Keynote Speakers

Chuck Proudfit, – SKILLSOURCE, Cincinnati, OH

Chuck Proudfit began following Christ in 1997.  He was seeking practical ways to live out Christian faith at work, and quickly discovered just how hard it is.  The marketplace didn’t like to talk about “religion and politics”, and the local church was largely disengaged from the tough spiritual realities of modern work life.

Applying his research background from Harvard University, Chuck spent several years studying how Christians live out faith at work, and how scripture speaks to our experiences.  He uncovered a consistent set of spiritual struggles faced by all working Christians, and a compelling set of spiritual solutions drawn straight from God’s word.

These insights formed the framework for At Work on Purpose, launched in 2003.  This community is now connected to over 8,000 working Christians across the Greater Cincinnati area, and has become the nation’s largest city-wide marketplace ministry.  Chuck is also the Founder and President of SKILLSOURCE, a business building consultancy employing over 30 contractors and delivering sustainable client growth through applied Biblical principles.

Chuck developed his general management expertise at three industry-leading firms:  The Procter & Gamble Company, The Ernest & Julio Gallo Winery, and LensCrafters Corporation.  At Harvard University, he pioneered the school’s organizational development curriculum.  An avid educator, Chuck has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Great Oaks Institute and Cincinnati Christian University.

Chuck has received the Angel Award for community service from the Smith Family Foundation.  He has led SKILLSOURCE® to a TriState Success Award for exceptional business growth, a Torch Award ethics commendation from the Better Business Bureau, a Perfect 10 Certified Corporate Culture designation, and a C-Suite recognition from LEAD.  

Chuck is an executive board member of Self Sustaining Enterprises, generating profits for philanthropy through entrepreneurial ventures; for Nuway Foundation, combatting poverty in Nigeria; and with GoodCities, revitalizing communities.  He is an Elder at Grace Chapel, a member of the Corporate Leadership Team for Transform Our World, and a Co-Founder of NET (Neighborhoods Embracing Transformation).

Chuck is the co-author of BIZNISTRY:  Transforming Lives through Enterprise, and the author of Citywide Marketplace Ministry in a Box.  Chuck holds a Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do under U.S. Olympic Coach Hong Kong Kim.  He and his wife Jeryl have two children, Aidan and Maya, both adopted from South Korea.


Lonnie Riley – Meridzo Center Ministries, Lynch, KY

Lonnie Riley, the director of Meridzo Center Ministries has an AA in Civil Engineering (University of Kentucky), a BA in Religion ( University of the Cumberlands) and furthered his study at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary). He has been awarded the Missionaries of the Year award for US and Canada (2004), Chamber of Commerce Community Development Award, Youth Development Award, and the Tony Turner Leadership Award (which he says is the highest honor ever given).

Lonnie Riley serves as Founder/CEO of Meridzo Center, Inc. since 1999  has served as a director since September 2003. Mr. Riley is from Lynch in Harlan County, Kentucky, where he serves as Founder/Director of the Meridzo Center, Inc. Over 14 ministries have been launched within Meridzo. Ministries including a Fitness Center, Horse Stables, Retreat and Education Centers, Youth Camps and more offer multiple ways to connect The Gospel with the community.

Lonnie has faithfully served in Lynch, Kentucky 20 years. A community bathed in mist & shadow on the woody margins of Harlan County. A town where 10,000 people once gathered from around the world to extract high quality coal from seams underneath Black Mountain. A mining operation that set world records, and fueled wartime steel production. But it was not to last.

Another war set in … the war on coal. Decisions made from afar devastated Appalachia, putting thousands of men out of work. As the drills, conveyors, and whistles went silent, community porches and meal tables were emptied of life. Christmas lights blinked out, and summer parades were no more. In time, the community’s complexion was marred by rusting mine equipment, broken windows, and collapsed roofs. Drugs and rain seeped in, whole hope for the future seemed to trickle out on the silt-laden waters of Looney Creek.

Only it didn’t. Just when Lynch’s story looked like it was ending, things started to get interesting. Behind the scenes, a handful of desperate prayer warriors like Lonnie would not let go. It all started with faith, and a little cookie dough

What’s in your hand?


Guest Speaker

Emily MoonEmily Moon, former Asbury Project Winner and Owner of By Grace Designs has launched a social entrepreneurship that empowers women in Africa and India through clothing. She has experience in various aspects of marketing including social media, search engine optimization, web site design, etc. 

“Raised in Africa, I lived in the rural village of Tamale, Ghana until 2000. The child of missionaries, my father (a civil engineer) brought clean water to village suffering from cholera. The condition and environment was something I never forgot – and I always knew I would be a social entrepreneur to help make a change.” 


Business Competition Mentors

Eric HartmanEric Hartman, a man with more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur himself, is now working full time with the Kentucky Innovation Network to help others realize their dreams of turning innovative ideas into profitable businesses. From 2000 to 2015, Hartman was co-founder and president of customKYnetics Inc. (cKY), a Central Kentucky medical device company which developed innovative rehabilitation products for physical therapy applications. The company was formed in 2000 based on research at UK.

Over the past year, Hartman served as director of the Kentucky Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) / Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) matching funds grant program for the Lexington-based Kentucky Science and Technology Corporation (KSTC).


Brian Yeich’s passion is helping people to become fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ whether it is in the context of the community, the local church, or the academy. As an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference, he has pastored in both large and small congregations as well as a church re-start. Brian currently serves as a Core Team Member and as a Lead Missioner of the Inspire Movement, a missional discipleship network based in the United Kingdom. Including his current role at Asbury Theological Seminary as Assistant Provost and affiliate professor, Brian has over 6 years in theological education leadership. Brian holds a B.S. in Business Management and a M.B.A. with a concentration in entrepreneurship from Louisiana Tech University. He is also a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary with an M.Div. and D.Min. Most recently, Brian completed his PhD in theology with the University of Manchester/Cliff College. He enjoys tinkering on cars and technology as well as spending time with his children Matt, Daniel, Sarah and his wife, Misty


 

Jennifer Quillen is a Wealth Management Advisor with Legacy Consulting Group, a tax and financial planning firm in Lexington, KY that specializes in income tax and estate planning as well as small business consulting. Jennifer has been working in the financial industry since 2002, and she assists clients in the areas of retirement planning, asset protection, risk management and education funding, among others. One area in which Jennifer focuses is in helping clients, particularly small business owners, save money on their taxes.

Jennifer enjoys spending time with her husband, Jon, and their two children, Madelyn and Chris. When she’s away from the office, she’s involved with Business Networking and Referrals (BNI), Commerce Lexington and Gurlz for Gurlz.  She is actively involved in her church as well as her children’s sports teams and is an avid University of Kentucky basketball fan. 


Dr. George Allen teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in Strategy, Sales, Brand Management and other Marketing topics. Dr. Allen brings over 30 years of experience in account management, sales management and sales process leadership in high tech sales. Management roles include supervision of sales and service representatives, providing sales coaching, ensuring customer service discipline and the leadership of professionals responsible for sales process definition for a Fortune 500 company. In various large account management positions, he had the opportunity to work with innovation leaders such as Wal-Mart, American Airlines and AT&T.


Business Competition Judges

Glenn Jennings is Chairman of the Board, President and CEO of Delta Natural Gas 
Company, Inc., a Kentucky-based natural gas company. Glenn resides in Berea, Kentucky where he coaches youth soccer, serves on the City Council and teaches Sunday School at Berea Baptist Church. He is a CPA with prior work experience for Ford Motor Co., Arthur Andersen and Berea College. He has been with Delta Natural Gas for almost 32 years. Glenn received a BS in Bus Adm from Berea College.

Glenn is active in the natural gas industry as a member of the American Gas Association Board of Directors where he currently serves on several committees including the Audit Committee as well as Chair of the Smaller Member Council. He is a Board member and past Chairman of the Southern Gas Association and a past President of the Kentucky Gas Association.