Hall of Fame
2016 Hall of Fame Inductees
Since coming to Kentucky in 1992, Tom Lund has located over 10 manufacturing facilities in Lebanon employing over 2,500 workers while also assisting countless other established Marion County companies to expand and hire additional workforce. He currently serves on the Bluegrass State Skills Corporation tasked with providing training dollars for workforce training on behalf of the Cabinet for Economic Development.
Tom has been Executive Director of the Lebanon/Marion County Industrial Foundation since 1992. Prior to coming to Kentucky, he served in similar roles in Phoenix, AZ; Hobbs, NM; Klamath Falls, OR; and Deming, NM.
Some of the professional organizations and roles in which Tom has participated include:
- New Mexico Industrial Development Executives Association (NMIDEA) including President NMIDEA 1974-75
- Member American Economic Development Council, Inc.
- Past Member Industrial Development Research Council
- Member Kentucky Industrial Development Council
- Board of Directors, Kentucky Industrial Development Council
- Member Southern Industrial Development Council
- Member of the Central Kentucky Development Roundtable
Tom’s professional recognitions include the State of New Mexico's First Award for innovation in economic development in 1986, the American Economic Development Council's 1995 "Best of Class" Award for Design of Sales Literature and Kentucky's Economic Development Professional of the Year Award in 2003.
Tom has been instrumental in branding Lebanon/Marion County as the Central Kentucky “Hub for Manufacturing” with his tireless efforts to showcase his community both domestically and internationally. Tom has been at the forefront in developing programs and initiatives to assist workforce creation and skills development across the Commonwealth.
2014 Hall of Fame Inductees
While serving as Winchester/Clark County’s Executive Director of Economic Development, Phil was able to successfully recruit 16 new industries to Winchester which created 1,200 new jobs and investments equaling $98 million. Also, there were 64 expansions by existing companies that represented an additional 1,200 jobs and $159 million more investment in the community. Kerrick was also successful in securing nearly $4 million in grants to assist existing industries with expansion projects. In addition, he was instrumental in the establishment of the Winchester Industrial Training Consortium and securing $200,000 in grants to assist existing industries with employee skills training.
Some of the Industries recruited to Winchester during Kerrick’s tenure include:
- Johnson Controls
- Fuli Univance Corp.
- Ainak Industries
- Sonoco Products Co.
- Wintech Inc.
- Timken Co.
- Matsushita Appliance Corp.
- Mecondor LLC
While in Frankfort serving as the Executive Director of the Capitol Community Economic/Industrial Development Authority, Phil successfully recruited 15 new companies representing 477 new jobs as well as assisting 30 existing industries expand creating 857 more jobs that brought investment to the community totaling $87 million. In addition Kerrick was able to secure over $1 million in grants to support new business locations and creation.
Some of the Industries recruited to Frankfort during Kerrick’s tenure include:
- First Health Services Corporation
- Lukjan HVAC Supply
- Stock Building
- Aska Engineering
- MQ Automation
- Phillip Morris USA
Kerrick began his career in Economic Development as a Projects Manager in the Industrial Development Division of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development in 1985. In 1990 Kerrick became the Industrial Development Coordinator under the New Business Development of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. In 1994 Kerrick became the Director of Economic Development for the Winchester/Clark County Industrial Authority. In 2004 Kerrick returned home to Frankfort as the Executive Director of the Capitol Community Economic /Industrial Development Authority.
Kerrick graduated from Eastern Kentucky University in 1981 with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. Kerrick graduated from the Basic Economic Development Course through the University of South Florida in 1986. Kerrick was a graduate of the University of Oklahoma’s Economic Development Institute and earned his Certified Economic Developer status in 2000. Phil joined the Kentucky Industrial Development Council (KIDC) in 1985, was elected to its Board of Directors in 1997 serving through 2004. In 2005 KIDC became the Kentucky Association for Economic Development (KAED) and Kerrick continued his membership and involvement until his passing. He served on the Board of Directors from 2005 through 2008; he served as Secretary/Treasurer in 2005, Vice Chair in 2006, and served as Chairman in 2007. Phil also served on numerous committees while associated with KIDC and KAED.
Kerrick served on the KAED Foundations Board from 2009 until his passing. Kerrick was a member of the Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) and served as Alternate Director for the year of 2002. Phil was a member of the American Economic Development Council (AEDC) from 1990 through 2000 and a member of the International Economic Development Council 2000-2010.
Recipient of the James Norris Gray Award for Professional Development in 2000.
Recipient of the KIDC President’s award in 2003.
Recipient of the James J. Coleman Community Professional of the Year Award presented by East Kentucky Power in 2004.
Recipient of the KAED Outstanding Service Award in honor of the KIDC Founders for numerous years.
Additional memberships and involvement include: Bluegrass Alliance, Bluegrass Workforce Investment Board, Bluegrass Area Development District, Bluegrass Tomorrow, Frankfort Area chamber of Commerce, United Way, Franklin county Extension Service, Partnership for Workforce Development, Winchester/Clark County Chamber of Commerce, Winchester Entrepreneurial Center, and a host of others. Kerrick was a member of the Honorable Order of Kentucky Colonels.
Phil Kerrick’s legacy is seen every day by the citizens of Winchester, Frankfort and across the commonwealth. Kerrick was an economic engine in the communities he served and while with the cabinet he promoted the commonwealth as a whole. He always had a smile on his face, he always had a kind word and was always willing to help and support his fellow man. Phil Kerrick was an affable man of faith and always brought out the best in people personally and professionally. This award would be a well-deserved recognition for a long, outstanding and dedicated service to the commonwealth, communities and the citizens within. His work stimulated the quality of life in the communities in which he worked by providing jobs and opportunity. Although his practice was cut short his accomplishments were many and he was certainly able to establish a storied career as a certified, professional economic developer.
Phil Kerrick’s life, career and actions define the spirit of economic development and he was the essence of community; he spent his lifetime seeking growth, prosperity and opportunity.
2009 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jerry Rickett is President & CEO of the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corp., a 22 county regional economic development organization covering Southern and Eastern Kentucky. Under his leadership KHIC’s assets have grown from $15 million to $56.8 million and KHIC has become an internationally recognized model for community investment and entrepreneurial growth.
Mr. Rickett was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation in 1989, after previously holding the positions of Vice President and Marketing Manager. The company, a community development corporation which focuses on venture capital and entrepreneurial development, is recognized as one of the premier business development organizations in the United States. Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation has been designated the Lead Entity of one of three Rural Empowerment Zones, one of eight Rural Tax Credit Community Development Corporations, a partner Community Development Corporation of Rural Local Initiative Support Corporation (LISC), a Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) and a Community Development Entity by the U.S. Department of Treasury and has received allocations of New Markets Tax Credits. Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation became the nation's first nonbank lender under the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Business & Industry Loan Guaranty program and the first SBA guaranteed lender under the Community Advantage Program. Kentucky Highlands sponsors Entrepreneur Development programs and has developed the Kentucky Highlands Business Innovation and Growth Center. Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation also co-manages with Tech 2020 of Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the Southern Appalachian Fund, a New Markets Venture Capital Fund as well as Meritus Ventures, the only Rural Business Investment Company approved by U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Small Business Administration.
Mr. Rickett has served as the Board Chairman for The Center for Rural Development and continues to serve on the board and executive committee of the Center for Rural Development, and past Chairman of the Kentucky Appalachian Advisory Commission. Mr. Rickett served as a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati Advisory Committee for six years. He serves on the Advisory Council at Eastern Kentucky University School of Business. Mr. Rickett was appointed to the Tennessee Valley Corridor Board of Directors by Congressman Hal Rogers. In 1996, Mr. Rickett was named the recipient of the first Governor's Economic Development Leadership Award. In 2005, Mr. Rickett received the Pioneer in Excellence Award and the Mike Sveridorf LISC Leadership Award from the Local Initiative Support Corporation. In 2009, he was inducted into the Kentucky Association for Economic Development Hall of Fame.
Mr. Rickett is a graduate of Cumberland College and holds two Masters Degrees from Eastern Kentucky University.
Marvin E. “Gene” Strong, Jr. served as Secretary of the Cabinet for Economic Development for 14 years, working for three Kentucky Governors. During his tenure more than 274,500 new manufacturing and supportive industry jobs were created, the total estimated capital investment in the state increased by more than $34.5 billion and Kentucky was consistently ranked as one of the top ten states in new job creation, investment and business retention.
As the “face of Kentucky” in Japan for 25 years, Jiro Hashimoto has had an enormous impact on the Commonwealth. Working with seven Kentucky Governors he has assisted over 110 companies in relocations and expansions resulting in more than 28,000 jobs created. Just a few of the key projects that Mr. Hashimoto has worked on include Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, Toyota Motor Engineering and Manufacturing North America, Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Kito USA, and AKEBONO Brake. These numbers are a true testament to Mr. Hashimoto’s dedication and commitment to Kentucky.
Jim is retired as an economic development field representative and project manager for the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) working in the Kentucky region since 2005. The KAED Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have made significant contributions to the Economic Development profession. Martin was recognized for using his knowledge, expertise and perseverance to make projects work and is noted to be a “can do” person.
2008 Hall of Fame Inductees
Bill Lear has nearly 20 years of experience involved with all levels of community and economic development. In 1992, Mr. Lear was instrumental in the formation of the Kentucky Economic Development Partnership Board and was the Founder and Chairman of the Lexington Partnership for Workforce Development.
The late Jim Coleman worked at every level of economic development during his distinguished career. He served as Director of Industrial Recruitment for Gov. Ned Breathitt, Manager of Industrial Development for East Kentucky Power Cooperative and served for many years as Chair of the Winchester-Clark County Industrial Development Authority. Jim was also a Founding Member, Past President and Lifetime Member of the Kentucky Industrial Development Council (now known as KAED).
C. Bruce Traughber, Director of Economic Development for Louisville Metro Government, has been an important leader in Louisville’s economic growth since the 1980s. He has overseen the development agreements, design, and construction of Louisville Slugger Field, Downtown Louisville Marriott, 4th Street Live!, and currently is involved with development plans for Museum Plaza, the Louisville Downtown Arena, and the redevelopment of the former Haymarket site into a $2 billion biomedical research facility.
2007 Hall of Fame Inductees
Jim Catlett dedicated his life to doing work that is among the most important in a community – creating jobs. Good jobs, with well-known American businesses that chose South Kentucky communities as their operating location. Committing his boundless energy, attention to detail and never-give-up attitude to South Kentucky Industrial Development Authority, Jim was a “closer” who didn’t demand credit, only jobs for his fellow Kentuckians.
Catlett learned that “work was very important” from his father, Leon Catlett. Born in 1936 and a native of Mercer County, Jim’s work ethic was a leading factor in his success in economic development. According to those who knew him, Jim, a yeoman in the U.S. Navy from 1958-62, came home to work for the Kentucky Department of Commerce/Economic Development in 1960-61. He met and worked for Jim Coleman and Katie Peden, and the rest is history-a history of service and dedication.
In the 1960s, ‘70s, ‘80s and ‘90s, some well-known names in American business chose South Kentucky communities as their operating location. Names like General Motors and Corvette, Fisher-Price, Quebecor World Printing and Logan Aluminum. The name that played a key role in the recruitment of these stellar companies: Jim Catlett.
Catlett became the assistant director of the South Kentucky Industrial Development Authority (SKIDA) in 1962. He retired from SKIDA 32 years later – Jim spent a lifetime recruiting jobs for his constituents, the 22 counties of South Kentucky.
Everyone knows that Jim Catlett was a real “closer” and a champion of Kentucky.
Governor Patton was born in Fallsburg, Kentucky. He graduated from the University of Kentucky in 1959 with a degree in mechanical engineering. After 20 years in the coal business, he began his public service career as deputy secretary of transportation in 1979. He was elected judge-executive of Pike County in 1981, establishing the first countywide garbage collection program, initiating oil recycling, and establishing a work program for welfare mothers in day-care centers. He was reelected and served until 1991, when he was elected lieutenant governor and named secretary of economic development, becoming the first lieutenant governor to serve as an appointed cabinet secretary. He was elected governor in 1995 and reelected in 1999, the first governor in Kentucky elected to a second consecutive term in 200 years. Jobs, economic development, and education are his major concerns. Thousands of jobs were created in Kentucky through incentive programs authored by Patton to attract new companies and help existing businesses to expand. He is past chair of the Southern Governors' Association, the Democratic Governors' Association, and the National Governors Association. Patton was picked by the secretary of the U.S. Department of Education to head a new education commission to look at the high school senior year. He has chaired the National Education Goals Panel, the Education Commission of the States, the Southern Regional Education Board, and the Southern Growth Policies Board.