• Vigo County voters will decide in November whether to approve construction of a casino.

    Trade Group, PAC Push for Vigo County Casino

    When Vigo County residents head to the voting booth next month, one of the referendum issues they’ll be deciding is the future of casino gambling in the county. Question 1 on the November 5 ballot asks voters if they support the construction of a casino in Terre Haute. The Advance West Central Indiana Political Action Committee has released the results of an economic impact study of a casino in the community. The analysis was conducted by The Innovation Group on behalf...

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    Neighborhood Concerned About Old GM Site, Too

    As the city of Indianapolis and Ambrose Property Group squabble about the future of the old GM Stamping plant site in downtown Indy, a fight that could end up in court, residents who live near the property are weighing in with their concerns. Jay Napoleon, president of The Valley Neighborhood Association, says it’s important the mixed-use vision for the property remain intact. Napoleon and Ambrose Property Group Vice President Mali Simone Jeffers talked about the future of...

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    Ball State Breaks Ground on Multicultural Center

    Ball State University has broken ground on its new Multicultural Center with construction set to start in a few weeks.  The $4 million project, 10,500-square-foot project was approved by the board of trustees last year. 

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    IU's Kelley Direct Among 'Best Online MBA Programs'

    The Kelley Direct Online MBA program at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business is ranked second place in an annual list from business news and education site Poets & Quants. The site evaluates 35 programs based on the quality of incoming students, an assessment of the MBA experience by graduates and career outcomes of alumni.

  • Indiana University Campus Children's Center is one of nine recipients (photo courtesy of IU)

    'Strong Start For Kindergarten' Prizes Awarded

    Nine Indiana schools and organizations have been named winners of the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize. Early Learning Indiana conducted the program to focus on finding ways to ensure children effectively transition to kndergarten. The new initiative was funded by an Indiana's Preschool Development Grant.  Early Learning Indiana received 55 entries from school districts, early-learning centers and non-profits in 24 Hoosier counties. 

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    Purdue Professor Pleads Guilty to $1.3M Fraud Case

    A Purdue University professor and his wife have pleaded guilty last week to using more than $1 million in federal research funds for their own personal expenses. Federal prosecutors say Qingyou Han of West Lafayette and his wife Lu Shao of Lakewood, Ohio pleaded guilty to a felony wire fraud charge in federal court in Hammond. 

  • Ruby, Rogerio, Nadine and Bianca Tregnago of Gaucho's Fire

    New Food Hall Tenants Announced at Bottleworks

    International fare is coming to Bottleworks as three more tenants have been announced for the Garage food hall. Abbiocco, Gaucho's Fire and Herculean Meal Prep will open in Phase 1 of the $300 million redevelopment of the former Coca-Cola bottling plant in Indianapolis next summer. 

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    B-Start Selects 2019 Startups

    A pre-accelerator program for entrepreneurs and early-stage startups in Bloomington has announced its 2019 cohort. Fourteen Monroe County startups will participate in B-Start's 5-month program.   The cohort will attend workshops to help develop business plans, prepare financial documents and understand fundraising and bootstrapping. B-Start is open to all Monroe County residents and is designed for entrepreneurs who want to take their creative busi...

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    Old National Hits Record Q3 Profit

    Evansville-based Old National Bancorp (Nasdaq: ONB) is reporting record third quarter net income of $69.8 million, up from $51.3 million during the same period last year. The results mark the second consecutive quarter of record profit for the bank.

  • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

    $60M Gift to Fund AI Center

    An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

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    Superior Ag 'Co-Partners' with Kentucky Company

    Huntingburg-based Superior Ag is joining forces with a Kentucky company. The agriculture cooperative says it has finalized what it calls a "co-partnership" with Central Kentucky Grain LLC, though financial details are not being released.

  • Tech

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      SupplyKick Moving to Former Angie's List Campus

      An Indianapolis-based tech company is moving from its location near Mass Ave to the former Angie's List campus. SupplyKick, which helps businesses optimize their retail presence on Amazon, says the decision to relocate to the area, now known as Elevator Hill, is the result of continued growth and the need for more office and warehouse space. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Vice President of Marketing Peter Lazarz said Elevator Hill was a great fit for the...

    • Survey shows many Indiana manufacturers want to grow but available workforce is limiting their growth.

      Survey: Need for Skilled Workers as Companies Continue to Automate

      A new report on the status of Indiana manufacturing indicates labor shortages are so bad it’s preventing some companies from expanding their business. Yet, many remain optimistic about growth and demand for their products. The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey, commissioned by Indianapolis-based accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, shows companies across the state are reporting a serious shortage of skilled and unskilled laborers. 

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      Startup Moves Into Zionsville Town Hall

      A Zionsville-based startup is expanding its presence in the Boone County town. 120WaterAudit has signed an agreement to lease space in the Zionsville Town Hall that is specifically dedicated to businesses from the zWORKS coworking space.

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  • Education

    • Indiana University Campus Children's Center is one of nine recipients (photo courtesy of IU)

      'Strong Start For Kindergarten' Prizes Awarded

      Nine Indiana schools and organizations have been named winners of the Strong Start for Kindergarten Prize. Early Learning Indiana conducted the program to focus on finding ways to ensure children effectively transition to kndergarten. The new initiative was funded by an Indiana's Preschool Development Grant.  Early Learning Indiana received 55 entries from school districts, early-learning centers and non-profits in 24 Hoosier counties. 

    • The IU School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering will now be named for Fred Luddy for his $60M gift. (photo courtesy James Brosher/IU)

      $60M Gift to Fund AI Center

      An Indiana University alumnus who founded the information technology firm, ServiceNow, has given his alma mater $60 million to establish an artificial intelligence center. The university says the gift from cloud-computing pioneer Fred Luddy is the second largest in the history of the IU.

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      Rose-Hulman to 'Top Out' Academic Building

      Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology will today hold a "topping out" ceremony for its $29 million academic building currently under construction. Crews will attach a steel beam to mark the highest point of the project, which is slated for completion ahead of the 2021-2022 academic year.

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  • Advanced Manufacturing & Logistics

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      UAW Agreement Heads for Member Vote

      The United Auto Workers union says the UAW GM National Council has approved a tentative labor agreement with General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM). The agreement must now be ratified by local UAW members nationwide and the union says workers will remain on strike until ratification.

    • Survey shows many Indiana manufacturers want to grow but available workforce is limiting their growth.

      Survey: Need for Skilled Workers as Companies Continue to Automate

      A new report on the status of Indiana manufacturing indicates labor shortages are so bad it’s preventing some companies from expanding their business. Yet, many remain optimistic about growth and demand for their products. The 2019 Indiana Manufacturing Survey, commissioned by Indianapolis-based accounting firm Katz, Sapper & Miller, shows companies across the state are reporting a serious shortage of skilled and unskilled laborers. 

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      Clif Bar Expands Indy Bakery

      California-based Clif Bar & Co. has completed a $10 million expansion of its commercial bakery in Indianapolis. The company says the project involved a more sustainable redesign of the facility for its employee-owners with a greater focus on energy efficiency.

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  • Life Sciences

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      Biomedical Firm to Expand in Plainfield

      Virginia-based LifeNet Health says it intends to expand its presence in Plainfield with the addition of more than 100 jobs. The biomedical firm says it is investing more than $18 million as it expands in Indiana. LifeNet Health’s 70,000-square-foot biologics logistics center is already operational and currently employs 45 people. The plan is to grow its staff by up to 127 employees by the end of 2023. Elaine Bedel, president of the Indiana Economic Development...

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      Jobs Announcement Set for Plainfield

      State and local officials will Tuesday make an economic development announcement in Plainfield. Few details are available, however the Indiana Economic Development Corp. says executives from Virginia-based nonprofit LifeNet Health will be in attendance.

    • IBRI is one of many life science organizations to collaborate for the new app

      Life Science Companies Launch Information Source

      Seven life science organizations in Indiana are collaborating on a one-stop shop for information, called INscience. BioCrossroads, Cook Regentec, Corteva Agriscience, Eli Lilly and Co., Indiana Biosciences Research Institute, Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Insititute and Roche Diagnostics have teamed to educate and engage Indiana's $78 billion life sciences economy. 

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  • Health

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      Indy Software Firm Helping Florida Health System

      Indianapolis-based medical software firm LifeOmic has developed a partnership with Florida-based healthcare system AdventHealth. LifeOmic's Precision Health Cloud is being used on two health initiatives for the health system to help patients to better understand their health.

    • Red Star announced plans to expand and add 18 jobs.

      Larwill Medical Device Maker to Expand, Add Jobs

      A Whitley County-based medical device maker has announced plans to expand its facility in Larwill which should mean new jobs. Red Star Contract Manufacturing Inc. says it will invest $1.6 million in real estate improvements and additional equipment and will create 18 new jobs by 2022. 

    • Francis Vigo Elementary

      New Telehealth Clinic in Vincennes

      A Vincennes elementary school is the latest in the state to receive a telehealth clinic from Indiana Rural Health Association. Medical personnel at Good Samaritan Hospital will now be able to remotely examine students at Francis Vigo Elementary while they're still at school. The 365 students will gain access to the clinic with prior parent/guardian consent. No student will be denied coverage due to a lack of ability to pay. 

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  • Ag INnovation

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      Superior Ag 'Co-Partners' with Kentucky Company

      Huntingburg-based Superior Ag is joining forces with a Kentucky company. The agriculture cooperative says it has finalized what it calls a "co-partnership" with Central Kentucky Grain LLC, though financial details are not being released.

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      Slow Harvest in Indiana, Mixed Yield Estimates

      As fall harvest rolls along across the Corn Belt, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has updated its predictions of the size of the nation’s corn and soybean crops. In Indiana, the data shows the state’s corn yield has improved, while soybeans dropped over the past month. 

    • ISDA Dir. Bruce Kettler attended the US-Japan Trade deal signing ceremony. (photo courtesy of Barb Green)

      Kettler: U.S., Japan Trade Deal to Benefit Hoosier Farmers

      The U.S. and Japan this week formally signed a trade agreement that will reduce or eliminate Japanese tariffs on multiple U.S. agricultural products, including beef, pork and corn. Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director Bruce Kettler attended the signing ceremony at the White House. 

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  • Kimberly Bostic

    Starfish Initiative Names President & CEO

    Starfish Initiative has named Kimberly Bostic president and chief executive officer. She previously served as Tocqueville Society director for the United Way of Central Indiana. 

  • Clark Greiner

    BEDC Names Director

    The Bloomington Economic Development Corp. has named Clark Greiner business development director. He most recently served as sales manager for Garden Tower Project. Greiner's earlier work included business development and planning coordination for the city of Columbus.  He also has more than a decade of experience in operations and manufacturing management.

  • Taylor Fontan

    Lewis Wagner Announces Promotion

    Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis has promoted Taylor Fontan to associate attorney in the firm’s business litigation group.  She previously served as a law clerk.  Fontan earned her J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law.  Prior to law school, Taylor graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor of arts in Spanish and political science.

  • Brian Payne

    Bloomington Nonprofit Names Executive Director

    Newly-formed CDFI Friendly Bloomington has hired its inaugural executive director. Brian Payne previously served as assistant director of the Economic and Sustainable Development Department for the city of Bloomington. Following a nationwide search, CDFI Friendly Bloomington’s hiring committee interviewed several candidates and selected Payne in July.  I 

  • Haley Oliver

    Purdue Honors Food Science Professor

    Purdue University has honored Haley Oliver with its 2019 Corinne Alexander Spirit of the Land-Grant Mission Award. She serves as associate professor of food science. Oliver has helped develop the food program at Herat University in Afghanistan and has partnered with multiple sectors to improve that region’s food production industry and raise a greater awareness of food safety. 

  • Regina Cross and Matt Renie

    Cathedral HS Adds Board Members

    Cathedral High School in Indianapolis has named Regina Cross (pictured) and Matt Renie (pictured) to its board of directors. Cross has led the investment management division at Goldman Sachs since 2011, serving out of their Chicago office. Prior to that, she served at Eli Lilly for seven years on the Neuroscience Business Unit. Cross graduated from Cathedral High School in 1998.  

  • Lucas Luebbehusen

    Commercial Office Adds Designer

    Indianapolis-based Commercial Office Environments has added Lucas Luebbehusen as a designer. He most recently served nine years as a product application specialist at OFS Brands in Huntingburg.  Luebbehusen graduated from Purdue University in 2010, earning a bachelor’s degree in interdisciplinary engineering studies.
  • Emilyn Whitesell

    Fairbanks Foundation Hires Director

    The Richard M. Fairbanks Foundation in Indianapolis has hired Emilyn Whitesell as director of learning and evaluation. She previously worked at Mathematica, where she directed projects and led research and evaluation tasks for federal, nonprofit and foundation clients. Whitesell is also a former Indianapolis Public Schools teacher and Teach For America corps member.   

  • Nadeena Frye

    Trine Names Nursing Program Director

    Trine University has named Nadeena Frye director of its new RN-to-BSN program, which will launch in fall 2020. She most recently served as dean of nursing for Ivy Tech Community College Northeast in Fort Wayne. Prior to that Frye served as staff development mentor for the northern Indiana district of Kindred Healthcare.  

  • Michael Schwarz

    KSM Consulting Names Director

     KSM Consulting in Indianapolis has named Michael Schwarz director of data analytics. He most recently served as executive director of information services at Indiana University Health.
  • Shannon McKinney

    Upper Hand Hires Engineer

    Indianapolis-based Upper Hand has hired Shannon McKinney as front-end engineer where she’ll be responsible for user interface development and transferring product requests into website implementation. She previously served as a software engineer at Angie's List.
  • Matt Lesher and David Gabovitch

    Leadership Changes at Browning

    Indianapolis-based Browning has named Matt Lesher (pictured) chief financial officer. He replaces David Gabovitch (pictured) who is stepping down after 36 years. Lesher most recently served as chief financial officer for Indiana firms Standard Locknut in Westfield. He earned a law degree at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and an undergraduate degree at IU’s Kelly School of Business.   

  • Daniel Meek

    Elevate Ventures Announces New Hire

    Elevate Ventures has hired Dan Meek as entrepreneur-in-residence in northeast Indiana. He most recently served as president for his consulting practice, Seneca Business Ventures in Columbus, OH. Prior to that Meek served as vice president of venture development and director of bioscience commercialization at Rev1 Ventures.
  • Melina Kennedy

    Cummins Promotes Kennedy to VP

    Cummins Inc. has promoted Melina Kennedy to the newly-created role of vice president for product compliance and regulatory affairs. During the last six years, she has led the company's various business markets, most recently serving as general manager and executive director of the pick-up truck business. Prior to that, Kennedy served as a partner at Baker & Daniels.  

  • Tony Hahn

    Vincennes Names VP

    Vincennes University has named Tony Hahn vice president of government relations. He previously served as director of state relations and policy analysis for Purdue University. Prior to that, Hahn served as deputy director and chief of staff in the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. He earned his bachelor’s degree in agribusiness management from Purdue in 1999. Hahn is also a graduate of the Indiana University School of Law. 
  • Jaci Lederman

    Vincennes Professor Wins Prestigious Award

    The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants has honored Vincennes University faculty member Jaci Lederman with the Academic Instructor Circle of Excellence award. She is chair and associate professor of the Information Technology Department. Lederman won the distinction due to her commitment to cybersecurity education.   

  • Rev. John Jenkins

    Notre Dame Elects Jenkins to New Term

    The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees has elected Rev. John Jenkins to another five-year term as president of the University. Jenkins was first elected in 2005. He’s the 17th Holy Cross priest to serve in that role of the 176-year-old school. Jenkins’ fourth term will begin immediately following the end of his current term on June 30, 2020.  

  • Michael Galbraith

    Galbraith Chosen to Lead Ft. Wayne District

    The Fort Wayne Downtown Improvement District has named Michael Galbraith as its new President and chief executive officer. Galbraith succeeds Bill Brown, who stepped down in July. Galbraith was chosen by a search committee made up of D.I.D. board members and stakeholders. Galbraith was most recently director of the Road to One Million at the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership.  

  • Brittany Sichting

    CHAMP Camp Hires Assistant Director

    CHAMP Camp in Indianapolis has hired Brittany Sichting as assistant director. She has over 12 years of experience, including working for the Damien Center, Step Up Inc., AmeriCorps and the Indiana State Department of Health. Sichting also works as an adjunct faculty member in the University of Indianapolis’ Sociology Department. 

  • Jeff Goddard

    AIT Bioscience Names CEO

    Indianapolis-based contract research organization AIT Bioscience has named Jeff Goddard chief executive officer and a member of the AIT Bioscience Board of Directors. Goddard is the company's current vice president of business development. The appointment follows the retirement of Terri Pascarelli, who previously held the CEO position since 2015.  " 

  • John McCreary

    STAR Bank's McCreary to Retire

    Fort- Wayne based STAR Bank has announced John McCreary will retire at the end of the year. He joined the bank in 2001 and most recently served as regional president. McCreary has spent the past 40 years in various leadership roles for First Internet Bank, Summit Bank of Indianapolis, NBD Bank of Dayton, Ameritrust National Bank and American Fletcher National Bank.          
  • James Danko

    Butler Extends Danko's Contract

    The Butler University Board of Trustees has extended the contract of President James Danko. Danko's contract now runs through August 2024. He was inaugurated in 2011 as the school's 21st president.  

  • Britt Sutton

    Red Cross Names Executive Director

    The American Red Cross has named Britt Sutton executive director for the central Indiana chapter. She most recently served as associate director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She has also worked as an applied behavioral analysis therapist for children with autism spectrum disorders.

  • Julie Perry and Samantha Alarie-Leca

    Boardable Hires VP, Director

    Indianapolis-based Boardable has hired Julie Perry as vice president of marketing and Samantha Alarie-Leca as director of customer success. Perry has more than 13 years of experience as a director of marketing and more than 20 years of experience in the marketing field. She has worked at BLASTmedia, BlueSky Technology Partners, Givelify and served as a marketing consultant with several other tech- and marine-industry companies.  

  • Kylie Wolf

    TPMA Adds Coordinator

    Thomas P. Miller and Associates has added Kylie Wolf as workforce ecosystem coordinator for EmployIndy. She previously served coaching job seekers with significant barriers at the John Boner Neighborhood Centers. Wolf also has experience with the Northwest Indiana Center of Workforce Innovations in adult education and youth employment services.  

  • Jim Barnes

    enVista CEO Named to U.S. Auto Parts Board

    Jim Barnes, chief operating officer and co-found of en Vista has been appointed to the U.S. Auto Parts board of directors. He has 25 years of experience in the auto parts supply chain and logistics industry.

  • Andrianna Hji-Avgoustis

    RJL Solutions Hires Director

    RJL Solutions in Terre Haute has hired Hji-Avgoustis as director of government relations. She previously served as a legislative assistant for the Indiana Senate Majority. Hji-Avgoustis is a graduate of Indiana University where she received a bachelor’s degree studying law and public policy. She is currently finishing a master of public administration with a concentration in environmental policy and sustainability. 

  • Kelli Lawrence

    Onyx+East Names CEO

    Residential developer Onyx+East, a spinoff from Indianapolis-based Milhaus, has hired its new chief executive officer. Kelli Lawrence most recently spent 6 years as a principal partner of Cityscape Residential, a development and construction firm specializing in luxury multi-family communities throughout the Midwest. Since its spinoff in 2015, Indy-based Onyx+East has completed 12 for-sale housing projects in Carmel, Bloomington, Indianapolis and Florida.   

  • Katie Pourcho

    Danville Teacher Earns Top Honor

    The Indiana Department of Education has named Katie Pourcho 2020 Teacher of the Year. She teaches art to students in kindergarten through second grade at North Elementary School in the Danville Community School Corporation. Pourcho is a graduate of Ball State University with a bachelor of arts in visual art education.

  • Tamika Cacthings

    Indiana Wesleyan Honors Catchings

    Indiana Wesleyan University has chosen Tamika Catchings as the 2020 inductee into the Society of World Changers. The four-time Olympic gold medalist and former Indiana Fever WNBA All-Star will be formally inducted during a special convocation in March. Catchings currently serves as director of player programs and franchise development by Pacer’s Sports & Entertainment, Inc. 
  • Leslie Smith

    Damar Services Adds Board Member

    Damar Service Inc. has named Leslie Smith to its board of directors. She serves as executive director of alumni engagement at DePauw University.
  • Jeffrey James

    Langham Names Director

    Indianapolis-based Langham Logistics, Inc. has named Jeffrey James director of regulated cold chain services. He previously served as relationship manager for clinical supply chain at Axelon Services Corp. based out of New York. James will work out of the company's location outside of Philadelphia. He holds an MBA from Temple University.   
  • Matt Winter

    Merchants Hires Chief Architect

    Carmel-based Merchants Capital has hired Matt Winter as chief architect at the company's Chicago office. He previously served an architectural and construction consultant at GTG Consultants.
  • James Frye

    Correctional Facility Announces Promotion

    The Miami Correctional Facility in Bunker Hill has promoted James Frye to community engagement coordinator and public information officer. He has served 17 years, most recently as correctional lieutenant.
  • Lauren Petersen and Johna Norton

    United Way Names New Board Members

    United Way of Central Indiana has elected Lauren Petersen (pictured) and Johna Norton (pictured) its newest board members. Petersen currently serves as TechPoint’s senior director of relationship management. She graduated summa cum laude from Ball State University in 2011 where she earned a bachelor’s degree in urban planning and development. Norton serves senior vice president, Global Quality for Eli Lilly and Co.  

  • Dittoe Announces Promotions

    Indianapolis-based Dittoe Public Relations has promoted Mallory Sturgeon (pictured) to director of accounts and Madisen Petrosky to senior account manager. Sturgeon most recently served as senior account manager. Petrosky previously served as account executive.
  • Cory Childs

    Intelligent Fiber Promotes Childs

    Intelligent Fiber Network has promoted Cory Childs to vice president of carrier sales and business development. He most recently served as director of sales. 

  • Amy Brown

    Springbuk VP Finalist for Prestigious Award

    Indianapolis-based Springbuk has announced vice president of health and intelligence Amy Brown has been named a finalist for female executive of the year for the 16th annual Stevie Awards for Women in Business. She has served at the company for two years. The awards honor women executives, entrepreneurs, employees and the companies they run – worldwide. 
  • Caroline Voelz

    Coles Hires Social Media Manager

    Coles Marketing in Indianapolis has hired Caroline Voelz as social media manager. She most recently served as marketing and social media coordinator at Riverview Health. Voelz holds a bachelor's degree in public relations from Ball State University.
  • Gretchen Miller

    Trine Promotes Miller

    Trine University in Angola is promoting Gretchen Miller to the newly-created position of vice president for administration/chief of staff. Miller most recently served as assistant to the president and chief of staff at the university. Miller will be responsible for leading and coordinating activities of the Office of the President and serving as a member of the president's administration team.  

  • Michael Baye

    IU Professor Appointed to Consumer Council

    A professor of business economics from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business has been appointed to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s Academic Research Council.  In that role, Michael Baye will advise CFPB leaders. This bureau is a U.S. government agency that makes sure banks, lenders, and other financial companies are treating consumers fairly.  

  • Leigh Riley Evans

    Mapleton Fall Creek CEO Stepping Down

    Indianapolis-based Mapleton Fall Creek Development Corp.Chief Executive Officer Leigh Riley Evans has announced she is stepping down from the organization. She will remain in her current role and continue in a project management capacity through the end of November to ensure a smooth transition. Evans has served as CEO since 2011.
  • Jamie Underwood

    Underwood Joins Cambridge Capital

    Cambridge Capital Management Corp. in Indianapolis has named Jamie Underwood executive assistant. She has worked in customer service positions for Best Lock, Poly One Packaging and WestPoint Home of Daleville.
  • Caregiver Homes of Indiana Promotes Director

    Caregiver Homes of Indiana has promoted Melanie Morris as its new Indiana Director of Operations. Morris is the former Northeast Indiana District Manager. She formerly worked in case management at St. Vincent Ascension Health. Morris holds an MBA from Anderson University and a Bachelor of Social Work from Ball State University. 
  • Jim Strenski

    Paganelli Law Group Adds Strenski

    Paganelli Law Group in Carmel has added Jim Strenski to the firm. He most recently served as a partner at Cantrell Strenski + Mehringer, where he practiced for 10 years. Before that, he was a member of the litigation department of Bingham McHale, where he regularly represented insurance companies and their insureds in insurance coverage, bad faith and third-party liability litigation.

  • Malcolm Winkler

    IU Researcher Awarded Grant

    An Indiana University microbiologist has been awarded a $3.3 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to look for vulnerabilities in the cell wall of bacterial pathogens, including a well-known  "superbug."  The "superbug" is responsible for pneumonia, bacterial meningitis, and other diseases. It has developed antibiotic resistance and is increasing at what IU professor Malcolm Winkler calls an alarming rate.  

  • Heidi Amspaugh

    NAMA Names Amspaugh President

    The National Association of Municipal Advisors has named Heidi Amspaugh president. She currently serves as director at Baker Tilly’s Municipal Advisory practice in Indianapolis.
  • Chrissy Vasquez and Adam Ramsey

    Indy Reads Adds Staff

    Indy Reads Books has hired Chrissy Vasquez (pictured) as chief development officer to oversee marketing, development and the store. Also, Adam Ramsey (pictured) has been named manager of engagement, specializing in story telling through video and social media. Vasquez previously served as executive director and vice president of operations for Back on My Feet.  

  • Brock Spire

    Gibson Names Director

    Indianapolis-based Gibson has named Brock Squire director of strategic initiatives. He previously served as chief operating officer for employee benefits at Lockton Mountain West. Squire holds a bachelor's degree in accounting from Indiana University.

  • Bill McCuen

    American Structurepoint Hires McCuen

    American Structurepoint in Indianapolis has hired Bill McCuen as senior designer. He most recently served as director of design at KAI Design in St. Louis. McCuen worked with large multicultural teams designing schools and campuses for United Nations missions in the Middle East and Somalia. His international work also includes projects in China, Yemen, Lithuania and Russia.  

  • Ryan Mears

    Mears Elected Prosecutor

    Democratic Party precinct committepersons have elected Ryan Mears Marion County Prosecutor. He has served in an acting role since Terry Curry's resignation last month. Prior to that, Mears served as chief deputy trial prosecutor.

  • Peter Embri

    Regenstrief Leader Chosen to Serve on National Board

    Regienstrief Institute president and chief executive officer Peter Embí has been chosen to serve on the National Advisory Council for the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. He is a nationally recognized leader in the field of clinical and translational research informatics, with a particular interest in learning health systems.

  • Phillip Smith

    Rothberg Logan Warsco Add Associate

    Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP in Fort Wayne has announced Phillip Smith II has become named associate. He received his bachelor of science in American Legal Studies as well as Environmental Engineering from the United States Military Academy. Following his military service, Smith earned his Juris Doctor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. 

  • Hope Hampton

    Project Home Indy Names Executive Director

    Project Home Indy has named Hope Hampton executive director. The organization serves teen mothers and their children on the path to self-sufficiency. Hampton previously served as executive director for the Indiana Neighborhood Resource Center.  

  • Bill Farkas

    Eskenazi Health Foundation Names VP

    The Eskenazi Health Foundation has named William Farkas vice president of major gifts. He most recently served as chief operating officer of Lambda Chi Alpha International Fraternity. Prior to that, Farkas served in various executive fundraising positions at Butler University, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University and Western Washington University. He is a graduate of Butler University.
  • Mark Marchino

    University of Evansville Names Director

    The University of Evansville has named Mark Marchino director of clinical education in the doctor of physical therapy program. He most recently served as executive director of practice operations at Good Samaritan Hospital in Vincennes.  

  • John Phipps

    BKD Hires Tech Coordinator

    BKD in Indianapolis has hired John Phipps as technology coordinator. He previously served as technical support analyst at Mutual Bank. Phipps has a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University in political science – international relations.

  • Brad Gillum

    Willow Marketing CEO Appointed to Council

    The Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education has appointed Brad Gillum as advisory board member on its executive council. He is founder & chief executive officer of Willow Marketing in Indianapolis.

  • Morgan Saltsgiver

    Saltsgiver Honored

    The National Association of Women in Construction has named Morgan Saltsgiver Foremost Leader for North Central Region. She serves as director of brownfields and agriBusiness for EnviroForensics in Indianapolis.

  • Scott Collins

    Woodard Emhardt Announces Promotion

    Woodard, Emhardt, Henry, Reeves & Wagner, LLP in Indianapolis promoted Scott Collins to associate. He has served as a law clerk since 2018. Prior to joining the firm, Collins worked for a startup software company conducting corporate and intellectual property legal research to determine the how to best protect the company’s IP assets.    
  • Emily Winship and Jessica Rohn

    State Museum Adds Three

    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has hired Emily Winship (pictured) as web and digital communication manager and Jessica Rohn (pictured) as database and prospect research manager. Also, Andrea Eberle joins the museum as executive assistant to the president and CEO. Winship most recently served as marketing specialist at Barrett & Stokely Management.  

  • Milele Kennedy

    OPHS Announces Coordinator

    The Office of Public Health and Safety in Indianapolis has named Milele Kennedy as food policy and program coordinator. She previously served as USDA food programs grant manager for Indy Parks, a role focused on managing state and federal food program dollars while creating partnerships with local organizations to feed hungry youth in Marion County.  

  • Stacy Atkinson

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    Ivy Tech Community College has promoted Stacy Atkinson to chancellor for the Richmond campus and Connersville site. She has been serving in acting capacity since July. Atkinson has also been serving as vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Richmond campus.  

  • Ryan Schneider

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    Anthem has named Ryan Schneider to its board of directors. He is chief executive officer for Realogy Holdings Corporation based in Madison, New Jersey.  Prior to that, Schneider served as president for Capital One’s card division, where he was responsible for U.S., U.K. and Canada credit card businesses.
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    Primaria Health, a primary care-focused provider, has hired Marty O'Neill as its chief executive officer and president. In his new role, O'Neill will oversee more than 130 employees at Primaria, a joint venture between Indianapolis-based Community Health Network and Chicago primary care provider VillageMD.   

  • Brent Rockwood

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    A current executive with the Indiana Pacers organization and a Butler University alum will become the next chief of staff for the university.  Brent Rockwood has been named to the post where he will serve as a vice president and cabinet member for university President James Danko. “I am extremely pleased to welcome Brent back to Butler as a key member of our leadership team,” said Danko.  

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    American Senior Communities has named Steve Van Camp chief financial officer. He served most recently as CFO of Consulate Health Care based in Atlanta, GA. He has 25 years of financial executive experience. 

  • Sharon Watkins and Dennis Sasso

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    Christian Theological Seminary in Indianapolis has announced Reverend Sharon Watkins (pictured) and Rabbi Dennis Sasso (pictured) as board members.  Watkins is director of Truth and Racial Justice Initiative at the National Council of Churches and past general minister and President of the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ). Sasso has served as senior rabbi of Congregation Beth-El Zedeck since 1977 

  • Mitch Donick

    DOC Announces Promotion

    The Indiana Department of Correction has promoted Mitch Donick to deputy director of operations for the parole services division. He has over 20 years of experience in law enforcement, corrections and protective services. Donick began his career in 2003 as an officer at Putnamville Correctional Facility. In 2013 he became a parole agent at the Bloomington Parole District.  

  • Moira Carlstedt,

    INHP Leader Honored

    The Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis has awarded Moira Carlstedt with the 2019 Community Spirit Award. She serves as president and CEO of Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership. She also serves as a board member for a variety of organizations including Citizens Energy Group, the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, and the Indiana Latino Institute.
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    Power House Youth Center in New Haven has named Jonah Crismore executive director. He has served other nonprofit organizations in leadership roles, such as at the Embassy Theatre and Fort Wayne Cinema Center, where he was executive director from 2012-2017.
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    Carmel-based CNO Financial Group has named Pat Casey (pictured) vice president and chief technology officer and Wha-Ning Doo (pictured) vice president of annuity valuation. Casey most recently served as the vice president of IT infrastructure and operations at Brunswick Corporation. Prior to this role, he was the vice president of IT infrastructure and operations for Delhaize America, OfficeMax, CNA Insurance and The Northern Trust Company.  

  • Ben Risinger

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    Indianapolis-based Imaging Office Systems has hired Ben Risinger to help lead the company's marketing and public relations efforts. He previously served as new media and community relations specialist for Mary Free Bed Rehabilitation Hospital Network in Grand Rapids, MI. From 2010 until 2013 Risinger was “Big Ben” of DoItIndy, a bi-weekly segment on the Fox 59 WXIN Morning Show in Indianapolis.  

  • Andrew Jones

    Franklin College Appoints VP

    Franklin College has appointed Andrew Jones vice president for campus life and dean of students. With more than 20 years of higher education experience, Jones comes to the university from Illinois College where he has served as associate provost and dean of student success since 2014. He has also served as founding director for the college’s Center for Academic Excellence beginning in 2008.   

  • Stephen Cox

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    Governor Eric Holcomb he has named Stephen Cox to serve as Indiana state fire marshal. He replaces Jim Greeson who retired in September. Cox has served with the South Bend Fire Department for 26 years, including 12 years in executive leadership. He served in the U.S. Army as a combat medic during Desert Shield and Desert Storm.  

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    Zimmer Biomet has hired Carrie Nichol as Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer. Nichol previously served as Senior Vice President, Controller and Chief Accounting Officer of Endo International plc. She also was Senior VP and Controller at Haas Group. Nichol is a licensed certified accountant and holds degrees from Widener University and Villanova University.

  • Karen Laine

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    Karen Laine, well known for her part in the mother-daughter duo rehabbing homes in Indianapolis' Fountain Square neighborhood is taking a step back from the company. Laine says she is retiring from day-to-day operations as co-owner of Two Chicks and a Hammer Inc., but will still be a part of the HGTV show that centers on the duo, Good Bones.

  • Greg Clapp

    Farmers Bank Promotes Clapp

    The Farmers Bank in Frankfort has promoted Greg Clapp to assistant vice president and trust investment officer. He joined the bank in November 2015 as trust investment officer and has more than 31 years of experience in the financial services industry. Clapp received his bachelor of science degree in operations management and an MBA in business management from Bradley University. 
  • Bill Shrewsberry

    Shrewsberry Receives Whistler Award

    The Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee (GIPC) and Mayor Joe Hogsett have named Bill Shrewsberry the winner of the 2019 Charles L. Whistler Award. The annual award recognizes individuals who, outside the regular duties of their chosen professions, have brought together the public and private sectors for civic improvement in Indianapolis.  

  • Patrick Talty and Heather O'Brien

    ISC Names COO, Manager

    The Indiana Sports Corp has named Patrick Talty (pictured) chief operating officer and Heather O'Brien (pictured) ticket sales and event coordinator. Talty has more than 20 years of experience in the event and venue management industry and most recently served as general manager of U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis. O'Brien previously served at adidas as a brand support specialist.

  • Jill Saegesser

    Wheatley Group Hires VP

    The Wheatley Group in Sellersburg has hired Jill Saegesser as vice president of redevelopment and grant services. She most recently served as executive director of River Hills Economic Development District and Regional Planning Commission (River Hills), serving the local units of government within the southern Indiana counties of Clark, Floyd, Harrison, Scott and Washington.  

  • Jon Vickers

    IU Searching for Cinema Director

    Indiana University has begun its search to replace Jon Vickers as cinema director. He has served as founding director since 2010. Vickers intends to remain in Bloomington and pursue other business ventures. Over his more than 25 years in the business, he has overseen the final construction and launch of three film venues and programs in the Midwest, all of which have gained some level of national reputation.  

  • Lucas White

    Bankers Association Elects Chair

    The Indiana Bankers Association has elected Lucas White chairman of its board of directors. He serves as president of The Fountain Trust Company in Covington. White earned a bachelor’s degree from Indiana University and a JD from the IU Maurer School of Law at Bloomington as Order of the Coif. He has also completed the graduate school of banking at the University of Wisconsin.  

  • Jake Zupancic

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    Damar Services in Indianapolis has named Jake Zupancic to its board of directors. He currently serves as vice president of sales at LightBound.
  • Leah Curry

    Toyota Indiana Makes Leadership Change

    Toyota North American Operations has named Leah Curry president of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana. She previously served as president of the company's operations in West Virginia.  

  • Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows and Candace Chapman

    Indiana Landmarks Names Directors

    Indiana Landmarks has elected Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows (pictured) and Candace Chapman (pictured) as directors. Baskerville-Burrows serves as bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis. Chapman serves as executive director of Downtown Evansville Development Corp.  

  • Stacy Payne Miller

    Chamber Names Executive Director

    The Indy Chamber has hired strategic planning expert and community leader Stacy Payne Miller as the Executive Director of Anchor Institution Strategies. She most recently served as chief operating officer at Ronald McDonald House Charities of Central Indiana. Prior to that, she served as chief operations officer at Reach For Youth, Inc.
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    Alerding CPA Announces Promotions

    Alerding CPA Group in Indianapolis has promoted Tyler Kleinschmidt (pictured) and Justin Schwartz (pictured) to audit supervisors. Kleinschmidt is a graduate of Marian University and has served since 2012.  Schwartz has served since 2013 and graduated from Millikin University. The firm also promoted Jessica Bradley and James Koglin to tax seniors and Hannah Medler to audit senior.  

  • David Ober

    IURC Commissioner Appointed to National Board

    The National Regulatory Research Institute has appointed Indiana Utility Regulatory Commissioner David Ober to its board of directors.  

  • Rob Pruitt and James Poore

    500 Festival Announces Board Changes

    The 500 Festival has named Rob Pruitt (pictured) chair and James Poore (pictured) vice chair of its 2019-2020 board of directors. Also, Kevin Pastoor has been named secretary and Melissa Proffitt treasurer. Pruitt serves as regional managing partner at BKD, while Poore owns and operates MATCH Corp. which controls several McDonald's restaurants in Indianapolis.  

  • Terry Anker

    Ivy Tech Names Board Chair

    The Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees has named Terry Anker (pictured) chair.  Also, Stephanie Wade has been named vice-chair and Andrew Wilson secretary. Anker serves as chairman of The Anker Consulting Group in Carmel.  Wade is an attorney at the Law Office of Stephanie Wade. while Wilson is president and principal auctioneer/broker at William Wilson Auction Realty.
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    The Farmers Bank has promoted Carroll Valentino to Vice President/Risk Management Officer. Valentino joined the bank in March 2005 and has been an active CPA since 1992. She has over 30 years experience in the banking industry specializing in external and internal auditing. Valentino holds a degree from Purdue University. 
  • Christopher Miller

    Enbi Names CEO

    Shelbyville-based Enbi Global Inc., a manufacturer of precision rollers, insulation, gaskets and sealing technologies has named Christopher Miller its chief executive officer. Miller previously served as vice president of the North America and APAC regions of software company Esko, a Danaher Company (NYSE: DHR). Miller has nearly 17 years of experience in a broad scope of areas.  

  • David Fischer

    Gregory and Appel Names CRO

    Gregory & Appel Insurance in Indianapolis named David Fischer chief revenue officer. He previously served in a similar role at Seven Corners in Carmel.  After serving eight years as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corp, Fischer spent twelve years in the high-tech public sector with an emphasis on international sales providing manufacturing software solutions to the Fortune 100. He has spent the last fourteen years in the private sector.  
  • Greg Stewart

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    Frakes Engineering in Indianapolis has named Greg Stewart to its board of trustees. He serves as President at SENTELLIGENCEone.
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    Bell Techlogix in Indianapolis has hired Shawn Moore (pictured) as director of global field services. He previously served as chief executive officer at Moore Talent Solutions in Austin, TX.  Moore holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration and management from Park University and an MBA from Jack Welch Management Institute.  

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    The Indiana Barn Foundation has elected Kent Yeager president. He has served on the board since it was founded in 2014. The foundation is a nonprofit seeking to restore local Hoosier barns for education, culture and aesthetic value.
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    Governor Eric Holcomb has selected Col. R. Dale Lyles to serve as adjutant general of the Indiana National Guard. He most recently served as deputy chief of staff for operations at the National Guard Bureau in Washington, D.C. During his time in Indiana, Lyles served director of Atterbury Muscatatuck operations, commander of the 219th Engineer Brigade and commander of Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.  

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