Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s
BUSINESS CALL January 2016
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January 2016 - Volume IX, Issue VII
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Inside the Chamber Patton Leadership Institute Discusses Healthcare at Pikeville Medical Center............................................................................... 4 UPIKE’s New President Addresses the Chamber....................................... 6
Chamber Connections Double Kwik Ribbon Cutting....................................................................... 8 Enterprise Rent-A-Car Ribbon Cutting........................................................ 9 Chamber Welcomes Red Room Boutique................................................... 9 Charro Energy LC Joins the Chamber....................................................... 10
Your Government Legislative Update....................................................................................... 3
Events Calendar.............................................................................................. 12
2015-2016 Executive Committee
Chairman: Shadd Walters US Bank Chairman Elect: Rick Newsom Community Trust Bank Vice Chairman: Brad Hall Kentucky Power Treasurer: Lynette Schindler Lynette Schindler, CPA Secretary: James D. England Peoples Insurance Immediate Past Chairman: John Blackburn First Commonwealth Bank Jennifer Brown Day Redd, Brown, & Williams Howard Roberts University of Pikeville Sam Carter Cambrian Coal Group
Board of Directors
Mike Alexander Hilton Garden Inn - Pikeville David Baird Baird & Baird Russ Barker Appalachian Regional Healthcare Barry Clark Transamerica Agency Network Laura Damron Pikeville Medical Center Kevin Elam Food City Philip Elswick Summit Engineering W. Allen Gillum Appalachian Wireless Mike Harris Pepsi Jim Hobbs Citizens National Bank Neil Middleton WYMT-TV Tony Mullins BT Media Group, LLC Paul David Slater SNF-Flomin Coal G. Devin Stephenson Big Sandy Community and Technical College David Stratton Stratton Law Firm Tracy Syck Shred-All Documents Jeff Vanderbeck Appalachian News-Express Randy Walters Walters Auto Group Jim Workman Community Trust Bank Shannon Wright Wright Concrete
Jacob Colley: President/CEO Pam Mullins: Accounting Manager Kelly Rowe: Events & Programs Manager Abigail Gibson: Communications Manager Amber Campbell: Membership Development Manager
Legislative Update By: Jacob S. Colley
The first few weeks of the 2016 legislative session has seen a few Southeast Kentucky Chamber-supported measures gain traction, but most of the first 19 days were spent anxiously waiting for Governor Bevin’s budget proposal. In his first State of the Commonwealth Budget Address, Governor Matt Bevin proposed making some deep budget cuts to find money for the state’s ailing pension systems and stabilize the state’s fiscal house for the future. The proposal will begin with cuts now with 4.5% cuts in fiscal year ’16 on what is expected to be spent, and 9% in fiscal year ’17. Exemptions to these cuts include some education, health care, pension funds and other areas. Bevin stated that the cuts equated to only 2.5 cents out of a dollar of the budget for the next 30 months, adding that $650 million will be saved throughout this time. The big cut that worries much of the business community is the reduction in funding for higher education including KCTCS. The Chamber is in strong support of the KCTCS’s Fuel the Force campaign. More information the can be found on fueltheforceky.com The Chamber-supported Public Private Partnerships (P3) was filed in both House and Senate (HB 309/SB 132). Rep. Leslie Combs and Sen. Max Wise filed House and Senate P3 bills for state agencies and transportation. The P3 legislation seeks to provide an explicit framework for the use of publicprivate partnerships as an alternative method of procurement, construction, or financing of capital projects and services by state government. The Chamber supported felony expungement measure
passed the House (80-11) on January 15. House Bill 40 will allow individuals charged with a single, certain, non-violent Class D Felony to have their record expunged after time is served and a waiting period has passed. The bill has now moved to the Senate. Right-to-work (RTW) legislation (SB 3) was introduced in the Senate on January 6. The RTW effort has garnered national attention as local governments in Kentucky are passing RTW ordinances. States with RTW legislation, which would allow an individual to choose whether or not they want to be a member of a union, tend to have faster job growth. The region’s business community feels that passing right to work in the state would generate thousands of new jobs each year. On January 6, Senate Bill 6 was introduced, which will create a system of medical review panels to address the escalating costs directly attributed to Kentucky’s uncontrolled medical liability climate. This issue is of serious concern for Kentucky employers. The Senate Health and Welfare Committee passed Senate Bill 6, which would establish a medical review panel process for lawsuits against long-term care facilities. The Chamber supports medical review panels because the rising costs associated with medical malpractice liability continue to take a significant financial toll on Kentucky’s healthcare industry, resulting in increased costs for businesses and consumers and contributing to a shortage of medical professionals. Two Chamber-supported measures that have not yet been introduced in the General Assembly include Local Option Sales Tax (LIFT) and a statewide smoke-free bill. See LEGISLATIVE, Page 11
Charter Members, thank you for your continuous support! CHAIRMAN’S CIRCLE
FOUNDER’S CIRCLE AAA Real Estate Busy Bee Septic Systems Economy Drug
Pamela C. Howard, PT Lynette Schindler CPA, PSC Shred-All Documents
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Patton Leadership Institute Discusses Healthcare at Pikeville Medical Center During the Patton Leadership Institute Session at PMC on January 14th, the class heard from regional healthcare professionals and providers to better understand Eastern Kentucky’s healthcare environment. Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) graciously hosted January’s PLI session and the class was welcomed by Juanita Deskins, Chief Operating Officer of PMC. Deskins touched on the expansion of the new 11 story PMC clinic building and parking garage, discussed some of the new specialties added to PMC and discussed the recent growth over the past few years to employ over 2500 people. The session kicked off with a Pharmacy Panel featuring Joel Thornbury, Owner and Pharmacist of Care More-Kimper-NOVA Pharmacies; Robin Walters, PMC Pharmacist; and Roy Reasor, PMC Pharmacist. The panel discussed the importance of getting to know your pharmacist and the difference between community, retail and hospital pharmacies. Thornbury explained how community pharmacists not only receive and fill patient’s prescriptions, but 4 | BUSINESS CALL
also counsel’s patients on other health issues. Walters and Reasor described how hospital pharmacists are critical to ensuring all patients receive proper dosages and medicine throughout the hospital. The panel also discussed the future of pharmacy, the trends of e-prescriptions and how pharmacy systems are becoming stronger to reduce drug abuse nationally. The class also heard from Dr. Bill Harris, Interventional Cardiologist for PMC. Dr. Harris provided the class with valuable information about cardiovascular disease, recent statistics about heart disease, stroke and cardiac arrest and ways to help prevent getting cardiovascular disease. Following Dr. Harris, Gastroenterologists, Dr. Adib Chaaya and Dr. Phil Leipprandt informed the class about the new video capsule endoscopy, discussed how the endoscopy works and how the capsule travels through the human body. Next, PMC Urologist, Dr. Dustin Gayheart explained how Robotic Assisted Surgery works and its benefits.
Dr. Gayheart discussed the incredible precision of the Robotic machine and how patients have faster recovery time with Robotic Surgery opposed to standard surgery incisions. Also, Dr. Ruth Lavigne, Radiation Oncologist for PMC gave insight on the importance of having regular screenings each year and the different options PMC offers for cancer patients. Dr. Tamara Musgrave, Medical Oncologist for PMC gave a brief overview of the Leonard Lawson Cancer Center. Following Dr. Musgrave, Dr. Andrew Buzzeli, Founding Dean and Vice President for Optometric Education at the University of Pikeville spoke about his personal journey to becoming a leader and how that led him to Pikeville. Dr. Buzzeli provided the class with a lesson on leadership skills and also gave an update on the construction progress of the University of Pikeville’s Health Professions building, which plans to be open in late 2016 or early 2017. For the final speaker, Jenna Meyer, Center for Disease Control discussed some of the measures needed to maintain
a healthy lifestyle and community. Meyer is currently helping SOAR to achieve their goal to improve health metrics for Eastern Kentucky. The PLI class ended their day with a tour of the PMC Clinic and Hospital with Cory Weatherford, Assistant Vice President at PMC and Laura Damron, Director of Public Relations at PMC. The class visited PMC’s Orthopedic Clinic, Physical Therapy Clinic, Emergency Center, and their brand new state-of-the-art cafeteria. The class viewed a robotic-assisted walking machine and car simulator in the Physical Therapy Clinic. PLI will be visiting Kentucky’s capital city for its next session on February 11, 2016. The session in Frankfort allows for a first-hand view of state government in action. The Patton Leadership Institute is presented by Food City with Gold Sponsorship from Appalachian Wireless and AEP-Kentucky Power. PLI is the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s flagship professional development program that seeks to strengthen the future leadership in regional organizations by developing emerging talent into quality leaders. PLI is presented by Food City with additional sponsorship from Appalachian Wireless and AEP – Kentucky Power. For more information on the Patton Leadership Institute, visit www.pattonli.org.
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UPIKE’s New President Adresses Chamber; Challenges Community to find grit At the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Membership luncheon, University of Pikeville’s new President, Dr. Burton Webb discussed the mission of UPIKE and the community achieving personal grit, and how he is prepared for this new position. Webb stated he has been in higher education for his entire adult life. “I’ve worked at three institutions that are a lot like UPIKE. I do know this job and I understand how important it is to this community,” he said. “No one will work harder than I do to make sure UPIKE is able to pursue its mission and fulfill that mission.” Webb said that he knows there is great strength here in the community and that he has caught a glimpse of it already. “I’ve seen it in the face of a young woman who is living at the Scholar House,” he said. “She dreams of becoming a nurse, caring for her son, showing him that hard work will be rewarded.” Webb told the crowd “there is crazy, intense attribute that is shared throughout this valley and I’ve seen it across the ridges that surround Pike County.” Webb referenced to Angela Lee Duckworth and how she has been studying this attribute for more than a decade. Dr. Duckworth describes grit this way, “Grit is the ability to work toward a long term goal. The ability to persist despite the odds. The ability to know that effort will result in growth. The ability to hunker down and work until the job is done just because that’s what will make things better. From the little I know of it, life itself in this part of the world can develop a sense of grit in a person. Our challenge as a community is to find grit, to encourage it, and to fan it into flame,” said Webb. Webb said, “At the University of Pikeville this is the 6 | BUSINESS CALL
challenge imbedded in our mission as the leading University of Central Appalachia. We seek to co-alongside business and government, to be together with rather than apart from. We seek the gritty. We seek the eager. We seek the timid and the talented.” “We leave by pouring our lives into the song and working in our community with our people. We make Central Appalachia the best home possible for all of us,” Webb said. Colley said, “UPIKE is such an asset to our region and we look forward to its bright future under his leadership, and we appreciated Dr. Webb taking the time to speak with our membership this afternoon. His example of true grit is exactly what our region’s business community possesses and what will help turn this ship for our economy in Eastern Kentucky,” said Jacob S. Colley, President/CEO of the Southeast Kentucky Chamber.
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DOUBLE KWIK RIBBON CUTTING On Friday, January 8, the Chamber and Double Kwik hosted a pre-opening event to celebrate Double Kwik’s newest Pike County location and the first in downtown Pikeville. Double Kwik’s staff and executive’s employees showcased the store to local elected officials, Chamber members and community leaders through tours and free food samples from the made-to-order Double Kwik grill. The free samples included chicken tenders, chicken sandwiches, burgers, boneless wings and much more. The Pikeville store features a large dining room, lounge area, and a specialty coffee and smoothie bar. Another added convenience at the new location is Double Kwik’s first location to offer customer self-service ordering touch screen kiosks. “This is our first Double Kwik location with our made-to-order touch screens. Everything that you order is made custom for you and is always fresh,” said Missy Matthews, President of Childers Oil. A location in the downtown area of Pikeville is something Double Kwik has explored for several years, “we’ve always wanted to be in downtown Pikeville ever since we came to Pike County,” said Matthews. “We just thought it was an area that we didn’t have covered and felt there was a need for a store in downtown Pikeville.” The new Double Kwik will create 50 new jobs, including both full-time and part-time positions. The new Double Kwik is located at 548 Bypass Road in Pikeville and is open 24 hours a day. For more information please call (606) 432-4227 or visit doublekwik. com. Childers Oil Company is a family operated business based in Whitesburg, Kentucky. Founded in 1966, the company’s roots are in providing bulk petroleum services to retail and industrial customers. In 1977, the company expanded operations and opened its first 24-hour convenience store. The company currently owns 40 retail stores and employs 1000 people in the southeast Kentucky region. The company supports numerous local charitable and civic organizations throughout the year, including local schools, youth sports leagues, Hospice of the Bluegrass and the American Cancer Society. 8 | BUSINESS CALL
Chamber Welcomes Red Room Boutique
ENTERPRISE RENT-A-CAR RIBBON CUTTING On January 15, the Chamber, community leaders and City of Coal Run Village Officials joined executives and local staff of Enterprise Rent-A-Car to celebrate the opening of their new location in Coal Run. Established in 1957, Enterprise Rent-A-Car offers car, truck and motorcycle rentals, as well as car sharing and car sales. Today, Enterprise is the largest transportation solutions provider. Enterprise is in over 30 countries with more than 7,200 locations. “There is an Enterprise Rent-A-Car location 15 minutes away from over 90% of the United States population,” said Mitchell Shenkin, Group Rental Manager at Enterprise Holdings. The expansion in Coal Run is a result of the noticeable growth happening in Pike County. “I think that this is a great market for us, Pikeville has a great combination of all the different business types that we really are looking for, from the replacement business to the corporate business. I really think that there is tremendous market here and we know that this is a place we want to be for the next 50 to 100 years,” said Shenkin. “I think that’s what really motivated us to go from where we were here in this strip mall to put something permanent where we have a really strong presence and a location.” Enterprise is located in Coal Run at 4000 N. Mayo Trail. For more information please call (606) 437-0081 or visit enterprise.com. The ribbon cutting ceremony was presented by the official sponsor of all Chamber ribbon cuttings, Kentucky Innovation Network in Pikeville. Ribbon cuttings are a great way to promote and showcase your business. If your business is interested in hosting a ribbon cutting, please contact Kelly Rowe with the Southeast Kentucky Chamber at (606) 432-5504 or by emailing [email protected]
The Chamber is pleased to welcome one of its newest members, Red Room Boutique. Established in 2006, Red Room Boutique is a locally owned and operated woman’s clothing and accessories boutique. Red Room Boutique is committed to dressing women of all ages with a mix of timeless styling and modern edge. They help dress their customers for every occasion from day to day work wear to any special occasion. Red Room Boutique carry’s brands such as, Joseph Ribkoff, Frank Lyman, Joy Joy, Miss Me, 7 for all Mankind, Adrianna Papell, Muse, Donna Morgan and many more. Red Room Boutique is also the exclusive retailer of Brighton in the Pikeville area. According to the owner, Twana Tackett, Red Room Boutique will be adding new lines in 2016. Red Room Boutique is located in the Weddington Plaza at 4047 N. Mayo Trail in Coal Run. They are open M-Sat. 10AM until 6PM. For more information please call (606) 437-0664 or follow Red Room Boutique on Facebook.
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Charro Energy LC Joins the Chamber
The Chamber is pleased to welcome one of its newest members, Charro Energy LC. Being lifelong residents of Pike County, Roger D. Ford and Jesse Salyer, Jr., Owners of Charro Energy LC, want to help secure opportunities for coal-miners and others who have lost their jobs. “Our future plans include the construction of a biomass processing facility that will process products from hemp and other biomass materials, such as timber, and to integrate that with coal and natural gas, including a hemp-based automobile manufacturing business and gasification facility,” said Ford. Established in 2014, Charro Energy LC focuses on energy brokerage and leasing: brokering coal: natural gas and timber. In addition, they are currently working with their strategic partners to develop an integrated energy facility in Pikeville that produces bio-fuels, bio-chemicals and automotive composite materials from industrial hemp and other biomass. Charro Energy will be developing business around the growing and processing of hemp in 2016. Charro Energy LC is located at 237 Second Street, Suite 5 in Pikeville. For more information please call (606) 257-4240.
CHAMBER EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES Vice President of Operations For more information concerning Chamber employment, please visit business.sekchamber.com/jobs.
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WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Appalachian Chiropractice, PSC Kentucky Organ Donor Affiliates Mann Toyota
Legislative Update Cont. Continued from Page 3
The Southeast Kentucky Chamber strongly supports LIFT, which would allow local governments to use the additional sales tax to pay for voter-approved local investments – when the projects are finished, that tax increase goes away. A comprehensive smoke-free bill is expected to be filed before the February 19th deadline and call for the elimination of smoking in all indoor workplaces and public places in Kentucky. The Chamber supports a statewide smoke-free law as employers are not only dealing with higher health care costs for employees who smoke or have exposure to secondhand smoke but also
are experiencing significantly higher rates of absenteeism. The region’s business community realizes that smoking not only affects insurance premiums but also increase tax bills. The Chamber also stands in opposition of a state mandated raised in the minimum wage that goes beyond the federal threshold as well as HB 3 that bonds the pension system. The Chamber will continue to monitor several other key bills including coal severance revenue disbursement, tax reform, and education. For weekly legislative updates, please subscribe to the Chamber e-mail list at sekchamber.com.
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Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events February 2016 2 Daffodils Ribbon Cutting, 4505 North Mayo Trail Coal Run – Noon
5 Sharp Smiles Dentistry Ribbon Cutting, 4159 North Mayo Trl, Coal Run – Noon
11 Patton Leadership Institute Government Session, Frankfort
17 Education Committee Meeting, Chamber office – 8:00 a.m.
17 KY Power SMART Program Business After Hours, Pikeville YMCA – 5:00 p.m.
18 Annual Banquet Committee Meeting, Chamber office – 10:00 a.m.
18 United Helping Hands Open House, 5279 North Mayo Trail Pikeville – Noon
23 Chamber Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber Office - 11:30 a.m.
25 Chamber Board Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn in Pikeville 11:30 a.m.
March 2016 10 Patton Leadership Institute Banking & Finance Session, Community Trust Bank, Pikeville, KY
22 Chamber Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber Office-11:30 a.m.
24 Chamber Board Meeting-11:30 a.m. 178 College Street | Pikeville, KY 41501 www.sekchamber.com Phone: (606) 432-5504 FAX: (606) 432-7295