“It’s Who You Know” with the Leadership Louisville Class of 2019

This is the second in a series of profiles designed to help community leaders get to know each other and learn from each other. 

In addition to checking out the list of the 60 members of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2019, get to know three class members who are relatively new to the Leadership Louisville Center community. Pictured above from left are: Bill Zoeller, President, Zoeller Company; Dr. Joseph Han, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Louisville; and Evon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, OneWest.

Meet Evon Smith, President and Chief Executive Officer, OneWest

Q. How long have you lived in Louisville?

A. Almost seven months. (Evon and her family moved to Louisville from North Carolina where she worked on economic revitalization in Winston-Salem and Greensboro.)

Q. Why/what should more Louisvillians know about OneWest?

A. They should know that OneWest welcomes all of Louisville to participate in helping the West End revitalize its commercial and retail structures while also uplifting the businesses in the West End.  People can help by investing west and by volunteering their time.

Q. What’s the best part of your current job?

A. Helping the community we serve realize its vision through collaboration and resource gathering.  I love the look of amazement on people’s faces when they see their vision manifest.

Q. Why is it hard to be a good leader?

A. I think leadership is not hard if it is who you are and you must be a good servant in order to be a “good” leader.  I aspire to be a good servant that happens to lead by uplifting others.

 

Meet Dr. Joseph Han, Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, University of Louisville

Q. How long have you lived in Louisville? And where did you move here from?

A. I come to Louisville from Seoul Korea, by way California, Idaho, Ohio, Washington, and most recently Cleveland. With my Waterside unit (off River Road) underwater, I started my new job on March 1 living out of suitcase in a hotel in downtown Louisville during the flood of 2018. Living through the flood of 2018, I talk about it as a rite of passage to become a true Louisvillian – it’s a badge of honor kind of thing.

Q. What might people be surprised to learn about you?

A. I’m a first-generation college graduate and a son of two hardworking custodians. Professionally, I have worn many hats – U.S. Marine, contractor, pastor, chaplain, police officer, presenter, consultant, university administrator, professor. When I grow up, I want to be a park ranger.

Q. What’s the best part of your new role at the University of Louisville?

A. This is an exciting time at UofL with a tremendous energy and commitment to creating UofL as a great place to learn, to work and to invest in.  My life’s passion is to help people discover and optimize their potential. At UofL, I have the opportunity and the responsibility to help students and staff reach their full potential.

Q. Why is it hard to be a good leader? 

A. Sometimes leading can be as dangerous and as frustrating as feeding farrowed cats – you really have to want to help others and be fully committed. People can be fickle, selfish, arrogant, and a real test of my commitment to love, faith, and hope. Paraphrasing the great educator, Parker Palmer, the hardest job of a leader is not to harden his/her heart. I love this challenge.

 

Meet Bill Zoeller, President, Zoeller Co.

Q. How long have you lived in Louisville?

A. My entire life 43 years, raised in the Highlands, I went to St. Raphael, St X, and Bellarmine.  I did sneak over to IUS to complete my MBA.

Q. What’s the best part of your current job?

A. The bottom line is I am having fun! Every day is a new challenge, but Zoeller is a growing company and I want to be part of that legacy. I want to ensure we are around for another 80 years.  Additionally, I get to work with some great people, a lot of those people worked with my grandfather and they have stories I have never heard.

Q. Why/what should more Louisvillians know about the Zoeller Co.?

A. We are a family operated business.  I am a member of the 4th generation and the family intends to keep it family operated and owned.  Zoeller Company has over 400 employees in Louisville and over 900 worldwide. In Louisville, we manufacture sump and sewage pumps, so if you have a basement and you have a sump pit hopefully you have a Zoeller Pump!

See the full photo roster of the Leadership Louisville Class of 2019