Focus on Business

Mondays, 5:45 & 7:45 am plus 5:44 pm
  • Hosted by Tom Martin

A weekly short feature hosted by Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader. The segments, running approximately four minutes in length, are excerpts from Martin’s bi-weekly Q-and-A series in the Lexington Herald-Leader’s Business Monday section.

Tom Martin, Focus on Business host

Martin, who grew up in Morehead, has enjoyed a long career in broadcast journalism, serving as news anchor for KQV Radio in Pittsburgh, for AP Radio Network News, the RKO Radio Network and at WABC in New York. While serving with the AP in Washington, he won a Peabody Award for best radio news documentary.

For a number of years, Martin was a substitute for Paul Harvey on Harvey’s nationally syndicated broadcast. From 2005 until earlier this year, he was the founding editor in chief for Business Lexington. He is also an accomplished musician.

Focus on Business segments air Mondays at 7:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered.

Technical support for these broadcasts is provided by Dynamix Productions of Lexington,
online at:  www.dxaudio.com.

As Lexington updates its five-year Comprehensive Plan, much of the focus is on how to accommodate growth without expanding into the green space surrounding the city. Today, Tom Martin talks with Todd Johnson, executive vice president Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky.

As Lexington updates its five-year comprehensive plan, Tom Martin talks with city Water Quality Director Charlie Martin about the influence of the EPA consent decree on upgrading storm and sanitary sewers.


Today, Tom Martin talks with physical trainer Sheila Kalas, owner of Fitness Plus in Lexington, about her efforts to raise the bar on her industry's standards in Kentucky.

Today, Tom Martin continues his series of conversations about the 2018 update of Lexington's 5-year Comprehensive Plan. Today's guest: Lexington Vice Mayor, Steve Kay.

Tom Martin talks with Roscoe Klausing about his eco-friendly approach to business landscaping.

Today, Tom Martin continues his discussions with various stakeholders in the updating of Lexington's Five Year Comprehensive Plan.  Here's a portion of his conversation with Susan Speckert, Executive Director of the Fayette Alliance.

Today, Tom Martin talks with Michael Baer, president of the Lexington digital design company FusionCorp, about plans to brainstorm ways to strengthen Lexington's position as a home to high-tech innovation and commerce.

Tom Martin shares part of a conversation he had at last week's 33rd annual Alltech Ideas Conference with David Hunt, a co-founder of Cainthus, a Dublin-based company with the mission of digitizing agriculture.

Hunt also is a member of the faculty of Singularity University in Silicon Valley.

He has been coming to the annual Alltech event since 2011, and notes that Lexington seems to be missing an important opportunity. 


Lexington's 5-year Comprehensive Plan is due for updating in 2018. Today, Tom Martin talks with Jim Duncan, director of Lexington’s Division of Planning and in charge of leading an update process that has included a series of public meetings - among them the Blue Grass Community Foundation's "On the Table" event that gathered more than 11,000 citizens at locations around the city for a day of discussions.

Focus On Business: Luther Andal on Digital Technology

May 8, 2017

Tom Martin talks with Luther Andal, co-CEO of the Lexington digital technology firm, Able Engine.

Focus On Business: Brad Flowers on "Paired Core Values"

Apr 24, 2017

Tom Martin talks with Brad Flowers, co-founder of the Lexington marketing and branding firm "Bullhorn Creative" about the set of "paired core values" the company's staff of fourteen has been developing as a means of defining their culture and mission.

Focus On Business: Conrad Carney on Xooker

Apr 10, 2017

Today, Tom Martin talks with Conrad Carney, founder of Lexington-based CMS Text, about his latest venture, Xooker. Carney partnered with several local high tech companies to produce a text- marketing app that he says levels the competitive playing field for small and medium size businesses.

Focus On Business: Jill Barnett on LEXTRAN

Mar 27, 2017

LEXTRAN, the transit authority in Lexington, Kentucky, recently received funding to purchase a small fleet of battery-powered electric buses and related equipment. Tom Martin discussed the details with LEXTRAN assistant general manager, Jill Barnett.

Focus On Business: Scott Neal on Aging in Place

Mar 13, 2017

Study after study finds that most members of the Baby Boom generation want to "age in place" - in other words, they want to remain in their homes in their senior years.  But are they prepared?  Tom Martin talked about it with Lexington Financial Planner Scott Neal.

With refugee immigration to the United States much in the news, Tom Martin talks with Dana Lea, community engagement coordinator for the Lexington Division of the Kentucky Refugee Ministries.

In his farewell speech, former President Obama spoke of the "relentless pace of automation that is making good middle class jobs obsolete.  Today, Tom Martin talks with Dr. Chris Bollinger, director of the University of Kentucky's Center of Business and Economic Research, about the impact of automation on the workforce, now and into the future.

Tom Martin talks with Sam Perkins, CEO of Purgenix. The company produces ultraviolet technology to rid hospitals of the airborne pathogens responsible for antibiotic-resistant infections. The technology is now in use in the UK Medical Center surgical suite.

Focus On Business: Lisa Adkins on "On The Table"

Jan 16, 2017

On Wednesday, March 15th Lexington will be abuzz with hosted conversations all around the city - people talking about quality of life in Lexington. It’s a one-day event called “On the Table” being organized by the Blue Grass Community Foundation. The hope is that scores of people will sign-on to host small group discussions over breakfast, lunch, dinner, at workplaces, and other locations, throughout the day.

Tom Martin talks with Lisa Adkins, President and CEO of the Blue Grass Community Foundation, about an event she hopes will help shape Lexington's future. It’s called "On the Table."

Focus On Business: Lorie Bishop on Equine Drug Testing

Jan 2, 2017

This week, Tom Martin talks with Lorie Bishop, Laboratory Manager of LGC Science, Incorporated in Lexington.  Lorie has been at LGC since the lab opened in 2010.  She has a degree in forensic chemistry, has over 13 years of experience in equine drug testing and is a professional member of the Association of Official Racing Chemists.

Green Hills, Kentucky native Nathan Wright holds MBA and engineering degrees and an aeronautics certificate from the University of Kentucky. There was something very special about his time at UK and he talked with Tom Martin about how it led to the development of a satellite that could prevent dangerous space debris from falling to earth.

Focus On Business: Ron Gilkerson on GRW Consulting Firm

Nov 21, 2016

Today, Tom Martin talks with Ron Gilkerson who just retired after 25 years as president with G-R-W, the engineering, architectural, and geospatial consulting firm based in Lexington since 1964.

Today, Tom Martin talks with Lonny White, chief operations officer at Piramal Pharma Solutions Incorporated-Lexington, formally known as Coldstream Laboratories. The company, part of an international conglomerate, provides sterile drug product development and manufacturing services.

Tom Martin talks with Lexington attorney Jim Frazier, chair of the governing board of the new Downtown Lexington Management District.  Frazier also chairs the Lexington Parking Authority, so he has his eyes on much of what’s happening to improve Downtown Lexington’s attractiveness - not only as an interesting destination, but also as a place to live and work.

Focus On Business: Chris Stiles on Drone Delivery

Oct 10, 2016

UPS is testing drone delivery of urgent packages to remote areas, while Chipotle experiments with drone delivery of burritos on a college campus. How do these remote-controlled flying robots figure into your future? Tom Martin talked with Chris Stiles, president of Unmanned Services, a Lexington-based company providing drone services to all kinds of commercial and civil industries.

Focus On Business: Graham Rowles on KERI

Sep 26, 2016

Americans of the baby boom generation, the so-called “silver tsunami,” born between 1946 and `64, are now turning 65 at the rate of 10,000 per day and are entering what experts on aging refer to as The Third Age.” Today, Tom Martin discusses the implications with Graham Rowles (ROLLS), a professor in the Graduate Center for Gerontology in the University of Kentucky’s College of Public Health and director of the Kentucky Elder Readiness Initiative.​

 Tom Martin talks with Dave Tatman, executive director of the Kentucky Auto Industry Association. He is also associate vice president for advanced manufacturing at Western Kentucky University. Dave and his team are getting ready for "AutoVision," the association’s annual conference coming to the Lexington Center September 12th and 13th.

  Today, Tom Martin talks with Steve Kelly, executive vice-president of marketing and sales at Lexington-based Central Bank. The subject: credit card fraud and the shift to a new generation of high-tech debit and credit cards known as “chip cards.”

Lynne McNees is vice president of the Lexington-based Associations International and president of one of its nine member organizations, the International Spa Association.  In this week’s Focus on Business, she talks with Tom Martin about the business of serving the many needs of a variety of interests.

Seventy-nine percent of present-day college students believe education should include some form of professional experience, according to a study by Northeastern University. And in today’s economy, professional life is increasingly entrepreneurial.  That’s the focus of the Innovation Network for Entrepreneurial Thinking, or iNet – an undergraduate academic program in leadership and entrepreneurial thinking for all University of Kentucky students, regardless of major.

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