Co-Chairmen of the SOAR Executive Board

Serving Kentucky’s 5th Congressional District since 1981, Hal Rogers is currently in his 17th term representing the people of southern and eastern Kentucky, and is the longest serving Kentucky Republican ever elected to federal office. Focused on economic development, job creation, fighting illegal drug use and preserving the natural treasures of Appalachia, Rogers has a reputation for listening to his constituents and fighting for the interests of the region where he was raised. Nationally, as Chairman of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, his focus is on reducing the size and scope of the government by reining in federal spending, conducting rigorous but thoughtful oversight of federal agencies, and restoring fiscal discipline and transparency to our budget process. Born in rural Kentucky and representing one of the poorest Congressional Districts in the nation, Rogers’ vision for a stronger region spurred some of the greatest success stories in southern and eastern Kentucky. Organizations such asPRIDE, Operation UNITE, Southeast Kentucky Economic Development (SKED), TOUR Southern and Eastern Kentucky (TOUR SEKY), and The Center for Rural Development have brought local communities together by revitalizing the environment, providing hope in the fight against drugs, building small businesses, and creating jobs by increasing tourism in one of the most beautiful regions of the country. 

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Kentucky Congressman Hal Rogers

Matt Bevin was elected Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky in 2015. He is a husband, a father of nine children, a veteran and a small business owner.

Gov. Bevin grew up in an old farmhouse where his family raised both crops and animals. His family of eight shared three bedrooms and one bathroom. It was a financially humble home but he was raised with a strong work ethic and solid Christian values.

​He attended Washington and Lee University, in Virginia, on an ROTC scholarship and upon graduation served Active Duty as a US Army officer.

After his military service, Gov. Bevin worked for many years in the financial industry. A job opportunity brought Gov. Bevin and his wife, Glenna, a registered nurse, to Kentucky 17 years ago, when they decided to put down roots and raise their family.

Gov. Bevin has founded several companies in Kentucky and invested in a number of others in the Commonwealth and around the United States. He has managed and expanded multiple businesses, creating many good paying jobs for hard working Americans. These companies range from manufacturing to investment management to medical devices.

In 2011, Gov. Bevin also became the sixth generation President of Bevin Bros., a small bell manufacturing company that began in 1832. He makes all the bells used by the Salvation Army volunteers each year. The company was bankrupt when Matt took over and he saved more than 25 jobs.

Gov. Bevin has served on many non-profit boards, including Chairman of the Board for the American Red Cross, Louisville Area Chapter. He has permanently endowed several scholarship funds, grants, and centers that provide educational opportunities for young people with limited financial resources.​​​

Governor Matt Bevin

Executive Board

Bruce Ayers
President Emeritus, Southeast 
Community and Technical College

Jim Booth
CEO,  Booth Energy

Jean Hale
President and CEO, Community Trust Bank

Rodney Hitch
Economic Development Manager, East Kentucky Cooperative

Jim Host,

Tom Hunter
Washington, D.C.
Retired Executive Director, Appalachian Regional Commission

Kim McCann
Partner/Attorney with VanAntwerp, Monge, Jones, Edwards & McCann

Haley McCoy
Economic Development Advocate with Jackson Energy

Bob Mitchell
Board of Directors for The Center for Rural Development and retired Chief of Staff for Congressman Rogers  

Donovan Blackburn
Treasurer for SOAR


House Speaker Jeff Hoover, Senate President Robert Stivers, Bell County Judge-Executive Albey Brock and Magoffin County Judge-Executive Dr. Charles Hardin will serve as ex officio members representing state and local government.