Kentucky Derby Museum ushers in new board members

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Kentucky Derby Museum has welcomed five board members with diverse and remarkable backgrounds, including powerhouse entrepreneur Eden Bridgeman Sklenar; Kentucky derby online. Thoroughbred owner Jill Baffert; award-winning sports journalist Gene McLean; and Bill Beam, former finance director for Governor Paul Patton.

Todd Spencer

Returning to the board after serving in preceding years is Todd Spencer, president & CEO of Doe-Anderson, a prominent advertising and public relations company in Louisville.

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Baffert is a former television reporter and anchor for WLKY-TV at Louisville.  At present, Kentucky derby online.she’s a stay at home mother and horse owner. Kentucky derby online. She has owned several graded stakes winners including Misremembered, Contested and Maybellene.  Baffert has served or currently serves on many boards such as Old Friends and Thoroughbred Aftercare Alliance.  Baffert is wed to horse trainer, Bob Baffert, and currently resides in California with Bob and their son, Bode.

Bill Beam

Beam has been a benefactor of the Kentucky Derby Museum for twenty-five years, while being a Churchill Downs season box holder and a part of the Churchill Downs Turf Club for over twenty-eight years.  He’s a direct descendant to a number of prominent Kentuckians, including Governor Isaac Shelby, United States Supreme Court Justice Thomas Todd, and two original master distillers such as Jacob Beam.Kentucky derby online,  Beam now serves on The Shelby Society Board of Directors and the Louisville Redevelopment Authority Board of Directors.  The beam was an account executive in television and media for many years before joining Governor Paul Patton’s office as a finance manager.  Beam resides in Prospect together with his spouse, Monette.  He has two adult children.

Eden Bridgeman Sklenar

Bridgeman Sklenar has become the chief marketing officer of Manna Inc. because 2017 and has been with the restaurant team as 2009.  Bridgeman Sklenar manages the advertising department as well as the local store marketing engagement of all company brands. Kentucky derby online. She earned her MBA in Entrepreneurship in Loyola University Chicago-Quinlan School of Business.  Bridgeman Sklenar also acts as a board member and the program director for the Bridgeman Charitable Group since 2017, which produces The Trifecta; an yearly Derby-eve black-tie actress charity gala at Louisville, Ky..  She’s married to Greg Sklenar and is the daughter of Ulysses L. (Junior) and Doris Bridgeman.

McLean is an award-winning sports writer, who started his career in 1977 as a sportswriter and columnist for the Lexington Herald-Leader in Lexington, Ky., and has been recognized as one of the nation’s greatest authors, winning the prestigious”Sportswriter of the Year” honor in 1985.  Kentucky derby online, McLean is now the president and publisher of The Pressbox, a website dedicated to covering the world of Thoroughbred breeding and racing.  McLean is a Profession founder of The Louisville Thoroughbred Society; a private, members-only club located in Louisville’s downtown historic district in the Hughes Building for its Thoroughbred enthusiast and their guests.

“Kentucky Derby Museum had a stellar year.  We finished a $6.8 million renovation and expansion in October 2018, and have seen attendance skyrocket 11% over the previous fiscal year,” said Pat Armstrong, president & CEO of Kentucky Derby Museum. Kentucky derby online. “Our Museum is increasing due to our plank supporting decisions that are in the best interest of our advancement.  I’m convinced the incoming board members will bring new views and ideas to keep the momentum rolling at Kentucky Derby Museum.”

Chris Whelan

Additionally, two current Board Members are working in new roles.  Moving into the Board Chair position is Chris Whelan, vice president of Communications in LG&E. Kentucky derby online. Glenn Haygood, president and general director at WLKY-TV, now serves as vice chair.

Glenn Haygood

Kentucky Derby Museum, a non-profit organization, is governed by a 21 person Board of Directors, committed to the maximum standard of business ethics. Kentucky derby online. The Museum Board monitors Museum operations, provides fiscal supervision, and helps direct the development of this Museum.  The new Board members will serve a 3 year term. 

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