Also at Systems Solutions, Tony Osbron joined the sales and marketing team.
Osbron, a Paducah native, brings 30 years of equipment sales and sales management experience to his position where he will specialize in managed print services. Osbron’s responsibilities will also include marketing, social media administration, account management and equipment sales.
Amy Kight joined Systems Solutions as controller. Kight will oversee all financial aspects of the company. A cum laude graduate of Western Kentucky University, Kight served as a public accountant for five years, earning her Certified Public Accountant license in 2003. Before joining the executive team at Systems Solutions, she served as the chief financial officer for Easter Seals of West Kentucky Inc.
The Paducah Convention & Visitors Bureau promoted Laura Schaumburg to marketing director. Schaumburg will be responsible for all aspects of the destination’s strategic marketing and public relations, including the management of the Paducah brand which is used to attract visitors from around the world.
She first joined the Paducah CVB team in 2008 as a marketing intern. She assumed the role of marketing assistant in January 2011 and was recently promoted following the retirement of past marketing director Rosemarie Steele.
KeeFORCE, an outsourced IT provider in Paducah, hired Jim Dudley as business development manager. Dudley will be responsible for expanding the company’s growing client base while enhancing business relationships with KeeFORCE’s current information technology clients.
Dudley earned a bachelor’s degree in business management from Murray State University.
Brittany Borden, a graduate of Freed-Hardeman University, joined the team at Innovations Branding House as a graphic designer. Borden earned her bachelor’s degree in studio art with an emphasis in graphic design in 2012. After spending three years in the Jackson, Tenn., area, she now lives in Benton.
Jamey R. Brown, CFP, was selected as one of the country’s top 35 Financial Advisors under the age of 35 for Wealth Management-Americas, recognizing him for outstanding performance and success as a leader amongst his peers. Brown began his career at UBS Financial Services Inc. in 2001 where he provides investment advice and financial planning to individual clients, business owners and corporate retirement plans. Brown is also the branch office manager of the UBS Paducah location. He will attend a peer-sharing conference with the other 34 selected individuals in New York City which will feature advanced training on holistic wealth management.
The Associated General Contractors of Western Kentucky, a chapter of the Associated General Contractors of America, installed officers and directors for 2013.
Officers: president, Roger Dillingham of Crouch Building Associates, Inc. of Mayfield; vice president, Danny Dyke of DC Electric of Benton; treasurer, Chris Black of Ray Black & Son Inc. of Paducah; immediate past president, Dennis Smith of Pinnacle Inc. of Benton.
Directors: Bruce Chester of Chester Mechanical Inc. of Paducah; Max Cleaver of Cleaver Construction Co. of Murray; Kirk Edwards of Kit-Mo Rental & Supply Company of Paducah; Kenny Freeman of Minter Roofing Co. of Benton; Patty Freeman of Western Rivers Insurance of Paducah; Chris Hayden of NES Rentals of Paducah; Jason Hickey of Premier Fire Protection Inc. of Paducah; Marty Johnson of Johnson Plaster & Vinyl Inc. of Benton; David Kelly of Denton & Keuler of Paducah; Mike Lawson of M.P. Lawson Construction of Paducah; Michael Martin of Morgan, Trevathan & Gunn of Benton; Barry McDonald of Bill Adams Construction of Murray; Greg McKeel of McKeel Equipment Co. of Paducah; Brian McReynolds of Jim Smith Contracting Co. in Grand Rivers; Crystal Sanders of James Sanders Nursery of Paducah; Eric Watts of Vanguard Contractors of Paducah.
Greg McKeel, of McKeel Equipment Co. of Paducah, received the 2012 AGC of Western Kentucky Chapter Service Award. The award is given to those who share their personal time, talent and expertise with the association.
McKeel has served on the board of directors of the local AGC chapter for 17 years, and serves on the executive board. He also has chaired the social committee and education committee, where he was directly involved in the success of the AGC/MSU Construction Day.
Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Paducah achieved Gold rehab standard in parent company Life Care Centers of America’s 111-point quality audit.
Each Life Care building undergoes an annual audit of its core rehab program, assessing how the team works with other departments to provide a cohesive plan of care. Auditors (regional rehab associates with Life Care) score the rehab teams on four key areas: environment, human resources, clinical programming and systems management.
Facilities that achieve Gold standard are shown to have a strong, stable therapy team that is eligible to develop a specialty program based on the community’s needs. Parkview Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, located at 544 Lone Oak Road, is one of six rehabilitation and skilled nursing centers in Kentucky operated or managed by Life Care Centers of America.
Hospitalist Dr. Frances Horn joined the medical staff at Western Baptist Hospital.
Horn graduated from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine, where she completed a residency in rural family medicine. She practiced since 1999 at the Jane Phillips Medical Center in Bartlesville, Okla., where she served as chief of staff.
Western Baptist’s hospitalist program began in early 2009. A team of hospitalists cares for hospitalized patients whose physicians are not on the hospital staff. The hospitalist returns their care to their primary care physician after they leave the hospital.
The Paducah Renaissance Alliance announced the appointment of new officers for its board of advisers: Darlene Mazzone, Paducah Life Magazine as chairwoman; Sharon Poat, Midtown Alliance of Neighbors as vice chairwoman; Maurie McGarvey, Paducah Bank as treasurer; Robert Hopper, retired journalist as secretary.
The board was established to advise the executive director regarding the Department of Main Street, a.k.a. Paducah Renaissance Alliance, program. Recommendations include but are not limited to such matters as the mission and vision of the program and the goals, objectives and tasks of the program.
Catherine Blythe DuPerrieu joined BlytheWhite, a Paducah-based CPA firm, as staff accountant. DuPerrieu graduated from Heath High School and is a 2011 graduate of the University of Kentucky with degrees in both accounting and finance.
DuPerrieu is a certified public accountant and was previously a staff accountant in Audit and Assurance with Lattimore Black Morgan & Cain in Brentwood, Tenn.
Nicole Farley also joined BlytheWhite as executive assistant. Farley serves as the principal support of activities related to firm operations and growth. She joins BlytheWhite with a diverse background and 15 years’ experience in management and event planning.
UBS Financial Services Inc. congratulated Jamey R. Brown, CFP, for being selected as one of the country’s top 35 financial advisers under the age of 35 for Wealth Management-Americas, which recognized him for outstanding performance and success as a leader among his peers. Brown began his career with UBS in 2001, where he provides investment advice and financial planning to individual clients, business owners and corporate retirement plans.
Brown is the branch office manager of the company’s Paducah location. He will attend a peer sharing conference with the other 34 selected individuals in New York City, which will feature advanced training on holistic wealth management.
Chris Hunkler of Paducah gave the commencement address at the Golf Academy of America’s San Diego campus recently. Hunkler is past president of the GAA and former senior director of the PGA of America.
Peel & Holland announced the promotion of Ashley O’Daniel to full-time marketing specialist for the Benton-based firm’s business development and property and casualty departments.
As part of the business development team, she implements sales and marketing strategies through advertising, public relations and campaign development, working directly with the sales team to accelerate results. O’Daniel earned her bachelor’s degree in literature and creative writing from Murray State University.
Austin Madding joined the marketing team of Innovations Branding House in Paducah as a graphic designer and videographer. Madding earned his bachelor’s degree in graphic design in 2012 from Murray State University. He has served as a junior designer in Paducah and was a student art director for the Murray State annual “Notations” magazine. He also is an independent filmmaker.
Charles Lindsey, general manager of Systems Solutions, has been certified as a HIPAA Security and Compliance Professional.
Those with the certification assist medical providers with navigating the privacy and security rules and regulatory requirements of HIPAA and the HITECH Act. Lindsey has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare IT and holds numerous industry awards and certifications.
He is a member of the National Circle of Excellence, is listed in Who’s Who in Technology and has been recognized in a study by the University of Florida sponsored by American Express for his market philosophy and practices.
The Tennessee Valley Authority started the new year with a new president and CEO and with four new TVA board nominees being confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
Bill Johnson is the new president and CEO of the TVA. Retiring CEO Tom Kilgore presented Johnson with the ceremonial “Keys to TVA” as a symbol of the $11 billion agency’s transition to new leadership. New board members are: Dr. Marilyn A. Brown, professor at the School of Public Policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology; V. Lynn Evans, owner of V. Lynn Evans, CPA; Michael McWherter, owner and president of Central Distributors Co. and Volunteer Distributing in Tennessee; and Joe H. Ritch, attorney at Sirote & Permutt law firm in Huntsville, Ala.
General surgeon Dr. Demetrius L. Patton joined the medical staff at Western Baptist Hospital.
Patton graduated from the Indiana University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in general surgery at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New Hyde Park, N.Y., where he served as chief resident. He previously practiced in Greencastle and Bloomington, Ind.
Patton joins general surgeon Dr. David West. He is accepting new patients for general surgery, including advanced laparoscopy, surgical oncology and critical care at West Kentucky Surgical Associates, Doctors Office Building 1, Suite 102, Western Baptist Hospital, 2601 Kentucky Ave. Call 270-443-0202.
Lee Bearden, vice president of lending at Community Financial Services Bank based in Benton, has retired. Bearden has 52 years of experience in the financial industry with the last 14 years at CFSB.
Kentucky Department of Corrections Deputy Commissioner James Erwin announced that Steve Woodward has been promoted to warden at the Western Kentucky Correctional Complex in Fredonia. Woodward assumed his new duties Tuesday.
Woodward began his career with the Department of Corrections in September 1990 as a correctional officer at WKCC. He was promoted over the years, most recently to deputy warden at WKCC in January 2010, as the facility converted to an all-female population in April 2010. Woodward is a 2008 graduate of Mid-Continent University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in business management.
Western Baptist Hospital is one of 356 hospitals nationwide recognized by WomenCertified as the “Best Hospitals for Patient Experience in Obstetrics.”
The obstetrics award is for 2013. Baptist was recognized by the same organization in 2011 and 2012 among “America’s Best Hospitals for Patient Experience.”
WomenCertified helps women identify businesses that value the customer experience and appreciate female consumer needs.
Winners were chosen based on exceptional patient recommendation scores and multiple clinical considerations, such as rates of infection or serious complications.
The Paducah Board of Realtors held its annual installation luncheon on Nov. 16 at the Walker Hall Event Center, during which officers and directors for 2013 were sworn in. Officers for 2013 are: president, Suzy Gilland; president-elect, Randy Bridges; secretary/treasurer, Mike Noonan.
Directors for 2013 are Mary Hoy, Penny Mariner, Ben Sirk, Priscilla Thompson, Gaya Hart and Carl Adams. Mary Nichols will serve on the board as immediate past president, along with Ron Hughes, KAR president elect, Donnie Roberts, KAR voting delegate, and John Davis, KAR past president.
Life Care Center, 252 W. Fifth St. in La Center, achieved Gold rehab standard in parent company Life Care Centers of America’s 111-point quality audit.
Each Life Care building undergoes an annual audit of its core rehab program, assessed in four areas: environment, human resources, clinical programming and systems management. Facilities that achieve a Gold standard are shown to have a strong, stable therapy team that is eligible to develop a specialty program based on the community’s needs.
Life Care Center offers physical, occupational and speech therapies on an inpatient and outpatient basis.
Nicole Sullivan, branch administration officer in Mayfield for First Kentucky Bank, has been selected by the Kentucky Bankers Association for its 2013 Emerging Leaders Program. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to develop the next generation of bank leaders in Kentucky and is limited to nine individuals each year. This highly select class of emerging leaders will be provided the opportunity to develop their leadership skills through specific, comprehensive bank and community related activities in 2013.
Meghan Heine and Jimmie Sizemore joined The Paducah Bank and Trust Company Private Banking Department.
Heine is a private banking loan officer. She earned a bachelor’s degree in sociology and a master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University. She began working for Paducah Bank in 2008.
Sizemore is a personal banker/customer service representative. He began working at Paducah Bank in 2007 after six years of retail sales experience. Sizemore earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Murray State University.
Betty Darnell of Benton-based Community Financial Services Bank was promoted to an assistant vice president. Darnell has 26 years of service in the banking industry. Her responsibilities at CFSB are to ensure customer service and further secure the future of CFSB as a mortgage lender. Darnell is a graduate of Murray High School and attended Murray State University. Her financial education also includes AIB certifications.
Gov. Steve Beshear appointed Brenda R. Hosford, of Murray, to the Kentucky Commission on Services and Supports for Individuals with an Intellectual Disability and Other Developmental Disabilities.
Hosford is retired. She represents family members of an adult with an intellectual disability or other developmental disabilities. The appointment replaces Glenna M. Taylor, whose term expired. Hosford will serve a term expiring July 15, 2016.
Michelle J. Neiswender was promoted to partner of Milestones Financial Planning, LLC, according to Johanna Fox Turner, partner of Milestones Financial Planning and president of Fox & Company CPA in Mayfield.
Neiswender joined Fox & Company in December 2006 as office manager and bookkeeper and became office manager at Milestones Financial Planning in May 2009. In 2010, she earned her MBA from Murray State University and began an apprenticeship under Turner in 2011. In addition, Neiswender passed the Series 65 exam in 2011 and plans to sit for the Certified Financial Planner exam this year.
W. Ashton Haus was elected to a four-year term that began Jan. 1 to the board of directors of the Institute of Hazardous Materials Management. A Marshall County native living in Paducah, Haus has more than 20 years of professional experience, currently serving as the Industrial Hygiene Program Manager for Babcock and Wilcox Conversion Services, LLC — a Department of Energy prime contractor. Haus earned a master’s degree of engineering technology with environmental emphasis and a master’s of occupational safety and health with a dual emphasis in industrial hygiene and environmental from Murray State University.
Haus is a certified hazardous materials manager (CJ-MM), certified industrial hygienist, certified safety professional and a former volunteer fire fighter/hazardous materials responder.
Brent A. Phillips joined Hawkins & Company, Inc., a Paducah-based CPA firm, as a staff accountant. Phillips is a 1996 graduate of the University of Akron with a degree in accounting. Phillips is a certified public accountant and was previously an agent with the Kentucky Department of Revenue. Phillips has 10 years of financial and taxation experience.
Bradshaw and Weil, 621 Broadway, announced several new hires and positions at its office in downtown Paducah. Bradshaw and Weil, launched in 1867, is the oldest insurance agency in Kentucky.
Amber Ballard was named a commercial account tech. She specializes in commercial underwriting and processing. Ballard is a Paducah native and a 2008 graduate of St. Mary High School and received an associate degree in science and arts from West Kentucky Community & Technical College.
Mary Anne McMillen became a licensed personal lines agent at the firm. She specializes in providing insurance and risk advice for home and auto. McMillen earned a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from Ashford University. McMillen is a veteran of the United States Air Force and recently relocated to western Kentucky from the Florida Keys.
Samantha Scott was named a licensed personal lines agent. Scott specializes in providing insurance and risk advice for home and auto. Scott most recently was a CSR at Kentucky Farm Bureau. She is a Paducah native and a 1999 Paducah Tilghman High School graduate.
J.T. Fulkerson, a travel agent in Paducah with All About Honeymoons and a certified Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant, achieved diamond status from El Dorado Spa Resorts & Hotels and Azul Hotels by Karisma, Mexico’s premier, Gourmet Inclusive beachfront resorts in the Riviera Maya.
The designation indicates a high professional commitment exceeding service standards.
Fulkerson received the award at the fifth annual Gourmet Inclusive Vacation Consultant Awards and Sales & Marketing Forum, which took place in Riviera Maya, Mexico, from Oct. 31 to Nov. 3.
Peel & Holland announced the promotion of Stan Forman to full-time risk adviser.
Forman joined the Benton-based insurance, risk management and employee benefits firm in 2011 as an intern while attending college.
Forman is working toward his bachelor’s degree in agricultural business from Murray State University. He came to Peel & Holland after being a corporate sales manager for an agricultural-related business in western Kentucky. Forman’s focus is working with businesses and individuals to build property and casualty insurance and risk management programs.
Bonnie Dick was named executive secretary of the Rotary Club of Paducah. She has vast experience in administrative responsibilities. She is the former owner/operator of the Mr. Postman, Inc., a diversified business center, in Mayfield.
She is a graduate of Lone Oak High School and of Draughon’s Business College. She attended PCC (West Kentucky Community & Technical College) and Murray State University.
Mercy Medical Associates and Lourdes announced the promotion of Cari Wildharber, APRN, NP-C, to nurse practitioner with Mercy Primary Care Reidland, the office of Dr. Terri Telle. Wildharber graduated from the University of Kentucky and Austin Peay State University. She has been with Mercy Medical Associates for six years, previously as a nurse in Mercy OB/GYN, the office of Dr. Lisa Lasher and Dr. Amanda Wagner.