Biz Briefs of the Week: March 21, 2013

(Left) Melanie Story, MD. (Right) Erica Williams, MD.

(Left) Melanie Story, MD. (Right) Erica Williams, MD.

Drs. Story and Williams join BMA

Melanie Story, MD, and Erica Williams, MD, family medicine, have joined Baptist Medical Associates. Their office is located at 2400 Eastpoint Parkway.

Melanie Story, MD, family medicine, is a 2002 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital in 2005. Dr. Story is board certified in family medicine.

Erica Williams, MD, family medicine, is a 2001 graduate of the University of Louisville School of Medicine. She completed her family medicine residency at University of Louisville Hospital in 2004. Dr. Williams is board certified in family medicine.

They are accepting new patients. To reach Baptist Medical Associates call 502.253.6630.

Bernheim Receives Award

Bernheim Forest and Bluegrass Bioneers received an award from Polar Bears International on March 20. There was a dinner at Limestone Restaurant, 10001 Forest Green Blvd., from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., followed by the award ceremony. The “Paw of Approval” award is given by Polar Bears International (PBI) each year to those that are leading the way in operating sustainably and recognizes true conservation efforts. PBI focuses on efforts that relate to climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gasses. Bernheim was nominated by 22-year-old Emily Goldstein and her mother Debbie Goldstein. Emily attends UofL and has been to the Arctic four times to study how climate change is affecting our planet.

Bernheim Forest is located in Clermont, Ky., a short half hour from Louisville. Bernheim’s gate is open every day 7 a.m. until sunset, except Dec. 25 and Jan. 1. Admission to the park is always free for members and free for all every weekday. Weekends and holidays have a $5 environmental impact fee per vehicle for the public. The Visitor Center and Gift Shop are open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day, including weekends. Isaac’s Café is located in the Visitor Center with refreshments. Nature classes and group hiking opportunities are available, current offerings are online at

Marriott Downtown Renovation & Donation

The Louisville Marriott Downtown, a White Lodging Services and RLJ Lodging Trust property, has completed full renovation of the hotel’s 616 guestrooms, suites, concierge lounge, pool, spa and fitness center. The hotel, located at 280 W. Jefferson St. in the heart of downtown, completed the multimillion-dollar renovation on Feb. 8. The $6 million dollar renovation at the 8-year-old hotel was completed in 53 days, one quarter of the normal time allotted for a similar renovation, and without any guest disruption.

Chicago-based Zimmerman Weintraub Associates – introducing elements to help the modern traveler, but rooted in the culture of Louisville – designed the new interior. The rooms and 25 suites were completely redesigned and refurnished with new bathroom lighting, millwork and valances, 42-inch HD TVs installed in each room and desk tops with all the plugs and outlets needed by today’s traveler. The rooms also received new ergonomic desk chairs, leather ottomans and closets with built-in refrigerators. The entire hotel received new art, including pictures, photos, murals and wall hangings, much of it Louisville-themed.

The hotel’s Presidential suite has been occupied by presidents, celebrities, international dignitaries and CEOs of major companies. That suite offers a fully furnished butler pantry and kitchen with a private staff entrance, a personal dining room, a jetted tub, a glass-walled shower, walk-in closets, a modern four-poster, king-sized bed and an overstuffed day chaise lounge that overlooks the city. A complete renovation of the concierge lounge provides additional seating areas and a communal table for informal meetings and networking. The fitness center now includes all new cardio equipment with individual television screens as well as bamboo floors, complimentary chilled bottled water, chilled towels and stereo earphones to further enhance the workout experience for guests.

The hotel donated bedding from the previous room décor to eight local charities: The Center for Women & Families, Family Scholar House, Uspiritus (a merger of Brooklawn and Bellewood), Jefferson Street Baptist Center, Salvation Army LAC, Society of St. Vincent de Paul, The Healing Place and Wayside Christian Mission. As a member of the Louisville community, the Louisville Marriott Downtown is committed to helping those in need whenever possible. The complete room renovation left the hotel with more than 1,000 down comforters perfect for use by local charities that provide housing and assistance for Louisville citizens in need. In addition, the hotel has already donated furniture and items from the rooms to numerous charities throughout Louisville.

The Louisville Marriott Downtown’s 616 rooms are spread throughout the 17-story building. The hotel offers 30 meeting rooms with 50,000 square feet of meeting space, which can hold 3,500 people. The hotel also features an indoor pool, a Starbucks, Blu Italian Grille and Champions, a sports bar. To reserve a room at the newly renovated hotel, call the hotel directly at 502.627.5045 or visit

Three-Year Orchestra Contract

The Louisville Orchestra and its musicians announced on March 5 a new three-year contract between the Association and members of Local 11-637 of the American Federation of Musicians. The new contract takes effect June 1, 2013, and runs through May 31, 2016. The contract succeeds the one-year settlement agreement of April 2012.

“The Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Committee and management team came together for the greater good of the organization and community,” said Chuck Maisch, Board President of the Louisville Orchestra. “The agreement allows for a modest pay increase for our musicians while maintaining organizational cost structure stability. I’d like to thank the Louisville Orchestra Musicians’ Committee and its chair, Kimberly Tichenor, for their continued commitment and dedication to the Louisville Orchestra. I’d also like to thank Interim CEO David Hyslop and his administrative team for their valuable work to reach this successful outcome.”

Board President-Elect James Welch stated, “This is a responsible settlement that enables the board to go forward in the rebuilding process of the Louisville Orchestra. The musicians have made a clear commitment to the organization and the community. We embrace them as we commit to a long-term sustainable future together.”

“While Louisville Orchestra musicians will take a wage freeze for another two years that is economically painful, we understand the value of a reinvigorated board of directors, consultant Peter Pastreich and the management resources he has helped put in place that will keep us moving forward as the Orchestra selects a new music director,” said Kimberly Tichenor, violinist with the Louisville Orchestra and chairman of the Musicians’ Orchestra Committee.

According to the agreement, musician wages will remain level during the first two years and will increase by 3 percent in the third year. The length of season will remain at 30 weeks and the number of salaried musicians will be 55 or 56. “This contract settlement enables the Louisville Orchestra to build for the future,” said David J. Hyslop, interim CEO. Peter Pastreich, a long-time industry expert and consultant for both parties was praised for helping to facilitate the agreement.

The Louisville Orchestra entertains, educates and enriches our community through a broad outreach of diverse programs built on the traditions of live orchestral music with passionate dedication to artistic excellence. For more information visit

Make Your Steps Count

On average, women in developing countries walk 6.2 miles daily to get water for their families – but even then, the water they retrieve may not be safe to drink. As it happens, 6.2 miles is the same distance as the Rodes City Run 10K race, which will take place on Saturday, March 23. WaterStep, a local nonprofit organization that works to save lives at risk from waterborne illness around the world, is asking runners and walkers of all three Triple Crown Races and the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon and miniMarathon to “make their steps count” by helping to bring awareness of the world water crisis. Race participants can either wear a free WaterStep T-shirt during the race (the T-shirt is bright yellow and features a single footprint on the back), or donate their used shoes (athletic or not) to WaterStep at the Running Wild Expo, which is held at the Kentucky International Convention Center on April 25 and 26. WaterStep’s shoe recycling program raises money to help cover its operating costs. Representatives from WaterStep will also be showcasing the organization’s innovative water ball before and after each race – the water ball can be filled with water and rolled along the ground so that women do not have to carry heavy buckets on their heads over long distances.

WaterStep is a Louisville-based 501(c)(3) organization that addresses the causes of waterborne illness by combining training and readily available technology to empower people in crisis around the world. To learn more, call 502.568.6342 or visit

Doris Bell.

Doris Bell.

New Agent At Wakefield Reutlinger

Doris Bell, licensed Real Estate Agent, has accepted a sales associate position at Wakefield Reutlinger Realtors. Wakefield Reutlinger Realtors pride themselves on always choosing associates who offer their clients a caliber of personal service unequaled in this community. Each has a special expertise in marketing and a superior knowledge of the Louisville market area. Wakefield Reutlinger Realtors have made a commitment to provide individualized assistance to their clients during the entire real estate process. They follow a philosophy that goes well beyond simply assisting in buying and selling. Their associates are part of a team, driven to service clients’ properties and listen to their clients’ needs. For information about Wakefield Reutlinger Realtors visit

J Shepherd At The Range

Five years after opening Louisville’s top-rated cigar destination, Jason Shepherd has taken his act to another level with a new venue. The new location, which opened March 9 next to Training, Guns & Gear at 4010 Champions Trace Lane, houses more than 200 brands of premium cigars along with the latest gadgets and accessories for every cigar aficionado. Using his knowledge from a background in civil engineering and over 20 years experience in the cigar industry, Jason has constructed a spacious walk-in humidor that would impress the most discerning aficionado. Completely lined in Spanish cedar imported from Brazil, the humidors’ separate HVAC system and digital humidification system maintains an ideal environment for the cigars to mature and age.

J Shepherd was founded in 2008 to provide consumers with an unparalleled choice of cigars and accessories not found in Kentuckiana. Now that concept continues with the added services that At The Range offers. Along with monthly cigar tastings and events, At The Range will be working with Training, Guns & Gear to offer cross promotions and host special events for an experience like no other. The first location of J Shepherd, located at 1429 Bardstown Road, will remain open with regular hours, Tuesday through Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from noon to 5 p.m. For information call 502.741.9125.

First Kentucky Cabela’s To Open

Cabela’s Inc., the world’s foremost outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, will officially open the doors of its Louisville, Ky., store – the company’s first location in the Bluegrass State – at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 11. A ribbon-cutting ceremony hosted by Cabela’s executives will kick off a weekend-long celebration featuring outdoor personalities, celebrity appearances, family events, giveaways and more.

The 88,000-square-foot store is located in the Old Brownsboro Crossing development at the intersections of Interstates 265 and 71 near Summit shopping center. It will employ approximately 200 full-time, part-time and seasonal staffers, most from the greater Louisville area. For more information about employment visit The store will feature a mountain replica, dynamic wildlife displays, an indoor archery range, boat shop, gun library, fudge shop, bargain cave and a wide range of top-quality outdoor products. It will also offer an in-store pickup program, allowing customers to order Cabela’ merchandise and have it delivered to the store free of charge.

Currently, Cabela’s operates 40 retail stores across the United States and Canada. In addition to the Louisville location, the company has announced plans to open an additional 13 stores by the end of 2014. For more on the company visit

Century Makes a Move

Century Entertainment and Furnishings has moved to 4310 Shelbyville Road. Although the location has been open for a few months, the design showroom is now fully compete. The new showroom is 34,000 square feet, housing two lines of cabinets – box line and custom line – and over 40 lines of furniture. A grand re-opening will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 5 to 7 p.m. This new location will act as a full-service design center incorporating several kitchen displays featuring custom and box kitchen lines. The new showroom includes a multitude of counter tops showcasing various natural and man-made stone, various laminate selections as well as a multitude of hardware selections.

The lower level of the building that used to house Smith’s Furniture has been committed to showcasing audio and video products, furniture products relating to media room and gaming/entertainment, including game tables and pool tables. There is furniture to meet any home need with various aesthetics, along with several accessories for various styles and tastes. The designer showroom also incorporates fabrics and trims for customization of furniture or window treatments. The new location also features the smart home technology and home security systems available as well as adjustable bed frames and Bowles mattress sets. This unique St. Matthews store will make shopping easy and convenient for local designers.

Open Gallery Debuts

Artist Mark James is excited to announce the opening of his collective living/gallery vision, “Open,” at 2801 S. Floyd St. “Open” is a contemporary art gallery featuring artists with a voice, housing four resident artists and five studios. The artists create together to build a continuously evolving sculpture of the main gallery while showcasing the region’s best contemporary artists. “Open” provides a forum for artists of all mediums, including visual, audio and performance art, helping artists to develop their vision and then provide them a venue to present their work.

The grand opening, held March 16, featured artist Joe Mays’ “The Identity Arcade.” Mays is a Louisville-based photographer focused on presenting the human form intimately and without pretense. We are able to see that which is, rather than that which is projected as societal norms, and Joe has been studying this as his craft for years. “The Identity Arcade” will feature still photos, projection and body painting. For more information visit

Jeffersontown High Obstacle Course

On April 12 at 6:30 p.m., Lt. Col. Mark Dobbs will host Jeffersontown High School’s formal dedication of the newly-built obstacle course developed under the direction for the Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program’s leadership. The obstacle course is part of a larger physical fitness movement to address, in small part, Kentucky’s continued climb in percent of childhood obesity. The Jeffersontown High School Marine Corps JROTC Parents Association took the lead on this project under the guidance of the committee president, Ms. Joy Steinhauer, and the parent designer and builder, Mr. Mark Lynch. Mr. Lynch spent many hours with other parents and friends of the cadet corps building this unique and safe training facility. The course was developed to support all sports and activities at Jeffersontown High School in their physical and team building efforts, used to host competitions with other JROTC programs in the area. In the near future, it is hoped that the course may be opened for use to organizations in the Jeffersontown area.

Outside agencies, parents, and friends of the JROTC Cadet Corps sponsored each obstacle built on the course. Jeffersontown High School, under the leadership of Dr. Pollio, principal, helped select the land for the course and paid for partial fencing of the area. No other funding or asset support was received from the JCPS. Phase I of the course has been completed with the building of 12 obstacles which offer multiple physically changeling training scenarios. Phase II, the storage facility, and team building areas are to be built during the summer of 2013. The final phase, which encompasses a Raider (JROTC physical fitness competition team) ropes course, will be completed during school year 2013-2014.

A Chance to be Thundernator

The Kentucky Derby Festival is enlisting the Kentucky Lottery Corporation to help choose the Thundernator for the 2013 Derby Festival Opening Ceremonies: Thunder Over Louisville. As part of a second chance promotion, players will be able to register for a chance to be this year’s Thundernator – who will provide the Thunder countdown and “zero” ignition to activate the Thunder launch system sequence in the Command Center at the Galt House Hotel on Saturday, April 20.

To enter the promotion, players must sign in or register for a Fun Club Rewards account at Once logged in, a player will be able to submit an eligible current non-winning $2 Scratch-off ticket to enter for a chance to be the 2013 Thundernator. “Current” $2 Scratch-off games are defined as those for which the last date to claim have not expired. All entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on April 1, 2013.

The drawing for Thundernator will take place on April 3. Their V.I.P. Experience package includes an invitation to the Festival’s annual They’re Off! Luncheon on Friday, April 19; a Second Street Bridge and Command Center Tour also on April 19; Overnight accommodations for a family of four at the Galt House Thunder weekend; and a front row seat in the Command Center on Saturday, April 20, to flip the switch.

Thunder Over Louisville – the Derby Festival’s Opening Ceremonies – is one of nearly 70 events produced by the Derby Festival in the spring. The 2013 Thunder Over Louisville, themed “Thunder Vision,” is set for Saturday, April 20, and will be the 24th annual production. The show is sponsored by Horseshoe Southern Indiana, KentuckyOne Health, LG&E, Meijer and UPS. For more information on the Kentucky Derby Festival visit

Nancy (Nana) Lampton.

Nancy (Nana) Lampton.

Honorary Consul of Morocco

Nancy (Nana) Lampton of Louisville has been named the Honorary Consul of the Kingdom of Morocco for Kentucky. Ms. Lampton is chairman and CEO of Hardscuffle, Inc., and American Life and Accident Insurance Company of Kentucky. In her role, Ms. Lampton will be the liaison in Kentucky for the Embassy of Morocco in Washington. She will be responsible for developing cultural and business relationships between Kentucky and Morocco. An honorary consul is an American citizen who has been, at the request of a foreign government, accredited by the U.S. State Department to have certain official privileges and responsibilities to act as a representative for a foreign country, as provided in the Vienna Convention on Consular Relations of 1963. Ambassador Rachad Bouhlal presided over a ceremony to officially install Ms. Lampton on March 18 at the American Life Penthouse.

321 Deli & 2 Dips and a Shake Open

The eagerly anticipated 321 Deli and 2 Dips and a Shake ice cream shop, located directly across from Actors Theatre of Louisville at 321 W. Main St., opened their doors to the public on March 13. 321 Deli features gourmet options for appetizers, sandwiches, salads and sides. Like a New York-style deli, it also offers deli options by the pound, making a convenient stop for people who want to take dinner home after work. 2 Dips and a Shake will offer ice cream from The Comfy Cow, a Louisville company that specializes in handcrafted ice cream and desserts. The two new establishments collectively employ about 30 people. The new concepts are a perfect location for downtown workers stopping for lunch and dinner, and for folks stopping in before and after events right next door at the KFC Yum! Center. For menus and more information, visit or

Emily Kosse.

Emily Kosse.

Female Leader Honored by Ann INC.

Every day, there are people in our communities doing amazing things to make the world a better place. ANN INC., the parent Company of Ann Taylor and LOFT, and Vital Voices, a non-profit dedicated to investing in women, decided to partner to identify the next generation of female leaders who are dedicated to giving back to their communities.

Emily Kosse, a resident of Louisville, is one of only fourteen women from across the country to be awarded an ANNpower grant by ANN INC. and Vital Voices. Receiving this competitive recognition will help bring her community plans to the forefront of high-profile female leaders. Since receiving the grant a few months ago, Emily has already made a big impact in the Louisville community through her social change project focused on coordinating healthy cooking classes for low income families. In partnership with the Family Scholar House, Emily develops the class menus and serves as assistant chef instructing families on how to cook healthy food.

New Dean of UofL’s Business College

Carolyn M. Callahan, a former corporate accountant who has taught and worked as an administrator at several universities and has helped revise national accounting standards, is the new dean of the University of Louisville’s College of Business. Callahan, director of the University of Memphis School of Accountancy, is the first African American and first female to hold the top job at UofL’s business school. She will assume the post on or before July 1, 2014, replacing Charles Moyer, UofL’s business dean since 2005. Moyer will be a dean emeritus and finance professor at the school after taking a one-year sabbatical.

Callahan, the KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting at Memphis, also has worked at the universities of Massachusetts, Notre Dame and Arkansas and was an accountant for the jet engine division of Pratt & Whitney, a U.S.-based aerospace manufacturer with global operations. In 2008, she was appointed to a Financial Accounting Standards Board advisory panel that helps the SEC set standards for financial reports by non-governmental organizations. A strong advocate for “real world” education, she retooled the accounting program at Memphis to reflect community needs and required graduate students to earn or be close to earning a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) credential before leaving the school. Callahan has a doctor of philosophy degree in business administration from Michigan State University, a master’s degree in accountancy from Bowling Green State University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Ohio Northern University.

(Left) Tom Kaferle. (Right) Rich Williams.

(Left) Tom Kaferle. (Right) Rich Williams.

Zoo Assistant Director & Facilities Supervisor

Tom Kaferle recently joined the Louisville Zoo staff as the Assistant Director and Rich Williams as the Facilities Supervisor. Kaferle comes to the Zoo most recently as an international consultant in Turkey and Italy where he was involved in development of customer service programs, feasibility studies and operational planning. He brings with him over 20 years of Zoological and Theme Park management. Before international consulting he was General Manager at Landora Theme Park, Turkey’s first theme park, where he managed all aspects of getting the park open. Kaferle holds a BBA from the University of Texas at Arlington, he was a member of Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) for ten years and also sat on the AZA business operations committee. Kaferle`s role as the Louisville Zoo’s Assistant Director will involve assisting the Director in the operations of the Zoo and assumes responsibility for the Zoo in the absence of the Director.

Williams comes most recently from Louisville Metro Parks where he was a Construction Project Manager where he planned and coordinated capital construction projects for the city of Louisville. He earned a BS from the University of Louisville. His role at the Louisville Zoo will be to supervise multiple facilities, work crews and construction projects.

The Louisville Zoo, a non-profit organization and state zoo of Kentucky, is dedicated to bettering the bond between people and our planet by providing excellent care for animals, a great experience for visitors and leadership in scientific research and conservation education. For information visit

Engineering Apprentice Program

Mayor Greg Fischer joined Jeffersontown Mayor Bill Dieruf, Jefferson County Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Donna Hargens, Greater Louisville Inc. Metro Chamber of Commerce CEO Craig Richard and nth/works CEO Tom Hudson at nth/works, 6901 Preston Hwy., on March 18 to discuss the recent success of nth/works’ high school engineering apprentice program. Started in 2012 by nth/works, a precision manufacturer and engineering company, and Jeffersontown High School, the apprentice program provides five juniors and seniors with hands-on, paid training in five areas of manufacturing: welding and automation; tool and die equipment; tooling engineering; CNC machining; and kaizen, a Japanese manufacturing philosophy focused on continuous improvement.

The growing shortage of skilled workers is a major concern for Mayor Fischer and community leaders. A recent Reuters report found that 34 percent of manufacturers have trouble filling jobs due to lack of available talent. Top reasons include lack of applicants and, among those who apply, lack of experience. For more information on the nth/works apprentice program, contact nth/works Director of Engineering and Apprentice Program Administrator Paul Meshke at or 502.479.0800.