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Stoll Keenon Ogden’s Bill Lear to Chair 2015 Winner’s Circle

During the 2015 Commerce Lexington Inc. Annual Dinner on February 5th, it was announced by 2014 Winner’s Circle Chairman Steve Grossman that Bill Lear of Stoll Keenon Ogden, PLLC will lead the organization’s Winner’s Circle total resource development program this year. Now in its 13th year, this initiative is a volunteer-driven campaign that helps finance new and existing Commerce Lexington programs, and brings in new members, renewals and event and publication sponsorships.

Bill Lear has been with Stoll Keenon Ogden since 1980 and currently serves as the firm's managing director. He is a member of the Business Litigation practice with a focus on Equine Litigation, Eminent Domain & Real Estate Litigation and Trust & Estate Litigation. Bill is also a member of the Real Estate and Government Relations practices.

Winner’s Circle program director Lynda Bebrowsky said, “We are very excited to have Bill as chair of the program this year. He has served on the Commerce Lexington Inc. board of directors in the past and is very involved in our economic development and public policy activities. He knows a lot about our organization and served as Board Chair of the Chamber in 1995. We’re looking forward to a fantastic year with Bill at the helm.”

Winner's Circle Surpasses Goal for 12th Consecutive Year

“I was extremely honored to Chair the 2014 Winner’s Circle campaign. For those of you who are not familiar with this program, the Winner’s Circle is an initiative that for the last twelve years has helped finance new and existing Commerce Lexington programs. Each year, this volunteer-driven program brings in new members, renewals and event and publication sponsorships.

At our Victory Celebration on November 21 at the Griffin Gate Marriott Resort and Spa, we announced that we had surpassed our $710,000 production goal, and it wasn’t even close. This year, volunteers raised the most ever at just over $779,000, and exceeded the goal earlier than ever before in the program’s 12-year history.

Prior to the start of the campaign, I had heard from our many past chairs what extraordinary volunteers we had, and they certainly lived up to that billing. They work very hard and believe in Commerce Lexington’s mission, and we appreciate all that they do. I also want to take a moment to thank the company CEO’s who allow their employees to participate in the program, because without their blessing and support, this initiative would not be successful.

One of the main reasons that the Winner’s Circle program is so successful is because of the support from the many past chairs, who have stayed active and often times continue to assist volunteers along the way. I appreciate past chairs Guy Huguelet, Glenn Leveridge, Harry Richart, Nick Rowe, Stephen Hillenmeyer, Herb Miller, Ann Bakhaus, Debbie Long, Alan Stein, and Terry McBrayer for continuing to be involved in the program when called upon.

And, thank you to the many member companies and businesses who are sponsoring Commerce Lexington Inc. events and programs throughout the year. Your investment makes a big difference in the quality of programming that we are able to offer.

Please recognize the many volunteers who participated in this program and thank them when you see them out and about in the community or at events. I look forward to continuing to be involved in this program in the future."

2014 Winner’s Circle Teams

Ambassadors Team
American Founders Bank
Central Bank & Trust Co.
Columbia Gas of Kentucky
Community Trust Bank
Fifth Third Bank
Friends of Commerce Lexington Inc.
Griffin Gate Marriott Resort & Spa
JPMorgan Chase
Kentucky American Water/Windstream Communications
Kentucky Utilities Co.
Leadership Lexington Alumni
Missing Link Managed IT
PNC Bank
Powell-Walton-Milward - a Division of J. Smith Lanier
SteinGroup, LLC
The Gibson Company
University of Kentucky
Your Community Bank