CBT Distinguished Speaker Series

April Perry

The College of Business and Technology has partnered with the Richmond Chamber of Commerce to provide an Executive-in-Residence/ Distinguished Speaker for Eastern Kentucky University this fall. The mission of the College’s Distinguished Speaker Series is to bring leaders of business, industry, and government to the EKU campus to address students, faculty, and members of the Richmond community and surrounding areas on current topics and issues.

We were pleased to welcome April Russell Perry, EKU alum and Chairman and CEO at Kentucky Farmers Bank, as the College of Business and Technology 2018-19 Executive-in-Residence/Distinguished Speaker. She visited the EKU campus on Wednesday, October 24, to speak with College faculty, staff and students.


"As part of the Distinguished Speaker Series, the College of Business and Technology invites prominent leaders to our campus to discuss current topics and issues related to their expertise. The guest speaker has an opportunity to interact with students, faculty, and other interested participants during a public address, round table discussion, and luncheon. We are pleased to have the Richmond Chamber of Commerce join with us in providing this enrichment opportunity." -- Dr. Tom Erekson, Dean, EKU College of Business and Technology

April Russell Perry

We were honored to have April Russell Perry ('86, BBA Finance/Investments; '96 MBA), as this year’s Distinguished Speaker. 

April, a native of Ashland, Ky., is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Kentucky Farmers Bank (KFB) in Ashland.

She earned her Bachelor of Business Administration with an emphasis in Finance/Investments in 1986 from Eastern Kentucky University and returned home to work as Auditor and then Controller for Kentucky Farmers Bank.  In 1989, she was elected to the Board of Directors for KFB and has continued serving on the Board.  April moved to Lexington and returned to Eastern Kentucky University to earn her MBA in 1996.  In 2007, April returned to Ashland and was named CEO and Chairman of the Board of KFB, a community bank with three locations in Boyd County, Ky and a Loan Production Office in Lexington, KY.   

April believes in community service and giving back to her community.  She serves on the boards of the EKU Foundation, Paramount Arts Center and the Ashland Alliance. She is also a member of the Paramount Woman’s Association and Rotary.  She and her husband Don support entrepreneurial activity as active members of the Tri State Angel Investment Group. The two, in conjunction with local leaders and EKU’s business department, developed the first rural Bank On program in Northeast KY to foster financial literacy and access to affordable financial products and services. 

April met her husband Don Perry at EKU and he serves as EVP of Investments for Kentucky Farmers Bank and is on the EKU Business Advisory Board. They have two children, Connor (2014 graduate of EKU) and Kendall (2017 graduate of EKU). April enjoys gardening, cooking and hiking.

April spoke on her experiences at a Public Address in the Business and Technology Center Rogow Auditorium (BTC 049) from 9:05 to 9:55 a.m.  She was also available to discuss current events and issues at a Faculty Breakfast Roundtable from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. in the Business and Technology Center Executive Conference Room.

Following the public address, she joined EKU Administration officials and the Richmond business community for a luncheon hosted by the Richmond Chamber of Commerce in the EKU Center for the Arts Black Box Theater to discuss economic opportunity and challenges within the banking community.

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Published on September 12, 2018