Luke is the guy who can talk to a brick wall. After moving around from Birmingham, AL and Austin, TX, he found his real home in Lexington, KY. Lexington taught Luke all things from rock climbing in the Gorge to making a business plan. Luke found his love for business development and marketing at the University of Kentucky where all his professors had to say to him was, “Sell me this pen” for him to jump into this unique side of the business.
As an accounting intern for Gray Construction, Luke was selected amongst a prestigious group of young intellects in the surrounding universities. He was tasked with maintaining bank reconciliations for an 850-million-dollar company. Luke organized and balanced general ledgers including health care and auto insurance sheets. Within a company employing 700+ employees, Luke organized expense sheets and timesheets in a timely manner.
As a head roaster and wholesale coordinator, Luke expanded wholesale customer’s orders from a total of 250 Ib. per week to 400 Ib. per week. While acting as a head roaster, Luke grew the department’s education and training on coffee through weekly cuppings. He managed to purchase green coffee while running the roaster and maintaining relationships with wholesale customers.
As a Harris and Ward Production Intern, Luke performed server integrations using CSS and HTML coding. He ran SEO reports for DSO clients resulting in, on average, a ten-point increase in the overall scoring. Luke constructed and developed websites and newsletter copy with a professional tone and integrated design.
As a student at the University of Kentucky, Luke sought out SPIN Selling to train himself in all things selling. At the same time, Luke learned all things Tableau, JMP Pro 14, Microsoft Office, IBM SPSS, UCINET, Divi WordPress, and Adobe Suites with the help of his professors.
Luke joined Wiser Strategies in early 2020 where he facilitates business development initiatives and supports marketing and public relations services for clients.