Joe Montgomery is chief executive officer of Omveria (ahm-VAIR-ee-uh), a Lexington-based tech company on the verge of launching new app technology for mobile devices. The company website features the tagline, “One Download, One Touch, Millions of Businesses.” Tom Martin asked Joe to explain what Omveria is about.
When you hear that a new entrepreneurial business is coming to town, what comes to mind? How about a theater company with the aim of pairing Broadway and national touring talent with aspiring local and regional talents? That’s the aim of The Lexington Theater Company, set to stage its first production, 42nd Street, at the Lexington Opera House later this month. Tom Martin looked into the business side with co-founders and former Broadway professionals Lyndy and Jeromy Smith.
Greg Walker, along with his father, Randy, and his brother, Chad, has worked for years to rehabilitate and renovate what has been a nondescript collection of small industrial office and warehouse buildings bounded by Walton, National and North Ashland Avenues in Lexington. Lately though, the 13-acre “Warehouse Block” as it’s now called, has been springing to life with a growing collection of interesting entrepreneurial businesses. Tom Martin’s conversation with Greg Walker took place in a studio, Dynamix Productions, that is now into its 11th year on National Avenue.
In March of this year, the Pueblo Chemical Depot in Colorado began destroying the United States’ largest remaining stockpile of chemical weapons, leaving Blue Grass Army Depot in Richmond, Kentucky holding the remaining inventory. Bechtel Parsons Blue Grass holds the Defense Department contract to operate and close a facility to destroy these weapons. Tom Martin talked with the man responsible, site project manager, Jeff Brubaker.
A recent state audit found that 34 percent of rural hospitals were considered to be in poor financial health. According to the Kentucky Hospital Association, 70 of the state's hospitals have laid off more than 7,700 employees in the past two years. What’s happening to rural hospitals and the communities that depend on them? Tom Martin raised those questions with Dr. Alison Davis, University of Kentucky Professor and Executive Director of the Community and Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky and President of the National Association of Community Development Extension Professionals.
What is Kentucky’s leading export industry? If I told you that it’s manufacturers of products for the aviation and aerospace industry, would you be surprised? In 2014, Kentucky Aerospace exports quietly surpassed far better known industries such as automotive and bourbon. Robert Riggs is founder and current board member of the Kentucky Aviation Association. He spoke with Tom Martin.
As a child growing up in Georgia, notions of someday becoming an engineer never occurred to Dianne Leveridge. But the girl who didn’t think she was good at math went on to earn first a master’s degree, and then a PhD in civil engineering and is now guiding other smart young women to act on their true professional talents and ambitions. Dr. Leveridge is now Director of Technical Programs for the Kentucky Community and Technical College System. She shared her journey with Tom Martin.
Rich Ord is CEO of iEntry, a Lexington-based company that serves online newsletter and internet advertising. Rich has been in the business long enough to have witnessed firsthand a great deal of growth and development, as well as some pivotal technological innovations.
Phil Holoubek’s downtown-Lexington projects have included Main & Rose and the Nunn Lofts. He is now leading an effort to redevelop the eastern end of downtown Lexington along Midland Avenue, from Vine to Third Streets. Phil joined Tom Martin for a conversation about the project.
Education, economic development, and tax policy are among the focus issues of Commerce Lexington’s 2015 local, state and national Public Policy Agenda. Tom Martin’s conversation with the Chamber’s public policy committee chair Carla Blanton deals with matters before the 2015 session of the Kentucky General Assembly.
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.
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.
Charles Martin is Director of Lexington’s Division of Air and Water Quality. He manages the city’s settlement with the Environmental Protection Agency to bring Lexington into compliance with the Federal Clean Water Act. In essence, when it rains hard, the city’s storm sewers flow into its sanitary sewers. The resulting overflows have not been pretty.
The city is now well into the process of fixing this. Tom Martin spoke with Mr. Martin (no relation) about this enormous project in November, 2013. Now, one year later, time for an update.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.