Harold Workman honored for career at KSFB; UofL recognized for move to ACC
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 4, 2013) – Greater Louisville Inc. – The Metro Chamber of Commerce (GLI) will present its prestigious Silver Fleur-de-Lis Award to two deserving recipients March 19 at its Annual Meeting. The award recognizes outstanding achievement in the Greater Louisville community and is bestowed upon individuals and organizations that show leadership and action to make the region a better place.
Harold Workman, who recently retired as president and CEO of the Kentucky State Fair Board (KSFB), will be recognized for his 40-year career in the Kentucky agri-business community, where his efforts helped to position the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center as top competitors in the convention and tradeshow industry.
Workman began his career with the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and in 1974 was named general manager of the North American International Livestock Exposition, which he developed into the world’s largest purebred livestock show. He went on to direct all agency-produced events for the KSFB as Director of Expositions and Vice President of Expositions and Operations.
Under his leadership as president and CEO, KEC added substantially to its Class “A” exhibit space and doubled the size of the downtown convention center. He served as executive director of the Louisville Arena Authority where he was instrumental in building the KFC Yum! Center in downtown Louisville.
Workman served on the board of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Commission, is immediate past chairman of the Kentucky Derby Museum board of directors and served on the executive committee of GLI. He was named Communicator of the Year by the Bluegrass Chapter of PRSA; inducted into the Saddle and Sirloin Club; presented the Distinguished Service Award by the Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives, given the Mangeot-Oaken Award by the Kentucky Travel Industry Association, and named the recipient of the 2011 Dan Mangeot Memorial Award by the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau for a career dedicated to tourism and economic development.
The University of Louisville will be honored for its recent acceptance into The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as its newest member. The inclusion of UofL into the ACC is representative of both the university’s proven athletic success in the past as well as its exceptional positioning for continued success in the future, where it will now be competing at the highest level in all facets of the collegiate sports experience. The ACC has long been recognized as a vibrant conference that remains steadfast in its commitment to balancing academics and athletics.
In announcing UofL’s acceptance, the ACC cited “its aggressive approach to excellence in every respect” as the reason why “the University of Louisville will enhance our league’s culture and commitment to the cornerstones we were founded on 60 years ago.” UofL officially joins the ACC in 2014.
Accepting the Silver Fleur-de-Lis will be UofL President James Ramsey, who has worked energetically to move the university toward its goal of becoming a premier, nationally recognized, metropolitan institution. Also accepting will be Tom Jurich, UofL’s Director of Athletics and Vice President, who leads one of the most successful intercollegiate athletics programs in the nation. The Cardinals boast a number of team and individual national championships, more than 50 Big East team titles (combined regular season and tournament) since joining that league in 2005 and more than 300 All-America honorees.
In addition to the awards, the evening will feature keynote speaker Jamie Dimon, chairman of the board and CEO of JP Morgan Chase. Dimon has served as the chairman of JP Morgan Chase since December 2006, and has been CEO and president since December 2005. He serves on the board of directors of the New York Federal Reserve and has been named as one of Time Magazine’s World’s Most Influential People in 2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011.
The 2013 Annual GLI Meeting, presented by Yum! Brands, will take place Tuesday, March 19, 2013 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Galt House Hotel & Suites Grand Ballroom. The evening includes networking, the awards program, and a cocktail and hors d’oeuvres reception.