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Management Committee

JAMES G. KENAN III, Chairman, has served as Chairman since Kentucky River Properties LLC (KRP) was established in 2002. He has also served as a director of Kentucky River Coal Corporation (KRCC) since 1984.  From May 1989 until May 1999, Mr. Kenan served as Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President of KRCC. He also served as Vice President from 1980 until 1989.  Mr. Kenan worked at J.P. Morgan in New York for six years prior to joining Kentucky River Coal in 1975. Mr. Kenan currently serves as Chairman of the Flagler System, Inc., which owns the Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, is a Director of the Lexington Cemetery, and is the Vice Chairman of Transylvania University.

CHISWELL D. LANGHORNE, JR., Vice Chairman, has served in that capacity since 2002.  He served as director of Kentucky River Coal Corporation since 1965, including as Vice Chairman since 1984.  Mr. Langhorne has served as President of C.D. Langhorne, Jr., Inc., an exploration entity, since 1982 and is a partner in Blackstone Minerals Company L.P.

BRUTUS J. CLAY III serves in an investor relations capacity with The Forestland Group.  In addition to Mr. Clay’s role with TFG, he is President of Runnymede Farm, a family owned Thoroughbred breeding operation in Paris, KY.  Runnymede Farm was founded in 1867 by Mr. Clay’s great grandfather, Col. Ezekiel Clay, and is considered to be the oldest, continuous family owned thoroughbred operation in Kentucky.  Mr. Clay co-founded, Horse Country, a nonprofit organization that acts as a central marketing and booking agency to open farm gates to the public and connect visitors emotionally to the farms.  He serves on the board of Kentucky River Properties (a mineral rights and timberland holding company) and is actively leading the company’s strategic planning process to diversify its holdings. Mr. Clay has developed and manages entities that own and operate Texas Roadhouse restaurants.   He has invested and raised capital for multiple startup companies, including PDx Biotech.  Mr. Clay co-founded The Learning Center at the Lexington School, a school within a school, to educate children with learning differences (e.g. dyslexia, dysgraphia).  He is a board member of Horse Country and The Bluegrass Conservancy.

CATESBY W. CLAY has been a member of our board since 2002.  He has served as a director of KRCC since 1949, as well as Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer from 1965 until 1989.  He is a Director Emeritus of Churchill Downs, Inc. 

GARY I. CONLEY has been a member of our board since 2002.  He has been a director of KRCC since 1996.  He served as Executive Vice President and General Counsel of KRP from 2002, and of KRCC from 1999 until his retirement in 2010. From 1989 until 1999 he served as Vice President and General Counsel of KRCC, and from 1987 until 1989 he was General Counsel. Prior to joining KRCC in 1980, Mr. Conley worked as an attorney in private practice.

PETER KIRILL, JR. has been a member of our board since 2002.  He served as director of KRCC from 2000 to 2002.  Mr. Kirill has been in the retail automobile business for over thirty years where he has been an active partner or investor in eleven different agencies during that time span.  He was also involved on two different dealer advisory boards, one as a member, the other as president.

WILLIAM S. LANGHORNE has been a member of our board since 2006.  He was engaged in the motor sports industry for 20 years.  During that time, he raced in a range of Championships from Indycar to the Porsche Mobil 1 Supercup, a series that tours with Formula One.  

FRED N. PARKER has been a member of our board since 2002.  He has been a member of the board of KRCC since 1996. Until his retirement in February 2016, he had served as Chief Executive Officer and President of KRCC since 1999, and of KRP since 2002. He also served as Vice President and Treasurer of KRCC from 1989 until 1999, and Secretary and Treasurer from 1986 until 1989.  Mr. Parker serves as a director of the Farmers Capital Bank Corporation and for the
Delta Natural Gas Company, Inc.  Prior to joining KRCC in 1981, Mr. Parker worked as a certified public accountant for five years.

ROBERT BLAND SMITH has been a member of our board since 2006. Mr. Smith is a director of the Virginia Environmental Endowment.  Previously, he was a director of Owens Corning Corporation, Sunshine Mines Corporation and a Trustee of the Dalkon Shield Claimants Trust.  Earlier, he served as Chief Council and Staff Director of the US Senate Governmental Operations Committee and Chief Legal Assistant to Senator Sam Ervin, Jr.

WILLIAM T. YOUNG, JR. has been a member of our board since 2002.  He served as a director of KRCC from 2000 to 2002.  Mr. Young has served as President of W.T. Young LLC, a warehousing and thoroughbred horse business, since 1985.

DELL JAGGERS Dell Jaggers was elected to KRP’s board in the spring of 2015. He is the owner of Poplar Ridge Enterprises, Inc., a management and consulting service for energy related businesses. Mr. Jaggers is a Civil Engineering graduate from the University of Kentucky (1980), and BS Engineering Arts from Georgetown College (1980).  He has over 35 years’ experience in the coal industry including 22 years with Alliance Coal (VP Engineering and Planning), 2 years with Allied Resources - WKY (President), and 2 years with CBC Engineers (VP).  Mr. Jaggers continues his development business with Poplar Ridge serving clients in the areas of coal, oil, gas, and biomass.  Dell is married to Debbie, and resides in Nicholasville, KY.

GEORGE S. BRANCH was elected to our board in 2015. Until his retirement in 2006, Mr. Branch was a senior partner of international law firm, King & Spalding, where he served as Managing partner of its London office. Mr. Branch served in various management positions with the firm in its Atlanta and Washington offices as well. In addition to serving on the KRP Management Committee, Mr. Branch serves on the Board of Flagler, Inc. and The Spray Foundation.