POWER 50: Announcing this year’s list of Greater Louisville’s most influential leaders

Louisville Business First on Monday announced its 2023 Power 50 list.

This is the third year for Power 50, our list of the most influential people in Greater Louisville’s business, nonprofit and civic community. LBF solicited nominations from the public, as well as considered candidates from our reporting and sourcing.

Publisher Lisa Benson and Editor-in-Chief Shea Van Hoy then combed through the pool of those considered to come up with the list of 50. A quick note: elected officials are not eligible for Power 50, as we figure the nature of their position makes them powerful in some form or another. However, appointed officials are considered.

As with last year, we’ll also be highlighting the 5 on the Rise in the local business community. Look for those five rising stars to be revealed on our website Tuesday, Feb. 14.

There’s also more Power 50 content to come. In the March 31 print edition and online, LBF staff will write short profiles of the Power 50 and 5 on the Rise.

  • Jerry Acy, executive director, River Ridge Development Authority
  • Jim Allen, vice chairman, Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Tawana Bain, founder and CEO, TBain & Co.
  • Cleo Battle, president and CEO, Louisville Tourism
  • David Beck, president and CEO, Kentucky Venues
  • Tiffany Benjamin, CEO, Humana Foundation
  • Larry Benz, president and CEO, Confluent Health
  • Jonathan Blue, chairman and founding director, Blue Equity LLC
  • Junior Bridgeman, owner, Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. and Bridgeman Sports Media
  • Bill Carstanjen, CEO, Churchill Downs Inc.
  • Scott Catlett, chief legal and franchise officer, Yum Brands Inc.
  • Gerard Colman, CEO, Baptist Health
  • Kevin Cosby, president, Simmons College of Kentucky; senior pastor, St. Stephen Baptist Church
  • Russell Cox, president and CEO, Norton Healthcare Inc.
  • Condrad Daniels, president, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
  • Wendy Dant-Chesser, president and CEO, One Southern Indiana
  • Sarah Davasher-Wisdom, president and CEO, Greater Louisville Inc.
  • Cathe Dykstra, president, CEO and chief possibility officer, Family (formerly Family Scholar House)
  • Sandra Frazier, founder and managing member, Tandem Public Relations
  • Edward Glasscock, chairman emeritus, Frost Brown Todd
  • Mariah Gratz, CEO, Weyland Ventures
  • Kim Halbauer, Kentucky regional president, Fifth Third Bank
  • Jennifer Hancock, president and CEO, Volunteers of America Mid-States
  • James “Ja” Hillebrand, chairman and CEO, Stock Yards Bank & Trust
  • Gill Holland, managing partner, Portland Investment Initiative
  • John Hollenbach, managing partner, Hollenbach Oakley
  • Alice Houston, co-founder and owner, HJI Supply Chain Solutions
  • Jim Joseph, president, UPS Airlines
  • David Jones Jr., chairman and managing director, Chrysalis Ventures
  • Cynthia Knapek, president, Leadership Louisville Center
  • Christina Lee Brown, philanthropist, Christina Lee Brown Envirome Institute
  • Todd Lowe, president, Parthenon LLC
  • Amy Luttrell, president and CEO, Goodwill Industries of Kentucky
  • Dan Mann, executive director, Louisville Regional Airport Authority
  • Tom Miller, CEO, UofL Health
  • John Moore, CEO and chairman, Atria Senior Living
  • Jerry Morgan, CEO, Texas Roadhouse Inc.
  • Mike Mountjoy, founding partner, chairman emeritus, MCM CPAs & Advisors
  • Kevin Nolan, president and CEO, GE Appliances, a Haier company
  • Logan Pichel, president and CEO, Republic Bank & Trust Co.
  • Jon Rousseau, president and CEO, BrightSpring Health Services
  • Brook Smith, president Smith Manus (Acrisure), RSLP Ventures and Wabi Capital
  • Evon Smith, president and CEO, OneWest
  • Carolyn Tandy, senior vice president, chief diversity and inclusion officer, Humana Inc.
  • Matthew Thornton, principal, Thornton Capital
  • Steve Trager, chairman, Republic Bank and Trust Co.
  • Purna Veer, president and founder, V-Soft Consulting Group Inc. and owner of Tandoori Fusion
  • Lawson Whiting, president and CEO, Brown-Forman Corp.
  • Phoebe Wood, principal, CompaniesWood
  • Tammy York Day, president and CEO, Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (CEOc)