Woodford County Chamber of Commerce
Is an independent, not-for profit corporation
Is a volunteer organization composed of individuals, businesses, industries, and professionals who have joined together to accomplish collectively what they cannot do individually
Serves as a watchdog and spokesperson for businesses in local and state affairs
Acts as a business agent and sales manager in promoting Woodford County, your firm, your products and services
Words as the information bureau to promote tourism and provide statistical data to meet business needs
Publicizes and promotes Woodford county to people considering relocating, establishing a business, or expanding the tourism industry in this area
Strives for a healthy and sound economy by promoting and encouraging new businesses and expansion of existing businesses
Enriches the quality of life in Woodford County through the support of community activities, cultural events and enrichment programs
WHO RUNS THE CHAMBER
The members run the Chamber. Every year, members elect one-fourth of the Directors to serve on the board for a four-year term. Officers are elected by the Board of Directors annually at the last meeting of the year to include: Chairman, Vice Chairman and Treasurer. Board members are eligible to serve in an officer capacity after completing one (1) year service as a member of the Board of Directors. All officers shall serve for terms of one (1) year or until their successors assume the duties of office, and they shall be voting members of the Board. The Board sets the policies that govern the operations and activities of the Chamber. Volunteer committees are established to accomplish the organization's goals and objectives. Activities of the Chamber are supported by a full-time, professional staff, which manages all Chamber operations.
REASONS TO JOIN
If you are a business located in Woodford County, you depend on this community for transportation, utilities, work force, materials, etc. The Chamber works to provide a healthy climate in which to do business.
The support of all businesses and professional men and women is needed to improve the quality of life and economic well being of Woodford County. In tern, this means more customers, clients and patients.
Joining the Chamber means getting involved and staying involved. It means speaking your mind on important issues that effect your business. Membership means meeting with other business people and working collectively to accomplish the objectives necessary for a business to prosper in Woodford County.
Joining the Chamber means being a leader in the business community. The Chamber is also committed to maximizing your impact by speaking and acting through strength in numbers, and through listening to your needs and ideas.
Membership investments in the Chamber of Commerce may be tax deductible as a necessary business expense.
Meet The Board Members
Chairman of the Board
Jackie Cecil is the System Director of Human Resources for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). Mr. Cecil is currently a member of: United Way of the Bluegrass Woodford County Board of Trustees, Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, Woodford Theatre Board of Directors and Greater Kentucky Higher Education Recruitment Consortium Advisory Board. He also served on the Big Sandy Health Care Board of Directors for over 15 years where he held the offices of President, Vice-President, Secretary and chaired various standing and ad hoc committees. Mr. Cecil is a past-president of Gateway Regional Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) and was instrumental in reactivating the chapter. Mr. Cecil also served two three-year terms on the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) Board of Regents as Board Secretary.
Tommy Haggard has been CEO of Bluegrass Community Hospital since 2010, a full service, acute care hospital with 24 hour emergency room which is consistently in the top quartile nationwide for quality of care. He has a BA from UK, MA from WKU and a MBA from Midway University. Community involvement Includes Chamber of Commerce Board to include being the Chairman of the Board of Directors, United Way of the Bluegrass for Woodford County, Woodford Health Consortium, Healthy Community Coalition. He is also a graduate of Leadership Central Kentucky. Bluegrass Community Hospital is a Chamber Partner.
Justin Carroll is a VP Commercial Loan Officer for WesBanco Bank in Versailles. He was raised in Woodford County and is a 1997 graduate of Woodford County High School. He also has a BA in History from Eastern Kentucky University. Justin has had a successful career in banking beginning back in 2011 and has been with the bank since 2018 where he focuses on commercial lending and business development.
Mr. Carroll is a current member of the Woodford County Board of Directors, United Way of the Bluegrass for Woodford County., and is a graduate of Leadership Woodford County. Mr. Carroll will be serving as the Treasurer in 2019 for the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce.
Don Vizi is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a degree in Business, and has an MBA from Pepperdine University. He has been in the Chamber profession for over 15 years. His previous positions have been: General Manager of the Pensacola Chamber of Commerce, President/CEO of the Brentwood/Cool Springs Chamber of Commerce and President/CEO of the Pocono Mountains Chamber of Commerce. Don served 26 years in the Airforce and retired as a Lt Colonel.
Past Chairman of the Board
Bob Gibson is the CIO and Director of Technology for Woodford County Public Schools. Over his past 24 years with the district, Bob has been a teacher, athletic director, coach, assistant principal, and district administrator. Bob is also one of the founders of the Woodford County Public Schools Hall of Fame which recognized its 6th induction class in August of 2017.
Cynthia Bohn is the owner and manager of Equus Run Vineyards, a 38-acre full service winery/agritourism business in Midway established in 1998. Her previous position was with IBM Corp. Her involvement with the community encompasses the KY World Trade Center, Woodford County Chamber of Commerce (Board of Directors), Woodford County Tourism Commission, and Eastern Kentucky University Business & Technology (Board Member). Cynthia has received several awards including Proctor and Gamble Women Entrepreneur Community Award and Central Kentucky Leading Women Award from the Lexington Herald Leader.
Rebecca Burkich Baldwin
Rebecca Burkich Baldwin is a life-long resident of Versailles. An active participant in the community, Rebecca is a member of Kiwanis Club, Women in Business, Woodford County Young Professionals, and is a member of the Board of Directors of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. Rebecca has had a successful career in banking and is currently employed by Republic State Mortgage, focusing mainly on residential mortgages.
Elizabeth Pitchford was born and raised in Lexington. She graduated from Henry Clay High School, Spencerian College of Fashion Merchandising and the University of Kentucky with a degree in Marketing. Her 20 plus year career at Ruggles Sign, a full service sign manufacturer for national retailers and regional firms, located in Versailles, includes project management, special projects and marketing. Over the years Elizabeth has served on the Board of Directors for the Lexington Advertising Club, Board of Directors for Lexington Forum, Chairman of the Board for Woodford County Chamber of Commerce, PTO President for Woodford Christian School, and Board of Directors for the PTO at Southside Elementary.
Emily Kay Downey
Emily Kay Downey is currently the Business Development Manager at Alltech, where she has had the privilege to work on such a vibrant team for the past 11 years in various roles allowing her to live, work, and travel in both the US and Canada. Emily is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and the University of Kentucky/University of Louisville Executive MBA Program. She has also participated in Alltech’s Executive MBA program through the University College of Dublin, Ireland. She proudly lives in Woodford County with her husband William Downey and daughter, Millie.
Julie Goodpaster is a graduate of the University of Kentucky with a BA in Sociology. Julie is the Community Relations Director for the Home Place at Midway. She always supports Chamber events, and each year supports the Chamber by having a luncheon for Chamber members. She is a great leader and has completed Leadership Woodford County and Leadership Central Kentucky. Julie is also on the planning committee for the leadership Central Kentucky day in Woodford County. Julie was instrumental in establishing the Woodford Healthcare Coalition that brings health care providers together to help members of the community. She is very professional, and she is very involved in Woodford County.
Henry (Hank) Yohe
Hank is retired but these days describes himself as a professional volunteer. He also keeps busy bowling, square dancing, singing in the choir and showing classic vehicles. He is an accomplished horseman having bred, trained and shown Percherons for over 30 years. Throughout those 30 years, he worked with young people, teaching them about draft horses and the overall care of a horse. Since moving to Kentucky, he’s been doing volunteer work with several different groups in Woodford County: State Fair Pride of the Counties Committee, Twilight Festival Committee, Millville Community Center Committee, July 4th Committee, Kentucky Horse Park and the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce.
Whitney Dunlap has a BA from Miami University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Kentucky, College of Law. He is a member of the Kentucky Bar Association, Woodford County, Madison County (former President) and Estill County Bar Association, Kentucky Defense Counsel. He has practiced insurance defense for 30 years trying numerous cases in the state and federal courts throughout Central, Northern and Eastern Kentucky. In conjunction with his trial practice he has briefed and argued cases in the Kentucky Court of Appeals, Kentucky Supreme Court, Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati and the United States Supreme Court. He joined the Chamber in April 2016 when he started his law firm in Versailles.
Jimmy Brehm is the Chief Academic Officer for Woodford County Public Schools with the 2019-2020 school year being his fifth year in that position. Previous employment includes Director of Curriculum for Fayette County Schools and Elementary Principal at Garden Springs Elementary in Lexington. Originally from Cincinnati, Ohio he has been in Kentucky for 15+ years beginning with coming to Kentucky to attend Centre College where he graduated with an Elementary Education Degree and met his wife Shannon who is a lifelong Central Kentucky resident. Jimmy and Shannon moved to Versailles in June 2018 with recognition that Woodford County is an incredible place to work, live, and raise their daughter in. Jimmy has master’s degrees from the University of the Cumberland and University of Kentucky and is currently pursuing his doctorate. Recent professional accomplishments include being honored as a "Champion for Adult Education" and service on the National Literacy Leadership Advisory Board. As a lifelong horse racing enthusiast, he finds Woodford County to be the perfect intersection between work and pleasure. Jimmy is honored and eager to serve on the Chamber of Commerce board as a resident looking to support the community and professionally to continue to form partnerships between the school district and local employers so that students in Woodford County are able to explore careers here at home.
Jeri Hartley has been in Real Estate for over 13 years. She is a top producer with Rector Hayden Realtors and a member of the Top Producers Club.
Jeri's interests and involvement in local government and community include Woodford County Planning and Zoning, past member of PVA Board of Appeals & Woodford County Architectural Board of Review Committee. Jeri donates and volunteers with local Addiction Recovery Programs & Charities, Woodford County team sports, and Woodford County Schools.
Jeri is also President and Co-Creator of The Woodford Charm, a local magazine about local people. Two of her sons (Cory & Casey Cooley) and her daughter in laws (Katie & Sara Cooley) showcase their talents by highlighting people and places that make Woodford County so amazing.
Jeri is married to Barry Hartley. They have 5 children & 3 daughter in laws. Cory & Katie Cooley, Ben & Chelsea Hartley, Casey & Sara Cooley, Kaleb Hartley, and Hannah Hartley. They are also blessed with 3 grandchildren, Avery Cooley, Jake Cooley, and Blair Hartley.
Austin Wingate was born and raised in Winchester Ky. He is an agent for Kentucky Farm Bureau Insurance in Woodford Co where he now resides. Farm Bureau is the largest insurance provider in Woodford Co as well as the State of KY. Austin takes great pride in servicing and taking care of all of his client’s insurance needs. He is a performance driven professional who is passionate about helping others by protecting their families’ assets. Austin serves on the local Farm Tour Board, Farm Bureau Board, Farm To Table Board, Leadership Woodford Co, & has been the Area Chairman for Woodford County Ducks Unlimited for the past three years.