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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- David Nett will chair the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival.
He was elected by the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., Board of Directors at its annual meeting on June 13 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.
Nett is Customer Communications Manager for Kroger, Mid South Division. He follows the successful leadership of Chris Whelan, Vice President of Communications for LG&E and KU, who will continue serving as Immediate Past Chair of the Derby Festival.
"Serving as Chairman of the 2014 Kentucky Derby Festival is something I've been looking forward to and preparing for, for several years," Nett said in a press release. "It's hard to believe the time is finally here and I'm looking forward to having outstanding weather and one of the most fun and exciting Festivals to date."
Nett was first elected to the Derby Festival Board in 2005 and has been a member of the KDF Executive Board since 2008. He has served on the planning committee for several Derby Festival events and programs, including Kroger's Fest-a-Ville on the Waterfront, Chow Wagon, the Thorobred Membership Program, the Great Steamboat Race and the Pegasus Pin Program.
Michael E. Berry continues as President and CEO of the Derby Festival.
Trish Osborn, Senior Vice President, American Founders Bank, was elected Chair-Elect and Wes Rutledge, Vice President of Investments, Hilliard Lyons, was elected Vice Chair. Todd Schumacher, Vice President/General Manager, Summitmedia, was elected Treasurer; Lisa Stevenson, Instructor and Asst. Athletic Director at DuPont Manual High School was elected Secretary.
Newly elected to the Festival's Executive Board are: Jill Bell and Catherine Smith. Joining the 75-member board as newly elected directors are: Kathy Bingham; Mike Gandolfo; Barbara Porter, BB&T; Erin Rasinen; Mike Shea; and Nancy Jo Trafton, The Courier-Journal.
Since 1956, the Derby Festival has worked to bring the community together in celebration. The Festival is an independent community organization supported by 4,000 volunteers, 400 businesses and civic groups, Pegasus Pin sponsorships and event participation.
This involvement has made the Festival the largest single attended event in Kentucky and one of the leading community celebrations in the world.