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Women in Business & Award

The Chamber celebrates women in business from owners and managers to staff members by hosting a Women in Business Luncheon each Spring.  The event is to support, develop, and connect female business professionals in our community.  The agenda includes networking opportunities, lunch, and a keynote speaker.  Each attendee will vote for the Woman in Business Award at the event.

The 2017 Keynote Speaker is Mrs. Martha Layne Collins, Former Kentucky Governor.

The 2017 nominees for the Women in Business Award are:

Carla Henry, Sportable Scoreboards
Jennifer Apple, CFSB
Judy Mastera-Futrell, ShaneLee Inc.
Lisa Cope, Playhouse in the Park

Our previous Woman in Business Award winners are:

2015- Betsy Flynn, CFSB
2016- Jennifer Stubblefield, CCHS Business Teacher


 

About our nominees:

CARLA HENRY

Carla is Vice President of Operations at Sportable Scoreboards

Carla earned an Industrial Engineering degree from MSU. She joined Sportable in 1999 where she now oversees all production, shipping, and customer service roles. She has been instrumental in streamlining processes and helping her teams achieve record levels of efficiency.  Carla is active at New Concord Church of Christ where she teaches a Toddler’s class and a Ladies Bible Study. She organized a retreat for local women, focusing on the balance of God/family/careers. Carla provides tours of Sportable’s facility for school/community groups. Carla has also conducted a class in Elementary Engineering for children.  Her boss writes…If ever there was an ideal picture of a Woman in Business, it is Carla! She entered the male-dominated field of engineering as a college student to follow a passion. She continued to learn, lead and contribute at each step in her career. Carla juggles the responsibilities of being a wife and mother with a successful career. In addition to her involvement with church, she has been active in PTA in our local schools. In the Elementary Education class she taught, Carla used Lego’s to demonstrate the basis for engineering, hopefully stirring a life-long interest in engineering among young people. Carla is mindful of balance in her life and prioritizes her responsibilities carefully. Her path is a great example to young girls and boys to follow their passions, regardless of what our culture may tell us.

JENNIFER APPLE

Jennifer is the Executive Vice President of Business Development with Community Financial Services Bank

Jennifer is such an integral part of the CFSB team. She began her banking career in deposit services and advanced into her current position on the Executive Team, as well as oversees the Marketing Team. Jennifer built the bank’s business development program from the beginning into one of the most successful and vibrant teams at CFSB. Her hard work and abilities are a vital part of our business.  Jennifer is involved in many community activities, was the past chair of CASA, past chair of the Chamber of Commerce, attends multiple functions at MSU, was involved with the Heart Run, and various search committees. Anytime Jennifer can be of service to the community, she is the first to volunteer and will usually bring along her husband, Terry. Her employer writes…Jennifer is an outstanding example of what can be accomplished with teamwork, professionalism, and dedication. I have never heard her make a negative remark about another individual. She walks the talk of her beliefs and is a shining example of a caring, contributing citizen and team member of any effort she is involved in. She is an amazing leader, always willing to share knowledge and inspires loyalty in all who work with her, whether in business or community work. She amazes me with her giving spirit and work ethic. She is so creative and never considers any job too big or too small, she just pitches in and DOES IT!

JUDY MASTERA-FUTRELL

Judy is owner of ShaneLee, Inc.

Judy owns Shane Lee Inc, a women’s apparel manufacturing business with retail, wholesale, mail order and online sales, which she established in 1986. Shane Lee Boutiques are located off the square in Murray and adjacent to Kirchoff’s Bakery in Paducah. Shane Lee merchandise is available online at Zulily.com, at over 200 hospital gift shops and in 70% of the casinos across the country. The wholesale operation at Shane Lee has shipped product to Asia, Australia and all over the US including Disney.  Prior to Shane Lee Inc., Judy opened her first business in the mid-70’s, the Specialty Shop then later she started Shoe Biz- a place where many women bought their first pair of heels. Judy Mastera-Futrell has served on various committees with the Chamber, on the Murray City Zoning Board and is actively involved with Murray Main Street and Paducah Main Street. Judy supports many nonprofit organizations in the community, the school systems and Murray State University.  Judy is an active member of St. Leo Catholic Church.  Her colleague writes…Judy Mastera-Futrell exemplifies successful women in business with her entrepreneurial spirit and sound work ethic. She is family-centered, God-focused and civic minded. The downtown location of Shane Lee Boutique embodies the charm and economic stability of our community. Her creative talent is well-developed after over forty years in the business and her style is interwoven throughout her apparel line. Many of her customers receive a homemade rum cake at Christmas and close friends request her famous fried pies on special occasions and birthdays. Judy was born and raised in Calloway County and those deep roots solidify her love for this community. Thanks to Judy Mastera-Futrell, women all over this country are wearing Shane Lee originals designed and manufactured in Murray, Kentucky.

LISA COPE

Lisa is Executive Director of Playhouse in the Park. 

Lisa has managed to operate Playhouse for more than eight years while working with a slim budget, an all-volunteer workforce, in a 100 year old building. She had been able to not only maintain but to expand Playhouse's role while continually devising ways to keep the operation financially afloat. She has expanded the summer camp for children from 30 slots to 120. She has learned to write grant requests that have been very effective. She works unbelievable hours including nights, weekends, holidays and birthdays. She is not only the CEO, but also…Director, janitor, HR, advertising department, Ticket seller, Website producer, fundraiser, mentor, mother and monitor. Playhouse has never had better leadership.  Lisa brought the Penguin project to Murray which allows special needs children to be on stage and expand their horizons as well as giving other children the chance to mentor and help. She brought the "Old Duffer's and Powder Puffer's" concept of seniors reading theater. She has expanded the children's programs so that any child from preschool to high school can participate in the theater experience. Playhouse also works with the Murray Art Group on joint learning for children.  Lisa isn't a leader of industry but she is a leader of a very important part our lives. The arts!  She promotes and provides the arts to the general population and especially those who are young, special needs or just want to be a part of something special. She devotes so much of her life to making Playhouse a special place and always does it with a smile and a hug.