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Frank Jemley III

President and CEO

A native of Bardstown, Kentucky, Frank joined the KAM team after holding leadership roles in the private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

Frank was an advisor to and investor in a transportation safety technology start-up before joining KAM. From 2017-2020, he served as the chief of staff of the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, directing a dozen Kentucky state government agencies with some 1,800 team members and a $280 million annual budget. He spent a year as the acting commissioner of Kentucky’s wildlife management and conservation agency, leading a team of 400 and managing an $80 million annual budget.

For more than a decade, Frank advised companies and prominent institutions on public affairs issues in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the country as a principal of Atticus Ventures, where his work included leading the public affairs initiatives here in the U.S. of the Property Council of Australia, and advising the Smithsonian Institution’s Wilson Center, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and Churchill Downs Inc. 

Frank started Atticus after several years on the management team of Churchill, heading up the iconic Kentucky company’s local, state, and federal advocacy and public affairs initiatives. Prior to Churchill, Frank led the privatization of a U.S. Navy weapons and engineering base in Louisville, converting the facility and most of its workforce to private sector management in a project that saved a thousand STEM and manufacturing jobs for the region. He directed government affairs and successful community and regional initiatives as a vice president with the Louisville Area Chamber of Commerce. His volunteer work includes service on the boards of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System Foundation, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the West Louisville Boys Choir, the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the University of Louisville Board of Trustees.

Frank served six years as a U.S. Navy intelligence officer at sea with a carrier air wing and ashore as the head intelligence briefer and in other assignments for a four-star U.S. and NATO commander. He received a B.A. with honors from the University of Louisville, where he was twice elected student body president. Frank and his family live in Louisville.

Shelley Goodwin

Director of Operations

Shelley Goodwin utilizes her experiences from a diverse employment and volunteer history as KAM’s Director of Operations. After graduating from Lindsey Wilson College with a degree in business management, Shelley worked in education, finance, hospitality, and marketing before combining these experiences and settling into the world of economic and workforce development for the past 20+ years. A self-described “numbers, policies, and procedures geek,” she also has a passion for helping young people discover their talents and find their vocational calling.

Shelley and her husband Danny have two children and live in Shelbyville. When not juggling work and family activities, Shelley can be found planning their next travel adventure, playing with the latest tech, singing (with or without an audience), or enjoying the great outdoors – preferably with a beach.

Kendall Anderson

Member Relations Director

Kendall Anderson brings 20-plus years of experience in non-profit administration, volunteer relationships, and fundraising to her role as KAM’s Director of Member Relations. A native of Lexington and graduate of Transylvania University, she has previously worked with Boys & Girls Clubs of America, the American Heart Association, United Way of the Bluegrass, and the American Cancer Society, where she served 13 years as including roles as the ACS’s Central Kentucky Executive Director, Corporate Development Staff for Kentucky, Sports Alliances Strategic Director, and nationwide Youth Sports Alliances Director. 

Kendall is the proud parent of Madelyn and Hayden. Madelyn is a junior majoring in marketing and public relations at Mississippi State University and Hayden is a 4th grader at Mary Queen of the Holy Rosary Parish School. The family resides in Lexington with their rescue beagle. 

Laura Brooks

Communications and Marketing Director

Laura Brooks is a communications veteran with expertise in politics, crisis communications management, and public relations planning. Brooks previously served as the Executive Director of Communications at the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, where she developed and executed communications and press strategies for the Cabinet of Tourism, Arts and Heritage and its 13 state government agencies.

Brooks is a veteran of Capitol Hill, having served in the Communications Office of U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell. During her Congressional service this time, she planned and executed media strategies for Leader McConnell and the Republican caucus, coordinated the Republican Address to the nation following the State of the Union, organized press availabilities for foreign heads of state visits, and accompanied the Leader to press events. She has extensive experience in ensuring the traction of news stories by garnering the attention of newsmakers, aggregators, and pundits.

Committees

Executive Committee

Public Policy Committee

Tax & Fiscal Policy Committee

KAM Board of Directors

*Member of Executive Committee

Chris Driver*

Chair

Trane

Lexington

John-Mark Hack*

Vice-Chair

Thoroughbred Engineering

Lexington

Frank Jemley III*

President & CEO

Kentucky Association of Manufacturers

Frankfort

George Adams

Fisher & Phillips LLP

Louisville

Jeremy Ballard*

Toyotetsu America

Somerset

Keith Beckham

Sumitomo Electric Wiring Systems, Inc.

Edmonton

Joe Bobnar

Ford Motor Company

Lousiville

Tim Capps*

Par 4 Plastics

Marion

Byron Craig*

Boneal, Inc.

Mt. Sterling

Kerry Creech

Toyota Motor Manufacturing KY

Georgetown

Paul Czarapata

KY Community & Technical College System

Versailles

David Hall

CSX Transportation

Louisville

Julie Johnson

The Chemours Company

Lousiville

Earl Jones

GE Appliances, a Haier Co.

Louisville

D.J. Lutz

Wacker Chemical Corporation

Calvert City

Evan Midler

Alliance Coal

Lexington

Daniel P. Murray

Regal Rexnord

Morehead

Daniel Naes*

Brown-Forman

Louisville

Chris Perry

Kentucky Association of Electric Cooperatives

Lousiville

Jay Richert

Marathon Petroleum

Catlettsburg

Paul Schneider

Anthem Blue Cross & Blue Shield

Louisville

Derek Rahn

LG&E-KU

Louisville

Paula Smith

Kentucky Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance

Louisville

Derrick J. Thompson

Atmos Energy Corporation

Owensboro

Rejeana Thompson*

Aichi Forge USA, Inc.

Georgetown

Larry Williams*

ASR-Pioneer

Nicholasville

C. Douglas Wolfe

Pace Analytical Services, LLC

Madisonville