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New chairman, board members for Southbank Partners

NEWPORT, Ky. — Southbank Partners, the community and economic development organization for Northern Kentucky’s river cities, will have new board leadership in 2021.

Jay Buchert

At a recent board meeting, Ray Beil, who has served as chairman of Southbank Partners since its inception in 1997, announced that he is leaving that position. Board member Jay Buchert was elected to take over as chairman. The board also voted to name Beil as chairman emeritus of the organization, which he helped to create along with Wayne Carlisle and Steve Schatteman.

The board also elected Ken Lewis, founder and CEO of New Riff Distilling, and Robert Simmons, vice president of EGC Construction, a division of Messer Construction, as their newest board members. Lewis and Simmons replace Beil and long-time board member Roger Peterman.

Earlier this year, businessman Mike Chilelli, owner of M.C. Steel and Crane Service in Wilder; and Donna Salyers, founder, and owner of Donna Salyers Fabulous Furs and Donna Salyers Fabulous Bridal in Covington;, replaced Wally Pagan and Schatteman, respectively, on the Southbank board. The other board member is former Newport Mayor Tom Guidugli Sr., who serves as executive director Neighborhood Foundations in Newport, whose term runs through next year.