Governor Ernie Fletcher’s Communications Office
Two Kentuckians to Receive the 2006 Governor's Economic Development Leadership Award

Press Release Date:  Thursday, November 09, 2006  
Contact Information:  Jodi Whitaker

Mandy Lambert

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Tonight, two distinguished Kentuckians will receive the Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award.

Governor Ernie Fletcher will present the awards in Bowling Green at a banquet held in conjunction with the annual meeting of the Kentucky Association for Economic Development’s (KAED).

“I congratulate the outstanding and talented recipients of the 2006 Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award,” said Governor Fletcher. “Tonight’s awards recognize those who have worked hard to create economic development opportunities in our state. These efforts have a tremendous impact on the commonwealth’s economy and improve the lives of thousands of Kentucky citizens.”

Recipients of the 2006 Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award are:

John Hindman, Louisville, vice-president of public affairs and communications for UPS Airlines. Hindman manages the Air Group’s efforts to improve government and media relations and to strengthen the company’s reputation among the public and employees. A native of Ottumwa, Iowa, Hindman joined UPS in 1974 in Ames, Iowa, as a part-time car washer. Two years later, after receiving his bachelor’s degree in education from Iowa State University, he became a package car driver. From 1976 to 1993, Hindman worked in all phases of UPS’s package operations, managing the Des Moines facility and working in the West Region’s Marketing, Industrial Engineering, Human Resources, Employee Relations and Public Affairs departments.  Appointed by Governor Fletcher to the Louisville Arena Task Force, Hindman chaired the Site Selection Subcommittee in 2006.  Hindman serves on boards of directors for the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, the Louisville Medical Center Development Corp., and the Boy Scouts of America.

Dr. James C. Votruba, Highland Heights, president of Northern Kentucky University.  Votruba came to NKU in 1997 from Michigan State University, where he was vice-provost for university outreach and professor of higher education.  Prior to his tenure at MSU, he was dean of the College of Education and Human Development at Binghamton University. Votruba earned a bachelor’s in political science, master’s in political science and sociology, and Ph.D. in higher education administration from Michigan State. He is a frequent lecturer, author and consultant in the areas of higher education leadership, strategic planning and public engagement. Votruba is president of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities. His board service includes the National Campus Compact Board of Directors, the Association of Governing Boards Council of Presidents and the Board of Directors of the Ohio National Mutual Holding Co.  He recently co-chaired Vision 2015, a Northern Kentucky regional planning process.

Since 1996, 36 Kentuckians have received the Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award, which was designed to recognize individuals whose vision and leadership have been instrumental in improving Kentucky’s local, regional and state economies.

The Kentucky Association for Economic Development will also present awards to its members, including:

  • James N. Gray Award for Professional Development
  • KAED Allied Professional of the Year
  • East Kentucky Power Community Economic Development Professional of the Year

“On behalf of the members of KAED, I want to congratulate the recipients of the Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Awards,” said Mike Mangeot, president and CEO of the Kentucky Economic Development Association. “Furthermore, I look forward to presenting several awards to economic development leaders within the KAED membership.  Economic development continues to evolve and we are fortunate to have many talented individuals help lead Kentucky’s efforts.”

KAED, formed in 1967, is a private, non-profit association for economic development professionals. It is Kentucky’s premier economic development association. Its mission is to promote economic development and the economic development profession by providing relevant educational and training opportunities for its membership.


The Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development is the primary state agency in Kentucky responsible for creating new jobs and new investment in the state. New business investment in Kentucky in 2005 totaled more than $1.6 billion with the creation of over 16,700 new jobs. Information on available development sites, workforce training, incentive programs, community profiles, small business development and other resources is available at