Entrepreneurship

Technology entrepreneur Stacy Griggs is a high energy executive with strong leadership skills.

Stacy Griggs

President/CEO, El Toro

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

Tom Cottingham is a serial entrepreneur who builds successful publishing companies in the digital age.

Terry Forcht is a leading Kentucky entrepreneur and investor and the founder of Forcht Group of Kentucky.

Taylor Trusty loves building – be it business or digital properties.

Taylor Trusty

CEO, Blackstone Media, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and Speaker

Interviewed: 11-20-2016

Ingrid Hernandez delivers high quality design while building personalized client relationships.

Sterling Lapinski is an entrepreneur and angel investor.

Sterling A. Lapinski

Co-Founder of Genscape & Founder, Clipperdata

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Joey Wagner, Owner of the J Wagner Group, has been putting on some of the biggest events in the city of Louisville and the midwest region for the past 10 years. J. Wagner Group, a full-service event planning, marketing, and promotions firm, serves many well-known and high-end clients.

Joey Wagner

Owner & Event Planner, J Wagner Group & DerbyVIP.com

Interviewed: 12-04-2015

Ankur Gopal’s desire to make an impact has fueled his success building a technology application company.

Ankur Gopal

Founder & CEO, Interapt.com & a Google Glass Global Partner

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Since Lee W. Robinson was seven years old and constructing scale models, he has had a passion for design and building beautiful homes.

Lee W. Robinson

Owner, The Lee W. Robinson Company

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Kevin Grangier is driven by his desire to create things that make people happy.

Kevin Grangier

Restauranteur, The Village Anchor & Le Moo’ Restaurants

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Heather Howell’s desire to inspire her children and fear of failure power her in selecting her projects and in growing beverage brands.

Vickie Yates Brown brings passion to all of her projects – from shaping health care policy to the Nucleus project.

Michael Blowen’s fear of horses grew into a deep love for horses, and for saving their lives.

Michael Blowen

Founder and President, Old Friends Farm – A Thoroughbred Retirement Facility

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

Matt Jamie’s motto of “Slow. Small. Simple.” guides his company in producing high quality, bourbon-based sauces.

Matt Jamie

Founder and Owner, Bourbon Barrel Foods LLC and Bluegrass Soy Sauce Co., Ltd.

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

As the owner of Joseph’s Salon and Spa, Kelly Flint Campbell sees the growth of her staff and client relationships as her inspiration.

Kelli Campbell

President and Owner, Joseph’s Salon/ Spa

Interviewed: 03-06-2015

Elizabeth Kitzito sees her cookie business as a way to provide for her family here and in Uganda.

Elizabeth Kizito

Owner and Founder, Kizito’s Cookies

Interviewed: 12-12-2014

Matt Thornton cites his desire to win as the trait that drives him in his roles leading Thorntons and contributing to the community.

Matt Thornton

President and CEO, Thorntons Inc.

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Cathy Fyock’s belief in being true to your heart sparked her career as an author and human resources consultant.

Cathy Fyock

Human Resources and Author Consultant, Your Possibility Partner

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Challenge motivates Ed Hart, and business turnarounds meet that need for him.

Ed Hart

President & Partner, Kentucky Kingdom

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Ed Webb thrives on the challenges of business, change and growth.

Ed Webb

President and CEO, World Trade Center of Kentucky

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Saul Garcia followed his dream of seeing people enjoying themselves while sharing a meal at his own restaurant.

Saul Garcia

Co-Founder & Owner of the Los Aztecas & Sol Azteca Mexican Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Gill Holland’s curiosity has led to careers as an independent film producer, building developer, and former lawyer.

JK McKnight is the founder and captain of the Forecastle festival, a gathering of musicians, artists and activists.

J.K. McKnight

Founder, Forecastle Festival

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Sam Swope has had a historic 60 years in the automobile dealership business.

Sam Swope (1926-2014)

Founder & Chairman, Sam Swope Auto Group, LLC

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

David Easterling is a software entrepreneur engaged in a labor of love to bring back an iconic Louisville beer brand.

David Easterling

Past President & CEO, Falls City Brewing Co.

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Hal Heiner served as a vice chairman of Greater Louisville, Inc., and in 2002, he was elected to the Louisville Metro Council. On the Council, he spent eight years focusing on finding efficiencies in services, shedding light on the inner dealings of Metro Government, and finding smart ways for the community to grow and prosper.

Hal Heiner

Republican Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

John Y. Brown, Jr. credits his father as the prime motivator and confidence builder in his life, driving his later successes.

John Y. Brown Jr.

1979-1983 Governor of Kentucky & Kentucky Fried Chicken Entrepreneur

Interviewed: 07-16-2010

David Jones Sr. co-founded Humana Inc. and considers the good job opportunities and chance for success that the company ultimately provided as his greatest achievement.

A native of Ireland, Dr. T. Pearse Lyons is driven by making a difference in the world, and has built his company, Alltech, based on doing the right thing.

Dr. T. Pearse Lyons

President & Founder, ALLTECH, Inc. And 2010 Title Sponsor, FEI World Equestrian Games (held Lexington, KY.)

Interviewed: 06-11-2010

Matt Bevin’ intellectual curiosity and love of learning have led him through several career opportunities in his lifetime.

A custom builder and remodeler, Joe Pusateri thrives on challenge and using his talents to the best of his ability.

Louisville-native and restaurateur Kent Taylor has a passion for the food industry and for skiing.

Kent Taylor

Founder, Texas Roadhouse & Aspen Creek Restaurant Chains

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

A core believer in the servant leadership model, Greg Fischer is a successful businessman and civic leader in Louisville, Ky.

Greg Fischer

Entrepreneur & 2008 U.S. Senate Democratic Candidate

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney is an American educator, lawyer, businesswoman and public servant driven by seeing the achievements of students and the impact education has on their lives and their families.

Dr. Jo Ann Rooney

Past President, Spalding University (2002-2010)

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Darryl Isaacs is a family man who learned his work ethic from his father.

Darryl Isaacs

Attorney, Isaacs & Isaacs (aka “The Heavy Hitter”)

Interviewed: 08-08-2008

Brenda Light's desire is to help women not only look and feel their best but to empower them as well.

Brenda Light

Former Owner, Light Touch Day Spa (1981-2009)

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

Chef Dean Corbett

Proprietor & Chef of Jack’s, Equus, & Corbett’s Restaurants

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

John Yarmuth has dedicated his life to public service so that he can make a difference for others.

Deepak Tiwari lives by the motto: wish, will, and determination is the law of success.

Deepak “D.T.” Tiwari

Indian-Born American Entrepreneur

Interviewed: 03-07-2007

Heather French Henry is inspired by hard work and dedication and believes that everyone can choose to make a difference with the time they have.

Jim Host loves Kentucky and he believes it has more potential than any other state in the country.

Jim Host

Former Kentucky Commerce Secretary & Founder of Host Communications

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Making a difference is what drives Jack Guthrie.

Jack Guthrie

Founder, Guthrie-Mayes Public Relations

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

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