December 26, 2018 | News & Events

The Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame honors outstanding individuals whose leadership, vision and innovation have accomplished much for Greater Louisville’s economic development and social welfare.  Each year a committee of community leaders, independent of Junior Achievement, selects the Honorees who will be inducted into the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame.  Join us on Thursday, March 7, 2019  at the new Kentucky International Convention Center to celebrate the new class of Laureates.

Dr. O. Wayne Mortenson, Founder Mortenson Dental Partners

Dr. Wayne Mortenson, Founder and Former CEO of Mortenson Dental Partners, was born and raised in Elfrida, AZ. He graduated from the University of Arizona, where he studied Agriculture and met his wife, Sue. After graduating from UA, Dr. Mortenson and Sue, moved to a small town in Arizona to start a family and began farming for Ralston Purina. After a few years on the farm, Dr. Wayne and Sue decided to make a career change.

Dr. Mortenson decided to pursue a career in dentistry and enrolled at the University of Louisville. Dr. Mortenson completed his Doctorate of Dental Medicine in 1979 and opened his first dental practice shortly thereafter in Middletown. The Mortenson Family Dental brand and business began to grow in the Louisville community over the years and eventually, eventually expanded into more dental service offerings by opening Kid’s Dentistree, BracesBracesBraces and Oral Facial Surgery Group.

In 2011, Dr. Mortenson decided to continue to grow the business and partnered with a colleague he met in a dental mastermind group, bringing Howard Family Dental into the family of brands and establishing Mortenson Dental Partners. Since then, the company has more than doubled in size and is operating in 9 states.

Dr. Mortenson has served on the Board for The Smiles for Life Foundation, the Board of Overseers for the University of Louisville and is actively involved in his church. He and his wife Sue reside in Louisville and so do 3 of their 4 grown children and several of their grandchildren.

C. William (Bill) Weyland, Founder & Chief Strategy Officer, Weyland Ventures

Lifelong Louisvillian Bill Weyland founded the predecessor firm to Weyland Ventures in 1993. His goal was to envision, create, and sustain innovative, impactful urban projects that would drive Louisville to be a 24-hour city with a strong urban core.

Bill’s family firm has had an immeasurable impact on the City of Louisville with redevelopment projects including Glassworks, The Henry Clay and the Louisville Slugger Museum & Factory. Weyland Ventures is active throughout the Midwest as consultants, developers, and strategic, long-term owners of urban mixed-use, mixed-income, mixed-generation districts.

Bill is a past board chair of Spalding University and New Directions Housing Corporation. His extensive civic involvement has focused on education, the arts, and preservation.

Bill graduated from the University of Notre Dame and has received various recognitions including the Ernst and Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year in 2005, and he was recognized by the Downtown Development Corporation in 2015 with the Downtown Visionary Award.

Phoebe A. Wood, Principal, Companies Wood , Retired Vice Chairman and CFO Brown-Forman Corporation    

Phoebe Wood was appointed Chief Financial Officer of Brown-Forman Corporation in 2001 after a 24-year career at Atlantic Richfield Company that included positions in England and Alaska.  Following her retirement as CFO, Wood formed CompaniesWood, a consulting firm that specializes in advising and investing in start-up companies.  She has invested in more than 40 early stage companies, many in Kentucky. 

Ms. Wood is a member of the Board of Directors of Invesco, Ltd., Pioneer Natural Resources Company, Leggett & Platt, Inc., and PPL Corporation (parent of LG&E and KU).  Previously she served as a Director of Coca-Cola Enterprises and OshKosh B’Gosh, Inc.  Wood was named to the NACD Directorship 100 for 2018, in recognition of her “exemplary board leadership, oversight, and courage in the boardroom.”

Ms. Wood has a deep commitment to education and community involvement.  She is a Trustee of the Gheens Foundation, Pitzer College, and Vice Chairman of The American Printing House for the Blind.  She has also served on the boards of Smith College, Leadership Louisville, Louisville Collegiate School, the University of Louisville, and Alaska Pacific University. 

Ms. Wood is a graduate of Smith College and earned an MBA from UCLA where she was named one of 100 Inspirational Alumni of the Anderson School of Management.


In the meantime, we invite you to visit the newly designed Laureate exhibit featuring the 116 individuals who have been inducted into the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame.  If you have any questions, Please contact Aubrey Hord at ahord@jaky.org or 502-561-5437 and a special thank you to event sponsor WDRB and dinner sponsor Crowe.