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People in the News: Denning named to airport board; Communuity Bank sets new advisory board members

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board is pleased to welcome Garyen Denning as a new board member. Denning will serve a four-year term on the airport’s 10-member board.

Denning is currently a managing partner of Lexington-based CRM Companies Restaurant Group. Denning oversees all operations of its Raising Canes and MOD Pizza franchises in central Kentucky and Charleston, South Carolina, and manages 500 employees in these locations. In addition, he is responsible for real estate development and strategy for new growth opportunities.

 Garyen Denning (Photo by Bill Straus)

Garyen Denning (Photo by Bill Straus)

Prior to his position at CRM, Denning served as executive vice-president with MedPro Safety Products, Inc. Denning is actively involved in the community and serves on the board of directors for the Legacy Council of Markey Cancer Foundation. Denning also recently founded the Lexington Police Foundation, which raises funds to assist the Lexington Police Department officers and staff.

“We look forward to welcoming Mr. Denning to the airport board,” said Larry Deener, Chairman of the Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board. “He brings 15 years of business development and operational experience as well as a passion to contribute to the long-term success of our community.”

The Lexington-Fayette Urban County Airport Board is the governing body for Lexington’s Blue Grass Airport. Its volunteer members are appointed by the Mayor of Lexington and approved by the Urban County Council.

Blue Grass Airport, located in Lexington, Kentucky is served by four major airlines providing convenient non-stop and connecting service to hundreds of destinations worldwide. The airport serves more than 1.2 million passengers annually and supports our community with an economic output exceeding $370 million.

Communuity Bank announces new advisory board members

Larry Jones, Central Region President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., is pleased to announce new Community Trust Bank Advisory Board members in the Lexington and Versailles Markets.

Lexington Market

— James E. Keeton, III – Director, Government Affairs, Kentucky American Water in Lexington, Kentucky
— William Todd Sallee – Business Development / Community Relations Manager, Kentucky Employers Mutual Insurance Company in Lexington, Kentucky
— Daryl W. Smith – Community and Economic Development, LG&E and KU Energy, LLC in Lexington, Kentucky

Versailles Market

— Jack Givens – Vice President of Business Development, Bowlin Group, LLC in Walton, Kentucky

“We are pleased to have these outstanding individuals as part of our Community Trust Bank team,” said Jones. “We look forward to 2017 as we know we will make it another successful year.”

Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc. Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $3.9 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville, Kentucky and has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, four banking locations in Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.

UofL taps Shannon Rickett for government relations role

The University of Louisville announced that Shannon Rickett has been named interim assistant vice president for government relations effective Jan. 2, pending board of trustees’ approval.

“I’m looking forward to returning to Kentucky,” said Rickett, a Corbin native. “This is a wonderful opportunity to come back to the Commonwealth to serve my alma mater, the University of Louisville. I can’t wait to get started.”

Shannon Rickett (Photo Provided)

Shannon Rickett (Photo Provided)

Since 2012 Rickett has been an adviser to U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Ky. First, she was a field representative in Somerset and, later, moved to Washington, D.C., as his legislative assistant. Her career also includes professional work with the Ohio Republican Party and National Institute for Hometown Security.

Rickett was a McConnell Scholar at UofL, an officer in student government and earned her degree in business administration, summa cum laude, in 2002. She earned her law degree, cum laude, from Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, in 2005.
Rickett earned a degree in business administration from UofL in 2002 and a law degree from Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas, in 2005.

“Shannon knows the university from the inside, is steeped in its mission, and has a proven record of building relationships within the Commonwealth and in DC, said Vice President for Strategy and General Counsel Leslie Chambers Strohm. “We are thrilled that Shannon has returned home to UofL and joined our team.”

Staff report


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