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Ambassador Spotlight (December 2013): Monica Bounds, Fifth Third Bank
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Monica M. Bounds, who works for Fifth Third Bank, a diversified financial services company headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company has $126 billion in assets and operates 18 affiliates with 1,321 full-service Banking Centers. Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky has 19 banking centers in Central Kentucky. Tom Partridge is President & CEO of Fifth Third Bank, Kentucky, and Mike Ash serves as the Lexington Market President.
A Frankfort, Kentucky, native, Bounds has been with Fifth Third Bank for ten years. She said, "“Before I graduated college, I was told I needed to gain more work experience before I pursued my MBA. So, I looked for jobs with management trainee positions, and I kept running into the Fifth Third Bank recruiter at every event/job fair I attended. I interviewed, and really liked the people I met and how they described the path I would take to start a career at Fifth Third.”
As a Business Banking Relationship Manager, Monica said she provides innovative financial solutions to meet her customers’ needs. “I strive to offer value to my clients with a strong commitment to service and by taking a team approach to their unique banking needs,” added Monica. "Fifth Third is the curious bank. We challenge ourselves to be curious, to create new ideas, to make banking work better for everyone."
Monica said, “It has been a great experience to serve as an Ambassador, and I enjoy celebrating both new dreams coming true and continued successes with the various ribbon cutting ceremonies. It has also been interesting to talk with members of Commerce Lexington Inc. to hear their perspective on the organization and events we offer.”
Contact Monica Bounds at (859) 455-5384 or Monica.Bounds@53.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (November 2013): Becky Trimble, Lexington Center Corp.
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Becky Trimble, who just recently celebrated her 15th anniversary at Lexington Center Corporation. She got her start there after ten years of working in the hotel industry. She said, “I appreciated the stability, experience and expertise I found in the management and staff at Lexington Center. It didn’t take long to see I had found my home.”
Becky grew up and attended college in Morehead. She moved to Lexington in 1984 for a job opportunity and has worked here ever since. She said, "I reside in Georgetown, but still consider Lexington my home town in many ways. I love the small town feel with big city shopping, restaurants, nightlife and family entertainment at your fingertips."
Becky is a senior convention sales manager, working with corporate, tradeshow and public show clients to find the best fit of space and services for their needs. She also represents LCC through membership in networking and business organizations such as Commerce Lexington Inc.
"I feel an enormous sense of pride when showing potential clients the unique product we have to offer convention groups downtown," added Trimble. "A convention center with retail and food court under the same roof, along with two connected hotels and a safe, walkable downtown is so unusual and appealing that we receive rave reviews from people not familiar with the community."
When asked about her involvement in Commerce Lexington Inc., she said, "Commerce Lexington is the best avenue I have found to meet businesspeople within the community that may be able to take advantage of the services we provide at Lexington Convention Center. Serving as an Ambassador and as a volunteer in the Winner’s Circle program, I have the opportunity to get to know business leaders on a more personal basis, and stay informed about new businesses and expanding industry in the area.”
Contact Becky Trimble at (859) 233-4567, extension 3223, or at email@example.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (October 2013): Angie Dennis, Employment Solutions, Inc.
This month's Ambassador is Angie Dennis, who works for Employment Solutions, Inc. - a nonprofit that matches qualified, highly motivated workers with employers at no cost. "At Employment Solutions, we specialize in working with individuals with barriers to employment such as people with disabilities, people with limited work experience as well as graduates from our sister program, College for Technical Education, a vocational skills training program," said Dennis.
Among her roles and responsibilities at Employment Solutions are developing long-term business relationships with employers for the purpose of placing individuals and building recognition that the organization serves as a resource that offers qualified talent and business solutions. She also works to promote the vocational skills training programs offered at College For Technical Education.
“Serving as an Ambassador has been a great opportunity for me, because I have met many people in our community,” said Dennis. “I enjoy reaching out to businesses on a monthly basis to discuss the many advantages that Commerce Lexington offers.”
When asked about her favorite Commerce Lexington Inc. events, she said, “The ribbon cuttings allow me to celebrate the success of local area businesses. I never miss an opportunity to encourage others to attend the @330 events, Business Links and other events that are relevant to the success of business professionals."
To find out out more at Employment Solutions, contact Angie Dennis at (859) 272-4855 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Spotlight (September 2013): Sue Miller, Al Torstrick Insurance Agency
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Sue Miller, a commercial lines producer with Al Torstrick Insurance Agency. She is constantly calling on businesses to talk about their insurance needs. She said, "I travel most of Central Kentucky, so the days are never boring."
A Lawrenceburg native, Sue relocated back to the Bluegrass from Western Kentucky in the mid-1980's. "Commerce Lexington Inc. has been great for me personally, because I have met people I might not have had the opportunity to meet otherwise," said Miller.
At Commerce Lexington events, members of the Ambassador committee not only meet with new businesses, but also come in contact with well established businesses in the area.
"As an Ambassador, I call on several businesses on a monthly basis," she added. "Some of them are new to the area and some are not, but it is great to be able to discuss the many advantages of Commerce Lexington membership with them and encourage them to be active in the organization."
Contact Sue Miller at (859) 233-1461 or email@example.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (August 2013): Kelly Tudor, Adecco
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Kelly Tudor, senior account executive with Adecco. A Louisville native and Eastern Kentucky University graduate, Kelly began working at Adecco two years ago as branch manager and has since transitioned to senior account executive when Adecco’s Lexington and Georgetown branches merged.
She said, “I really enjoy getting out and meeting new people, developing new relationships, and learning more about the businesses in the area. Each time I visit a new company to tour their facility and learn more about their business, I feel like I am on a field trip."
“Becoming an ambassador has been wonderful,” said Tudor. “I get to promote the great programs that Commerce Lexington offers. One thing I really enjoy doing is attending the ribbon cutting ceremonies. It’s a chance to celebrate new business and potential job growth to the Lexington area.”
“It is important for me to be involved with Commerce Lexington, because as businesses open or relocate to the area, I have a chance to help provide them with employment solutions to assist them with their workforce management,” added Tudor.
Kelly also serves on the Bluegrass Society for Human Resources Management board as the Best Places to Work and State Conference Promotions Director and is a member of the Japanese American Society of Kentucky. Contact her at (859) 223-3112 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Spotlight (July 2013): Todd Sallee, Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Todd Sallee, Business Development Manager with Kentucky Employers' Mutual Insurance, which is the largest provider of workers’ compensation insurance in Kentucky, providing coverage to more than 20,000 policyholders in all 120 counties. KEMI has maintained an “Excellent” rating from A.M. Best for the last ten years, was selected as one of the Ward’s 50 for financial stability and responsible business practices, and has been ranked first nationally as a Best Place to Work in Insurance by Business Insurance Magazine.
Todd’s main responsibility is to be involved in the community, network and establish strong relationships with not only our insurance agents but also our policy holders. He also oversees KEMI's new continuing education class offerings. "We offer five CE classes and have 13 teachers here at KEMI," he added.
A Lexington native and University of Kentucky graduate, Sallee spent nearly 17 years in the banking industry before joining KEMI. Sallee said, "The thing that impresses me most about KEMI is the work culture here. They are a very hard working people and a giving company. They truly believe that faith and family come before work. That is very hard to find in employers today. I think this is why you find very hard working loyal employees here. I feel very blessed to work at KEMI."
“Serving as an Ambassador is truly an honor,” said Sallee. “It is very satisfying to know that we are put in front of key businesses across Central Kentucky to make sure they are getting the most out of Commerce Lexington and utilizing all of the many resources that they have to offer. Commerce Lexington has been a great resource for me to network and grow in our community.”
Contact Todd Sallee at KEMI at (859) 425-7800 or email@example.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (June 2013): Larry Prinssen, Quality Construction Company
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Lawrence (Larry) Prinssen, who is an agent for Quality Construction,Company. Quality Construction was started in 2004 by David Banks and has been growing every year. In the last eight months alone, Quality has more than doubled its workforce from ten employees to 20-plus employees. Last year, it opened the largest design showroom in Central Kentucky (over 6,000 square feet) and formed relationships with a number of prominent construction suppliers.
Although it is a full service construction company, a large portion of the work Quality Construction does is kitchen and bath remodels. Prinssen said, "I started working with David and his company after the fabulous work he did on my house. I was so pleased with the finished product, but even more pleased with the care his workers took while in my house. They cleaned up every night before they left, never leaving a mess or tools laying around."
Now in his second year as a Commerce Lexington Inc. Ambassador, Prinssen also volunteers for Commerce Lexington's Winner's Circle program and is active in the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce. He and his wife, Patty, and own SPS, LLC, a sales company, and they are also the Kentucky Agents for Quality Construction and Meridian Star Merchant Services, an electronic funds transfer company (think credit cards).
He has found great value in participating in chambers of commerce. He said, "In my business, networking is the best way to find new customers and being an Ambassador is the best way to network within the chamber."
Working for IBM eventually brought him to Kentucky, where he was part of the transition to Lexmark in 1990. In 1999, he joined PowerCart, Ltd., and then in 2004, he started an electronics company called Knight-ED, LLC with Mark Knight. After being retired for a short time, his wife decided that his handyman efforts were not helpful, and she suggested that he go back to work.
To find our more about Quality Construction Company, contact Larry Prinssen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Spotlight (May 2013): Allison Case, LM Communications Radio Group
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Allison Case, who began working at LM Communications last August, after spending a year living in Myrtle Beach. She has a minor in mass communications, so working in the radio and media industry is an ideal area for her. She said, “Meeting new people and learning about businesses in Lexington are my favorite things about my job.”
Some of her roles and responsibilities include seeing current clients on a regular basis to maintain a strong relationship, prospecting on a daily basis, preparing proposals and campaigns, writing/voicing radio commercials, and staying organized.
"Commerce Lexington has been a great way to meet new people in Lexington," she said. "It allows me to network with others in a fun and exciting way. Being part of Commerce Lexington helps me to learn about other businesses in the community and expand my book of business."
A native of Lexington and graduate of Western Kentucky University, she decided that Lexington was where she wanted to live and begin her career. "I have enjoyed meeting and getting to know the other ambassadors so much. It’s a great group of people that are all willing to help each other."
Contact Allison at 859-233-1515, ext. 516, or at email@example.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (April 2013): Amy Sellin, Red River Gorge Zipline Tours
This month's Ambassador Spotlight feature is Amy Sellin, Marketing Director for Red River Gorge Zipline Tours in Campton, Kentucky. The Red River Gorge Zipline is a five-line tour consisting of a three-line canopy tour and two lines that take zippers across Cowan Fork Gorge. The fourth line is nearly 2,000 feet long and the fifth is nearly 350 feet high.
During a trip to Hawaii last year, her cousin signed the pair up for a ziplining trip. She said, "I loved it! When I returned to Kentucky I searched for a similar adventure and found Red River Gorge Zipline. Fortuitously, they happened to be looking for a marketing director."
Amy manages all of the zipline's marketing efforts and the office staff, which most recently became responsible for the property's 16-room lodge and conference center on property which hosts corporate events, weddings, family reunions, and many other gatherings. There will also be a restaurant called the Mountain Grill Cafe, which will be opening soon.
Born in Bethesda, Maryland, Amy lived in Texas and California until her father retired from the Navy, and her family settled in Lexington, which is home for her mother’s family. Amy said she had intended to leave Lexington as soon as she turned 18, but she said, “After getting to know the area and the culture, I have fallen in love with Lexington.”
“As an ambassador, I have the opportunity to talk to many business leaders," added Sellin. "I have had the opportunity to speak with long time members that did not realize Commerce Lexington had so many events and opportunities available to them. Commerce Lexington is a great resource for small businesses. It provides not only great networking opportunities, but exceptional educational outlets as well. I love attending the Business Resource Round Tables and the Business Links."
Contact Amy Sellin at Red River Gorge Zipline Tours at (606) 668-6222 or find out more on-line at www.redrivergorgezipline.com.
Ambassador Spotlight (March 2013): Ashley Moore Anderson, UK Gatton College of Business & Economics
This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Ashley Moore Anderson, the Assistant Director for Employer Relations for the Graham Office of Career Management with the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky. She received her Bachelor’s degree from Georgetown College with a double major in Communications and Media Studies and Political Science, a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from the University of Kentucky’s Martin School of Public Policy and Public Administration and is currently working to obtain a Master’s Degree in Adult and Higher Education with a concentration in Communications from Morehead State University.
Ashley said, "I love having the opportunity to provide career coaching services to students in helping them set goals and plans to get them connected with internships and full-time job opportunities as they begin their careers. It’s always very satisfying to help a stellar student who is incredibly driven and passionate about starting their career get connected with the right company and to have them come back and express appreciation for my help and share their successes."
Working with students is fun, because I share their passion for following their dreams and pursuing their goals and living a life they love," she added. "I also love working with employers to identify needs within their organizations and help provide outreach opportunities for recruitment of employees, as well as events for companies to gain branding exposure and provide information on the reasons their company is a great place to work."
She added, "I have loved serving as an Ambassador and in other roles in the community, because it gives me an opportunity to meet all kinds of new friends. I really enjoy learning about the professional and personal journeys of different people and have been able to have some amazing conversations and make some excellent contacts around the community."
Contact Ashley at (859) 257-5348 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ambassador Spotlight (February 2013)
Brandi Howard, Manpower of Central Kentucky
Manpower is a full service staffing agency that specializes in Professional, Administrative, and Industrial staffing. It has been in business for over 60 years. This month's Ambassador Spotlight person, Brandi Howard, has been a part of Manpower since May 2012, working as a business development specialist.
"As my first full-time job out of college, I was attracted to Manpower because it offered everything I was looking for in a career," said Bandi. "It gave me the opportunity to work in a professional environment, be active in the community, continue to develop my leadership skills, and have a positive impact on the lives of others. My main focus is to expand relationships, get new business and provide individualized business solutions for our clients."
A Pikeville native and recent University of Kentucky graduate, Brandi said, "I believe in community involvement. Volunteering and becoming involved in Commerce Lexington provides a venue for me to serve our community."
"Although this is my first opportunity to serve as an Ambassador, it will allow me to not only meet local employers, but to learn who they are, what they do, and what their vision is for the future." Contact Brandi at (859) 268-1331 or visit the Manpower office at 162 Todds Road, Suite 280, in Lexington.
Mark Wiemer Named 2012 Ambassador of the Year
Mark Wiemer is a banking center manager for Republic Bank & Trust Company. "As a Banking Center Manager for Republic Bank, I have the privilege of working with the great people of Lexington to help them achieve their financial goals," said Wiemer. "Republic Bank is a great community partner and is dedicated to giving back to the communities in which it serves." Wiemer believes this is a great time to be living in Lexington. He said, "There is an air of excitement that is creating a feeling of optimism and confidence. I feel fortunate to be a part of a community that is thriving, in light of economic issues that so many other communities are confronting. We, as a community, are doing things the right way. Government, education and business leaders are engaged in a common goal to make Lexington a desired destination. This is why I am so excited to continue my work as an Ambassador with Commerce Lexington," added Wiemer. I get to meet, monthly, with business owners and hear of their optimistic attitude, not only for themselves and their businesses, but also for the city and region." Contact Mark Wiemer at (859) 264-1347 or by e-mail at MWiemer@republicbank.com.