Christian County Chamber of Commerce

State of the Community – Breakfast on the Beat

Hear from our local law enforcement leaders in a panelist discussion about the status of community safety, where improvement can be made, and answer questions from a moderator. Have a question you want to ask? Submit your question to [email protected] The moderator will select submitted questions to include in the discussion.


Intentional Relationships to Expand the Workforce

Location: Hopkinsville Community College
Dr. Thomas L. Riley Auditorium Stage
Free Event
Lunch Provided
to the first 50 registered individuals
*RSVP needed for food count*
Dr. OJ Oleka will share the importance of deep relationships amongst business, education, and government leaders so that specific challenges facing Christian County surrounding workforce opportunities, labor skill gaps, and educational attainment can be solved. This round table type conversation will focus on how to build relationships to resolve momentary challenges in peoples? lives in a way that can lead to transformational outcomes for individuals and communities.
Dr. OJ Oleka is a leading non-profit executive in Kentucky. Dr. Oleka has been an executive leader in both the private and public sector for over a decade, leading organizations to unprecedented success by building strong teams, executing strategic plans, and developing healthy cultures.
Dr. Oleka has a lifelong mission to end generational poverty in the United States and give every American a shot at living the American Dream. As the child of Nigerian immigrants, Dr. Oleka is an example of how educational opportunity can pull families out of poverty. Dr. Oleka earned a Marketing degree from the University of Louisville and an MBA from Bellarmine University before receiving a PhD in Leadership in Higher Education, also from Bellarmine, where he focused on college affordability, social capital, and workforce development.
As a public speaker, Dr. Oleka has spoken on a wide variety of topics that include organizational leadership and leadership identity, financial literacy, policy advocacy, crisis management, social capital, and racial justice. Dr. Oleka was recently selected for the Louisville Business First Forty Under 40 list. Dr. Oleka serves on several boards and commissions, including the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Oleka lives in Frankfort, KY with his wife Jamie, their daughters Riley and Reese, and their dog Ashe.

CEO Luncheon: Agriculture

“Learning from Agriculture Local Leaders”
CEO Agriculture Luncheon
Join us for the CEO Luncheon with a focus on community agriculture leaders.
Moderator is Alan Watts, who is the Host of the Morning Ag Report on WKDZ-WHVO
Panelists are:
Jeff Davis – Owner Buy Rite Parts & Supply
David Brame – Christian County Farmer / Hopkinsville Elevator Board member
Joseph Sisk – Christian County Farmer

133rd Annual Dinner

You don’t want to miss this one! The 133rd Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner presented by Planters Bank & Jennie Stuart Health will be held on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at The Bruce Convention Center! The Chamber’s largest annual fundraising event & business community celebration gathers members of the Christian County Chamber of Commerce for an evening of networking, celebration, and vision for the future. Sponsors enjoy excellent visibility to the largest and most distinguished audience of the year.

Our guest speaker is Jim McKelvey, best known for co-founding Square, the mobile payment system but his entrepreneurial spirit goes beyond inventing new technology. A 1987 graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, McKelvey is also a master glass artist and author, having written the world’s most widely read text on the subject, The Art of Fire. Jim recently ventured from textbooks and authored The Innovation Stack, a narrative that provides a first person look into the world of entrepreneurship. In 1989, McKelvey founded Mira Digital Publishing, an early digital technology startup, where Jack Dorsey interned before launching his own tech career and founding Twitter. McKelvey co-founded Square in 2009 with Dorsey, to enable small businesses to run their storefronts on a mobile device. McKelvey’s other endeavors include LaunchCode, a non-profit creating a pathway for people seeking careers in technology. LaunchCode now has multiple locations and works with over 500 companies to place job-ready individuals. In the Delmar Maker District lies Third Degree Glass Factory, one of the nation’s main centers for glassblowing arts, and more recently opened MADE, a makerspace, both cofounded by Jim McKelvey and Doug Auer. McKelvey’s newest project, Invisibly is on a mission to engineer an online solution that gives advertisers the ability to have richer interactions to forge stronger connections with people in a way that builds trust. In addition to everything above, in 2017 McKelvey was appointed as an Independent Director of the St. Louis Federal Reserve and is currently the Deputy Chair. Jim, and his wife, Anna, have two children.

Leadercast: The One Thing

We all want to be better leaders, but the path to improvement can be challenging. There is more leadership content available in the world than ever before. Where do we even begin? It’s overwhelming. At Leadercast: The One Thing we will ask 10 of today’s most prolific leaders the same question: What is the one thing that makes a leader worth following? Each perspective will help you strip away the noise. You’ll leave the day having narrowed down your focus to the 10 things that matter most. 1 Question. 10 Leaders. 10 Answers. What’s the one thing that makes a leader worth following?
Speaker line-up:
LeVar Burton- American Actor, Director, and Children’s Television Host
Diana Trujillo- Aerospace engineer at the NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Molly Fletcher- CEO, Best Selling Author, and Sports Agent
Angela Duckworth- Author, and Founder of Character Lab
Steven Kotler- Executive Director of the Flow Research Collective
Sukhinder Singh Cassidy- Founder of theBoardlist, Former President of StubHub
Andy Stanley- Best Selling Author, Pastor, and Founder of North Point Ministries
David Horsager- CEO of Trust Edge Leadership Institute
Joe Boyd- CEO of Leadercast, Author, and CEO of Boonrise
Catherine Price- Science Journalist, Teacher, Consultant, and Best Selling Author
Richard Rohr- Founder of the Center for Action and Contemplation
Tarik Davis- Actor, Writer, and The Leadercast 2022 Host
CEU credits are offered for attending the seminar as well as a certificate of completion.
Continuing Education Credits Offered:
SHRM (HR Professionals) 4.75 Hours
HRCI (HR Professionals) 5 Hours
Nursing Credits (Offered through the Alabama Nurses Association) 5 Hours
General CEUs (Georgia College & State University GCSU) .5 units
Thank you to our sponsor United Southern Bank!

2022 Compass Awards

Don’t miss this opportunity to celebrate businesses in the community that have been nominated in one of the 2022 Compass Award categories! Who will take home the prize in each of the categories? You have to be there to see first hand! Nominate your favorite businesses and RSVP now!
Cocktail Hour: 5:00
Program & Dinner Begin: 6:00 p.m.
$30/Individual Ticket
$275/Table (10 seats)

Eye Opener Breakfast: Economic Development

Join us for our first Economic Development Eye Opener Breakfast on Tuesday, April 12 at 7:30 a.m. at the Clarion Pointe. We will hear from guest speaker Commissioner Jeff Taylor, with the Department for Business Development on the current state of Kentucky’s economy and what our region can do to be more competitive. We will also hear from Carter Hendricks, Executive Director of South Western KY Economic Development Council, about regional economic development efforts.
Thank you to our presenting sponsor, F&M Bank and our Gold Sponsor South Western KY Economic Development Council.