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Mike Berry, Kentucky Derby Festival (KDF)

Mike Berry is president & CEO of Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc. (KDF). Since February 1997, Berry has been responsible for the oversight of the Kentucky Derby Festival - one of the largest community festivals in the United States.

He manages a full-time staff of 22 employees and serves on a 75-member board of directors for the Kentucky Derby Festival. Berry is also board member of the Kentucky Derby Festival Foundation, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit charity that receives and manages charitable contributions on behalf of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc.

Berry with host Candyce Clifft Prior to his current position, Mike Berry has served the KDF as: vice President & managing director (1990-1997), director of marketing and corporate relations (1988-1990), and events coordinator (1986-1988). He also served as administrative assistant to Governor Martha Layne Collins (1983-1986).

Mike Berry is also very active in the community. He is a member of the International Festivals and Events Association Board of Directors, the Greater Louisville Sports Commission Board of Directors, the Louisville Theatrical Association (Broadway Series) Board of Directors, and the Music Theatre Louisville Board of Directors, among others.

Program 221
Derby City Roller Girls, Louisville independently-owned restaurants, the Fillies' Derby Ball 50th Anniversary, and the sweet history of Schimpff's Confectionery. President & CEO of Kentucky Derby Festival Mike Berry is our guest. (#221)