Risk Management – The Kentucky Experience
This unique Risk Management training event incorporates immersive experiences with some of Kentucky’s most notable horse farms and distilleries.
Are you the kind of person who learns through hands-on experience?
Does a classroom setting or online course feel a bit underwhelming?
Are you an adventurer at heart or someone who simply enjoys experiencing all the flavors and textures of life?
Solarity has taken Risk Management training to the next level by offering Risk Management – The Kentucky Experience, a truly immersive and experiential training opportunity. In this course you will:
- Learn about how to make better risk-informed business decisions in an engaging and unique setting
- Practice risk-management principles at an active horse farm & bourbon distillery that then can be applied in your organization
- Enjoy a truly unique training experience in the beautiful Bluegrass region of central Kentucky with optional leisure activities, such as visiting the famous Keeneland Thoroughbred Race Course or exploring the Bourbon Trail
Only 20 seats are available for this unique event.
What you’ll receive
- Customized Risk Management Course materials and completion certificate
- Behind-the-scene experiences at authentic Kentucky venues with a focus on Risk Management
- Hands-on experience with your team pitching Risk Management ideas to a panel of judges
- Practical techniques to apply in your organization immediately
- Breakfast, lunch, and transportation to event locations
- Exclusive workshop on Applying Risk Management in the Bourbon Industry led by world-renowned bourbon expert, author, and professor Tim Knittel
- Optional dinner and top shelf bourbon tasting with Tim Knittel
Training Tour Options Include*
- Claiborne Horse Farm
- Hartfield Distillery
- Optional custom tours of authentic Kentucky destinations not known or available to the typical visitor
- Exclusive workshop on the Components of Bourbon Tasting led by world-renowned bourbon expert, author, and professor Tim Knittel
- Optional Dinner and top shelf bourbon tasting with Tim Knittel
* Venues subject to change
Have Questions? Contact Us.
(When registering please provide any food allergies or vegan preferences in the Comments section.)
Mustard Seed Hill*
Mustard Seed Hill is a unique destination in the heart of Kentucky’s Bluegrass Region. The recorded history of the property dates to 1852 when William Nunn established his impressive, Greek Revival home, commonly referred to as the Allen House – part of the National Register of Historic Places. In 1920, the citizens of Millersburg purchased the dwelling so Millersburg Military Institute (MMI) could return to the town. They added a number of buildings, including Moffett Hall, Rankin Hall and a gymnasium. MMI was an icon of Kentucky private education for 113 years, graduating generations of young men, many of whom still hold it in their hearts as a special part of their personal growth and education. Learn more at MustardSeedHill.events
Claiborne Horse Farm*
The Home of Secretariat, Claiborne is one of the most storied farms and families in Horse Country. Come see and learn for yourself why Claiborne is known as one of the most iconic Thoroughbred breeding farms in Kentucky’s Horse Country! Your tour will include a fascinating overview of Claiborne’s storied history, including its involvement with Triple Crown winner Secretariat. See where the legend is buried, and walk the grounds where many other famous racehorses called home. Thousands of guests have had the opportunity to view our traditional breeding shed, which has produced more than 80 champions. Voted the #1 Horse Farm two years in a row by the Herald-Leader’s Readers Choice Award. Learn more at ClaiborneFarm.com.
Hartfield & Co. Distillery*
Hartfield & Co., formerly The Gentleman, is a small batch distillery located in Paris, KY. We are the first licensed distillery in Bourbon County since Prohibition forced the closure of the distilling industry in 1919. It’s odd to think that out of all the bourbon currently produced in the world, none of it has been produced in Bourbon County – until now. Hartfield & Co. is named after a branch of Andrew’s family that stretches all the way back to 1700’s Germany. The Hartfield family left the motherland and settled into modern day Pennsylvania and Ohio with a very pioneering portion making its way to Green County, KY. There they founded a distillery which ran for 20-25 years upon which it ended in an unfortunate fire. Learn more at HartfieldandCompany.com.
An Exceptional Addition
Optionally stay an extra day and participate in Kentucky experiences custom curated by Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences. Through this opportunity, participants gain unparalleled access to authentic Kentucky destinations.
It starts with a Behind-the-Scenes tour of Keeneland Race Course and breakfast at the track. Next you’ll visit some famous horses who call Lexington “home,” and enjoy lunch at The Stave, a favorite local restaurant. You’ll then wrap up your day with a tour of the extraordinary and historic Castle & Key Distillery – recently refurbished and re-opened to the public. Your day includes all transportation plus drinks (bourbon!) and snacks.
Your cost for this add-on experience is $200.
Or if you have other interests in mind, Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences can custom curate an adventure specifically designed for you!
*Venues subject to change
After working with Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Bud founded Solarity in 2003, and has over twenty years of experience in the industry. An experienced consultant and trainer with a degree in education and a passion to engage students in improving their skills and environments, he delivers high-quality training consulting locally, nationally, and internationally in diverse organization ranging from manufacturing, healthcare, technology, pharma, military, government, and higher education.
Apolonio “Apps” Garcia
Mr. Garcia is the President and CEO of HealthGuard. He has over 20 years of InfoSec experience and actively consults with healthcare InfoSec teams to help them become more efficient and effective through improved risk visibility and decision making. He is a decorated Navy veteran, and currently a member of the DHS/HHS Healthcare Sector Coordinating Council, an Infragard Healthcare and Public Health Sector Chief, and a board member of the Society of Information Risk Analysts.
Bert has had the privilege of working with many highly qualified people in the Central Kentucky business community. With their help he has gained over 20 years of technology and operations experience, including 10 years of experience in higher education IT management, and over 10 years of project management expertise. In his various roles and responsibilities, he has fostered organizational development through effective program and personnel management, and worked hard to deliver project and initiatives as designed and anticipated.
Tim Knittel is a Bourbon industry veteran with over a decade of experience. Formerly the Culinary Center Manager and later VIP hospitality manager for the Woodford Reserve Distillery, he now runs Distilled Living which offers Bourbon education and consulting services. He holds the titles of Executive Bourbon Steward through the Stave & Thief Society and Adjunct Professor of Bourbon Studies at Midway University, plus sits on the Tasting Table for Distiller.com. He writes for consumers and industry through many publications. His specialty is in Bourbon palate education and he can guide Bourbon novices and enthusiasts alike through tasting the nuanced and complex flavors of fine Bourbons.
Learning and Practicing Risk Management
- Breakfast at Mustard Seed Hill
- Risk Management Principles
- Claiborne Farm Tour
- Lunch with exclusive workshop on the Components of Bourbon Tasting led by world-renowned bourbon expert, author, and professor Tim Knittel
- Hartfield & Co. Distillery Tour
- Applying Risk Management Principles at Mustard Seed Hill
- Study groups develop recommendations based on either the equine or bourbon industries
- Panel Deliberation
- Additional Bourbon Tasting and Dinner
Time to Play and Experience Kentucky
Should you choose to stay an additional day, Rachel’s Bluegrass Experiences will provide guided excursions or concierge service to satisfy your individual interests.
We recommend booking your reservations at one of the following accommodations if coming to our training from out of town:
The 21c Museum Hotel, which includes a contemporary art gallery and is situated in Lexington’s first skyscraper.
The Sire Hotel Lexington, located in the Gratz Park historic District, dates back more than 100 years and pays homage to Lexington’s equestrian industry.
The new Marriott City Center, is just minutes from the University of Kentucky, Lexington Convention Center, Rupp Arena, and Keeneland Racetrack.
The Hilton Lexington/Downtown, is connected to historic Rupp Arena.
All locations are within walking distance of many amenities: restaurants, bars, a movie theater, etc.