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People in the News: Rider joins KPI board of directors; Head to lead Oliver Group in Kentucky


The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative has announced that former Central Kentucky Community Foundation CEO Al Rider of Elizabethtown has joined its Board of Directors.

“Al Rider’s vision and passion for his community and the Central Kentucky Community Foundation is unmatched,” said Joe Clabes, KPI president. “His experience in establishing a new community foundation and advancing policies that harness the power of philanthropy will be an invaluable asset to our ongoing work. We are so pleased he accepted the invitation to join.”

Al Rider

Rider served with distinction as the first president and CEO of the Central Kentucky Community Foundation in Elizabethtown. Although he’d earned a stellar reputation as President/CEO of the North Central Education, a position he held since 1992, he built a legacy with the Community Foundation, where he led the way to greater resources and extraordinary impact.

Known as “Mr. Education” in Hardin County, Rider is a past president of Rotary, treasurer of the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce, a member of the Workforce Investment Board of Lincoln Trail Area Development District, serves on the Advisory Council for the Kentucky Nonprofit Network and on the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence.

Rider represented CKCF on the Endow Kentucky Commission and as education committee chairman for Hardin County United. He is regarded as a catalyst for the development and implementation of ideas for change that have led to greater educational access and attainment in Hardin County.

“Organized philanthropy is a community’s keystone,” said Rider. “It is a meaningful act of engagement that leads to the advancement of what a community values.”

In 2008, he received the Joseph W. Kelly Award for leadership in education and was the 2011 Hardin County Distinguished Citizen of the Year and was inducted into the Hardin County Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame in 2015. KPI recognized Rider with the Commonwealth Award for extraordinary service to philanthropy, during the 2016 Kentucky Summit on Philanthropy in August.

Rider added, “Creating greater awareness of the power and promise philanthropy holds for all our communities is critical to Kentucky’s future. The Kentucky Philanthropy Initiative is well positioned to assist any community in accessing their own potential and I’m excited to be a part of this valuable work.”

Oliver Group adds Head to lead Kentucky, Southern Indiana markets

Oliver Group, a leadership consulting firm, announced that Jon Head has joined the company to develop a growing portfolio of client accounts in the Kentucky and Southern Indiana markets. Head will be a key contributor to Oliver Group’s continued success in the talent and leadership development industry.

Head has extensive experience in sales and sales management, having worked within the insurance and healthcare industries since 1993. He has managed and directed complex multi-channel and multi-state sales teams at regional and national companies including Edumedics, Neace Lukens, Humana and Anthem BCBS. He has achieved success implementing innovative sales and lead generating processes for Fortune 100 companies.

Head has Business Communications and Government degrees from Eastern Kentucky University and is a member of Central Kentucky Association of Health Underwriters and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association.

Steve Hopkins, Director of Client Development for Oliver Group said, “From start-ups to Fortune 500 companies, Jon has garnered a wide range of professional experience and a robust network of contacts. We are excited to have him join us, expanding our efforts in the regions of Kentucky and Indiana that have been underserved to date.”

EKU’s Janna Vice wins OVC Award for Distinguished Academic Service

Eastern Kentucky University’s Dr. Janna Vice is one of two recipients of the 2017 Ohio Valley Conference Thurston Banks Award for Distinguished Academic Service.

Lawrence Baggett of Austin Peay State University is the other recipient.

The award, selected by the OVC Faculty Athletics Representatives (FARs), was established in 2013 to recognize individuals (e.g. academic advisor, professor, tutor, etc.), with at least five years of service at one or more OVC member institutions, for their outstanding contributions to OVC student-athletes’ academic success, learning and development as well for his or her overall commitment to the institution’s athletics program.

Dr. Janna Vice

The award is named after Dr. Thurston Banks, who served the Tennessee Tech Department of Athletics for 31 of his 34 years on the faculty and served as the Faculty Athletic Representative for 25 years before stepping down in 2006. He was inducted into the OVC Hall of Fame in 2007.

Vice and Baggett will be presented their awards at the 2017 OVC Honor Brunch as part of the OVC Spring Meetings in May.

Vice, currently the Provost, Senior Vice President for Academics, has been associated with Eastern Kentucky University for 40 years. After graduating from EKU, Vice began her career in 1976 as a professor in the College of Business and Technology. In 1999 she was promoted to Associate Dean in the College of Business and Technology and in 2007 was named interim associate provost, until becoming full-time Provost in 2010.

In 1999 she was named the state of Kentucky’s Outstanding Business Education Teacher by the Kentucky Business Education Association and in 2004 received a gubernatorial appointment to a four-year term on the Kentucky Board of Education. She has also been a participant in the Management and Leadership in Education Program in Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education.

In 1993 she was appointed by the EKU President as the institution’s first Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), a position she held until 2004. Vice has also served on the University Athletics Committee and is part of the Athletics Academic Integrity Committee. This past April she was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award at the annual Colonel Choice Awards sponsored by EKU Athletics.

Republic Bank promotes Ziegler

Todd Ziegler has been promoted to Market President for Republic Bank’s Central Kentucky market.

Todd Ziegler

Republic Bank currently has 44 banking centers: 32 banking centers in 12 Kentucky communities – Covington, Crestwood, Elizabethtown, Florence, Frankfort, Georgetown, Independence, Lexington, Louisville, Owensboro, Shelbyville and Shepherdsville; three banking centers in southern Indiana – Floyds Knobs, Jeffersonville and New Albany; six banking centers in five Florida communities – Largo, Port Richey, St. Petersburg, Seminole, Temple Terrace; two banking centers in Tennessee – Cool Springs (Franklin) and Green Hills (Nashville); and one banking center in Norwood (Cincinnati), Ohio.

The Bank offers internet banking at www.republicbank.com. The Bank’s parent company, Republic Bancorp, Inc., has $4.8 billion in assets and is headquartered in Louisville, Kentucky. Republic Bancorp’s Class A Common Stock is listed under the symbol “RBCAA” on the NASDAQ Global Select Market.

Staff report


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