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    P3 / Economic Development Panel

    June 27, 2019
    1:30 PM - 4:00 PM
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    Frankfort Plant Board
    151 Flynn Avenue
    Frankfort, KY 40601


    Arthur Walker III, Executive Vice President - The Walker Company

    Arthur serves as fourth-generation leadership of The Walker Company – a construction and materials company working to improve the quality of life for the people of Kentucky.  As Vice-President, Mr. Walker oversees the General Contracting Division as well as guides overall operations of the business.

    In the Commonwealth, Mr. Walker is using the Public-Private Partnership model to creatively recommend facility solutions for state agencies, higher-ed campuses and municipalities. He is dedicated to generating workforce development projects for the public, vertical market. Art also serves as a member of the Kentucky Chamber’s P3 Roundtable.  

    For the horizontal services industry, Mr. Walker has held numerous leadership roles. He is currently a Director for the Kentucky Association of Highway Contractors; he is a former President of the Plantmix Asphalt Industry of Kentucky, in addition to past Chairman of the Kentucky Crushed Stone Association.  Mr. Walker is also a Director of Traditional Bank, a 1.4-billion-dollar bank serving central and eastern Kentucky.

    Jake Schirmer, Managing Director - Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund

    Mr. Schirmer’s passion is designing solutions to improve Kentucky’s infrastructure and building assets. As the Managing Director of the Commonwealth Infrastructure Fund (CIF) and Western Kentucky Infrastructure Fund (WKIF), Jake connects private and public entities that are aligned with his passion. CIF and WKIF are each a $125,000,000 funding mechanism for P3 projects throughout Kentucky providing access to alternative funding sources beyond just the taxable and tax-exempt bond market.

    Prior to his leadership and involvement with P3 projects, Jake worked in the banking industry for nearly 20 years. As the Vice President of Commercial Lending for a $2.7 billion community bank, he built and managed an organically-grown portfolio of more than $200 million.

    Early in his career as a credit analyst, Mr. Schirmer earned an MBA from Illinois State University. Jake holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is also a veteran and served in the United States Army.

    Brian M. Bruggeman, Chief Client Officer - KLH Engineers

    Brian Bruggeman is the Chief Client Office for KLH Engineers. He has 20 years of experience in the AEC industry and has contracted nearly $3 billion in construction volume for the design community. Brian is a recognized expert in public policy, economic development and demography that impact the local and national construction industry. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Kentucky.

    Brad Thomas, Economic Development Manager - Touchstone Energy

    Brad Thomas is the Associate Manager of Economic Development for East Kentucky Power Cooperative. His responsibilities include promotion and development of economic development opportunities for the 16 owner/member electric co-operatives that represent 87 counties and over one million Kentuckians. He assists existing industries with growth and expansion issues including exporting as well as recruiting new business opportunities to the state. In his tenure, Brad has led efforts to roll out StateBook , an economic development data platform that provides websites for the 87 serviced counties, as well as developing a new mobile app “PowerMap” that leverages state-of-art-technologies as well as a website ( to enhance economic development efforts for the owner/member cooperatives. He is also working with others in education and industry to create a STEM-based workforce.

    Brad also currently serves as Chairman of the Board for the Foundation for Kentucky Industry as well as a Board Member for the World Trade Center – Kentucky; Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium and Kentucky Association for Economic Development.

    Brad also had a 25-year career with the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He spent time within the Department of Revenue, Finance and Administration Cabinet and most recently with the Cabinet for Economic Development (CED) while serving five governors. During his tenure with State Government, Brad was the supervisor of the Office of Entrepreneurship for CED and organized and planned trade missions for the Governor’s Office. Brad is a graduate of Eastern Kentucky University and is married to his wife Renee’ with whom he raises their daughter Logan and two sons Canyon and Carson in Frankfort.


    Emily Whitley, Partner – Kismet Marketing, LLC

    Emily Whitley is a founding partner in Kismet Marketing - an agency aligned with clients who are inspired by and value flexibility, health and purpose.  In addition to traditional marketing solutions, Kismet provides niche services for B2B firms within the A/E/C industry including Unsolicited Proposal development for P3 projects.

    A bundle of enthusiasm, Emily is the poster-woman for career satisfaction and community involvement. As an advertising executive turned A/E/C business development professional, her formula for success is strategic and contagious. She has led communication strategies and championed growth of companies for 15 years. The duality of working on both the agency and the client side has groomed her to make things happen. This translates into being both the visionary and the doer - the implementer of good ideas. 

    For the A/E/C industry, Emily is a past-president of Kentucky’s Society of Marketing Professional Services. She also served as Facilitator and Plaque Ceremony Task Force Chair for Kentucky’s U.S. Green Building Council's Advocacy Committee.

    For the A/E/C industry, Emily is a past-president of Kentucky’s Society of Marketing Professional Services. She also served as Facilitator and Plaque Ceremony Task Force Chair for the Kentucky’s U.S. Green Building Council's Advocacy Committee.

    Please park in the yellow B lot shown on the map below!

    Thank you to our June Program Sponsor!


    Continuing Education Credit Available
    2 CPSM CEUs
    Please don’t forget to let Peggy Workman know if you need CEU credits.

    Cancellation policy: Cancellations must be made at least 24-hours prior to the meeting to be eligible for refund.  

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    $25.00 Members

    $25.00 Co-Workers of Members / Members of Other Chapters

    $50.00 Non-Members