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.

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.

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.

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.

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.  

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.

Focus on Business: Ron Crouch on Business Trends

Mar 24, 2014

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.

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

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.

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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

Tom Martin of the Lexington Herald Leader speaks with Al Blevins, President of the Lexington Bluegrass Association of Realtors about The Central Kentucky housing market.

Tom Martin, well known for his reports on the central Kentucky business scene, can now be heard on WEKU-FM. Martin’s “Focus on Business” report will air Mondays at 7:35 a.m. during Morning Edition and will be repeated on Mondays at 5:45 p.m. during All Things Considered.

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