Kentucky appointees to the Ohio River Bridges Bi-State Authority
Gov. Beshear's appointments include:
Joe Prather, former secretary, Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC).
Prather has a long record of public service, including 19 years in the General Assembly and an appointment as secretary of the Finance and Administration Cabinet under former Gov. Brereton Jones. Prather left KYTC on Sept. 30, 2009.
Charles Buddeke, president, Buddeke Industries Inc.
Buddeke has previously served as executive director of the Louisville and Jefferson County Office of Economic Development, president and CEO of the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce and publisher of Louisville magazine. He currently serves on the boards of the Louisville Metro Parks Foundation, the Greater Louisville Inc. Advanced Manufacturing Network, The Bridges Coalition and the University of Louisville's Logistics Distribution Institute.
Jamie Fiepke, president and CEO, the Kentucky Motor Transport Association (KMTA).
As president of KMTA, Fiepke has worked with a variety of industry groups and state and federal administrators on improving highway safety and continuing the trend of reducing highway fatalities involving commercial motor vehicles. He has more than 15 years experience in the retail and trucking industry.
Mayor Abramson's appointments include:
Sandra Frazier, founding and managing member, Tandem Public Relations.
Frazier, a director of the Brown-Forman Co. and Commonwealth Bank and Trust Co., is an active community leader and philanthropist.
Dr. Charles Moyer, dean, University of Louisville College of Business and Public Administration.
Moyer, an expert on the cost of capital and related issues, has published more than 80 articles on issues including leasing, public utility regulation and finance, corporate governance, and cost of capital during nearly four decades in higher education.
Joe Reagan, CEO, Greater Louisville Inc., the metro chamber of commerce.
Reagan has been a leading force in the business community's support for the Ohio River Bridges Project to continue the safety and free flow of traffic essential to the economic vitality of both Kentucky and Indiana.
Benjamin Richmond, president and CEO, Louisville Urban League.
Richmond has been an active participant in the research and planning of the Ohio River Bridges Project for the past decade, including serving on citizen panels during development of the Environmental Impact Statement for the project.
Indiana appointees to the Ohio River Bridges Bi-State Authority
Kerry M Stemler is President and CEO of KM STEMLER CO INC, a commercial and industrial general contracting firm operating in the Southern Indiana/Metro Louisville KY markets. Kerry is President and CEO of KM STEMLER TRUCKING INC, a specialized interstate hauler of heavy construction equipment, industrial forklifts and machinery primarily in the states of Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee. He is an owner/member of several commercial real estate property leasing & development companies in the region. Properties leased and developed include Class A office space, truck terminals, commercial warehousing and advanced manufacturing facilities.
Kerry is a member of the Board of Directors of Community Bank Shares (a multi-state bank holding company), Your Community Bank, Floyd Memorial Hospital Foundation,, ONE Southern Indiana, Greater Louisville Inc, Indiana State Chamber of Commerce, Regional Leadership Coalition, Louisville Zoo, Conexus Indiana and Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network (chairman). He serves on the Audit Committee and Compensation Committee of Community Bank Shares. He serves as Chairman of the Executive Committee of the Advanced Manufacturing and Logistics Network, Conexus Indiana and the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce. He is Past-Chairman of One Southern Indiana and Floyd Memorial Hospital Foundation Board. He is past Vice-Chairman of Business Development Committee through the Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce and past President of Southern Indiana Chamber of Commerce. He previously served on the Board of Directors of BridgePointe Services and Goodwill Industries and Carnegie Center of Art & History where he served as past president of both organizations.
Kerry lives in Clark County.
Pat Byrne has over 37 years experience in public accounting. He maintains a general practice with concentrations and extensive experience in taxation, business consulting, mergers and acquisitions, wealth transfer, business transition, strategic planning, business valuations, litigation support, and business financing. He possesses a strong background in management consulting, particularly in assisting a business to focus on long-term vision, and often helps both new and established businesses to obtain financing. Pat's a graduate of Bellarmine College (now Bellarmine University) in 1972 with a B.A. in Accounting, Pat is licensed to practice as a CPA in Kentucky and Indiana. He is a graduate of Leadership Southern Indiana. Professional memberships include the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, The Kentucky Society of Certified Public Accountants, and the Indiana CPA Society.
Pat lives in Floyd County.
Jerry Finn is the Executive Director of the Horseshoe Foundation of Floyd County and a program consultant of the Youth Philanthropy Initiative of Indiana. A nationally recognized trainer, author, and consultant, he is a regular columnist for Top Music Countdown of Cornerstone Media, Inc. Published works include Building Youth Ministry in the Parish by St. Mary's Press, Morality and Decisions Leaders Guide, by Silver Burdett Ginn, and is a contributing author to The Asset Builders Guide for Youth Leadership, by Search Institute and Youth As Philanthropists by CPY, Inc. along with articles in various national publications. Finn serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Youth Institute, the New Albany-Floyd County Education Foundation, the Youth Count Initiative, New Albany Rotary and is a member of the Community Solutions Team of the Floyd County Metro United Way.
Jerry lives in Clark County.
Lisa Hailey Kobe is a native of Jeffersonville, Indiana. She graduated from Jeffersonville High School in 1973 and Indiana University Southeast in New Albany, Indiana in 1977.
She is Manager, State Government Relations for Indiana and has worked for Duke Energy and its predecessor companies, PSI Energy and Cinergy, since 1988. Prior to joining Duke Energy, Ms. Kobe worked for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana House of Representatives Republican staff.
Because of her involvement in government affairs and public policy, The Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer in 2000 named Lisa Kobe as one of the community's "Women to Watch."
Ms. Kobe has been active in numerous civic and community affairs. She currently serves on the Marion County Metropolitan Development Commission as an appointee of Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard. The Commission deals with zoning, planning and economic development issues.
She also serves on the Development Committee of the Arc of Indiana.
In addition to her current community involvement, Ms. Kobe formerly served on the Immaculate Heart of Mary School Commission, the board of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series, St. Elizabeth's Maternity and Adoptive Services board and the board of, Leukemia Society, Indiana Chapter.
She and her husband, Ken, reside in Indianapolis. They have two children, Ellen, a student at DePauw University and David, a student at Brebeuf Jesuit.
Lisa lives in Marion County.
Steven R. Schultz currently serves as in-house counsel to First Financial Bank in Columbus, Indiana, which acquired the assets of Irwin Union Bank and Trust in September 2009. Prior to that time, Mr. Schultz had served as general counsel for Irwin Financial Corporation, Irwin Union's parent company, since January 2006. He formerly served as chief counsel to Governor Daniels during the Governor's first term in office.
Prior to joining Irwin Financial originally in 2002, Mr. Schultz practiced law at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson in London and at Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis.
Mr. Schultz graduated from Indianapolis Manual High School in 1984. He attended Butler University, where he studied history and political science and played football on two Heartland Conference championship teams. After graduating summa cum laude from Butler in 1988, he served as an aide to Governor Bob Orr until the end of the Orr Administration in January 1989.
He received his law degree from Yale in 1992 and a post-graduate law degree from the University of Cambridge in 1993.
Mr. Schultz serves on the Indiana Finance Authority and on the Board of Visitors of the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences at Butler.
Steve lives in Bartholomew County.
David C. Tharp is Executive Secretary-Treasurer/Business Manager for the Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters. Raised in northern Indiana, Dave, age 50, is the son of a Baptist minister. Married to the love of his life – Candy, for 30 years, they have 4 children – 3 sons and 1 daughter. Following in their fathers footsteps, by learning their trade through apprenticeship, their two oldest sons are a carpenter and an electrician.
A carpenter since 1978, Dave has always been an advocate for training. He began his carpenter's apprenticeship in 1978, graduated in 1982, and currently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Indiana/Kentucky Regional Council of Carpenters Joint Apprenticeship and Training Fund.
Dave's hobbies include a passion for aviation, and the outdoors.
Dave lives in Johnson County.
Diane Fischer is founder and President of L & D Mail Masters, Inc. located in New Albany, Indiana. In 1986, Fischer and her partner set out to change the local Direct Mail vendor scene by starting L & D Mail Masters, Inc. A spare bedroom in Diane's home, the family minivan, folding machine, computer, postage meter and entrepreneurial spirits fueled L & D's growth the first few months. After mornings filled with sales pitches in business suits and high heels, the women traded the heels for sneakers to complete the jobs and unload at the post office dock in the afternoon. In 1990, Fischer acquired her partner's share of L & D Mail Masters. The present day company has transitioned into a full service direct marketing service provider with a thriving 180,000 square foot campus and a staff of 110 employees.
Diane has also always seen a need for involvement in community success as well as professional success. She has served on many non-profit boards including One Southern Indiana and New Albany-Floyd County School Foundation.
Diane lives in Floyd County.
Pete King is an attorney from Columbus. No further information supplied.