November 2014 Newsletter

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NowHiringNow Accepting Executive Board Nominations!

It is time to begin the process of chapter elections. This year we have three open positions:

Descriptions of each role can be found on the chapter website, here.

The Chapter Nomination Committee is now taking applications for individuals interested in one of the three open positions. If you would like to be considered for a chapter executive board position, please send your resume and brief description of your interest to by December 10, 2014.

Additionally, updates have been made to the Chapter By-Laws

to balance out the executive roles, increase leadership commitment, and more clearly define the advisory board. Members are asked to review the updates as they will be voted on during chapter elections.

Kentucky Chapter Leadership Meeting

Monday, Nov. 17

6:00 – 7:30PM

Location: Brown-Forman 850 Dixie Hwy Louisville, KY

The executive board of the Kentucky Chapter holds a monthly leadership meeting to discuss and decide the direction of the chapter. Meetings are open to the KY-NBMBAA membership. This month’s meeting will be held at Brown-Forman (850 Dixie Hwy) on Nov. 17, 2014 from 6pm to 7:30pm.

If you are interested in chapter leadership, attending the Chapter Leadership Meeting is great way to get started.

We look forward to seeing you there!

October Event Recap

Entrepreneur Academy: Franchising 


  • Tiffany Robinson, Co-Owner of Wingstop  
  • William Cohen, Owner of Choices Yogurt Bar

Restaurant owners Tiffany and William shared their inspiration and challenges of building a successful restaurant business.

Even in college, William knew he wanted to open a business. He created and opened his first venture, Smoothie Q in 2002 when no one in Louisville knew what it was or its health benefits. His business plan was completed with guidance from a local business development program. He utilized key relationships, marketing/sales strategies and career experience as a contractor to grow his business.  He has now opened a 2nd restaurant, Choices Yogurt Bar on South Hurstbourne. He credits his success to building strong relationships, the ability to utilize credit, and hard work.

Tiffany and the other co-owners of Wingstop wanted to create additional income. After research into one of their favorite places to eat in Texas they decided upon the franchise, Wingstop. The franchise route offers the ability to build a business based on a familiar concept, established procedures, and support through training and marketing strategies for entrepreneurs. Wingstop owners have to pay a start-up fee, annual fees, attend training sessions, and meet credit/liquidity standards. They must follow guidelines on the site location, suppliers, accounting systems, and store design. Tiffany’s military training is a great asset when handling the market strategy, developing the store’s staff, and providing great customer service.

Overall the meeting provided great insight into entrepreneurship in the Louisville market! Please make a point to patronize both restaurants, to support local business owners while enjoying great food with excellent customer service!

Sponsor Information:

  • Wingstop is located at 2007 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy
  • Choices Yogurt Bar is located at 2723 S. Hurstbourne Pkwy
November Member Spotlight

James Ray is from Louisville, Kentucky and holds a B.S. in Sport Administration from the University of Louisville. He is also one month away from receiving his MBA from Bellarmine University with emphasis in Marketing and Finance. He is currently employed as an intern at GE Appliances and will be looking for new opportunities in the fields of marketing, business analysis or business consulting.

Prior to his current role, he has interned with several major companies including Brown-Forman in Sydney, Australia and IBM. James is well on his way to achieving his goal, to become a corporate leader, who enriches the lives of his colleagues by embracing diversity and inclusion!