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Board of Directors and Staff

John Bevington

John Bevington

Chair

John Bevington serves as Director of Business & Economic Development at LG&E and KU.

Bob Helton

Bob Helton

Vice-Chair

Bob Helton serves as a Development Specialist at AppHarvest.

Brett Traver

Brett Traver

Secretary Treasurer

Brett Traver serves as Executive Director of the Southeast Kentucky Economic Development Corporation.

 

Tim Gibbs

Tim Gibbs

Past-Chair

Tim Gibbs serves as the President & CEO of the Ashland Alliance.

Kimberly Rossetti

Kimberly Rossetti

Director

Kimberly Rossetti serves as the Vice President of Economic Development at Northern Kentucky Tri-ED.

Brad Thomas

Brad Thomas

Director

Brad is the Associate Manager  of Economic Development for East Kentucky Power Cooperative (EKPC).  His responsibilities with EKPC include promotion and development of economic development opportunities for the 16 owner/member electric co-operatives representing 87 counties and over one million Kentuckians.  He assists existing industries with growth and expansion issues including exporting as well as recruiting new business opportunities to the state.  In his tenure with EKPC, Brad has led efforts to roll out StateBook , an economic development  data platform that provides websites for the 87 EKPC serviced counties, as well as developing a new mobile app “PowerMap” and website (www.DataIsPower.org) to enhance economic development efforts for the 16 owner/member cooperatives. Brad also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for Kentucky Industry as well as a Board Member for the World Trade Center –Kentucky. Brad comes to East Kentucky Power Cooperative after a 25 year career with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He spent time within the Department of Revenue, Finance and Administration Cabinet and most recently with the Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) while serving five governors.   During his tenure with State Government, Brad was the supervisor of  the Office of Entrepreneurship for CED and  organized and planned Governor Beshear’s Trade Missions to Canada and United Kingdom.  He was also a Kentucky Export Initiative Board Member and the supervisor of the State Trade and Export Promotion Program for Kentucky.  Brad is a self-professed “Numbers Geek” that studies Kentucky trade data extensively and has made numerous presentations related to exporting statistics and Kentucky industries. Brad is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and is married to his wife Renee’ with whom he raises their daughter Logan and two sons Canyon and Carson in Frankfort.

Sierra J. Enlow

Sierra J. Enlow

Director

Sierra J. Enlow joined the economic development team at Louisville Forward in February of 2017 as an economic development manager focusing on Business Services.

Sierra grew up on a multiple-generation family farm in LaRue County and attended the University of Kentucky, College of Agriculture where she received undergraduate degrees in Community & Leadership Development and Agriculture Economics. Sierra completed her Master’s Degree in Agricultural Economics in 2012, also at the University of Kentucky.

Sierra is looking forward to continuing to strengthening Louisville Forward’s economic development success through KAED and Kentucky United.

Amanda Davenport

Amanda Davenport

Director

Amanda Davenport serves as the Executive Director of the Lake Barkley Partnership for Economic Development.

Gina Greathouse

Gina Greathouse

Director

Gina Greathouse serves as the Senior Vice President of Economic Development for Commerce Lexington Inc. (also known as the Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce). Ms. Greathouse manages a team of super stars who work to make Lexington a great place to locate, expand or grow a business. As an economic development professional, her goal is to encourage new job growth and better opportunities for the citizens living in the Bluegrass.

Ivy Stanley

Ivy Stanley

Director

Ivy Stanley serves as Project Manager at One East Kentucky.

Josh Tubbs

Josh Tubbs

Director

Josh Tubbs serves as President & CEO of Kentucky Lake Economic Development.

Brittaney Johnson

Brittaney Johnson

Director

Brittaney Johnson serves as President & CEO of the Greater Owensboro Economic Development Corporation.

Lucas Witt

Lucas Witt

Director

Lucas Witt serves as Co-Founder and Partner at MWM Consulting.

Lee Lingo

Lee Lingo

Ex-Officio Director

Kentucky Association for Manufacturers

Matthew Tackett

Matthew Tackett

President/CEO

Matthew Tackett, a native of Prestonsburg, Kentucky, serves as President and CEO of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development. Appointed in October 2017, Matt is leading KAED through an administrative and programmatic reimagination as the Association creates a collaborative and strategic platform designed to enhance professional capacity and accelerate economic development in the Commonwealth. Prior to KAED Matt served as Executive Director of the Kentucky Gas Association, where he created a holistic and imaginative membership service portfolio which included legislative affairs, workforce development initiatives, and legal services. Matt has served in federal grant programs, the Office of the Governor of Kentucky, and is the owner of a dynamic consulting firm which has focused on economic advocacy and governmental affairs. Matt holds a Master’s Degree in Public Administration. He, his wife Ashton, and two children live in central Kentucky.