Role Models

As bodybuilder, Ferrigno won IFBB Mr. America title & 2 consecutive IFBB Mr. Universe titles & appeared in bodybuilding documentary Pumping Iron. As actor, he is best known for his title role in the CBS TV series The Incredible Hulk.

Lou Ferrigno

American bodybuilder best known as “the Incredible Hulk”- Galaxycon

Interviewed: 11-22-2019

Take Me Home is a not for profit, volunteer-based foundation that has been saving the lives of homeless animals since 2001.

Phil was a very close friend with Founder Brandon McGuinness, who sadly died at age 27 in 2007. Fuck Cancer - F C Cancer Foundation, a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Visit the Fuck Cancer homepage to show your support at www.fuckcancer.org/

Braylyn Stewart, who creates under the artist name Resko, is a mural artist, tattoo artist & conceptual artist living & working in Louisville.

Braylyn Resko Stewart

Mural Artist- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Pioneers of the big beat genre & innovators of 1990's electronica movement & now ambassadors of the American electronic sound. Once a duo-alongside now retired Ken Jordan, today The Crystal Method lives & breaths as a solo act with co-founder Scott Kirkland at the helm.

Scott Kirkland

Founder-The Crystal Method-Electronic Dance Music "Royalty"- Louder Than Life

Interviewed: 09-27-2019

Amanda has been a judge on Chopped, battled Bobby Flay on Iron Chef America, & competed for title of America’s Next Iron Chef. Her passion for food was fostered by everyone from her grandparents to her high school home economics teacher.

Amanda Freitag

Chef and Author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Chef Rusty is the executive chef for Zac Brown Brand & host of the renowned pre-concert dinner party, the “Eat & Greet.” Rusty’s most recent accolade was securing a spot as a finalist on season 13 of Food Network Star while continuing to tour around the country with Zac Brown Band.

Rusty HamlIn

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Winner of the Cochon 555 nose-to-tail competition, he was the Best New Chef award by Food & Wine magazine. In May 2014, he was honored with the James Beard Foundation award for Best Chef: Northeast, & named 2016 Massachusetts Exec. Chef of the Year.

Jamie Bissonnette

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-22-2019

Born & raised in Los Angeles, CA., Brooke Williamson has carved out an impressive résumé full of leading roles & professional achievement, such as being the youngest female chef to ever cook at the James Beard House & winning Bravo’s “Top Chef” Season 14 in Charleston.

Brooke Williamson

Chef and Restauranteur- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Graham Elliot an award-winning chef, restaurateur, television personality & cookbook author. “Food to me, in one word, is ‘creativity’ or ‘expression.’ It’s simple, ‘This is who I am at this point in time, & this is what I want to cook for you.”

Graham Elliot

Chef, restauranteur, television personality and cookbook author- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-21-2019

Her deep love for farm life, as well as her many years working her family’s land, have given her invaluable insight into growing the wide variety of crops used in Jeptha Creed’s products. It has also inspired the distillery’s distinct ground-to-glass maxim.

Joyce Nethery

Co-Owner & Master Distiller- Jeptha Creed Distllery- Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Amythyst’s commanding stage presence is matched by her raw & powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant & restless past.

Amythyst Kiah

Eclectic Musical Artist-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Chef Jose Salazar was born in Colombia South America & was raised in Queens NY. Chef Salazar got his start in restaurants as a bartender & waiter at some of New York’s hottest establishments.

Jose Salazar

Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

Michael has been recognized as one of Food & Wine’s Best New Chefs 2013, winner of Bravo’s Top Chef, and hosted the Travel Channel series 

Michael Voltaggio

American Chef & Restauranteur-Bourbon & Beyond

Interviewed: 09-20-2019

His richly textured voice is capable of conveying the true emotion of a lyric. Guthrie has opened concerts for the likes of Ed Sheeran, & Selena Gomez, & has performed on ABC’s Dancing with the Stars as well as NBC’s Today Show & The Tonight Show.

Noah Guthrie

Country Music Artist-Hometown Rising

Interviewed: 09-14-2019

Robert is motivated by the form that a dancer gains from training in the traditions of classical ballet, where respect & discipline can facilitate breathtaking strength & freedom.

Robert Curran

Exec./Artistic Director of the Louisville Ballet

Interviewed: 08-30-2019

Since the age of 11, Alex has been leading a bipartisan effort in the Kentucky legislature to end the use of corporal punishment in schools. Alex's MoxieTalk was conducted @ the age of 15, making Alex BY FAR, the youngest guest ever featured on MoxieTalk with Kirt Jacobs.

Josh celebrates the brilliance & strength of marginalized people including LGBTQ+ & Black communities through photography & collaborative storytelling.

Lee has published over 1300 poems in more than 300 magazines in America & abroad. Produced 9 plays, wrote the script for The Moonshine War (MGM, 1970, starring Alan Alda, Richard Widmark, etc.), & has published thousands of articles & short stories in everything from Playgirl to Mountain Life & Work.

Lee Pennington

Poet and Documentarian

Interviewed: 05-31-2019

She collects, curates exhibitions, writes, lectures, & appraises fine quilts. Zegart has curated many exhibits in the U.S. & abroad, & lectures on all aspects of quilt history & aesthetics.

Namm has been written about in The New York Times, The Economist, Slate, Business Week, Scientific American, The Atlantic & more. Naam is also the multi-award-winning author of five books, including "The Nexus Trilogy" science fiction novels.

Ramez Naam

Futurist & Computer Scientist

Interviewed: 05-21-2019

American multi-instrumentalist, singer, & composer who was a founding member of alternative rock band R.E.M.

Mike Mills

Co-Founder-Alternative Rock Band R.E.M.

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Lead vocalist of the duo Sugarland, alongside Kristian Bush. She sang eth national anthem at the 145th KY. Derby in 2019. Prior to this, she also charted as a duet partner on the country version of rock band Bon Jovi's 2006 single "Who Says You Can't Go Home," a # 1 hit on the  Billboard country charts.

Jennifer Nettles

Lead Vocalist of Duo-Sugarland & American Country Music Singer, Songwriter, & Actress

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

American singer, songwriter, & musician from Harlan, KY. Smith began singing in his church choir & continued through his college education. In 2015 he gained natnl. recognition when he won season 9 of the singing competition The Voice.

Jordan Smith

American Singer, Songwriter, & Musician

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

former American & Canadian football QB who played professionally for 23 seasons. He spent the majority of his career with the Houston Oilers of the National Football League (NFL) and the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Moon also played for the Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, and Kansas City Chiefs in the NFL.

Warren Moon

(1984-2000) Retired NFL Football Player

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

In her role as Asst. Master Distiller, McCall will continue working under the direction of Master Distiller Chris Morris on the innovation & the development of new products within Woodford Reserve.

Elizabeth McCall

Asst. Master Distiller-Brown-Forman/Woodford Reserve

Interviewed: 05-04-2019

Trained 2015 Triple Crown winner American Pharoah & 2018 Triple Crown winner Justify. Baffert has won 5 KY Derbies, 7 Preakness Stakes, 3 Belmont Stakes, & 3 KY. Oaks.

Bob Baffert

Legendary American Racehorse Trainer & 2018 & 2015 Triple Crown Winner

Interviewed: 05-03-2019

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

2007 recipient of the Bobby Bowden Award, a natl. honor presented by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes & played college football at Univ. of KY. & was drafted by the Indianapolis Colts in the 4th round of the 2008 NFL Draft. Tamme also played for the Denver Broncos & Atlanta Falcons.

Jacob Tamme

(2008-2016) retired NFL player & University of KY. Athletics Hall of Fame

Interviewed: 05-02-2019

Conrad worked his way through the ranks, rising to Asst. Chief in the LPD & later an Asst. Chief in the newly merged Louisville Metro Police Dept. (LMPD). As a Lieutenant Colonel with the LMPD, Conrad was Commander of the Administrative Bureau. Chief Conrad left the LMPD in 2005 to become Chief of the Glendale (AZ) Police Dept.

Chief Steve Conrad

Louisville Metro Chief of Police

Interviewed: 05-01-2019

Her dissertation focused on social networks of parents of students with autism as a proxy measure of social capital. Previously, Dr. Gallagher supervised programming for children with autism & trained school/district/state/national groups of professionals on Evidence Based Practices (EBPs).

Trisha Gallagher, Ed.D.

Administrative Specialist, Exceptional Child Education for the Jeff. Co. Public School System

Interviewed: 03-29-2019

Dr. Tuckson in 1995 organized The African-American Health Initiative, Inc, (TAAHI). The goal of TAAHI was to improve the "health IQ" or "health literacy” & encourage & foster more responsible participation, by patients, in their own healthcare.

Dr. Wayne B. Tuckson, MD, FACS, FASCRS

Former President- Greater Louisville Medical Society

Interviewed: 03-08-2019

His passion for handcrafted quality is matched only by his dedication to his family. Peerless has remained in family hands for five generations, & the business is now bonded to stay in the family for at least five more generations.

Corky Taylor

Chairman & Founder of Kentucky Peerless Distilling Company

Interviewed: 01-25-2019

Since 1984, Greg has served 35+ years with the Louisville Redbirds, Louisville RiverBats & now Louisville Bats in many diverse roles.

Greg Galiette

Senior Vice President-Louisville Bats Baseball Club, Inc.

Interviewed: 12-14-2018

As President Texas Roadhouse, Inc., which owns & operates more than 575 restaurants in 49 states & 9 countries, Scott joined TX. Roadhouse in 2002 as the Chief Financial Officer-“CFO” & was promoted to Pres. in 2011

Scott Colosi

Former President- Texas Roadhouse Restaurants (2011-2019)

Interviewed: 12-14-2018

Kilburn became fascinated with the art of distillation during college and claimed it to be the perfect balance of chemistry, biology, & physics. His fascination led him to obsessively research the process & science of distillation.  

Caleb Kilburn

Head Distiller, Kentucky Peerless Distilling Co.

Interviewed: 11-09-2018

Smith has won the most Breeders' Cup races of any jockey with 26 Breeders' Cup wins. Smith also is the 2nd leading jockey of all time in earnings with over $300 million. In 2018, Smith rode Justify to the Triple Crown, becoming the oldest jockey to win the title at age 52.

Mike E. Smith

2018 Triple Crown Winning American Jockey

Interviewed: 10-30-2018

Prior to Dick’s philanthropic efforts, he served in the Vietnam War as a combat photographer & graduated from the University of Louisville.

Today the Healing Place campus is expanding & has several thousand alumni with a 75% recovery rate.

Learn more about what makes this multi-instrumentalist sisters' act tick by creating their own brand of Roots Rock 'n' Roll: gritty, soulful, and flavored by their southern heritage.

Larkin Poe

Singer/Songwriting Sisters and Multi-Instrumentalist Duo

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn what makes Michael tick, when after picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel him forward towards early success., and how he didn't let his blindness deter his musical aspirations.

Michael Cleveland

& The Flamekeepers - Musician, & 2018 National Fiddler Hall of Fame recipient

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

I’m not a stay-at-home wife. I’m an investor in real estate, the tech sector, & lifestyle brands.

Fawn Weaver

Bestselling Author & Co-Founder/Historian Uncle Nearest 1856 Whiskey

Interviewed: 09-22-2018

Learn the story behind how Terry laid the foundation to his now legendary 1985 move to WHAS-Radio.

Terry Meiners

Louisville’s Legendary Broadcasting Icon & WHAS Radio & WHAS-TV Personality

Interviewed: 08-24-2018

Learn more about Mark's career as a licensed marriage & family therapist (LMFT) & COO & Co-Founder of The InnerView Counseling & Consultation Services.

Mark Parrish

Co-Founder of The InnerView Counseling & Consultation Services

Interviewed: 07-20-2018

Learn why host Kirt Jacobs considers Jack "the guest that got away."

Jack Hughes Jacobs (1935-2018)

“The Guest That Got Away”…

Interviewed: 02-12-2018

Learn why Time.com called him the “reigning intellectual of the evangelical movement in the U.S.”

Dr. R. Albert Mohler, Jr.

President, Southern Baptist Theological Seminary

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

Dr. Parsley holds Bd. Certifications from American Bd. of Dermatology, Dermatopathology, of Hair Restoration Surgery AND holds his ACLA certification.

Dr. William 'Bill' M. Parsley

Dermatologist & Founder of the Parsley Waldman Hair Center

Interviewed: 12-10-2017

Prior to serving as KY.’s 61st Governor overseeing a $10 billion enterprise with over 30,000 employees, Steve served as Attorny Genl. from 1979-83 & LT. Gov. from 1983-87, as well as a KY. House of Reps from 1973-79. In 1987, prior to his 1st term as Governor in 2007, he joined the Stites & Harbison law firm & supervised the firm’s Lexington, KY. office.

Flynn had plans to go into medicine, not to mention his 15 years of military service in the U.S. Army, as well as being based out of Landstuhl, Germany from 2002-2007, but let’s back up, Flynn decided to go into medical equipment & pharmaceutical sales instead, changing the course of his professional life.

Dr. Joseph Flynn

Executive Director & Physician-in-Chief, Norton Cancer Institute (NCI)

Interviewed: 12-08-2017

How publishing her first work at 10 years old led writer Angela Burton to “Feet to Fire”.

Learn how Cynthia overcame crushing grief & how a Motown co-founder inspired the creation of Solid Light.

Cynthia Torp

President/Owner, Solid Light, Inc. (A 100% Woman-Owned Business)

Interviewed: 11-05-2017

Learn how Dr. Allan Parnell rose from a rural one-room schoolhouse to create a trucking empire.

With Maryhurst more than 43 years, Judy is nationally recognized for her work with children who are survivors of abuse & neglect. Since 1990, she has served as Pres. & CEO of Maryhurst, a nonprofit dedicated to ending the cycle of abuse for kids & families in KY.

Judy Lambeth

CEO, MaryHurst

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

How Amy Leenerts overcame childhood sexual abuse to train the public to recognize and prevent human trafficking.

Amy Leenerts

Founder/Director of Free2Hope.org

Interviewed: 11-03-2017

William Kellibrew IV is an international advocate for civil, human, women, children, and victims’ rights.

William Kellibrew IV

International Advocate for Civil, Human, Women, Children, and Victims’ Rights

Interviewed: 09-28-2017

In 1999, Claypool founded Bulldogs in the Bluegrass. a program that provides summer internships in Louisville, Kentucky for Yale undergraduates. Since it began, Bulldogs in the Bluegrass has brought over 570 Yalies to experience Louisville through a total immersion experience. Of those, many have returned to Louisville for full-time employment after graduation.

Rowan Claypool

‎Founder and President, Teach Kentucky

Interviewed: 09-27-2017

Anshu Gupta, popularly known as the Clothing Man, is the Founder of an India-based nonprofit Goonj and one of India’s leading social entrepreneurs.

Anshu Gupta

Founder, India-based Nonprofit Goonj & One of India’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Nat Irvin, II has taught change management, leadership, future studies, and team dynamics since 2007.

Nat Irvin II

Author, Innovator, Futurist, Teacher, Commentator & Founder of Thrivals at IdeaFestival

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Wendy Whelan spent 30 years with New York City Ballet, 23 of those years as principal dancer.

Wendy Whelan

Principal Dancer, New York City Ballet

Interviewed: 09-26-2017

Fueled by new ideas, Kris Kimel began IdeaFestival and KSTC.

Kris Kimel

Founder, IdeaFestival®, and President, Kentucky Science & Technology Corporation (KSTC)

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

Acting is a calling for Ryan Burch.

Ryan Burch

Actor and Student at the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art

Interviewed: 08-27-2017

A passion for life drives Kinsey Morrison to make a difference.

For Mary Haynes, meeting the needs of long-term memory impaired people is a calling.

Mary Haynes

President and CEO, Nazareth Home

Interviewed: 07-28-2017

Robbie Bartlett’s signature voice spans R&B, soul and jazz.

Robbie Bartlett

Band Leader, The Robbie Bartlett Band

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

Creativity, curiosity and discipline define Delanor Manson’s accomplishments across many fields.

Delanor Manson

Senior Healthcare Executive, Manson and Associates LLC, and Retired U.S. Navy Captain

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

The desire to serve her community and have a greater impact on more people fuels Theresa Reno-Weber to excel.

Theresa Reno-Weber

President and CEO, Metro United Way, and Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard

Interviewed: 03-24-2017

A passion for service fuels Jerry Abramson.

Abby Drane leads Uspiritus, whose mission is healing the hearts and minds of vulnerable youth and their families.

Conrad Bachmann’s career spans four decades and hundreds of roles.

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Louisville International Festival of Films, and Hollywood Actor

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

Amanda Duffy’s desire to break boundaries and her competitive spirit to succeed drive her every day.

Amanda Duffy

Past President, Louisville City FC (Football Club)

Interviewed: 10-14-2016

A competitive spirit drives Chris Morris in his pursuit for excellence as a master distiller.

Chris Morris

Master Distiller, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 11-15-2015

Dan McDonnell loves to compete, loves to win, and loves seeing the growth in his players as he coaches the University of Louisville baseball team.

Coach Dan McDonnell

Head Coach, University of Louisville Men’s Baseball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

Jeff Walz has a passion for excellence that drives him as the head coach of the University of Louisville Women’s basketball team.

Coach Jeff Walz

Head Coach, University of Louisville NCAA Women’s Basketball

Interviewed: 11-13-2015

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

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick John Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

Love for family drives both Patrick John Hughes and his son, Patrick Henry Hughes, to expand possibilities.

Patrick Henry Hughes

Inspirational Father and Son Leadership Story

Interviewed: 08-21-2015

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

Katie George sees her daily challenge to make herself and others better.

Katie George

2015 Miss Kentucky USA

Interviewed: 07-26-2015

The 1993 tragic murder of their daughter, Mary, thrust Pat Byron and her husband, John, into advocacy work for domestic violence victims.

Jim Allen cites leadership by example as his style leading Hilliard Lyons.

Louisville-native Scotty Davenport is enjoying a notable career as a basketball coach in his own hometown.

Coach “Scotty” Davenport

Head Coach, Bellarmine University Men’s Basketball Team (2005-)

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Dean Corbett is passionate about seeing people enjoy themselves.

Rowan Claypool is a social entrepreneur who believes that young knowledge economy workers are the future to prosperous communities.

Rowan Claypool

Founder, “Bulldogs in the Bluegrass”

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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