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Fortune can't explain 'significant and unusual' stock swing

March 19, 2013
Jeff Newman
Fortune Industries Inc. shares on Monday jumped as much as 285 percent from Friday’s closing price. The New York Stock Exchange found the move and an intense spike in trading volume so odd that it asked the company for answers.
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Fortune Industries set to accept $13.3M buyout offer

February 21, 2013
Scott Olson
The proposed buyer is CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler, who first bid for the company last March.
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Fortune Industries abandons sale to skilled-nursing operator

January 11, 2013
Scott Olson
The professional employer organization has terminated its purchase agreement with Ide Management Group LLC of Greenfield and now plans to pursue a sale it had explored previously.
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Fortune profit ticks up despite lower revenue

November 15, 2012
Indianapolis-based Fortune Industries Inc.’s profit ticked up slightly in its fiscal first quarter but revenue fell due to the loss of two large clients, the company announced Wednesday.
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Local services firm plans expansion, up to 100 jobs

September 18, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Business services firm First Advantage said Tuesday that it plans to move its operational headquarters from St. Petersburg, Fla., to its local offices in Fishers, creating up to 100 jobs in the process.
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Fortune Industries founder, chairman dies

August 28, 2012
Carter M. Fortune, 70, died Saturday at his home in Destin, Fla., the company said. The Fortune Industries chairman had been in the process of selling the public company to management in a deal valued at $30.5 million.
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MILLER: Morale, productivity affected by benefits frustrationRestricted Content

July 7, 2012
Robert L. Miller / Special to IBJ
Have employees reached the tipping point where rising health care costs have forced them to think seriously about jumping ship?
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Q&A

July 2, 2012
J.K. Wall

The U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling to uphold the Patient Protection & Affordable Care Act cleared a big cloud of uncertainty for employers, but with just 18 months before the most significant provisions of the law kick in, many questions remain. Three benefits consultants from Indianapolis-based Gregory & Appel Insurance—Bob Miller, Mike Miles and Karl Ahlrichs—sat down to discuss what the future looks like for employer health benefits.

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Fortune buyout would help exec out of financial jamRestricted Content

June 9, 2012
Greg Andrews
Sale to managers would alleviate problems for company's 70-year-old namesake and keep firm from being seized by bank.
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Fortune Industries shareholder seeks to stop proposed sale

April 17, 2012
Scott Olson
A shareholder of Indianapolis-based Fortune Industries Inc. has filed suit against the public company and its top executives, seeking class-action status on behalf of shareholders who want to stop a transaction that would take it private.
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FirstPerson buys FlashPoint HR unit

April 2, 2012
J.K. Wall
Indianapolis-based benefits brokerage FirstPerson acquired the small-employer human resource division of Indianapolis-based consulting firm FlashPoint last week in a bid to provide a wider array of services to small businesses.
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Sale of Fortune Industries would take company private

March 30, 2012
Scott Olson
The company is set to be purchased by CEP Inc., a holding company led by Fortune Industries CEO Tena Mayberry and Chief Financial Officer Randy Butler. But several law firms are investigating the sale for potential unfairness on behalf of shareholders.
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WALKER: A watershed 401(k) deadline is hurtling our way

January 28, 2012
Brent Walker / Special to IBJ
Plan sponsors will face both higher expectations and legal responsibilities.
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Brokers' hopes dashed by feds

December 5, 2011
J.K. Wall
The Obama administration on Friday let stand an earlier rule that said brokers’ fees will have to count toward a 15-percent to 20-percent cap on administrative expenses placed on insurance plans by the 2010 health overhaul.
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Temp firms say business is good, hiring picking up again

November 3, 2011
J.K. Wall
Employment services in the Indianapolis area say hiring is rising again, but the pace of activity has yet to return even to 2008 levels, and staffing executives don’t expect it to for some time.
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Fortune Industries reports annual profit growth

September 28, 2011
The publicly held Indianapolis-based professional employer organization's profit in fiscal year 2011 more than doubled from the previous fiscal year, to $1.3 million.
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Fortune turns profit in first quarter on higher revenue

May 17, 2011
The Indianapolis-based professional employer organization reported a profit of $265,000 in the first quarter after posting a loss of $426,000 in the same three months last year.
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Q&A

March 30, 2011
J.K. Wall
Susan Rider is an employee-benefits account manager at Indianapolis-based Gregory & Appel Insurance. On July 1, she will become president of the Indiana State Association of Health Underwriters. She spoke about the first-year impact of the 2010 health reform law and further changes to come.
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Clarian off to slow start in insuranceRestricted Content

December 18, 2010
J.K. Wall
Clarian Health got few takers in its first year offering a health care benefits program to large employers, but the Indianapolis-based hospital system is undeterred in growing its budding insurance services business.
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Fortune Industries reports higher profit, lower revenue

September 29, 2010
Indianapolis-based professional employer organization reported fiscal-year profit of $828,000, an 85-percent increase from fiscal 2009. Revenue, however, fell 20 percent, to $60.7 million.
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Fortune Industries names new chief executive

January 18, 2010
Scott Olson
Fortune Industries Inc., an Indianapolis-based professional employer organization, has appointed Tena Mayberry as its CEO. Mayberry, who also will continue to serve as president, succeeds John Fisbeck.
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Indianapolis benefits firms merge

July 8, 2009
J.K. Wall
Two Indianapolis benefits consulting firms have finalized their merger, the companies announced this morning. Terms of the deal between Benefit Associates Inc. and Benefit Consultants Inc., in the works since March, were not disclosed.
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Benefits mergers on the increaseRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
J.K. Wall
Benefits brokers and agents—facing increasing demands from employers and declining commissions—are merging at an accelerating pace.
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Indiana Public worker, teacher funds have lost $8B in 15 monthsRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Peter Schnitzler
The state's two biggest pension funds are poised to combine into one Indiana Public Retirement System, with a single executive director and board.
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Fearful companies are curtailing employee insurance, retirement perksRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
J.K. Wall
Experts worry that if unemployment worsens, even more companies could be forced to cut benefits, especially health insurance.
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