Nominations are open for Family Business Leadership Awards


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nominations are open for the third annual Brown-Forman Family Business Leadership Awards, sponsored by the University of Louisville’s Family Business Center and Brown-Forman Corporation.

    The award recognizes an individual whose family business has multiple generations working in it and whose headquarters is in the greater Louisville-southern Indiana region. The winner will be chosen on the basis of exemplary leadership, family unity and civic engagement in the family business community.

    Past recipients were:

    • 2015: John A. Zoeller, president of the Zoeller Company, a manufacturer/installer of water pumps, and
    • 2014: Mac Brown, past vice president of Brown-Forman.

    Louisville-based Brown-Forman, one of the largest American-owned spirits and wine companies, is a publicly traded, family-controlled company that employs 4,000 people worldwide. It was founded in 1870 by Mac Brown’s great-grandfather, George Garvin Brown.

    The deadline for nominations is Aug. 1. The award will be given out Nov. 9 at the annual Family Business Center summit.

    For further information, contact Kathleen Hoye, director of the UofL Family Business Center, at 502-852-1048 or Further information and nominating materials can be found here:



    Janet Cappiello covers student success for the Office of Communications and Marketing. She has more than 30 years’ experience in journalism, including working for The Associated Press and magazines such as Vegetarian Times and Sustainability: The Journal of Record. She has been at UofL since 2014.