A native of Louisville, Kathleen has committed her entire career to supporting privately held and family owned businesses as a means of strengthening our regional economy. Her passion for family businesses stems from more than 20 years of experience providing technical assistance to businesses of all sizes and industry sectors as an economic development professional and practitioner. Kathleen’s family business history dates back to her grandparents, who owned and operated “Hoye’s Market,” an urban grocery store in Providence, Rhode Island. The store opened in 1930 at the height of the Great Depression and closed its doors in 1952.
She holds an International Certificate in Family Business Advising from the Family Firm Institute and has a Master’s Degree in Urban Economic Development from the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she spent eight years in Chicago working first with manufacturers and then with retailers and small businesses. She is also a recipient of a 1996 Atlantic Fellowship in Public Policy to study small business policies in Northern Ireland.
Kathleen's Louisville-based work includes six years at Greater Louisville, Inc. where she managed six industry networks and spearheaded the Vogt Invention and Innovation Fund (now the Vogt Award) to help inventors commercialize their products.
Prior to her work with family businesses, Kathleen directed the Small Business Development Center for the nine-county Greater Louisville Region.
Kathleen has been quoted in Entrepreneur Magazine, Crain’s Chicago Business First, and Business First of Louisville. She has also received the Certificate in Family Wealth Advising (CFWA) from the Family Firm Institute.
Brittany Prather migrated from the western province of Kentucky (Henderson) to Louisville in pursuit of crème de la crème. Her studies in Strategic Marketing and Event Management are based on her innate passions. “When passion meets ability you get a great thing; my gifts are in the organization, creativity and serving others.”
Brittany has been recognized with the WKU President’s Award in diversity, named Outstanding Senior and received Graduate Student of the year all during her graduate career. “It was an honor to receive such acknowledgment from my school during a time that I had decided to focus more on my career and less on student organizations.”
What matters most to Brittany is to live purposefully. Whether it is singing a Wheels on The Bus duet with her son for laughs and memories or taking the furthest parking spot in order to free up closer parking for others and to get in some cardio, Brittany always acts with her heart. “I truly believe everything happens for a reason and that when we do make a ‘mistake,’ everything will work out for the good.”
Anthony started his internship in September, three days before our event. We warned him it was going to be a crazy six weeks until after the Family Business Summit, and it was. However, he amazed us with his ability to pick up new skills and jump right into projects. Anthony also has an abundant wealth of knowledge about almost anything and everything and we enjoy learning from him daily!
Anthony grew up here in Louisville, in the J-Town area. He used his love of math and science to earn his Chemical Engineering Bachelor’s degree from UofL’s Speed School of Engineering. When asked why he decided to get an MBA at UofL, he said, “I have already been exposed to the technical sides of a company, and am getting my MBA to better understand the business side.” After graduation, he wants to get back into a chemical engineering industry such as pharmaceutical, petroleum, environmental, etc.
Anthony has quite a few hobbies ranging from biking, video games, trivia, and many others. Anthony says that he is excited to talk with business-focused minds and learn how they think and solve the problems at hand.