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JASK Committee Descriptions

Finance Committee

Led by Board Members:

    • (Chair) Tomo Nakamura - Crowe
    • Kiyotaka Kobayashi - PricewaterhouseCoopers
    • David Kidd - PNC Bank

The Finance Committee provides financial analysis, advice, and oversight of JASK's budget. Their sole responsibility is to ensure JASK is operating with the financial resources it needs to provide programs and services to the community.

Membership Committee

Led by Board Members:

    • (Japanese Chair) Koichi Kani - Toyota Motors North America
    • (English Chair) Rene DeBerdt - Denham-Blythe
    • Bob Helton - Morehead-Rowan Economic Development
    • Jeff McKenzie - Dentons Bingham Greenebaum
    • Bill Quenemoen - Denham-Blythe   
    • Tomii Kosuke - Toyota Tsusho America

The Membership Committee recommends policy and strategic direction for membership recruitment, membership retention, and membership benefits and services. The committee advises on JASK's overall benefits and services.

The Membership Committee tasks are:

    • Contact prospective members by phone or email to invite them to join JASK.
    • Contact all new active members personally by phone or email to welcome them to JASK and invite them to the next meeting and extend the societys resources.
    • Respond to disgruntled members' calls and solicit feedback for improvement.
    • Contact delinquent members prior to cancellation and encourage them to renew.
    • Greet and introduce new members and prospective members at meetings.
    • Host membership open house/meeting for prospective members.
    • Staff membership booths at trade shows and meetings. 
    • Accompany staff on one-to-one recruitment visits with new prospect members.
    • Plan and implement membership campaigns.

Operations Committee

Led by Board Members:

    • (Chair) John Ferguson - Pro Tech Quality Solutions
    • Doug Whitlock - Eastern Kentucky University
    • Kunihiro Takeda - Bicen Tool
    • Todd Dorsey -Topy America
    • Karen Wheeler - Beam Suntory

The Operations Committee provides review, guidance and oversight for the overall operations of JASK. As members of management, committee members develop insight into the business operations in order to suggest strategic business directions and business policy implementation.

Programs Committee

Led by Board Members:

    • (English Chair) Bill Quenemoen - Denham-Blythe   
    • (Japanese Chair) Tomii Kosuke - Toyota Tsusho America
    • Matt Adams - Sumitomo Electric Wiring
    • Masamichi Inoue University of Kentucky
    • Vanessa Grossl - Council of State Governments
    • David Kidd - PNC Bank
    • Kunihiro Takeda Bicen Tool

The Program Committee oversees new program development, and monitors and assesses existing programs, oversees program expansion or development, and facilitates board conversations about its programs.

Marketing Committee

Led by Board Members:

    • (Chair) Yukie Cooper - Gray Construction
    • Craig Fisher Hitachi Auto Systems
    • Michael Rodenberg Murakami
    • Jeff McKenzie - Dentons Bingham Greenebaum

Each committee member on the Marketing Committee brings unique marketing experience and a wealth of knowledge to share. Their role is to act as a sounding board for marketing strategies and tools, develop and hone innovative ideas, and provide feedback on marketing activities.

Japan/America Society of Kentucky
464 Chenault Rd.
Frankfort, KY 40601
(502) 209-9630

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