About Us

The Honey Branch Regional Industrial/Business Park is a partnership of the Big Sandy District counties of Floyd, Johnson, Magoffin, Martin and Pike. Consisting of over 330 acres, the Park’s tenants include Chesapeake Energy, Consolidated Pipe & Supply, David Brown Gear Systems, and Logan Corporation.
Citizen representatives of each of the Big Sandy district counties serve on the Big Sandy Regional Industrial Development Authority (BSRIDA), which is responsible for the development, management and marketing of the Honey Branch Park.

Board Members

Dennis DortonDennis Dorton, Chair

Johnson County


Dennis T. Dorton is retired President and CEO of Citizens National Bank, Citizens National Corporation, CNC Insurance Agency, LLC, and CNC Development Foundation, Inc. He joined Citizens National Bank in 1970 following his graduation from Morehead State University with a BBA degree. His life-long career in banking has coincided with many years of community, professional, and public service including currently Kentucky Bankers Association Board Member (Past Chair), Paintsville Utilities Commission Member (Past Chair), Community Ventures, Inc. Board Member, Highlands Regional Medical Center Board of Trustees/Consolidated Health System Board Member, Paintsville Rotary Club Member (Past President and Treasurer), Morehead State University Foundation Board Member, Big Sandy Community & Technical College Foundation Board Member and American Red Cross - Big Sandy Chapter Chairman. Previous service includes Paintsville City Council Member, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board, Jenny Wiley Theatre Board, Paintsville Independent School Board, Hospice of the Big Sandy Board, and Floyd County Chamber of Commerce Chair. A respected community leader, Mr. Dorton is the recipient of a number of awards including the Governor’s Economic Development Leadership Award 2002, Kentucky SBA Regional Financial Services Advocate of the Year 2001, Morehead State University Business Alumni of Year 1995, Floyd County Hall of Fame Inductee 2004, Floyd County Business Person of the year 2005, and Paintsville Rotarian of the year 2005. Mr. Dorton and his wife, Jean, reside in Paintsville.

Jim boothJim Booth, Vice Chair
Martin County

James H. Booth, Martin County native, is an accomplished businessman having earned his BBA degree in 1971 from Morehead State University while working weekends as an underground coal miner. In his more than 30 years in coal mining, he has developed a conglomerate of holdings in a number of mining operations throughout eastern Kentucky and West Virginia that now comprise Booth Energy Group. In the mid 1980's, Mr. Booth along with his associates diversified into the retail convenient and fast food stores industry. Business holdings also include an insurance agency, commercial and residential rental units and franchised hotels as well as automobile dealerships, and the United States Achievement Academy, an honors program for outstanding high school students, colleges and universities across the nation. Mining and retail operations under Jim’s leadership employ approximately 1,920 personnel in eastern Kentucky and West Virginia. Active in the region, Mr. Booth presently serves on the Inez Deposit Bank Board of Directors, the Pikeville College Board of Trustees, Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Board and Executive Committee, Coal Operators Associates Board, the Morehead State University Board of Regents, and Martin County Economic Development Authority Board Chairman. Mr. Booth is instrumental in supporting the Roy F. Collier Community Center in his local community. Jim has been honored as the 2000 Outstanding College of Business Alumni at Morehead State University and was named to the MSU Hall of Fame. Jim was also presented with the prestigious 2001 Governors Economic Development Leadership Award and has just recently completed his second term on the Federal Reserve Board in the Cincinnati District of the Cleveland Bank Federal Reserve. Jim and his wife, Linda, reside in Inez.

Blakely SturgillBarkley Sturgill, Secretary
Floyd County

Barkley J. Sturgill, Attorney with Osborne & Heaberlin, P.S.C. from Prestonsburg, has practiced law for over 50 years since admission to the bar in 1953. He was also admitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit and the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky. Mr. Sturgill was elected to the position of the County Attorney for Floyd County where he served from 1962 to 1972, he served on the Kentucky Public Service Commission 1972-79, as Chairman 1974-77, and is a member of the Floyd County, Kentucky and American Bar Association. Mr. Sturgill’s distinguished career has included years of community service where he sat as a member of the Big Sandy Community and Technical College Board of Directors, the Eastern Kentucky Economic Development Commission, the Kentucky Crime Commission and the Big Sandy Area Development District Board of Directors. Mr. Sturgill is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and Washington & Lee University.

A. B. ConleyA.B. Conley, Treasurer
Magoffin County

A Magoffin County native, Mr. A.B. Conley is retired from the Magoffin County Board of Education after 29 ½ years of service. He began his career in education at a two-room schoolhouse followed by teaching mathematics and science in a consolidated school. Mr. Conley also served as a basketball coach as well as principal at the Magoffin County Vocational School. Following his retirement nineteen years ago, Mr. Conley has remained active in the community; he is President of the Magoffin County Muzzle Loading Club and serves as Vice Chair of the Magoffin County Historical Society. Among his many activities, he is a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as a Shriner, El Hasa Temple. Mr. Conley is active in his church, State Road Fork United Baptist Church where he serves as a deacon and trustee. Mr. Conley and his wife, Inis Prater Conley reside in Magoffin County; they have one son and three grandchildren.

Robert M. DuncanRobert M. Duncan
Martin County

A civic capitalist, Mike Duncan is active in numerous professional and nonprofit organizations. He served as chairman of a state university and a private college. He has served as Chairman for the Center for Rural Development in Somerset, a $30 million state-of-the-art regional center emphasizing telecommunications, training, and development. President Bush appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows in 2001. Duncan is a Trustee of the Christian Appalachian Project, the fifteenth largest private social services agency in America. Mr. Duncan is a former chairman and current director of the Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program, a unique educational experience for rising high school juniors. His student-mentoring program, in its twenty-sixth year, was featured on CBS Sunday Morning and in the Los Angeles Times. Professionally, Duncan was President of the Kentucky Bankers Association and a Director of the Cleveland Federal Reserve Bank Cincinnati Branch. In 1989-90, during a sabbatical, he worked in the Bush White House as Assistant Director of Public Liaison. His public service has been recognized with several distinctions including honorary degrees from Cumberland College and the College of the Ozarks. He was named Chair of the Republican National Committee (RNC) in 2007 following service as General Counsel from July 2002 – 2007 and previously elected Treasurer in January of 2001. Duncan, in his third term as National Committeeman from Kentucky, has served the party at every level from precinct captain, county chairman, state chairman, and national officer. He has been a delegate to the 1972, 1976, 1992, 1996, and 2000 Republican National Conventions and is one of the few persons ever to serve on the four standing convention committees. Mike Duncan and his wife Joanne are 1974 graduates of the University of Kentucky College of Law. They live in Inez, Kentucky, and have one child, Rob, a recent University of Kentucky College of Law graduate. The Duncan’s are the principal owners of two community banks with five offices in eastern Kentucky.

Governor Paul E. PattonGovernor Paul Patton
Pike County

Paul E. Patton served as the 59th governor of Kentucky from 1995-2003 and as lieutenant governor from 1991-1995 where he also filled the position of Secretary of the Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development. One of Patton’s accomplishments as governor was to help reform higher education in Kentucky and the passage of the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997. As governor, Patton also served as chair of the Southern Regional Education Board, the Southern Growth Policies Board, the Education Commission of the States, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the President’s Commission on the High School Senior Year, the National Education Goals Panel, the Democrat Governor’s Association, and the National Governor’s Association. At a local level, his public service includes ten years as Pike County’s Judge Executive where he served until his election to the Executive Branch of the Commonwealth in 1991. Prior to his public service, Governor Patton’s successful business career includes coal mining operations in eastern Kentucky. Governor Patton has continued his distinguished career in public service and was named to the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education by Governor Beshear in 2008. In recognition of his contribution to Kentucky’s economy, Kentucky Association of Economic Development inducted Governor Patton to its Economic Development Hall of Fame in 2007. Governor Patton holds a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Kentucky. He is currently serving as President of the University of Pikeville. He and his wife, Judi, reside in Pikeville where they are active members of the local community.