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John David Kelly — September 3, 1946 – March 21, 2014

John KellyJohn Kelly served as the Executive Vice President of Builders Exchange of Kentucky from 1971 to 2011. He touched so many lives in his forty year career that his legacy will be felt for decades to come. Mr. Kelly departed this life on March 21st, but has left a challenge to each person who knew him, worked alongside him, and loved him. His challenge to us is to live like there’s no tomorrow, do the right thing when no one is watching, and serve others with all our hearts!

John Kelly had a distinguished career, and was recognized with numerous and prestigious awards by peers and colleagues for his integrity, unselfish energy, support, and significant contribution to advancing the commercial construction industry. He served on several industry and community boards and committees, and volunteered countless hours to benefit others through his wise counsel and servant leadership.

Mr. Kelly was a devoted family man, valued friend, trusted confidant, and unwavering advocate of the commercial construction industry. God bless you Mr. Kelly!

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4th Annual Builders Exchange Chili Cook-off

If you love making chili, having a ton of fun and winning a prize for doing it, then enter your chili in the 4th Annual Builders Exchange of Kentucky Chili Cook-Off on February 14, 2014. Dig out your favorite recipe or find a copy of your grandmother’s cookbook and start cooking.  First, second, and People’s Choice will be donated by the Builders Exchange of Kentucky.

Love the taste of chili and socializing with your fellow members?  If so, consider volunteering as a judge or just join us for a FREE lunch courtesy of all of our contestants! 

Chili Judging will start at 11:00 a.m.

Lunch will be served from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.

Fax the form to 502-459-9803 or e-mail it to Treva Masters (tmasters@bxkentucky.com) to register your chili.

Please register by February 12th.

You can also e-mail Treva if you are interested in judging!

Contestant Information and Rules

1. Anything goes! Red chili, white chili, chili with no beans: whatever you think is best!  Your chili may consist of any kind of meat, pepper, pre-cooked or canned tomatoes, various spices, and other ingredients, such as any variety of beans.

2. Each contestant may enter only one batch of chili. There will be a 1st, 2nd, and People’s Choice.

3. Each contestant will be assigned a contestant number by the scorekeeper.

4. Each contestant will be responsible for turning in his or her crockpot to the judging area by 11:00 AM.

5. All ingredients must be pre-cooked and ready-to-eat.

Judges will vote for the chili they like best based on only the following major considerations.

How your chili will be judged

Appearance & Color – Chili should look appetizing.

Aroma – Chili should smell good.  This also indicates what is in store when you taste it.

Consistency – Chili must have a good ratio between sauce and meat.  It should not be too dry, watery, grainy, lumpy, or greasy.

Taste – Taste, above all else, is the most important factor.  The taste should consist of the combination of the meat, spices, etc. with no particular ingredient dominating.

Aftertaste – The aftertaste or “bite” is the heat created by the various types of spices and or peppers.


2014 Builders Exchange Wall Calendars are In!

CalendarThe 2014 Builders Exchange Wall Calendars are in just in time for New Years!

Any member who would like this free calendar can pick one up at the Builders Exchange offices in Louisville and Lexington.

Please contact Judi Donovan or Jill Gutermuth at 502-459-9800 if you would to have a calendar shipped* (*cost for shipping must be covered by member).

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Builders Exchange Annual Member Gala

1What do you get when you have a room full of construction professionals, a Master Distiller of bourbon, great food, and many unique items up for bid?  You get a great time had by all!  This spring, the Builders Exchange of Kentucky hosted its 86th Annual Member Gala at The Olmsted, and Maker’s Mark Master Distiller, Bill Samuels, Jr. was our featured keynote speaker.

With an estimated 300 guests in attendance, which was a record for our event, we started the evening with a social hour of cocktails, heavy hors d’oeuvres, and our first ever silent auction.  The auction was created by the Special Events Committee of the Builders Exchange.  More than twenty-five items were up for bid with all proceeds going to support the Builders Exchange scholarship fund.

3After the crowd enjoyed a wonderful plated dinner served by the staff at the Olmsted, we were delighted to have Bill Samuels, Jr. share stories about his family’s creation and planning of the Maker’s Mark Distillery.  Mr. Samuels drew several similarities between his family’s business challenges and what our members are facing right now in a tough economy.

As the program continued, we paid tribute to our members for their long tenure with the Builders Exchange starting from 25 years up to 55 years!  It was exciting and rewarding to honor many of the members who have been associated with the Builders Exchange for such a long period of time.

2We also recognized the Builders Exchange Scholarship Award recipients who received almost $40,000 in funds to attend a college of their choice.  This brought the total awards to more than $300,000 since the scholarship was created over fifteen years ago.

After the scholarship awards were presented, one randomly selected person at each table received a commemorative Maker’s Mark bottle that had the Builders Exchange of Kentucky logo engraved on it.  Naturally, Mr. Samuels was more than gracious to stay afterwards and sign many of the bottles and have his picture taken with our members.

To close the evening, our Board President, Sam Tommie of River City Glass & Mirror, gave our toast with a theme for all of us to remember in that “we are all ONE membership”.  A great message to end a great evening enjoyed by everyone.

View the gallery below for more pictures.

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