Ray is the President/CEO Shelby County Industrial & Development Foundation. He is the author of “Shut Up, Get Lean”-Lean Manufacturing, and retired as President/CEO Shelby Counties oldest manufacturer: Roll Forming Corporation. Ray is a decorated military service, Kentucky Manufacturing Employee of the Year, and Boy Scouts Citizen of the Year. When Ray is not wearing one of his many professional hats, you can find him at a University of Kentucky game, taking youth to harvest their first deer/turkey, take his old military jeep to parades or spending time with his wife; “the” Sue Nally.
Beth has been with the Shelby County Chamber for over 4 years working alongside Ray Leathers to help ensure the quality of benefits for not only their members but also the community is one that will be sought after as a benefit to Shelby County. With her bachelor’s in business management and business marketing, she can bring professional experience as well as a functional mindset to assist all members in different walks of life with their business needs. Beth and her spouse Mike are the parents of three very active teenagers: Trace-19, Amelia-17, and Brayden-17 as well as an overweight 6-year-old puppy Justice. They are diehard Kentucky fans who love relaxing outdoors when time will allow!
Mr. Garofola is a Kentucky Colonel, a recipient of the 2021 Shelby Life Magazine Community Service Award, Alumni of Leadership Shelby (class of ‘23) and is currently serving as President of the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce. Mr. Garofola earned his Bachelor of Science Degree in Organizational Development from Oakland City University in Oakland City, Indiana, and a Master of Business Administration in Healthcare Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. During his 20-year career in healthcare, Mr. Garofola also served in Operation Joint Forge in Bosnia, and Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan with the Indiana Army National Guard with honors including the Combat Infantry Badge and the Meritorious Service Medal. Fun fact, Aaron was in Toby Keith’s music video “Courtesy of the Red, White and Blue”.
Embracing a life filled with blessings in Simpsonville, William treasures every moment with his wonderful wife and daughter, surrounded by the natural beauty of our little piece of land on the old family farm. With over 12 years of experience in banking, he is deeply committed to investing in and shaping a better community, ensuring a brighter, more prosperous future for the generations to come. William found solace in volunteering with my Masonic Lodge Wingate 161, he also enjoys gardening with the family, and a more unique hobby is that he can ride a unicycle, but no he can’t juggle!
John enjoys talking about ideas over coffee or a meal. A retired school principal and district leader, John now works to bring business to Shelby County and the region. In the summer and fall, John can be found watching the sunrise while surfing on Taylorsville Lake with his buddy Charlie Hawley.
Kelly loves everything about Shelby County, especially Bagdad, where she visits B&N multiple times a day with her 3 kids - Bentley, Bristol, and Barrett. The thing she loves the most about her career is connecting the school to the community where she can provide opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom and invite the community into the world of education. When Kelly is not working or organizing Bagdad concerts and events, you can find her camping or making sourdough bread.
Jason is a lifelong resident of the Shelby County community, where his family proudly lives and works today. After going to college at Eastern Kentucky University, he moved back to Shelby County to work at the family business “Edwards Moving & Rigging.” Jason has held several positions throughout the company ranging from a crew member to my current position as the CEO of Edwards Moving & Rigging. He understands the value of hard work and working your way up through the ranks of a company. Jason still resides in Shelby County with my wife, Becca, and 2 children. They all love the Shelby County Community and are always looking for ways to help and give back.
As the Shelby County Judge Executive, Judge Ison and Fiscal Court stay involved with the Chamber of Commerce as the business leaders in our community. This is just one way your county government continues to partner with businesses and our citizens on a daily basis in order to continue to make Shelby County a thriving environment for business.
Troy Ethington is a lifelong resident of Shelbyville and has worked in public serve for 31 years. He retired from the City of Shelbyville Fire & Rescue with the rank of Assistant Fire Chief after 25 years, specializing in Emergency Management. After serving on the Shelbyville City Council for six years, Troy is excited to put his experience to work as Mayor to continue to make Shelbyville a great place to live, work, and play. He is a graduate of Shelby County High School and received an Associate’s Degree from Eastern Kentucky University. Troy has three sons, a daughter, and a new grandbaby. In his spare time he enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching Steelers football, and supporting both U of K and U of L programs.
Julie Hammond is an employee of Traditional Bank where she serves as a Community Loan Officer. She is a lifelong Shelby Countian who enjoys volunteering and giving back to her community. Julie has spent 40 plus years in the banking profession and enjoys her current role as a community banker. More importantly Julie enjoys time spent with her family and she also enjoys playing a little bit of golf in her spare time.
Darlene is involved with numerous nonprofits and volunteering during her spare time which is incredibly rewarding and is a non-negotiable for how she lives her life. She sits on several nonprofit boards and am grateful for the opportunity to serve. Darlene love Shelby County and am so grateful to call it home. She is a Kentucky Colonel, received the Shelby Life Community Service Award in 2021 and was recognized in 2019 and 2020; was the Chamber of Commerce Member of the Year in 2019; and am a graduate of Leadership Shelby’s Class of 2017. The rumors are true, she does have a bedroom that she turned into a beautiful closet filled with high heeled shoes and boots as well as clothes! Darlene has two pups, Ruger and Bailey, who are her joy…outside of her ridiculous number of shoes! She loves football and hockey and lives her life with gratitude, knowing just how blessed she is.
Susan celebrates her most valued title – ‘Mom’ to Elijah and Livie. She resides in Shelbyville with her beloved best friend husband, Ray. Mantra to her children – “Remember who you are and who’s you are…” Susan has served the Shelby County community for over two decades, currently serving the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce as Events Director (2023-24), Shelby County Public School’s Advisory Committee, Dorman Children’s Center, Operation Care, VRO Veteran’s Rural Outreach, Kosair Charities, writer for Shelby Life Magazine. Since 1998, Susan has worked full time with voestalpine RFC Metal Forming in the role of Corporate Lean Manager and Strategic Planning Facilitator. Management of a record-breaking actualization of 3.5 million in cost reduction savings in 2022-23, KAM’s Manufacturer of the Year-Awarded 2023-24. Certified Toyota Production System Trainer in Continuous Improvement. Author: Shut Up Get Lean; published 2019. Susan loves jeeping, hunting (with her camera), hiking, writing, Bible Study and all things Kentucky, including Basketball! Guilty pleasures; science fiction movies, Saturday morning breakfast and State Park camping.
Renee has been the franchisee owner of our local UPS Store #3325 for 25 years and previously served at the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce past President in 2010. She is a church lay leader, business mentor and participates in a variety of community services outlets, pantries and charities. With her fun personality bringing a smile to everyone, Renee always finds a way to put others first, except if they have spiders or snakes….
Chase Young is a proud small business owner of a State Farm agency in Simpsonville & Shelby County. He was born and raised in South Texas and attended Texas A&M University where he earned an Undergraduate and Master’s degree. Chase and his team love serving the needs of the people of Kentucky. They are proud to offer services that include but are not limited to Auto, Home, Life and Disability Insurance. Chase and his team are there to help life go right for folks when the unexpected happens! Family is everything to Chase. He is blessed to have been married to his wife Whitney since 2014 and recently welcomed a baby girl into the world. Harper and big brother (Jackson, 6) complete the Young Family of 4!
Mike is married to Brooke Bryant Hammond, father of Katelyn Janes (Evan) Nick Hammond, stepfather of Ty Foree, Bryant, and Achieved the Presidents club with KFB in 2022. He began his most recent career with Kentucky Farm Bureau September 1st, 2020, as an Insurance Agent, selling multi lines. Mike is recognized as one of top producing agents in the district. Mike is also the Head Baseball Coach at Martha Layne Collins High and has led the Program since August of 2015 and been on staff since the inception of the school. During his tenure the Titans have won 245 + games, 8 District Regular season championships, 5 District tourney championships, 3 Regional Championships, and 3 State Quarter final finishes. really enjoys seeing young people reach their goals and aspirations.
Mary Beth’s focus is on developing communications strategies and public relations for the cooperative. She has positioned Shelby Energy into a trusted community partner and leader in economic development. Mary Beth has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from Bellarmine University and is a Certified Meeting Planner. Mary Beth and her husband Dave live in Louisville with their two children. Their children are involved in multiple sports including volleyball, which Mary Beth coaches. When not at sporting practices or games, Mary Beth likes to travel.
Steve has served the Simpsonville Community in three roles over the past 33 years as Manager of West Shelby Water District, Mayor and now City Administrator. He thinks one of his greatest accomplishments must have been a part of helping build the sustaining infrastructure that we have in Simpsonville of Sewer, Water and Streets. Even though it's not his job, he loves driving the Snow truck for the city.
Dale obtained his bachelor’s in business administration from University of Kentucky and is the previous owner of a business coaching organization. He retired from Winn Dixie Food Stores.
Dale and his team have received several Platinum award recognitions with Re/Max over the years. In his free time, Dale loves to fish and spend time with his grandchildren
Sgt Williams is a Shelby County native who is focused on serving and giving back to the community where he was born and raised. He uses his position with the Sheriff's Office to not only protect and serve but to be a positive influence on the residents of Shelby County. When not in uniform, Corey enjoys spending time at the ballpark with his wife and two daughters coaching softball. And yes..... Corey says he will never pass up a good chocolate glazed donut.
The wife to Steve and mother of 4 wonderful adult children and grandmother or “GiGi” to 8 wonderful grandchildren. Donna loves animals, decorating, and anything outdoors. After a long and rewarding career as a Registered Nurse, she is happy to be working in their family business in the Human Resources space. Donna continues to volunteer in nursing, primarily with the Kentucky Nurses Association, and the local Health Department. Donna is the first nurse and first woman to be elected as Chair of the District Health Department – North Central District Health Department covering Henry, Shelby, Spencer, and Trimble Counties.
Sarah had a lifelong goal to go to grad school & finally went back this year to tackle that goal at age 40. She is proud that Sluggers was awarded Master Elite status this year. With 3 kids, a horse, dog, cat, rabbit, gecko, and hermit crab it’s a zoo; but enjoys reading & painting in what little spare time is left.
Matthew graduated from Shelby County Highschool, went to play football and graduate at Lindsey Wilson College. After graduation he decided to move back home where he started in the insurance industry. He serves on several local boards and enjoys serving his community. Matthew has been in the insurance industry for 9 years as an agent. As a local independent insurance agent he can shop all of your insurance needs, personal or business insurance, with several different companies to insure you are getting the best price. His agency is licensed in over 40 states! When Matthew isn’t working or serving his community he enjoys spending time with his wife, Haven, chasing around their two daughters, Savannah (3) and Addison (1). He also enjoys playing golf and cheering for his favorite sports teams, the Kentucky Wildcats and Cincinnati Bengals.
Matt currently works for Independence Bank here in Shelbyville and serve as a Vice President, Loan Officer. He has been in community banking here in Shelby County for almost 15 years and love getting to partner with others in our community to make it a better place. No matter if it’s a new home for someone, a new office space for a business or a piece of equipment for a local contractor he is always glad to help in any way he can. Matt enjoys working at a place that gives me the opportunity to serve and give back to our community. He has previously served on the board of directors for Leadership Shelby, Shelby KY Tourism and as an elder at Christ Community Church. Currently he serves as Chairman of the Shelby Co Parks Board, ShelbyKY Tourism board and President of the Shelby Co Library Board of Trustees.
Candice is the Shelby County Extension Agent for 4-H Youth Development. Candice has been dedicated to her work with positive youth development here in Shelby County since she first started with Extension years ago and is excited to continue to grow 4-H programs. She moved to Kentucky with her husband Chad and has two sons Everett and Casey. Candice grew up in Ohio which is where her passion for 4-H programs began. She attended college in Tennessee and holds a B.S. in Animal Science and Master’s in Education. She is excited for the opportunity to serve on the Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Joshua G. Berkley is an Owner and Attorney of Berkley Oliver PLLC where he focuses on Estate and Trust Planning, Probate and Elder Law. Josh is proud to live in Shelby County with his Wife, Katie, their daughter, and one dog. In addition to serving with the Chamber, Josh serves on the boards for Leadership Shelby, the Shelby County Parks Foundation, and the Dorman Preschool Center. Josh is also a tech nerd and spends much of his free time tinkering with his computers and gaming systems, and all other manners of gadgets. He also enjoys theater and, while not having performed since high school, is once again treading the boards through directing and acting classes at the Shelby County Community Theater.
Lacey Stivers State Farm
871 Taylorsville Road
Shelbyville, KY 40065
Lacey’s husband Taylor, and her two boys, Kash and Kam, are her world! They love all things food, and travel! She has been voted the best insurance agent in Shelby County for four years in a row and has her amazing team to thank for continuing to deliver the best customer service and are currently one of the top 120 State Farm agencies in the country for commercial insurance! Lacey loves the show, Dexter, and she put John Lithgow’s wrist band on him at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010. That same year she met Ron White at Lexington Country Club and answered his cell phone for him when Billy Bob Thornton called him. 2010 was a pretty cool year!