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Corporate Moves: May 2018

New leadership for Kentucky businesses

By The Lane Report staff


Joel Wallace has been named partner at Louisville-based TEG.


PJ Gibbs has joined the Bowling Green office of ARGI, a Louisville-based personal and business financial advisory firm.

Jason L. Ayers has joined Community Trust and Investment Co.’s wealth and trust management team as a relationship officer for private wealth services.

Barbara Bowling has rejoined Fifth Third Bank as a mortgage area sales manager for the Louisville market.


Christy Morrison has been promoted to director of membership development for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Jessica Casebolt has joined the chamber as membership development manager in western Kentucky.

AppHarvest, an Eastern Kentucky ag-tech startup, has announced the following appointments: Seth David Norat – chief operating officer; Sydney Fulkerson – chief design officer; and Ramel Bradley – community director.


Jennifer Panepinto has joined Northern Kentucky Tri-ED as director of business retention and expansion. Northern Kentucky Tri-ED is the primary economic development entity for Boone, Campbell and Kenton counties.


Vincent Tyra has been named athletic director and vice president of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Louisville.

Emmanuel Collins has been named dean of University of Louisville’s J.B. Speed School of Engineering.

Neeli Bendapudi has been named president of the University of Louisville. She comes to the position from the University of Kansas, where she served as provost and executive vice chancellor.

Mark Whitworth has been named vice president of intercollegiate athletics at Asbury University.

Erica Harris has been named executive director of alumni services at University of the Cumberlands.

Dr. Steven A. Haist has rejoined the University of Kentucky College of Medicine as associate dean for the Northern Kentucky regional campus.

Former Louisville Mayor and Kentucky Lieutenant Gov. Jerry Abramson has been named executive in residence at Spalding University, effective June 1.


Keeneland has named Barry Bowditch as its new Australasian representative and managing director of Magic Millions, which conducts Thoroughbred auctions each year in Australia.

Tim Bryan has been named president and general manager of Derby City Gaming, Churchill Downs’ new historical racing machine facility that is opening in Louisville this fall.


Mitch Arens has been named executive chef for the Hotel Covington, a 114-room hotel located in a restored department store.

Jenny Moon has been named manager of Dale Hollow Lake State Resort Park.


Jennifer Burnett has joined the Kentucky Association of Counties as director of research.

Kevin Akers has been named county commissioner for the 3rd district in Fayette County.

Rebecca Grady Jennings has been confirmed as U.S. district judge for the western district of Kentucky.

Claria Horn Boom has been confirmed as U.S. district judge for the eastern and western districts of Kentucky.

Brian Privett has been appointed circuit judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2.


Taylor Coots has joined EM Ford in Owensboro as employee benefits advisor.


Greg Taylor has joined the Eddins Domine Law Group in Louisville, focusing on business litigation, consumer law, creditors’ rights and employment disputes.

Michael D. Hornback has been named special counsel in the Lexington office of Littler, a global employment and labor law practice representing management.

Neal B. Curtis has joined the corporate and securities team of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs.

Robert K. McBride has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as a partner in the corporate compliance and white-collar criminal defense practice. McBride will work out of the firm’s Northern Kentucky office.

Justin Fowles and Carl Lammers have been named members of the law firm of Frost Brown Todd LLC in Louisville.


Meg Howell has been named regional vice president of sales for Louisville-based J&L Marketing.


Sinclair Broadcast Group Inc. has promoted Jennifer Rieffer to general manager for WDKY (FOX) in Lexington.


Emily Cvengros has been named Lexington-area marketing manager for Write Now Marketing, a Louisville-based creative marketing firm.


Paducah-based Computer Services Inc. (CSI) has elevated three senior vice presidents to its executive leadership team: Andy Elliott, previously senior vice president of customer experience, is now chief experience officer; Bob Ezell, previously senior vice president of product strategy, is now chief product officer; and Diva Narayanan, previously senior vice president of CSI’s software engineering group, is now chief technology officer.


Bob Shurtleff has been named external affairs manager for Kentucky Power. He will be located in the Pikeville office.

Linda L. Rumpke has been promoted to vice president of external and customer affairs for Columbia Gas of Kentucky.


David S. Beck has been named as the new president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board. Beck comes to the position from the Kentucky Farm Bureau, where he has served as CEO since 1995.