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NKY Chamber Announces 2022-2023 Board of Directors

The Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, known locally as the NKY Chamber, announced its 2022-2023 Board of Directors and officers, including new Board Chairman John Hawkins.

Under Hawkins’ leadership, the NKY chamber board will continue to focus on three strategic imperatives designed to enhance the vitality of the region, the chamber said in a statement:

  1. Develop, attract and assess world-class talent
  2. Continuing to Unite the Northern Kentucky Region to Advocate for an Improved Economy
  3. Building an inclusive business community

Hawkins will also work to attract talent to the region, as well as retain the talent that currently exists here.

A small business owner himself, Hawkins would also like to focus on small businesses and entrepreneurs, which make up 85% of NKY Chamber members, according to the Chamber.

“This year, you’ll hear us talk about all things workforce. Topics such as removing barriers to employment, improving access to quality child care, increasing workplace learning, affordable/accessible housing, legal immigration policies that make sense and transportation for our employees,” said Hawkins. “The more we strengthen our entire business community, the better the benefit for all. We need to make our region as competitive, attractive and inclusive as possible. These are the things that lead to business growth and an improved economy.

NKY Chamber Board Members 2022/2023 include:

Executive Committee:

  • John Hawkins, MPI Consulting, President
  • Garren Colvin, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Past President
  • Jason Payne, Republic Bank, Treasurer
  • Geralyn Isler, Business Benefits Insurance Solutions, Secretary
  • Barb Johnson, Wells Fargo Advisors
  • Brady Jolly, Jolly Enterprises
  • Ray Takigiku, Bexion Pharmaceuticals
  • Jay Wuest, PNC Bank

Program Chairs

  • Patrick Hughes, DBL Vice President Legal, Public Affairs
  • Melissa Lutz, Champlin Architecture – Vice President, Membership and Events
  • Claire Parsons, Wood + Lamping Attorneys at Law – Vice President, Leadership Advisory Council
  • Kristen Smitherman-Voltaire, Turner Construction – Vice President Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
  • Francisco (Paco) Tell, Perfetti VanMelle – Vice President, Labor

Board members

  • Chip Bach, Turfway Park Races and Games
  • Gaby Batshoun, Global Business Solutions
  • Catrena Bowman, Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission
  • Julie Brazil, Gravity Diagnosis
  • Cara Brooks, Duke Energy
  • Dr. Joseph Chillo, Thomas More University
  • Allyson Cook, Erigo Employer Solutions
  • Lee Crume, Northern Kentucky Tri-ED
  • Norm Desmarais, Tier 1 Performance Solutions
  • John Enzweiler, First Financial Bank
  • Richard Field, Post Glover Resistors, Inc.
  • Fernando Figueroa, Gateway Community & Technical College
  • Karen Finan, Alliance One NKY
  • Shelley Funke-Frommeyer, FFR Wealth team
  • Michael Hall, CITI
  • Paul Hemmer, Paul Hemmer Company
  • Dan Janka, Mazak
  • Julie Kirkpatrick, meetNKY, Northern Kentucky CVB
  • Executive Judge Kris Knochelmann, Kenton County Tax Court
  • Jim Lokesak, Skyline Chile
  • Laura Lyons, ATech Automotive Technician
  • Candace McGraw, Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport
  • Mayor Paul Meier, Town of Crestview Hills
  • Misty Middleton, Bellevue Independent School District
  • Executive Judge Gary Moore, Boone County Tax Court
  • Chris Owens, Taylor Oswald
  • Executive Judge Steve Pendery, Campbell County Tax Court
  • Eric Pozarycki, DHL
  • Erin Rolfes, Kroger
  • Billy Santos, truist
  • John Sieg, Fifth Third Bank
  • Lacy Starling, media link
  • Julie Tapke, Robert W. Baird & Co. Inc.
  • Brian Todd, Clark Schaefer Hackett
  • Dr. Ashish Vaidya, University of Northern Kentucky
  • Caroline Weltzer, Viox & Viox
  • Wonda Winkler, Brighton Center
  • Anna Wolf, Tier1 performance solutions