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Transform Education Kentucky (TEK) today announced a major commitment to their new Interapt Skills for High School Program from Brook T. Smith – a successful Louisville entrepreneur, investor and philanthropist.

TEK partnered with Interapt – an innovation and software development firm – to launch a new training program that will teach high school seniors iOS and Android coding skills that will set them on a path for a career in technology.

Interapt Skills for High School is a unique new project, bringing together innovators from high technology, philanthropy and the non-profit sector. Students from three school districts: Jefferson County, Eminence Independent and Shelby County were invited to apply for the program which begins in January of 2018. Brook Smith sees a unique opportunity to address multiple challenges in one project. “Louisville companies cannot find enough qualified tech workers to fill hundreds of open positions,” Smith said. “And four‑year college may not be the best option for many high school seniors. I see Interapt Skills for High School as a great way to engage students and provide highly-qualified staff for in-demand positions right here in Louisville. I’m proud to be an early investor.”

Barbara Bellissimo, CEO of Transform Education Kentucky said, “Nonprofit organizations have the expertise to be great partners, yet lack the resources to execute quickly and effectively. Brook recognizes this, and is willing to support our ground-breaking work in its formative stages. His experience as a successful entrepreneur and private sector investor gives Brook a unique ability to recognize and develop game‑changing projects. He invests financial resources as well as his own time and expertise, so that projects do not lose their innovative edge.”

Smith has committed a donation of $500,000 to support the first cohort of Interapt Skills for High School. He will also invest his own time and expertise with TEK and Interapt to recruit additional support and ensure the success of the program.

“As you can imagine, my wife, Pam (a former teacher) and I have had many conversations about investing in the Interapt Skills for High School program given the magnitude of this commitment,” added Smith. “Our hope is that businesses across Louisville and the Commonwealth will take note, step up and hire these soon-to-be highly qualified young men and women.”

To learn more about Interapt Skills for High School, visit


KMAC Museum has launched VIP front row ticket sales in anticipation of the sixth annual KMAC Couture: Art Walks the Runway. The event takes place in the heart of Louisville at 715 West Main Street on April 14, 2018. Tickets can be purchased at

KMAC Couture is a runway experience featuring wearable art and conceptual fashion designs. The show includes work from established artists and emerging students from high school and universities. Each year, approximately 50 unique pieces walk the runway before an audience of more than 600 people. All proceeds support KMAC Museum’s education programs and exhibitions.

Two enhancements are available for guests this year: ticket buyers can select their own seats and they can upgrade their purchase to include a bottle of chilled champagne waiting for them at their seat before the show begins. VIP tickets sold for $300 include front row seats and early access to the cocktail reception with light hors d’oeuvres and signature cocktails. Following the runway show, all guests have the opportunity to interact with participating artists and models at the after party. Event details are available on Facebook and Instagram.

Selected designs for 2018’s KMAC Couture will be announced at the launch party Thursday, January 25, which is free to the general public. Second and third row tickets also go on sale that evening. Anyone who buys a VIP ticket at or before the launch party has the chance to win a night’s stay at 21C Museum Hotel the evening of KMAC Couture along with brunch the following day.


The taqueria that has been named the most popular taco spot in the state by BuzzFeed & Yelp and recognized in Southern Living’s “City Guide to Louisville”, is opening a third location sometime in the spring of 2018. Chef Fernando Martinez’s Olé Restaurant Group announced today the company plans to open in the Stonybrook Village Center located at 9204 Taylorsville Rd. in Jeffersontown.

The group opened the first Luchador in 2013 at 938 Baxter Avenue and followed up in July of 2017 with the second location in St. Matthews at 112 Meridian Avenue.

“It’s been a big success. I think people enjoy El Taco Luchador so much because it’s different than a lot of other Mexican options,” said Chef Martinez. “Our customers love the counter service, but what makes our food stand out is it’s fresh and cooked-to-order. With this next location we’re really looking to highlight that with an open kitchen. We will also hopefully have at least 40 outdoor seats on the patio, so it’s the type of place for friends to gather over sangrias, margaritas or a few cervezas.”

The restaurants are known for their brightly painted walls adorned with colorful signature masks of “Luchadores,” the famed wrestler-entertainers of Mexico. The third location will likely be around 2,500 sq. ft.

“J-town has been so good to us. The original Mussel & Burger Bar is a stone’s throw away, and our customers always ask us when we are going to open a second restaurant in J-town. I’m happy we are going able to serve up great tortas and tacos at this new El Taco Luchador.”

The group plans to continue to press the pace with a possible location downtown and perhaps more opening in 2018.

Lenny Mello, Owner Pillar Health & Sport Performance, Named 50 Best Golf-Fitness Professionals in Golf Digest – Winter Issue

Lenny Mello, (TPI CGFI FP-3, TPI JUNIOR COACH, CHEK Golf Biomechanic) owner and head coach of Pillar Health & Sport Performance is honored to be acknowledged in the first ever edition of the Golf Digest Top 50 Golf-Fitness Professionals, one of the most highly regarded industry publications in the world. “I am incredibly honored to be selected for the first ever edition of Golf Digest’s Top 50 Golf Fitness Professionals. And to have been nominated by the absolute best trainers in the world to accompany them on the list makes it even more meaningful,” states Mello.

Lenny opened his fitness space in 2011 in his hometown of Louisville after living in Palm Springs, California. Prior to returning to Louisville, he collaborated with some of the most senior TPI experts in the Palm Springs area, working with players of all skill levels including men and women, juniors and seniors and elite athletes of the PGA and LPGA Tours. Since April 2010, Lenny has established himself as the most trusted golf fitness expert in the Louisville area, assembling a referral network of the finest golf, medical and nutritional professionals and providing a comprehensive approach to golf health and performance for all types of golfers.