Ann Bakhaus, Chair, Town Branch Advisory Board
LEXINGTON, KY – The Rotary Club of Lexington held its weekly meeting Thursday, August 30, at Red MIle, Red Mile Road. The program’s guest speaker was Ann Bakhaus, former CEO, Kentucky Eagle, Inc. and Chair, Town Branch Park Advisory Board.
O. A. Bakhaus instilled the importance of community involvement in his daughter, Ann, at an early age. Today, despite a packed schedule involving work, family and horses, Ann Bakhaus focuses on giving back to the community that has been so good to her and her family.
Born at Central Baptist Hospital, Bakhaus grew up in Lexington, graduated from St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina, and pursued a degree at the Atlanta School of Fashion Design. She worked in advertising before making the move back to Lexington to focus on raising her three children.
In 1997, she took over the helm of her father’s business, Kentucky Eagle, Inc., which distributes Anheuser Busch products, Yuengling, many crafts, wines and spirits. She mainly focused on ensuring that her business was always run as a family owned business while also being in tune with upcoming trends and products and always overseeing compliance with government regulations that affect the industry.
She spearheaded the construction of the company’s headquarters on Innovation Drive, the first Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) – certified Anheuser Busch distributorship in the country.
Retiring from Kentucky Eagle in 2018 to let her children carry on, she is now chair of the Town Branch Park Advisory Board, which is funding and overseeing the construction, programing and operations of the transformational nine-acre park located between Lexington Civic Center and Oliver Lewis Way.
Many know Bakhaus for her civic involvement in Commerce Lexington, Lexington Industrial Foundation, Lexington Triangle Foundation, Child Development of the Bluegrass, Fayette Alliance Foundation, Downtown Lexington Partnership, The Markey Foundation and Lexington Center Corp Board.
A horse lover since childhood, Bakhaus breeds Thoroughbreds at Keene Ridge Farm, her
169-acre farm that overlooks Keeneland. She also has a pleasure barn, where she and her boarders trail ride and enjoy clinics in the arena.
Bakhaus’ greatest passion is her family: daughters, Tate Russell Sherman and her husband, Josh, Kelton Bakhaus Jarrell and her husband, Beau; son, Michael Russell, and his fiancé, Taryn Solomon; and two granddaughters, Hadley and Finley.
For additional information, or to attend this meeting, please contact Peggy Trafton at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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