Business Briefs – December 2

Businessman given award for leadership

HANCOCK COUNTY — The Fortville McCordsville Chamber of Commerce has created named a leadership award after a prominent leader in local economic development.

The first Nolan “Skip” Kuker Community Leadership Award was presented recently to its namesake, Skip Kuker, the executive director of the Hancock County Economic Development Council.

The award was created by the chamber in Kuker’s honor because of his aggressive leadership style and his dedication to moving the county forward, officials said.

“Skip is so well-loved by the community, so making the decision to name a leadership award after him was an easy choice,” said Nancy Strickland, executive director of the Fortville/McCordsville Area Chamber of Commerce.

Kuker’s job entails looking for new business to bring to in the areas the economic development corporation serves as well as the possibility for expansion and retention, officials said.

“I am honored and humbled by this recognition from my friends in Fortville (and) McCordsville,” Kuker said. “I love working for our community and look forward to meeting those in the future that are selected for such an honor.”

“I am given pause knowing that my legacy is tied to such a wonderful group and community,” Kuker said.

Insurance company adds member to team

GREENFIELD — Local insurance company Pence, Brooks, Bolander and Shepherd has added a new team member to its Greenfield and Carmel offices.

Clark Pence joins the Shepherd team after graduating from Northern Kentucky University with a degree in communication studies and marketing. He was a member of Northern Kentucky’s baseball team and part of the National Society of Leadership and Success.

Clark is currently licensed as a resident producer for property and casualty insurance as well as life and health insurance. He currently lives in his hometown, Greenfield. His hobbies include golfing and spending quality time with friends and family.