Biz Briefs of the Week: October 25, 2012

A Great place to retire

A retirement income of $40,000 a year won’t go very far in Miami, Honolulu or many other large cities – but it will in Louisville according to a ranking last week by U.S. News & World Report. The publication says Louisville is the seventh best place to retire for under $40,000 a year. U.S. News & World Report says that in Louisville, retirees pay housing costs of $1,068 monthly if they have a mortgage and just $373 if they have paid off their mortgage. Renters age 60 and older paid a median of $573 per month in 2011. In addition to its low cost, the study cites Louisville’s high quality of living saying the city is “known for its green space” with more than 120 parks including the 6,400-acre Jefferson Memorial Forest and the Louisville Loop, the multi-use trail system that will eventually span more than 100 miles and encircle the city.

Mayor Greg Fischer said Louisville also offers retirees access to quality healthcare and related services. “The fact that we’ve targeted lifelong wellness and aging care and have more companies in that field headquartered here than any city is not only good for jobs and the economy, it provides an infrastructure of care and support unmatched in the U.S.” The ranking also gives a shout-out to the city’s diverse and affordable arts scene.

Joanna Haas, Executive Director of the Kentucky Science Center (right), was surprised on stage by her six-year-old son Winston while receiving the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field at the Association of Science-Technology Centers annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Joanna Haas, Executive Director of the Kentucky Science Center (right), was surprised on stage by her six-year-old son Winston while receiving the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field at the Association of Science-Technology Centers annual conference on Saturday, Oct. 13.

Science Center leadership award

Kentucky Science Center Executive Director Jo Haas received the Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Award for Experienced Leadership in the Field from the Association of Science-Technology Centers during the association’s annual conference in Columbus, Ohio. The Roy L. Shafer Leading Edge Awards are presented annually to ASTC members and their employees from around the globe, in recognition of extraordinary accomplishments that not only enhance the performance of their own institutions, but also significantly advance the mission of science-technology centers
and museums.

Haas received the Experienced Leadership in the Field award for propelling the Kentucky Science Center to fulfill its role as the state science center of Kentucky.  Under her direction, the Kentucky Science Center is maximizing its state and community engagement thanks to the entrepreneurial skill and deep experience Haas has gained from 24 years in the informal science education field. Haas, a native of northern Kentucky, has more than 24 years of experience as a museum administrator. She has broad-based expertise in museum operations, strategic planning, organizational transformation, community relations, program and exhibit development, museum-school partnerships and large-format film. Haas also serves on the Board of Directors of The Chance School, Greater Louisville, Inc’s Arts and Cultural Attractions Committee, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana and the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation. The Kentucky Science Center is a nonprofit educational institution that encourages people of all ages to enjoy science, mathematics and technology in a stimulating and engaging environment that is educational as well as entertaining.  For more information visit

Dick Swope.

Dick Swope.

TIME Dealer of the Year Nominee

The nomination of Dick Swope, president and CEO of Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC in Louisville, Ky. for the 2013 TIME Dealer of the Year award was announced Oct. 22 by TIME. Swope is one of a select group of dealer nominees from across the country who will be honored at the 96th annual National Automobile Dealers Association (NADA) Convention & Exposition in Orlando, Fla., on Feb. 9, 2013. The TIME Dealer of the Year award is one of the automobile industry’s most prestigious and highly coveted honors.  Recipients are among the nation’s most successful auto dealers who also demonstrate a long-standing commitment to community service.  Swope, 63, is chosen to represent the Kentucky Automobile Dealers Association in the national competition – one of only 57 auto dealers from 17,000 nationwide – nominated for the 44th annual award.  The award is sponsored by TIME in association with Ally Financial, and in cooperation with NADA. A panel of faculty members from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan will select one finalist from each of the four NADA regions and one national Dealer of the Year.

A second-generation dealer and 1967 graduate of Elizabethtown High School in Elizabethtown, Ky., Swope began his career at the Ford Motor Company as a product development financial analyst after earning a BS and an MBA from Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., graduating in 1973. In 1977, he joined the business started by his father (Bill Swope) and his uncle (Sam Swope) in Louisville, Ky. The Sam Swope Auto Group is comprised of 24 auto dealerships in Louisville and throughout the Commonwealth and in Indiana, with dealerships in Lexington, Radcliff, Richmond, Elizabethtown and Clarksville. For more information visit

KY Bourbon Trail Limo Sponsor

R & R Limousine has been named an official sponsor of the iconic Kentucky Bourbon Trail adventure, offering luxury rides and packages to the tour’s seven legendary distilleries. The company, purchased by Carey and Eddie Fieldhouse in 2003, is based in Louisville and conveniently located near the Louisville International Airport. Its fleet consists of luxury sedans, SUVs, vans, stretch limousines and buses. Its headquarters are open all day and night, seven days a week, to accommodate the diverse schedules of visitors, executives, conventioneers, wedding parties and other professional clients.

Two-hour, four-hour and all-day excursions are available. R & R furnishes their Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour vehicles with refreshments, requested music and videos. Professional chauffeurs guarantee you won’t get lost. The Kentucky Bourbon Trail tour 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. For more information, visit or

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt.

Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt.

Free Program By Pearson’s

Pearson’s Funeral Directors will provide a free program, titled “The Wilderness of Grief: Finding Your Way,” with Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt, Nov. 13 from 7 to 9 p.m. at Heritage Hall at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, 2825 Lexington Road. Dr. Alan D. Wolfelt is a noted author, educator and grief counselor, as well as a recipient of the Association for Death Education and counseling’s Death Educator Award. He serves as the Director of the Center for Loss and Life Transition in Fort Collins, Colo.

Pearson’s looks forward to having you join them for this evening of hope and healing. If someone in your life has died, you are now faced with the difficult, but important need to mourn. This compassionate program provides you support in your personal grief experience while exploring topics such as misconceptions about grief, the uniqueness of your grief, the six needs of mourning, reaching out for help, seeking reconciliation, not resolution and more. This program will help anyone in the community who is experiencing grief in their lives. R.S.V.P. by Oct. 30 by calling 502.896.0349 or emailing

Brown Jordan Wins Pinnacle Award

Brown Jordan, the leading luxury outdoor furnishings manufacturer and distinguished legacy brand, announced on Oct. 22 that it has won a Pinnacle Award from the American Society of Furniture Designers (ASFD). The company’s sophisticated Elements collection, from the 2012 Richard Frinier Collection for Brown Jordan, received the Design Achievement award in the summer/casual category at the fall High Point Furniture Market. The centerpiece of the Elements collection is a modular sectional that was created to bring thought to what can be achieved using the various elements of good design and stylish forms. Long, low lines create a dynamic profile, while integrated cushions invite lounging. Sectional components combine with a chaise, club chair, ottoman and a variety of tables to offer complete design flexibility.

Since 1945, Brown Jordan has designed iconic lifestyle furnishings that defined and transformed an industry. Established by Robert Brown and Hubert Jordan in Pasadena, Calif., Brown Jordan was the first company to create furniture for full-time outdoor use. Brown Jordan corporate offices are located at 9860 Gidley Street, El Monte, Calif., 91731. Find inspiration at

Buy Nothing Day Free Coat Exchange

Join The Green Building in celebrating the third annual Buy Nothing Day Free Coat Exchange, a concept first started by Ad Busters to encourage conscious thought and resistance to consumerism on Black Friday, traditionally one of the biggest retail spending days of the year. This will be a different kind of exchange on Black Friday, cultivating community and caring. Those who are able can donate a coat (on a hanger) on Nov. 23 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and those needing a coat can take one during that time. Anyone who would like to volunteer during the event is welcome. At the end of the day any extra coats will be donated to nonprofits, to give away. You can participate at the following locations, or consider hosting a site of your own:

Louisville: The Green Building, 732 E. Market St., 401.952.6566 or; Westport Road Baptist Church, 9705 Westport Road, 502.425.2350 ext 117 or; Schmitt’s Florist parking lot, 5050 Poplar Level Road, 502.969.8579 or; Save-A-Lot Food Store, 4148 Taylor Boulevard, 502.367.8433 or; and St. Paul AME Church, 1518 S. 28th St., 502.436.7301 or

Radcliff: Contact Jeff Peden for site and time, 502.817.4706 or; and Sligo Baptist Church, 62 N. 42 Loop, Pendleton, Ky., 40055, 502-751-2976

If you would like to host an exchange at your site, send an email to for details. For general information visit

Louisville businessman Steve Bass, Louisville CyberKnife Medical Director Dr. Shiao Woo and Congressman John Yarmuth at the unveiling of Louisville CyberKnife.

Louisville businessman Steve Bass, Louisville CyberKnife Medical Director Dr. Shiao Woo and Congressman John Yarmuth at the unveiling of Louisville CyberKnife.

Louisville CyberKnife

Louisville CyberKnife opened Oct. 22 at the James Graham Brown Cancer Center in downtown Louisville, and patient treatments began on Wednesday, Oct. 24. A $6 million investment, Louisville CyberKnife was developed as a joint venture between the James Graham Brown Cancer Center and US Radiosurgery. CyberKnife is a robotic technology used by radiation oncologists and surgeons to treat cancerous and noncancerous tumors and other medical conditions noninvasively, using high-dose radiation delivered in five or fewer outpatient procedures.

During treatment, patients lie on a table while the CyberKnife’s robotic arm moves around them, delivering targeted radiation directly to their tumor and minimizing damage to surrounding healthy tissue. The CyberKnife is capable of treating tumors from virtually unlimited directions, making it possible to treat difficult-to-reach tumors that may have been considered inoperable in the past. Patients usually return to normal activities immediately following treatment. CyberKnife treats tumors throughout the body, including the prostate, lung, brain, spine, liver, pancreas, kidney, bone and eye. It can also treat trigeminal neuralgia, a neuropathic disorder that causes intense facial pain and blood vessel abnormalities.

Louisville CyberKnife is located in the James Graham Brown Cancer Center at 529 S. Jackson St., Louisville, Ky., 40202. For more information, call 855.737.8200 or visit