Business news, May 10

Lovell named a director at Pioneer Services

Michael Pittman, CEO, announced the appointment of Steve Lovell as Director – Marketing & Production for Pioneer Vocational Industrial Services effective May 1, 2017. 

Steve joins Pioneer with over 38 years of purchasing and sales management experience in the commercial heating and air conditioning industry working with global OEM’s in the Truck, Agricultural and Construction vehicle markets 

A Danville native, Steve spent 30 years with Modine Corporation in Harrodsburg, followed by eight years with Bergstrom, Inc. in Rockford, Illinois with national account responsibility for John Deere, Volvo/Mack Truck, Daimler Truck, JCB, Volvo Construction, and Komatsu. 

Lovell states, “For over 45 years, Danville, Boyle, and surrounding counties have supported Pioneer’s efforts to provide meaningful work for our citizens with special needs. In return, Pioneer has served our local businesses and industry as a high quality, on-time, competitive supplier of various goods and services. As a former member of Pioneer’s Board, I am both proud and excited about joining the Pioneer team and focusing my experience and energy in helping to carry on this great relationship that has so well served our local community.”

Northpoint announces employees of the month

Shane Smith of Stanford, was selected as “Employee of the Month” for March. Smith began his employment at NTC in September 2012 as a correctional officer. 

Kelly Napier of Brodhead, was selected as “Employee of the Month” for April. Napier began her employment at NTC in May 2007 as a correctional officer. She promoted to correctional sergeant and then to offender information specialist in September 2011.

Community Trust Bank Announces new loan officer and market assistant

David Maynard, Danville Market President of Community Trust Bank, Inc., is pleased to announce that Jessica Kendrick has joined Community Trust Bank as a residential loan officer and market assistant vice president.

Mrs. Kendrick’s responsibilities include working with local consumers and businesses in Central Kentucky to find solutions to their lending needs, developing new consumer and business relationships with Community Trust, and expanding the relationship with current customers. Her office is located at 462 West Main Street in downtown Danville.

Prior to joining Community Trust Bank as a residential loan officer, Mrs. Kendrick spent 10 years with a bank in Harrodsburg. She graduated from Mercer High School and Eastern Kentucky University, where she earned a bachelor’s degree in business. Mrs. Kendrick resides in Burgin, along with her husband Brian and three children.  

Community Trust Bank is a wholly owned subsidiary of Community Trust Bancorp, Inc.  Community Trust Bancorp, Inc., with assets of $4 billion, is headquartered in Pikeville and has 70 banking locations across eastern, northeastern, central, and south central Kentucky, six banking locations in southern West Virginia, four banking locations in Tennessee, four trust offices across Kentucky, and one trust office in Tennessee.

Perros joins Wilderness Trail Distillery marketing team

Haley Perros has joined Wilderness Trail Distillery as a Brand Marketer.  A University of Kentucky graduate, she studied integrated strategic communications. She previously was director of Lexington’s Night Market, a monthly popup street festival that helps businesses, artists and nonprofits in Lexington’s North Limestone corridor reach new markets.

At Wilderness Trail Distillery, she will grow brand awareness for Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Bourbon with wheat or rye, Settlers Select Wilderness Trail Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey, Blue Heron Vodka and Harvest Rum through social media, marketing and retail sales.

A Danville native, she lives in Lexington.  She may be reached at haley.perros@wildernesstrailky.com or 859-583-3964.

Wilderness Trail Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery located in Danville, KY, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour and 100 percent Kentucky Proud.  The multiple award winning distillery was Manufacturer of the Year in 2016, Kentucky Rum Distillery of the year in 2015 and embarked on a journey to make the best spirits in the world after years of providing other distilleries with support through Ferm Solutions, a leading bioscience company providing innovative products and technical services.

Gov. Bevin makes area appointment to

Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board

FRANKFORT – Gov. Matt Bevin has been appointed Gregory Alan Yankey, of Salvisa, to the Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board. He is an engineer. He shall serve for a term expiring September 1, 2019. The Kentucky Geological Survey Advisory Board is charged with increasing the knowledge and understanding of the mineral, energy, water resources, geologic hazards and geology of Kentucky for the benefit of the Commonwealth and nation. The Board also conducts research, collects data, and serves as the state’s official archive for information on petroleum, coal, minerals, ground water, and topographic and geologic maps. 

Edward Jones Ranks No. 1 on the Best Places to Work in Kentucky List

The financial services firm Edward Jones recently was named the No. 1 large-sized company on the Best Places to Work in Kentucky 2017 ranking, according to the local Edward Jones financial advisors.

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce teamed up with the Best Companies Group of Harrisburg, Pa., to rank the state’s top 100 employers. Companies named Best Places to Work in Kentucky for 2017 were divided into 31 large companies and 29 medium companies and 40 small-sized companies based on the number of people they employ in Kentucky.

The ranking was based on an employer inventory of practices and an anonymous survey of employees, who were asked to agree or disagree with dozens of statements about the firm, teamwork and their individual experience at the firm. For 12 consecutive years, Edward Jones has ranked in the top five Best Places to Work in Kentucky.

Edward Jones has over 182 branch offices all over Kentucky. The firm is growing, adding branches and seeking new financial advisors who are interested in operating an entrepreneurial office with the support and benefits of one of the oldest and largest firms in the industry.

The Danville financial advisors include: Heidi Crutchfield, Mack Kersey, Jerry Smothers, Bill Griffin, and retiring Joe Bunch.

Wilderness Trail Distillery wins award

Wilderness Trail Distillery’s Bourbon-influenced Blue Heron Vodka earned a Gold Medal and its Harvest Rum garnered a Bronze Medal at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition.

Since its introduction in 2000, this competition has become one of the most respected and influential spirits competitions in the world. The 2017 competition was the largest in its history with 2,100 entries. The 43 judges are spirits industry experts.

Our Blue Heron Vodka, which now boasts three gold medals, features unfiltered smoothness resulting from a multiple distillation process and sweet triple-grain mash bill of corn, wheat and malted barley. After distillation, we add limestone-filtered spring water to bring the proof from 190 to 80.

Our Harvest Rum offers a unique sweetness and smoothness from the Kentucky grown and harvested sorghum molasses. After years of aging in fresh emptied Bourbon barrels, we offer this rum at 90 proof.

In addition to the San Francisco competition successes, Blue Heron Vodka received a Gold Medal for Grain-to-Glass Vodka with a neural character at the 2017 American Distilling Institute’s competition. Blue Heron Vodka also received a Silver Medal from ADI for Grain to Glass Vodka with a Residual Base Character.

In addition to these award-winning products, Wilderness Trail Distillery will have a limited 2017 release of a Bottled in Bond Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey with a flavor worth the wait. Early 2018 marks the limited release of Settlers Select, a single barrel Kentucky Straight Rye Whiskey. Wilderness Trail Distillery intends to age its whiskey stock to 6- to 8-years-old before regular releases will be available.

We are particularly proud that our spirits are Kentucky Proud. The corn and wheat for the vodka and Bourbon are sourced 3 miles from the rolling Bluegrass hills of our 35-acre campus outside Danville. The sorghum molasses for the rum is produced in Mount Sterling, KY.

Wilderness Trail Distillery is a family owned and operated distillery located in Danville, KY, a member of the Kentucky Bourbon Trail Craft Tour and 100 percent Kentucky Proud.  The multiple award winning distillery was Manufacturer of the Year in 2016, Kentucky Rum Distillery of the year in 2015 and embarked on a journey to make the best spirits in the world after years of providing other distilleries with support through Ferm Solutions, a leading bioscience company providing innovative products and technical services.

For more information, contact Emily Toadvine at emily@wildernesstrailky.com or phone 859-402-8707.