Business briefcase: Jan. 24, 2014

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By The Staff

LCNI’s Heath honored by circulation group


Max Heath, 67, postal consultant for Landmark Community Newspapers in Shelbyville, has been named to the National Circulation Director Hall of Fame. He is one of two honorees this year, joined by Michael Zinser, founder of The Zinser Law Firm in Nashville.

For 21 years Heath was executive editor for LCNI and for many years its corporate circulation director as well. LCNI has 54 newspapers in 13 states, seven collegiate sports publications, 10 free newspapers, 31 shoppers and more than 30 titles of free special publications.

He is his 30th year as chair of the Postal Committee of the National Newspaper Association, writes a monthly Postal Tips column for Publisher's Auxiliary and also writes for other groups.

In 2012 Heath received the Al Smith award for public service through community journalism by the Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues and the Lexington Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists.

“Max Heath, the postal ‘guru’ has made huge contributions to the circulation industry, especially for smaller and rural newspaper markets,” hall-of-fame official Don Michel said. “Max has tackled issues that nobody else in our industry understands or would care to dig into. But his efforts have saved newspapers [both their paid and unpaid products] a ton of money, while keeping postal regulations in check as much as possible. As mentioned, Max also been a very helpful influence on helping small markets to be successful in their circulation marketing and operations.”

Neal honored for trial certification

Gregg Y. Neal of Neal & Davis PLLC in Shelbyville, has been recognized by the National Board of Trial Advocacy for his 20 years of certification in civil trial advocacy, a certification that continues until 2018.

Fewer than 1 percent of lawyers in Kentucky are certified by this American Bar Association-accredited organization, a release about the certification said.

Neal has been practicing in Kentucky since 1973, following his graduation from Marshall University and the University of Louisville Law School. Since 1989 he also has been licensed in Florida.

Home builders change name

The Home Builders Association of Louisville, which formed in 1946 and serves Shelby and other surrounding counties, is changing its name to the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville. The announcement said the reason more is to reflect more accurately its membership-base and changes in its organizational philosophy.

The group has nearly 2,000 home builders, registered remodelers, developers, suppliers, trades contractors, general contractors, commercial and industrial developers, as well as residential and commercial brokers and agents, and financial institutions in seven counties.

“In many ways, the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville is and has been the lead representative for the building, development and construction industries when it comes to local advocacy-related opportunities in our community,” Executive Vice President Chuck Kavanaugh said in a release announcing the change. “Our Association is the one that represents issues related to moving dirt and building buildings.”

Dominion reps honored

Three representatives of Dominion Homes – which markets Cloverbrook Farms in Shelby County – were among those honored by the Building Industry Association of Greater Louisville, formerly the Home Builders Association of Louisville, Sales and Marketing Council as part of the 28th annual Sales and Marketing Council Awards for outstanding achievement in new homes and lot sales in 2013.

Adam weaver of Dominion won the Rising Star Award for $3 million in sales in 2013, and Paige Scurlock and Steve MacPherson won as best agent onsite for new homes in the $3 million to $5 million category.

Dozens of agents, designers, builders and marketers were honored at the awards event. Rock Springs won as Best Single Family Development for homes under $300,000, and Norton Commons for those of more than $300,000.

Bulletin board

  • Shelby Development Corporation’s board of directors will meet 8 a.m. today at the Cardwell House.
  • Shelby Prevention will meet at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday in the Community Room of Jewish Hospital Shelbyville. Lunch may be brought or purchased.
  • The Shelby County Chamber of Commerce and Andrews Pharmacy will celebrate the store’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting from 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Feb. 3. The ribbon cutting will be at noon.
  • The chamber will have a networking roundtable luncheon at 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 12 at Stratton Center in Shelbyville. Cost is $20 per person. For more information, contact Johnna@shelbycountychamber.com.
  • The Shelbyville Rotary Club will have its annual auction and dinner to raise funds for its scholarship program at 6 p.m. Feb. 22 at Claudia Sanders Dinner House in Shelbyville. The event is open to the public, and tickets are available from any Rotary member. For more information, call Sherman Riggs at 633-5220.

Bits & bytes

  • Xerox said Tuesday that it is hiring more than 75 full-time customer-care employees to support Kynect, Kentucky's Health Benefit Exchange. The Kynect contact center, a major component of the Affordable Care Act, received about 195,000 calls in December, up from 85,610 in November. The increased call volume prompted Xerox's addition of 77 customer-care agents, according to the company.
  • Customers across the LG&E and KU service territories set new donation records for the utilities’ heating assistance programs. Coupled with the utilities’ year-round  donation match, as well as increased $2 for every $1 donated by customers since October, more than $440,000 were contributed toward the heating assistance programs in 2013, helping more community members this winter.  
  • Average retail gasoline prices in Louisville have fallen 1.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.24 as of Sunday, day, according to GasBuddy's daily survey of 644 gas outlets in Louisville. This compares with the national average that has fallen 2.2 cents per gallon in the past week to $3.27.


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.