Biz Briefs Of The Week: December 20, 2012

From left to right: Kathy Schmitt, owner of Crescent Hill Trading Company; Rudolph; and Sue Gentry, executive director of United Crescent Hill Ministries.

From left to right: Kathy Schmitt, owner of Crescent Hill Trading Company; Rudolph; and Sue Gentry, executive director of United Crescent Hill Ministries.

2012 Good Neighbor Awards

The Frankfort Avenue Business Association awarded the 2012 Good Neighbor Awards to the Crescent Hill Trading Company and the United Crescent Hill Ministries on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Olde Tyme Christmas Celebration. The Good Neighbor Awards are presented each year to an individual, business or organization that makes a significant contributions to the local community and works to preserve the quality of life on “The Avenue.”

Heitzman To Lead MSD

Saying that Greg Heitzman has done an excellent job of operating the Metropolitan Sewer District and regaining the public’s trust during the past year, Mayor Greg Fischer has named him the agency’s permanent executive director. Heitzman, the longtime president of Louisville Water, will move into his new role by May 1 and he will help to lead a potential consolidation between MSD and Louisville Water, a concept called One Water. Louisville Water will soon begin a search for a new president and CEO. Heitzman had planned on retiring next year but Fischer convinced him to take the permanent role at MSD. Heitzman spent the past year as president of Louisville Water and interim executive director of MSD.

Fischer said Heitzman’s experience with both agencies will ensure a smooth transition during the potential consolidation. Both agencies are currently conducting separate due diligence efforts before determining if a consolidation is feasible and best for customers. That process should be completed by next fall. MSD and Louisville Water have already begun sharing some resources, including implementing a new customer care and billing system; partnering with Metro Safe to begin using the state of the art emergency management radio system; and sharing operating resources. An independent study concluded that up to $25 million in efficiencies could be realized with a consolidation and sharing of resources.

21C In The Platinum Circle

21c Museum Hotel Louisville was named to Condé Nast Traveler’s prestigious Platinum Circle; it was announced Dec. 12 by Steve Wilson, co-founder and CEO of 21c Museum Hotels. The hotel, combining a 9,000 square foot contemporary art museum, 90-room boutique hotel and Proof on Main restaurant, is one of 56 U.S. properties to make the list of 182 hotels and resorts. The Platinum Circle is part of the magazine’s 2013 Gold List, which is comprised of the results of the annual Readers’ Choice Survey and is featured in the January issue each year. To be included in the Platinum Circle, a property must have been selected to the Gold List five years running. 21c joins some of the world’s most spectacular hotels and resorts in the Platinum Circle. U.S. properties that made the list include the Park Hyatt Chicago, The Breakers Palm Beach, Auberge Du Soleil Napa Valley and the Ritz-Carlton Laguna Niguel.

21c was named the No. 1 Hotel in the South earlier this year by the readers of Condé Nast Traveler magazine in the 2012 Condé Nast Traveler Readers’ Choice Awards featured in the November issue. 21c topped a list of 50 hotels in the South, which also includes Blackberry Farm in Tennessee, St. Regis Atlanta and Planters Inn located in Charleston. 21c also ranked No. 22 in the world, and is one of only five U.S. hotels to appear in the top 25, competing against brands such as Taj and Four Seasons. This year nearly 50,000 individuals participated in the Readers’ Choice voting, almost doubling last year’s number of 26,000 participants. Readers selected a total of 1,306 winners, prompting the magazine to break the results down by region. Rankings are based on the quality of rooms, service, food and dining, location and overall design.

To view the results of the 2013 Gold List visit

Papa Johns, Humana & Swope Support Cycling

The Louisville Sports Commission and USA Cycling announced on Dec. 18 that John Schnatter, founder and CEO of Papa John’s International, Inc., David A. Jones, Sr., co-founder of Humana, and Sam Swope, founder of Sam Swope Auto Group, have contributed funding necessary to ensure that the 2013 UCI World Elite Cyclo-cross Championships, scheduled for Feb. 2 and 3, will be held in Louisville. This will be the first time the event is held outside of Europe.

The funding provided by these community leaders, spearheaded by John Schnatter, was made available after a major sponsor was unable to fulfill its financial commitments. Their contributions will augment contributions provided by USA Cycling, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Louisville Sports Commission. Ticket sales have been robust and the event is expected to be a tremendous success. The Cyclo-cross World Championships are expected to have a significant economic impact on the local community.

Cyclo-cross is a form of bicycle racing that consists of many laps over a short course featuring pavement, wooded trails, grass, hills and obstacles requiring the rider to quickly dismount, carry the bike while navigating the obstruction and remount. In January 2010, the Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI), the international governing body of cycling, awarded Louisville the Championships – the first time it has ever been held outside of Europe. The agreement to host the Championships was struck between cycling promoters Bruce Fina and Joan Hanscom and their Kentucky-based LLC – Louisville Championships 2013 (LC2013) – and the UCI, with LC2013 as the financial guarantor. The Louisville Sports Commission served a facilitator in bringing the Championships to Louisville.

General admission tickets for the Feb. 2 and 3 cycling events are $25 for adults, $10 for students, while children under 10 will be admitted free. A two-day adult general admission ticket is $40. Single-day VIP tickets are $125 and two-day VIP tables of 10 are $2,250. For complete race schedule and more information about 2013 UCI World Elite Cyclo-cross Championships, visit

Bellewood, Brooklawn Merge

After more than 160 years of separately serving vulnerable children, Bellewood Home for Children and Brooklawn Child & Family Services have joined hands to create Kentucky’s largest and most comprehensive care agency for at-risk and foster children and their families. The boards of the two agencies voted Dec. 12 to merge and create Uspiritus, a Louisville-based agency serving children and families across the Commonwealth. On Dec. 13, some of the agency’s children celebrated by presenting handmade mosaic artwork to Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer and Kentucky Commissioner for Community Based Services Teresa James.

The agency’s name has “spirit” at its core, reflecting both the resilient determination of the children it serves and the faith heritage of its founding churches, the Presbyterian Church USA and the United Church of Christ. The Uspiritus board will honor the agency’s history by keeping the names of the main campuses – the Bellewood campus in Anchorage and the Brooklawn campus off Goldsmith Lane in Louisville. With the merger, Uspiritus becomes one of Kentucky’s largest nonprofit agencies, serving more than 1,100 children and families with more than 300 employees and a $23 million budget. Uspiritus operates residential campuses in two Louisville-area locations and regional offices in Lexington, Bowling Green, Owensboro and Paducah.

Mary-Kate Poling, formerly Brooklawn’s President and CEO, is leading a combined staff that draws from two talented teams. Reed Farley, chairman of Bellewood’s board, and Bruce Ferguson, chairman of Brooklawn’s board, will serve as co-chairs of the Uspiritus board. Uspiritus combines the strengths of both agencies to provide a continuum of care to meet the needs of all vulnerable children and families, Poling said. With comprehensive services, Uspiritus will help the Commonwealth of Kentucky achieve one of its goals – to reduce the disruption in children’s lives caused by multiple placements – because children can remain under the agency’s care as their needs change. Uspiritus serves children and youth – from infants to age 22 – with a range of services that includes family preservation counseling and therapy, therapeutic foster care, residential care, psychiatric residential treatment and transitional and independent living. For more information
about Uspiritus, visit