We are an affiliate of The Greater Lexington Chamber of Commerce and we work closely with organizations integral to supporting and sustaining our workforce.

Mission and Functions

The Business and Education Network’s mission is to create, attract and sustain a globally skilled workforce to meet the needs of the region's existing and target industries. Our goal is to achieve this by working with the education community, local workforce partners, community-based organizations and area businesses. A skilled workforce with 21st-century skills is critical for individual and regional prosperity as well as business success. Therefore, the quality of our education system and workforce development initiatives is of the utmost importance.


Betsy Dexter
Executive Director

Board of Directors

Daryl W. Smith
2020 Chair
Economic Development Project Manager
LG&E & KU Energy
Mark Manuel
Vice President
Bluegrass Community & Technical College
Eric Sauvage
Immediate Past Chair
President & CEO
LBX Company, LLC
Mary Ann Vimont
Associate Professor, Director of Development
University of Kentucky College of Education
Tucker Ballinger
President & CEO
Forcht Bank
Ilka Balk
Engineering Career Development Director
University of Kentucky College of Engineering
Elisa Bruce
EEB Consulting
Elodie Dickinson
Workforce Development Manager
Office of the Mayor, City of Lexington
Gina Greathouse
Executive Vice President, Economic Development
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Todd Johnson
Executive Vice President
Building Industry Association of Central Kentucky
David Kidd
Senior Vice President, Corporate & Commercial Banking
PNC Bank
Drura Parrish
RSLP Ventures
Robert L. Quick, CCE
President & CEO
Commerce Lexington Inc.
Ed Quinn III
President & CEO
R.J. Corman Railroad Group
Gwen Riley
Carrie Rogers
Strategic Partnership Manager
Fayette County Public Schools
Randall Stevens
Kevin Stinnett
Premier Financial Group
Lynette Walker, RN, MHA, PhD, CHHR
VP, Human Resources
Baptist Health Lexington
Todd Ziegler
Market President - Central Kentucky
Republic Bank


The Business and Education Network is generously supported by its investors through a variety of programs, sponsorships, and campaigns.

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