Andrea Bailey is a Brand Manager for Galls LLC. She handles key vendor relationships which involves everything from managing the assortment on Galls’ three web platforms, negotiating vendor co-op spend and sponsorships, and managing costing as well as cultivating the vendor relationship with other key areas of the building. In addition to the previous duties, she also is responsible for managing strategic projects for the company. Before she came to Galls, Andrea worked for Follet Higher Education Group as a General Merchandise Manager and was responsible for the emblematic apparel and gift assortment and sales at the University Bookstore in the old student center on UK’s campus. Her diverse background includes time in the financial industry as well.

She has a BBA in marketing and finance from the University of Kentucky with a minor in communications. She is a founding member of the RTM advisory board and is proud to continue to work with her alma mater as part of this board. Originally from Louisville KY, she has called Lexington home for the last 13 years.

 

Mary – Megan Bethel
Cintas Corporation – HR Manager
Hometown: Lexington, KY
Graduation: May 2016
BS in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles
Joined Cintas in May 2016 as a Management Trainee. Graduated from the 18month training program 4 months early to become the full-time Human Resources Manager.

 

                             

        

       

Stephanie Bork is Marketing Director for The Summit at Fritz Farm. She handles all marketing, advertising, media relations, social media, and events. Prior to this appointment, Stephanie was head of Marketing at Bluegrass Hospitality Group, the Lexington-based restaurant group with fifteen restaurants nationwide and multiple concepts at the time. She also held an event and project management position with The Executives’ Club of Chicago.

Bork holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism from DePaul University in Chicago, IL. She has held various volunteer positions including serving on the executive committee for The Live Like Ron Foundation, sponsorship chair for The Lexington Young Professionals Association and event chair for the American Advertising Federation: Lexington Chapter.
 

 

 

MK Cole (HMT)

 

 

 

   

   

      

 

  

 Deena Davis (MAT)

 

  

 

 

  

 

Karla DiNardo (HMT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Katie Hahnel (MAT)

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matt Higgins (HMT)

 

 

 

 

Amit Jain started his career in Student Food Services at the UK student center and later joined the J. Peterman Company as a trainee in the senior year and continued work there as a quality executive helping set up a quality manual for the organization.

Upon return to India joined the family enterprise as a product development head and very shortly went on to single-handedly set up a modern weaving, dyeing and printing facility for migration of family handloom shawl business to a technology and system driven modern enterprise.

In the past 20 years, Amit, has made a majority contribution in growing the company 100 times while making it a market leader in the fashion accessories (especially in women’s wear business).

Amit believes strongly in contributing back to the society in terms of socially responsible initiatives.  He setup the Shingora Family Foundation that pays for the education of underprivileged girls.

                                             

Jordan Lange: Jordan is a native to Northern Kentucky and graduated from the University of Kentucky in 2013 with a BS in Merchandising, Apparel, and Textiles. After college she returned home and started her career with The Limited in Cincinnati as a part time sales leader. Jordan developed her career with The Limited to Assistant Store Manager, then finally to Store Manager within a year and half. She then joined the Kendra Scott team and moved to Columbus, OH to open the brand in a new market. After leading the Columbus team to be 110% to plan in their debut year, she was asked to move back to her home state to open the Kendra Scott location at The Summit. Jordan is so happy to bring the brand she loves back to the city that she loved for four years in college!

 

 

Michael Nold is presently the Vice President Store Manager at Macy’s Inc, America’s Department store. Michael assumed the role of VPSM at Macy’s Fayette in Lexington KY in March 2015. Prior to that, he held Vice President SM positions in the Cleveland Market and Upper New York market. As VPSM, Nold is responsible for all aspects of running a multi-million dollar retail store including recruiting and developing leaders, customer service, store selling, merchandising, planning, community outreach, giving and assisting in developing and leading company strategic initiatives.  Michael began his retail career in 1990 as an executive trainee at Macy’s Herald Square in New York. He held positions of increasing responsibility, including Sales Manager, Merchandise Manager, and Operations team manager, Buyer, Director of Customer Service, and Assistant Store Manager, prior to being promoted in 2006 to Store Manager.  Michael is a native of Long Island, New York, is a graduate of New York Institute of Technology.

   

 

 

Catherine Prather, CTP, currently serves the National Tour Association as executive vice president. In this role, Catherine focuses on strategic continuity to ensure NTA’s long-term growth and viability.
Catherine’s areas of oversight include strategic development, membership engagement, research and education, international strategy, crisis management and special-market initiatives.
A native of Georgetown, Kentucky, Catherine is a graduate of Transylvania University with a bachelor’s degree in English.

 

 

Mary Quinn K. Ramer is President of VisitLEX, where she oversees all administrative, marketing and convention activities for the organization. Mary Quinn brings more than 15 years of tourism, marketing communications, and event planning experience to the organization.
Prior to becoming President, Mary Quinn spent seven years as the Vice President of Marketing at VisitLEX.

During her tenure, she has overseen a successful rebranding effort and launch of the iconic blue horse brand, coordinated all Bureau activities for two international equine events, launched an original culinary tourism initiative and opened a brand new visitor center in the heart of downtown Lexington.

In addition, Mary Quinn is active with numerous tourism-related organizations, including board membership on Kentucky Travel Industry Association, Equestrian Events International, Downtown Lexington Corporation, LexArts, Horse Country LLC, and the McDowell House Museum.

Mary Quinn has been fortunate to be involved in many award-winning projects over the years. She is most proud of receiving the Public Relations Society of America’s top honor, the Silver Anvil, in 2001, for her work on the 2000 Vice Presidential Debate at Centre College, and the Kentucky Industry Associations’ Best of Show award for marketing collateral in 2012. In addition, in 2015, Mary Quinn received the Lois Mateus Networking Award from the Kentucky Distillers Association and the Bourbon Women organization.

Mary Quinn is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Centre College, and in 2008, she received the Distinguished Young Alumna Award from the College.

Mary Quinn lives in downtown Lexington and enjoys traveling, running, and spending time with her adorable nieces and nephew.

 

Jacob Van Winkle, originally from Richmond, KY, started at the University of Kentucky in 2006.  While attending UK he worked for several hotels in the Lexington market including the Hilton Lexington Downtown, The Campbell House and the Marriott Griffin Gate.  Upon graduation from the HMT program, he was hired to work with distressed assets across the country in several markets.  Jacob joined Schulte Hospitality Group in 2014 as the General Manager for the Hilton Auburn Hills.  There he was awarded Top 30 under 30 status for Hospitality Management magazine and won General Manager of the year for his management company which manages 108 hotels nationwide.  Currently, he is the Senior Regional Vice President of Operations overseeing 35 properties varying from 95 key urban hotels with residential space to 600 key hotels with 200,000+ square feet of meeting space.  He currently lives in Lexington, KY and is launching the Origin Hotels brand which will open locations in Colorado, North Carolina and locally at the Summit in Fritz Farm later this year.

 

George Ward is the Executive Director of the University of Kentucky’s Coldstream Research Campus and the high-tech business incubator on UK’s main campus. In this role, George has worked with many faculty and student entrepreneurs providing business guidance as they develop their products and companies. He also interacts regularly with state and local economic development professionals and real estate developers to assist as needed in attracting established companies and jobs to Central Kentucky.

In addition to his economic development activities, George oversees UK’s Real Estate Services office and is an adjunct professor in the Retailing Tourism Management department teaching a course titled Entrepreneurship in the Hospitality Industry.

Most of George’s career was spent in the hospitality industry where he served 18 years as president of H&W Management Company, a Lexington based hotel development and management company that he co-founded in 1985.  He believes that much of his career success is due to the entrepreneurial philosophies he has practiced whether in his own company, mentoring others, or during the 4 years he spent in state government and his 8 years at UK.

George has lived in Lexington since 1984.  He and his wife Lorie have raised six children and now enjoy their time as empty nesters.

 

NOT PICTURED

Pam Avery (MAT)
Travis Farmer (MAT)
Adam Johnson (HMT)
Stacie Layne (HMT)
Jonathan Parker (HMT)