Episodes

211 Episodes

Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is an American politician, Christian minister, author, musician and commentator.

Governor Mike Huckabee

Politician, Former Governor of Arkansas (1996-2007)

Interviewed: 04-24-2017

Wes Henderson co-created Angel’s Envy craft bourbon.

Wes Henderson

Co-Founder and Chief Innovations Officer, Angel’s Envy® Distillery

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

A passion for wellness fuels Carlos Rivas.

Carlos Rivas

Director of Fitness and Wellness Operations, Proformance Fitness and Wellness

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

Dr. Brad Calobrace is a leader in the field of cosmetic breast surgery.

Dr. M. Bradley Calobrace, MD, FACS

Plastic Surgeon, Calobrace & Mizuguchi Plastic Surgery Center

Interviewed: 04-23-2017

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

Robbie Bartlett

Band Leader, The Robbie Bartlett Band

Interviewed: 03-26-2017

For 20 years, Mike Berry has been at the helm of the Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF), one of the nation’s largest and most notable civic celebrations.

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

Stacy Griggs

President/CEO, El Toro

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

Peng Looi followed his heart and became a world-class chef.

Chef Peng S. Looi

Partner/Executive Chef of Asiatique Restaurant and August Moon Chinese Bistro

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.

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

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

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

Ian Derrer leads the Kentucky Opera, fueled by a lifelong love of opera.

Ian Derrer

General Director, Kentucky Opera

Interviewed: 12-02-2016

Donald E. Lassere leads the Muhammad Ali Center and fosters its mission of building and expanding on the Center’s educational programs, partnerships, and other outreach initiatives.

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

Taylor Trusty

CEO, Blackstone Media, Digital Marketing Entrepreneur and Speaker

Interviewed: 11-20-2016

James O’Connor is a former professional soccer player and is head coach of Louisville City FC.

Coach James O'Connor

Head Coach, Louisville City FC (Football Club)

Interviewed: 11-20-2016

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

Conrad Bachmann

Founder, Louisville International Film Festival, 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

Mitch McConnell has served as U.S. Senate majority leader since 2015. He is only the second Kentuckian to serve as majority leader in the Senate; the first, Alben Barkley, led the Democrats from 1937 to 1947.

Senator Mitch McConnell

United States Senator (1984-Present) Majority Leader (2015-Present)

Interviewed: 08-31-2016

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

Donald M. Vowels is a psychotherapist and spiritual counselor with Body, Mind, Spirit Health and Wellness in Louisville. He has an extensive resume in psychotherapy, theology and social work.

Dr. Donald M. Vowels (1953-2017)

Psychotherapist, Spiritual Counselor

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Sterling Lapinski is an entrepreneur and angel investor.

Sterling A. Lapinski

Co-Founder of Genscape & Founder, Clipperdata

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

When Nina Moseley talks about her work helping those in poverty, her eyes light up with hope and her enthusiasm fills the room.

Nina Moseley

Chief Operating Officer​, Wayside Christian Mission

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Mitzi Friedlander has spent much of her career bringing stories to life for the blind. After 50 years of recording books, Friedlander holds the record for most talking book titles narrated for the National Library Service.

Rebecca Eaves saves and protects animals suffering from abuse and neglect.

Rebecca Eaves

President, The Arrow Fund (Animal Welfare Organization)

Interviewed: 04-01-2016

Barry Denton is passionate about his hometown of Louisville.

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

Gale Lively always felt her job was to help people excel in their jobs.

Gale Lively

Executive V.P. (retired), Louisville Apartment Association

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

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

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

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

Tom Jurich cites his motivation to do things right and see results as he leads athletic programs at the University of Louisville.

Tom Jurich

Vice President and Director of Athletics, University of Louisville

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.

Driven by conscience and seeing challenges as possibilities drive Jackie Ford as she leads the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Jackie Ford

CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Emily Cleveland has a passion for helping children see past disability through friendship.

Emily Cleveland​

Kentucky State Director, Best Buddies International

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

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

David Nicholson learned the importance of community involvement from his late father, Jefferson County Circuit Court Judge S. Rush Nicholson.

David Nicholson

Circuit Court Clerk, Jefferson County, Kentucky

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

Creativity in food, atmosphere and service fuel John Varanese in his career as chef and restaurant owner.

John Varanese

Chef and Restaurateur, Varanese, River House, and Levee Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-23-2015

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

Terri Foster knew from a young age she had musical gifts, and now seeks to use her gifts to help other young people develop theirs.

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.

Tyrone Cotton’s love of music and desire to create fuels his music and the songs he writes.

Tyrone Cotton

Singer, Songwriter and Musician, Tyrone Cotton Band

Interviewed: 04-17-2015

Robin Miller grew up in a family active in politics and the community, spurring her to serve in the public sector.

A love for horticulture inspired Lee Squires in his career managing the 300-acre Cave Hill Cemetery in Louisville, Ky.

Lee Squires

President and CEO (Retired), Cave Hill Cemetery Co., Inc.

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Diane Medley and her business partner founded their CPA firm to treat people in a way that they can achieve their dreams.

Fun and the challenge of creating a sense of wonderment drive Louisville-native Wayne Hettinger to create memorable events on a grand scale.

Wayne Hettinger

Producer and Originator, Thunder Over Louisville

Interviewed: 03-27-2015

Major General (retired) Robert S. Silverthorn Jr. credits growing up in a military family as his inspiration and drive to achieve excellence.

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

Terry Taylor’s drive to bring peace to communities, through understanding each other’s differences, powers his work.

Terry Taylor

Executive Director (Retired), Interfaith Paths to Peace (IPP)

Interviewed: 03-06-2015

Karen Morrison sees her job as president and CEO of Gilda’s Club as winning the job lottery.

Pam Darnall focuses her professional life on helping children and families facing abuse and violence.

Pam Darnall

President and CEO, Family & Children’s Place

Interviewed: 01-30-2015

A commitment to environmental responsibility as a principle of her faith powers everything Heather Warman does.

Judge Erica Lee Williams sees discipline and community service as core values grounding her career.

Judge Erica Lee Williams

District Court Judge, 30th Judicial District in Division 17

Interviewed: 12-12-2014

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

Summer Auerbach is committed to local independent businesses and leads Rainbow Blossom Natural Foods.

Dr. Donna Hargens’ unwavering belief that every child can learn serves her as she leads the country’s 28th largest school system, with more than 101,000 students and nearly 17,000 teachers and staff.

Donna Hargens

Former Superintendent, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS)-(2011-2017)

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

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

Jim Allen

President and CEO, Hilliard Lyons

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

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

Christen Boone is a community connector, social entrepreneur, and leader in nonprofit development and strategic philanthropy.

Christen Boone

President and CEO, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Tom Partridge thrives on helping businesses secure capital for projects that will have a positive impact on their communities.

Tom Partridge

President and CEO, Fifth Third Bank Kentucky

Interviewed: 10-10-2014

Tom Fawbush began in broadcasting as a teenager.

Tom Fawbush

WBNA TV 21 General Manager

Interviewed: 08-15-2014

Tim Laird loves interacting with people and sharing experiences with food and beverage.

Tim Laird

“C.E.O” Chief Entertainment Officer, Brown-Forman Corporation

Interviewed: 08-15-2014

Dawne Gee grew up dreaming of working in communications.

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

Ed Hart

President & Partner, Kentucky Kingdom

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Dr. James Calleroz White wakes up every morning excited about how education constantly changes to stay relevant to a student’s future.

Dr. James Calleroz White

Head of School, Louisville Collegiate School

Interviewed: 04-11-2014

Dan Rivers sees each day as an opportunity to “do better” and make a contribution.

Dan Rivers

Managing Partner & President, Northwestern Mutual-Louisville

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

Marty Storch’s competitive nature and commitment to continual improvement shape his contributions at the Louisville Metro Parks department.

Jennifer Adrio desires to do meaningful work and make a positive impact on her community.

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

Chef Edward Lee wakes every morning with a passion for his work, and for learning and discovering new things.

Ed Lee

Internationally Renowned Chef & Founder of 610 Magnolia & Milkwood Restaurants

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Vincenzo Gabriele and his brothers grew up with a love for fine dining, inspired by their father, a captain in the Merchant Marine.

Vincenzo Gabriele

Founder, Vincenzo’s Italian Restaurant

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz experienced the calling and desire to serve others through the clergy while in high school.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz

Catholic Archdiocese of Louisville

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Theatre director Les Waters’ interest in contemporary art and new plays drives him in his career.

Les Waters

Artistic Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (“ATL”)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

Mark Hogg seeks to end the global water crisis.

Mark Hogg

Waterstep Founder & CEO (Formerly EDGE Outreach)

Interviewed: 10-11-2013

The mantra “You are pure potential,” from his improv mentor, Dr. Martin de Maat, motivates Chris Hartman in his work against discrimination.

Chris Hartman

Founder & Director of the Fairness Campaign

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

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

Robert A. Davenport is passionate about helping his clients with their financial needs.

Robert Davenport

CEO, Kentucky Planning Partners & Founder, Louisville Concours d’ Elegance

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

Mark Johnson has a deep passion for the sport and spectacle of horse racing; He calls it the greatest theatre on earth.

Mark Johnson

International Horse Racing Announcer, Kentucky & Epsom Derbies

Interviewed: 04-12-2013

Lynnie Meyer, a well-known civic leader and fundraising executive in Louisville, is fueled by her commitment to the community.

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

Pastor Joe Phelps feels a call to embody God’s justice and love in the world.

Joe Phelps

Pastor, Highland Baptist Church

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

Mandy Connell is a talk radio host who credits her competitive nature as a driver to be her best.

Mandy Connell

Past Host, “Mandy Connell Show” 84 WHAS RADIO (2010-2013)

Interviewed: 12-19-2012

Troy Burden taps his inner drive to help others as the executive director of Highlands Community Ministries.

Troy D. Burden

Executive Director, Highland Community Ministries

Interviewed: 12-07-2012

Driven by the opportunity to make a difference, DeeAnna Esslinger leads the local chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Deeanna Esslinger

Senior VP of Greater Kentucky & Southern Indiana Alzheimer’s Association

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

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

Pat Gallagher creates visual art based on the connection he feels when talking with people.

Pat Gallagher

Internationally Renowned Visual Artist

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Lora Tucker loves leadership responsibility – and making a difference – and has used that love from childhood through her military career and as CEO of the Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana.

Lora Tucker

Past CEO, Girl Scouts of Kentuckiana

Interviewed: 12-02-2011

Angela McCormick Bisig is a Jefferson County district court judge who is driven to get out into the community and make a difference.

Angela McCormick Bisig

Jefferson County District Court Judge

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Growing up Derek Anderson listened to the positives around him. This drove him through his NBA career and the founding of a successful business and charitable foundation.

Derek Anderson

Entrepreneur & Former UK & Miami Heat NBA Player

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Gerald Neal credits his parents’ commitment to the community as laying the foundation for his career in politics.

KY. State Senator Gerald Neal

Commonwealth of Kentucky Senate District 33 (1989-present)

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Jeff Van Note played football eighteen years for the NFL Atlanta Falcons, the second longest for any player on one team.

Jeff Van Note

Retired Center-NFL Atlanta Falcons (1969-1986) & Broadcaster

Interviewed: 10-28-2011

Carol Haddad is driven by a desire to be a participant, not a spectator, in improving education for children.

Carol Haddad

Past Member, JCPS Board of Education (1986-2014)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

Inspired by creativity, Bruce Simpson credits the joy of life for what drives him and fuels his career in ballet.

Bruce Simpson

Past Artistic Director of Louisville Ballet (2002-2014)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

Major General Donald Storm dedicated 37½ years to serving his country with the U.S. Army.

Mjr. Genl. Donald C. Storm

Major General (Retired) United States Army

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A consistent love for sports and entertainment drives Lynn Abramson-Saltzman in her career.

Lynn Abramson-Saltzman

Past General Manager/Exclusive Marketer of the KFC YUM! Center (2011-2013)

Interviewed: 05-20-2011

A passion for the arts and to make things better by introducing new generations to the art drives Stephen Klein in his career.

Stephen Klein

Past President of The Kentucky Center for the Arts (2005-2013)

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Over the years, Kent Oyler has started 19 different business ventures and created over 1,000 jobs.

Berk Bryant is fueled by a desire to bring bluegrass and traditional country music to the world to enjoy.

Berk Bryant

“The Country Gentleman” Bluegrass Radio DJ

Interviewed: 03-25-2011

Madeline Abramson served as Louisville’s first lady for 21 years and is a tireless community volunteer.

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

Louisville-born Greg Fischer is an entrepreneur and community leader. In 2008, Fischer ran for the Kentucky Democratic Primary for the U.S. Senate and finished second among the seven candidates.

Greg Fischer

Democratic Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Jackie Green, write-in candidate for mayor of Louisville, focuses on the local economy, central neighborhoods, education, energy, quality affordable housing, local food, safety, health, downtown, and transportation.

Jackie Green

Independent Louisville Mayoral Candidate

Interviewed: 07-23-2010

Living with a core of gratitude and an attitude of caring and sharing, Bernard Trager founded and built Republic Bank, always with a heart to serve.

Ramona Johnson is driven by the desire to help those with mental illness.

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 Louisville native and self-proclaimed life-long student, Dan Jones has a vision for the future Louisville landscape. And his vision is coming to life.

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

Driven by a desire to give back drives Cathe Dykstra to lead the Family Scholar House and help families thrive.

Councilman Kevin Kramer’s compassion for people has led him to be a public servant and educator.

Kevin Kramer

Councilman District 11, Louisville Metro Council

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

Joni Jenkins is a member of the Kentucky House of Representatives and serves as chairwoman of the Jefferson County Legislative Delegation.

Joni Jenkins

Representative (D) House District 44 (1995-)

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

As in-house counsel and corporate attorney for GE Consumer and Industrial, India Jewell serves on the employee community fund board at GE, supplying grants to non-profit service organizations.

India Jewell

Past GE Consumer & Industrial’s Counsel for Commercial Law (2006-2010)

Interviewed: 08-14-2009

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

Louisville Metro Council president David Tandy is fueled by the desire to serve his community and to leave it a better place for his children.

David Tandy

Past Louisville Metro Councilman (2005-2017) & 2009 Louisville Metro Council President

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

Dale Orem has an extensive career in politics, civics, sports, and business.

Adventurer, educator and administrator Tori Muden McClure believes integrity is the hallmark of leadership.

Tori Murden McClure

World Class Rower & President, Spalding University (2010-present)

Interviewed: 07-24-2009

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

Curiosity and a love for food drive Joe Castro, best known as “Chef Joe” in his career as a nationally renowned award-winning chef.

Joe Castro

Chef & Executive Chef Training Specialist, GE Experience Center

Interviewed: 12-22-2008

Connecting people and telling stories fuel Marc Masterson as the artistic director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (ATL).

Marc Masterson

Past Artistic Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville (2000-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

After watching a close family member go through a painful bankruptcy, Mark Lamkin decided to pursue his dream of becoming a financial planner and made a promise never to let bankruptcy impact someone in his life again.

Mark Lamkin

President, Lamkin Wealth Management & Former 2005 “The Apprentice” contestant

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

Angie Fenton is an award-winning and esteemed writer driven by a passion to serve her community.

Angie Fenton

Past THE BUZZ Columnist (2005-2009), The Courier-Journal

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

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

Driven by the need for, and impact of, arts education on young people, Paul Lenzi and his wife, Geraldine, co-founded the Blue Apple Players Theatre Group a children’s theatre company.

Paul Lenzi

Past Executive Director, Blue Apple Players (1976-2015)

Interviewed: 12-05-2008

A driving curiosity about the world and the desire to be “a part of the solution” drive Denton Randall each day.

Denton Randall

Chief Development Officer, ElderServe

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Bob Hill’s motivation to do the best he can at whatever he does culminated in a storied career that began with his decision to be a writer at age 25.

Bob Hill

Retired Courier Journal Journalist (1975-2008) & Author

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Dave Stone’s passion for excellence and sharing his faith with others drives him in his role as senior minister at Southeast Christian Church.

Dave Stone

Senior Minister, Southeast Christian Church

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Driven by the desire to make a contribution to his community, Louisville-native Tom Owen serves as councilman for Metro Council District 8 in his hometown.

Tom Owen

Past Louisville Metro Councilman (2002-2017) & University of Louisville Archivist

Interviewed: 10-17-2008

Bill McNulty is an actor and director who has performed internationally, and enjoys a grounded life with a love for his work and his family.

William “Bill” McNulty

Resident Actor & Director, Actors Theatre of Louisville

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

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

Pat Day is a legendary American jockey in thoroughbred horse racing.

Pat Day

Retired Horse Racing Jockey (1976-2005) & 1992 Kentucky Derby Winner

Interviewed: 09-26-2008

Dr. Wayne Creighton prides himself in helping those trapped in addiction regain hope and reclaim their lives.

Dr. Wayne Creighton

President & CEO, Interlink Counseling Services

Interviewed: 08-08-2008

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

Jim King believes that success breeds success and that as he achieves more, he is able to do more things for more people.

Councilman Jim King (1951-2015)

Past President & CEO, King Southern Bank & 2008 Louisville Metro Council President

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

Georgia Davis Powers learned early life that to make changes you must be empowered.

PJ Cooksey believes you should find what you are passionate about in life and go and do it.

Patricia “PJ” Cooksey

Former Female Jockey & 1984 Kentucky Derby Contender

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Ed Hamilton has always been driven by a need to create and discover something new.

Ed Hamilton

Internationally Renowned American Monument Sculptor

Interviewed: 05-30-2008

Michael Dalby is passionate about business and believes a strong and growing economy lead to a strong community.

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

Ed Glasscock is motivated by three main priorities, love of family, dedication to clients, and commitment to the community.

Jack Conway rejects complacency and is driven to move forward and accomplish his next goal in life.

Jack Conway

Former Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky (2008-2016)

Interviewed: 03-21-2008

Dr. Kevin Cosby is driven to see people grow and see their mind, life, and relationships transformed.

Chris Thieneman is a competitor who loves to dream up new scenarios and strategies for success.

Chris Thieneman

President, Thieneman Real Estate, LLC

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Denise Vasquez Troutman is passionate about her work and believes there is still so much to do.

Denise Vasquez Troutman

Past President & CEO, Center for Women & Families (2006-2011)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Terry Blackwell has devoted her life to helping people realize their potential and inner abilities.

Jennifer Bielstein loves the art form and experience of live theatre and believes that it can change people’s lives.

Jennifer Bielstein

Past Managing Director of Actors Theatre of Louisville (2006-2016)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Brian Quail is passionate about the work and mission of the American Red Cross.

Brian Quail

Past CEO, Louisville Area Chapter of the American Red Cross (2003-2009)

Interviewed: 12-05-2007

Steve Trager gets to make a positive impact every day in the lives of his associates and customers.

Glenn Hogan believes fear is a great motivator that will either paralyze you or drive you to success.

Glenn Hogan

Past President and CEO, Hogan Real Estate (1987-2016)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Dr. James Ramsey has a passion for public service and a vision for education and economic growth in Kentucky.

Diane McGraw loves to create a plan, gather the necessary resources, and watch it all come together.

Diane McGraw

Past Executive Director, Greater Louisville Sports Commission (2006-2009)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

John Harralson loves to document how people interact at community events.

John Harralson

Former Owner and Past Editor, The Voice-Tribune (1987-2005)

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Teddy Gordon loves a good fight, especially where the underdog is denied fair access and equal opportunity.

Teddy B. Gordon

Attorney, Meredith vs. Jefferson County Board of Education

Interviewed: 09-26-2007

Owsley Brown Frazier has dedicated his life and fortune to improve his hometown for future generations.

John Asher loves the sport of horse racing and is driven to make everything about Churchill Downs the best in the world.

John Asher

Vice President of Racing Communications, Churchill Downs

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Christine Johnson likes to make things happen and connect people who see opportunities to move things forward.

Ben Richmond fills a responsibility to steward his parent’s work in the civil rights movement and to further the principles and values taught by Dr. Martin Luther King.

Maria Hampton is competitive by nature and has a strong passion for success.

Sandra Frazier starts each day thinking about how she can contribute something that will make a difference.

Barbara Day draws her inspiration from being told as a little girl that she wouldn’t amount to much.

Barbara Day

Radio Host & Past Publisher, Kentuckiana Health Fitness & Healthy Woman Magazines (1997-2010)

Interviewed: 05-24-2007

Cynthia Knapek has a tremendous amount of civic pride in her hometown of Louisville and loves doing work that will impact and improve her community.

For Chuck Denny, continuous self-improvement is a driving force that motivates him every day.

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

Omar Ayyash sees himself as an ambassador and is passionate about helping people understand that the world is a global village.

Omar N. Ayyash

Executive Director, Office for International Affairs, Louisville Metro Government

Interviewed: 03-07-2007

Tyler Allen began life with a great foundation and believes that he has a responsibility to give back to the community.

Steve Higdon orients his life and career around his family, striving to be the best husband and father he can be.

Bill Weyland loves finding creative ways to solve big challenges.

Bill Samuels, Jr., is wired to achieve and seeks opportunities that have a beginning, end, and outcome.

Ed Manassah is motivated to succeed when he encounters a challenging issue.

For Denny Crum, competition is a way of life that influences everything he does.

Denny Crum

Former U of L Basketball Coach (1971-2001) & Radio Talk Show Host

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

Allan Cowen takes the long view of life and believes that life is as great as you choose it to be.

Allan Cowen

Past President & CEO, Fund for the Arts ((1976-2011)

Interviewed: 12-06-2006

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.

Paul Hornung is one of the greatest players to ever play the game of football.

Paul Hornung

1956 Heisman Trophy Winner

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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

Dr. Whitney Jones understands the preciousness of time and the need to take action on the things that are most important in life.

Dr. Whitney Jones

Founder of Colon Cancer Institute

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Francene Cucinello loves to get people talking and challenge them to think.

Francene (1964-2010)

Former-Talk Show Host, 84 WHAS

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

Growing up in Kansas, Steve Sexton learned a lot about the importance of a strong work ethic and goal setting.

Steve Sexton (1959-2016)

Past President, Churchill Downs (2002-2009)

Interviewed: 09-27-2006

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

Billy Reed believes in the power of the written word and its ability to influence people and events.

Billy Reed

Nationally Renowned Sportswriter & Author

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Joe Regan is motivated by seeing lives changed through improved education and expanded employment opportunities.

Kimberly Bunton is a strategic thinker and planner driven by the pursuit of excellence and personal best.

Kimberly Bunton

Past Director, Louisville Metro Government’s Policy and Strategic Planning Department (2004-2009)

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Jonathan Blue loves finding new opportunities and growing them into successful enterprises.

Jonathan Blue

Founder, Blue Equity, LLC

Interviewed: 05-24-2006

Joan Riehm has dedicated her life to making Louisville a better place to live and work.

Making a difference is what drives Jack Guthrie.

Jack Guthrie

Founder, Guthrie-Mayes Public Relations

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Craig Greenberg has a passion to make Louisville a better community.

Craig Greenberg

Attorney, Frost Brown Todd

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Raoul Cunningham has always been passionate about equality and making our system work.

J. Bruce Miller pursues excellence in everything he does.

J. Bruce Miller

J. Bruce Miller Group & Author “Airball”

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

Rebecca Jackson was the first woman ever elected Jefferson County, Ky. judge executive, the county’s highest ranking elected official.

Rebecca Jackson

CEO, Crusade for Children & Former Jefferson County Judge Executive

Interviewed: 03-30-2006

From an early age, Trey Grayson has been motivated to serve his community.

Trey Grayson

Past Kentucky Secretary of State (2004-2011)

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

Barbara Sexton Smith’s personal mission is to leave the earth better than she found it.

Barbara Sexton Smith

VP, Fund for the Arts

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

At age 22, Bob Russell became the pastor of a small congregation of 120 people called Southeast Christian Church.

Bob Russell

Former Reverend, Southeast Christian Church

Interviewed: 01-20-2006

Debbie Scoppechio is the founder of Kentucky’s largest advertising agency.

Christopher 2X is driven by the plight of the poor and wants to help them transform their mindset.

David Armstrong is an achiever who looks to maximize everything he can do in a day.

David L. Armstrong (1941-2017)

Former Mayor of Louisville (1999-2003) (1941-2017)

Interviewed: 10-20-2005

Stan Curtis wants to inspire and empower people to help those who can’t help themselves.