John R. “Jack” Guthrie
Founder, Guthrie/Mayes & Associates Public Relations, Inc.

Guthrie is the founder of Guthrie/Mayes Public Relations, one of the largest independently owned public relations firms in the state of Kentucky. Guthrie sold his interest in the firm in September 2005 to three senior staff members. He remains of counsel to the firm.

Guthrie began his career in 1964 in the public relations department of Philip Morris Inc. in New York City.  He was appointed community relations manager for the company's Louisville facilities in 1967 and moved back to New York as their director of communications in 1969.

He returned to Louisville two years later as president of the Kentucky Derby Festival (1971-1977) where he was the driving force that propelled the two-week event into national prominence as one of the nation's largest civic celebrations. Jack launched his own public relations firm in 1977.

Guthrie was appointed to the UK Board of Trustees for a six-year term as Alumni Trustee in 1996 and was named president of the UK Alumni Association in 1988 and currently is on its board of directors. For eight years, beginning in 1993, he was president of UK’s School of Journalism Alumni Association and chairman of the Kentucky Journalism Hall of Fame Committee. He was the first public relations executive to hold the position of president of the Louisville Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists. He was named Man of the Year by the Louisville Advertising Club in 1995, and has received numerous other professional and personal awards over the years.

He was named the College’s Outstanding Alumnus in 2008. In 2000 Jack created the James C. Bowling Lecture Series in the name of his mentor Jim Bowling.  He raised over $200,000 for the program which currently has an endowed value of over $350,000.  He has also personally endowed an annual full tuition scholarship for the Editor of The Kentucky Kernel.  The endowment is named for Dr. Lewis Donohew and the late Mr. J.A. McCauley, two of his Journalism School professors.  Jack is a 1963 UK journalism graduate,

He is a member of the Governance Committee of Louisville Central Area, immediate Past President of the Main Street Association, the Executive Committee of the Society of Professional Journalists and a member of the Louisville Rotary Club and the Louisville Executive Club. During his career Jack has served on the boards of numerous other community groups including Greater Louisville Inc., Trinity High School Foundation and Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare Foundation.  Guthrie recently was inducted into the Kentuckiana Business Hall of Fame sponsored by the Louisville Chapter of Junior Achievement.