Chad is a third-generation entrepreneur who grew up on a hog and tobacco farm in Central Kentucky. (Nothing makes you study like working on a hog and tobacco farm!)
For most of his five decades, he’s lived and worked in the Commonwealth as a journalist and a public relations professional. He’s been to Buffalo, Eighty Eight, Salvisa and Marrowbone.
He’s helped build strong bridges, a new government and a growing business. But he’s most proud of building support and understanding in his home state and raising two children who are strong-willed and passionate.
Beverly spent three formative years in the Central Kentucky bureau of The Courier-Journal and developed three strong opinions.
• The Lincoln Birthplace is more awe-inspiring than the Lincoln Memorial.
• “You all” is properly rendered as two separate words – AKA, the Louisville style. (No offense to Florence’s lovely water tower.)
•You never bet enough on a winning horse.
With experience in media, government, nonprofit, and corporate sectors, she also has written two novels. (The Chicago Sun-Times said she had “impeccable comedic timing.” But she rarely brings that up.)
Curious is a good way to describe Ed Green. Inquisitiveness led to a 20-year career as a reporter and editor at Kentucky’s largest newspaper and Louisville’s leading business journal.
Growing up in Western Kentucky, Ed learned these important lessons:
• Hard work leads to good luck.
• You find the best in people if you take time to look.
• The best things in life are found on paths started without knowing where they lead.
Among thousands of articles written about businesses and leaders, Ed’s best story yielded a lovely wife and two great sons. Ask sometime if you want to hear it.
Andy was born and raised in Kentuckiana. He left to explore life in Wisconsin, Texas and Tennessee, but the call of the Commonwealth was too strong to keep him away for good. He now resides in Louisville with his wife, daughter and Boston Terrier.
He is a visual artist, illustrator and graphic designer.
What do Colonel Sanders, Muhammad Ali and a cardinal bird all have in common? Andy has made artwork inspired by all of them.
Andy is interested in art, design and marketing. He also enjoys sampling new bourbon and throwing axes, but not at the same time.
Kaitlin enjoys long walks on the beach, good communication – oh wait wrong bio.
Kaitlin is an award-winning published photojournalist who started her career in small town community news. Three things she took away from those adventures:
• Never underestimate the power of small-town gossip.
• No restaurant is as good as a church potluck.
• Be a tourist in your own backyard. You’ll always find something new – like a two-headed cow.
Along with her work in photography, video and digital design, Kaitlin spends her time raising two kittens, being a self-proclaimed donut connoisseur and can be found singing along to Cher at any given moment.
A Pittsburgh native until the early 80s, Andrea never looked back once she planted her feet on Kentucky soil. Trading “a little big city” for “a big little city,” she quickly grew to love her new Kentucky home. Friends remarked it took only a short time for her to pick up the trademark “southern drawl.”
Andrea’s career in public relations developed through her work with Kentucky businesses of all types. From quick-service restaurants and distilleries to health care providers and toll systems, Andrea has enjoyed successful collaboration with many local leaders over the past two decades.
Berry Craig IV
Berry is from Mayfield in far western Kentucky. The only child of a teacher and a journalist turned professor, Berry spent his formative years traveling with his folks to every contiguous state and 30+ countries. He was never at a shortage of books to read, museums to visit or people to talk to.
These experiences helped to cement his love of communication with all and, apropos to his work, bridge gaps in public understanding. He works mostly with transportation and infrastructure projects.
Berry has strong opinions about food, places one should visit and of the benefits of adopting a dog.
Chelsea relocated to Kentucky in 2018, and has been loving the vibrant world of food, music, and of course, good bourbon that downtown Louisville has to offer ever since.
Chelsea has spent her time in the Commonwealth traveling between counties and connecting with communities about the state’s many ongoing infrastructure projects. With a background in building public issue campaigns, the drive to make Kentucky roads and bridges safer keeps her moving.
Of the many places she’s lived, she firmly believes that driving through the bluegrass fields on a crisp fall day is the best medicine.
Kerri Richardson only had one death threat in her television news career, and it obviously didn’t pan out. But after nine years of standing in front of crime scenes and unlit government buildings for evening newscasts, she moved to the relatively safer confines of city and state government, where she managed communications for a half-dozen FEMA-level weather events, including a 100-year flood, ice, snow and a hurricane-fueled windstorm.
Louisville Mayor Jerry Abramson nicknamed her the “Master of Disaster.” She still travels with boots in her trunk.
She likes snacks, bourbon and ruthlessly editing others’ work.
Mindy is a former news journalist who made the move to public relations and marketing and primarily lives in the transportation world. She works to build public understanding on major infrastructure projects. Before Mindy started talking bridges and roadways, she spent nearly two decades behind the microphone at WHAS radio.
Mindy’s a life-long Kentuckian and Hilltopper who proudly waves her red towel. While some debate whether Kentucky is part of the South, there’s no debate about our Southern hospitality vibe. It’s one of Mindy’s favorite things about her home state with quick smiles and easy conversations.
You could call Tiffany a true Kentucky native, with family roots in the state before it was one. She is a descendant of a frontiersman who settled Corn Island with George Rogers Clark, and can also claim Daniel Boone’s brother Squire in her family tree. Her mother’s family owned the same 238 acres in central Kentucky once owned by Abraham Lincoln’s father.
Horses are also in her blood, and she has four of her own. In addition to her more than two decades of experience in journalism and public relations, she has deadly aim with a polo mallet off a fast-moving horse and can give you a hot tip for a winning bet at the racetrack.
It’s hard to call Nicole a true Kentucky native, as she has lived in six US states and three countries – but to her, Kentucky feels the most like home. Just don’t ask her to recite the lyrics to a country song or eat a Hot Brown.
When she’s not jetting off around the world, Nicole spends her time in the office working to engage communities through a wide range of social and digital strategies. So, if you see a Kentucky 100 post about food or dogs – that’s probably Nicole trying to show off her ability to create captivating content.
Along with her work in social, digital and content creation, Nicole spends her time paying for over-priced avocado toast and chai tea lattes. She’s a proud millennial and a proud Kentuckian.
Hayley is a young professional with many hats. From journalist to personal trainer, she hopes to use her fitness expertise to bridge the gap between health and communication.
If she’s not throwing barbells overhead at a nearby CrossFit gym or running through streets with a camera strapped around her neck, you may find her sipping coffee… in Italy. Hayley loves to travel and once visited nine different countries in just five months.
Hayley is currently a senior at Western Kentucky University majoring journalism, in hopes to pursue a career allowing her to continue telling stories, connecting communities and promoting wellness.