Focus on Business

Mondays, 5:45 & 7:45 am plus 5:44 pm
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
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.

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12:00am

Mon December 15, 2014
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Focus On Business: LaShana Harris on Product Development and Entrepreneurship

LaShana Harris is a mother, a lawyer, a business professional, and an award winning entrepreneur. She’s the founder of Babylocity, a Frankfort-based company that is developing innovative baby products for on-the-go moms.

Tom Martin talked with LaShana about the challenges and the rewards of having an idea for a business and then shaping and preparing that idea for the marketplace.

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9:57am

Tue December 2, 2014
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Focus On Business: Michael Hartman on Online Gaming

Frogdice is an independent game development studio in Lexington, Kentucky.  Founded in 1996 by Michael Hartman, Frogdice creates online and digital download games of the role-playing or "RPG" variety.  Tom Martin talked with Michael about his company and about gaming.

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12:00am

Mon November 3, 2014
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Focus on Business: Warren Nash on Innovation and Entrepreneurship

November 17th begins a week of focus on innovation and entrepreneurial inspiration during the 4th Annual Lexington Global Entrepreneurship Week.  In his role as director of the Lexington office of the Kentucky Innovation Network, Warren Nash is one of those overseeing the event.  He sat down with Tom Martin.

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5:42am

Mon October 20, 2014
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Focus on Business: Bobby Clark on Overcoming Tragedy in West Liberty

Bobby Clark is founder and president of Sustainable Business Ventures, a non-profit working to develop businesses, social enterprises, environmental literacy training and entrepreneurial training.  In part one of his conversation with Tom Martin, Clark discusses his work to help a Kentucky community overcome tragedy.

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8:56am

Mon October 13, 2014
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Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Breeder's Cup 2015

The Breeders’ Cup will take place in 2015 at Lexington, Kentucky’s Keeneland Race Course - the spot where this prestigious international thoroughbred racing event was conceived - but before now, has never been held.

The horse racing will take place on Friday and Saturday, October 30th and 31st of next year. But planning is now underway to begin the party well before October 30th.

Kip Cornett chairs the 2015 Breeders’ Cup/Keeneland Host Committee and he spoke with Tom Martin.

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9:00am

Wed September 24, 2014
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Focus on Business: Deirdre Lyons on Innovation and Jobs

Deirdre Lyons is, with her husband Pearse, co-founder of the international animal nutrition and health company Alltech, based in Nicholasville, Kentucky and operating in 128 countries.  She talked with Tom Martin about the company’s creative efforts to deliver innovation and jobs to Eastern Kentucky through brewing and distilling, as well as poultry and fish production.

 

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11:35am

Thu September 11, 2014
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Focus On Business: Gretchen Brown on Three Decades as a Leader in Hospice Care

In 1982, Hospice of the Bluegrass was known as Community Hospice of Lexington serving up to eighteen patients in Fayette County with a staff of five plus several dozen volunteers.

Today, Hospice of the Bluegrass serves nearly 700 patients in 32 Kentucky counties with a staff of more than 400 and a volunteer-base of nearly 1,000. This growth and expansion has occurred on the watch of Gretchen Brown, regarded one of the most successful, innovative, and respected leaders of the American hospice movement.

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8:46am

Mon August 25, 2014
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Focus on Business: Ebony Nava on Adversity and Achievement

Going from finding herself a 20-year old unwed mother with only a 2nd grade education - who had just received custody of her six younger siblings - to earning a spot among the 20 winners of USA Today’s 2013 All-USA Community College Academic Team, as well as a Coca Cola New Century Scholar, and graduating this year from Bluegrass Community and Technical College with a 4.0 GPA and associate degrees in Science and the Arts. Intrigued? This is the story of Ebony Nava.  She spoke with Tom Martin.

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8:54am

Mon August 11, 2014
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Focus on Business: Tom Stultz on JMI and Sponsorship Rights with UK

Tom Stultz is president of San Diego-based JMI Sports.  The Greenup native has more than forty years professional executive experience negotiating and securing more than a billion dollars in multimedia and sponsorship rights agreements with major universities - agreements like the 15-year deal announced in late June between JMI and UK valued at $210 million.  Tom Martin talked with Stultz to find out what the deal means to UK...and to Cats fans.

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8:46am

Mon July 28, 2014
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Focus on Business: Matt Bellis on 3-D Scanning

Science is creating jobs in Lexington.  Seikowave is a technology company focused on three dimensional scanning. The company is a working example of the University of Kentucky’s efforts to establish a high-tech sector of the central Kentucky economy. Here’s Tom Martin’s conversation with Seikowave founder and CEO, Matt Bellis.

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6:00am

Mon July 14, 2014
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Focus on Business: Amy Cloud on Jessamine County Expansion

Nicholasville is the fifth fastest growing city in Kentucky and Jessamine County was the tenth fastest growing county, according to the latest U.S. Census.  What does this growth look like and mean?

Discussing it with Tom Martin is Amy Cloud, CEO of the Jessamine County Chamber of Commerce.  In this role, Cloud is on the forefront of many issues raised by the expansion Jessamine is now experiencing.

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9:59am

Tue July 1, 2014
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Focus on Business: Robert Wagoner on Lexington's Urban Core and its Unrealized Potential

Lexington’s downtown has come a long, long way in recent years; restaurants, music venues, the farmers market and Thursday night live. But, we still hear people say they avoid downtown, and it usually has to do with uncertainty about parking. That’s the focus of Tom Martin’s conversation with Robert Wagoner, a retired commercial real estate and development professional whose projects include the Tates Creek, Palomar and Lexington Green shopping centers.

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9:27am

Mon June 16, 2014
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Focus on Business: Ron Mossotti on the Evolution of Digital Technology

To be in the communications business these days requires staying up to date on the latest developments in the endless evolution of digital technology.  It’s the focus of Tom Martin’s conversation with Ron Mossotti, President of Lexington’s Hammond Communications.

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8:52am

Tue June 3, 2014
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Focus on Business: Bob Stewart on Latest Trends in Kentucky Tourism

Tourism contributed more than $12 billion to Kentucky's economy in 2013. Tourism was responsible for more than 175,000 jobs in Kentucky last year, and those jobs generated more than $2.8 billion in wages. Bob Stewart is secretary of Kentucky’s Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet. He talked with Tom Martin about some of the latest trends in Kentucky tourism.

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11:08am

Thu May 29, 2014
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Focus on Business: Kip Cornett on Social Media and Lexington's Creative Culture

Kip Cornett is president, CEO, and namesake of Lexington’s advertising and creative agency, “Cornett.” His firm employs 52 and is just a few months away from its 30th year in business. 

May 19th was a big day at Cornett. The firm has won the Webby “People’s Choice” Award in the “Professional Services” category - recognition in what amounts to the “Oscars” of the Internet, presented annually since the late 1990’s. 

Tom Martin talked with Kip Cornett not only about this distinction, but also about Lexington’s creative culture.

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10:56am

Mon May 5, 2014
Business and the Economy

Focus on Business: Scott Clark on Social Media and Website Performance

Scott Clark is an online business consultant and owner of Lexington-based BuzzMaven Labs. He focuses on helping his clients find ways to improve the performance of their websites. And he offers guidance on internet marketing investments and social media activities.  

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9:21am

Tue April 29, 2014
Business and the Economy

Focus on Business: Alan Stein on "Reputation Management"

In recent years institutions that we tend to take for granted: our airport, the library, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Association of Counties, the Bluegrass Area Development District, have experienced controversies that have shaken faith in leadership, highlighted instances of lax board governance, and most painful of all, damaged reputations.

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11:33am

Mon March 24, 2014
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Focus on Business: Ron Crouch on Business Trends

Ron Crouch is Director of Research and Statistics, Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet in Frankfort. He oversees the development of databases on demographic, social, educational, workforce, and economic issues and trends relating to life in the Commonwealth. He spoke recently with Tom Martin about the numbers flowing across his desk and what they mean to us.

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10:49pm

Mon March 10, 2014
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Focus on Business: Mukang Cho on Real Estate Financing

Mukang Cho is CEO of In-Rel Properties, a privately held Florida real estate investment firm founded in 1985 with approximately $500 million in assets under management. Chase Tower on East Main Street in downtown Lexington is the firm’s first Kentucky acquisition.

It is among more than 6 million square feet of office and retail properties throughout the United States owned by In-Rel. With transactions to his credit valued at more than $100 billion, Cho is an expert on real estate financing. 

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9:41pm

Mon February 24, 2014
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Focus on Business: Chris Young on Bluegrass Angels

Chris Young is a member of the Bluegrass Angels, a seed funding organization of some of Kentucky’s most accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders.

Tom Martin’s conversation with Young begins with something new for The Bluegrass Angels:  a “Launch Fund” – Chris’ concept of a competition to provide funding to entrepreneurs who have interesting business ideas, but are not yet far enough along to present them to the Bluegrass Angels group.  As a result of its first competition, held recently, the Fund awarded $25,000 investments to each of four finalist companies.

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9:35pm

Mon February 10, 2014
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Focus on Business: Paul Coomes on Current Economic Conditions

Paul Coomes is a retired Emeritus Professor of Economics at the University of Louisville and a consultant for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. He is recognized as one of the most knowledgeable and experienced economists in the Commonwealth. He spoke with Tom Martin about current economic conditions.

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7:30am

Mon January 27, 2014
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Focus on Business: Lexington Mayor Jim Gray on Economic Advancement Efforts

While Lexington and Louisville remain rivals in many areas, the mayors of both cities continue to move forward on a mutually beneficial economic partnership. They formed the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM).  They commissioned the Washington, D.C. think tank, The Brookings Institution, to conduct a study into the feasibility of creating a 22-county economic region, anchored by Lexington to the east and Louisville to the west. 

In this week's Focus on Business, Tom Martin discusses some of the study's findings and its vision with Lexington Mayor Jim Gray.

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10:37am

Mon January 20, 2014
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Focus on Business: Chamber of Commerce Agenda for the Ky General Assembly

As the 2014 Kentucky General Assembly gets underway, Kentucky businesses are keeping an eye on Frankfort.  Tom Martin spoke with Kentucky Chamber of Commerce President and CEO Dave Adkisson.

There’s more information about the Kentucky Chamber’s detailed agenda at www dot KY Chamber dot com.

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12:04am

Tue December 31, 2013
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Focus on Business: Putting Entrepreneurs Together with Investors

Putting Kentucky entrepreneurs together with Kentucky investors is the aim of a new web-based network being rolled out in January by the state Cabinet for Economic Development.

Tom Martin talked with Dean Harvey, executive director of UK’s Von Allmen Center for Entrepreneurship, about the Kentucky Angel Network.

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8:00am

Mon December 16, 2013
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Focus on Business: Creative Talent as Community Resource

Commonly heard among economic development and education professionals is that in this 21st Century world creative talent drives a community’s economy and makes it an interesting place to live, work and play. In many cases, such talent lives and plays locally, but their work is not confined to the local economy. “Live local, work global,” as the saying goes.

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8:00am

Mon December 2, 2013
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Focus on Business: Science, Education Research & Innovation

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Kris Kimel, co-founder and president of the Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation, a non-profit that champions science, education, research and innovation in the Commonwealth.

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7:24pm

Fri November 29, 2013
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Focus on Business: Lexmark Ex VP Marty Canning

Tom Martin speaks with Marty Canning, Executive Vice President of Lexmark International Incorporated and President of “Imaging Solutions and Services.” 

He has held that position since 20-10.  Prior to that, Mr. Canning headed Lexmark’s former Printing Solutions and Services Division.  Much has changed since those days, including the expertise and skills the company now requires of its employees. 

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11:19am

Mon November 11, 2013
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Focus on Business: Fixing Lexington's Sewer Problems

For years, hard rains in Lexington have caused sanitary and storm water sewer systems to overflow into streams and even homes.

These illegal “Sanitary Sewer Overflows,” are the basis of a 2006 lawsuit filed against the city by the Environmental Protection Agency and the state of Kentucky. A 2011 Consent Decree gives Lexington 10 years to fix the problem. 

The agreement requires the city to establish a Capacity Assurance Program (CAP). It was developed by a seven-member task force that produced 19 recommendations for a plan submitted early this year to the EPA. 

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2:15am

Sat November 2, 2013
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Focus on Business: EKU President Benson

Tom Martin, of the Lexington Herald Leader, speaks with Dr. Michael Benson, new President of Eastern Kentucky University about his first few months on the job.

Read more on Kentucky.com

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12:15am

Sat October 12, 2013
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Focus on Business: Kentucky Businesses & the Affordable Care Act

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Margaret Levi, lawyer with the ­Lexington firm of Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs, and author of The Impact of Health Care Reform on Kentucky ­Employers, a 68-page booklet published by the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce.

Read more here on Kentucky.com 

Read more here: http://www.kentucky.com/2013/10/07/2864150/what-kentucky-businesses-need.html#storylink=cpy

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