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Gary Ulmer ’76

Gary is a lifelong resident of Louisville and is a graduate of St. Xavier High School and the University of Kentucky.

After a 10-year stint as a banker where he was a Vice President in Corporate Banking at Liberty National Bank (now Chase), he became President of the Louisville Bats in 1993.
“My so called ‘claim to fame’ I guess would be the construction of Louisville Slugger Field and the long term success of the Bats. However, I was just in the right place and the right time and had no idea that it would result in being a fabulous career for me and my family. As Bats president, I have been able to fulfill my desire to actively be involved in the community, to give back and hopefully make a difference.”

Brother Ulmer is very active in the community and serves or previously served on many board of directors including The Convention and Visitors Bureau – previous Chairman of the Board, St. Xavier High School – Chairman of the Board, Louisville Sports Commission – previous Chairman of the Board, Better Business Bureau – previous Chairman of the Board, Boy Scouts, Bellarmine University Board of Trustees, the Louisville Community Foundation, Metro United Way, Salvation Army, Children’s Hospital Foundation, Main Street Associates, Friends of the Waterfront and others. Hobbies include golf and running (previously completed 25 straight Derby Festival mini-marathons}.

Gary and his wife Leslye have 3 children, Conrad 21, Olivia 18 and Clark 17.

“I have been very fortunate, quite lucky in all honesty. You can’t pick your family and I certainly have a good one. My parents have always been supportive. My dad taught me the value of hard work, but more importantly stressed that we need to give back to a community that has been very good to our family. I have tried to follow his example in terms of community service.

“My wife Leslye is always there for me and deserves the credit for raising our 3 wonderful children.

“The first important decision in my life was to attend UK and join Kappa Sigma. That decision pointed me in the right direction. As a Kappa Sig, I learned the value of true friendship, a common bond for life. Friends that I can trust and count on when needed. As they say in business, it is better to be lucky than good and I have been real lucky.”