kentucky state council


Jonathan Blue
Chairman & Managing Director, Blue Equity (Co-chair) 

Ryan Quarles
Commissioner of Agriculture, State of Kentucky (Co-chair)

James Comer
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)

Jon Yarmuth
U.S. Congressman (Honorary chair)

Robert Brown
Chairman, District Export Council of Kentucky (Vice Chair)

Richard Grana
Owner, Impex (Vice Chair)

Nathan Cryder
Director, Edelen Strategic Ventures (Vice Chair)



Interfaiths Path to Peace

Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz
Archdiocese of Louisville

Andrew McMichael
Associate Dean of Potter College, Western Kentucky University

Bill Miller
Executive Director, Paducah-McCracken County Riverport Authority

Sam Rock
Cofounder, Bluegrass Distilling

Sister Cities of Louisville

Jonathan Steiner
CEO, Kentucky League of Cities

Griffin Van Meter
Founder, Kentucky for Kentucky

Bryan Warren
Director of Globalization, Louisville International Organization Network

J. Edwin Webb
President & CEO, World Trade Center of Kentucky

Xiao Yin Zhou
Director, Kentucky World Affairs Council

Kaveh Zamanian
President, Rabbit Hole Distillery

Barrel House Distilling Co.

Steven Beam
President, Limestone Branch Distillery

Barbara Boyd
Chair, Kentucky Alliance Against Racism and Political Repression

Keith Bundy
President, Silent Brigade Distillery

Adam Caswell
Asst. Vice President for Government & Corporate Engagement, Northern Kentucky University

Lisa Crutcher
CEO, Catholic Charities of Louisville

Adam Edelen
CEO, Edelen Strategic Ventures

Dr. Robert Farley
Professor, University of Kentucky Patterson School of Diplomacy

Jim Gray
Mayor, City of Lexington

Craig Greenberg
President, 21C Hotel and Museum

Alison Lundergan Grimes
Secretary of State, State of Kentucky

Mark Haney
President, Kentucky Farm Bureau

Phil Holoubek
CEO, Lexington Real Estate Company

Kentucky's Champions

Kentucky and Cuba in the News

  Representative James Comer (R-KY-01)   Cosponsor of  H.R.525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act  &  H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act

Representative James Comer (R-KY-01)

Cosponsor of H.R.525 Cuba Agricultural Exports Act & H.R. 442 Cuba Trade Act

Prensa Latina: Cuban Ambassador Sees Kentucky Businessmen interest in Cuba 

Cuban Ambassador to the United States, José Ramón Cabañas, confirmed the interest of business representatives and other sectors of the state of Kentucky in increasing ties with the island, reported the diplomatic delegation of the Caribbean country.

WEKU FM: Kentucky Businesses interested in Cuba

Representatives from the Kentucky World Trade Center are taking a business related trip to Cuba next month.  Lexington council members received an update last week of trade center activities. 

Business Journals: Jonathan Blue: Kentucky needs to be at Cuba's front door

Previous travel restrictions had hindered most U.S. citizens from experiencing the country for themselves. But the removal of those travel restrictions opened the eyes of the participants and helped them discover potential business opportunities they didn't know existed. 

Bowling Green Daily News: Comer visits Cuba, examines country's agriculture

U.S. Rep. James Comer, R-Tompkinsville, recently visited Cuba and hopes to restore agricultural trade with the island nation and provide the United States with a valuable new market for agricultural exports. Comer said Cuba is a “logical” market for U.S. trade. 

Business Journals: Kentucky's relationship with Cuba could be as complementary as bourbon and cigars

J. Edwin Webb, president and CEO of the World Trade Center Kentucky, said that if the trade embargo is lifted between the United States and Cuba, it could reap dividends for the state of Kentucky and the 11 million Cubans who suddenly would have access to U.S. products and services. 

Richmond Register: Kentuckians begin first efforts to trade with Cuba

President Obama made headlines recently as the first U.S. leader to visit Cuba since the communist revolution. The two neighboring countries have resumed diplomatic relations and are taking cautious steps toward full normalization, including trade and travel.