BigWigs & New Gigs: Retail 

Dealers Wholesale Selects Manager

Dealers Wholesale Selects Manager

Dealers Wholesale in Indianapolis has named Evan Brown logistics manager. He has worked in logistics and distribution for over 18 years.

CM Buck Lighting Adds Associate

CM Buck Lighting Adds Associate

CM Buck & Associates in Indianapolis has added Stephanie Quimby as inside sales and project management associate. She has a background in customer service, relationships and employee experience in both the technology and real estate industries. Quimby also spent nearly 10 years in teaching and educational administration.

Vera Bradley Co-Founder Retiring From Board

Vera Bradley Co-Founder Retiring From Board

Very Bradley co-founder and long-serving board member Patricia Miller is retiring from the company's board of directors effective August 30. Miller started Vera Bradley with friend Barbara Bradley Baekgaard in 1982 and has served on the board since then. She was co-president of the company from 1982 to June 2010, when she was appointed national spokesperson for the company and served in the role till October 2012.  

Commercial Office Environments Hires Designer

Commercial Office Environments Hires Designer

Commercial Office Environments in Indianapolis has hired Ariana Nunes as a designer. She most recently served as a design assistant at Brandy Ketterer Design. Nunes graduated from Indiana University with a bachelor’s degree in interior design in 2018.

Do it Best Promotes Five, Hires Three

Do it Best Promotes Five, Hires Three

Fort Wayne-based Do it Best has promoted Eerik Hale (pictured) to territory sales and business development manager and Derek Opliger (pictured) to associate merchandise manager for global sourcing. Also, Jarek Hoppe has been promoted to lumber and building materials sales assistant; Amy McCaw to assistant credit manager and Vince Riddle to systems engineer.  

Commercial Office Environments Adds to Team

Commercial Office Environments Adds to Team

Indianapolis-based Commercial Office Environments has added Joan Bryant as account executive. She previously served as senior salesperson at Workplace Studio by Staples.  Bryant holds a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from Woodbury University as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications from Principia College. She brings more than 30 years of experience as an interior designer, space planner and furniture sales consultant.

Do It Best Announces Promotions, New Team Members

Do It Best Announces Promotions, New Team Members

Fort Wayne-based Do It Best has named four senior leaders to new roles on the Lumber and Building Materials team. Todd Hixson (pictured) will serve as business development manager, a new leadership position. Jean Fahy (pictured) will take over as the division manager of building materials.  

OfficeWorks Hires Business Development Rep

OfficeWorks Hires Business Development Rep

Fishers-based OfficeWorks has added Scott O’Neil as business development rep. He has spent five years in commercial real estate industry as a broker. O’Neil will be responsible for developing relationships and acquiring new business opportunities.

IIG Announces VP of Procurement

IIG Announces VP of Procurement

Dyer-based Interior Image Group has hired Guy Nelson as vice president of procurement. He recently served as director of operations for Carver & Associates in Atlanta, Georgia. Nelson brings over 30 years of hospitality experience to his role with the company.  IIG is a hospitality design firm.

Wiers Promotes Hettich President

Wiers Promotes Hettich President

Plymouth-based Wiers has promoted Drew Hettich to president. He has served 14 years at Wiers where he held several different roles including vice president of quality & operations and general manager. Wiers was established in 1964 and specializes in fleet maintenance, truck repair and international truck sales.

One Click Ventures Announces Promotions

One Click Ventures Announces Promotions

E-tailer One Click Ventures has announced the promotion of five team members to new roles. Aaron Moore (not pictured) has been promoted from Fulfillment Manager to Director of Operations. Moore will oversee all operations for One Click, including Fulfillment, Inventory, and Customer Happiness departments. 

Do It Best Makes Promotions

Do It Best Makes Promotions

Fort Wayne-based Do It Best has promoted Sara Loyall (pictured) to retail technology specialist. The company also moved three senior sales and business development leaders into new roles. Rob Schmiedel (pictured) has been named sales operations manager, Greg Fuller national sales manager and John Wade strategic account manager.

Reis-Nichols Jewelers Hires Director of Finance

Reis-Nichols Jewelers Hires Director of Finance

Reis-Nichols Jewelers has named Stacey McMenamin director of finance. She has a background in accounting and banking, with concentration in the areas of manufacturing firms, professional service firms and CFO services. McMenamin previously served in a similar role for the retirement services division of OneAmerica.

DEFENDERS Names Two Partners

DEFENDERS Names Two Partners

Indianapolis-based DEFENDERS has named Cathy George and Dave Browne partners. George has been with the company for nearly 10 years and is controller and director of accounting. Browne serves as executive vice chairman of its board of directors. He is a former CEO of multiple companies. Most notably is LensCrafters, where Browne was instrumental in driving growth, profitability and creating a unique service culture.

Knowles Joins Crown Moving & Storage

Knowles Joins Crown Moving & Storage

Crown Moving & Storage, an interstate agent for Wheaton World Wide Moving, has added Michael Knowles as a business development representative to its team of experienced household goods relocation sales professionals. He has been in the moving and storage industry for the past 10 years, since he joined the team at University Moving and Storage in Indianapolis in customer and revenue services.

ADESA Adds to National Sales Team

ADESA Adds to National Sales Team

ADESA has added Patrick Ming as executive sales director. He joined the KAR organization through the acquisition of OPENLANE in 2011 and brings more than 20 years of experience in the automotive industry. Vince McNeal has rejoined the team as senior director of customer solutions. He began his ADESA career in 2005 at the company’s ADESA Lexington auction location serving as a dealer sales representative, before promotions to fleet lease manager and assistant general manager.

TradeRev Makes Hires, Promotions

TradeRev Makes Hires, Promotions

TradeRev has hired Kayne Grau (pictured) as executive vice president, U.S. and commercial sales. Keith Crerar (pictured) has been named executive vice president of global operations. Also, Kathy Hopkins has been promoted to vice president of sales and Will Farmer has been promoted to vice president of sales.

PAR North America Appoints Senior VP

PAR North America Appoints Senior VP

PAR North America, a business unit of global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider KAR Auction Services Inc., has appointed Stacey White senior vice president of remarketing. She previously served as senior vice president of KAR enterprise optimization, overseeing procurement and sourcing strategies. White joined KAR in 2008 as an operational compliance auditor.

KAR Auction Services Promotes Kelly to President

KAR Auction Services Promotes Kelly to President

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. has promoted Peter Kelly to the newly-created role of president. He will oversee ADESA, AFC and OPENLANE including the KAR remarketing services and digital services group businesses. Kelly joined KAR in 2011 through the acquisition of OPENLANE, where he served as co-founder, president and chief executive officer.

LED Indy Adds Senior VP

LED Indy Adds Senior VP

LED Indy has hired Joe Dayan as senior vice president of sales and marketing. He is an experienced executive and will lead the company’s strategic sales and marketing initiatives. Dayan has spent the last 20 years in the technology sector, working for Fortune 500 companies and also served as a principal in three local startups.

Do it Best Names Director

Do it Best Names Director

Do it Best has promoted veteran team member Mike Ter Molen director of LBM operations. He has more than 17 years of lumber and building materials experience at the company, with leadership roles in commodities, building materials, millwork, home décor, and developing distribution partners. Two years ago, he stepped out of LBM to serve as tech engagement divisional manager.

Do It Best Makes Promotions, Hires

Do It Best Makes Promotions, Hires

Do it Best Corp. Vice President of Merchandising Steve Markley (pictured) has been promoted to executive vice president of operations. Markley came back to the company in the mid-80s, and then moved on to work in the vendor community and also served as a manufacturer’s representative. William "Dent" Johnson (pictured) has been promoted to VP of merchandising. He previously served as a divisional merchandise manager.

Endangered Species Chocolate Adds to Marketing Team

Endangered Species Chocolate Adds to Marketing Team

Indianapolis-based Endangered Species Chocolate has added Ashlee Leo to its marketing team as its marketing and promotions manager. She most recently oversaw all marketing and public relations efforts for Mid-America Real Estate Group. Leo also has years of experience in CPG that includes marketing development with Coca-Cola and a manager of trade marketing and brand at Hill & Valley Inc.

Gallagher Uniform Appoints Plant Manager

Gallagher Uniform Appoints Plant Manager

Gallagher Uniform has appointed Kevin Gallagher plant manager. He will direct a team of more than 35 processing associates within the state-of-the-art uniform rental, laundry, and supply facility. A fifth generation Gallagher, Kevin will also continue to oversee all stockroom operations. In his previous role as IT manager, Gallagher supported and championed the company’s commitment to implementing innovative solutions that drive efficiency and exemplary customer service.

Purchasing Power Names Regional Sales Director

Purchasing Power Names Regional Sales Director

David Skinner has been named regional sales director at Purchasing Power LLC. He will be based in Indianapolis and assumes sales responsibilities covering the U.S. Great Lakes territory. He previously served six years as a principal sales professional at Mercer, working in their Indiana Health Practice. Skinner also worked for 13  years at IHC Health Solutions as vice president, sales and marketing dental and vision.

Dealers Wholesale Names Controller

Dealers Wholesale Names Controller

Dealers Wholesale has named Adam Benoit director of finance/controller. He is a graduate of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and is a Certified Public Accountant. Benoit brings prior CFO and controllership experience within the professional services and manufacturing industries.

Endangered Species Chocolate Adds to Team

Endangered Species Chocolate Adds to Team

Endangered Species Chocolate has added Elaine Vulcano and Shelby Troyer to its marketing and quality teams. Vulcano brings 20 years of retail and CPG marketing experience to the company as brand & partnership marketing manager. Also, Troyer has been named quality programs manager. She previously served as quality control manager at Trader’s Point Creamery.

French Knot Names Design Assistant

French Knot Names Design Assistant

Lafayette-based French Knot has named Clara Paris design assistant. She will assist designer Lindsay Mason with knit patterns, trend research, evaluating samples and more. Paris graduated from Purdue University with a degree in apparel design and technology. While at Purdue, she studied abroad at the Hong Kong Polytechnic Institute where she learned more about the textile design.

DEFENDERS Makes Promotions

DEFENDERS Makes Promotions

DEFENDERS has promoted Robert Freeman to chief operating officer. He will lead the sales, field services and customer experience organizations.  Also, Bart Shroyer has been named executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will head the finance, accounting, ADT relationships, information technology and legal/risk teams.

Do it Best Corp. Makes Hires, Promotions

Do it Best Corp. Makes Hires, Promotions

Fort Wayne-based Do it Best Corp. has promoted Steve Rose (pictured) to national logistics manager. He most recently served as safety director since joining the company. in 2011.  Rose previously spent 10 years in operations for Wal-Mart distribution.

Koorsen Fire & Security Names VP

Koorsen Fire & Security Names VP

Koorsen Fire & Security has promoted Chad Hohne to vice president of sales. He will be responsible for building, training and coaching a growing high-performance sales team of more than 100 associates covering Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama. Hohne previously served as a sales manager, working out of the Evansville branch and previously held sales leadership positions at Victoria National Golf Club, RICOH USA Inc. and SITEX Corp.

Sun King President Stepping Down

Sun King President Stepping Down

The president of Indianapolis-based Sun King Brewing Co. is planning to step away from his day-to-day role at the end of July. Bob Whitt, who was named president in April 2016, says he will continue with more limited ownership responsibilities at the brewery through the end of the year. Whitt says Sun King's principal Co-founders Dave Colt and Clay Robinson will continue to lead the company as co-chief executive officers.

Do it Best Corp. Names VP

Do it Best Corp. Names VP

Fort Wayne-based Do it Best Corp. has promoted John Mergy to vice president of information technology. He joined the company in 2005 and has served as director of application portfolio management for the past several years.

Simon Promotes McDade to CFO

Simon Promotes McDade to CFO

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group has promoted Brian McDade to executive vice president and chief financial officer. He will succeed Andy Juster on October 1. McDade has been with the company for 14 years, serving in various senior finance and accounting roles with increasing complexity and responsibility, most recently serving as senior vice president and treasurer.

Account Executive Joins Commercial Office Environments

Account Executive Joins Commercial Office Environments

Commercial Office Environments, an Indianapolis-based office furniture dealer, has hired Sean Worland as an account executive. He previously worked as an outside advocate for Carvana LLC and has a background in logistics, communications and marketing.

21st Amendment Promotes Brennan to President

21st Amendment Promotes Brennan to President

21st Amendment Inc. has promoted Lou Anne Brennan to president. Jim James, who founded the company 47 years ago, will remain chief executive officer and director of its board of directors. Brennan joined the company in 1984, as controller, and most recently served as chief financial officer.

Sweetwater Hires TV Anchor as VP

Sweetwater Hires TV Anchor as VP

Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater has hired longtime WANE-TV news anchor and community ambassador Heather Herron as vice president of corporate communications, effective May 29. She will succeed Christopher Guerin, who is retiring. Herron's new role will include local and national public relations, corporate public involvement through the company’s donations program, community engagement and other duties.

Do it Best Corp.'s VP of IT to Retire

Do it Best Corp.'s VP of IT to Retire

Fort Wayne-based Do it Best Corp. has announced Vice President of Information Technology Mike Altendorf is retiring. He has spent more than 30 years in the independent home improvement industry. Altendorf’s retirement is effective August 10. He joined the company in 2009 as director of IT business planning and architecture and was appointed vice president of IT seven months later.

Sweetwater VP to Retire

Sweetwater VP to Retire

Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater has announced the retirement of Christopher Guerin, vice president of corporate communications, effective May 29. He joined Sweetwater after serving as president of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic. Guerin resigned in 2005, after 20 years in that position. He started at Sweetwater as a consultant in July of 2005, and in April of 2006 was named director of program development. His title was later changed to VP of corporate communications.

Sweetwater Adds to Team

Sweetwater Adds to Team

Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater has named Julie Machado manager of recruiting and retention for the Sweet Family of Businesses. She spent the last 17 years in HR roles for Lincoln Financial, Tower Bank, and, for the past six years, Vera Bradley. Also, Jacob Dupre has been named video department keyboard artist.

Fineline Printing Group Adds to Team

Fineline Printing Group Adds to Team

Indianapolis-based Fineline Printing Group has named Jay Williamson senior account manager. He brings more than 40 years of industry experience to the role. Williamson previously served in a similar role at Offset House Printing for 25 years.

PAR North America Makes Leadership Changes

PAR North America Makes Leadership Changes

PAR North America, a business unit of global vehicle remarketing and technology solutions provider, KAR Auction Services Inc. has promoted Jose Delgado (pictured) to senior vice president, sales and business development. Jessie Herdrich (pictured) has been promoted to vice president, compliance and operations. Also, John Sibbitt has been promoted to vice president of operations.

Nelbud Names Crafton CEO

Nelbud Names Crafton CEO

Nelbud Services Group Inc., the nation’s largest self-performing commercial kitchen ventilation services provider, has appointed Michael Crafton president and chief executive officer. He is the former president of 360 Services, which merged with Nelbud in 2015.

KAR Announces Executive Leadership Change

KAR Announces Executive Leadership Change

Carmel-based KAR Auction Services Inc. has named John Hammer president of the company's ADESA business unit. The appointment follows the resignation of Stéphane St-Hilaire who led ADESA since early 2014. Hammer is an automotive industry veteran, who previously served as chief executive officer of KAR’s Automotive Finance Corp. business before leaving the company in 2016.

Endangered Species Chocolate Hires Marketing Chief

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 of marketing 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.

Cox Automotive Names CFO

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.

Do It Best Corp. Appoints Manager

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.

Commercial Office Environments Promotes Fleming

Commercial Office Environments Promotes Fleming

Indianapolis-based Commercial Office Environments has promoted Michael Fleming Jr. from account executive to sales manager. He also previously worked in sales for Officeworks and M3 Office.

Herff Jones Promotes Brown to Director

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.

KAR Auction Services, TradeRev Add to Leadership Teams

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.

Indiana Furniture Names VP

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.

Klipsch Names Channel Marketing 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.

STANLEY Security Adds Director

STANLEY Security Adds Director

STANLEY Security has named Tamara Cypress director of corporate communications & culture. She previously served as senior communications manager at Roche Diabetes Care Inc. 

Former MOBI President to Lead Bloomington Company

Former MOBI President to Lead Bloomington Company

The former president of Indianapolis-based tech company MOBI has landed a new role. Bloomington-based Author Solutions LLC has named Mitch Black chief executive officer. The announcement comes less than a month after MOBI announced co-founder Josh Garrett would succeed Black as president.

Vera Bradley Appoints Chief Creative Officer

Vera Bradley Appoints Chief Creative Officer

Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley has promoted Beatrice Mac Cabe to chief creative officer. She previously served as vice president. Mac Cabe succeeds Barbara Bradley Baekgaard, who will now focus on various Vera Bradley-related projects. She will also continue her work as a member of the board of directors. Also, Kim Colby will be stepping down from her role as executive vice president of design effective September 29.

Monarch Beverage Hires Physical Therapist

Monarch Beverage Hires Physical Therapist

Monarch Beverage has hired Kyle Netter as a physical therapist. He will work alongside a physician and nurse practitioner to develop individualized plans for injury recovery, pain reduction and mobility and function restoration.

Do it Best Corp. Adds to Team, Promotes Four

Do it Best Corp. Adds to Team, Promotes Four

Do it Best Corp. has added Sara Loyall and Chris Rodriguez as business technical support specialists to its world headquarters team in Fort Wayne. The company has also promoted: Alex Gilliom, Zach Mezera, Dan Wasvick (pictured) and Dawn Williams (pictured).

Koorsen Appoints CIO

Koorsen Appoints CIO

Shawn Williams has been named chief information officer of Indianapolis-based Koorsen Fire & Security. He previously served as CIO of Ingram Micro Mobility, a global company and division of Ingram Micro. In this role, Williams led strategic planning for the IT organization. He was also part of the North American Leadership Council, the executive leader for transforming software applications globally.

Vera Bradley Promotes Enwright to CFO

Vera Bradley Promotes Enwright to CFO

Fort Wayne-based Vera Bradley Inc. has promoted John Enwright to executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately. He started with the company in 2014 as senior director of corporate financial planning & analysis and was soon promoted to vice president of financial planning & analysis. In March 2017, Enwright was named interim chief financial officer.

Kroger Names Ruler Foods President

Kroger Names Ruler Foods President

A division of Cincinnati-based The Kroger Co. has selected a new president. Liz Ferneding will lead Ruler Foods, based in Seymour, following the May retirement of former President Paul Bowen. Ferneding most recently served as director of corporate buying at Illinois-based ALDI Inc. 

Hamilton Town Center Hires Director

Hamilton Town Center Hires Director

Hamilton Town Center, a Simon mall, has named MacKenzie Harris director of marketing and business development. She began her career working at Simon in June 2016 in the marketing department for The Town Center at Boca Raton in Boca Raton, Florida after gaining experience from StrataBlue, Brooksource and Beyond Payroll. 

J.D. Byrider Appoints CEO

J.D. Byrider Appoints CEO

Carmel-based J.D. Byrider has appointed Craig Peters (pictured) chief executive officer. He replaces Steve Wedding, who served the company for 25 years. Wedding will support the transition as an advisor to the J.D. Byrider Board of Directors. Most recently serving as chief operations and technology officer of Barclaycard US, Peters was responsible for delivering a new technology platform to support the launch of a new consumer lending business.

KAR Auction Services Names CCO

KAR Auction Services Names CCO

KAR Auction Services has named industry veteran Richard Howse chief commercial officer. He previously served as senior vice president of marketing and business development at Volkswagen Credit. Howse has also served in senior finance roles at GMAC and GE Capital and positions with JD Power, Audi of America, Honda and General Motors.

Crew Carwash Hires Controller

Crew Carwash Hires Controller

Crew Carwash has named Scott Turner controller. He previously served in a similar role at JD Byrider. Turner has 20 years of finance experience working with Emmis Communications and BKD.

Denison Parking Announces Executive Leadership Transition

Denison Parking Announces Executive Leadership Transition

Indianapolis-based Denison Parking has announced President and CEO Mark Pratt has resigned and Jeff Line has been promoted to president. Pratt plans to start a new business venture in the parking industry. Line has been an executive with Denison Parking for 10 years, most recently serving as executive vice president and chief operating officer.

hhgregg Chief Retail Officer Resigns

hhgregg Chief Retail Officer Resigns

Samuel Johnson has resigned from his role as chief retail officer for hhgregg. He served as senior vice president of stores until his promotion to chief retail officer in August 2016.

Kittle’s Announces Family's Fourth Generation in Management

Kittle’s Announces Family's Fourth Generation in Management

Kittle’s Furniture has promoted Sawyer Kittle to store manager of its Below Market Furniture Store in Fishers. Founded in Indianapolis in 1932 by C.L. Kittle, the company is celebrating its 85th anniversary this year, and has always had a member of the Kittle's family in a leading management role.

Indy Audio Labs Names Director

Indy Audio Labs Names Director

Indianapolis-based Indy Audio Labs has named Deirdre Moore director of marketing & communications. She holds a B.A. in Visual Communications Design. Moore previously worked at Purdue University in the Center for Entrepreneurship. In her new role, she will assume all responsibility of print and social media marketing, industry trade show coordination, and general company communications.

Herff Jones Appoints Drees President

Herff Jones Appoints Drees President

Herff Jones has appointed Jeffrey Drees president. He most recently served as president of the industry product division at Flowserve Corp. Drees started his career in the U.S. Air Force where he worked as a systems specialist responsible for maintaining, repairing and installing building automation systems in Europe, the Middle East and Turkey.

St. Elmo Hires Director of Retail Sales

St. Elmo Hires Director of Retail Sales

St. Elmo Steak House has hired Travis Strong as director of retail sales. He previously served as key account manager for Bimbo Bakeries with special focus on the Marsh Supermarket account.

Varsity Brands Appoints President of Herff Jones

Varsity Brands Appoints President of Herff Jones

Varsity Brands, the leading company that empowers young people through sport, spirit and achievement, has appointed Jeffrey Drees president of its Herff Jones business division. He recently served as president, industrial product division, at Flowserve Corp. Drees succeeds John Newby, who will assume new leadership responsibilities, including oversight of Varsity Brands’ cross-division IMPACT program.

hhgregg Names Chief Merchandising Officer

hhgregg Names Chief Merchandising Officer

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has named Aaron Trahan (pictured) chief merchandising officer. He previously served as vice president of merchandising for Texas-based Conn's Home Plus. Trahan succeeds Keith Zimmerman, who was terminated by hhgregg in October. The company did not state a reason for the termination. Trahan's appointment continues the string of executive leadership changes for hhgregg.

Sweetwater CFO Retires

Sweetwater CFO Retires

Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Chief Financial Officer Marc Leveridge is retiring. He has been in the audio/music industry since joining Altec Lansing in Oklahoma City in 1979, which was under ownership by Altec Corp., then Gulton Industries, and Mark IV Industries.

DEFENDERS Appoints CMO

DEFENDERS Appoints CMO

DEFENDERS, a leading provider of residential security services, has promoted Richard Thomas Hill to chief marketing officer. He has more than 25 years of consumer marketing experience. Prior to joining DEFENDERS in 2014, Hill served 11 years as managing director at Tribune Co. 

Meijer President Earns New Role

Meijer President Earns New Role

A grocery chain with a major presence in Indiana will soon have a new chief executive officer. Michigan-based Meijer Inc. says Rick Keyes, who currently serves as the company's president, will add the title of CEO beginning January 1. He succeeds Hank Meijer, who will become executive chairman of the Meijer board of directors. 

Circle Centre Mall Names Director

Circle Centre Mall Names Director

Circle Centre Mall, a Simon mall, has named Leslie Payne director of marketing and business development. She began her career at Simon Property Group as director of marketing and business development at Castleton Square Mall in Indianapolis and Indian River Mall in Vero Beach, Florida. Payne also gained additional sales, promotion and marketing management experience with AIMCO, Landis&Gyr, RE/MAX and the IU School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI.

Do It Best Corp. Promotes Talarico to VP

Do It Best Corp. Promotes Talarico to VP

Do It Best Corp. has promoted Nick Talarico to vice president of sales and business development. He joined the company in 2009 as manager of internal audit. In 2014, Talarico was promoted to divisional manager in merchandising. In his new role, he will lead a team of professional sales consultants committed to helping the co-op’s member-owners grow their businesses while attracting new members.

DEFENDERS Promotes Freeman to VP of Sales

DEFENDERS Promotes Freeman to VP of Sales

DEFENDERS has promoted Robert Freeman to vice president of sales. He joined the firm as controller in 2007. Freeman has led a variety of executive leadership functions in finance, accounting, payroll, funding, collections, project management, sourcing and facilities. In his new role, he is responsible for leading all sales functions to maximize DEFENDERS’ sales performance and talent development.

ADESA Names Director of Dealer Relations

ADESA Names Director of Dealer Relations

Carmel-based ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, has promoted Trent Strauss to director of dealer relations. He has more than 15 years of inbound and retail sales experience. Since joining ADESA in 2010, Strauss has served as district inside sales manager in Colorado Springs, where he was responsible for telesales staff at up to 13 locations.

Herff Jones Names Senior VP

Herff Jones Names Senior VP

Herff Jones has named Maggie Waples senior vice president and general manager of the Yearbook Division. She previously worked for Pearson, where she managed a $1B higher education portfolio that achieved double digit growth in digital sales and technology adoption.

Crew Hires Director of Purchasing

Crew Hires Director of Purchasing

Indianapolis-based Crew Carwash has hired John Lawrence as director of purchasing. He previously served as senior manager of supply chain and vendor relations at Virginia-based Advance Auto Parts.

hhgregg Makes Several Promotions

hhgregg Makes Several Promotions

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has promoted Kevin Kovacs to chief financial officer and Sam Johnson to chief retail officer. Kovacs succeeds Robert Riesbeck as CFO, following Riesbeck's recent appointment as president and chief executive officer. Kovacs previously served as vice president and controller for the company. Johnson previously served as senior vice president of stores.

Crew Carwash Expands Recruiting Team

Crew Carwash Expands Recruiting Team

Indianapolis-based Crew Carwash has hired Will Stephan as management recruiter. Stephan previously worked as a recruiter for Speedway LLC for the past four years.

hhgregg Names Riesbeck CEO

hhgregg Names Riesbeck CEO

Indianapolis-based hhgregg Inc. has officially named Robert Riesbeck chief executive officer. He had been serving in the role on an interim basis since February. Riesbeck joined hhgregg in 2014. He will continue to serve as chief financial officer as well until a replacement is appointed. Before coming to the appliance, electronics and furniture retailer, he served in leadership roles for companies including Sun Capital Partners and Marsh Supermarkets. He succeeds Dennis May...

Herff Jones Hires VP of Customer Service

Herff Jones Hires VP of Customer Service

Herff Jones has appointed Tim Rauschenbach vice president of customer service. He previously worked with Amazon, UnitedHealth Group and Practice Fusion.

BigIron Names District Manager

BigIron Names District Manager

BigIron Auctions has named Matt Allen district manager for the northern half of Indiana and portions of southern Michigan. He has more than 17 years of sales experience.

ADESA Names Executive VP

ADESA Names Executive VP

ADESA, a business unit of KAR Auction Services, has named Jason Ferreri as executive vice president of online services. He joined ADESA in 2004 and has held various management roles, most recently as senior vice president of commercial sales.

Kroger Names Eric Halvorson Public Affairs Manager

Kroger Names Eric Halvorson Public Affairs Manager

The Kroger Co. has named Eric Halvorson public affairs manager and media spokesman for the company's central division. He left WISH-TV last year after 33 years. Halvorson succeeds John Elliott, who will become the chief executive officer of Gleaners Food Bank in Indianapolis later this year. Halvorson had been the lead news anchor at the station for years.

Crew Carwash Names Area Director

Crew Carwash Names Area Director

Crew Carwash has promoted Steve Coughlin to area director for northwest Indiana. He joined the company in 1999, and most recently served as senior general manager of Crew’s West Lafayette location. In his new role, Coughlin will oversee operations in Lafayette, Kokomo and Merrillville.

Money Promoted by KAR Auction Services

Money Promoted by KAR Auction Services

KAR Auction Services Inc is promoting Jim Money to president of Automotive Finance Corporation, a subsidiary of KAR. He most recently served as chief financial officer of AFC and brings more than 25 years of experience to his new role. While at AFC, he oversaw finance, underwriting, collections and risk management operations. 

TradeRev Hires Sales Director

TradeRev Hires Sales Director

TradeRev has hired Jason McClenahan as sales director for its northeast region. He previously worked for ADESA holding various positions including operational manager, sales manager, assistant general manager and most recently as general manager.

KAR Auction Services Names Two VPs

KAR Auction Services Names Two VPs

KAR Auction Services made two promotions. Dr. Huey Antley has been promoted to vice president and chief data scientist to the new Data Science Solutions Group. He joined KAR in 2014 and most recently served as vice president of marketing analytics for KAR subsidiary Automotive Finance Corp. Kar has also promoted Nicole Archer to vice president of Autoniq, a business unit of KAR Auction Services.

National Office Furniture Names VP of Global Operations

National Office Furniture Names VP of Global Operations

Greg Meunier has been promoted to vice president of global operations for National Office Furniture. He previously served as director of casegoods operations.

Genesco Names Head of Lids Sports Group

Genesco Names Head of Lids Sports Group

Genesco Inc. has appointed David Baxter president and chief executive officer of its Lids Sports Group and a senior vice president of Genesco. He previously served as president, Sports Licensed Division, adidas/Reebok. Following the acquisition of Reebok by adidas, Baxter was responsible for overseeing sports licensed business with the NBA, MLS, NHL, WNBA and NCAA partners.

KAR Auction Services Names VP

KAR Auction Services Names VP

KAR Auction Services Inc. has named Mike Eliason vice president of investor relations and treasurer. He previously served as vice president of financial planning and analysis at KAR. Eliason will be responsible for directing the organization’s investor relations, budgeting, forecasting, investment of funds, and cash management activities.

National Office Furniture Adds Managers

National Office Furniture Adds Managers

Jasper-based National Office Furniture, a unit of Kimball International Inc., has added Ross Pupillo and Andy Wilson to its new mountain division. Pupillo has been named west division manager. Andy Wilson has been promoted to mountain division manager.

Poly-Wood Promotes Owens to Director of Sales

Poly-Wood Promotes Owens to Director of Sales

Poly-Wood LLC has promoted Jenni Owens to director of sales. She has been a part of the company over two years.

The Finish Line Selects Executive VP

The Finish Line Selects Executive VP

Indianapolis-based The Finish Line Inc. has selected AJ Sutera as executive vice president and chief information and technology officer. He previously served in several leadership roles at Hudson's Bay Co. in Canada.

Sweetwater Hires Sales Engineers

Sweetwater Hires Sales Engineers

Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater has hired five sales engineers. Those hired include: Jon Faloon (pictured), Michael Morgan (pictured), Josh Sackett, Drew Lehman and Will Crisp. Faloon previously worked at Refresh Design Studios in Muncie. Morgan previously worked as front of house engineer at the Museum of Making Music in Carlsbad, California.

Finish Line Appoints Executive Vice President, COO

Finish Line Appoints Executive Vice President, COO

Finish Line has appointed Melissa Greenwell executive vice president and chief operating officer. She currently serves as the company’s executive vice president, chief human resources officer.

Sweetwater Hires Senior Vice President

Sweetwater Hires Senior Vice President

Salena Scardina has been named the senior vice president of customer experience at Sweetwater. Scardina previously worked for Vera Bradley in Fort Wayne.

Do It Best Makes Promotions and Hires

Do It Best Makes Promotions and Hires

The world headquarters for Do It Best Corp. has announced several promotions and hires to the team in Fort Wayne. Ashley Black (pictured): as IT asset management coordinator; Travis Burns: as computer operator; Tony Miller: as a copywriter; Julia Monterroso: as international coordinator; Robin Norris: as a print and mail fulfillment clerk; Stacey Stanton: as a graphics production coordinator.

Klipsch Promotes Three Execs

Klipsch Promotes Three Execs

Klipsch Group Inc. has made the following promotions: Mark Casavant (pictured): senior vice president of global brand and business development; David Westfall (pictured), vice president of global export; and Matt Spitznagle, director of technology and innovation. 

Key Auctioneers Promotes Nelson

Key Auctioneers Promotes Nelson

Zac Nelson has been promoted to chief operating officer at Indianapolis-based Key Auctioneers. He previously served as vice president of operations. Prior to joining Key, he was market president for Old National Bank’s Columbus region.

TCC Names Chief Marketing Officer

TCC Names Chief Marketing Officer

Indianapolis-based TCC has hired Conrad Edwards as chief marketing officer. He previously served as chief experience officer and general manager for international marketing at NQ Mobile. 

Circle Centre Mall Announces New Management Team

Circle Centre Mall Announces New Management Team

Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group has named Luke Aeschliman general manager of Circle Centre Mall and Tricia Sanders director of marketing and business development. Aeschliman previously managed Livingston Mall in New Jersey and Sanders served as marketing director at Battlefield Mall in Springfield, Missouri.