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Junior Bridgeman joins Central Bank board

Junior Bridgeman

LEXINGTON, Ky. — Ulysses Lee “Junior” Bridgeman was elected to the Central Bancshares board of directors, Central Bank Chairman, President and CEO Luther Deaton Jr. announced Thursday.

A native of Indiana, Bridgeman came to Kentucky to attend the University of Louisville, where he celebrated a successful basketball career. As a Louisville Cardinal, Bridgeman led his team to two NCAA tournaments, including a Final Four in 1975. During the same year, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Lakers; he remained in the NBA until retiring from the Milwaukee Bucks in 1987.

Today, Bridgeman is the president and chief executive officer of Bridgeman Foods Inc. As of 2017, Bridgeman Foods Inc. began bottling for The Coca-Cola Company. An active member of the Louisville community, Bridgeman was recently honored with the Gold Cup award by Greater Louisville Inc.

Bridgeman will join the following directors who were reelected: Deaton; Joan Kincaid, vice chairman, Central Bancshares Inc.; Michael D. Foley, retired partner, Ray, Foley, Hensley & Co. PLLC Certified Public Accountants; Wayne Martin, vice president of development, retail division, Booth Energy; Nick Nicholson, retired, Keeneland Association Inc.; G. Michael Ritchie, owner, MNDHoldings and Paul E. Sullivan, partner, Frost Brown Todd, LLC.