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Mira Ball Speaks at 2011 Business Forum for Young Professionals


Mira Ball addresses a group of students at the 2011 Business Forum at UC

Williamsburg, Ky. - The Hutton School of Business at University of the Cumberlands (UC) on April 13 hosted its fourth annual Business Forum for Young Professionals.

The business forum has been designed to prepare young professionals as they enter the business workforce. Industry professionals share their professional experiences and discuss ways in which businesses can thrive, not just survive, in any financial climate. The theme for 2011 was “Poise for Recovery: Business Strategies for Moving toward Growth.”

One of this year’s guest speakers was Ms. Mira Ball the CFO and Secretary-Treasurer of Ball Homes, LLC located in Lexington, KY. Ball delivered a speech on “Adapting a Business to Weather an Economic Downturn.”

The company was founded by Ball and her husband Don Ball. Builder Magazine has ranked Ball Homes in Top 100 homebuilding companies in the United States since 1998. Successfully weathering upheaval in the construction industry, Ball Homes has improved its national ranking by 42 points over the last four years. The company has also diversified into realty services (Milestone Realty) and mortgage lending (Walden Mortgage Group).

Ball has been associated with various professional, educational and charitable organizations, including Calvary Baptist Church, UK Board of Trustees, Governor’s Commission on Tax Policy, Kentucky Horse Park, and Children’s Advocacy Center.

“The goal of this event is to bring professionals to campus to share their expertise and for students to have an opportunity to network,” said Dr. Margaret Combs, Head of the Business Department. “The business forum also gives students the experience of being in a true professional conference.”

The forum is the brainchild of J. Hunt Perkins, who makes the program possible. Perkins, a geologist, is president of J. Hunt Perkins and Associates, Inc.; a Lexington, KY firm established in 1983 that specializes in oil and gas exploration services, gas well drilling and field exploration services. A current member of Cumberlands Board of Trustees, his strong association with the university extends back to when his mother served more than ten years as the bursar for Cumberland College.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.