CRESTWOOD, Ky. (March 2004) Main Street USA was the theme
of this years Oldham Community Showcase, presented on Saturday,
Feb. 7, by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce in the former Wal-Mart
building at Crestwood Station. A magic show with Dave Cottrell, a
prom style fashion show, the Oldham County Singers, live and silent
auctions, childrens activities, a food court and more than 100
local business, service and nonprofit organizations were featured.
of the March RoundAbout.
A preview and luncheon on Friday, Feb. 6, kicked off the 10th annual
event, along with presentation of the Oldham County Top Achievers
awards. Bill Samuels, president and CEO of Makers Mark and Oldham
County resident, was the keynote speaker.
I was wondering on the drive over here, why did they pick
me? I make whiskey, Samuels began, lightheartedly referencing
the countys former dry status.
But rather than speaking about whiskey and whiskey marketing, the
only two things I know anything about, he said, Samuels chose
instead to focus on the importance of managing growth.
Comparing the substantial growth of his company to that of Oldham
County, Samuels noted that staying true to core values is more important
than growth for the sake of growth.
According my fathers value system, quality trumped quantity
anytime the two were in conflict, he said. Samuels father, Bill
Samuels Sr., introduced in 1958 Makers Mark bourbon whiskey.
Produced in Loretto, Ky., in small batches, distinctively bottled
and hand sealed with red wax, it has since become a very successful
American icon brand, according to Samuels Jr., who took over
as head of the company in 1975.
Important to the countys future is leadership that focuses on
long-term results and quality of life, Samuels told those gathered
for the luncheon. Im certainly willing to help, and I
hope you are, too, he concluded.
Following his address Samuels was presented with a first edition Oldham
County tourism T-shirt, a caricature drawn by artist Denny Wahlen
and a bourbon pound cake.
Also on Friday, for the second consecutive year the chamber presented
its Oldham County Top Achievers awards. The following were recipients:
by Don Ward
Oldham County Singers perform.
"Bedford Bank Community Service Award & Non-profit
of the Year Award: Oldham County Business and Professional Women.
BPW president Debbie Newhouse accepted on behalf of her organization
both the community service and non-profit of the year awards. Non-profit,
non-partisan, non-sectarian, self-governing and member supported,
BPW-USA was founded in 1919 by Kentucky native Lena Madesin Phillips
as a result of the need for a coordinated womens effort during
World War I. The Oldham County chapter, founded in 1991, is one of
the states newest clubs. The club holds monthly meetings featuring
a variety of topics of interest to working women, including political,
environmental, workplace and educational issues.
While political issues are the focus of many BPW clubs, Our
group decided to focus on the Oldham County community, said
Newhouse. That includes fund raisers to help support local organizations
such as Habitat for Humanity, Apple Patch Community, Tri-County Community
Action Agency, Make-A-Wish Foundation and Oldham County YMCA. Last
year the clubs annual Fall Ball charity event raised $15,000
for the LaGrange H.O.S.T. House, a program of Home of the Innocents.
The club also provides each year a scholarship to an Oldham County
college-bound, senior woman from each high school. The club will raise
funds this year for that purpose on March 20 by holding an All
About Me tea.
by Don Ward
Prom Fashion Show model at the Oldham Showcase.
Oldham County BPW is currently 40 members strong, but a lot
of women dont know about the group, said Newhouse. She
hopes the OCTA recognition will boost community awareness of the club
and encourage more women to become involved.
BellSouth E-Business of the Year Award & Home-Based
Business of the Year Award: Oldham County On-Line. The husband and
wife team of Lambert and Terri Franklin accepted both the e-business
and home-based business of the year awards for Oldham County On-Line.
Founded by the couple in 1997, the companys services include
website design and hosting, domain registration, search engine registration,
ongoing consultation, graphic design, digital photography, on-line
credit card acceptance, logo design, and advertising.
Oldham County On-Line also owns and operates community
websites for Oldham, Hart, Warren, Barren and Metcalfe counties. These
sites provide information about county schools, churches, businesses,
government, services, and events as well as local news, weather and
sports. Most recently, the company has introduced Oldham business
sites for companies and individuals searching the web for information
about Oldham County. These include: OldhamCountyHomes.com; ThinkOldhamCounty.com;
OldhamCountyVotes.com; OldhamCountyTourism.com; ShopOldhamCountyKY.com;
OldhamCountyJobs.com; OldhamCountyEBusiness and OldhamCountyE-Commerce.
Our biggest goal is trying to be a community service and an
information source for people coming to the county and people who
live here, Lambert Franklin said.
Business of the Year Award, Large Business Category (25-plus Employees):
Coldwell Banker McMahan Co. Jerry McMahan of Coldwell Banker McMahan
accepted on behalf of his company the business of the year award,
large business category.
The McMahan family has since 1953 dominated the Oldham County real
estate and development market. Jerry McMahan entered the family business
in 1972, and in 1991 the company joined forces with the national strength
and reputation of Coldwell Banker.
Now the No. 1 Coldwell Banker company in the state, McMahan Co. features
12 offices and more than 300 sales associations. In addition to Oldham
County, the company serves real estate markets in Jefferson, Bullitt,
Shelby and Henry counties, Lexington, Frankfort, Winchester, Elizabethtown,
Ft. Knox, Bardstown and southern Indiana.
McMahan Co. also received the chairmans booth award,
presented by Showcase chair Jon Bednarski.
by Don Ward
(sitting) greets a visitor
at the Sylvan Learning booth.
Business of the Year Award, Small Business Category (1-24 Employees):
Presentation Solutions, Inc. & Woodfield Homes, Inc.
Joe and Carol Powell of Presentation Solutions and Ron and Donna Fonk
of Woodfield Homes shared top honors for business of the year, small
Presentation Solutions was founded in 1990 by Oldham County native
Joe Powell and his mother Carol Powell. Beginning with just one product
line marketed from a home-based office, the company now has four product
divisions, its own building in Buckner, 17 employees, and branch territories
in Louisville and Lexington, Ky., Cincinnati and Nashville, Tenn.
I think its been the best of everything, said Joe
Powell about operating a business in Oldham County. Carol Powell agreed.
Its been a wonderful location for us, she said.
Presentation Solutions products include LCD multi-media projectors;
large format printers, and industrial labeling and signage systems.
The company also provides presentation services that include production
of and/or instruction in PowerPoint presentations.
To be recognized where you live is really rewarding, said
Carol Powell regarding the OCTA award. The company also has received
at state and national levels awards from Business First, Techno-Vision,
Better Business Bureau, Ernst & Young, and Business-Family Partnership.
Woodfield Homes was founded in 1993 by Ron and Donna Fonk. The company
specializes in single-family, custom designed and quality built homes.
All design work is done in-house using CAD software. Woodfield has
built homes in Jefferson, Shelby and Henry counties but concentrates
mostly on Oldham County construction.
Of last years business, 73 percent came from repeat customers
and referrals, according to Ron Fonk, who said he is proud to be among
the conscientious builders serving the Oldham County community. Weve
been incredibly blessed, he said.
Ron Fonk serves as chairperson of the Oldham County Council, an extension
of the Home Builders Association of Louisville, and as member of the
Oldham County Chamber board of directors.