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Board Elections & Expo Kick Off Lunch
Hear from our board candidates and featured speaker. Then, make an afternoon of it and plan to attend our Louisville Local Business Expo.
Come for the board elections, and stay for the Louisville Local Business Expo! We have 5 board candidates this year. Below you will find their answer to the question: Why do you want to serve? (And we have their full applications available here.) Please take a look and get involved by attending the event and placing your vote!
Each member present at the event will be able to cast one paper ballot (one ballot per membership). Make sure to RSVP for lunch ($12 each or bring your own). Box Lunches available from ELM Catering - Lou. Choices include: Black Forest Ham Sandwich, Roasted Turkey Sandwich, Chicken Salad Sandwich or a Vegetarian Wrap (all lunches include: chips, pickle & cookie).
Lunch Orders are due by Friday (1/20) at 12 noon.
FEATURED SPEAKER: Mayor Craig Greenberg
Mayor Craig Greenberg was sworn in as Louisville’s 51st Mayor on January 2nd, 2023. Craig is a proud Louisvillian, husband, father, entrepreneur and community leader who believes in thinking big, working hard, and making things happen. A graduate of Jefferson County Public Schools, the University of Michigan, and Harvard Law School, Craig was an attorney before helping launch and lead 21c Museum Hotels, a Louisville-based company which grew to more than 1,100 team members across the country. He is now the co-owner of locally-based Ohio Valley Wrestling.
Craig is a longtime advocate for transparency and government reform. Serving as a member of the University of Louisville Board of Trustees, Craig led the effort to hold the former University President accountable for inappropriate financial dealings. While on the University Board of Trustees, Craig also spearheaded a successful effort to stop a proposed 5% tuition increase on students.
Craig has been married to his wife, Rachel, for 21 years and they have two sons, Daniel and Benjamin. Rachel is an educator who taught English as a Second Language at Wheatley Elementary School.
MEET THE CANDIDATES
Rolandas T. Byrd
Republic Bank & Trust
I want to serve on this board because LIBA is a great organization that understands the need for diversity and inclusion within the community, this resonates with my passion and values. Also, by serving on the LIBA board, I can help make a direct impact to the community by lending my expertise to its members.
As an entrepreneur myself and Program Director of a Louisville business incubator, I am already immersed in the small business scene so I know I have a deep love of entrepreneurship! I admire that small business owners are driven by their passion to create something meaningful and live their lives by loving what they do! These are the people in the community I wish to serve. Small business fuels more jobs, more opportunities and allows more people to contribute to their community. So for me I wouldn't have it any other way in supporting Founders' dreams everyday. Business owners inspire me to want to do better myself and also for my local community. I believe small businesses are the backbone of the local economy and the core of our communities. I was born and raised in Louisville seeing my dad as an Entrepreneur navigate the scene. I couldn't imagine what my neighborhood would have been without the local restaurants, mom and pop shops and boutiques! Small business owners have always given me a sense of local Louisville pride and sparked my desire to create things of my own. I know that building a business is hard work. It can be taxing mentally, emotionally, physically and socially. Organizations like LIBA are vital in supporting the small business ecosystem. Being a part of the LIBA team would serve as a meaningful opportunity for me to do even more for an organization that I already stand behind. Every day I get to be a part of an ecosystem that helps to build generational wealth for families and entrepreneurs creating self-sufficiency, economic mobility, and a more equitable society. I really have a passion for community work and I'm excited that a program like this has been formed to create more support and connection for local owners. I would be excited to do my part on a LIBA’s team.
Printworx of Louisville
I have found LIBA to be a very worthy and organized group and I would like to help grow it.
Raegan Stremel (current board member, up for reelection)
Rainbow Blossom Natural Food Markets
Having been elected to the Board in January of 2020, it turned out to be an absolutely wild first term! LIBA’s dedication to supporting the local business community was beyond impressive and I would love to continue to support their efforts. During the height of COVID, I helped LIBA execute virtual events that helped us all stay connected- it was a wonderful opportunity to get to know fellow members in a time when everything seemed so closed off. Now that we’re back to “almost normal”, I’d like to continue my work as the Events Committee chair and continue bringing my event planning and leadership skills to the LIBA calendar.
Keith H. Talley, Sr.
I am committed to the work of LHOME and I think LIBA is a perfect synergistic fit to that work. As a long time banker and community development advocate in this community I know the importance of the role locally owned businesses play in the overall health and vitality of our local economy. My desire to serve supports both my personal convictions and my leadership at LHOME in advancing local economic growth and sustainability, leading to a stronger more vibrant community for all residents.
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