Eiteljorg Names Chairman of The Board

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The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art's Board of Directors has elected Tom Hoback chairman of the board. He is chief executive officer of Indiana Rail Road Company and was elected president of the Eiteljorg board earlier this year. September 10, 2014

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art’s Board of Directors has elected Tom Hoback, president and CEO of Indiana Rail Road Company (INRD), as its new chairman of the board.

“Whether he’s supporting our holiday exhibition, Jingle Rails, or providing counsel on ways to improve our cultural institution, Tom has shown a deep commitment to the Eiteljorg,” said John Vanausdall, the museum’s president and CEO. “We are encouraged by the board’s decision to elect such a strong leader for our organization.”

Hoback purchased INRD in 1986 when it was slated for abandonment by a former owner. Twenty-eight years later, the 500-mile railroad that hauls consumer, energy and industrial products has seen a 12-fold increase in business.

Hoback takes the helm following the passing of Ed West. The former WellPoint and Lilly corporate communication executive, elected board president in 2013, succumbed to cancer in June.

“We lost a great leader with the passing of Ed West,” said Vanausdall. “He was a true Westerner at heart.

“Riding, hunting and fishing at his Wyoming ranch were his great passions, exceeded only by his love for his wife and best friend, Barbara. He generously shared his world class marketing and communication expertise with us –helping to create strategies that led to major successes. Ed was a great friend of everyone involved with the Eiteljorg. He is greatly missed.”

In addition to Hoback, the Eiteljorg Board welcomes two new members and one new advisor:

Steve Cagle, Board of Directors

Partner, Smith Geiger LLC

Phyllis Cockerill, Board of Directors

Past Chairman of the Western Art Society

James Gutting, Board of Advisors

Partner, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Source: Eiteljorg Museum of American Indians and Western Art