Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce’s
BUSINESS CALL May 2016
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May 2016 - Volume IX, Issue IX
INSIDE THIS ISSUE Inside the Chamber Patton Leadership Institute......................................................................... 4 Chamber Wins Big at State Conference....................................................... 5 Chamber Honors Students and Announces Scholarship Winners at Work Ethic Award Reception................................................................... 6
Chamber Connections Welcome New Members.............................................................................. 8 American Heating and Cooling......................................................... 8 McGuire’s Insurance Agency............................................................. 8 Bray & Oakley Insurance Agency...................................................... 9 Walters Toyota Nissan....................................................................... 9 Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes and Accessories....................................... 10 Surprise Patrol............................................................................................ 10 New Appointments of SEKC Board Members........................................... 11 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 David Baird Baird & Baird
Board of Directors
Mike Alexander Hilton Garden Inn - Pikeville 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
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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
Vantage Point, Inc. Peoples Insurance
WELCOME NEW MEMBERS Air-Evac Lifeteam Bank 253 Crawford and Hatfield Inc. Nationwide Insurance Daniel Boone Motor Inn Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes and Accessories Mountain View Memory Gardens My Lil’ Peanut LLC Pikeville Beauty Academy LLC Pike County Pride Clean Community Pikeville Mini Storage
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Patton Leadership Institute Hosts Session on Entrepreneurship and Innovation On May 12, the Patton Leadership Institute (PLI) held its latest session at Bit Source, a new technology company in Eastern Kentucky. Throughout the day the class heard from regional entrepreneurs and innovators. The class was welcomed by Justin Hall, Bit Source President. Bit Source, a Pikeville-base technology startup focused on web design, mobile application, and game design, is becoming a catalyst for economic diversity in the region. Hall provided a tour of the facility and their staff presented projects and products they have developed, including several websites and web-based tools. Hall said they currently have projects with national and local companies. Following the tour, Kelli Hall, Interim Dean of Career Education and Workforce Development at Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) discussed the new Fiber Optic program at BSCTC and the Kentucky Appalachian Regional Development (KARD) grant they received to help fund the addition of an Advanced Technology Center to BSCTC Pikeville Campus. Next, Bit Source Creative Director, Payton May discussed the Tech Hire Initiative in Eastern Kentucky. Tech Hire is a network that connects employers seeking IT talent with Americans who possess unique backgrounds and a strong work ethic. Due to the collapse of the region’s coal mining industry, innovation and partnerships have been on the rise. Bit Source is playing a huge role in this initiative in training individuals for these positons. Following May, Shaping Our Appalachian Region Executive Director, Jared Arnett touched on SOAR’s 2016 4 | BUSINESS CALL
Innovation Summit on June 6th. During the June event, eight areas of innovation will be highlighted and 130+ groups from around the region and country will set up booths to discuss their respective innovative projects. Next, Rusty Justice, co-owner of Jigsaw Enterprises and Bit Source, presented Hillbilly 101. Justice’s Hillbilly 101 presentation discussed past leaders, innovators, change agents from eastern Kentucky who have had significant impact on the region, and he discussed current leaders who are shaping our region. Leaders discussed included, Colonel John Dils Jr., Perry Anderson Cline, Effie Waller Smith, John C.C. Mayo, Katherine G. Langley, John Paul Riddle, Francis Gary Powers, John Goodlette, Dr. William C. Hambley, Billie Jean Osborne and Paul E. Patton. One leader that Justice highlighted was Dr. William C. Hambley. Hambley was a well-respected physician and longtime Mayor of Pikeville. Dr. Hambley is best known for his vision and leadership in executing the Pikeville Cut-Through Project. The Cut-Through created hundreds of acres of new commercially viable land for development through eliminating the threat of constant flooding in downtown Pikeville and rerouted the railroad to bypass the city center. The Cut-Through, at the time of excavation, was the largest earth moving project behind the Panama Canal. John Justice, President of Coal Education Development and Resource Inc. (CEDAR) discussed the organization’s history and their recent partnership with BSCTC’s Coal Academy. CEDAR was formed in July 1993 as a partnership between the coal
industry, business community and academia. The organization was formed through the joint efforts of the North Carolina Coal Institute (NCCI) and Coal Operators and Associates of Pikeville for the purpose of educating students and the public on the positive effects the coal industry brings to communities. The primary delivery channel of this education is through the CEDAR Coal Fair. The Coal Fair invites students throughout eastern Kentucky, in grades K-12, to enter coal projects within seven different academic categories. The projects are displayed and judged at their school’s local Coal Fair, with selected projects being chosen to be entered in the Regional Coal Fair where cash prizes are awarded. The new partnership with the Coal Academy focuses on a new industrial workers training initiative, as well as skills training for incumbent trade workers in small businesses. The initiative is underdevelopment but will soon be rolled out fully in the coming months. For the final speaker, Kentucky Innovation Network Director, Dr. David Snow, spoke about how the Kentucky Innovation Network is trying to help spur entrepreneurship and innovation in Eastern Kentucky. Snow touched on Kentucky Innovation Network’s client success, collegiate success through the startup Rhizofeed, youth engagement programs and SBI programs. The leadership class of 2016 will end next month with a session devoted to regional tourism. The class will be zip lining at White Lightening Zipline and visiting Wayland.
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Bray and Oakley Insurance Agency, Inc. and Erie Insurance Chamber Wins Big at State Conference The Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce was honored with four outstanding Excellence Awards by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) during KCCE’s 2016 Annual Spring Conference in Frankfort. Awards received include: • Outstanding E-Newsletter • Outstanding Publication • Outstanding Member Retention • Outstanding Membership Growth The KCCE Excellence Awards recognize exceptional achievement and professional excellence among local chambers in the state. “Our Chamber wakes up each and every day thinking about how to deliver value to our members and make our region a better place to live, work and play,” said Jacob S. Colley, Southeast Kentucky Chamber President and CEO. “It is humbling to be selected for our performance as an organization. The awards are a testament to the dedication of our staff and the leadership and vision provided by our Board of Directors.” “I am proud of the performance of the Chamber over the last year,” said Shadd Walters, Southeast Kentucky Chamber Chairman. “The accolades convey that the Chamber is not sitting back on its heels. We are working hard to move our region forward each and every day.”
proudly serving the fine people of Pikeville Kentucky. There’s a new dog in town
For more information, visit their new office at 103 Weddington Branch Rd. in Coal Run or call (606) 205-3951.
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Chamber Honors Students and Announces Scholarship Winners at Work Ethic Award Reception On Thursday, May 12, the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce hosted their 2016 Work Ethic Award Reception to honor high school seniors who completed the Chamber’s Work Ethic Award Program. The reception was presented by US Bank and gold sponsor, Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC). Students from high schools throughout the region that completed the rigorous program were invited to celebrate their accomplishments at the reception. The Work Ethic Award Program is designed to serve as a bridge for student transition to adult life. The Work Ethic Award is presented to high school seniors who excel in areas of attendance, punctuality, self-discipline, academics, dependability, respectfulness, cooperation and community service. Students have a full school year to complete the program. Upon completion of the Program, senior students were eligible to submit an essay for a chance to receive one of four $500 scholarships. The Chamber’s Education Committee uses a blind scoring system to determine the award winners each year. The winners of the 2016 Work Ethic Award Scholarships are Tara Buckley from East Ridge High School, Sean Hillwig from Pikeville High School, Lakyn Mullins from Shelby Valley High School and Luke Ramey from East Ridge High School. The scholarship sponsors included: Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield Medicaid, Appalachian Wireless, Citizens National Bank and Coca-Cola. As part of the reception, the students heard a keynote address from BSCTC President, Dr. G. Devin Stephenson. In the speech, Stephenson laid out three simple things he feels students need to do to be successful in life: leave your comfort zone, change your perspective and challenge your skills. “I 6 | BUSINESS CALL
can tell you that your abilities are going to be tested in a very different way. Your determination is going to be challenged, and your success is going to be measured by the amount of commitment and dedication you’re willing to give,” he said. “I would like to congratulate our scholarship winners and all of the students who completed the Work Ethic Program,” said Jacob S. Colley, Chamber President and CEO. “I am always pleased with the hard work and effort of the seniors in completing this year-long program and how many students and guests join us to celebrate the accomplishment.” In the fall, the Chamber will kick off the Work Ethic Award program for next year’s schools seniors by visiting regional high schools to challenge students to commit to exemplifying excellent work ethic in their last year of high school. For more information on the program and how students and schools can get involved, please contact the Chamber at 606.432.5504.
Thank you sponsors
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American Heating and Cooling
At an open house on May 20, Chamber members joined Kyle Wallace, owner of American Heating and Cooling and staff to celebrate their new location at 1892 South Mayo Trail in Pikeville. American Heating and Cooling has been providing quality heating, air conditioning and indoor quality services in Eastern Kentucky since 2003. For more information call American Heating and Cooling at (606) 437-0837.
McGuire’s Insurance Agency
Jarred McGuire, Operations Manager and Vice President of McGuire Insurance Agency and staff posed with the Chamber’s President/CEO, Jacob S. Colley and Membership Development Manager, Amber Campbell for their new Chamber member plaque presentation. McGuire Insurance Agency was founded by Kimber McGuire in 1993. The agency provides life, commercial, business auto, retirement planning, annuities, auto, home, rental, boat and motorcycle insurance. For more information visit McGuire Insurance Agency at 317 University Drive in Prestonsburg or call (606) 886-0008. 8 | BUSINESS CALL
Bray & Oakley Insurance Agency
Chamber members joined Michael P. Winter, owner of Bray & Oakley Insurance Agency and staff to celebrate the grand opening of their first location in Eastern Kentucky. They are a full service insurance agency licensed to transact life, health, property and casualty insurance. Bray & Oakley Insurance Agency has been providing service for nearly 100 years and is a 4th generation family owned business. For more information visit their new office at 103 Weddington Branch Rd. in Coal Run or call (606) 205-3951.
Walters Toyota Nissan
At an open house on May 5, Chamber members joined Kirby Walters, owner of Walters Toyota Nissan and staff to celebrate their new location at 30 Walters Lane in Pikeville. Walters Toyota Nissan has a vast selection of new and used vehicles to choose from and provide vehicle maintenance and repairs. For more information call Walters Toyota Nissan at (606) 432-1451. BUSINESS CALL | 9
Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes & Accessories
Chamber members joined Amy Jackson, Manager of Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes & Accessories and staff to celebrate their grand opening at 99 Weddington Branch Road in Coal Run. Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes & Accessories began in 1995 where they sell nursing and medical uniforms, lab jackets, shoes and medical field supplies. For more information call Jean’s Uniforms, Shoes & Accessories at (606) 637-1566.
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IMPORTANT NOTICE: New Appointments to SEKC Board of Directors May 2016 Dear Chamber Members, In accordance with the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce bylaws, the nominating committee and election committee are here by publishing the following slate of Board of Directors through the year of 2019 to all Chamber Members. If no petition is filed against any nominee, the nominated candidates shall be declared elected at the next regular monthly board meeting. For the Board of Directors through 2019, in accordance with the Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce bylaws, six members were selected by the nominating and election committees and three appointed by the incoming Chairman, Rick Newsom, Community Trust Bank. Those selected by the committees are: 1. Jaime Brown – BB&T 2. Tim Deskins – First Commonwealth Bank 3. James England – Peoples Insurance Agency, LLC 4. Sandy Penix – The Benefits Firm 5. Tammy Riley – American National University 6. Kevin Rose – Coca-Cola Bottling Company Those appointed by the Chairman are: 1. Betty Francisco– Busy Bee Septic Systems 2. Pam Howard – Pike County Physical Therapy 3. Dan Law – Fairway Outdoor Advertising **These Directors will assume duties on July 1, 2016** In accordance with Article V, Section II, Paragraph B of the bylaws, a petition for additional names of candidates for the nomination slate may be filed within ten (10) days of the date of this letter. A valid petition for a candidate for the Board of Directors must bear ten (10) genuine signatures of qualified members of the Chamber. Any petitions should be mailed to the Chamber. Any petitions should be mailed to the Chamber at 178 College Street, Pikeville, Ky 41502 or faxed to (606) 432-5504. Sincerely,
Jacob Colley, President/CEO Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce
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Southeast Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Calendar of Events June 2016 6 SOAR Summit, East Kentucky Expo Center 9 Patton Leadership institute-Tourism Session, Pikeville and Wayland
22 Chamber Executive Committee Meeting, Chamber Office - 11:30 a.m.
19 Pikeville Mini Storage Ribbon Cutting, 278 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville - 10a.m.
21 Chamber Board Meeting, TBD - 11:30 a.m. 28 Kentucky Blood Center Chamber Event, Garfield Community Room
July 2016 4 CHAMBER OFFICE CLOSED 14 Patton Leadership Institute Energy Session, Big Sandy Plant-Louisa
Annual Membership Dinner and Board Meeting Wednesday, July 20 6:00 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn Pikeville Members $25 Non-members $35 For more information, call 606.432.5504 or visit www.sekchamber.com
19 My Sweet Treats New Location Ribbon Cutting, 30 Village Street, Pikeville - 12p.m.
21 Annual Board Installation and Business Meeting, Hilton Garden Inn, 849 Hambley Blvd., Pikeville - 6p.m.
178 College Street | Pikeville, KY 41501 www.sekchamber.com Phone: (606) 432-5504 FAX: (606) 432-7295