Local Business Briefs

December 06, 2004

Free training for businesses, tourism attractions

The local business community is invited to Destination Danville-Boyle County, a free hospitality training workshop from 9:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 14 at the Danville Convention Center Complex. Owners, managers and front-line employees of local businesses and tourism attractions are encouraged to attend.

The workshop will include information about what visitors can do while they are in the Danville-Boyle County area, along with helpful tips on how to provide gracious hometown hospitality and exceptional customer service.

"Our goal is to educate local business owners and employees about everything there is to do in our area," said Kay Berggren, executive director of the Danville-Boyle County Convention & Visitors Bureau. "We want our visitors to feel welcome and we want our local businesses to help make that happen. The result is a visitor who will want to return and who will tell friends about us, which is a win-win situation for the visitor and our local economy."


The free session and training materials are being provided compliments of the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau along with the Southern and Eastern Kentucky Tourism Development Association (SEKTDA). Door prizes and refreshments are provided.

Call the Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau before Dec. 10 at 859-236-7794 to register.

Participants will be recognized as Shining STAR (Service, Training, Achievement, Recognition) graduates and will be listed on the SEKTDA Web site.

For additional information, contact Carla Carr, Danville-Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau, 859-236-7794, or via e-mail at

Dotson certified as Chartered Wealth Advisor

Local Hilliard Lyons financial consultant Darryl Dotson was certified recently as a Chartered Wealth Advisor.

To attain the qualification, he completed a curriculum accredited by the Estate and Wealth Strategies Institute of Michigan State University. The advanced courses covered financial planning, estate planning, risk management, asset management and other wealth management strategies.

Darryl has been affiliated with Hilliard Lyons for over three years and also is licensed in life, health and variable life insurance.

Established in 1854, Hilliard Lyons offers one-on-one advice about stocks, bonds, options, retirement plans, money market funds, mutual funds, trust and estate planning and investment management. It also researches the investment potential of various companies and industries and underwrites bonds for public improvements such as schools and highways.

Griffin receives sales honor from PLANCO

William R. Griffin Jr., a registered representative with Edward Jones in Danville, has earned PLANCO's highest honor - membership in the 2004 Captain's Club. PLANCO, a wholesaler of investment and insurance products, honors those representatives who produce more than $1 million in sales in a calendar year with Captain's Club membership.

Kentucky Trust Company appoints directors

Nina Kirkland, a Boyle County Realtor, and Keith Tarter, a Casey County businessman, have been appointed directors of Kentucky Trust Company, CEO Jim Sullivan has announced.

Kirkland is a Boyle County native and is the owner and principal broker for VIP Realty, Inc., which includes the first Coldwell Banker Residential Affiliate office in the state of Kentucky. She was married to the late Jim Kirkland and has one daughter, Amanda England, who resides in Lexington. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club, the University of Kentucky Alumni Association, the Central Kentucky Association of Realtors, KAR and NAR, and served for five years as vice president of the Boyle County Fair Board. She currently serves on the advisory board for Families First and is the immediate past chairmanof the Danville-Boyle County Chamber of Commerce.

Tarter, a Casey County native, is vice president of manufacturing operations with Tarter Gate Company. He oversees the production of 53 products in 250,000 square feet of manufacturing space for the largest manufacturer of farm gates in North America. He graduated from Centre College in 1991 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics. He is married to Dr. Jennifer Tarter and they have two children.

Kentucky Trust Company is an independent, locally owned financial institution founded in 1995. KTC provides financial services including employer-sponsored retirement plans, individual retirement and investment accounts, and personal trust and estate administration to individuals and small businesses locally and through community bank partnerships across Kentucky.

Eddrington recognized by Hampton Inn

Tim Eddrington, front desk clerk at the Hampton Inn of Danville, has been recognized as the outstanding employee of the quarter for the third quarter of 2004.

Eddrington has been with the local Hampton Inn for eight months.

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