Biz Briefs Of The Week: January 31, 2013

NuLu Valentine Open House

The East Market District is pleased to announce its second annual NuLu Valentine Open House, featuring local retailers and restaurants that will be open extended hours and offering specials, discounts and refreshments. While at this year’s event, be sure to fill out an entry form at any participating business for your chance to win a NuLu Valentine’s Day Gift Basket full of NuLu products and gifts for your special someone. Only one winner will be drawn, so register at your favorite NuLu location for a chance to win. This family-friendly and open-to-the-public Valentine’s shopping event will take place on Saturday, Feb. 9, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. along East Market Street.

Participating retailers and restaurants include:
Hyland Glass: $10 off “blow a kiss” blow your own glass paperweight – 619 E. Main St.
Toast on Market: 10 percent off with a receipt from a NuLu retailer – 620 E. Market St.
Harvest: 10 percent off Brunch Menu with a receipt from a Nulu retailer – 624 E. Market St.
Muth’s Candy: 10 percent off Valentine Hearts, 20 percent off bagged Valentine candy, free samples – 630 E. Market St.
Taste Fine Wines & Bourbons: 20 percent off all tastings, 10 percent off all merchandise – 634 E. Market St.
Swanson Contemporary: 638 E. Market St.
Red Tree: 20 percent off furniture, 10 percent off everything else – 701 E. Market St.
Garage Bar: 10 percent off food items with a receipt from a Nulu retailer – 700 E. Market St.
Revolver: 15 percent off all jewelry – 707 E. Market St.
Ghyslain: Free chocolate with a receipt from a Nulu retailer – 721 E. Market St.
Taco Punk: 10 percent off with a receipt from a Nulu retailer – 736 E. Market St.
Scout: 20 percent off all full priced merchandise – 742 E. Market St.
Market Street Barbers: 20 percent off all services – 748 E. Market St.
Shine: 20 percent off full priced merchandise – 727 E. Jefferson St.
Marti Kuehn Gallery: 10 percent off paintings – 201 S Shelby, No. 202.
City Concierge: Free box of Cellar Door chocolate with purchase of a gift certificate – 205 S. Shelby St.
Clair Raabe Glass: 10 percent off full priced merchandise – 207 S. Shelby St.
Please and Thank You: 10 percent off special Valentine delivery service – 800 E. Market St.
Peace of the Earth: 20 percent off the entire Peace of the Earth product line – 801 E. Market St.
WHY Louisville: Free balloons and stickers – 806 E. Market St.
Second Floor Store at Decca: 10 percent off all books and records – 812 E. Market St.
Gifthorse: 20 percent off all full priced merchandise – 805 E. Market St.
Rellek: 20 percent off all full priced merchandise excluding original art – 817 E. Market St.
Encuentros: 20 to 50 percent off select merchandise – 819 E. Market St.
Earth Friends: 15 percent off with receipt from a NuLu retailer – 829 E. Market St.
Barry Wooley Designs: 20 percent off all Women’s and Men’s accessories – 835 E. Main St.
Bargain Supply: One free Basic Key Cut – 844 E. Jefferson St.
Cake Flour: Free “Love Bug” with a receipt from a NuLu retailer – 909 E. Market St.

The East Market District, also referred to as NuLu, is now best known for its art galleries, specialty stores, antique shops and a growing number of local, upscale restaurants. The term “NuLu” is a portmanteau meaning “New Louisville.” As home to two LEED certified commercial buildings, many historic restoration projects, as well as several restaurants offering organic and locally sourced ingredients, NuLu has emerged with a culture of sustainability. Visit for more information.

Clockwise: Walt Kunau, Mary Beth Boehnlein, George Bauernfeind and Rob Crady.

Clockwise: Walt Kunau, Mary Beth Boehnlein, George Bauernfeind and Rob Crady.

Cabbage Patch Board

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House, a local charity working with at-risk children and families, is pleased to announce its 2013 Board of Directors. The executive committee of the Board includes President Rob Crady, Hilliard Lyons; President-Elect Walt Kunau, community volunteer; Secretary Mary Beth Boehnlein, YUM! Brands, Inc.; and Treasurer George Bauernfeind, Humana, Inc.  New members include Pat Murphy, UPS; Larry Cashen, Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Heather Graff, community volunteer; Jennifer Arrington, community volunteer; Janie Ferguson, community volunteer; and Cathy Sullivan, community volunteer. In addition, four members of the Board were re-elected to three-year terms: Charlie Farnsley, The Benefits Firm; James Giesel, Frost Brown Todd; Walt Kunau; and George Bauernfeind.

The Cabbage Patch Settlement House is a local, non-profit Christian organization whose mission is to equip and empower at-risk children, youth and their families to be self-sufficient by helping them maximize their economic, educational, emotional, moral, physical, social and spiritual potential. First established in 1910, The Cabbage Patch Settlement House serves approximately 1,000 to 1,200 at-risk children and their families annually through programs in the areas of recreation/youth development, educational programs, and counseling and family services. As a privately funded charity, The Cabbage Patch relies entirely on contributions from individuals, organizations, churches, corporations, and foundations to meet the needs of those they serve.

Clockwise: President Bradley  R. Hume, Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC; President-Elect Susan D. Phillips, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC; Vice-President/Treasurer Angela Logan Edwards, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; and Secretary Charles J. (Mike) Cronan, Stites & Harbison PLLC

Clockwise: President Bradley R. Hume, Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC; President-Elect Susan D. Phillips, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC; Vice-President/Treasurer Angela Logan Edwards, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; and Secretary Charles J. (Mike) Cronan, Stites & Harbison PLLC

Bar Association officers

The Louisville Bar Association (LBA) has elected new officers for 2013. LBA officers serve one-year terms and play a vital role in the ongoing success of the association and its ability to meet the legal needs of the community. Officers include president, president-elect, vice-president/treasurer and secretary. The new officers were recognized at the LBA’s annual Bench & Bar Dinner on Jan. 24 at The Henry Clay. The Bench & Bar Dinner is the local legal community’s biggest event of the year, attended by more than 400 attorneys and guests.

The 2013 LBA Officers are: President Bradley  R. Hume, Thompson Miller & Simpson PLC; President-Elect Susan D. Phillips, Phillips Parker Orberson & Arnett PLC; Vice-President/Treasurer Angela Logan Edwards, Dinsmore & Shohl LLP; and Secretary Charles J. (Mike) Cronan, Stites & Harbison PLLC.

Premier Surgery Center To Relocate

Premier Surgery Center is excited to announce they will be relocating to 2511 Terra Crossing Blvd., leaving the downtown location which has proudly been in operation for almost 20 years. As a leading outpatient surgery center, this move will enable the facility to expand, becoming one of the largest ambulatory surgery centers in Louisville and will accommodate the growing surgical needs of the community. The expected move date is Feb. 4, 2013.

Premier Surgery Center is in partnership with some of Louisville’s most distinguished physicians, Surgical Care Affiliates and KentucyOne Health. Surgical Care Affiliates, the management parent company, partners with leading physicians, hospitals and health systems to develop and implement surgical services and strategies across the country. SCA operates 145 surgical facilities – including ambulatory surgery centers, surgical hospitals, and hospital surgery departments – in partnership with approximately 2,000 physicians and in affiliation with 30 not-for-profit health systems across the country. SCA’s clinical systems, service line growth strategies, benchmarking processes and efficiency programs create measurable advantage for surgical facilities – clinically, operationally and financially. For more information on SCA and Premier Surgery Center of Louisville, visit and

ZenSKYN Color Collection Debuts

Locally owned SKYN Lounge Clinical Day Spa and Cosmetics has debuted its exclusive cosmetic line, ZenSKYN Color Collection, created by owner Erica McDowell. This revolutionary cosmetic line combines nature and science to protect, correct and beautify skin without irritation. ZenSKYN Color Collection uses light reflective minerals to make flaws and imperfections virtually invisible while also serving as sunscreen to protect against harmful ultraviolet rays. Every product is hypoallergenic and free of oils, talc, dyes, heavy fillers and pore-clogging ingredients while the anti-aging antioxidant properties of vitamins A, C and E condition and protect skin. This makes the ZenSKYN Color Collection ideal for a safe and effective post skin-care treatment makeup application.

Clients have been especially impressed with ZenSKYN Mineral Photo Touch Foundation and Luxury Lip Gloss. ZenSKYN Mineral Photo Touch Foundation delivers invisible coverage and a flawless finish while remaining hypoallergenic, paraben-free, oil-free, fragrance-free, dye-free and talc-free to keep skin beautiful and healthy. ZenSKYN Luxury Lip Gloss uses a unique blend of oils to help condition and hydrate the lips to prevent lines and wrinkles from appearing. More information regarding all of the products can be found at

YMCA At Norton Commons

The YMCA of Greater Louisville has opened a new branch near Norton Commons in eastern Jefferson County. The newly-constructed 45,000 square foot building, located at 11000 Brownsboro Road, sits on 12.5 acres of land, and officially opened to the public on Sunday, Jan. 20. The facility, built by Wehr Constructors, Inc., was started in October of 2011. Members can enjoy amenities available at many other area Ys, including a double-wide indoor track, whirlpool spa and sauna, a lap pool and a family pool with a giant water slide. The 8,000 square foot fitness center will feature state-of-the-art exercise equipment including ellipticals, treadmills and weights. Teens and adults can utilize the fitness center, and also learn from qualified trainers and coaches.

As with all Ys, a number of fitness classes will be available, including group cycling, among many others. Swim lessons will also be available, and the Y provides a Kid’s Club for supervised activities while parents work out and use the amenities. Mike Bramer will serve as the executive director at the new facility. As a YMCA employee since 1990, Bramer initially served as a Youth Sports Program Director, and most recently as Director of Healthy Actions, promoting a series of community-wide healthy eating and physical activity-based initiatives. For more information visit

Erica Bibb.

Erica Bibb.

Visitors Bureau’s New Sales Manager

Erica Bibb has been named Convention Sales Manager in the Convention Development Department of the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau. Bibb is responsible for small group meetings and conventions with 200 rooms or less, on peak nights. Her markets include religion, corporate, veterans, agriculture, hobby, fraternal, social welfare, trade, business and commercial and military reunions. Before coming to the Bureau, Bibb was a cluster sales manager for the Springhill Suites/Fairfield Inn in Louisville. She attended Stephens College in Columbia, Mo., where she studied communications.

Since 1968, the Louisville Convention & Visitors Bureau’s primary goal has been to enhance the city and county’s economy through tourism development – to promote and sell Louisville as a destination for conventions, trade shows, corporate meetings and pleasure and business travel on a worldwide basis. The bureau was one of the first Destination Marketing Organizations to become accredited in 2006, through the Destination Marketing Accreditation Program, an independent, international standards program developed by the Washington, D.C. based Destination Marketing Association International. Lonely Planet Guidebooks recently recognized Louisville as its top U.S. travel destination for 2013.

Paul E. Oberst.

Paul E. Oberst.

Argent Announces NEW Senior VP

Argent Financial Group and its subsidiary, Argent Trust Company, are pleased to announce the addition of Paul E. Oberst as senior vice president and business development officer. In his new position, Oberst will work with the current Louisville office to manage and develop relationships with prospective and current clients. Oberst has over 20 years of experience in the financial services industry, serving the needs of clients in the Louisville market. A native of Louisville, Oberst holds a bachelor degree in liberal arts (in finance) from Transylvania University, Lexington, Ky. Oberst is very active in the Louisville community, serving on several boards, including currently as the treasurer of the Children’s Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees.

Oberst joins a seasoned team of money managers in Argent’s Louisville office. Nicole Jacobsen-Nally manages the office as senior vice president and trust officer. Elaine R. Crowdus serves Argent Trust as assistant vice president and trust officer. Argent’s Louisville team also includes Frank Hosse, senior investment strategist for Argent Sector Capital Management, LLC and Howard Safer, CEO of Argent Trust. Hosse and Safer have provided portfolio management services to Louisville area clients in conjunction with Jacobsen-Nally for the last 10 years. They have been recognized in Worth magazine as “Best Financial Advisors” and in the Top Five National “Most Innovative Investment Professionals” by Ticker magazine.

Argent Financial Group, domiciled in Ruston, La., was formed in 1990 and traces its roots back to 1930. Responsible for more than $4.3 billion in client assets, Argent Financial Group is a diversified financial services entity providing individuals and businesses in the mid-south with a broad range of financial services including trust administration and related services, investment management, retirement plan and charitable organization administration, mineral (oil and gas) management, financial, retirement and estate planning. For more information, visit

Kosair Charities Turns 90

Kosair Charities, Kentucky and Southern Indiana’s most renowned children’s assistance organization, kicked off its year-long 90th Anniversary Celebration with a press conference on Jan. 22. A distinguished group of dignitaries, incuding Mr. Randy Coe, president of Kosair Charities; Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer; Mr. Jerry Ward, Kosair Charities chairman of the board; and University of Louisville President Dr. James R. Ramsey,  announced the new programs and initiatives that will be implemented throughout the year to commemorate the anniversary. Also in attendance were a very special group of Kosair Kids, past and present, who, with their families and countless others throughout the years, embody Kosair Charities’ 90-year mission of providing assistance for children with medical needs.

Kosair Charities acknowledges its heritage as it pays tribute to the present and future, by raising the curtain on one of its most important channels for awareness – an all-new, redesigned website. Visually engaging and very user-friendly, the site has been created to takes visitors on a virtual tour that showcases every aspect of Kosair Charities, from its all-important programs that assist medically challenged children to in-depth profiles of Kosair Kids. Along with the website, a 90th Anniversary logo was unveiled to the public, a celebratory graphic that is an homage to Kosair Kids of the past and simultaneously symbolizes the promise of a better tomorrow for all children.

Kosair Charities also announces the following initiatives, programs and events for 2013: Kosair Charities’ Annual “Dreams Take Flight” Gala, Aug. 24; The Kosair Charities Picnic, Sept. 13 and  14; The Take Flight Matching Grants Program, a $1 million initiative to inspire the community to help Kosair Charities help more Kosair Kids; and the Kosair Charities 10-Year Child Abuse Initiative, an important new program to educate and help prevent child abuse which launches in April, with a new child abuse awareness initiative introduced annually throughout its 2013 to 2022 duration.

Over the years Kosair Charities has given more than $335 million to serve thousands of children and provide them a second chance at life. Kosair Charities is also the largest private benefactor to Kosair Children’s Hospital. For more information visit or call 502.637.7696.

Bourbon Trail Sponsor

Marriott Louisville East, the only Bourbon-themed hotel, has been named an official sponsor of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure. With this partnership, the hotel will expand upon its Bourbon-related hospitality offerings. Marriott Louisville East, located at 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., opened in June 2012 following a $30 million top-to-bottom rebuild that infused bourbon characteristics throughout the hotel and its 252 guest rooms. The hotel recently won Best New Marriott Product for 2012. Bourbon barrels are dotted around the open-concept lobby as well as stone accents reminiscent of the Kentucky limestone that enhances Kentucky Bourbon’s flavor. The hotel also features carpeting depicting flames like those that char the inside of barrels and Bourbon and bluegrass-inspired artwork.

For guests looking to be fully immersed in a Bourbon experience, Marriott Louisville East will now offer a Bourbon Package. The package includes an overnight stay in a luxury guest room with a bourbon theme. It also includes a Bourbon-enhanced appetizer and flight of Bourbon at the hotel’s signature restaurant and bar Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge, which carries more than 80 premium Bourbon brands, uses Bourbon in many of its food recipes and has an educated staff ready to guide guests through a unique Bourbon experience. Charr’d Bourbon Kitchen & Lounge is open seven days per week and serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. Marriott Louisville East has partnered with distilleries such as Four Roses, Jim Beam and Maker’s Mark to enhance the Bourbon décor throughout the hotel.

Created by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association in 1999, the Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour offers visitors a first-hand educational experience into the art and science of crafting the world’s greatest Bourbon. The iconic journey features Four Roses and Wild Turkey in Lawrenceburg; Heaven Hill in Bardstown; Jim Beam in Clermont; Maker’s Mark in Loretto; Town Branch in Lexington; and Woodford Reserve in Versailles. The experience has become one of the state’s most popular tourism attractions with more than 2 million visits in the last five years from all 50 states and more than 50 countries. For tour times, directions and more information, visit

Stephen C. Hanson.

Stephen C. Hanson.

Baptist Health CEO

Baptist Health (formerly Baptist Healthcare System) has named Stephen C. Hanson president and chief executive officer, effective March 8. Hanson succeeds President and Chief Executive Officer Tommy J. Smith, who announced his retirement last year. Hanson, 61, has served in various senior leadership positions for Texas Health Resources since 2005, most recently as executive vice president and operations leader for the region covering Dallas-Fort Worth. Texas Health Resources is one of the largest faith-based, nonprofit health systems in the United States and includes 25 affiliated acute care and short-stay hospitals. The announcement was made Friday following a special-called Baptist Health Board meeting and after an extensive national search which began in July 2012.

Hanson’s accomplishments include more than 30 years of  experience in key executive roles and a solid background in clinical service development, physician integration, development of strategic alliances, and financial and quality improvement efforts garnering national recognition. Hanson also served as president and CEO of Kentucky-based Appalachian Regional Healthcare from 1999 to 2005, so this represents a return to Kentucky for him and his family. Current President and Chief Executive Officer Tommy J. Smith announced his retirement in June 2012, having led the organization since 1995. Smith was a 37-year administrator at Baptist Health, taking it from a $400 million company to one with more than $1.6 billion in net revenue. He also initiated the rebranding of Baptist Healthcare System to Baptist Health, which was announced in September 2012. On Feb. 5, all hospitals in the system will publicly transition to Baptist Health with the completion of new signage installation and the adoption of a new logo.

Kentucky’s Baptist Health, headquartered in Louisville, owns seven acute-care hospitals with more than 2,100 licensed beds in Corbin, La Grange, Lexington, Louisville, Madisonville, Paducah and Richmond. An eighth facility, Oak Tree, is a long-term, acute-care hospital in Corbin. Baptist Health manages Hardin Memorial Hospital in Elizabethtown and Russell County Hospital in Russell Springs. For more on Baptist Health, visit

Libraries Advisory Council

Governor Steve Beshear has appointed three new members to the Kentucky State Advisory Council on Libraries, and reappointed two current board members. Cathy Cravens Snell, Louisville; Patricia Gay Pannell, Bowling Green; and Arne J. Almquist, Union, will all serve terms expiring Dec. 17, 2016.

Snell is an attorney and will represent library users on the council. Her father, Timoleon Cravens, was also a member of the Kentucky State Advisory Council on Libraries, appointed by Gov. Wendell Ford. Pannell is a rehabilitation administrator for the Kentucky Office for the Blind and will be representing library users who are blind or have physical disabilities. Almquist is the director of the W. Frank Steely Library at Northern Kentucky University and will represent college or university libraries. The two board members reappointed to terms that will expire Dec. 17, 2016 are Rae Shepherd-Shlechter, of Louisville, a librarian at the Louisville Free Public Library who represents public libraries; and Alexander D. Grigg, of Lexington, a librarian at Lexmark who represents library users.

The State Advisory Council on Libraries was established to give advice to the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives on federal programs and state issues. The 21 members, made up of representatives of all types of libraries, trustees and library supporters are appointed by the governor of the Commonwealth. The council meets quarterly, with subcommittees meeting more frequently as necessary.

A Salute To Senior Service

The search is on for Kentucky’s outstanding senior volunteer. The Salute to Senior Service program, sponsored by Home Instead Senior Care, honors the contributions of adults 65 and older who give at least 15 hours a month of volunteer service to their favorite causes. Nominations for outstanding senior volunteers will be accepted between Feb. 1 and March 31. State winners then will be selected by popular vote at Online voting will take place from April 15 to 30. From those state winners, a panel of senior care experts will pick the national Salute to Senior Service honoree.

Home Instead, Inc. will donate $500 to each of the state winners’ favorite nonprofit organizations and their stories will be posted on the Salute to Senior Service Wall of Fame. In addition, $5,000 will be donated to the national winner’s nonprofit charity of choice. Senior care professionals and those who work at hospitals, senior care facilities and other places where seniors volunteer are encouraged to nominate older adults. So, too, are family caregivers and the adult children of aging parents. Older adults also may self-nominate.

To complete and submit a nomination form online for a senior age 65 or older who volunteers at least 15 hours a month, and to view the contest’s official rules, visit Completed nomination forms also can be mailed to Salute to Senior Service, P.O. Box 285, Bellevue, Neb., 68005. For more information about Salute to Senior Service or the Home Instead Senior Care network’s services, call 502.515.9515.