updated: 5/21/2012 12:44:05 PM
Republican gubernatorial candidate Mike Pence's choice for Lieutenant Governor brings a business background and experience in economic development legislation to November's ticket. State Representative Sue Ellspermann (R-74) founded a consulting business before joining the University of Southern Indiana as founding director of the Center for Applied Research and Economic Development. In this Studio(i) interview from about one year ago, Ellspermann discusses her first bill, which led to Indiana's Young Entrepreneur Program.
The Indiana Economic Development Corporation plays a key role in administering the program.
The IEDC tells Inside Indiana Business the program to link young entrepreneurs to rural areas is underway and an announcement on communities have been matched with the startup proposals is expected in the coming weeks.
Ellspermann also has engineering and management experience with General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay.
Source: Inside INdiana Business
Bio From Ellspermann's State Representative (R-74) Website
In November, 2010 Sue was elected State Representative for District 74 representing Warrick, Spencer, Perry and Dubois Counties in southern Indiana. She serves as Vice Chair of Employment, Labor and Pensions Committee and as a member of the Small Business, Commerce and Economic Development Committee and Election and Apportionment Committee. In her first session, Sue authored HEA 1251, the Young Entrepreneur bill, which establishes a mechanism linking graduating entrepreneurship majors and minors to communities interested in becoming home to their start-up businesses. This supports her commitment to bring high intellect young people back to Indiana’s rural communities.
Sue is the founding director of the Center for Applied Research at the University of Southern Indiana. The Center mobilizes USI faculty, staff, and students to assist regional businesses and organizations with applied research, consulting projects and internships. The Center helps leverage the intellectual capital located at USI throughout the counties in the region with projects ranging from economic impact studies and community surveys to analytical chemistry. Sue also serves on Indiana’s HomeTown Competitiveness Resource Team hosted in the Office of Community and Rural Affairs facilitating communities in their revitalization efforts through a deliberate, organic revitalization process.
For twenty years, Sue operated her own consulting firm as a Simplex creative problem solving master consultant complimented by a Ph.D. in industrial engineering focused on the enhancement of individual and team problem solving performance. Her client organizations ranged from Fortune 500 to rural communities supporting innovation, problem solving, strategic planning, facilitation, team building and interpersonal skills development. She has previous engineering and management experience with General Motors, Michelin and Frito-Lay.
Sue holds a B.S.I.E. from Purdue and M.S.I.E. and Ph.D. from the University of Louisville. She has published research in Omega: the International Journal of Management Science and Engineering Management Journal. Her dissertation research received the Citation of Excellence from Emerald Management Reviews as one of the top 50 international management research articles published in 2007.
Jim Mehling, her husband, and Sue reside in Ferdinand, Indiana. They have a blended family including four adult daughters, one son-in-law, one grandson, and one fiancé.