Smarter Future Council

Smarter Future Council

The Smarter Future Council is comprised of Kentucky business leaders who support more educational opportunities for Kentucky students. Our students are key to Kentucky’s future, and we need to ensure that every student gets the best education possible – regardless of their socio-economic status.

Kentucky needs a well-educated workforce in order to compete in the global economy.  As members of the business community, we see education as an investment in the future.  Bringing a scholarship tax credit program to Kentucky would help the business community to invest more in education than ever before.


The Smarter Future Council supports bringing a Scholarship Tax Credit program to Kentucky. The program would create a nonrefundable tax credit for donations to scholarship granting organizations. The program would provide lower income families with more educational options.

Greater Louisville Inc.

Jeff Arnold – Medcare Pharmacy LLC

Mike Ash – Fifth Third Bank

Jeffrey L. Ashley – Ashley Rountree & Associates

Edward Bessler

Charles Bradley – Fifth Third Bank

Michael Brennan- Bramco, Inc.

Steve Brunson- Pediatric Partners of NKY

Al Burke- Burke Financial services

Martin Butler – Strauss Troy, LPA

David P. Calzi – Ernst & Young LLP

Craig Carlson – US Bank

Thomas D. Clines III – United Mail LLC

Thomas Colvin – Arthur J. Gallagher

Paul T. Costel

Allen L. Crumes – Money Concepts

Ralph Drees – Drees Homes, LLC

Julie Dupont – Dupont plumbing inc

Deborah Jo Durr – Richwood Manor, LLC

Stephen Embry – Frost Brown Todd LLC

Brian Eviston – Strauss Troy Co., LPA

Rhonda Evsiston – St. Elizabeth Healthcare

Raymond Erpenbeck – ECE, Inc.

Jesse Flynn – The Flynn Group

Steve Ford – Ingredient Resource Corporation

Benjamin C. Fultz – Fultz Maddox Dickenz PLC

Shawn Freibert – Freibert & Mattingly Title Group

Steve Gray – Commercial Kentucky, Inc.

Paul M. Grisanti – Grisanti Group CRE, LLC

Daniel Groneck – U.S. Bank Cincinnati

Mark Guilfoyle – DBL Law

Tink Guthrie – Archdiocese of Louisville

Wayne Hartke – SERVEPRO of Northwest Cincinnati

John Hayes – Brown-Forman Corp.

Roy B. Hill- Dean Dorton Allen Ford RETIRED

David P. Heintzman – Stock Yards Bank and Trust Company

Jennifer Henning

John P. Hollenbach, Sr. – Hollenbach-Oakley, LLC

William Hoskins- Jackson Kelly PLLC

Heather Huddleston – School Choice Scholarships

Bill Howard – Fastline Media Group

David Jarboe- Vertical Recruiting

Craig Jones – Jones Plastic and Engr

Charles J. Kane – 2nd Generation Capital, LLC

Donald J. Kelly

Kris Knochelmann – Schneller Plumbing Heating & Air, Inc.

Rudy Kreutzjans – Legacy Management

Rich Lechleiter – Catholic Education Foundation of Louisville

Jeremy Lancaster- The Lancford Group, LLC

Joesph L. Landenwich – Kindred Healthcare, Inc.

Albert Leis – Kentucky One Health

Charles H. Leis – Brandeis Machinery & Supply Company

Charlotte Lowe- Pattco, LLC

Phil McCauley- Madison Group at Morgan Stanley

Todd McGee- Comfort Keepers

Sean McGuire- Fastline Media Group

Jay Oliver – Humana

Kathy Oyler

Tom Partridge – Fifth Third Bank

Charles Paradis – Bramco, Inc.

James A. Patterson – Pattco, LLC

Thomas Perrone – Perrone Wealth Management Group

Becky Phillips – MCM CPAs and Advisors

Mark Plummer – J & J Transportation, Inc.

Patrick Potter – Flexo Wash LLC

Kathy Potts – Republic Bank

William Ralston – Kentucky Planning Partners

Neil Ramsey – RQSI

Tim Rawe

Ken Rechtti

Bill Roby – USA

BJ Ruckriegel – CandyRific

Beth Ruehlmann- Diocese of Covington

Paul Sartori- Legacy Financial Advisors

Anthony L. Schnell – Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC

Paul Schulte – Horizon Group International

Beth Silvers – Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP

Steve B Thompson – Syetling G Thompson Co

Phyllis Sparks

M. Kristin Stuedle- Stuedle Spears & Company CPAs

Phil Stuecker

Paul F. Smith

James U. Smith III – Smith & Smith Attorneys

Douglas Stough- Assured Partners NL

Jim Tencza – Dean Dorton Allen Ford, PLLC

Vince Tyra – ISCO Industries, Inc

Paul T. Verst – Verst Group Logistics

Jon Votel – K.O.I. Precast Concrete Inc.

Mark Wheeler – Central Bank of Jefferson County

Tom Wimsett – Wimsett & Company

Elizabeth Wiseman – Restaurant Supply Chain Solutions LLC

Ben Waiz – Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

Larry J. Walker – Boca Properties, LLC

James Wilson – James E Wilson CPA LLC

Phyllis Yeager – Gateway Community and Technical College

Kurt A. Zinser – Prospect Insurance Group

Neil Zinser – Strothman & Company, PSC

Zach Zinser – Zinser Benefit Service, Inc.

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