BigWigs & New Gigs

  • Lechleiters Land Sagamore

    Former Eli Lilly and Co. Chief Executive Officer John Lechleiter and, his wife, Sarah have earned another major honor. Governor Eric Holcomb presented the Lechleiters with the Sagamore of the Wabash, citing their "tremendous generosity and dedication to improving central Indiana communities."

  • Schweyer Promoted to Senior Director at Elevate Ventures

    Indianapolis-based Elevate Ventures has promoted Erica Schweyer to senior director of brand development and strategic initiatives. Earlier this year, she was promoted to senior director of events and special projects.  

  • Kalber Takes New Role at ONI Risk Partners

    ONI Risk Partners has named Linda Kalber director of client resources and engagement for its Employee Benefits division. She is responsible for leading the strategic direction of new client onboarding as well as increasing customer satisfaction and retention. Kalber has been with ONI for over 17 years and was previously leader of the Employee Benefits Client Services team.

  • Huddleston Joins Design On Tap as Engineering Director

    Indianapolis-based design and optimization consultancy firm Design on Tap has named Ben Huddleston director of engineering. He is the former president of Simplexity Marketing Group, which Design on Tap acquired earlier this summer. Also new to the team: Daris Strickland, engineer; and Allison Smith and Mike Westlake, both interface developers. 

  • Bose McKinney & Evans Adds Associate

    Tyler Moorhead has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as an associate in the firm’s Labor and Employment Group. Earlier this year, he graduated summa cum laude from Indiana University’s Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Moorhead received his undergraduate degrees in marketing and management from IU's Kelley School of Business.  

  • Russett Joins Indiana Landmarks

    Jessie Russett has been named director of Indiana Landmarks’ Eastern Regional Office in Cambridge City. She will work to save and revitalize historic places and help solve preservation issues in Blackford, Decatur, Delaware, Fayette, Franklin, Henry, Jay, Madison, Randolph, Rush, Union and Wayne counties.

  • Cummins Promotes Bush to VP

    Columbus-based Cummins Inc. has promoted Jenny Bush to vice president of sales and service North America. She has been with the engine maker for 20 years, leading many different teams, including sales, purchasing and operations within the alternator and commercial marine engine business. Most recently, Bush led the Mid-South and Gulf regions in the distribution business.

  • Eskenazi Names Chief Research and Development Officer

    Christopher M. Callahan, M.D. has been named chief research and development officer of Eskenazi Health. Dr. Callahan oversees the activities of the Sandra Eskenazi Center for Brain Care Innovation.Over the past three decades, he has spent time developing, studying, and advancing new models of care designed to improve the health of older adults.

  • IBM Veteran Joins Bolstra

    Software company Bolstra has named Lisa Leahy vice president of sales. Leahy comes to Bolstra after 20 years with IBM, where she where she held various positions within the sales department as a channel manager, solutions consultant, and regional sales manager. She is charged with leading the sales team and growing the client roster of enterprise accounts at the Carmel startup.

  • Blume Named Executive VP of Farmers & Merchants Bank

    Donald Blume has joined Farmers & Merchants Bank in West Lafayette as Executive Vice President and Chief Lending Officer. He will lead the bank's growth plans in the Greater Lafayette market. Blume has 20 years of experience in the banking Industry, most recently as the local City President for Regions Bank in the Greater Lafayette Market.

  • Celadon Taps Transportation Financial Analyst For CFO

    Indianapolis-based Celadon Group Inc. has named Thom Albrecht executive vice president - chief financial and strategy officer. He has been a transportation industry financial analyst for nearly 30 years and currently serves as president of Sword & Sea Transport LLC in Virginia.  

  • arcDESIGN Promotes Arambula to Principal

    Indianapolis-based architectural and interior design firm arcDESIGN has promoted Alonso Arambula to principal. He joined the company as a graduate architect in 2009 and became a registered architect three years later. As principal, Arambula will also lead the strategic direction on technology for the firm.

  • Kerger, Wright Receive Presidential Site's Highest Honor

    The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has named the recipients of the 2017 Advancing American Democracy Award. This year’s honor goes to PBS President & CEO Paula Kerger and WFYI Public Media President & CEO Lloyd Wright (pictured). Kerger joined PBS in 2006, and is the longest serving president and CEO in PBS history. Wright has more than four decades of service in public media and is the longest-serving station manager in Indianapolis.

  • Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney Makes Promotions, Hires

    Indianapolis-based private equity firm Hammond, Kennedy, Whitney & Co. Inc. has made two promotions and hired two associates. Kent Robinson (pictured) has been promoted to partner of operations and Wilson Ren has been promoted to senior associate. Brendan McLoughlin and John Lammers have been hired as associates.

  • National Academy of Medicine Elects IU Nursing Dean

    Indiana University School of Nursing Dean and IU Distinguished Professor Robin Newhouse has been elected a member of the National Academy of Medicine. She is the 14th IU faculty member selected for the prestigious organization.

  • Wardrip Inducted Into Indiana Credit Union HOF

    Chris Wardrip (left), CEO of Financial Health FCU, has been inducted into the Indiana Credit Union Hall of Fame. He has served as both a director and CEO/manager of the credit union for the past 22 years. 

  • Two New Attorneys Join Krieg DeVault

    Krieg DeVault LLP has added two associates. Christopher Bloomer has joined the firm’s Litigation Practice Group, and James Schwabe will practice in the Business, Acquisitions & Securities Practice Group. Bloomer previously worked at the Indiana Supreme Court serving as an Extern for Chief Justice Loretta H. Rush. Schwabe served as a summer associate at Krieg DeVault. 
  • Bradley Company Adds Broker to Fort Wayne Office

    Martin Huttenlocker has joined Bradley Company's Fort Wayne office as vice president. He'll oversee asset management and retail brokerage in the Allen County market. Huttenlocker has 12 years of experience in property and asset management from working in the Chicago market. 
  • Downtown Indy Inc. Hires Creative Brand Manager

    Downtown Indy Inc. has selected Melanie Suder as its new creative brand manager.  She previously worked for Mortenson Safar Kim as a graphic designer. Suder will be responsible for designing and producing print and digital communication tools that market downtown and support Downtown Indy’s programs and events. She is an Art Institute of Pittsburgh graduate.

  • Music For All Names Sponsorships Exec

    Music for All has promoted Erin Fortune to director of sponsorships. She most recently served as a marketing manager. Fortune joined the organization in 2010 as participant relations coordinator. 

  • PNC Names Community Development Banking VP

    Anthony Bridgeman has joined PNC Bank as vice president and relationship manager of community development banking in Indiana. His duties include generating loans and investments to support community and economic development efforts in underserved areas of the state. Bridgeman most recently served as director of community initiatives for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. 

  • Haut Named CEO of Eskenazi Health Centers

    Dr. Dawn Haut has been promoted to chief executive officer for Eskenazi Health Center. She most recently served as interim CEO. Previously Haut was chief physician executive of Eskenazi Health Center Pecar, medical director of Eskenazi Health Population Health and an associate professor of clinical pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

  • Former IEDC Official Tapped by Trump

    President Donald Trump will nominate a former Indiana Economic Development Corp. executive to a key post. Stephen Akard has been tapped to serve as director general of the Foreign Service. He has served as chief of staff, vice president, general counsel and director of international development for the IEDC. Akard is currently a senior advisor in the Office of the Under Secretary for Economic Growth in the U.S. Department of State.

  • Schmitt Named Jasper Chief of Police

    Jasper Mayor Terry Seitz has promoted Nathan Schmitt to chief of police. Schmitt, who was assistant chief, replaces Michael Bennett, who passed away in August. Schmitt received his Associates degree in Law Enforcement at Vincennes University and graduated from Indiana University Police Academy.

  • Board of Animal Health Names Directors

    The Indiana State Board of Animal Health has promoted: Patrick Hash, to director of the dairy division and Nathan Campbell, to deputy director of the dairy division. Hash joined the division in 2012, he left in 2014 to work for the Michigan Department of Agriculture as pasteurization specialist. Campbell joined in 2008, he left in 2011 to work for Dean Foods as a quality assurance manager.

  • The Hagerman Group Adds to Team

    Fishers-based The Hagerman Group has made several hires. They include: Steve Meier (pictured), senior estimator; Bob Louzon, senior superintendent; Bill Spitler (pictured), senior project manager; Hank Dragon, Kevin Stark and Ian Wooten, project engineers; Jill Pursell, project coordinator and Joe Humbert, project estimator. Also, Brad Neuhaus has been promoted to a senior project manager.

  • Damar Makes Promotions

    Damar Services has promoted: Juman Bruce (pictured), to director of CLASS; Erin Crick, to administrative director of children's residential services; Sam Moya (pictured), to chief administrator of children's residential services and Terry Sears, to residential director of clinical services.

  • Lilly Endowment Names Admin VP

    Julie Siegler has been promoted to vice president for administration at Lilly Endowment Inc. She started her career with the philanthropic organization in 1991 as a grant administrator. During her more than 25 years of service, Siegler's responsibilities and leadership have included grant administration, human resources and facilities management.  

  • Liggins Receives National STEM Award

    Alexandra Liggins has been named a 2017 Women of Color STEM Award Winner. She is co-founder of the South Bend Code School. Liggins received the award at the national Women of Color STEM conference in Detroit. The conference aims to address the need for retention and recognition of women in STEM jobs and best practices in diversity and inclusion.

  • Notre Dame Faculty Receive ARO Awards

    The Army Research Office has recognized two University of Notre Dame assistant professors with Young Investigator Program awards for 2017. Dong Wang received the honor for his project “Reliable Multimodal Data Fusion from Physical and Human Sensors with Quality Assurance.” Tim Weninger received the award for “Mining Conversation Trails for Effective Group Behavior."

  • 500 Festival Elects Board Officers, Adds Members

    The 500 Festival has announced its 2017 – 2018 elected officers and additions to its board of directors. They include: Rob Hillman (pictured), chairman; Mike Strohl (pictured), vice chairman; Kathy Cabello, secretary and Rob Pruitt, treasurer.

  • Ross Appointed to Celadon Board of Directors

    Celadon Group Inc. has appointed Kathleen Ross to its board of directors. She retired in September 2016 from Bank of America, where she served as a senior vice president in the bank's transportation and logistics group since 2008. Ross was also designated to the investment banking divisions, Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith Incorporated since 2010 and Bank of America Securities LLC since 2009.

  • Davison Reappointed to ACLI board

    OneAmerica President and CEO Scott Davison has been reappointed to the American Council of Life Insurers board of directors. He will serve through 2019. Davison's more than 30-year career in the insurance industry began at UNUM. He joined OneAmerica as vice president of strategic planning and corporate development in 2000 and became president and CEO in 2014.

  • 80/20 Inc. Promotes Buesching to CEO

    Columbia City-based 80/20 Inc. has promoted Patrick Buesching to chief executive officer. He previously served as chief operating officer and brings more than two decades of leadership experience. Buesching is active in his community and serves on several boards, including Leadership Whitley County, Northeast Indiana Public Radio and Ivy Tech Community College.

  • Weise Joins Strada Education Network

    Strada Education Network has named Michelle Weise senior vice president of workforce strategies and chief innovation officer. She most recently served as chief innovation officer for Sandbox ColLABorative at Southern New Hampshire University. Weise also previously served as a senior research fellow for higher education at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan think tank.

  • Center Grove Education Foundation Names Treasurer

    Josie Dillon has been named treasurer of the Center Grove Education Foundation. She has sat on its board for several years. Dillon is a manager in the Tax Services department of Sponsel CPA Group. Her specialty is in tax consulting, compliance, planning and projections, working across a large variety of industries including businesses, individuals, nonprofits and trusts.

  • Baird Names Senior VP

    Baird, an international, employee-owned wealth management, capital markets, private equity and asset management firm, has named Burton Street senior vice president, branch manager of the firm’s Indianapolis wealth management office. He previously served as senior managing director - complex director for RBC Wealth Management. In addition to managing the office, Street will lead the wealth management efforts in Indiana.

  • BKD Indianapolis Adds to Team

    The Indianapolis BKD office has named: Andrea Lock, Zach Taylor, Yi Ran Liu, Jillian Hardesty, Kyle Wallpe, Maggie Cordell, Brianne Stauffer, Alex Erwin, Tyler Brazill, Grant Marzke and Amanda Erxleben audit associates. Also, the firm has appointed: Ali Oppel and Bertram Riches tax associates.
  • IUPUI Appoints Williamson Acting Assistant Vice Chancellor

    IUPUI has appointed Gail Williamson acting assistant vice chancellor for faculty affairs through May 2018. She is a longtime professor in the Indiana University School of Dentistry and has served as director of professional development in academic affairs since 2015.

  • IU Health Names Fitzgerald Senior VP

    Indiana University Health has named Dr. John Fitzgerald senior vice president of population health. He will lead the delivery of all population health programs for the system, including IU Health Plans, the IU Health Next Generation ACO and other performance-based arrangements. Fitzgerald is a general internist by training and will continue to serve as president of IU Health Physicians until his replacement is named.

  • greenlight.guru Adds to Team

    Indianapolis-based greenlight.guru, the only quality management software platform designed specifically for medical device companies, has named Jennifer Kier vice president of customer success. She previously served as global director of customer success at Genesys/Interactive Intelligence. Also, Thomas Stergar II has been appointed director of partnerships. He previously served as vice president of business development at MAETRICS.

  • Hollenbaugh Joins Whitley County EDC Team

    The Whitley County Economic Development Corp. has named Riley Hollenbaugh director of workforce and community development. He previously served as executive director of Saline Main Street in Michigan. His other work experience includes: serving as executive director for the Grayling Downtown Development Authority in Michigan and serving as a preservation specialist for the Lake City Downtown Improvement and Revitalization Team in Lake City, Colorado.

  • BBDS&B Adds Associate Attorney

    Jared Baker has joined the law firm of Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom LLP as an associate attorney. He will practice in the areas of civil litigation and criminal defense. Baker graduated from Manchester University (B.S., 2010) and Ohio Northern University, Pettit College of Law (J.D. 2013). 

  • IVM Hires Software Developer

    IVM has hired Shane Southwood as a software developer to support the company’s growing supply vending business. He has 15-plus years of professional software development experience. Southwood previously served as a software engineer at 3xLOGIC.

  • TagStation Names Senior VP

    Lisa Pike has joined TagStation LLC as senior vice president for revenue development. In this newly-created role, she will drive business development initiatives with leading data attribution platforms, brands, agencies, automotive, media and technology companies to enhance NextRadios relevance, reach and revenue. She previously worked at Canonical as director of business development for Cloud Channels.

  • Employee Plans Adds VP

    Fort Wayne-based Employee Plans LLC has named Donn Duhon vice president of business development. He most recently served as a sales and marketing executive for Houston International Insurance Group. Prior to HIIG, Duhon spent 13 years with an Indiana-based TPA as vice president of sales and marketing.

  • Short Strategy Group Makes Promotions, Hire

    Long-time Indianapolis legislative lobbying and business consulting firm, Short Strategy Group Inc. has promoted Michael Solari (pictured) to president. He has been serving as vice president of the firm since 2012. Founder Frank Short (pictured) will take on the role of chairman and CEO of the firm. David Brent Rosenberg has joined the firm as an associate on the lobbying team.

  • Herff Jones Promotes Brown to Director

    Indianapolis-based Herff Jones has promoted Kyle Brown to director of customer service. He started with the company last year as manager of talent acquisition. In his new role, Brown will be leading the customer service team charged with supporting its growing diploma and announcement business.

  • ClearObject CEO Tapped For High-Profile Council

    Fishers-based ClearObject Chief Executive Officer John McDonald has joined a prestigious group of technology executives. The Forbes Technology Council is an invitation-only network of leaders that can be tapped by the publication to provide thought leadership articles and tips on industry topics.

  • Centric Names Excellence in Innovation Award Winner

    Indianapolis-based Centric Inc. has named John Lechleiter the 2017 Excellence in Innovation Award winner. Part of the Indiana Innovation Awards, the Excellence in Innovation Award recognizes an individual whose career body of work reflects continued success and innovative leadership in the state of Indiana. The winner of the Excellence in Innovation Award is selected by Centric’s board of directors.

  • KAR Auction Services, TradeRev Add to Leadership Teams

    Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. has acquired the remaining interest in Nth Gen Software Inc. (TradeRev), a mobile app and desktop solution that facilitates real-time dealer-to-dealer vehicle auctions. Becca Polak (pictured) has been named president of TradeRev and has been promoted to chief legal officer and secretary for KAR. TradeRev co-founder and CEO Mark Endras (pictured) has been named chief innovation officer for KAR.

  • DCS Appoints Regional Manager

    The Department of Child Services has appointed Erin Shidler manager of region 3. In this role she will provide broad oversight and supervision for the Region 3 area, which includes Elkhart, Kosciusko, Marshall and St. Joseph counties. Also, Shidler will serve as a field representative to the DCS' central office in Indianapolis.

  • Senate Confirms McKinney For New USDA Role

    Outgoing Indiana Department of Agriculture Director Ted McKinney has been confirmed for a newly-created position within the Trump administration. Ted McKinney will serve as the U.S. Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs. U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue says McKinney will "wake up every morning seeking to sell more American agricultural products in foreign markets."

  • Lutheran Hospital Names CEO

    Paula Autry has been named chief executive officer of Lutheran Hospital. She has 30 years of experience in healthcare. Autry previously served as CEO of Detroit Medical Center’s SinaiGrace Hospital.

  • IWU Names Dean at Wesley Seminary

    Wesley Seminary at Indiana Wesleyan University has named Abson Joseph its next dean. He will begin his duties on January 1, 2018. Joseph is currently a professor of New Testament and ancient languages at IWU’s School of Theology and Ministry. He will move from undergraduate education to graduate-level instruction when he assumes his new role.

  • Ferrell to Manage Thunder Ice Arena

    Mike Ferrell has been named ice arena manager for the Thunder Ice Arena at Trine University. He is a longtime Trine employee with years of experience in coaching and managing events and facilities. In his new role, Ferrell oversees day-to-day operations of the arena.

  • The International Center Hires Executive Assistant

    The International Center has named Alli Tinch executive assistant and board liaison. She is an IUPUI graduate and joined the organization in May as International Citizen of the Year intern.

  • Music For All Names Hall of Fame Inductees

    Indianapolis-based Music For All is including three Indy-area music educators in its 2018 Bands of America Hall of Fame class. The honorees will be inducted during its national festival in March.

  • Glendon to Receive 2018 Evangelium Vitae Medal

    The University of Notre Dame Center for Ethics and Culture will award the 2018 Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal to former U.S. ambassador and current Harvard professor of law Mary Ann Glendon at a Mass and banquet on April 28, 2018. The Notre Dame Evangelium Vitae Medal, named for St. John Paul II's 1995 encyclical on life issues, is the nation’s most important lifetime achievement award for heroes of the pro-life movement.

  • Bose McKinney & Evans Adds to Team

    Bose McKinney & Evans LLP has added attorneys Christopher Roberge (pictured), Elizabeth Roberge (pictured) and Alexandra Gortchilova. All three  previously practiced with RobergeLaw, with offices in Carmel, which is merging into Bose McKinney and Evans. Christopher provides a broad range of services to individuals and corporations. Elizabeth is a partner in the Litigation Group and the Business Services Group. Gortchilova is an associate.

  • Holy Cross Installs New President

    Holy Cross College has installed Rev. David Tyson as its fifth president. The installation ceremony took place at the Pfeil Recreation Center on the Notre Dame campus, followed by an inaugural reception and dinner. Father Tyson was in August appointed to a five-year term as president.

  • Town of Speedway Fills Key Roles in Public Works, Parks

    The town of Speedway has appointed Wendell Walters director of public works. He joined the Speedway Fire Department in 1983 and was promoted to lieutenant in 1995. In 2000, Walters was promoted to deputy chief. Also, Tammy Smith has been named director of programming for the town’s Dept. of Parks and Recreation. She previously worked as insurance coordinator and customer service specialist at Kenworth of Indianapolis/Palmer Trucks.

  • Jerry Baker to be Pacers PA Announcer

    The first radio play-by-play voice of the Indiana Pacers will take on a new role with the team. Jerry Baker will serve as the public address announcer at Bankers Life Fieldhouse this season, succeeding Michael Grady. Baker, who is also known for his work on Indianapolis 500 and Indiana High School Athletic Association State Basketball Finals broadcasts, is a member of the Indiana Sportswriters and Sportscasters Hall of Fame.

  • State AFL-CIO Officers Re-Elected

    The Indiana State AFL-CIO has elected its officers for 2018. Brett Voorhies, representing United Steelworkers Local 1999 in Indianapolis, will once again serve as president. He was first elected president in 2013 after serving as president of what was then known as the Central Indiana Labor Council for two years.

  • Ivy Tech's Togashi Named to Governor's Executive Council

    Darryl Togashi has been named to Governor Eric Holcomb’s Executive Council on Cybersecurity. He is the department chair for Cybersecurity/Information Assurance, Information Technology Support, Network Infrastructure and Server Administration programs at Ivy Tech Community College’s Fort Wayne Campus.

  • Matchbook Creative Names Account Director

    Matchbook Creative has hired Caleb Bailey as an account director. He previously worked for USA Track & Field helping maintain strategic relationships with athletes, stakeholders and executives.

  • Canvas Hires Linder as VP

    Indianapolis-based Canvas has hired Zach Linder as vice president of analytics and machine learning. He has led analytics and automation initiatives at several high-growth companies, most recently as vice president and head of US operations at Virtusa, previously Apparatus.

  • Zhou Recognized by The Society of Innovators

    Purdue University Northwest Director of the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation Chenn Zhou has been nominated for the highest Fellow award of the 2017-18 class of The Society of Innovators of Northwest Indiana. Previously named a Society Fellow in 2005 and a recipient of the team Chanute Prize in 2012, Zhou is nominated for the Society’s Gerald I. Lamkin Fellow for Innovation and Service.

  • Baird Appointed to ABI Advisory Board

    Krieg DeVault Partner Kay Dee Baird has been appointed to the American Bankruptcy Institute’s Central States Bankruptcy Workshop Advisory Board. She is an American Bankruptcy Institute member and succeeds Krieg DeVault Partner C. Daniel Motsinger, who served on the advisory board the past 10 years. Baird is a member of the firm's Creditors' Rights and Bankruptcy Practice Group.

  • Peterson to Lead IU Center For Global Health Development Board

    The IU Center for Global Health has appointed Bart Peterson chair of the center’s development board. He will lead the development board’s work to advocate and fundraise for IU’s global health partnerships, such as the Academic Model Providing Access to Healthcare. Peterson recently retired as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications for Eli Lilly and Co. From 2000 to 2007, Peterson served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis.

  • Tippmann Innovation Fills Key Positions

    Fort Wayne-based Tippman Innovation has hired Kristine Grudis as director of QuickFreeze (QF+). For nearly 25 years, she has been involved with the food/beverage, pharmaceutical, 3PL and industrial vertical markets with an emphasis on temperature controlled building solutions. Also, Nick Pacitti joined the company in leading the business development effort and is also head of the Tippmann Cold Chain Management consulting practice.

  • Indiana Opioid Consortium Names Director

    The new Indiana Opioid Consortium has named Amnah Anwar director. It is gearing up to combat what she describes as “a crisis that has exploded in Indiana and has severely impacted rural communities and residents.”

  • Ivy Tech Lafayette Names Dean of Technology

    Ivy Tech Community College Lafayette has appointed Andrea Schwartz dean of the Technology Division. She will serve as principal academic and administrative leader of the division, responsible for curriculum, program and instructional quality, student academic success and other academic matters. Schwartz will identify opportunities for alignment to current and future workforce needs in the Lafayette campus service area.

  • IHS CEO Honored With Distinguished Career Award

    The Indiana Historical Society President and CEO John Herbst has been awarded the Association of Midwest Museum's 2017 Distinguished Career Award. Each year, AMM presents the award to an individual who has worked or volunteered in the museum industry for more than 10 years and made significant contributions to the field.

  • SYM Financial Advisors Makes Promotions, Hire

    Carmel-based SYM Financial Advisors has promoted Brandon Stewart (pictured) to associate financial advisor. Kaleigh Stoddard (pictured) has been promoted to associate financial advisor. Also, Ethan Brown has been named a client service representative.

  • HCC Adds to Team

    Human Capital Concepts, a Professional Employer Organization and HR Consulting company based in Indianapolis, has named Sara Hart marketing manager. She previously served as senior designer at WDM creative.
  • IU Jacobs School of Music Names Executive Director

    The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has promoted Melissa Dickson to executive director of external affairs. She most recently served as the Jacobs School’s director of development. Dickson will continue to lead the school's development office and manage its participation in IU’s For All: Bicentennial Campaign. In her new position, she will oversee the evolution and implementation of a cohesive communications strategy for the Jacobs School.

  • Hylant Makes Promotion, Hire

    Hylant has hired Lauren Rooney as personal lines client service manager. Also, Sue Ann Inman has been promoted to select client service executive.

  • Gillenwater Leaving Southwest Indiana Chamber

    Christy Gillenwater is resigning as president and CEO of the Southwest Indiana Chamber to become president and CEO of the Greater Chattanooga Chamber of Commerce. In June, Gillenwater was named Chamber Executive of the Year at the annual conference of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. In 2015 she led the Southwest Indiana Chamber to be named Indiana Chamber of the Year by ICEA.

  • Indy Metro Amazon HQ2 Names Co-Chairs

    Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett and Fishers Mayor Scott Fadness have announced additional co-chairs of the Indy Metro Amazon HQ2 project. The task force will bring together a small diverse group of public and private stakeholders representing the Indy region’s largest organizations and industries to help guide the bid effort coordinated and supported by the Indy Chamber.

  • Curless Named Manager of Crawfordsville Airport

    Lori Curless has been named manager of the Crawfordsville Municipal Airport. She most recently served as manager of the Indy South Greenwood Airport and succeeds Bill Cramer, who is stepping down to pursue new interests. Cramer led the airport for the past eight years, which included the transition of management from Red Top Aviation to the city of Crawfordsville in 2015.

  • Levingston Joins Park Staff

    Sampson Levingston has joined the White River State Park Development Commission as marketing and social media manager. He previously worked at Midwest Communications in Terre Haute and has volunteered for Special Olympics. Levingston also helped coach at the Mike Sanford Football Camp and worked as a mentor to youth in Terre Haute.

  • Tranbarger Named Director at Brownsburg Parks

    Travis Tranbarger has been promoted to director of Brownsburg Parks. He has served as interim director since August 17. Tranbarger has been with the park for seven years. He served as assistant director for four years and as recreation superintendent for three years. Before joining Brownsburg Parks, Tranbarger worked at Indy Parks' Brookside Park for four years, first as assistant park manager before moving up to park manager.

  • Norton Leaving DePauw to Start Consulting Practice

    Melanie Norton is leaving DePauw University to establish an independent philanthropic consulting practice, Norton Philanthropic Counsel. She is the school's vice president for development and alumni engagement. Norton, who returned to DePauw four years ago after a previous stint, has served the university a total of eight years. DePauw is launching a search for an interim vice president.

  • Purdue Polytechnic Names Associate Director

    Purdue Polytechnic Institute plans to make WestGate@Crane Technology Park the first of several CareerMaker sites throughout Indiana aimed at connecting businesses with the tools needed for success. Doreen Gonzalez-Gaboyan has been named associate director for workforce development and head of the CareerMaker program at WestGate. She previously served as business development and outreach manager at Purdue University Northwest CIVS.

  • MIBOR Names VP of Business Technology

    The MIBOR REALTOR Association has named Nicole Jensen vice president of business technology. She is currently CEO of the Palm Springs Regional Association of REALTORS and MLS. Jensen will assume her role with MIBOR in mid-November.

  • CSM Sport & Entertainment Appoints Senior VP

    CSM Sport & Entertainment has appointed Sean Downes senior vice president of business development. He previously served as chief executive officer of Medallion Sports Properties, which served as the primary sponsorship arm for Richard Petty Motorsports. Downes was at NASCAR in various senior roles including managing director of business development and director of partnership marketing.

  • Crown Point Teacher Named 'Teacher of The Year'

    The Indiana Department of Education has named Jerome Flewelling the 2018 Teacher of the Year. He teaches AP Physics, Mechanics and Chemistry at Crown Point High School. Flewelling will represent Indiana in the National Teacher of the Year competition. He has been teaching for more than 20 years, beginning his career at Frankton Junior/Senior High School.

  • Elevate Indianapolis Names Riggs CEO

    Urban youth-focused nonprofit Elevate Indianapolis has announced Troy Riggs will become interim president and chief executive officer beginning next month. Riggs, the former chief of police for the city of Indianapolis, will also continue his job as vice president at Sagamore Institute while leading Elevate on an interim basis.

  • Sharpen Technologies Adds to Team

    Sharpen Technologies has appointed Pam Hynes vice president of client experience. She is an experienced leader in providing cloud based communications and engagement solutions to contact centers. Also, Bill Waller has been named vice president of customer care & enablement. He brings more than 24 years of technology experience working for innovative, high-tech software companies to his new role.

  • The Children's Museum Elects Honorary Trustees

    The following individuals have been elected to "Honorary Trustee" status on the Board of The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis: David Gray, John Lechleiter (pictured) and Deborah Simon (pictured). The status is a lifelong designation that honors board members for their devotion to the mission of the museum through their length of service, active attendance and participation and bringing extraordinary gifts to the Museum.

  • IPS Board Appoints Principals

    The Indianapolis Public Schools Board of School Commissioners has approved the administration's plan for an all-Choice high school model. Lloyd Bryant (pictured) will serve as principal at Arsenal Tech, Lauren Franklin (pictured) will remain principal at Crispus Attucks, Stanley Law will serve as principal at George Washington High School and Shane O'Day will continue as principal of Shortridge High School.

  • IPS Names Young Chief of Staff

    Indianapolis Public Schools has named Ahmed Young chief of staff, which includes serving as general counsel for the district. He will also manage issues related to risk management, IPS Police, student and assignment, human resources and research, accountability and evaluation. Young most recently served as director of the Office of Education Innovation for the city of Indianapolis.

  • Wabash National Corp. Names Group Presidents

    Lafayette-based Wabash National Corp. has named Dustin Smith senior vice president and group president, commercial trailer products. He previously served as senior VP and general manager, commercial trailer products. Also, Kevin Page has been named senior vice president and group president, diversified products. He joined company in February 2017 as vice president and general manager, final mile and distributed services.

  • Indiana Furniture Names VP

    Jasper-based Indiana Furniture has named Chad Nord vice president of manufacturing, engineering and quality. He previously spent 13 years at MasterBrand Cabinets Inc., most recently as senior director of the project management office.

  • Lilly Announces Senior Leadership Appointments

    Eli Lilly and Co. has promoted: Josh Smiley, senior VP and CFO; Dan Skovronsky, senior VP for science and technology and president of Lilly Research Labs and Myles O'Neill, senior VP and president of manufacturing operations. Aarti Shah has been named an executive officer. Also, Maria Crowe (pictured), president of manufacturing operations and Jan Lundberg (pictured), president of Lilly Research Labs, are retiring.

  • Fort Wayne 311 Call Center Appoints Director

    Eric Harris has been appointed director of the city of Fort Wayne's 311 Call Center and Citizen Services Department. He previously served with Fort Wayne City Utilities as an audit specialist and most recently as assistant manager of data control. Fort Wayne launched its 311 program in 2007 to make government more accessible and responsive to the needs of residents, businesses and visitors.

  • Robinson Named Superintendent of The Year

    Fort Wayne Community Schools Superintendent Wendy Robinson is Indiana's 2018 Superintendent of the Year. Indiana Association of Public School Superintendents Executive Director J.T. Coopman calls Robinson "a national leader for her expertise in improving urban education." Robinson holds degrees from DePauw University, IPFW and Ball State University.

  • EVAAD Adds to Board of Directors

    The Evansville Vanderburgh Airport Authority District has added Rev. Adrian Brooks to its board of directors. He has served as the pastor of Memorial Baptist Church since 1993. Under his leadership, the congregation has grown to more than 4,500 members, offering more than 50 diverse ministries to Evansville and tristate communities.

  • Holcomb Makes Board Appointments

    Governor Eric Holcomb has made more appointments to various boards and commissions. They include the Indiana War Memorials Commission, Port of Indiana Commission and Parole Board.

  • 180 Solutions Names Analyst

    Courtney Blackwell has joined Greenwood-based 180 Solutions LLC as a senior telecom analyst. She previously served as customer care manager at Level 3 Communications.

  • YOC Promotes Helm to CIO

    Muncie-based Youth Opportunity Center Inc. has promoted Jeff Helm to chief information officer. He has been with the organization for 15 years, most recently serving as director of information technology & facilities for the past nine years. In this newly-created role, Helm will help achieve organizational goals in two primary ways. He will oversee and ensure all information and communication systems are secure and reliable.

  • PERQ Names Yasin VP of Marketing

    PERQ has promoted Muhammad Yasin to vice president of marketing. He joined the tech firm as director of marketing & demand generation in 2013. Yasin previously served as director of marketing at BizProps and marketing director at HCC Medical Insurance Services.

  • Telamon Makes Promotions

    Carmel-based Telamon has promoted Tom Puza to president. He most recently served as executive vice president of Business Development of the company's Industrial Solutions division. Also, Wayne Claridge has been promoted to EVP of global operations. He most recently served as president of industrial solutions.

  • The Farmers Bank Makes Promotions

    The Farmers Bank has promoted Brian Carroll to vice president/senior commercial lender. He has been with the bank since 2015. Carroll has more than 32 years of banking experience. He spent more than 19 years managing a commercial lending group in Indianapolis. Also, Kim Compton has been promoted to senior vice president of technology/operations. She has been with the bank since last year.

  • City of Westfield Adds to Team

    Jaclyn Heinz has joined the city of Westfield as digital marketing coordinator. She previously served as recruitment and communications associate for Purdue Bands & Orchestras. Heinz is a graduate of Purdue with a bachelor's degree in Visual Communications Design.

  • Pacers Names Esports Director

    Pacers Sports & Entertainment and the Indiana Pacers have selected Cody Parrent as director of esports operations. He will oversee the franchise's efforts in the inaugural NBA 2K esports league, which will launch in 2018. The Pacers team is one of 17 from the NBA that will take part in the league, which was announced in May.

  • Purdue Names Chancellor For Fort Wayne Campus

    Purdue University has identified the next chancellor for IPFW. Ronald Elsenbaumer is a Purdue alumnus, who currently serves as a special advisor to the president at the University of Texas at Arlington. He will succeed Vicki Carwein, who has led IPFW since 2012 and previously announced plans to retire by the end of the year. Purdue tells Inside INdiana Business Carwein will continue serving as chancellor until Elsenbaumer takes the helm November 1.

  • Dimension Mill Appoints Executive Director

    Pat East has been appointed executive director of Dimension Mill, Bloomington's downtown co-working and business incubator space. It is slated to open in 2018. He started Hanapin Marketing, a company that specializes in pay-per-click advertising, in 2004.

  • Indiana Afterschool Network Names President

    The Indiana Afterschool Network has promoted Jamie Johnson to president. She has been with IAN since 2012 when she started as vice president. Johnson has more than 20 years of youth-serving experience. She started her career as a high school English teacher and later served as an assistant principal focusing on curriculum and instruction. Her commitment to quality education and innovation led her to Walt Disney Development as director of curriculum and learning.

  • Atlas Van Lines Appoints COO

    Evansville-based Atlas World Group Inc. has named Joe Stackhouse president and chief operating officer of its Atlas Van Lines unit. He joins the company following a lengthy career in telecommunications and energy management, most recently serving as president and COO of American Utility Management in Chicago.

  • WBAA Names Miles General Manager

    Richard Miles has been named general manager of Purdue University’s public radio station WBAA. With 29 years of experience in public radio management, he previously served as chair of Indiana Public Broadcasting Stations and held various senior positions as vice president of interactive media and content strategy and vice president of audio services and TV programming at WFYI Indianapolis.

  • Bose Public Affairs Group Promotes Cornell to VP

    Bose Public Affairs Group LLC has promoted Amy Cornell to vice president. Since joining the firm in 2016, she has represented Indiana’s farming industry including Indiana Pork. As a member of the government relations team, she has also worked with the Indiana Economic Development Association assisting Indiana’s rural communities with land use planning, policy and infrastructure.

  • The Farmers Bank Promotes Cripe to VP

    The Farmers Bank has promoted Andrew "Drew" Cripe to vice president/agricultural lender. He started at the bank in 2011 as an agricultural lender. Cripe previously worked for Monsanto for four years.

  • ONI Risk Partners Adds to Insurance Team

    Indianapolis-based ONI Risk Partners has named Kathleen Lemont commercial services manager. She brings 30 years of insurance experience to the firm where she leads the commercial client services support team. Also, Logan Valentine has been hired as an employee benefits advisor. He is a graduate of Indiana State University with a bachelor’s degree in Insurance and Risk Management.

  • Gibson Adds to Team

    Gibson has appointed Katie Brockway senior client manager in its employee benefits practice. She previously worked in the insurance industry for more than 14 years at Brown & Brown. Anne Lowry (pictured) has joined the firm as a principal. She leads the Select Business Solutions team. Also, Courtney Montfort (pictured) has been appointed a client executive in commercial risk management.

  • Fair Oaks Co-Founder Among 'Awesome Women'

    Fair Oaks Farms in northwest Indiana and Chicago-based fairlife LLC Co-founder Sue McCloskey is being recognized by a national publication. Good Housekeeping has named McCloskey one of its Awesome Women Award winners. This year's recipients also include Spanx founder Sara Blakely, TriBeCa film festival co-founder Jane Rosenthal and actress and entertainer Whoopi Goldberg.

  • Indianapolis Manufacturer Names Medical Director

    Pulmodyne, a global manufacturer of high quality respiratory and emergency airway products, has hired Brett Greenfield as medical director. In this new role, he will provide medical direction in support of current lines and new product development. Greenfield is an attending physician and medical command physician for AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center, Department of Emergency Medicine.

  • Ruth's Chris Northside Names GM

    Jeff Smith has been named general manager of Ruth’s Chris Indianapolis northside restaurant. He has more than 30 years of hospitality experience. He previously served as food/beverage director and restaurant general manager at the Pyramid Hotel Group.

  • Indiana State Fairgrounds Names Communications Manager

    The Indiana State Fairgrounds & Event Center has named Sharon Smith communications manager. She joins the organization after launching and running an Indianapolis-based PR firm, Maverick Public Relations, for 12 years.

  • Colts Hire Campbell as VP of Communications

    The Indianapolis Colts have hired Steve Campbell as vice president of communications. He has more than 25 years of experience working at all levels of media, community programming and public service. Campbell currently is president of Campbell Strategies LLC, a local communications and strategy firm providing media counsel to business, nonprofit and public sector clients. He founded the firm in 2009.

  • Kinetrex Energy Adds to Team

    Kinetrex Energy has named Mark Gallo (pictured) director of sales and marketing. Also, Kristin Maguire (pictured) has been appointed senior customer solutions manager and will focus on marketing pipeline gas, LNG and RNG to the transportation sector. Anjuli Skirvin has been named customer solutions manager.

  • Klipsch Names Channel Marketing Manager

    Klipsch has added Tyler Nelson as channel marketing manager. He has more than 15 years of experience in the consumer electronics industry, specifically in audio/video. Nelson previously served as director of training at Remote Technologies and also held leadership, account management and training positions at Best Buy and Sony.

  • Gribbins Insulation Names Assistant Controller

    Evansville-based Gribbins Insulation has named Joy Veatch assistant controller. She previously worked as accounting supervisor at Peyronnin Construction. Veatch earned a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Southern Indiana.

  • Ally Accounting Hires Manager

    Avon-based Ally Accounting has hired Wendi Dickison as manager. She brings more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of tax services, having worked for other regional CPA firms. She has worked with clients spanning from individuals, to nonprofits and small to midsized business entities.

  • Indiana State Museum And Historic Sites¬†Adds to Team

    Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named Amy Ahlersmeyer (pictured) chief marketing officer. Kate Harvey (pictured) has been appointed chief development officer. Julie Schaefer has been named vice president of marketing and communication. Also, Cathy Donnelly has joined the ISMHS as an exhibit developer.

  • Colts Name Chief Sales & Marketing Officer

    The Indianapolis Colts have hired Roger VanDerSnick as chief sales and marketing officer. He is an Indiana native and graduate of Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, VanDerSnick comes to the Colts with more than 30 years of experience in the sales and marketing field. He most recently served as chief sales and marketing officer of International Management Group College for six years.

  • Costello Adds Keene as Director of Sales

    Indianapolis-based Costello had named Phill Keene director of sales to lead its business development. He previously served as director of marketing at Octiv and is currently co-host of #RealSalesTalk podcast.

  • Glick Receives 2017 Emerging Voice Award

    Purdue University’s College of Liberal Arts has presented its 2017 Emerging Voice Award to Katie Glick. She is agribusiness strategy manager in the Food and Agribusiness Group at Ice Miller LLP. Since 2008, the Emerging Voice Award has recognized young alumni who have excelled in their careers and proven to be productive, engaged members of society.

  • Kallio Joins Ginovus as Client Advisor

    Fishers-based Ginovus has named Jason Kallio a client advisor. He previously spent several years practicing as a Certified Public Accountant, conducting research and analysis, compliance reporting and identifying incentive opportunities for clients. Kallio has a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting and Finance from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.

  • Holcomb Names Health Commissioner

    Governor Eric Holcomb has named Kristina Box state health commissioner. She has spent more than 30 years as an OB-GYN at Indianapolis-based Community Health Network. Box fills the role previously held by Jerome Adams. Her first day with the Indiana State Department of Health will be October 16. She started at Community Hospitals of Indianapolis in 1987 as a private practitioner in OB-GYN with Clearvista Women's Care.

  • Lessonly Adds to Team

    Lessonly has named Andrew Robinson III senior director of product & engineering. He has more than 10 years of software leadership experience at companies like Formstack, Emplify and Our Health. Also, Bryan Naas has been appointed director of sales enablement.

  • CNO Financial Group Names VP

    CNO Financial Group Inc. has promoted Adam Auvil to vice president of investor relations. He has served as director of investor relations since July 2015, overseeing relations with securities analysts, institutional investors and rating agencies. Auvil joined CNO Financial in 2010 and has held roles of increasing responsibility in the finance organization.

  • Bank Chairman Announced as Member of CDIAC

    The Federal Reserve Board has selected Christopher Murphy to serve as a member of the 2018 Community Depository Institutions Advisory Council in Washington, D.C. The CDIAC advises the Federal Reserve Board on local economic conditions, the impact of regulations and the Federal Reserve’s operational services and oversight of community depository institutions. He is chairman and chief executive officer at 1st Source Bank.

  • Beacon Health Details Leadership Transition

    The chief executive officer of South Bend-based Beacon Health System is stepping down. Phil Newbold has served as CEO for 30 years and will be succeeded by Chief Operating Officer Kreg Gruber (pictured). The transition will officially take effect November 1. Beacon says Newbold will remain with the organization until the end of the year to "provide transitional support."

  • Mainstreet CEO Steps Down From Board

    The founder and chief executive officer of Carmel-based Mainstreet has resigned as chairman of the board of directors for subsidiary Mainstreet Health Investments Inc. Zeke Turner says he is stepping down to focus on Mainstreet's continued growth. Mainstreet Health Investments was formed through a reverse takeover transaction between another Mainstreet subsidiary, Mainstreet Investment Co. LLC and Canada-based Kingsway Arms Retirement Residences Inc.

  • Barnes & Thornburg Names Merkel COO

    Barnes & Thornburg LLP has named Steven Merkel chief operating officer. He is a retired U.S. Army colonel who joins the firm after serving as chief of operations for the United States Military Academy. Earlier operational roles held by Merkel include brigade commander at the U.S. Military Academy; chief of operations for a multinational security force in Kabul, Afghanistan and chief of operations for the U.S First Army.

  • PhRMA Names McGee Director of Public Affairs

    Nick McGee has been named director of public affairs at Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America. He spent the past five years serving Representative Larry Bucshon and the Hoosiers of Indiana’s Eighth District. McGee served as deputy chief of staff, communications director and press secretary.

  • Flint & Walling Names District Manager

    Kendallville-based Flint & Walling has named Phil Hernandez district manager for Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia and western Pennsylvania. He brings a strong sales background to his new position.

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