Ryan Jones | Director of Business and Innovation

“The opportunity to do this work and engage with our communities, businesses, and partners is something that is truly humbling.  I look forward to visiting communities throughout the region and working with our champions and partners to transform our region.”

Jones can be reached at (606) 766-1160 or by email at


Jeffery Justice | Business and innovation champion

“I am the son of a coal miner, and I am a first-generation college graduate, who was fortunate enough to find a future in Appalachia,” said Justice. “My goal is to prove that there is a future in Appalachia, and to bridge the gap between the high tech, digital world, and our talented, hardworking people in the mountains.  SOAR Innovation is here to make sure that entrepreneurs and small businesses have all available resources at their disposal to grow. With nearly 200 partners, we can, and will, find a solution that works for our clients.” .

Justice can be reached at (859) 779-8282 or by email at

Territory: Pike, Letcher, Harlan


Tal Jones | Business and innovation champion

“I am excited to be a part of the team at SOAR Innovation,” said Jones. “I believe that technology has leveled the playing field for entrepreneurs and small business owners in eastern Kentucky, and SOAR Innovation will be a catalyst to allow small businesses and entrepreneurs to create new markets and expand existing ones.”

Jones can be reached at (606) 546-1911 or by email at

Territory: Montgomery, Clark, Estill, Madison, Garrard, Lincoln, Rockcastle, Pulaski, Laurel, Wayne, McCreary, Whitley, Knox, Bell


Colby Fugate | Business and innovation champion

“I believe that data, specifically big data, is key player in the future of work,” said Fugate.  He is a certified Data Analyst through Duke University. “Because of our ability to connect, we have the ability to analyze and move data and compete in the global economy.”

Fugate can be reached at (606) 202-2337 or by email at

Territory: Perry, Knott, Breathitt, Owsley, Jackson, Clay, Leslie