Leon Owens, President of Swift & Staley, has been elected to serve as the 2018 Chair of the Board for the Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce. Tammy Zimmerman, President/CEO of Payment Plus who was Chair in 2017, will serve as Immediate Past Chair. Daniel Jones, Owner/President of Strawberry Hills Pharmacy, has been elected as Chair-elect.
Leon Owens is President of Swift & Staley Inc. With 165 employees in Paducah, KY, the small business government prime-contractor is 100% employee owned and recognized as an exceptional infrastructure support services company. Before being named president, Owens held positions of increased responsibility ranging from Human Resource Manager, Operations & Maintenance Manager, Corporate Development Manager and Chief Operating Officer. Before joining Swift & Staley, he worked for 15 years as a production operator at the Paducah Gaseous Diffusion Plant. Owens earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Eastern Illinois University, and a master’s degree in business administration from Murray State University. He serves as vice-president of Portsmouth Mission Alliance, a board member of the Paducah/McCracken County Joint Sewer Agency, a former member of the Paducah Citizens Advisory Board, and a former member of the presidential appointed Advisory Board on Radiation and Worker Health.
In addition to Owens, Zimmerman and Jones, other members of the Chamber’s 2018 Executive Committee include: Chad Beyer, i5 Design Group, Vice Chair; Mike Karnes, Williams, Williams & Lentz, Treasurer; Cory Hicks, Four Rivers Nuclear Partnership, Vice Chair of Business Advocacy; Jim Dudley, KeeFORCE, Vice Chair of Membership and Marketing; Sonny Smith, Attorney with McMurry & Livingston, PLLC, Vice Chair of Education and Workforce; Terri Lundberg, Practice Manager, Lundberg Medical Imaging, Vice Chair of Small Business; and Sandra Wilson, President, Paducah Area Chamber of Commerce.
New Board members joining in 2018 are: Jessica Newman, Advantage Insurance; Gretta Rose, Beltline Electric; and Susan Ybarzabal, CFSB.
Continuing Board members are: Andy Carloss, Midtown Market; Tony Copeland, Arkema; Danny Evitts, Independence Bank; Bob Ezell, Computer Services Inc.; Barry Hatcher, Kemper CPA Group, LLP; Mardie Herndon, Paducah Bank (also Chair of PED); Mike Lawson, MP Lawson Construction; Dona Rains, Baptist Health; Wayne Reid, Lourdes; Craig Rice, Atmos Energy; Bill Robertson, Paducah Water; Greg Thompson, The Orthopaedic Institute of Western Kentucky; and Shawn Washer, HDR Engineering, Inc.
Ex-officio Board members are: McCracken County Judge Executive Bob Leeper; Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless; Brian Harper, McCracken County Schools; Dr. Donald Shively, Paducah Independent Schools; Dr. Anton Reece, West Kentucky Community Technical College; Dr. Adrienne King, Murray State University; Scott Darnell, Paducah Economic Development; Matt Snow, Paducah Young Professionals; and Crystal Balentine, Leadership Paducah Foundation.