The FENG Louisville, KY Chapter

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About the Louisville, KY Chapter

Our objective is to network and discuss general intelligence about the local economy. All members are welcome!

PLEASE NOTE: As we continue to social distance, we are on a brief hiatus. Please attend meetings on the Nashville Chapter page along with members from the Knoxville Chapter.

Chapter Leadership

Bill Ferko
[email protected]
(502) 645-3414
Bill Ferko, CPA, is a board member for Sypris Solutions (NASDAQ: SYPR) where he serves on the Nominating and Governance and Compensation Committees. Mr. Ferko is the Chairman for Dismas Charities. Mr. Ferko also serves as the Interim CFO for CRS Reprocessing and as a consultant for private equity firms. Mr. Ferko was appointed in May 2016 by the Governor of Kentucky to serve as a commissioner for the Kentucky Horse Park. Previously as a senior vice president at Republic Bank he led mergers and acquisitions and risk management activities from 2009 until 2014.

Mr. Ferko was vice president and chief financial officer of Genlyte Group, Inc. (NASDAQ:GLYT) from 1998 until 2008. Genlyte was the largest North American manufacturer dedicated to lighting fixtures and controls for residential, commercial, and industrial markets. He oversaw the sale of Genlyte to a subsidiary of Koninklijke Philips Electronics N.V. for $2.8 billion and continued as CFO and led the integration process until January 2009. Genlyte was designated by Forbes Magazine five times as one of America's “400 Best Big Companies.” Genlyte was recognized by Business Week Magazine in 2002 as one of the Best 100 Hot Growth Companies. Genlyte’s sales were approximately $1.8 billion. The company had 6,500 employees located in North America, Europe, and Asia.

As chief financial officer, Ferko helped direct Genlyte’s acquisitions of Thomas Lighting, Ledalite, Chloride Systems, Translite Sonoma, Shakespeare Composite Structures, JJI Lighting Group, USI Manufacturing, Vari-Lite, Strand, Carsonite, and Hanover Lantern – companies whose products filled various niches in the company’s markets.

Prior to Genlyte, Mr. Ferko served in finance executive positions for Tenneco Inc. and its divisions including Tenneco Automotive, Tenneco Packaging (now PCA and Pactiv), and Case IH (now CNH). Mr. Ferko served as the CFO for Monroe Auto Equipment Co., and as the group controller for Tenneco Packaging’s primary mills, timberlands, and molded fibre divisions. Mr. Ferko also served as CFO and led the transition of a Goss Graphic Systems from being a Rockwell division to a stand alone LBO public debt company.

Mr. Ferko is president of Financial Executives International Louisville FEI chapter. Mr. Ferko has served as member of the Sypris Solutions (NASDAQ:SYPR) board of directors since 2005. Sypris develops and produces encryption systems for defense agencies and manufactures truck components and high pressure enclosures. He is also chairman of the board for the Dismas Charities which operates 34 state and federal residential re-entry centers and support offices in 14 states serving as the primary re-entry point for nearly 7,000 offenders returning to society from state and federal prisons each year.

A Wisconsin native, Mr. Ferko earned his MBA and BS in Business Management from the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and he received his CPA certificate from Illinois.
Rick Mills
[email protected]
(570) 850-3865