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Brett Setzer

Owner, CEO, Brett Construction

Hometown: Lexington

Education: Brett attended the University of Kentucky

Community Support: Brett has worked with Fayette County Public Schools, First Tee of Greater Lexington, the Lexington Christian Academy and the YMCA and is a supporter for several community organizations.

Occupation: Owner/CEO of Brett Construction and Owner/COO of Setzer Properties

Family: Brett is married to his wife Billie Jo and has five daughters.

Why do you volunteer in the community? Central Kentucky is home. It’s where my family and I were raised, and where my wife and I choose to raise our daughters. Central Kentucky has allowed our companies and our family to thrive and grow, and we are always looking for ways to give back and support the community around us. We collect food and clothing for donation drives. We fill backpacks with educational supplies for students who can’t afford their own. We donate, collect and deliver items for disaster relief in neighboring communities. We serve on the organizational boards to provide knowledge and leadership and help any way that we can. We sponsor events. We donate to nonprofit and service organizations that serve youth and those in need. We volunteer our time, our resources, our financial contributions, and our knowledge and expertise to help make the community a better place for everyone. We create a culture of volunteering and giving back within our companies, and we encourage our daughters to support organizations that matter to them. We want to do our part to make the world a better place for all.

How do you hope healthcare grows in your community? The health and well-being of residents is one of the cornerstones of a successful community. Healthcare needs to constantly evolve and change to meet the needs of the people within the community. Central Kentucky offers an abundance of healthcare opportunities for local, regional and statewide residents. We offer state-of-the-art facilities and top-tier healthcare professionals. As with many things, the need is often greater than the services available. My hope is that Central Kentucky can continue to expand its healthcare opportunities and facilities to better meet that growing need – to see more patients with shorter wait times, to expand specialty services and procedures, and to attract and maintain optimal staffing levels with highly-qualified and trained professionals. A healthy community is a thriving and successful community.

How can gratitude help heal you spiritually, physically and emotionally? Gratitude is a choice, and it’s something you have to practice daily. Through good times and bad times, you have to be grateful. Sometimes it’s for success, other times it’s for the lessons learned and the opportunities presented. Every situation offers something for which you can be grateful. You also have to notice and be thankful for the small, everyday moments of life – your child’s laughter, holding your wife’s hand, doing a job well, making someone smile or having the ability to help someone when they need it. Choosing gratitude is choosing to find the good in every situation, even if it’s not what you expected. In choosing gratitude, you are giving yourself the greatest chance for true happiness of mind, body, and spirit.