Board of Advisors

Ernie Fletcher

Dr. Fletcher is a former Governor of Kentucky and also former U.S. Congressman. He is Co-Founder and Partner of EGF, Inc a consulting firm that specializes in economic development and business strategies. As Governor 2003-2007 he made economic development a priority. With his leadership the state established new programs to increase incentives and venture capital available to start up high-tech companies. He worked closely with Toyota to bring the production of the Hybrid Camry to Georgetown, Kentucky. He also initiated comprehensive tax reform that reduced the corporate tax by nearly 25%. During his administration Kentucky ranked fourth among all states in the number of jobs created. Prior to his governorship, Mr. Fletcher served three terms from 1998-2003 as a United States Congressman from the 6th District in Kentucky. In Congress, he served as a member of the House Committee son Budget, Energy & Commerce, Agriculture, Vice-Chair on Education & Workforce, and was selected to chair the Policy Subcommittee on Health. He also served as an advisor to President George W. Bushon health care legislation. In 1994 he was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives for the 78th District.

During that time, the Governor requested him to assist with reforms of the state health care system. Prior to his political career, he was a physician. Following medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine 1980-1984, he began family practice in Lexington, later serving two years as CEO of the Saint Joseph Medical Foundation. He served as an Air Force fighter pilot from 1974 to 1980, earning the Commendation Medal and Outstanding Unit Award. Mr. Fletcher received his S.S. degree from the University of Kentucky College of Engineering in 197 4, graduating with top honors.