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Are you looking for a great way to get involved in your community? Commerce Lexington Inc. offers wonderful opportunities for you or your company to get involved and serve on various planning committees or assist with the formation of the organization’s public policy statements. Commerce Lexington’s success depends on the many volunteers that participate in the variety of events, programs, and services that are presented each year – from our Ambassador Program to the Winner’s Circle resource development program. Volunteers like you are absolutely necessary for Commerce Lexington and the community to achieve its long-term goals. All of Commerce Lexington’s volunteer choices not only provide you with great networking opportunities, but also your company with wonderful visibility within the community.


Ambassador Spotlight (April 2014): Kie VanderHorst, KnightHorst Shredding

This month's Ambassador Spotlight is Kie VanderHorst, a partner with KnightHorst Shredding, LLC - established in 2004 to provide on-site document destruction for businesses and residents throughout Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia.

Originally from Richmond, Ky., the University of Kentucky graduate has lived in Lexington since 1982. "Married with three children (ages 19, 17 and 8) keeps me busy, but having held a job since age 13, I'm still passionate about my work," said Kie.

VanderHorst is responsible for Kentucky sales and account management, as well as accounts receivable for all three states. "With identity theft, HIPPA and other privacy laws, it's critical that we provide safe and secure measures to protect our clients, as well as their customer's or patient's information," said Kie. "We pride ourselves on prompt and personal service that is unmatched in this industry."

This was Kie's first year as an Ambassador for Commerce Lexington Inc. She said, "Its been wonderful reconnecting with friends from my past and meeting new ones along the way. Commerce Lexington provides me with the opportunity to not only strengthen my business in Lexington, but also help others by networking for a common goal. Whether I'm attending Business Links, ribbon cuttings or various meetings, I always meet someone new to share ideas or business contacts."

Contact Kie VanderHorst at (859) 230-4482 or kie.vanderhorst@knighthorst.com.

Ambassador Spotlight (March 2014): Jennifer North, Time Warner Cable Media

As an account executive for Time Warner Cable Media, Jennifer partners with local businesses to help them increase brand awareness through digital and cable advertising. She said, “Working with one of the nation’s largest Fortune 100 companies provides me with the support and know-how to help my clients target the right consumers for their products and services."

"As a former business owner myself, I understand the value of working with a company that listens and provides me with a successful ROI. Every dollar spent to advertise needs to count. This is why I love working with Time Warner Cable Media. We truly focus on understanding the specific needs of our clients (partners-as I like to call them) and can customize their reach across our top websites and high-rated networks/shows to put their business in front of the audience they want to reach most. I find it very rewarding when my clients come back to me after a campaign to say their sales are up and business is growing," added North.

“This will be my second year as an Ambassador, and I was also on our Winner’s Circle team this year as well," said North. "As Ambassadors, we get the great pleasure of celebrating with new business owners at their Grand Openings and Ribbon Cuttings, networking with influential members of our community and local business owners, supporting our local businesses at Business Links and making many new friends along the way.”

Serving as an Ambassador has also helped her reconnect to Lexington. The University of Kentucky graduate had moved away for a while and returned to the area a couple of years ago. "I am very excited to be back in the Bluegrass State, supporting my Kentucky Wildcats as well as being involved in the community through Commerce Lexington Inc."

Contact Jennifer North at (859) 351-5125 or jennifer.north@twcable.com.

Ambassador Spotlight (February 2014): Kristie Woodrum, Hilton Lexington Suites

As director of sales for the Hilton Lexington Suites located in Lexington Green off Nicholasville Road, Kristie Woodrum handles events such as weddings, reunions, tour and travel, sports teams and the University of Kentucky market for the hotel, which has 1,500 square feet of meeting space to accommodate various meetings and events.

Now in her sixth year serving as a CLX ambassador, Kristie is the 2014 chair of the committee. She said, “It is very rewarding to be an ambassador and get to educate new and existing member companies of all that Commerce Lexington has to offer. Being an ambassador has also allowed me the opportunity to meet so many people in the industry that would not have been possible otherwise.”

Ambassadors serve as a liaison between Commerce Lexington and its membership, while also representing the organization at a variety of events, from ribbon cuttings and grand openings to networking functions and open houses. Contant Kristie at (859) 271-4000 or kristie.woodrum@hilton.com.


Bill Marshall Named 2013 Ambassador of the Year

A Lexington hotel executive and owner of the Yoshino Farm Bed & Breakfast, Bill Marshall recently completed his third year as a Commerce Lexington Inc. ambassador. He has been very committed to his ambassador role, attending as many ribbon cuttings, grand openings and open houses as possible. He truly believes that with the right support from Commerce Lexington and the community, all businesses can be successful. Bill never misses an opportunity to challenge the status quo or to ask a question of an elected official at a Commerce Lexington Policy Luncheon. Congratulations to Bill Marshall – Commerce Lexington’s Ambassador of the Year.