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BROWN-FORMAN NAMED IN WSJ MANAGEMENT TOP 250 LIST

Brown-Forman Corporation was named one of the best-managed U.S. companies in the first-ever list of well-run businesses by the Drucker Institute, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. Brown-Forman ranked 37 out of 250, scoring five stars (out of five) for employee engagement and four stars (out of five) for customer satisfaction, innovation, social responsibility and financial strength.

The Management Top 250 report is a comprehensive guide that examines how effective U.S. companies are at navigating today’s complex business environment and serving their customers, employees and shareholders. The report was compiled by the Drucker Institute, named after Peter Drucker, whose writings were influential in the culture and structure of the modern corporation.

The ranking is a holistic measure of corporate “effectiveness,” based on how well they do in areas like customer satisfaction, innovation and financial strength.

Brown-Forman was featured as a Top Company for Employee Engagement and Development. The measure includes employee ratings of job satisfaction, opportunities for advancement and compensation.

The Management Top 250 includes the top U.S. companies from a pool of 693 publicly traded companies that were included in a Drucker Institute study. To be included in the study, companies met these criteria: they were listed in the Fortune 500, had stock that was a component of the S&P 500 index, or had a stock-market capitalization of $10 billion or more when the study occurred.

FORECASTLE FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES INITIAL 2018 LINEUP

Embarking on its 16th year at sea, The Forecastle Festival will return this July 13-15, 2018, led by Grammy-winning and nominated artists, including Southern rocker and Kentucky native Chris Stapleton, prismatic indie rockers Arcade Fire and alt-rock icons Modest Mouse.

The three-day celebration of music, arts and activism will take place at the award-winning Waterfront Park, a sweeping green space on the banks of the Ohio River framed by the skyline of downtown Louisville.

Additional musical acts include Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit, Houndmouth, The War on Drugs, Father John Misty, Vance Joy, Courtney Barnett, NF, Jimmy Eat World, Kurt Vile and The Violators, Louis the Child, T-Pain and many more.

Weekend passes became available Friday, January 19 at 10 a.m. via ForecastleFest.com and all Ticketmaster outlets, with a limited quantity starting at $149.50 plus fees. Payment plan options and full details for all ticket types can be found at ForecastleFest.com.

The Speed Art Museum Partners with the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University

The Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky and The Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana announce a five-year partnership that will bring hundreds of world-class art treasures to The Speed.

The Speed Art Museum will launch this important partnership with a major loan exhibition while the Eskenazi Museum of Art is closed for renovations. Drawn exclusively from The Eskenazi Museum of Art’s permanent collection, the exhibition “Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks” from The Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University will be on view from June 16, 2018 through January 13, 2019. The show will feature more than 70 paintings, sculptures and works on paper, including highlights by Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, Henry Moore and Jackson Pollock. Other exhibitions will follow in 2018 and beyond, including one featuring the work of 19th-century American landscape painter Thomas Chambers.

”This partnership is remarkable for several reasons. One is the opportunity to share real masterpieces from one of the country’s great museum collections with a broader audience in Louisville and our region. It is also far longer than most three-month loan agreements, and gives us five years to organize many exhibitions from The Eskenazi while it is closed for renovation (and after), and then gives IU time to share works from The Speed’s collection with students and the people of Bloomington,” said Stephen Reily, Director of The Speed Art Museum. “Museums in the same region sometimes consider each other competitors, when they should be friends; I am proud to model a new kind of regional partnership between museums.”

The Eskenazi Museum of Art’s encyclopedic collection—notable for both breadth and quality—places it alongside the Speed Art Museum as being among the best art museums in the region. “Although The Eskenazi’s holdings of modern art include major works by many of the 20th century’s most significant artists, the collection is not widely known among the general public,” said David Brenneman, Wilma E. Kelley Director of The IU Eskenazi Museum of Art.

“The exhibition at The Speed will introduce new audiences in the region to The Eskenazi Museum of Art and its remarkable modern holdings,” added Brenneman. “It also enables us to continue serving Indiana University students and faculty, particularly those affiliated with the IU-Southeast campus in New Albany, during our closure.”

“Picasso to Pollock” marks the inauguration of the five-year partnership recently established between the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University and The Speed Art Museum. The partnership—spearheaded by Jenny McComas, The Eskenazi Museum’s Curator of European and American Art; Erika Holmquist-Wall, The Speed’s Chief Curator; and Mary and Barry Bingham Sr., Curator of European and American Paintings and Sculpture—will facilitate a variety of collection exchanges between the two institutions in the coming years.

“When I first proposed an exchange with The Speed during our closure, I did not expect the project to develop into a long-term, multi-exhibition partnership,” said Jenny McComas. “I am thrilled that we have reached an agreement that will benefit both museums.”

“Later this summer, we’re opening ‘American Storybook: The Imaginary Travelogue of Thomas Chambers,’ focusing on a unique figure in the history of American landscape painting,” said Erika Holmquist-Wall. “The Eskenazi has sizable and significant holdings of Chambers’ work, which presents a remarkable opportunity to share these paintings with a new audience.”  American Storybook will run from July 21, 2018 through January 6, 2019. In addition, The Speed will be integrating key masterworks from The Eskenazi’s collection into the permanent collection galleries.

“Following The Eskenazi’s reopening, loans and exhibitions borrowed from The Speed Art Museum will enhance our programming and augment our permanent collection installations,” said Brenneman.

“The partnership benefits both museums, not only by raising the profile of both The Speed and The Eskenazi in the region, but also by facilitating our respective audiences’ access to new works of art at a fraction of the cost normally associated with major loans or traveling exhibitions,” added Reily.

Similar to the Speed’s free admission policy for University of Louisville students, faculty and staff, Indiana University students, faculty and staff will also receive free admission with a photo ID while the exhibitions are on view.

Extensive additional programming and events will accompany the “Picasso to Pollock: Modern Masterworks” from the Eskenazi Museum of Art, Indiana University exhibition. Visit www.speedmuseum.org to learn more.

ARGI EXPANDS COMMUNITY OUTREACH IN 2017

ARGI, a Louisville-based personal and business financial advisory firm, celebrates a successful year in building the company’s philanthropic arm, ARGI Gives, which is dedicated to improving the lives of others in the communities they serve.

Created in the last quarter of 2015, ARGI Gives provides grants and volunteer support to nonprofit organizations in the communities of Louisville, Kentucky; Bowling Green, Kentucky; Elizabethtown, Kentucky; Cincinnati, Ohio; Indianapolis, Indiana; and Grand Rapids, Michigan. In 2017, ARGI Gives chose to expand its reach to include the entire states of Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan.

In 2017, ARGI employees donated over $35,000 which provided 23 grants to regional nonprofits and charities. In addition, ARGI employees donated over 815 hours of volunteer service among the staff of over 135. Each quarter, ARGI employees are provided volunteer opportunities that support a local nonprofit or charity in their communities.

Last year, the company embarked on its first annual all-firm volunteer day in April. Each employee at ARGI was given the opportunity to landscape and volunteer at The Home of the Innocents in Louisville. This one day of giving had an impact of over $10,000 for the nonprofit. ARGI Gives hopes to continue to provide annual days of service in 2018 and beyond.

Chef Annie Pettry named to prestigious Advisory Panel for Atlanta Food & Wine Festival

The Atlanta Food & Wine Festival, which will be held May 31 through June 3, announced the first, all-female advisory council made up of more than 60 women in the culinary field. Louisville’s chef Annie Pettry of Decca was one of the selected panel members joining an impressive group of chefs from around the South including Deb Paquette in Nashville; Asha Gomez in Atlanta; Kelly Fields in New Orleans; Michelle Weaver in Charleston; and Ouita Michael in Lexington. The festival organizers stated that they had sought a female-led council to assist with pushing the Southern food narrative deeper in order to continue showcasing the evolution of the region’s culinary diversity. They added that this includes featuring the many women who play an important role in Southern food and drink, yet are not equally represented in the industry.

“I am humbled and honored to have been selected for the Council and look forward to representing Louisville and collaborating with this great group of talented women,” said Pettry. “I am excited to highlight not only what we do at Decca, but in the rich culinary community of the South.”

The Atlanta Food & Wine festival brings over 10,000 people together from all over the South and country to attend classes and three days of tasting tents. The festival proudly acknowledges that over one-third of the three days is programming, allowing chefs and beverage professionals to bring more than just tastings to attendees.