Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communication Office
Governor Ernie Fletcher appoints members to the Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy

Press Release Date:  Monday, August 22, 2005  
Contact Information:  Carla Blanton
Michael Goins
Jodi Whitaker
502-564-2611
 


Commission reorganized, moved to Cabinet for Economic Development

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Governor Ernie Fletcher has announced reorganization of the Kentucky Commission on Small Business Advocacy and the appointment of its new membership.

The new members are:

  • Todd Duff, a self-employed small business owner from Paducah. Duff graduated from Murray State University with a bachelor’s degree in engineering graphics and a master’s degree in management of technology. He represents the 1st Congressional District.
  • Loretta Kay Daniel, of Sedalia, an employee of Murray State University. She is a graduate of Murray State University, and a member of Leadership Paducah, the Association of Small Business Development Centers, Paducah Chamber of Commerce and McCracken County RSVP. She represents the 1st Congressional District.
  • Keith Bratcher, of Leitchfield, a self-employed homebuilder. He is a past board member of the Chamber of Commerce. He represents the 2nd Congressional District.
  • Greg Burkot, of Bardstown, owner and president of MQR Inc. Burkot is a graduate of the University of South Carolina, where he received a bachelor’s degree in business administration. He represents the 2nd Congressional District.
    Audwin Helton, of Louisville, owner of Spartial Data Integrations. He is a graduate of North Carolina Central University and the College of Notre Dame. He is a member of the U.S. Bank board, the University of Louisville Overseers board, the Fund for the Arts board and the Career Resources board. He represents the 3rd Congressional District.
  • Tom Underwood, of Louisville, state director for National Federation of Independent Business. He received his bachelor’s and master’s degree from the University of Kentucky. He is a member of the American Society of Association Executives. Underwood represents the 3rd Congressional District.  
  • Suzan Ross, of Maysville, a self-employed certified public accountant. Ross received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at El Paso. She is a member of the Hayswood Foundation Board of Directors and the American Association of University Women. She is also treasurer for the Downing Performing Arts Academy and a trustee of First Presbyterian Church of Maysville. Ross represents the 4th Congressional District.
  • Vivian Llambi, of Florence, a self-employed landscape architect. She is a graduate of the University of Florida, and a member of the Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Northern Kentucky University Advisory Committee. Llambi represents the 4th Congressional District.
  • Donna Vance Hudson, of Corbin, owner of Tri-County Mortgage. She attended Western Kentucky University, and serves on the Cumberland Valley National Bank Board and as treasurer of the Knox Whitley Humane Society and the Tri-County Elks Lodge #2826. She represents the 5th Congressional District.
  • Ajay Gupta, of Lexington, a co-owner of Everburn Manufacturing Inc. and Housewarmings. He is a graduate of Southern Illinois University and the University of Cincinnati. Gupta represents the 6th Congressional District.
  • Elizabeth Ruggles Pitchford, of Salvisa, previous owner and an employee of Ruggles Sign Company. She is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and chair of the Woodford County Chamber of Commerce. Ruggles represents the 6th Congressional District.
  • Ray White, of Morehead, an employee of Harold White Lumber Inc. He is a graduate of Morehead State University. White is a member of the Appalachian Hardwood Manufacturers Association and the National Hardwood Lumber Association Board of Directors. He is past director of the Kentucky Forest Industry Association, the Forest Industries Workers Compensation Fund Board of Trustees. In addition, he served as past president of the Morehead/Rowan County Chamber of Commerce. White represents the 5th Congressional District.
  • Judy Moore, of Lexington, owner and president of Judy’s Staffing. Moore represents the 6th Congressional District.
     

The Commission on Small Business Advocacy (CSBA) is made up of 13 members appointed by the Governor. The new structure reduces the membership from 31 members to allow for more effective governance and moves it from the Governor’s Office to the Cabinet for Economic Development.

The CSBA promotes a cooperative and constructive relationship between state agencies and the small business community to ensure coordination and implementation of statewide strategies that benefit small business in the commonwealth.