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Michael Seebert Named Interim Director of Brightside

Wednesday December 15, 2010

Michael Seebert has been named interim director of Brightside, Mayor Abramson and the Brightside board of directors announced today.

Seebert replaces Cynthia Knapek, who resigned last month to take a position with Leadership Louisville.

“It is an honor to serve Louisville through Brightside” Seebert said. “The agency has such a great history and mission. Engaging citizens to keep Louisville clean, green and beautiful is something everyone can get behind.”

“Mike comes to Brightside with a wealth of knowledge from both the corporate and civic arenas” Abramson said. “These skills, combined with his experience chairing the Brightside board, make him uniquely qualified to lead the agency during this time of transition.”

As head of Brightside, Seebert says he’s looking forward to securing private sponsor dollars to fund programs like litter cleanups, landscaping initiatives and environmental youth education. Brightside will mark its 25th year of operation in 2011.

More about Michael Seebert:

Following many years with South Central Bell, later BellSouth, Seebert retired in 2002 as Regional Director of BellSouth’s operations in Greater Louisville. He began a career in real estate in 2003 with REMAX Properties East.

Seebert is past chairman of the board of Brightside and served as a director of the Kentucky Derby Festival, Inc., from 1987 to 2007. He currently serves as chairman of the Denny Crum Scholarship Foundation; the University of Louisville Board of Overseers; and the board of directors of the Louisville Sports Commission. He is a graduate of the University of Louisville and a 1988 graduate of Leadership Louisville.

He also serves as Chairman of the Board, Capital Access Corporation.

More about Brightside:

· Established by Mayor Abramson in 1986, Brightside is uniting people in clean and green activities to beautify Louisville and foster community pride.

· All of Brightside’s programs--like cleanups, tree plantings and youth environmental education--are funded through private sponsorships, grants and individual donations.

· Brightside will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2011. Over the past 25 years, Brightside has:

o Planted 1.5 million daffodil bulbs

o Removed 375,000 tons of trash from our sidewalks, streets and green spaces

o Planted 5,000 trees

o Invested 10 million private dollars into community-wide beautification projects

o Educated 65,000 area school children

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