Creative Lodging Solutions celebrates 15 years in business

▪ Lexington-based Creative Lodging Solutions is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year. The lodging management company’s corporate travel service has reserved more than 13 million traveler nights nearing $1 billion in total bookings. CLS books more than 23,000 hotel reservations every month.

When Mike Tetterton and Marsha Counch started the company it was based out of an airport hangar and they hung reservation requests on a clothesline. In 2010, the growing company was named to the Best Places to Work list, and has stayed there for six of the last seven years. In 2015, the company’s headquarters moved to a custom space in Beaumont to support a growing workforce of more than 250 employees. For more information, go to

▪ Emerge Kentucky, an organization that recruits and trains Democratic women to run for office, held a graduation ceremony for its 2017 class at the Kentucky Democratic Party Headquarters June 24. Former Lt. Governor and Emerge Kentucky Advisory Board member Crit Luallen was the keynote speaker. This year’s group of 26 graduates included: Abbie Barnes, Livingston County; Dr. Karen Berg, Jefferson County; Ashley Bland, Logan County; Christine Bojanowski, Jefferson County; Ellen Cartmell, Mason County; Crystal Chappell, Muhlenberg County; Elizabeth Davis, Montgomery County; Chris Dennis Myers, Campbell County; Carolyn Dupont, Jessamine County; Leigh Ann Dycus, McCracken County; Stefanie Ebbens Kingsley, Whitley County; Beth Fiss, Simpson County; Liz Fossett, Kenton County; Denise Gray, Fayette County; Victoria Golden-Thompson, Warren County; Tanisha Hickerson, Jefferson County; Janet Humphrey Cole, Jessamine County; Shayla Johnson, Fayette County; Lilith McGhee, Jefferson County; Devon Oser, Jefferson County; Jenny Noe, Oldham County; Lynn Pryor, Christian County; Margaret Ridley, Henderson County; Julie Tennyson, McCracken County; Lauren Audrey Tussey, Boyd County; and Tyra Walker, Jefferson County.

▪ KFC Yum! Center General Manager Dennis Petrullo has been named a top facility manager by “Sports Business Journal” as part of the industry leading publication’s Power Players series that recognizes prominent figures in various areas of the sports industry.

Petrullo has served as general manager of the KFC Yum! Center since 2012 when AEG Facilities took over management of the 22,000-seat downtown Louisville arena. Under Petrullo’s leadership, the arena has ranked as high as the 21st arena in the nation for ticket sales.

Compiled by Dorothea Wingo