Rick officiates High School Fast-Pitch Softball & has been a KHSAA licensed official since 1992.

     

    Keith Davis

    Keith Davis

    Keith Davis has been superintendent of Bullitt County Schools since 2007.  Prior to that, he has served the district in prior capacities since 1996.  Since he became superintendent, he has been very proud to watch our county’s schools increase in performance from the lowest 20th percent to being judged as proficient by the state of Kentucky.  During his tenure, BCPS has implemented multiple new programs to increase individual student choice and preparedness for college or career after graduation and is constantly pursuing its state vision to become the leader in educational excellence.

    Justin Guest
     
    Justin Guest is the Executive Director of the Bullitt County Family YMCA.  He has been part of the YMCA since he was a teenager.  For almost twenty years, Justin has worked most positions in the Y, spanning from teaching swim lessons and coaching swim teams, to Senior Program Director and Associate Executive Director of various YMCAs.  Justin has worked for YMCAs in Kentucky, North Carolina and Virginia developing programs, raising funds to help youth and families and leading capital projects in various communities.  What he enjoys most about his work with the Y is that he is able to lead with an amazing group of volunteers and staff to provide a healthy lifestyle for all youth, families and adults in the community.  
     
    Justin and his wife, Julia, have two children (Liam and Leighton).  Justin is a member of Sojourn Community Church and he is an avid supporter of Young Life and FCA.  
     
    Throughout the YMCA movement, Justin is known for his philanthropic programs, board development and program growth.  His mission to serve all keeps him focused as he strives to serve the community with all his heart.
     
    Education
    MS in Non-profit Management, Grace College and Seminary
    BA, Western Kentucky University

     

    Sherry Gentry

    I have been in the Banking industry for the last 40 years. The last ten years I have managed the two branches in Shepherdsville for WesBanco.  I have served as Treasurer for the Bullitt Co Foundation in Excellence for Public Education for the past five years. I am also a past recipient of the Chambers Ambassador award. I am truly looking forward to serving on the Chamber board and working with fellow board members. I want to see Bullitt Co listed as one of the best counties in the Commonwealth and this will happen by community leaders coming together and putting the needs of the County first.

    I have been married to my husband Greg for 20 years. We have two children and our grandson Jayden who is the light of our lives.

    Joseph M. Mills

    Senior Associate, Buckman & Farris Law Office

    Joe joined Buckman & Farris in August of 2011. He spends the majority of his time practicing civil litigation, assisting in education law issues and probate matters. He is also an experienced criminal defense lawyer having previously worked in the adult trial division of the Louisville Public Defender for three years. Joe received his J.D. from the Chase College of Law where he was a member of the Law Review and Inn of Court. He received his B.S. from Northern Kentucky University where he was awarded the Paul J. Sipes Outstanding Senior Award, Enid Henry Award for Political Science, and was a Homecoming King. Also while in college, he interned for former Congressman Ron Lewis in Washington. Joe was raised in Bullitt County, graduated from Bullitt East High School, and currently lives in Mt. Washington. When he isn't practicing law, Joe is very active in Bullitt County causes.