Aside from a successful career during which he built Host Communications into the number one sports marketing firm in the nation, Jim Host's leadership has yielded more significant progress in Kentucky than anyone I can think of.
He was not only instrumental in the creation of the Lexington Civic Center and Rupp Arena in the ‘70s, but was the driving force in attracting the World Equestrian Games to America for the first time in their history – and securing a multi-million dollar sponsorship by Alltech – as the Games' Board Chairman while the project was getting on its feet.
He then took over as Chairman of the Louisville Arena Authority, steering that project through countless policy debates and economic challenges, ultimately bringing the project in ahead of schedule and under budget – a feat no one thought possible.
And then, for good measure, he returned – at the Governor's request – to resume leadership of the Equestrian Games at a point when progress had stalled and deadlines were fast approching. Needless to say, the logjams were eliminated and the games have been hailed as an unqualified success.
And he did most if not all of that as a volunteer, realizing no personal profit.
Clearly, Jim Host is a visionary – a man who sees goals instead of obstacles, values action over indecision and refuses to take "no" for an answer. He listens and thinks – but then he acts, decisively and effectively. Jim Host gets more done before lunch than many of our would be "leaders" can achieve in months. If his bold, can-do attitude ever became the norm around here instead of the exception, it's hard to imagine what this city and state could accomplish.
Now that the Equestrian Games are over, and now that the beautiful arena is built, anyone in favor of putting him in charge of getting a couple of bridges built?
I'm Bill Lamb, and that's my…Point of View.