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  • TV Sports Anchor Receives 2017 Pathfinder Award

    The Indiana Sports Corp has named a well-known Indianapolis sports anchor its 2017 Pathfinder Award winner. WISH-TV Sports Director Anthony Calhoun was honored Thursday at the annual State of Sports event at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in the city's downtown. The Evansville native is the 30th winner of the award.

  • Indiana Connected By 25 Elects Two Board Members

    Nonprofit Indiana Connected By 25 has elected Dan Larner and Megan Robertson to the organization’s board of directors. Larner is an executive director and investment team lead at J.P. Morgan Private Bank. Robertson is president and owner of FrontRunner Strategies, a political consulting and issue advocacy firm. 

  • Dick Giromini to Retire From Wabash National

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. has announced Chief Executive Officer Richard Giromini (pictured) will step down in June. Brent Yeagy, current president and chief operating officer, will become president and CEO. Mike Pettit has been appointed senior vice president and group president, Final Mile Products. Also, Mark Weber, president and chief executive officer of the company’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Supreme Industries Inc., is stepping down.

  • Board Set For State's New RDA

    The board of directors for Indiana's newest regional development authority is now in place. The boards of commissioners for Clark, Floyd, Jefferson, Scott and Washington counties have chosen five regional leaders to serve on the board for Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority. The RDA is the eighth of its kind in the state and the first to be established since 2015.

  • Router Ventures Founder Joins High Alpha

    Indianapolis-based High Alpha, a leading venture studio, has added Jeff Slobotski as an entrepreneur in residence. Based in Omaha, Nebraska, he is a nationally recognized investor and entrepreneur who founded Router Ventures in 2014 and co-founded Silicon Prairie News and Big Omaha. Slobotski will continue to serve as managing partner at Router Ventures, a seed stage venture firm whose portfolio includes High Alpha Studio companies Quantifi and Zylo.

  • Managed Health Services Appoints VP

    Managed Health Services has appointed Jill Claypool vice president of network development and contracting. She previously served as director of Medicaid risk for Indiana University Health Plans, which included P&L management for the Medicaid line of business.

  • Regions Financial Corp. Names President

    John Turner Jr. (pictured) has been promoted to president of Regions Bank and Regions Financial Corp. He most recently served as a senior executive vice president, a member of the bank’s executive council and head of Regions’ corporate banking group. Turner is also responsible for corporate strategic planning and will remain head of the Corporate Banking Group.

  • Endangered Species Chocolate Hires Marketing Chief

    Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate has hired Tod Dalberg as director of brand & marketing. He previously served as vice president at Simon Property Group. In his new role, Dalberg is responsible for developing all brand and marketing opportunities for the natural chocolate company. He has more than 25 years of marketing and business development experience to the company.

  • Cushman & Wakefield Adds to Team

    Cushman & Wakefield has named Abigail Sievers an industrial brokerage associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. She specializes in tenant representation. Sievers previously worked for Colliers International. She is actively involved with the National Association of Realtors, Indiana Commercial Board of REALTORS, Indianapolis Commercial Real Estate Women and NAIOP, Commercial Real Estate Development Association.

  • Music For All Promotes Sternberg to Manager

    Music for All, one of the nation’s largest and most influential organizations in support of active music-making, has promoted Mark Sternberg to events manager. He has been a part of the events team since 2013, first as an events coordinator and most recently senior events coordinator. Also, Sternberg previously served as a band director and music teacher in central Indiana for 10 years.

  • Ice Miller Attorney Selected For LCLD Pathfinder Program

    Ice Miller LLP has selected attorney Charles Bush as its 2018 Leadership Council on Legal Diversity Pathfinder. The LCLD Pathfinder Program is designed for diverse, high-potential, early career attorneys at LCLD Member organizations. Bush is an attorney in the firm's labor and employment group.

  • Midwest Urban Strategies Consortium Selects Treasurer

    Linda Woloshansky has been selected to serve as treasurer of the Midwest Urban Strategies Consortium. She is president and chief executive officer the Center of Workforce Innovations. Midwest Urban Strategies Consortium is made up of 13 workforce boards serving urban areas in the midwest.

  • The Farmers Bank Promotes Doyle

    The Farmers Bank has promoted Grant Doyle to consumer loan officer. He will work at the Lebanon office. Doyle started at the bank as a float teller in 2015. He has more than three years of banking experience.

  • IU Health Physicians Names President

    David Ingram (pictured) has been named president of Indiana University Health Physicians. He is currently chief medical officer of the physician group and a longtime faculty member in pediatrics at IU School of Medicine. Ingram will replace John Fitzgerald, the founding executive of IU Health Physicians, who is taking on the new role of senior vice president of population health for IU Health.

  • State Museum Promotes Two

    The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has promoted Beth Van Why to chief officer of engagement. She has been with the museum since 2015 and most recently served as vice president of exhibitions. Also, Susannah Koerber has been promoted to chief curator and research officer. She previously served as senior vice president of collections and interpretation.

  • Allison Transmission Promotes Szalavari

    Allison Transmission has promoted Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing. He will be instrumental in driving growth through ongoing implementation and refinement of the company's marketing strategy. He joined Allison in February as director global marketing information and product strategy, with a focus on international and domestic business activities and commercial sales agreements.

  • MIBOR Names Political Affairs Manager

    The MIBOR REALTOR Association has named Tres York political affairs manager. He will serve as the liaison with the MIBOR RPAC Trustees and coordinate the candidate evaluation and endorsement process for all county and municipal offices. York previously served as a legislative assistant for the Indiana House of Representatives. Prior to that he served as a field representative and staff assistant for U.S. Representative Luke Messer.

  • Top Indiana Execs Named to CICP Board

    The Central Indiana Corporate Partnership has added several big names to its board of directors. They include Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay, University of Notre Dame President John Jenkins and Warsaw-based Lake City Bank Chief Executive Officer David Findlay (pictured). The rest of the new board members are: Scott Beck, Rick Fuson, Bruce King and Michael Packnett.

  • Purdue's Garimella Elected Fellow of National Academy of Inventor

    Suresh Garimella has been elected a fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. He is Purdue University's executive vice president for research and partnerships and the R. Eugene & Susie E. Goodson Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering. Fellows of the NAI are inventors, nominated by their peers, for outstanding contributions in patents, licensing, noteworthy discovery, significant effect on society and support and enhancement of innovation.

  • Indiana Michigan Power Adds to Team

    Indiana Michigan Power has named Schnee Garrett-Garcia (pictured) senior communications consultant. She will play a key role in disseminating information to South Bend/Elkhart and Michigan area media and the public. Maggie Beggs (pictured) has been named community affairs manager for the South Bend/Elkhart and Michigan areas. Also, Tirthak Saha, was named to Forbes Magazine’s "30 Under 30 – Energy" for 2018.

  • Go Electric Hires Energy Industry Vet as VP

    Anderson-based Go Electric Inc., an emerging leader of energy resiliency and microgrid solutions, has named Coryn DeGrands vice president of sales and marketing. She is a former sales and operations executive for energy management solutions manufacturers including Emerson Electric, Siemens Industry and Johnson Controls.

  • Community Health Names South Region President

    Community Health Network has promoted David Kiley to south region president. He has been with Community for 25 years. Kiley practiced as an ob/gyn for more than 20 years at Community Hospital North. He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Arizona State University, graduated from Indiana University School of Medicine and he holds a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Indianapolis.

  • Former EPA Official Joins IU McKinney Faculty

    Janet McCabe has been appointed a professor of practice at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a former U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Clean Air administrator. McCabe served as principal deputy and from 2013-2017 as acting assistant administrator, playing a lead role in framing, shaping and implementing Clean Air Act standards, including the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards and the Clean Power Plan and Ozone standards.

  • Mayor Henry Promotes Gunawardena to Director

    Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry has promoted Shan Gunawardena to director of Public Works. He has served as city engineer since 2012 and began his service with the city in 2007 and has held positions of traffic engineer and assistant city engineer. Gunawardena also has experience as senior transportation engineer and project manager with Bonar Group and seven years of service with the Indiana Department of Transportation in leadership positions.

  • Domestic Violence Network Adds to Team

    The Domestic Violence Network has hired Kelsey Gurganus as director of research and evaluation. Colleen Curtin (pictured) has been hired as youth program coordinator. Also, Cecily Johnson (pictured) has been named training services coordinator.

  • Indiana Chamber Names Baldwin Board Chair

    The Indiana Chamber of Commerce has named Chuck Baldwin chairman of its board of directors for 2018. He is one of two managing directors of the Ogletree Deakins law firm. Baldwin has more than 25 years of experience in labor and employment law. He began serving on the Indiana Chamber board and various committees in 2000.

  • Cripe Promotes Barrett to Manager

    Indianapolis-based Cripe has promoted Kristen Barrett to project manager. She is currently a member of Cripe's Medical Equipment Planning team.

  • Conner Prairie Names Chief Marketing Officer

    Conner Prairie  has named Susana Suarez vice president-chief marketing officer. She was previously a member of Governor Eric Holcomb’s senior executive team, having served in several positions, including executive director of strategic communications and the administration’s Neuro-Diagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center, a division of Indiana’s Family and Social Services Administration.

  • New Executive Director at Grissom Air Museum

    The Grissom Air Museum has a new executive director. Tom Jennings (pictured) most recently served as director of operations for the Indiana State Museum in Indianapolis. He succeeds Jim Price, who left the position after seven years to become director of development with United Way of Cass County. Jennings's experience includes nearly 30 years of experience in the visitor service space, with previous positions at the Toledo Zoo and the Henry Ford Museum.

  • Girl Scouts of Central Indiana Names CEO

    Girl Scouts of Central Indiana has named Danielle Shockey chief executive officer beginning January 1. The Girl Scout alumna most recently served as deputy superintendent of public instruction for the Indiana Department of Education. In that role, she was at the forefront of Indiana K-12 education, supporting the creation of an education system of equity and high-quality for more than one million students.

  • Johnson Named Police Chief at IUPUI

    Doug Johnson has been promoted to chief of the Indiana University Police Department at IUPUI. He will lead more than 50 full-time and part-time uniformed officers and detectives beginning January 1. Johnson began his IUPD career in 2012, assigned to Indiana University-Purdue University Columbus for two years before transitioning to deputy chief of the IUPD-Bloomington division.

  • IU Announces Next International Affairs VP

    Indiana University has named Hannah Buxbaum its next vice president for international affairs. She has been part of the IU Maurer School of Law faculty for 20 years and currently serves as chair in Legal Ethics. Buxbaum succeeds David Zaret, who has held the position since 2011 and will retire in June. She is also academic director of the IU Europe Gateway office in Berlin.

  • Indiana Bond Bank Names Executive Director

    The Indiana Bond Bank has named Mark Wuellner executive director. He previously served as the lieutenant governor’s deputy chief of staff and deputy executive director of the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

  • Ontario Systems Selects Harrington President

    Muncie-based Ontario Systems, a leading software provider to the healthcare revenue cycle management, accounts receivable management  and government markets, has selected Jason Harrington (pictured) president. He succeeds Co-founder Ron Fauquher, who will continue to serve in his capacity as CEO. Harrington previously served as senior vice president and chief revenue officer.

  • South Bend Regional Chamber Details Exec Changes

    The executive director of Visit South Bend Mishawaka is taking on an additional leadership position with the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rob DeCleene will succeed Paul Laskowski, who is retiring at the end of the year, as the chamber's executive vice president. VSBM is an affiliate of the chamber where DeCleene has worked for more than seven years. Mari Bishop (pictured) has also been promoted from controller to director of operations.

  • IURTC Taps Launch Fishers VP Jason Whitney

    The Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. has selected a big name in the Indiana coworking space community to join its ranks. The organization has named Jason Whitney, former vice president of Launch Fishers and general manager of Launch Indiana, manager of strategic partnerships. Prior to joining Launch Fishers, Whitney spent more than four years as executive director of the Richmond Innovation Center.

  • UIndy Hires Executive Director of Facilities

    The University of Indianapolis has named Layne Maloney executive director of facilities. She leads all construction, operations and maintenance functions for the growing University, home to more than 5,500 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral students. Maloney most recently served as director of facilities for the Galen College of Nursing, where she was responsible for strategic planning and operational oversight of campus facilities in Kentucky, Ohio, Florida and Texas.

  • Cummins Exec Retiring After 36 Years

    Cummins Inc. has announced Ed Pence, vice president of strategic initiatives, is retiring after 36 years with the company. He began his career at Cummins in purchasing, which he credits for helping him learn about the company’s products and operations. Most recently, Pence played a key role in restructuring that led to High Horsepower’s merging with Cummins Power Generation to become Cummins Power Systems.

  • Galindo Named to State Commission on Hispanic And Latino Affairs

    The city of Fort Wayne’s Community Liaison, Palermo Galindo, has been appointed to the Indiana Commission on Hispanic and Latino Affairs by Senate President Pro Tempore David Long. Galindo has worked for the city of Fort Wayne for almost nine years. In his role, he supports and advocates for the city’s multicultural residents, as well as works with neighborhood leaders to improve the quality of life in their communities.

  • Well Done Marketing Hires Account Executive

    Luke Burkhart has joined Well Done Marketing as an account executive. He has worked in the advertising and marketing industry since 2011. Burkhart is a certified partner of Yext and Buffer.

  • Fever Name Sides Assistant Coach

    The Indiana Fever has named veteran college, international and WNBA coach Christie Sides assistant coach. She most recently served as associate head coach at Northwestern University. Sides also spent six seasons as assistant coach with the Chicago Sky, alongside current Fever Head Coach and General Manager Pokey Chatman. Sides replaces Steven Key. From 2009-13, she served as an assistant for Spartak Moscow Region in Russia.

  • Music For All Appoints COO

    Music for All has appointed Jeremy Earnhart chief operating officer. He will oversee the organization's programs and events and their implementation by its 30 full and part-time employees. Earnhart has been director of fine arts for the Arlington, Texas Independent School District since 2013.

  • Global Interfaith Partnership Appoints Executive Director

    The Global Interfaith Partnership has appointed Denise Soltis executive director. She has extensive international experience and global health expertise to the organization and will provide overall leadership in support of GIP's strategic mission in the Chulaimbo region of Western Kenya.  Soltis previously spent 16 years at Drake University in Des Moines.

  • State Board, Commission Appointments Announced

    Governor Eric Holcomb has made four state board and commission appointments. They include a former member of the Indiana House and the executive director of the South Bend International Airport and will serve the ABLE Authority Board, Distressed Unit Appeals Board and Judicial Nominating Commission. Appointments include: Arc of Indiana Trust Director Melissa Justice (pictured), whose term on the Achieving Better Life Experience Board of the Authority will expire in 2020.

  • DeKalb Health Appoints Interim CEO

    DeKalb Health in Auburn has named Tasha Eicher interim president and chief executive officer. Eicher will succeed Craig Polkow, who announced last week he is leaving at the end of the year to accept a position with a larger healthcare system in southern Indiana. The health system says Eicher will assume the interim role on January 1. She will also continue in her current position as vice president of physician services, strategy and development.

  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy Names Exec Director

    Hamilton County Leadership Academy has named John Robbins executive director. He comes from a family of entrepreneurs, public servants and educators. Robbins says he was raised to believe in the strength of community, the power of people and the importance of leading and making a difference. Over the course of his career, he has played key roles as both a business owner and an executive working with startups and small businesses across a diverse set of industries.

  • ALOM Names Murchland VP

    ALOM has appointed Jeremy Murchland vice president of business development. He previously served as executive director of sales for Ingram Micro Inc. Murchland held a variety of supply chain management and sales positions during his tenure at Ingram Micro (previously Brightpoint). Prior to that, he held various sales and operations roles at Ericsson/Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications.

  • Bose Public Affairs Group Adds to Team

    Bose Public Affairs Group LLC has added Evan Dant as a public affairs specialist with the firm’s state and local government relations team. He interned with the firm during the 2017 Indiana legislative session and provided support to the firm’s professionals and clients. Dant recently graduated from the University of Indianapolis with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.

  • SmithAmundsen Adds Veteran Indy Attorney

    A well-known trial attorney in Indianapolis has joined law firm SmithAmundsen LLC. The firm says Linda Pence will be a litigation partner and will lead its national white collar crime group. She is a former trial attorney for the U.S. Department of Justice and recently closed her own firm, PenceHensel LLC. Pence has more than 40 years of experience with criminal, civil and regulatory matters.

  • The Corydon Group Hires Wernert

    Indianapolis-based public affairs firm The Corydon Group has hired John Wernert as a senior vice president to launch its new Health Policy Center. He has recently been working in Kentucky and Indiana on improving rural access to mental health and addiction services, as well as on alternative payment strategies with insurers. Wernert is a Board Certified Psychiatrist and has practiced medicine in Indiana for more than 30 years.

  • CliftonLarsonAllen Makes Promotions, Hires

    CliftonLarsonAllen has promoted Michael Johnson (pictured) to signing director, Elliot Smith (pictured) to manager and Ben Childs to BizOps staff. The firm has hired Dave Hickman as managing principal of professional search. Shawn Miller and Jacob Arkanoff have been named tax associates and Sam Ryan has been appointed a tax senior associate. Kelly Iden, Megan Heiniger, Ryan Hatton, Tom Doherty and Brandon Stapleton have been hired as assurance associates.

  • Katz, Sapper & Miller Adds to Team

    Katz, Sapper & Miller has added to its team. Ellen Ferringer (pictured) has been named director of healthcare. Michael Wipper has been hired as manager of audit and assurance. Also, Zachary Kubly (pictured) has been appointed manager of business advisory.

  • Basketball Hall of Fame Announces Men's Class of 2018

    The 2018 men's induction class of the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame in New Castle has been announced. This year's honorees include a former player once drafted by the NBA, ABA and NFL in the same year, an active coach and a well-known coach-turned-media personality. You can connect to the Class of 2018 by clicking here.

  • AgriNovus Adds Three to Board

    The state's food and agriculture initiative, AgriNovus, has added three members to its board of directors. They are: Kess Berg (pictured), CEO of Huntington-based Advanced Agrilytics and Ag Ingenuity Partners, Gil Farley, founder and president of Fort Wayne-based Biodyne Midwest and Randy Kron (pictured). He is president of the Indiana Farm Bureau.

  • VP at Riley Children's Health Named Carol Emmott Fellow

    Marissa Kiefer has been selected to participate in the prestigious Carol Emmott Fellowship class of 2018. She is vice president of maternity and newborn health & statewide partnerships at Riley Children’s Health.

  • Lakeshore Public Media Promotes Burbridge

    Merrillville-based Lakeshore Public Media, local public broadcast television and radio stations, has promoted Wende Burbridge to vice president of development. She will have the primary responsibilities for program and membership support as well as grant management for Lakeshore PBS and Lakeshore Public Radio. Burbridge first joined the organization in 2004 as an account representative and quickly rose to several supervisory and management positions.

  • McGuire Sponsel Hires Marketing Manager

    McGuire Sponsel has hired Lydia Kaiser as marketing manager. She previously spent six years in a similar role at Essco Corp.

  • Financial Center Names COO

    Financial Center First Credit Union has promoted Sven Leander to chief operations officer. He has been with the company since 2010 as consumer lending production manager. He was later promoted to vice president of lending. Leander brings more than 25 years of financial service experience to his new executive position. He holds his Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Indiana University.

  • Hamerstadt Promoted to VP at SmarterHQ

    Kristen Hamerstadt has been promoted to vice president of marketing at SmarterHQ, a behavioral marketing platform that empowers B2C marketers to personalize customer interactions in real-time. She previously served as director of marketing. Hamerstadt was honored with a TechPoint Tech 25 Award in 2016 for her work both in her company and the community as the founder of Ladies in SaaS.

  • Indy Area Boy Scout Council Selects Next Leader

    The Boy Scouts of America Crossroads Council, which is based in Indianapolis, has named its next scout executive. Joe Wiltrout (pictured) succeeds Patrick Sterrett, who recently accepted the number two position with the Boy Scouts of America. Wiltrout previously served in the same role with the Three Fires Council in St. Charles, Illinois.

  • Sonderman Joins Fairbanks as Staff Physician

    Fairbanks, an alcohol and drug treatment center, has welcomed back Andrew Sonderman as a staff physician. He previously worked for the nonprofit from 2012-16 – including serving as interim medical director in 2015. Sonderman previously served as an anesthesiologist at Northside Anesthesia Services for 16 years.

  • Mimir Hires Lead Curriculum Engineer

    Indianapolis-based Mimir, a cloud-based software company, has added Vinesh Kannan as lead curriculum engineer. He most recently co-founded Omnipointment, a group project tool that helps computer science students collaborate on assignments, with Brendan Batliner. Omnipointment was acquired by Mimir earlier this month.

  • State Department of Agriculture Appoints Director

    Bruce Kettler has been appointed director of the Indiana State Department of Agriculture effective January 8. He most recently served as director of public relations for Beck’s Hybrids, where he also was a field sales manager, area team leader and sales consultant for the past 11 years. Kettler began his career at Dow AgroSciences, where he started out as a sales representative.

  • Cox Automotive Names CFO

    Cox Automotive has promoted Mark Bowser to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will also head up the finance and strategy teams, NextGear Capital and other corporate functions. Bowser has been with parent company Cox Enterprises since 2006, most recently as CFO with Cox Communications. He has led the following for Cox Communications the past nine years: accounting and financing planning and analysis; mergers and acquisitions and programming.

  • Cindy Hoye Enters Fair Industry Hall of Fame

    The executive director of the Indiana State Fair Commission has received a high-profile industry honor. Cindy Hoye has been inducted into the International Association of Fairs and Expositions Hall of Fame. Hoye was appointed to the position in 2004 and has previously served as chair, first vice chair, board chair and past chair of the IAFE.

  • Celadon Group Appoints Chief Accounting Officer

    Celadon Group Inc. has appointed Vincent Donargo vice president and chief accounting officer. He has more than 30 years of accounting and financial leadership experience. Donargo previously served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Beaulieu Group LLC, a North American carpet and flooring manufacturing company.

  • CE Solutions Adds to Team

    Carmel-based CE Solutions has added Kendal Rosenbaum as a project manager. He previously served as a structural engineer for KJG Architecture in West Lafayette, where he designed structural systems for commercial, residential, and industrial buildings.

  • FM Construction Promotes Campanello

    Elkhart-based FM Construction has promoted Tony Campanello to senior vice president of sales & business development. He joined the team in 2011 as a project manager & estimator. His 36 years of experience in the construction industry and dedication to providing outstanding customer service for his clients make him an important asset to the team.

  • IU East School of Nursing Adds to Faculty

    Indiana University East has added new faculty members to the School of Nursing and Health Sciences. Macy Bennett (pictured), lecturer in nursing, previously, served as an RN case manager for Reid Health. Robin Brunk, lecturer in nursing, previously served as a visiting lecturer. Julie Horn, lecturer in nursing, previously served as an adjunct lecturer. Carolyn Judd (pictured), visiting lecturer in nursing, previously, was an adjunct instructor.

  • Starcraft RV Promotes Bontrager

    Topeka-based Starcraft RV has promoted Mandy Bontrager to product development manager. She has more than 25 years of experience in the RV industry, having spent the past seven years with Entegra Coach and Starcraft.

  • Holy Cross College Appoints VP of Finance

    Holy Cross College has appointed Monica Markovich vice president of finance. She will be chief financial officer of the college, and she brings more than 10 years of experience in program management, design, finance and assessment to her new position. Markovich previously served as analyst for the Office of the Executive Vice President for three years at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Holcomb Makes Appointments to Boards & Commissions

    Governor Eric Holcomb has made several appointments and reappointments to various state boards and commissions. Alcohol & Tobacco Commission The Governor made one new appointment to the Alcohol & Tobacco Commission (ATC): John L. Krauss (Indianapolis), attorney, mediator and arbitrator with Krauss Group LLC, former founding director of the IU Public Policy Institute and former Deputy Mayor of Indianapolis.

  • Merchants Bancorp Announces Executive Officer Promotions

    Merchants Bancorp has announced changes to its executive team, effective January 1. Randall Rogers (pictured) has been appointed vice chairman, Michael Dunlap (pictured) has been promoted to president and chief operating officer, Michael Dury has been promoted to president of P/R and Michael Petrie has been appointed chairman of P/R.

  • CNO Financial Names Chief Human Resources Officer

    Carmel-based CNO Financial Group Inc. has named Yvonne Franzese chief human resources officer. She has more than 25 years of human resources leadership experience. She previously held top HR leadership positions at Allianz of America, Citigroup, JP Morgan Chase and MetLife.  In addition, Franzese is a retired Major from the Air National Guard.

  • Soybean Alliance Chair Appointed to National Board

    The chairman of the Indiana Soybean Alliance Board of Directors has been named to a national board. Tom Griffiths of Kendallville is one of 19 new members appointed to the United Soybean Board by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue. Griffiths, who was elected ISA chairman in December, joins 72 other members to the board and will serve a three-year term.

  • Dupont Hospital Appoints Suter CEO

    Fort Wayne-based Dupont Hospital has appointed Lorenzo Suter chief executive officer. Most recently, he served as chief operating officer of Baptist Medical Center in San Antonio. Suter has also served in healthcare leadership positions in Berwyn, Illinois; Dothan, Alabama; Phenix City, Alabama; Nashville, Tennessee and Bowling Green, Kentucky.

  • Fuzion Appoints CFO

    Carmel-based Fuzion has appointed Ginger Darrough chief financial officer. Over the last 20 years, she has made many contributions in the insurance and finance industries. Earlier in her career, Darrough led the development of an underwriting tool, marketing tool and an overpayment application. She has held a variety of leadership roles, including as senior vice president, in the insurance, finance and tech industries.

  • Merging Boys & Girls Clubs Name Leader

    The combined organization created through the merger of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Porter County and Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana has a leader. Ryan Smiley, who currently leads the Porter County organization, will serve as president and chief executive officer of the merged organization. Smiley also serves as interim president and CEO of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Northwest Indiana, a role he has held since October 2016.

  • Community Foundation Names CEO

    The board of directors of the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne has named Brad Little president and chief executive officer. He was selected from a national search after Executive Director David Bennett announced he's retiring in December, after 22 years of service. Little will assume the role beginning January 8. He currently serves as president and CEO of the Ottumwa Regional Legacy Foundation, a private foundation in southeast Iowa.

  • IDOE Names Assistant Director of Policy

    Jennifer Watts has been named assistant director of policy for the Indiana Department of Education. In her new role, she will oversee the development of Indiana’s STEM plan. Watts has experience in strategic communications and federal policy. She previously served as national security director at the White House, managing 1,400 national security appointments in the Office of Presidential Personnel.

  • Pence Named Wabash Valley Leadership Institute Coordinator

    The Wabash Valley Leadership Institute has appointed Stephanie Pence coordinator of the collaborative effort between Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce. In June, she joined the chamber as coordinator of Downtown Terre Haute.  Pence is a 2013 graduate of SMWC’s Master of Leadership Development program.

  • Purdue Names Yang Director of Digital Phenomics

    Yang Yang, a Dow AgroSciences research scientist specializing in plant sensing technology, has been named director of digital phenomics at Purdue University. The newly-created position will be responsible for managing Purdue’s expanding phenomics research staff and infrastructure, as well as developing computational systems and tools that enable researchers to overcome challenges in the emerging field of high-throughput phenotyping. 

  • Hylant Adds to Team

    Hylant has named Denise Chavis regional claims advocate leader. She will lead advocacy efforts for the Indianapolis, Ft. Wayne and Bloomington offices, overseeing the claims practice members assigned to those offices. Chavis most recently served as a litigation specialist at State Farm Insurance. She also previously worked for many years at Eli Lilly and Co. as a clinical research administrator, project leader and project manager.

  • Van Ausdall & Farrar Makes Promotion

    Indianapolis-based Van Ausdall & Farrar has promoted Donn Salladay to team lead in the Indianapolis market. In April 2013, he began his career with the firm handling territory within Hamilton County and in January, was promoted to major account manager. His successful efforts handling specific vertical markets and major accounts has led to his new role as team lead.

  • KPC Media Group Names VP of Sales

    Kendallville-based KPC Media Group Inc. has appointed Daniel Tollefson vice president of sales. He's had a 20-year career in newspaper publishing management, most recently serving as president and publisher for GateHouse Media Inc.

  • Fanning Howey Adds to Team

    Indianapolis-based Fanning Howey has appointed Benjamin Donay project architect. He previously served in a similar role for H. Chambers Co. in Baltimore. Donay also previously served as project manager for Shannon Comer Architects.

  • Trump Nominates Sweeney For Federal Judicial Post

    President Donald Trump has nominated Barnes & Thornburg Partner James Sweeney II for the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. If confirmed, the attorney and retired Marine Corps colonel and combat veteran, will serve as a district judge, filling the vacancy created when the Honorable Sarah Evans Barker took senior judge status.

  • Indianapolis Nonprofit Leader Earns Allstate Foundation Scholarship

    Jo Bender Yocum, executive director of Indiana region for Playworks, will join 30 other nonprofit leaders from across the country to participate in the Allstate Foundation Greater Good Nonprofit Leadership program. Playworks improves children's health and well-being by providing more opportunities for physical activity and safe, meaningful play. The goal is for every child in America to have access to safe, fun, healthy play every day.

  • IU South Bend Honors Boling With Armstrong Award

    Dr. Richard Boling II has received the Lewis S. Armstrong Award from the Judd Leighton School of Business and Economics at Indiana University South Bend. The award honors an individual from Elkhart County for outstanding business and civic contributions to the community. Boling and his family have been providing eye care in the area for nearly 60 years through the Boling Vision Centers in Elkhart, Goshen and South Bend.

  • LCI Industries Adds RV Vet to Board

    A well-known figure on the northern Indiana recreational vehicle scene is joining the Elkhart-based LCI Industries board. Grand Design Recreational Vehicle Co. co-founder Ron Fenech, who previously held executive positions with Thor Industries Inc. and Keystone RV Co., will also serve on the LCI board's corporate governance and nominating committees.

  • Trine Promotes Olson to Assistant VP

    Trine University has promoted Rod Olson to assistant vice president for campus operations. He has been director of campus operations since 2004. His experience has included more than 15 years of facility management consulting for higher education and K-12 clients and more than 20 years of managing higher education facilities.

  • Thor Industries Hires Senior Director

    Elkhart-based Thor Industries Inc. has hired Bruce Byots as senior director of investor relations. He has more than 20 years of investor relations experience and most recently served as vice president of investor relations for Brunswick Corp. Byots also previously managed the investor relations function at The ServiceMaster Co.

  • Huntington Bank Hires VP

    Josh Nicholson has joined Huntington Bank as vice president of commercial banking and will be responsible for companies with more than $20 million in annual sales. With nearly 15 years of business development and leadership experience, Nicholson most recently served as vice president of business development for Wells Fargo Bank and led the sales and marketing efforts for Bader Co.

  • Do It Best Corp. Appoints Manager

    Do it Best Corp. has promoted David McDonald to divisional merchandise manager. In his new role, he will lead merchandise teams across several product categories and departments, including international purchasing, global sourcing and outdoor living. McDonald has been with the company for 11 years, most recently serving as global sales and product development manager.

  • Pro Seal & Plastics Adds Director of Sales

    Fort Wayne-based Pro Seal & Plastics LLC has added Charles Carrel as director of sales. He previously worked for Fort Wayne Metals for more than 12 years with responsibilities as engineer, product manager and national sales manager.

  • Barrett McNagny Adds to Team

    Barrett McNagny LLP has hired F. Italia Patti and Scott Campbell. Patti will concentrate her practice in the area of litigation. She graduated from the University of Chicago Law School with honors, where she was a member of The University of Chicago Law Review. Campbell will concentrate his practice in corporate and business law. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School and received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College.

  • Kosciusko Chamber Hires Manager

    The Kosciusko Chamber of Commerce has hired Andy McCleary as member relations manager and Main Street coordinator. He previously spent 10 years in sales at GreenMark Equipment.

  • Schilling Joins Board of Progressive Education Network

    Heather Schilling has joined the board of directors for the national Progressive Education Network. She is chair and director of teacher education at Manchester University. After 12 years of teaching in a public school, she joined the Education Department at Manchester.

  • Holcomb Makes Appointments to Ball State Board of Trustees

    Governor Eric Holcomb has announced the following reappointments to the board of trustees for Ball State University: E. Renae Conley (Chicago), Jean Ann Harcourt (Milroy) and Michael D. McDaniel (Indianapolis).

  • National League of Cities Inducts Officers

    The National League of Cities has inducted its 2018 officers: President Mark Stodola, 1st Vice President Karen Freeman-Wilson (pictured), 2nd Vice President Joe Buscaino and Immediate Past President Matt Zone. Freeman-Wilson is mayor of Gary, Buscaino is a Los Angeles councilmember and Zone is a councilmember in Cleveland. Freeman-Wilson most recently served as 2nd vice president for the NLC.

  • Pelath Stepping Down as Head of House Dems

    The outgoing Indiana House Minority Leader says the Democratic Party will seek an "energetic" successor to continue his work over the last five years. Scott Pelath (D-9) will step down Tuesday from the post and will not seek re-election for the House seat he's held since 1998. The decision, Pelath said, is in part because of his desire to spend more time with family.

  • Zeck Appointed to Community College Trustees Committee

    Darrel Zeck, of the Ivy Tech Community College State Board of Trustees, has been appointed as a committee member to the Association of Community College Trustees’ Public Policy and Advocacy Committee through December 2018. The ACCT is a nonprofit educational organization of governing boards. Zeck joins more than 6,500 elected and appointed trustees that govern more than 1,200 community, technical and junior colleges across the United States.

  • Indy's Best And Brightest Honored

    Junior Achievement of Central Indiana has recognized 10 professionals under the age of 40 its Indy's Best and Brightest awards. Winners, who were selected from 100 finalists, are considered "the next generation of leaders in our community." The nonprofit focuses on K-12 programs involving career exploration, work readiness, entrepreneurship, financial literacy and philanthropy skills.

  • Bingham Greenebaum Doll Adds New Attorneys

    Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP has added: James Horrey (pictured), Matthew Johns and Jessie Laurin (pictured) to its Indianapolis office. Horrey joins the corporate services department as an associate. Johns joins the litigation department in Indianapolis as of counsel after relocating from Atlanta, Georgia. Also, Laurin will practice in the litigation department, where she brings experience in tort issues and contracts.

  • Ice Miller Adds CIO

    Ice Miller LLP has named Matt Tader chief information officer. He gained more than 20 years of industry and technology experience as CIO and in various technology leadership roles at organizations including Interdent, Adidas, Covance and Anthem / Wellpoint.

  • Crowe Horwath Elects Partner

    Crowe Horwath LLP, one of the largest public accounting, consulting and technology firms in the U.S., has elected Jason Whitmer partner and principal. The new role will be effective April 1. He has been with the firm since 1999 and works in the South Bend office.

  • The Arc of Indiana Adds to Team

    Andy Kirby has joined The Arc of Indiana as associate executive director and executive director of the Foundation. He previously served as executive director of The Arc of Greater Boone County. 

  • ISU Foundation CEO to Step Down

    The Indiana State University Foundation says Chief Executive Officer Ron Carpenter is stepping down at the end of the year. He also serves as vice president for the school's Division of Development. Carpenter's parents and his son, Jacob, are alumni. He earned both his bachelor's ('77) and master's ('82) degrees in criminology at Indiana State and was co-captain of the football team.

  • Student Connections Appoints Lang VP

    Dawn Lang has joined Indianapolis-based Student Connections as vice president of sales. She previously held senior leadership positions at several firms specializing in the healthcare industry, including Patient Point, Northlich and Group DCA. Most recently, she was a partner with Safekeeping LLC. Lang is the founder and CEO of Perception Access.

  • Taylor University Appoints First Chief of Staff

    Taylor University has promoted Sherri Harter to chief of staff. She has been with the university for more than 30 years in the areas of public relations, donor relations and philanthropy. Most recently, Harter served as interim vice president for advancement. She also previously served as executive director of development – a role in which she oversaw a number of initiatives that included the Women’s Giving Circle.

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