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Corporate Moves: June-July 2019

New leadership for Kentucky businesses

By LaneReport.com staff


■ Fort Thomas-based KLH Engineers has announced the following appointments:

Robert Heil, who has served as chief executive officer and president for the past four years, will serve as the new chairman of the board of directors and will continue to lead as CEO.

James Tavernelli will serve as president and continue in his current role as chief operations officer.

Doug Johansing and Alex Jonovski have been named as principals in the firm.

Brian Bruggeman, who joined the firm as director of business development in 2014, is expanding his role to serve as chief client officer.

Stephen Federle has been named director of engineering.

Brandon Johnson has been named electrical engineering manager.

Matthew Robertson has been named business development officer for Lexington-based Bank of the Bluegrass & Trust Co.

Craig Miller has been promoted to president of Hammond Communi-cations Group in Lexington. Miller succeeds co-founder Ron Mossotti, who has stepped down as president after 30 years. Mossotti will continue to serve as senior advisor.

Kelley Bright has been appointed Kentucky office leader for the Louisville office of Mercer, a global consulting firm.


Power, a Louisville-based advertising and marketing agency has announced the following appointments: Glenn Goodman – executive director, creative; Dennis Smiley – executive director, operations; and Shareen Dunn – executive director, digital.


Jennifer Drennan has been named president of Field & Main’s Lexington market.

Greg Haddix has joined Lexington-based private equity firm MiddleGround as vice president.

Hilliard Lyons Trust Co. has announced the following appointments: Don Asfahl – chairman; Mark K. Nickel – president and chief investment officer; and Chris Staples – chief operating officer.

Paula Beebe has joined Central Bank as vice president, mortgage lending in Winchester.

Doug Peabody has joined Stegner Investment Associates Inc. in Louisville as president and chief operating officer.


Ameerah Palacios has joined Greater Louisville Inc. as director of marketing and communications.


Judy Williams Daniel has been named director of business and industry development for Big Sandy Community and Technical College.

Quentin Young has been named vice president of finance and chief financial officer at the University of the Cumberlands.

Eddie Kenny has been  named vice president of advancement at Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Brian Cusato has been named special assistant to the president at Centre College. Cusato will continue in his role as associate vice president of academic affairs.

Northern Kentucky University has named Andrea Falcone as dean of the W. Frank Steely Library.

Dr. Mohammed Kazimuddin has been named assistant dean of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine – Bowling Green Campus.

Claire Fuller has ben named dean of the Murray State University Jesse D. Jones College of Science, Engineering and Technology.

Matthew Ruark has been named vice president of admissions for Kentucky Wesleyan College.

Hassan R. HassabElnaby has ben named dean of Northern Kentucky University’s Haile/US Bank College of Business.

The University of Louisville has announced the following appointments: Brad Shafer – vice president for university advancement; Rehan Khan – vice provost and chief information officer; and Teresa Reed – dean of the School of Music.

Doug Way has been named dean of the University of Kentucky Libraries.

Linda Strong-Leek has been named provost of Berea College.

Sean Howard has been named chief flight instructor for Eastern Kentucky University’s aviation program.

Deepa Dubal has been appointed vice president for information technology at Transylvania University.


Jeremy Sussman has been named chief financial officer for Ramaco Resources Inc., a Lexington-based operator and developer of metallurgical coal.

Kimra H. Cole has been named president and chief operating officer of Columbia Gas of Kentucky. Cole succeeds Herbert A. Miller Jr., who is retiring on July 1, 2019.


Christa Marrillia has been named vice president and chief marketing officer at Keeneland. Marc Therrien has been named managing director of Keeneland hospitality.


Dan McKee has been promoted to master distiller for Michter’s Distillery, succeeding Pamela Heilmann, who retired from the position May 1. Distillery Manager Matt Bell has been named distiller.

Ricky Carpentieri has been named director of food and beverage at Lexington Marriott City Center and Residence Inn Lexington City Center.

Stoli Group has named Lee Tatum as managing director for the Kentucky Owl brand, based out of Louisville and Bardstown.

Louisville-based KFC Corp. has named Monica Rothgery chief operating officer of KFC U.S.


Mark Bunning has been named chief financial officer of Lexington-based Kentucky Employers’ Mutual Insurance (KEMI).


Steve Smith has been named Kentucky market leader for Graydon, a law firm with locations in Northern Kentucky and the Greater Cincinnati area. Daniel E. Tobergte has joined the firm to lead its new economic development services team. The firm has also named the following members to its executive committee: Steve Goodin, Jack Greiner (chair and managing partner), Dan Heyd, Tom Prewitt, Dan Reitz and Kent Wellington.

Becky Mayton Moore has been named chair of Frost Brown Todd’s finance practice group. Josh O’Bryan has been named chair of the firm’s private equity industry team. Both Moore and O’Bryan practice in Frost Brown Todd’s Louisville office.

Josh Beam has joined McBrayer’s Lexington office, where he focuses on estate planning, probate and corporate law.

Mark S. Franklin has joined Dinsmore & Shohl in Louisville as public finance partner.


Todd Johnson has joined Walton-based Verst Logistics as president and chief operating officer.


Brian Sipe has been named director of booking at Rupp Arena.


Julie H. Berry has been named executive director for Lexington-based Blue Grass Farms Charities.


Chelsea Cook has joined Horizon Commercial Realty in Louisville as marketing administrator. She succeeds Aubrey Meiners, who has been named marketing coordinator.

Larry Smith has been named chief operating officer of Louisville commercial real estate firms Hollenbach Oakley and Horizon Commercial Realty.

Jenny Dixon has joined Kentucky REALTORS as education and real estate industry coordinator.


Jennifer Werner has joined Paducah-based Computer Services Inc. as chief marketing officer.


Nick Price has been promoted to serve as the manager of E.P. “Tom” Sawyer State Park in Louisville.

Carlet Hagan has been named park manager at Nolin Lake State Park.


Leslie Combs has been named executive director of Kentuckians for Better Transportation, a statewide transportation association.


Curt Dillon has been appointed health and safety programs manager for Kentucky American Water.


Andrew Berry has been named director of conservation for Bernheim Arboretum and Research Forest.

Shannon Conforti has been named executive director of Christian Flights International, an organization that leads mission trips.

Tony Semak has been named head of investor relations for Louisville-based Charah Solutions.

■ Material Handling Systems Inc. has announced that company co-founder and Chief Operating Officer Scott McReynolds has been named chief executive officer of the Louisville-based company. McReynolds succeeds co-founder and Chief Executive Officer Tony Mouser, who has stepped down as CEO, but will continue managing special projects. Co-founder Greg Judge remains in his role as president of the company.


Stacey Church has resigned as general manager of the Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville to accept the position of assistant general manager of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

Terry Gill has resigned as secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. He plans to return to work in the private sector.

Barton D. Darrell has resigned as president of Kentucky Wesleyan College, effective June 1, 2019.

Karen Profitt Newman is retiring effective June 30 from Baptist Health Louisville, where she is vice president and chief nursing officer.

Marianne Eaves has left her position as master distiller at Castle & Key Distillery in Frankfort. Eaves plans to pursue other opportunities involving the bourbon industry, including consulting, book, speaking, digital and culinary projects.

Marcia Hobbs has retired as dean of the Murray State University School of Nursing and Health Professions.

Seamus Carey is leaving his position as president of Transylvania University. Effective July 1, Carey will become president of Iona University in New Rochelle, N.Y.

Ed Webb has resigned as president of World Trade Center Kentucky to accept the position of president and CEO of World Trade Center New Orleans.