TawnParent

Associate editor

Parent has spent 15 years at IBJ, starting out as a reporter covering real estate. The prospect of enticing food, music and joie de vivre lured her south to New Orleans, where she spent three sweaty years at CityBusiness, a weekly newspaper. She eventually returned to Indianapolis and now edits IBJ’s graphics, opinion pages and monthly Small Biz section. Parent also pens a column when she gets her dander up. An Indianapolis native, Parent graduated from Howe High School and Indiana University, with degrees in journalism and French. She spent two years living in France, an experience that left her with a hopeless case of Francophilia and wanderlust. She volunteers for Meals on Wheels, the International Center of Indianapolis and IPS’ Center for Inquiry. The rest of her free time is spent biking around her historic Irvington neighborhood with her family and burning way too much midnight oil devouring novels.

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Super Bowl week events & happenings

December 31, 2011
The 150,000 visitors expected to descend on the city for the Super Bowl in February aren’t the only ones who can take advantage of the special events—and the extra shine organizers are putting on downtown.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Mike Reffeitt

December 9, 2011
Mike Reffeitt, CFO at BioStorage Technologies Inc., is the top honoree in the private companies (revenue $100 million or less) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Linda Wilgus

December 9, 2011
Linda Wilgus, executive director and CFO of Northwest Radiology Network, is a finalist in the private companies (revenue $100 million or less) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Jim Zaloudek

December 9, 2011
Jim Zaloudek, executive vice president and CFO of T2 Systems Inc., is a finalist in the private companies (revenue $100 million or less) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: John P. Menne

December 9, 2011
John Menne, CFO of Harlan Bakeries LLC, is the top honoree in the private companies (revenue over $100 million) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Michael S. Parrett

December 9, 2011
Michael Parrett, vice president and CFO of Herff Jones Inc., is a finalist in the private companies (revenue over $100 million) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Bart Shroyer

December 9, 2011
Bart Shroyer, CFO of Defender Direct Inc.,is a finalist in the private companies (revenue over $100 million) category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Wayne DeVeydt

December 9, 2011
Wayne DeVeydt, executive vice president and CFO of WellPoint Inc., is the top honoree in the public companies category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Jeffrey A. Blade

December 9, 2011
Jeffrey Blade, executive vice president, CFO and chief administrative officer of Vera Bradley Inc., is a finalist in the public companies category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: G. Patrick Corydon

December 9, 2011
Patrick Corydon, executive vice president and CFO of Baldwin & Lyons Inc., is a finalist in the public companies category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Nancy Carlson

December 9, 2011
Nancy Carlson, vice president and CFO of Music for All Inc., is a finalist in the not-for-profit category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: Marvin L. White

December 9, 2011
Marvin White, system vice president and CFO of St. Vincent Health, is a finalist in the not-for-profit category.
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2011 CFO OF THE YEAR: John Brehm

December 2, 2011
John Brehm, senior vice president and CFO of Citizens Energy Group, is the top honoree in the not-for-profit category.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Angela D. Adams

November 3, 2011
As one of the city’s top immigration attorneys, Angela D. Adams is at the center of the debate on reform.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Christine Altman

November 3, 2011
This Hamilton County commissioner is a leader in the drive to improve public transportation in central Indiana and promotes regional cooperation among the diverse communities of central Indiana.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Allison Barber

November 3, 2011
The head of the state’s newest public university brings years of White House and Pentagon experience to her position. She hopes to revolutionize our state’s approach to higher education by championing distance learning as key to closing the Hoosier degree gap.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Shokrina Radpour Beering

November 3, 2011
As one of the few women practicing real estate law, she is determined to make life easier for women who follow in her footsteps. She founded IndyCREW, an organization that promotes and supports women in commercial real estate.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Kerry Hyatt Blomquist

November 3, 2011
The legal director of the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, she created programs to offer victims immediate protection from the time they enter a hospital and founded the state’s first domestic-violence education program for attorneys.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Marion E. Broome

November 3, 2011
The dean of Indiana University's School of Nursing, she is a leader in nursing research, service and education. She helped pioneer the treatment of pain in children and founded the Society of Pediatric Nurses.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Tamika Catchings

November 3, 2011
The Indiana Fever forward founded the Catch the Stars Foundation, which serves 1,500 underprivileged youth in central Indiana every year, and has a leadership role in a number of other charities that benefit children.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Myra Borshoff Cook

November 3, 2011
She founded the city’s largest public relations agency and has become a force in the not-for-profit world.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Deborah J. Daniels

November 3, 2011
Now a partner at Krieg DeVault LLP, herwork in homeland security led to her involvement in the nation’s response to 9/11. She also has helped lead many of the city’s most important charities.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Marianne Glick

November 3, 2011
She has been a philanthropist and high-level volunteer par excellence, helping to lead more than 20 local organizations. She has focused particularly on organizations benefiting women.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Martha Hoover

November 3, 2011
Against all odds, the president of Patachou Inc. has built a thriving group of restaurants that have transformed the local dining landscape by emphasizing fresh, local ingredients and careful preparation.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Ann Lathrop

November 3, 2011
The first woman head of the Capital Improvement Board took over at a critical juncture. Nearly two years into the job, she has succeeded in avoiding a potential $47 million deficit and signing a three-year deal with the Pacers to remain at Conseco Fieldhouse. Next up: Super Bowl XLVI.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Lauren K. Robel

November 3, 2011
The first female dean in the 169-year history of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law has raised tens of millions of dollars, improved the caliber of students and moved the school into the top 25 in the nation.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: JoEllen Florio Rossebo

November 3, 2011
This outspoken advocate for arts education has expanded programs in spite of the recession and built an organization that now brings music, dance, visual arts and theater to nearly 200,000 Indiana children each year.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Marsha Stone

November 3, 2011
As CFO of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, she led the financing for the new terminal and is shaping local economic development by attempting to increase nonstop flights into Indianapolis.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Diane Thomas

November 3, 2011
As president and CEO of the International Center, she has been a driving force in making Indiana more global.
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2011 WOMAN OF INFLUENCE: Patricia A. Wachtel

November 3, 2011
She put three decades of corporate experience to work at Girls Inc., which has quintupled the number of girls it serves at a fraction of the cost.
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Waiting for construction industry to recover

October 8, 2011
The recession officially ended more than two years ago. But the number of local construction jobs is still down 27 percent from 2007 levels. Will the industry ever feel relief? Some segments might not recover in a big way until 2013.
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