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Okolona Business & Professional Association
February, 2015 Print E-mail

Okolona Business & Professional Association

February's Breakfast Sponsor:


Thursday, February 26, 2015: 7:30am-9:00am

Hot Breakfast Catered by The Tumbleweed with GanoLife Coffee

Doors Open at 7 AM for Serious Networkers and Coffee!

Okolona Firehouse #1 – Community Room Upstairs – 8501 Preston Highway (40219)

Our Invited Speaker:

Barry Denton, Executive Director of the

Louisville Metro Police Department Foundation

It Can Wait!

Mr. Barry Denton started his law enforcement career in 1989 as a police cadet with the Jefferson County Police Department and retired as a sergeant from the Louisville Metro Police Department in December, 2012. In his twenty-three years of service he patrolled in five of the eight police divisions, worked as the public information officer and served as a domestic violence detective. After being promoted to the rank of Sergeant, Mr. Denton was the Assistant Commander of the Community Relations Unit, Commander of the Recruitment and Selection Unit, Assistant Commander of the Traffic Unit and commanded the Bomb Squad. During his career he also served on the Federal Bureau of Investigation Joint Terrorism Task Force and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms Bomb Task Force. He was awarded three medals of valor, three exceptional merit awards and four meritorious unit citations.

Since January of 2012, Mr. Denton has held the position of Executive Director of the Louisville Metro Police Foundation. He also is a part-time adjunct instructor for the Indiana Wesleyan University and the American Military Institute where he teaches courses in law enforcement, emergency management and homeland security.

Educationally, Mr. Denton has a bachelor’s of science degree from the University of Louisville in Justice Administration, a master’s degree in Emergency Management and Homeland Security from the American Military Institute, a second master’s degree in Police Administration from the University of Louisville (pending doctoral dissertation defense) and will earn his doctorate in Organizational and Educational Leadership in May from Spalding University. He also received a certificate in leadership studies from Eastern Kentucky University and graduated with honors from the Southern Police Institute Administrative Officers Course in transformational leadership. Mr. Denton is a graduate of Focus Louisville, Ignite Louisville and is currently in the Leadership Louisville program.

Mr. Denton has been engaged in civic activities for over twenty five years. He has served on the board of directors for the Friends of the Zoo board, was Chair for the Louisville Science Center’s yearly fundraiser “Science with a Twist”, and Chair of the Boy Scouts’ “Mock Disaster”. He was the President of the board of directors for Dreams with Wings from 2009 to 2011 and vice president of the board of directors for the Lake Forest Community Association from 2005 to 2014. He currently serves on the Kentucky Derby Festival board of directors and is the vice chair of the Great Steamboat Race.

Mr. Denton has served on various state commissions and boards including but not limited to the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board and the Kentucky Domestic Violence, Sexual and Child Assault Task Force. He is a member of the Suburban Masonic Lodge #740, Jefferson Commandery #52, Scottish Rite of Louisville and Kosair Shrine. Earlier this year he was accepted in the Downtown Louisville Rotary where he serves on the Leadership Development Committee.

Personally, Mr. Denton has been married to former Kentucky State Senator Julie Denton who now serves on the Louisville Metro Council in the 19th District. Mr. and Mrs. Denton have two daughters; Callie (11) who attends St. Patrick Catholic School and Caroline (17) who attends Assumption High School. Mr. Denton attends Northeast Christian Church.

Renewal Print E-mail

Renew your 2015 Membership dues today.

Benefits of Membership

Renewal dues for 2015 is $150 and includes:

  • Affinity programs offering discounts to the members.
  • A membership website directory listing with business name, address, contact name and phone number.
  • Monthly e-mailed newsletters with the latest area developments and business news. Recognition of all new business members.
  • 10 monthly meetings with the opportunity to network with fellow businesses.

The Association sponsors several community events throughout the year including Light Up Okolona and FACE-2FACE events. We also support the Lone Oak Park at the corner of Preston and Outer Loop and area beautification efforts.

Whether you have started a new business or have been here for years, membership in the Okolona Business & Professional Association will give you the opportunity to be involved and stay informed of area business growth.

Renew today by using the below link.

Meeting pictures Print E-mail


Courtesy of Kat Baker & Eric Link

On-line meeting pictures-




Welcome Print E-mail

The Okolona Business & Professional Association, Inc is a non-profit organization.  Think of it as a Chamber of Commerce for small and large businesses alike, formed for the following purposes:

  • To build community pride through the development and maintenance of Lone Oak Park at the corner of Preston Highway and Outer Loop, the gateway to Okolona.
  • To provide a forum for regular meetings to encourage networking between member businesses.
  • To improve the business climate in the Okolona community by listening to the concerns of the business and professional community, and to have those concerns heard by the appropriate city officials.
  • To promote and encourage the beautification of the community and surrounding areas.
  • To encourage the particitpation of all members of the Association in their civic duties as business leaders.
  • To provide added value programs and discounts to our members through Affinity programs.

The Okolona area is experiencing new growth and development. Today, it is more important than ever to build a strong business organization that works together to improve our community.

If you are interested in joining, but have more questions, please call Amy Streible, Business Development Manager, at (502) 439-5633 or e-mail : This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .


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