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People in the News: Greenberg named CEO of 21c Museum Hotels; Field & Main earns Keystone Award

21c Museum Hotels announced that Craig Greenberg will succeed Steve Wilson as CEO of the growing hospitality company, headquartered in Louisville.

Greenberg, who has served as President of 21c Museum Hotels since 2012, will now serve as President and CEO.

Wilson, who founded the company with his wife Laura Lee Brown in 2006, will continue to serve as Chairman of the Board, responsible for guiding the vision and development of the brand and growing the contemporary art collection.

Craig Greenberg

What began as a community revitalization project in downtown Louisville has transformed into a new museum model, hospitality brand, management and development company, which operates seven boutique hotels, eight chef-driven restaurants, and employs more than 1,000.

As President and CEO, Greenberg will oversee all aspects of the company’s portfolio of museum hotels and restaurants and is responsible for guiding the company’s overall direction and strategic objectives.

“I feel privileged to have been a part of 21c since its inception, and I’m humbled to take on this new role,” said Greenberg. “Laura Lee and Steve’s vision, courage, and commitment have certainly benefitted so many of us – locals and travelers alike, artists, and 21c teammates. I look forward to carrying their vision forward into this next phase of the company’s growth and continuing to work with them in this new capacity.”

Greenberg leads the organization together with partners Chett Abramson, Chief Operations Officer; Sarah Robbins, Chief Hospitality Officer; Phillip Allen, Chief Development Officer; Alice Gray Stites, Chief Curator and Museum Director; Molly Swyers, Chief Brand Officer.

During Greenberg’s tenure as President of 21c Museum Hotels, the company has expanded from its flagship in Louisville to include properties in six additional markets, hired more than 1,000 teammates, overseen real estate developments in excess of $380 million, and organized more than 100 exhibitions in over 75,000 square feet of exhibition space.

Prior to 21c, Greenberg was an attorney with Frost Brown Todd in Louisville, Kentucky. He graduated from Harvard Law School and the University of Michigan and serves on the Board of Directors for Republic Bancorp and ISCO Industries.

21c Museum Hotels operates in Louisville, Lexington, Cincinnati, Bentonville, Durham, Oklahoma City, and Nashville.

For a full roster of hotels, restaurants and current exhibitions, visit 21cMuseumHotels.com.

Field & Main earns statewide insurance award

Field & Main Insurance has earned the Keystone Insurers Group’s Partner of the Year Award for the state of Kentucky for the third time.

Considered Keystone’s highest honor, the organization presents the award to one agency partner per state. Field & Main Insurance received this recognition for excellence in the areas of growth, profitability and utilization of Keystone’s services, to name a few.

Vice President of Field & Main Insurance, Whitney Latta Floyd, attributes this award to the partnership between Keystone and Field & Main.

“We are truly humbled to receive this award for the third time,” she said. “We achieve this because of a collaboration between our talented teammates and Keystone’s resources and partners. Keystone strives to bring professionalism and the best insurance solutions to our clients.”

Field & Main Insurance has partnered with Keystone for eight years. Keystone, with more than 287 agency partners in 11 states, provides expertise, resources and relationships that help sustain independent insurance agencies nationwide.

Three named to UK School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame

Three women with long, distinguished careers are the newest members to be inducted into the University of Kentucky School of Human Environmental Sciences Hall of Fame.

The school is part of the UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, and each year it honors those who have positively impacted their profession, communities and the school.

Cherie Lynn Mingus

This year’s inductees, Cherie Lynn Mingus, Marsha Herndon Purcell and Retia Scott Walker will be inducted during a ceremony that begins at 3:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at UK’s Hilary J. Boone Center.

“We are pleased to honor three inductees this year who have each had a lifetime of achievements and contributions,” said Ann Vail, school director. “While each is different, all three have impacted the school and our profession in meaningful ways. We are grateful to each of them.”

After graduating from UK in 1976, Mingus began her teaching career in Hardin County. She educated numerous students during her 37-year career. She also co-advised the school system’s chapter of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America. During her career, she received numerous awards for her innovative teaching techniques from many organizations.

Marsha Herndon Purcell

Outside of the classroom, Mingus was a leader in many professional organizations. She served as president of the Kentucky Association of Family and Consumer Sciences, the Kentucky Association of Career and Technical Education, the Kentucky Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences and the National Association of Teachers of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Purcell received her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UK in 1973 and 1975. Her first position after graduation was as a UK extension clothing specialist, which she held from 1975 to 1977. She left to become the director of women’s programs for Kentucky Farm Bureau. While there, she played an important role in developing the Kentucky Market Basket Survey, which continues to offer the mostly highly respected food pricing data in Kentucky.

In 1980, she joined the American Farm Bureau Federation, which started her 34-year career with the organization. During that time, she rose through the ranks to become director of membership and program development. She provided leadership for numerous programs including the development of “The Great American Farm” exhibition at Walt Disney World’s Innoventions at Epcot.

Retia Scott Walker

Walker is known for her career as a higher education administrator. She began in higher education at Texas Women’s University and then moved on to be department chair at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She was dean of the UK College of Human Environmental Sciences from 1994 to 2002 and UK’s vice president for academic outreach and public service from 2002 to 2005.

She retired from UK in 2005 but returned to higher education in 2011 as the executive assistant to the interim president at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. She also served as that university’s interim provost and vice president for academic affairs from 2012 to 2013.

Walker has held many national leadership positions in professional organizations including president of the Association for Gerontology and Human Development. She has received numerous awards including the Distinguished Service Award from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences.

Staff report

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