Business briefcase: April 4, 2014

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Banta named to state

bankers’ leaders program


The Kentucky Bankers Association has selected Melissa Banta, vice president human resources with Citizens Union Bank in Shelbyville, for its 2014 Emerging Leaders Program. The Emerging Leaders Program is designed to develop the next generation of bank leaders in Kentucky through legislative education, leadership development, community outreach, and other necessary skills needed to become an effective leader in the industry. Nine individuals are selected each year to represent their geographical region in the state.

“The Emerging Leaders program is our way of guiding the next generation of exceptional bankers into becoming exceptional leaders”, says Ballard Cassady Jr., President and CEO of the Kentucky Bankers Association. “ This program is a stepping stone that these young bankers need to not only provide them with experience and engagement among their peers, but to involve them in the association by giving them a first-hand look at how we work together with our banks on a daily basis to ensure the success of our industry.”


Smith-Berry wins best of class in San Francisco

Smith-Berry Winery’s Blackberry wine in February was awarded Best of Class at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the largest wine competition for American wines in the world. and was held earlier this year in Sonoma County, California.

Following a double gold medal in the 2013 competition, Smith-Berry Winery continues to secure some of the top honors in the wine industry by bringing home ‘Best of Class’ for their Blackberry wine. The Blueberry wine and Burley both received a silver medal. Bronze medals included the Riesling and Brother John.

This year’s competition had a record high of 5,825 entries from about 1,500 wineries in 25 states.

The winery will celebrate its success at the Spring Open House from 1 to 5 p.m. April 19.


KentuckyOne, MedSynergies agree on billing service

MedSynergies Inc. and KentuckyOne Health Monday announced MedSynergies is establishing a physician billing service center in Louisville to serve physicians at KentuckyOne Health, a Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) healthcare organization.

The Louisville service center will provide key management services for KentuckyOne Health’s employed physicians.

“With MedSynergies taking on these important back office functions, we’re able to focus more on our mission and meeting today’s healthcare industry challenges while remaining focused on delivering high-quality patient care,” said Charlie Powell, president, KentuckyOne Health Medical Group.

In establishing the service center, MedSynergies will transition approximately 150 employees beginning this summer. These employees currently reside in a service center dedicated to KentuckyOne Health physician services. As part of this transition, the employees will move to a new MedSynergies facility located at 401 South Fourth St., Louisville. In addition to the service center employees, the new facility will house more than 30 employees dedicated to Catholic Health Initiatives Physician Services.

KentuckyOne Health is the parent company of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville.


Another Corvette emerges from sinkhole

The sixth of eight Corvettes that fell into a sinkhole that formed in the National Corvette Museum’s Skydome was rescued Tuesday, the Bowling Green Daily-News reported. .

Workers pulled out the 1993 ZR-1 Spyder after fully uncovering it Monday evening. It was taken to the nearby exhibit hall and displayed before several onlookers.

The Spyder appeared to be the most heavily damaged of the Corvettes on display.

Just two cars remain in the sinkhole – the 1992 1.5 millionth Corvette and the 2001 Mallett Hammer Z06.

The 1.5 millionth Corvette was exposed last week, and work is expected to continue to prepare that car for removal, perhaps as early as this week.


Bulletin board

  • The Shelbyville board of Realtors monthly luncheon will be at 11:30 a.m. April 17 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House. RSVPs are required, contact ShelbyvilleBoardofRealtors@gmail.comby April 14.
  • HJW and Metro United Way’s free tax preparation program is under way, with sessions at 1 p.m.-8 p.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays and 9 a.m.-1 on Saturdays at 330 Main St. The service is limited to the elderly (age 60 and older) and any family with a household income of less than $50,000.
  • The 15th annual Women’s Business & Leadership Conference is May 8 at the Griffin Gate Marriot in Lexington. The conference will recognize Martha Layne Collins Leadership Award winners and feature keynote speakers Jean Cochran and Kim Hodous. For more information or to register, call 859-242-5551.


Bits & bytes:

  • A report from the Kentucky Hospitals Association showed that the state’s hosptilas contributed nearly $2.18 billion in community benefits in 2012. That includes $452 million in financial assistance/charity care and more than $650 million in covering bad debt.
  • Kentuckiana McDonald’s restaurants through April 13 are offering a free small coffee during breakfast hours. To kick off the two-week campaign, McDonald’s will host “Make Friends with McCafé” sampling events at high traffic locations and transportation hubs in multiple cities across the country. The events will provide busy commuters with free McCafécoffee and a few surprises along the way, such as live musical performances, spontaneous comedy experiences and more.
  • Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson will receive the University of Louisville Louis D. Brandeis School of Law’s 2014 Brandeis Medal on April 9. The prize is the school’s highest honor and goes to advocates for social justice.
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have risen 11.2 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.72 per gallon as of Sunday, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.8 cents per gallon in the past week and stands at $3.53. Including the change in gas prices in Louisville during the past week, prices yesterday were 3.7 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 22.6 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 9.2 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 8.3 cents per gallon lower than this day one year ago.


Briefcase is compiled from press releases and other information submitted to The Sentinel-News. The Kentucky Press News Service contributed to this report. Information and photos may be E-mailed to sharonw@SentinelNews.com. The deadline is noon Wednesday.