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Corporate Moves: June-July 2018

New leadership for Kentucky businesses

By Lane Report staff


Richard Johnson has been promoted to vice president and chief creative officer for PriceWeber, a full-service digital advertising agency headquartered in Louisville. Johnson succeeds Tony Beard, who has retired after 30 years of service.


Libby Lamb and Shelby Hilliard have joined the design team at Lexington-based Omni Architects.


Rachel Singel, Anthony Heinz May and Natalie Andrew have been selected as artists-in-residence for 2018 at the Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.


Matt Willis has been named banking center manager for First Security Bank’s downtown branch in Owensboro.

Mike Kempf has joined Town & Country Bank and Trust Co. in Bardstown as vice president and commercial relationship manager.

James A. (Ja) Hillebrand has been named chief executive officer of Louisville-based Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. Hillebrand succeeds David P. Heintzman, who is retiring as CEO and will move into the role of executive chairman of the board through the end of 2018 and will continue as its chairman thereafter. Philip S. Poindexter, currently executive vice president and chief lending officer, will become president of the company and the bank effective Oct. 1, 2018.

Community Trust Bank has announced the following appointments: Ashley Conn – residential lending manager, senior vice president; Kristy Gabbart – vice president/regional residential loan reviewer, Campbellsville; Shawn Fuller – branch manager, assistant vice president, Elkhorn City; Bridget L. Evans – branch manager, assistant vice president, Pikeville; Brandi Kiser – branch manager, assistant vice president, Virgie.

Anthony Strong has joined Ross, Sinclaire & Associates in Lexington as vice president of business development.

Tim Richardson has joined First Security Bank in Lexington as vice president – commercial banking officer. Rick Davies has been named a mortgage loan officer for the bank.

Kirk Schmitt has been promoted to senior vice president of investments for Community Trust Wealth & Trust Management.

■ Citizens Commerce, a community bank serving Woodford, Franklin, Jessamine and Fayette counties, has announced the following promotions: William P. Wilson Jr. – executive vice president, credit administration; Eli Barber – executive vice president, chief financial officer/chief operating officer; Mark Yates – Lexington market president; and Carol Rich – senior vice president operations.

■ Traditional Bank in Lexington has announced the following promotions: Dana Adamson – senior vice president; F.W. “Buddy” Schneider III – senior vice president; Becky Arnold – assistant vice president; Allison Roberts – assistant vice president; Chas Sargent – assistant vice president; and Kristyn Disponette – director of advertising.


Rudolph G. Buchheit has been named dean of the University of Kentucky College of Engineering.

Terry Ballman has been named provost and vice president for academic affairs at Western Kentucky University. Ballman comes to the position from California State University, San Bernardino, where she was dean of the College of Arts and Letters.

Carey W. Castle has been named president of Somerset Community College, part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Simon J. Sheather has been selected as the new dean of the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics.

Michael Bacigalupi has been appointed dean of the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry.

Alton B. Pollard III has been named president of Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary. Pollard will succeed Michael Jinkins, who is retiring Sept. 2.

Aruni Bhatnagar has been tapped to lead the Envirome Institute (formerly the Kentucky Institute for the Environment and Sustainable Development) at the University of Louisville, which focuses on the health effects of the environment.


Joe Smith has been promoted to chief financial officer of Louisville-based Papa John’s International Inc.

Lawson E. Whiting has been selected as the new chief executive officer of Louisville-based Brown-Forman, succeeding Paul C. Varga, who has announced his intent to retire at the end of 2018. Other new appointments at the company include: John Hayes – senior vice president, president of USA and Canada; Thomas Hinrichs – senior vice president, president of the international division; and Mark McCallum – executive vice president, chief brands officer. The company has also created a new global corporate affairs organization that will be led by Mike Keyes, senior vice president, chief corporate affairs officer. As a result of the new appointments, Jim Jones, executive vice president and president of the North America region, is leaving the company.

Tonya Robinson has been promoted to chief financial officer of Louisville-based Texas Roadhouse.


Randy White has been appointed deputy commissioner of adult institutions for the Kentucky Department of Corrections.

Michael Todd Mansfield has been appointed county judge-executive of Todd County.

Dorsey Hall has joined the Kentucky Department of Financial Institutions as the director of the Division of Nondepository Institutions.

Alexander Payne has been appointed commissioner for the Kentucky Department of Criminal Justice Training.

Eric Bloomfield has been appointed property valuation administrator for Lewis County.

Adam Meier has been named secretary for the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services. Kristi Putnam has been named deputy secretary for the cabinet.

Andrew Schachtner has been named deputy executive director for the Kentucky Office of Technology and Special Audits.

Tony Hatton has been named commissioner of the Kentucky Department for Environmental Protection.

Derrick Ramsey has been appointed as the new secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Ramsey previously served as secretary of the Kentucky Labor Cabinet.

Robert Wier has been appointed by President Donald Trump as U.S. district judge for the eastern district of Kentucky.

Brian Houillion has been named chief of staff for the Kentucky Department of Local Government.


Dr. Kyle Brothers has been named endowed chair in pediatric clinical and translational research at the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.

Dr. Brian Holland has been named division chief of pediatric cardiology for the University of Louisville Department of Pediatrics.

Emmett Ramser has been named chief administrative officer of Norton Children’s Hospital.

Gladys Lopez has been named senior vice president and chief human resources officer for Louisville-based Norton Healthcare.


Bahaaldin Alsoufi has joined the Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery at the University of Louisville and Norton Children’s  Hospital as chief of the Division of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery.


Elisabeth “Libby” S. Gray has been named chair of Middleton Reutlinger’s litigation group.

■ Former Lexington Mayor Jim Newberry has joined Steptoe & Johnson PLLC as the managing member of the firm’s Louisville office. Newberry succeeds Bonita Black, who is stepping down from her management responsibilities to devote more time to her corporate clients and community involvement.

Derek Halliburton has joined the law firm of Stites & Harbison as chief operating officer.

Real estate attorney Virginia “Ginny” Lawson has rejoined McBrayer, McGinnis, Leslie & Kirkland.

Justin Fowles and Carl Lammers have been promoted to members of Frost Brown Todd’s Louisville office.

Jonathon P. Nunley has joined the Lexington office of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs LLP, where he concentrates his practice in real estate and corporate law.

Janet S. Luo has joined Sturgill, Turner, Barker & Moloney, working in the firm’s government and municipal law and torts and insurance practice groups.


Paul Banks has been named plant manager of the Novelis Inc. automotive aluminum sheet manufacturing facility in Guthrie, Ky. Banks previously served as unit manager at Logan Aluminum, a Novelis joint venture in Logan, Ky.

Tom Murray has been named vice president of marketing for Lexington-based Tempur Sealy International Inc.


Christy Moreno has been named president and general manager of WHAS11 in Louisville. Moreno comes to WHAS from KUSA in Denver and replaces Linda Danna, who has stepped down from the position to prioritize time with her family.

Ellen Oost has been named director of development for Louisville Public Media.


Hal B. Goode has been named executive director for the Central Kentucky Community Action Council, which serves eight counties in the Lincoln Trail area.

Connie Freking has been named executive director of Holly Hill Child & Family Solutions in California, Ky.

George Myers has been named director of PACE Financing for Energize Kentucky, a nonprofit organization that helps secure financing to make energy-efficient improvements.


Stuart Byham has joined CTI Clinical Trial and Consulting Services, a Covington-based multinational contract research organization, as director of clinical trials. Adam Roth has joined the company as director of project management/late phase services – clinical research center.


Amy Spiller has been named president of Duke Energy Kentucky and Duke Energy Ohio.


Thomas C. Wiedemann has been named chief executive officer of AAA Club Alliance Inc., which serves more than 631,000 members in Kentucky through roadside assistance, online services and retail stores.