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Estepp ready to take best foot forward as Chamber executive

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By Stephen Thomas

 SHEPHERDSVILLE - The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce believes its latest move is a “step” in the right direction.

Mount Washington resident Jenny Estepp was named the Chamber’s new executive director.

Estepp brings 10 years of business and marketing experience to the Chamber. She is the owner of Jenuine Marketing, most recently managing marketing campaigns with Dents, Dings and Colors.

“I love people, I love to work with people, that’s what I enjoy doing,” she said.

Born in Vincennes, Ind., Estepp’s family moved to Louisville and then to Mount Washington when she was in second grade. She attended Mount Washington Elementary and Middle Schools, as well as Bullitt East.

From there she attended Bellarmine University, earning a Bachelor of Arts in Communications.

“Interpersonal communication was my focus,” she said. “It really connected with me, how everyone communicated with everybody they meet. It’s part of why I’m excited about this job, I get to connect with new people.”

The marketing side of life snuck in on Estepp during her stint at Trevecca Nazarene University in Nashville, where she ran successful programs for the Student Government Association.

Estepp returned to the Mount Washington area with her husband, Darrell. Both worked for Chick-fil-A. Darrell has been with the company since age 16.

“The company made a huge impact on me, how I treat and respect people, without expecting anything in return,” she said. “I live by that, give without expecting returns.”

With her own company, Estepp worked with versatile independent companies and organizations to help them with marketing strategies. Dents, Dings and Colors was her main client.

As Chamber director Estepp’s initial goal is to build up Bullitt County businesses by helping them all work together.

“I want to create a community connection,” she said. “That’s what I like to do, help others through connections. That’s natural to me, I like to find win/win situations. The Chamber is a perfect opportunity for that.”

The Bullitt County Chamber of Commerce includes around 360 business partners, enough that Estepp thinks connections between them can boost the county’s business environment.

“I really want to lead by example with all of these groups,” she said. “There’s a lot of different pieces to the puzzle. We can start to work together to show that Bullitt County is a unified front.”

That unification, Estepp believed, could go a long way toward erasing a “negative view” that Bullitt County receives from other places.

“Others may have that negative view because we partly have it,” she said. “If we start focusing on positives, our great companies big and small, we start to realize that we’ll speak positively. We have to start that ourselves.”

Estepp takes personal pride in working toward a positive Bullitt County atmosphere.

“It’s sincere,” she said. “I am going to do the best that I can for my community.”