Category: In The News..

Mr. Fausto Sarmiento Named 2015 One To Watch Recipient

Fausto Sarmiento is the senior management consultant with the Kentucky Small Business Development Center’s Lexington area office. and assists entrepreneurs and established business owners alike in making informed decisions. He specializes in the areas of risk and performance management, sales, and negotiations. He is a member of the Million Dollar Loan Club for helping clients obtains more than $1 million in funding. He dedicates his time toward helping Young Professionals fully express their potential within their careers and their communities. In 2014, Sarmiento served as President of the Lexington Young Professionals Association and was involved in helping to plan events, including the 2014 Emerge conference in Lexington, the annual Young Professionals Unite Summit in Louisville and the Young Professionals Day at the Capitol in Frankfort to help others better learn about the nexus of politics and business. He works closely with UK students to help them transition from school to the real world. Bob Owen stated that “Fausto is an energetic, passionate advocate in showing others how they can excel; achieve their lofty dreams, while also improving the quality of life here in Lexington.”

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Our Next FCPS Superintendent…

As the Fayette County Board of Education settles on a candidate for the position of acting Fayette County Schools Superintendent, The Lexington Forum is looking ahead and asking the important question: What do we need from our next FCPS Superintendent?

We have invited three panelists to weigh in on the discussion.

Roszalyn Akins will speak to equity within the school system. Akins is dean of students at the Carter G. Woodson Academy in Lexington, which provides an advanced and rigorous curriculum for males that meets the new common core standards through the lens of African-American history, culture and culturally responsive teaching and learning strategies. Prior to working with FCPS on the Carter G. Woodson Academy she and her husband, the Rev. C. B. Akins who is pastor of First Baptist Church Bracktown in Lexington, started the Black Males Working Academy, a mentoring and tutoring program offering focused individual attention to African American males in an effort to narrow the achievement gap and lower the dropout rate. She has served for over 30 years as an educator in the Fayette County school system, where she taught at Leestown and Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and was named Middle School Teacher of the Year. Roszalyn earned her bachelor’s degree from Transylvania University and holds a master’s degree from Georgetown College.

Sahil Nair, will provide the student perspective on what they would like to see in a new superintendent. A couple weeks ago the Herald-Leader published an op-ed written by two students, the founders of the Prichard Committee Student Voice Team, calling for the inclusion of students in the superintendent selection process ( Sahil Nair is one of the authors as well as a leader among his peers. A graduate of Commerce Lexington’s Leadership Lexington Youth Program where he was named the Distinguished Leader for the 2014 class, Sahil recently won Lexington’s 2014 Youth Leader of the Year from Youth Salute. Sahil is currently a senior at Paul Laurence Dunbar High School and has been president of Dunbar’s chapter of Future Business Leaders of America, chairman of the Spanish Honor Society’s executive board, vice president of the Student Y-Club, co-founder and co-captain of the Science Olympiad, associate director of the Prichard Committee’s Student Voice, chief justice of the Kentucky Youth Assembly and meeting planner for the Mayor’s Youth Council.

Jessica Hiler is the President of the Fayette County Education Association. FCEA is a professional organization that represents certified teachers in the Fayette County Public Schools. FCEA is the local affiliate of the Kentucky Education Association which represents 44,000 educators in Kentucky and the National Education Association that represents 3.2 million educators nation wide. Jessica has been President of FCEA since 2010, prior to that she was a teacher at Deep Springs Elementary for 11 years. During this time she was also appointed by Governor Steve Beshear to the Early Childhood Development and Education Task Force, from 2009 – 2011. Jessica is part of an FCEA/FCPS collaborative team with the NEA Foundation, the focus of the team’s work is Equity in public schools. In addition, she serves as Lobbyist for the Kentucky Education Assocation. Jessica received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Eastern Kentucky University and her Master’s Degree in Education from Georgetown College.

Thursday, December 4, 2014
Hilary J. Boone Center – UK’s Campus
7:15 Coffee and Networking
7:30 Breakfast and Program

Free to Members / Guest Fee $20
Please RSVP by noon on Tuesday December 2, 2014



Amy Carrington

Amy Carrington
Director, Leadership Development
Commerce Lexington, Inc.

Originally from Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, Amy graduated Magna Cum Laude from Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama then completed an Honours Degree at Victoria University in Wellington, New Zealand studying as a Rotary Ambassadorial Scholar.  Upon returning to Kentucky, she joined the staff of Georgetown College.  While working full-time there, she completed her Master’s degree in Community and Leadership Development at the University of Kentucky.


Amy graduated from Leadership Lexington in 2011 and joined the Commerce Lexington, Inc. staff overseeing its leadership programming later that year.  In her role, Amy seeks to provide leadership programming that includes education, awareness, networking and community service.  Commerce Lexington, Inc.’s various leadership development programs are exceptional ways for participants to learn about Lexington and the Bluegrass Region while furthering their participation in making our area a great place to live!

Amy was named one of Lexington Young Professionals Association’s Rising Star Award Winners in 2013.  She completed the Leadership Kentucky program in December 2016.