Distinguished Volunteer Leaders

Our Chair


Event Chair

Brett is responsible for global public affairs at Suntory Global Spirits. He leads a global team of ten public affairs professionals who strive to create the best possible operating environment for Suntory Global Spirit’s iconic spirits brands. Before joining Suntory Global Spirits, Brett ran global government relations for Yum! Brands and the company’s three major brands: KFC, Pizza Hut, and Taco Bell. Before joining Yum! In January of 2014, Brett spent four years as Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs at Churchill Downs Incorporated, the publicly traded racing, gaming, and entertainment company, and eight years as Vice President, Government Relations at the American Gaming Association in Washington, DC. He began his career on Capitol Hill, where his positions included legislative support roles for U.S. Senators Mitch McConnell and Slade Gorton and chief of staff to Congressman Ed Whitfield of Kentucky.

Honorary Chair

Coach Tubby Smith


Orlando Henry “Tubby” Smith is an American college basketball coach who last coached the men’s team at High Point University, his alma mater. Smith previously served the same role at the University of Tulsa, University of Georgia, University of Kentucky, University of Minnesota, Texas Tech University, and the University of Memphis.  With Kentucky, Coach Smith took the Wildcats to the 1998 NCAA championship.  In his 31 years as a head coach, Tubby achieved 26 winning seasons.  With Texas Tech’s invitation to the 2016 NCAA tournament, he became only the second of three coaches in history to lead five teams to the NCAA tournament.

Executive Leadership Committee

T.J. Griffin
Chief Clinical Officer

Jadah Hawkins
Senior Vice President of Client Solutions



Jimmy King
Executive Vice President & Senior Loan Officer
Mid-Southern Savings Bank

Nick Phelps
SVP, Commercial Lead Team
Fifth Third Bank


Brooks Downing
bdG Sports, LLC

Ponce DeLeon Tidwell, Jr.
Co-Chief Executive Officer
R&P Enterprises, LLC

Darrell Fuller
President & Partner
Tantalum Partners




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