Executives

Menard ousts Hilbert from investment firm

March 9, 2013
J.K. Wall
Steve Hilbert has been ousted as CEO of Indianapolis-based MH Private Equity after a bitter battle with John Menard, the hardware store king who financed the $500 million private equity firm.
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Billionaires Cook, Simon see bump in net worth

March 5, 2013
J.K. Wall
Gayle Cook, the widow of Cook Group Inc. founder Bill Cook, and Herb imon, the owner of the Indiana Pacers, were two of the four Hoosiers to make Forbes’ annual list of the world's billionaires.
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Lampoon: Durham used $1M from company to pay attorney

March 4, 2013
J.K. Wall
Film company once headed by Indianapolis financier Tim Durham says he transferred $1 million to his Indianapolis lawyer, John Tompkins, while fighting federal securities fraud charges.
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Settlement talks set for Don Marsh severance dispute

March 1, 2013
Scott Olson
Lawyers for Marsh Supermarkets Inc. and its former CEO will meet Monday on the issue of whether Don Marsh should have to repay the roughly $2.1 million in severance he received from the company.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mainstreet CEO masters efficiency

February 27, 2013
Mason King
LQ_Turner_WatchVideo MainstreetWhat are Zeke Turner's top five strategies for keeping his work week under 40 hours? Do you really need work e-mail on your smart phone? What's it like to take a company public? The real estate exec has answers.
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LDI installs new Lacy as CEO, hunts for acquisitionRestricted Content

February 23, 2013
J.A. Lacy replaced David Shane, who retired Jan. 1. Lacy wants to add another distribution or logistics and manufacturing firm to the company's portfolio.
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Executives' transitions to not-for-profits often awkwardRestricted Content

February 16, 2013
Dan Human
Small not-for-profits’ strategy of recruiting big-business executives for top posts has had mixed results since coming into vogue in the 1990s. For some of the executives, the transitions is a culture shock.
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WellPoint exec Carlson leaving insurer after losing CEO bid

February 15, 2013
Bloomberg News
Former Amerigroup Corp. CEO James Carlson will leave WellPoint Inc., the company said Friday—three days after he was passed over for the Indianapolis-based insurer's top job.
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Witnesses: Don Marsh’s expenses never questioned

February 14, 2013
Scott Olson

Lawyers for the former CEO of Marsh Supermarkets on Thursday hammered home their claims his expenses were widely accepted in the company as normal business costs, while witness testimony revealed a corporate culture that passed the buck on evaluating those costs.

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WellPoint shares tumble on surprising CEO hire

February 13, 2013
J.K. Wall
The Indianapolis-based health insurer saw its stock tumble as much as 4.8 percent Wednesday morning after it unexpectedly named career hospital executive Joe Swedish to be its next CEO.
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Defense attorneys turn tough in Bales trial

February 1, 2013
Cory Schouten
The legal team representing real estate broker John M. Bales and partner William E. Spencer haven't called their first witness and already they're putting up a spirited fight as federal prosecutors seek to prove 13 charges including bank, mail and wire fraud.
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Developer loses fraud appeal

December 28, 2012
Scott Olson
The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Christopher White's 2009 conviction, resulting from a $500,000 bad check he wrote as he tried to save his real estate development firm.
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2012 NEWSMAKER: CEO keeps Simon stock surging

December 28, 2012
 IBJ Staff
If there were an MVP for local CEOs, David Simon would again find himself at or near the top of the list in 2012.
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Former brokerage VP suing for sex, age discrimination

December 27, 2012
Dan Human
Attorneys for Dana Hurst say in a Dec. 20 court filing that David A. Noyes & Co. didn't grant her pay increases or year-end bonuses during her last 15 years on the job, while male counterparts were better rewarded.
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REWIND: IBJ's top 10 business stories of 2012

December 26, 2012
Top 10 business stories of 2012 Watch
                           VideoThe state's labor landscape changed, and the housing market improved. Indianapolis basked in the glow of a flawless Super Bowl, and big-name CEOs were shown the door. IBJ's reporters and editors recall the year's biggest stories.
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Former IPL president, civic leader Humke dies

December 19, 2012
Ray Humke, 80, served as president of Indianapolis Power and Light Co. from 1990 until he retired in 2001. He died Tuesday following a brief illness.
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Cheerleading CEO to become chief at Herff Jones

December 11, 2012
Kathleen McLaughlin
The founder of a cheerleading-supply company will become the next CEO of Indianapolis-based Herff Jones Inc., one of the city's largest private companies.
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Local Easter Seals CEO to retire after 32 years

October 18, 2012
James Vento, president and CEO of Easter Seals Crossroads, is retiring after 32 years at the helm of the Indianapolis-based agency, the not-for-profit said Wednesday.
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Evans to lead AIT again as CEO leaves company

October 15, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Ron Thieme, who took over as president and CEO of AIT Laboratories during a management shakeup earlier this year, is leaving the company, the Indianapolis-based firm announced Monday morning.
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Cook again tops list of richest Hoosiers

September 20, 2012
 IBJ Staff and Associated Press
The widow of medical device pioneer Bill Cook ranks 104th with a net worth of $3.7 billion. Other Hoosiers to make the Forbes 400 list were shopping mall magnate and Indiana Pacers owner Herb Simon, hotel developer Dean White and Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay.
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Vera Bradley co-founder announces retirement

September 6, 2012
Associated Press
Vera Bradley Inc. co-founder Patricia Miller says she will retire from the Indiana-based handbag and luggage maker she helped start in 1982.
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WellPoint CEO's critics suggesting replacements

August 24, 2012
Bloomberg News
Another plea for the ouster of WellPoint CEO Angela Braly is spurring discussions among investors and analysts about a replacement. Top suggestions include James G. Carlson, the chief of Amerigroup Corp., and David B. Snow Jr., the former chief of Medco Health Solutions Inc.
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Six BrightPoint execs to share $31M golden parachute

August 22, 2012
Dan Human
Brightpoint Inc. CEO Robert Laikin stands to receive $14.1 million after his company is acquired by Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ingram Micro Inc., say SEC documents released this week.
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Simon Property directors sued over CEO’s pay

August 8, 2012
Bloomberg News
The board of the largest U.S. shopping-mall owner wrongfully authorized a compensation package for CEO David Simon that included $120 million in special stock awards, a Louisiana pension fund claimed in the lawsuit filed Wednesday.
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Philanthropist, business leader Eccles dies at 76

June 25, 2012
 IBJ Staff
Margot Lacy Eccles, a longtime Indianapolis philanthropist and business leader, died Monday at age 76, according to a statement from LDI Ltd.
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  1. I never thought I'd see the day when a Republican Mayor would lead the charge in attempting to raise every tax we have to pay. Now it's income taxes and property taxes that Ballard wants to increase. And to pay for a pre-K program? Many studies have shown that pre-K offer no long-term educational benefits whatsoever. And Ballard is pitching it as a way of fighting crime? Who is he kidding? It's about government provided day care. It's a shame that we elected a Republican who has turned out to be a huge big spending, big taxing, big borrowing liberal Democrat.

  2. Why do we blame the unions? They did not create the 11 different school districts that are the root of the problem.

  3. I was just watching an AOW race from cleveland in 1997...in addition to the 65K for the race, there were more people in boats watching that race from the lake than were IndyCar fans watching the 2014 IndyCar season finale in the Fontana grandstands. Just sayin...That's some resurgence modern IndyCar has going. Almost profitable, nobody in the grandstands and TV ratings dropping 61% at some tracks in the series. Business model..."CRAZY" as said by a NASCAR track general manager. Yup, this thing is purring like a cat! Sponsors...send them your cash, pronto!!! LOL, not a chance.

  4. I'm sure Indiana is paradise for the wealthy and affluent, but what about the rest of us? Over the last 40 years, conservatives and the business elite have run this country (and state)into the ground. The pendulum will swing back as more moderate voters get tired of Reaganomics and regressive social policies. Add to that the wave of minority voters coming up in the next 10 to 15 years and things will get better. unfortunately we have to suffer through 10 more years of gerrymandered districts and dispropionate representation.

  5. Funny thing....rich people telling poor people how bad the other rich people are wanting to cut benefits/school etc and that they should vote for those rich people that just did it. Just saying..............

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