Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
 April - May 2018

John Hammer is the new president, Paul Lips is the new chief commercial officer and Srisu Subrahmanyam is chief operating officer of ADESA, a unit of Carmel based KAR Auction Services.

Michael Pettry, former executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, is the new Vice President of Development for the Center for the Performing Arts.

Jeff Welch, FORUM Credit Union Chief Financial Officer, was named Chair of OneZone’s 2018 Board of Directors. Joining the board are: Gary Fammartino, St. Vincent Fishers and Carmel Hospitals, Kathy Krusie, Community Health Network and John Wick, NextGear Capital. 

Fishers High School juniors Whitney Roberts and Cynthia Foulke won the statewide screenwriting competition 2018 Project Pigasus for their screenplay “As We Begin.” Set in Fishers, ‘As We Begin” follows the story of 17-year-old Jordan Smith and her best friend, 18-year-old Dakota Hawkins, through the navigation of family-related issues, preparation for college and angst about the future. The film will be produced by a professional film crew with student apprentices and submitted for consideration to major film festivals nationwide, screened in select theaters and distributed online.

 Beck’s Hybrids installed two solar energy systems at their Atlanta, Indiana headquarters in. The two, one-mega-watt systems will cover approximately 25 percent of Beck’s current electric costs.

428,602 people visited Conner Prairie last year, an all all-time attendance record since the museum was founded 84 years ago. Visitors came from 46 U.S. states and 22 foreign countries. Membership grew to a record high 8,267 families consisting of 39,332 adults and children. Total revenue topped $11 million. Other milestones:

  • 21,005 people took flight in the museum’s tethered helium balloon
  • 123,855 people attended Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, an all-time record
  • 40,283 people attended the Headless Horseman fall festival, an all-time record
  • 11,570 guests attended three free admission days, including a record 4,757 people on President’s Day
  • 575 adult volunteers gave a combined 41,273 hours of service to the museum and 100 youth volunteers ages 10-18 gave 120 hours each throughout the year

Noblesville resident Harrison Painter has partnered his company, Amplify Indy, with non-profit COFFE (Community Outreach for Financial Education) to create the Amplify Hope Program, a competitive incubator for social entrepreneurs and emerging non-profits. Amplify Hope is a 10-month training platform with curriculum based on financial literacy, sustainability, board development, marketing, and more.

Noblesville-based J-Bird Web Development LLC changed its name to Trade Graphics and changed its target market from the hospitality industry to the building trades.

Carmel’s Prairie View Golf Club and Westfield’s Wood Wind Golf Club have contracted with Sahm’s Family Restaurants to provide food service.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
 February - March 2018

Bren Simon, widow of the late Mel Simon, donated the Asherwood estate in Carmel to the Great American Songbook Foundation. The gift includes all the real estate and personal property, with a total value appraised at more than $30 million.

The 107-acre estate includes a fully furnished 50,000-square-foot main house, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 6,000-square-foot guesthouse, several other structures and two golf courses. It’s the former home of philanthropist Simon and her late husband Mel Simon, cofounder of Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner and real estate investment trust, who died in 2009.

The Songbook Foundation will leverage the donation toward its goal of creating a freestanding Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Founded in 2007 by performer and preservationist Michael Feinstein, the Foundation is based at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

The Foundation staff and board will evaluate the possibilities for the use of the donated property, starting with a comprehensive feasibility study.

In response to the recently passed federal legislation affecting corporate tax, Gene Miles, President and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust announced a new corporate wage and community support program that commits to four points of emphasis.

  • Raise the minimum hourly starting wage by $2.50 for all new FFBT employees.
  • Provide a minimum year-end bonus of $750 annually to all full time FFBT employees.
  • Invest a minimum of $250,000 annually to community development and support of local branch markets.
  • Invest a minimum of $150,000 annually to FFBT employee development and education.

The company says the fiscal benefits of the corporate tax changes allow it to reallocate that revenue towards strengthening its team.

Legacy Fund of Hamilton County awarded $170,770 to ten not-for-profit organizations and two Hamilton County leadership projects.

This grant round includes continued support of two community leadership projects: Reaching Resources, a program of Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, will receive up to $50,000 annually for four years as Legacy Fund’s new community leadership initiative. The new program ensures that seniors can access the countywide services they need with one call to one place. The board also approved $15,000 for the regional master plan to activate the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties.

Other grants included $15,000 for a Hamilton County housing needs assessment conducted by Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND), $20,000 for programs at Prevail, Inc. that support victims of crime and abuse, and $10,000 for Southside Youth Council’s mental health counseling for Hamilton County youth.

Other grantees include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Heart and Soul Clinic, Inc., Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Inc., Second Helpings, and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Grants are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County and supplemented by two field of interest funds at Legacy Fund: City of Noblesville Fund and Sheridan Fund.

Mitsch Design and Meyer Najem shared the honor of being named OneZone’s Business of the Year.

Other winners include:

Chuck Lazzara, President of Ritz Charles, received The Harold Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award in Carmel. Ron and Michele Archer, former owners of recently-closed Archers Meat & Catering in Fishers, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fishers.

Look Award for New Construction – Carmel was presented to Liberty Fund, 11301 N. Meridian Street, with a LEED-designed building set on eight acres and featuring a glass-clad library.

Look Award for New Construction – Fishers was given to Braden Business Systems, 8700 North Street, for their new Nickel Plate District building complete with balconies and an open-air rooftop terrace.

Look Award for Renovation – Carmel was presented to Delta Faucet Company, 55 East 111th Street, which increased square-footage by 70% with modern architecture that compliments the existing structure.

Look Award for Renovation – Fishers went to DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, 9032 Technology Drive, for renovation of their original 24,000 square-foot building and the addition of 6,000 more.

The Green Award was presented to The Bridges at Carmel Market District for their commitment to sustainability through materials, lighting, water, recycling, air quality and local sourcing

Young Professional of the Year is Dan O’Brien, Kucic Associates Realty

The Most Valuable Volunteer Award went to John DeLucia, Citizens State Bank.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment acquired the naming rights to the former Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse in Westfield’s Grand Park. The $10 million facility, which has eight hardwood courts for basketball and volleyball, will be called the Pacers Athletic Center.

John Robbins is the new Executive Director of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, replacing Jill Doyle


Christine Dejoy CP

Bruce Kettler, formerly of Beck’s Hybrids, was appointed Director of the Indiana State Department Agriculture.


Christine Dejoy was named communications and social media specialist at Conner Prairie.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett 
December 2017 - January 2018 

Six new members were appointed to the Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors: Kathy Krusie, President, North Region Community Health Network; Justin Moffett, Partner, Old Town Design Group; Jane E. Niederberger, Principal, Niederberger Ventures; Tony Robertson, CEO, PraxisMed; Quinn Shepherd, Managing General Partner, Shepherd Insurance & Financial Services; Deborah B. Wood, CEO, DWA Healthcare Communications Group.

Becca Polak was named president of TradeRev, a mobile app recently acquired by KAR Auction Services. Chuck Coleman was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at KAR. Tobin Richer adds the title of chief marketing officer for TradeRev to his role as senior vice president, corporate communications at KAR. 

Andy Hite was promoted to Vice President, Customer Service of CNO Financial Group

Sponsel CPA Group hired Abigail Lingenhoel (photo) as a staff accountant in its Tax Services department.

Alicia Kelly and Ephraim Rudolph joined Conner Prairie’s Communications staff as Communications Specialists

Bastian Solutions, a global systems integrator and consulting firm that was recently acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics, a subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corporation, announced plans to build a new manufacturing center in Westfield.


Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett 
August - September 2017

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy graduated its 26th class. Members include:

Heather Brownell, USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation; Janelle Bunnell, Community First Bank of Indiana; Steve Cooke, City of Noblesville; Nick Duvall, Little Red Door Cancer Agency; Doug Gebhardt, F.A. Wilhelm Construction; Tom Gehlhausen, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office; Jonathan Haggarty, Meyer Najem Construction; Joel Heavner, City of Carmel Fire Department; Judah Holland, Navient; Sarah Jones, Krieg DeVault LLP; Tom King, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital; Alison Krupski, Hamilton County Highway Department; Jess Lawhead, Northern Commercial; Courtney Lloyd, STAR Financial Bank; Jeremy Lollar, City of Westfield; Katie Lorton, Hamilton East Public Library; Katelyn Neary, Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.; Maggie Owens, Riverview Health Foundation; Adam Peat, Stratosphere Quality; Lindsey Phipps, Mainstreet; Bonnie Riley, The National Bank of Indianapolis; Amanda Rubadue, City of Westfield; Julia Saltsgaver, Quality Connection of Central Indiana; Greg Schrage, Church Church Hittle + Antrim; Norm Tate, Fishers Police Department; Larissa Warne, Riverview Health; Evans Wells, Messer Construction, Co.; Brian White, St. Mark's United Methodist Church; Wade Wiley, Beck's Hybrids; Jacob Woodason, USI Insurance Services.

Adriann Young (photo) replaces the retiring Sharon Trisler as executive director for the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation.

Matthew Strausburg, M.D. (photo) joined Turkle & Associates as general and surgical dermatologist.

Shannon Besore (photo) is the new Stewards of Children Program Coordinator at Chaucie’s Place.

Timothy Renick (photo)  is the new Director of Information and Communication Systems for the City of Carmel, replacing Terry Crockett, who retired in May.

The National Bank of Indianapolis Corporation appointed two new Directors to its Board: Marsha Stone, Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise for the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Dennis Murphy, President of Indiana University Health.

Carmel’s Museum of Miniature Houses received a $5,300 grant from The Indiana Historical Society to help create new exhibit space.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
March - April 2017

Monon Blvd in Carmel IndianaCarmel’s Monon Greenway is being widened into a boulevard through Midtown and the Arts & Design District and will include lanes for cycling, buffer zones, sidewalks, green spaces, one-way streets and a new Midtown Plaza.

Anderson University launched Anderson Now, which offers to help repay student loans for graduates of Indiana colleges and universities who start or relocate a business in Anderson.

Fishers is launching Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers, a lab for innovation and collaboration for the Internet of Things industry.

Dr. Jack Powell is the new Executive Director of Chaucie's Place .

Susan Springirth was hired as the VP of Finance at the Center for performing Arts.

Kim Walton, RN, MSN, CNS, was named chief nurse executive for ambulatory care services at Community Health Network. 

Jason King is the new vice president and relationship manager and Lisa Norman the new vice president and senior private banking officer at First Financial Bank.

Sweetie's Scars - A journey of Hurt, Hope, and Healing

Nick Jefferis is the new Fishers Office Assistant Branch Manager at The Farmers Bank

Robert Shula is Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and the TCU Foundation at Teachers Credit Union.

James R. Crider was named City of Carmel’s Director of Administration.

Jeffrey Spalding is the new city controller and Kristi Spehler, formerly of OneZone, was hired as Community Development Manager for the City of Noblesville.

Former Noblesville Chamber President Sharon McMahon has published a book named Sweetie’s Scars, about her life with her recently deceased rescue pet. All proceeds are being donated to the Humane Society of Hamilton County.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
January - February 2017

Terry Anker, president of Legacy Fund since 2011, announced he will leave his position in March after 5 years at the helm.

Jane Hunter retired as Executive Director of the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, where she served for 16 years.

Paul Munoz left for a position in the private sector after serving seven years as Cicero/Jackson Township Plan Director.

Toby Stark is retiring as Executive Director of Chaucie’s Place after six years.

Kim Compton, Cicero, joined The Farmers Bank, as Vice President of Information Technology/Operations.

Purgatory Golf Club unveiled an 11-foot tall, signature statue designed local artist Scott Westphal. The aluminum sculpture is positioned behind the first tee and depicts Purgatory’s logo.

Jennifer Batley was named senior vice president of Walker Information.

The American Bankers Association awarded Gene Miles, President and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust, with the Bruning Award, its premiere award and designation for agricultural banking.

Westfield Premier Physicians is opening in Westfield as one of Indiana’s first “Direct Primary Care” family physician practices. The group will not accept insurance. Instead, patients purchase one of three Care Packages for a fee, which is meant to improve the patient-doctor relationship.

Westfield was named the best small city in America by WalletHub. Analysts compared 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on 30 key indicators of livability like “housing costs,” “school-system quality” and “number of restaurants per capita.”