Business Briefs of the Week • August 28, 2014

Leadership Louisville Center Announces 2015 Board of Directors

The Leadership Louisville Center is announcing the newly elected officers and members of its Board of Directors, who began their term July 1, 2014. The 2015 Board Chair is Jeff Bringardner, Regional Vice President Market Development, Humana-Kentucky/Ohio.

As a graduate of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2007, Jeff Bringardner is a longtime a supporter of the Leadership Louisville Center. He joined the Board of Directors in July 2009 and will serve as Board Chair through June 2015.

With a career that spans more than three decades in the group insurance and health industry, Jeff Bringardner is a master at mastering change. As leader of Humana’s Kentucky/Ohio markets, Jeff is helping his 600,000-member region and some of the region’s largest employers prepare for the next major changes. Prior to becoming the leader of this region, Jeff was market president of Humana Kentucky, vice president of commercial sales, vice president of national accounts, vice president of large group commercial sales, and senior director of sales. In each of these roles, Jeff worked with local business owners to customize a benefits plan for their employees. He is a certified health care consultant and holds a MBA from Xavier University.

As a 17-year veteran of Humana, Jeff says one of the best recent adaptations at the company is its broadening of the definition of health to include emotional, social and spiritual wellness and lifelong well-being. Jeff balances his work life by enjoying golf, hunting and gardening. He is engaged with the American Cancer Society’s CEOs Against Cancer, Greater Louisville Inc., Leadership Louisville, and member of the Kentucky Health Exchange Board. His wife and two children fill the rest of his time with family travel.

Other elected officers are: Sandra Frazier, Tandem Public Relations – Chair-Elect; Malcolm Berkley, UPS Airlines – Vice Chair; John Crockett, Frost Brown Todd LLC – Vice Chair; Michael Moll, PNC Bank – Vice Chair; Tom Partridge, Fifth Third Bank – Vice Chair, Jennifer Hughes, DMLO CPAs – Secretary/Treasurer; Todd Spencer, Doe-Anderson – Immediate Past Chair; and John Reed, Reed Weitkamp Schell & Vice, PLLC – Counsel.

Nine community leaders also joined the Board as Directors for a three-year term. They are: Marland Cole, Baptist Health; Scott Colosi, Texas Roadhouse; Condrad Daniels, Houston-Johnson, Inc.; Marjorie Farris, Stites & Harbison PLLC; David Hardy, CBRE Louisville; Rick Marshall, Christian Care Communities; Brian Reynolds, Archdiocese of Louisville; John D. Smith, Horseshoe Southern Indiana; and Michelle Wells, Yum! Brands, Inc.

Registration Open for Derby Festival Road Races

Registration for the 2015 Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon presented by Walmart and HumanaVitality opened on Thursday, Aug. 14. The largest annual day of road racing in Kentucky is set for Saturday, April 25, 2015, and will again be capped at 18,000 runners. Registration is available online at Early registration fees are $60 for the mini and $70 for the Marathon through Aug. 31.

Returning this year is a special promotion called “Race for Rewards,” which gives runners a chance to win free and discounted registrations. On Thursday, Aug. 14, and Aug. 28, during early registration, Kentucky Derby Festival race staff and 102.3 The Max will be set-up at different locations throughout the city. For a chance to win free or discounted registration, runners will need to follow clues to find each location. The clues will be given out each week via the Festival’s Facebook and Twitter pages, as well as announced on 102.3 The Max. Runner swag like technical shirts and other promotional items will also be given out at each location.

Entry fees for the 2015 Derby Festival miniMarathon:
$60 through Aug. 31
$65 from Sept. 1 – Oct. 31
$75 from Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2015
$85 from Feb. 1 – March 31, 2015
$95 from April 1 – April 13, 2015

Entry fees for the 2015 Derby Festival Marathon:
$70 through Aug. 31
$75 from Sept. 1 – Oct. 31
$85 from Nov. 1 – Jan. 31, 2015
$95 from Feb. 1 – March 31, 2015
$105 from April 1 – April 13, 2015

Walmart and HumanaVitality are Co-Presenting Sponsors of the Marathon and miniMarathon. The Official Race Medical Provider and Training Partner is Norton Sports Health and Contributing Sponsors are ASICS, Bluegrass Family Health, Churchill Downs, Courier-Journal Media, and Powerade. Supporting Sponsor: Louisville Water Company. Official Pace Car:  Mini of Louisville.

Fierce Salon Announces New Location

Fierce, a Rogers & Meenach Salon, is thrilled to announce its new location at 2708 Frankfort Ave. (formerly Jerry Heston Salon) as of Aug. 26, 2014.

Fierce, an established and elite salon, employs numerous stylists, offering a range of hair services, facial waxing, and select nail services.

The owners, Tracy Rogers and Allison Meenach, have both enjoyed lengthy careers in the cosmetology industry and frequently share their expertise as national educators for John Paul Mitchell Systems. Success at Fierce’s former location in St. Matthews has brought about demand for this exciting new phase.

With neighbors such as Heine Brothers, Eggs Over Frankfort, and Blue Dog Bakery, Fierce Salon is proud to be another “Louisville Original.”

The Grand Opening Reception will coincide with the F.A.T. Friday Trolley Hop on Sept. 26.

Fierce Salon is open Tues-Fri: 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday Noon-5 p.m. and closed Monday.

Jim Beam Bourbon Honors The Legend Behind The World’s No. 1 Bourbon With Milestone Celebration

In recognition of legendary bourbon distiller Jim Beam’s 150 birthday, Jim Beam Bourbon is inviting anyone named Jim Beam (who is of legal drinking age) to join a once-in-a-lifetime birthday party at the world’s No. 1 bourbon’s historic distillery in Clermont, Kentucky.

“If your name is Jim Beam, then you better get down here,” said Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s great-grandson and seventh-generation master distiller. “We want to meet you and we want to treat you to a special day in honor of a special man.”

Fittingly held during National Bourbon Heritage Month and the annual Kentucky Bourbon Festival, this milestone birthday celebration will take place at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse on Sept. 18 at 11 a.m. Anyone named James “Jim” Beam who makes the journey to the Jim Beam American Stillhouse in Clermont will be honored guests and play a special role in the day-long festivities.

According to Noe, the “Jim Beams” will be treated to a VIP distillery tour, including a private BBQ lunch and the honor of helping to unveil a life-size bronze statue of Jim Beam created to commemorate his birthday.

“They’re going to get VIP treatment,” Noe said. “Because if they have the same name as my great-granddad, they deserve it.”

Bourbon enthusiasts unable to make it to Kentucky can still raise a glass and share the Beam family legacy on Facebook at or @JimBeam on Twitter.

Fans must be 21 years old or older to participate. For more information or to RSVP to the event, bourbon enthusiasts named James “Jim” Beam should email by Monday, Sept. 15. Space is limited and restricted to a first-come basis. Guests not bearing the namesake are also invited to join in the birthday celebration with complimentary cake and ice cream served all day at the Jim Beam American Stillhouse from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

The Jim Beam American Stillhouse is located along the Kentucky Bourbon Trail at 526 Happy Hollow Rd., Clermont, Kentucky. Guests are responsible for all travel and expenses associated with the event.