Congratulations to the 2023 Henderson Chamber of Commerce “20 Under 40” Honorees!
The Henderson Chamber of Commerce is excited to shine a light on the young professionals in our community with this inaugural 20 Under 40 group. Their dedication, passion, and commitment to excellence are truly admirable. We are thrilled to see them recognized for their remarkable achievements and look forward to the impact they will have on our community and beyond as they continue to make a difference. By highlighting the success of these professionals under 40, we hope to inspire future generations and demonstrate that the possibilities in the Henderson County region are limitless.
Jessica Beaven, 36
Homeplace of Henderson
Jessica Beaven has over 13 years experience in senior healthcare. She is a graduate of Western Kentucky University and Henderson Community College. In 2019, she partnered with her husband, Patrick, to open the Homeplace of Henderson, a state-of-the-art senior living community featuring both personal care and dementia care services. Her passion is caring for our aging population.
In addition to her work experience, Jessica is very active in the community. She is the co-founder of the Henderson Healthcare Network, and serves on a number of boards, including POW! – Partnership of Women, Henderson County Senior Center, Farmers’ Bank, Henderson Area Arts Alliance and the Volunteer and Information Center.
Jessica and her husband Patrick have two children, Hudson (11) and Cate (8) , and their loveable golden-doodle, Bear.
Evan Dixon, 33
Field & Main Bank
Evan Dixon, a distinguished banking professional, graduated with both a bachelor’s and MBA from Murray State. His banking career started at Field & Main Bank and Bank of Henderson in June 2012, quickly showcasing his acumen. With various roles in the lending department, he now holds the position of Senior Risk Officer and Commercial Loan Officer, 1st Vice President, finding gratification in empowering clients to achieve their financial aspirations.
Outside of work, Evan is active in his community, serving as past president of the Henderson Lions Club, currently as Rotaract Treasurer, and as a Henderson Leadership Initiative fellow. He’s also a member of the Men’s Bourbon Society, a board member for Habitat for Humanity, and involved in the Chamber of Commerce’s downtown committee.
Evan, a devoted family man, enjoys leisure time with his wife, Abby, and children, Eliza and Graham. He’s passionate about sports and the outdoors, with his favorite day being the Henderson Whiffle Ball Classic, as shared by his wife.
Cory Bridges, 34
Field & Main Bank
Cory Bridges is a loan officer at Field and Main Bank. He attended Holy Name, Henderson County High, and the University of Kentucky. Cory worked in numerous campaigns, including James Comer’s bid for Commissioner of Agriculture and Governor. Cory returned home and began a career in community banking. In banking, he loves nothing more than helping a customer make their vision a reality. He spends his free time with his wife, Emily, and children: Ella, Hayden, and Jack. If you know Cory, you know he loves Henderson. If he isn’t talking about his family’s role in the founding of Henderson and Holy Name, he is talking about how bright Henderson’s future is. Past, present, or future, Henderson can always count on Cory as one of our proudest hype-men! A lover of people and relationships, Cory often works to bridge connections and wields his network to benefit his beloved hometown.
Clay Gilliam, 33
Henderson Chamber of Commerce
Through her role as the Downtown Events & Communications Coordinator for the Chamber of Commerce in Henderson, Kentucky, Clay aids in the promotion, economic development, and communication of all that Downtown Henderson has to offer. From planning events like Porchfest and Market on Main, to assisting in the development of the Downtown Henderson Dog Park, to coordinating watering and care for the downtown’s numerous flower planters, no two days are quite alike. It’s this very variety, combined with the opportunity to serve the growth of her hometown, that keeps Clay motivated. Rounding out her passions for nature and the arts, Clay also serves on the Friends of Audubon Board, as well as the Henderson Area Arts Alliance Board.
Kate Grealish, 30
Henderson Chevrolet GMC
JT Payne, 25
Henderson County Schools
Andrew Powell, 38
Henderson County PVA Office
Whitney Risley, 36
Henderson Economic Development
Casey Todd, 34
Hometown Roots, Hometown Hospitality
Courtney Woolfork, 33
Matthew 25 AIDS Services, Inc.
Brittany Hazelwood Scott, 34
Brittany is the President of Braco, Inc. a local dumpster and trucking company. When she moved back from school, she decided to take over part of the family business and began running Braco. Brittany became the first certified female owned dump truck company in the state of Kentucky. For almost 14 years, she has made her mark in the community by painting as much as she can pink. She is a graduate of the Henderson Leadership Initiative, indicating her dedication to personal and professional development. Additionally, she is actively involved in the Rotary Club and her church, Zion Baptist, suggesting her strong ties to community service and faith. When not being the “trash lady”, Brittany enjoys spending time with her family, which includes her husband, Myles, and their daughter, Grogan. They also share their home with two dogs named Copper and Penny.
Coleman Tramill, 33
F.C. Tucker Collier
A life-long resident of Henderson, Coleman Tramill knows a little something about real estate in northwestern Kentucky. And he’s putting that knowledge to good use as he helps his clients with their home buying and selling needs. With a commitment to excellent customer service and a keen attention to detail, Coleman works tirelessly to ensure that his clients are satisfied with their real estate transactions. Coleman received his bachelor’s degree in business administration with a concentration in marketing from the University of Southern Indiana. When he isn’t making homeownership dreams come true for his clients, you can find Coleman coaching basketball, playing golf, and hanging out with his wife and their daughter. Whether you’re looking to buy your first home, sell your current property, or invest in real estate, Coleman is the agent you can trust to help you achieve your goals.
Shelbi Carroll, 33
F.C. Tucker Collier
Shelbi Carroll may not originally be from Henderson, but she has found her lifetime home in the community. She is heavily involved in local nonprofits including the Sandy Lee Songfest and her Kicking For A Cause event, while previously helping the Henderson Boys & Girls Club’s $3 Million Capital Campaign as Campaign Coordinator. Shelbi enjoys giving back to the community because her passion is truly in the people she assists in Real Estate. She feels honored she gets to play a role in such a huge part of her client’s lives. She takes pride in offering the ultimate customer service when buying or selling your property. Shelbi is a 2012 graduate of WKU. She is happily married to her college sweetheart Keith, and they have a one year old little boy, Shipley. She has lived in 5 different states, but will tell anyone that Henderson, Kentucky is her favorite of all.
Austin Vowels, 37
Vowels Law PLC,
City of Henderson
Austin P. Vowels grew up in Henderson, graduated from the University of Louisville, and earned his law degree from Saint Louis University. After law school, he founded and now continues to operate Vowels Law PLC, a law firm in Henderson, Kentucky. Vowels has been serving on the Henderson City Commission since January 2017 after being first elected in 2016. In 2017, he also co-founded Henderson Brewing Co., a microbrewery in Henderson, Kentucky. He is married to Sarah Crick, his high school sweetheart. The two have a son and are expecting. They live Downtown with their dogs, Louis and Charlie.
Jennifer Andrews, 38
Deaconess Health System
Holli Blanford, 27
City of Henderson
Alex Caudill, 33
Office of Governor Andy Beshear,
Commonwealth of Kentucky
Sarah Crick, 36
Henderson Community College, Deaconess Henderson, Ascension St. Vincent
Abby Dixon, 33
Henderson Tourist Commission
Kelsey Hargis, 33
Independence Bank is proud to recognize what makes our Bank revolutionary: our employees. Congratulations to Henderson native Kelsey Hargis for being named among the 20 Under 40 honorees.
Hargis, who serves as the Bank’s Community Enrichment Officer, serves on multiple boards in Henderson County including the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Chair of Henderson Tourism Commission and current President of Henderson Rotaract.
She also donates her time to various local nonprofits by serving on committees for Habitat for Humanity, the Volunteer and Information Center, GRADD and United Way.
Notably, Hargis was named the Chamber’s 2022 Ambassador of the year, a proud HLI Fellow and KY Colonel.
The University of Southern Indiana graduate is one of the approximately 450 employees working to make a difference in the community where they live. Banking is always, and forever, about People. About YOU. We’re Independence Bank. We’re Here For Good.
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