Michael E. Berry

Inducted June 23, 2012


Beargrass Chapter


Graduate Waggener High School, Louisville, KY (1979)
Graduate Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY (BA American Studies) (1983)
Administrative Assistant to Governor Martha Layne Collins (1983-1986)
Events Coordinator, Kentucky Derby Foundation (1986-1988)
Director of Marketing & Corporate Relations, Kentucky Derby Foundation (1988-1990)
Vice President & Managing Director, Kentucky Derby Foundation (1990-1997)
Named one Louisville top "40 under 40" (1997)
President & CEO, Kentucky Derby Foundation (1997 - present)
Member Leadership Louisville Class of (1998)
Chairman, International Festivals & Events Association (2004)
Elected to the International Festivals & Events Association Hall of Fame (2008)
Elected to the Phi Kappa Tay Fraternity Hall of Fame (2008)
Chairman, International Festivals & Events Association Foundation (2011)
Chairman, Louisville Theatrical Association (2011)
Chairman, Greater Louisville Sports Commission (2011)
Serves on the Vestry of St. Luke's Episcopal Church and the advisory boards of
Bellarmine University Communications Department and WDRB-TV (2011)
Received the Louisville Defender Newspaper's Outstanding Community Service Award (2011)

Initiated: March 21, 1974
DeMolay Degree: March 21, 1974
Beargrass Chapter (KY)

Quote: The Bible admonishes us that, "To whom much is given, much is required." The challenge is not to let my job be the only contribution I make to the world. My church, the organizations I belong to, the boards I serve on and the other events I volunteer for, all make me a better leader by reminding me how to follow.