Biz Briefs of the Week: April 18, 2013

Louisville Marriott Downtown Named No. 1 Convention Hotel At White Lodging Conference

The Louisville Marriott Downtown held top honors at last week’s White Lodging Conference, receiving a No. 1 Marriott International ranking for convention hotels in 2012 as scored by meeting and conference planners on the Marriott event satisfaction survey. Marriott’s own Bill Ebersole was recognized as the 2012 Event Management Leader of the Year, and the hotel was also named a Triple Platinum Property.

“It’s a great honor for our hotel to be recognized by our guests and peers,” said Vice President and General Manager Michael Howerton. “It is a reflection of the team’s service commitment and focus on execution. Our goal has always been to deliver excellence to our convention guests and continue to be one of Louisville’s most prominent hotel properties for business, leisure and high end social events.”

With the hotel’s recent $6 million renovations, the Louisville Marriott Downtown should enhance its success in 2013 as a premiere hotel destination. Louisville Marriott Downtown is a AAA, four-diamond premier convention hotel located in downtown Louisville. It features 616 guestrooms and suites and 50,000 square feet of convention space. It offers world-class amenities and service that is unrivaled by other downtown Louisville hotels.

Louisville Marriott Downtown provides skywalk access to the Kentucky International Convention Center and the Fourth Street Live entertainment district. It’s also within walking distance from numerous tourist attractions including Waterfront Park, Louisville Slugger Museum and the Muhammad Ali Center. The hotel is located just a short drive away from Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Exposition Center. Louisville Marriott Downtown guests can enjoy dining at Champion’s Sports Bar & Restaurant or BLU Italian Grille, which offers regional Italian classics with a contemporary flare.

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Sam Swope Auto Group Receives National Awards

The Sam Swope Auto Group is proud to announce that two members of their dealership family have been bestowed with top honors within their respective brands.

Lexus of Louisville has been recognized as an Elite of Lexus dealership for 2012. This marks the 12th time they have received this coveted award in the 17 years they have been a Lexus dealer. They received this honor 11 out of the last 12 years. The Elite of Lexus designation reflects the dealership’s commitment to excellence in customer satisfaction, sales, service and certification standards, and is only presented to those dealers who achieve high distinction in all areas.

Mike Meyer is the general manager at Lexus of Louisville.

The Toyota of Louisville Team has been bestowed with the Toyota President’s Award for 2012. This prestigious award is only presented to Toyota dealers who excel in all aspects of automotive retailing, achieving high levels of sales, customer care and profitability. Very few Toyota dealers in the region were selected for this award, making it more special for Toyota of Louisville to have earned it. They will be presented with a 2012 President’s Award plaque and will receive recognition in Automotive News and on the Toyota website for this truly outstanding achievement.

Dennis Fante is the general manager at Toyota of Louisville.

Owned by the Swope family of Louisville, Ky., the Sam Swope Auto Group is comprised of 24 auto dealerships in Louisville and throughout the Commonwealth, with dealerships in Lexington, Radcliff and Elizabethtown. Founded in 1952 by Sam Swope, it has grown to become the No. 1 New and Used Car Dealer in the Kentuckiana region. Patti Swope manages the company as chairman of the board with Richard S. “Dick” Swope serving as president and CEO. For more information on the company, visit

Republic Bank Makes Banking Easier With Mobile Deposit

Republic Bank, a leader in internet and mobile banking solutions, has announced a new mobile banking feature that allows clients to conveniently deposit checks simply by snapping a picture using their iPhone or Android mobile device. Republic Bank’s Mobile Deposit, which is available to the personal banking client with access to Republic Internet Banking and an eligible deposit account, allows clients to make deposits anywhere, at any time. To deposit a check via their mobile device, the client simply selects the deposit check feature on their Republic Bank mobile app, photographs the front and back of the check, chooses the account and confirms the dollar amount. The check is then processed electronically from start to finish.

The new mobile deposit feature arrives as more consumers are choosing mobile banking services over traditional options to conveniently make deposits and receive funds faster. “It’s a very quick and secure process that saves our clients time and money,” said Michael Sadofsky, senior vice president of marketing. In addition to the mobile deposit feature, Republic’s mobile app, which is available on both iPhone and Android devices, allows clients to safely and securely pay bills, view account balances, transfer funds between accounts and locate the nearest banking center or ATM.

Republic Bancorp, Inc. (Republic) has 44 banking centers and is the parent company of Republic Bank & Trust Company and Republic Bank. Republic Bank & Trust Company has 34 banking centers in 12 Kentucky communities and three banking centers in southern Indiana, one banking center in Franklin (Nashville), Tenn., and one banking center in Bloomington (Minneapolis), Minn. Republic Bank has banking centers in Hudson, Palm Harbor, Port Richey and Temple Terrace, Fla., as well as Blue Ash (Cincinnati), Ohio. Republic offers internet banking at Republic has $3.4 billion in assets and is headquartered in Louisville, Ky. Republic’s Class A Common Stock is listed under the symbol “RBCAA” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Triangle Talent TO Book Entertainment For Florida Strawberry Festival

The Florida Strawberry Festival has awarded a three-year agreement to Triangle Talent to book entertainment for the 2014 through 2016 festivals. The Strawberry Festival is one of the top festivals in the country and has a history of outstanding entertainment. Past acts have included Blake Shelton, Foreigner, Hank Williams Jr., Reba, Lady Antebellum, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Switchfoot and Third Eye Blind. The 2014 festival takes place from February 27 through March 9, 2014 in Plant City, Fla.

In the last 78 years, the Florida Strawberry Festival has brought fun to folks of all ages through an exciting headline entertainment line-up, competitive contests, youth events, free on-grounds entertainment, thrilling rides and, of course, delicious strawberries. In addition to the 26 headline acts that are featured on the Wish Farm Soundstage, the festival includes a flavorful assortment of free family-oriented daily acts, over 80 thrilling rides on the Belle City Amusement Midway, nearly 400 vendors, exhibitors and food concessions and special days and discounts.

David Snowden, CEO of Triangle Talent, credits the Florida Strawberry Festival for their success. Adding the Florida Strawberry Festival is an extension of the success that Triangle Talent has had in its Fairs and Festival division and the state of Florida. The Strawberry Festival joins the Florida State Fair in Tampa, Fla., and the South Florida Fair in West Palm Beach, Fla., on the Triangle Talent roster. Triangle Talent is the country’s largest producer of entertainment for fairs and its clients include the Iowa State Fair, the New York State Fair, the Kentucky State Fair, the Kentucky Derby Festival, the Ohio State Fair, the Missouri State Fair, the Oklahoma State Fair and the Wisconsin State Fairs. In addition, Triangle Talent recently added the Clay County (Iowa) Fair and Clearfield County (Pa.) Fairs.

Snowden noted that Triangle Talent continues to elevate its presence on the national entertainment industry stage. “People are generally surprised to learn that a Louisville, Ky. company is a major factor in entertainment booking. We have continued to add clients because of our great relationships with acts, good advice and service to our clients, and our reputation for trustworthiness with everyone.”

Triangle Talent, Inc. is a full-service entertainment booking agency and one of the largest producers of outdoor events in the country. Celebrating more than 53 years in business, Triangle Talent is the Midwest’s oldest and largest agency. It has successfully scheduled, negotiated and produced entertainment in more than 38 states and exclusively represented more than 70 acts. In addition to the fairs, Triangle’s clients include Texas Roadhouse, Papa John’s, Toyota, Churchill Downs, FFA Convention, and more than 2,000 other clubs, corporations and events. For more information, visit