Monthly Luncheons

The Covington Business Council hosts monthly luncheons featuring important topics that affect Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky businesses. These luncheons feature prominent business leaders such as Mayor Joe Meyer, Judge Executive Kris Knochelmann, as well as hosting our governmental leaders from Frankfort during our Annual Legislative Luncheon. We look forward to seeing you there!

February 2024 Monthly Luncheon

This month’s luncheon will highlight the latest updates from the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport – CVG. Join the airport’s Vice President of Public Affairs, Seth Cutter, and Director of Business Administration, Larisa Sims, to hear how new airlines, such as British Airways, performed in 2023; how air cargo impacts our regional economy; and how the airport is focused on bringing in more local businesses and flavor to its concessions and capital programs. LaDonna Purcell, Director of Contracts & Procurement Administration will also be available at the event up for businesses wanting to know how to do business with the airport. Given that CVG is one of the fastest-growing cargo airports in the world and serves as the front door to our entire region, this will be a CBC lunch you won’t want to miss!

Larisa Sims

Director of Business Development - CVG Airport
Mrs. Larisa Sims is the Director of Business Administration at the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), where she serves as the organization’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Liaison Officer, economic development and grant funding strategist, and program director for the Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Foreign Trade Zone Board. Previously she spent five years as the Assistant City Manager in Newport, Kentucky, and eight years as the Assistant City Manager for Development in the City of Covington, where she led economic and community development activities. She also served as Regional Planning Manager for the Ohio – Kentucky- Indiana Regional Council of Governments. Mrs. Sims has 25 years of planning, development, and administration experience at the local and regional level.

Mrs. Sims received a post graduate degree from the Institute for Housing and Urban Development Studies in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, a Master’s Degree in Community Planning at the University of Cincinnati, and a Bachelor’s at Western Kentucky University. Certifications include Economic Development Finance Professional and the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Over the years, Mrs. Sims has been active in several professional organizations and boards including the Northern Kentucky Port Authority, Covington Economic Development Authority, the Northern Kentucky City and County Management Association, the Kentucky League of Cities, the Kentucky Chapter of the American Planning Association, and the American Institute of Certified Planner’s National Planning Accreditation Board.

Seth Cutter

Director of Business Development - CVG Airport
Seth Cutter is vice president of public affairs for the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), the 12th largest cargo airport in the world and the 2022 Best Airport in North America for Staff Service, according to London-based Skytrax.

In this role, Seth develops and executes CVG’s local, state, and federal policy priorities. He and airport leadership remain focused on advocacy related to transportation and infrastructure funding that will grow the airport’s $6.8 billion annual economic impact to the community. He also coordinates the activities of the Kentucky SAF Coalition, which is an industry partnership focused on developing a sustainable aviation fuels, or SAF, ecosystem in the mid-South and Midwest. Seth represents CVG to local stakeholders and leads the team responsible for airport public relations, communications, marketing, and community affairs.

Seth joined CVG in 2017, having previously worked in the Campbell County, Kentucky, Judge/Executive’s office. He remains active in the community, serving on a variety of committees and working groups for the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, Cincinnati USA Chamber, BE NKY Growth Partnership, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, and the Ohio Aviation Association.

He is a member of the 2021 Cincinnati “40 Under 40” Class and is on the board of KBT, Kentuckians for Better Transportation. Seth completed undergraduate studies at American University in Washington, DC, and earned an MPA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.


Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront
668 W. 5th Street
Covington, KY 41011


11:30 - 1:00 PM


CBC Members: $35.00

CBC Future Members: $60.00

CBC Members -
Week of Rate: $40.00

CBC Future Members -
Week of Rate: $65.00

March Monthly Luncheon: A Permanent Home Finally: The New Covington City Hall

Thursday, March 14th, 2024 | 11:30 -1:00 PM
Embassy Suites RiverCenter | 10 E. RiverCenter Blvd; Covington
Covington City Hall has had five temporary homes in the past half century. But that’s about to change in the next year with the pending planned construction of a new permanent City Hall on the eastern side of the 600 block of Scott Street, currently a vacant grassy lot. The new 42,000 square foot building will not only house city offices and host council meetings and other official city business. Leaders also envision it as a community center of sort hosting community groups to use for celebrations, public arts projects, or other civic uses, whether inside or outside in what will be a spacious plaza area. Join us for the March 14 CBC monthly luncheon when representatives from the City-chosen architecture firms share the vision and timeline for the space. Elevar Design Group President Kim Patton and Brandstetter Carroll Inc. President Ben Branstetter will further shed light on features for the structure which officials hope will be completed by the end of 2025.

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February Luncheon Nonprofit Spotlight

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