Executives

Few private firms survive to third generationRestricted Content

March 30, 2009
Cory Schouten
The Gene B. Glick Co. has managed to accomplish what few privately held family enterprises can—keeping the company alive for a third generation.
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Excitement, perspective in TanzaniaRestricted Content

March 23, 2009
Mickey Maurer
Janie and I recently returned from a photographic safari in Tanzania with our children and their spouses.
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Bonus outrage poor excuse for good public policy

March 23, 2009
Mike Hicks
The wages paid by a company to its employees are a distinctly private matter.
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Durham insider deal sparks outcry

March 9, 2009
Greg Andrews
Tim Durham is facing allegations of self-dealing after a publicly traded company he helps run in Dallas acquired assets from a finance company he owns in Ohio.
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Lilly relying on technology to spot management talentRestricted Content

March 2, 2009
Scott Olson
An electronic succession-planning system created by Eli Lilly & Co. about seven years ago is sniffing out top talent.
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How to innovate your way out of this recessionRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
CJ McClanahan
It doesn't matter what industry you are in or how well you have prepared--we will all be affected by what has taken place in the financial markets over the past several months.
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Simons don't need our financial helpRestricted Content

February 23, 2009
The most important piece of leverage Mayor Ballard has in negotiating with the Pacers is being willing to let them go.
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Corporate shareholders should demand moreRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Ken Skarbeck
Free marketers cringe at the thought of government interference, but the fact is that the taxpayer is now a significant shareholder in a number of financial businesses.
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Mall giant says it's in good shape, but takes steps to conserve cashRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Cory Schouten
Despite assurances of strength, Simon Property Group Inc. has decided to pay 90 percent of its dividend in stock, a move that allows the company to hold onto $925 million in cash this year but could alienate shareholders drawn by the dividend.
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Katterjohn's optimism is upliftingRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
I think it is so important to remind people that the one thing we have control of is our attitude. I think you conveyed that beautifully.
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IU scores with 'Philanthropy 50' giftsRestricted Content

February 9, 2009
Two Indiana businessmen, Michael Maurer and the late Jesse Cox, made the Philanthropy 50 with enormous gifts to Indiana University in 2008.
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Lyon takes Finish Line helm as shoppers cut spendingRestricted Content

February 2, 2009
Cory Schouten
Glenn S. Lyon, the new head at The Finish Line Inc., has plenty to tackle. Traffic is down at Finish Line stores, sales have slowed and competitors are slashing prices.
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Chicago's Jones Lang LaSalle attracts talented local brokers to establish Indy branchRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Chip Cutter
Some of the city's most prominent commercial real estate brokers have resigned from locally owned Meridian Real Estate to launch an Indianapolis affiliate of Chicago-based Jones Lang LaSalle.
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Women are top leaders in Hoosier public health postsRestricted Content

December 8, 2008
Cynthia Sequin
Dr. Judith Monroe, Dr. Virginia Caine and G. Marie Swanson are three local women who have risen to leadership positions in the health care community.
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State public company execs grab up stock as prices fallRestricted Content

December 1, 2008
J.K. Wall
The unprecedented plunge on Wall Street the last three months has spurred a couple of dozen executives and directors at Indiana public companies to scoop up shares in their own companies.
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Duke founder Wynne loses out using company stock as collateralRestricted Content

November 3, 2008
Greg Andrews
Retired businessman John Wynne, one of the founders of Duke Realty Corp., is the latest executive to get burned after using company stock as collateral for a multimillion-dollar loan in his investment account.
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Steak n Shake CEO ordering up cost cuts, but shares still sagRestricted Content

October 27, 2008
Cory Schouten

The Steak n Shake Co. has dropped plans to build 20 new restaurants, is cutting overhead expenses by about $20 million, and closed 14 locations. The Indianapolis-based restaurant chain found $16 million in tax savings dating back to 2006 and is working on a new, simple menu built around burgers, fries and milkshakes--all part of a turnaround plan orchestrated by the chain's new CEO, Sardar Biglari.


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Emmis' market value in free fall as radio industry takes beatingRestricted Content

September 29, 2008
Anthony Schoettle

For more than two years, Smulyan, 61, has been unflaggingly optimistic during quarterly conference calls. But since early 2007, Emmis' stock has fallen 84 percent, shrinking the company's stock market value from $307 million to $48 million. The troubles have cast uncertainty over one of Indianapolis' highest-profile businesses.


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HHGregg tuned into growthRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Cory Schouten
Undeterred by a rocky economy, locally based electronics retailer HHGregg is trailblazing into new markets on a quest to quadruple in size. The firm's "price and advice" mantra seems to be catching on. That's no surprise to Jerry Throgmartin, a 33-year veteran of Gregg who has served as the company's chairman and CEO since 2003.
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At most Indiana public firms, CEO pay hasn't fallen with stockRestricted Content

June 23, 2008
Peter Schnitzler
Most public companies say they tie executive compensation to performance, but an IBJ review of pay data from 65 Indiana-based firms shows otherwise. Last year, more than two-thirds of Indiana-based public companies saw their share prices decline, yet many continued to award eye-popping compensation to their executives.
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Texas investor enlists former Steak n Shake exec in quest to revive chainRestricted Content

April 21, 2008
Cory Schouten
Two executives with longtime ties to The Steak n Shake Co. have joined a dissident Texas investor in his quest to overhaul the Indianapolis-based restaurant chain. Shareholders who have agreed to work with Sardar Biglari include a former board member the company once described as a "modern-day founder" of the restaurant chain, along with a former partner in Kelley & Partners Ltd., the investment firm led by company patriarch E.W. Kelley before his 2003 death.
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Texas investor wins over Steak n Shake shareholders, aims for chairmanship

March 17, 2008
Cory Schouten
Texas investor Sardar Biglari rode a wave of shareholder anger to a landslide victory in his quest for Steak n Shake Co. board seats. Now, the dissident 30-year-old investor who models his approach after Warren Buffett's is hoping to deliver on his promise to turn around the Indianapolis-based chain, with or without the chairmanship he covets.
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WellPoint adjusts to executive exodusRestricted Content

October 22, 2007
J.K. Wall
Fifteen senior executives have left WellPoint Inc. since November 2004, when the giant health insurer formed through Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc.'s $16.5 billion acquisition of California-based WellPoint Health Networks Inc. The merger made many of them rich, work at WellPoint was grueling, and personal commitments called. So they moved on.
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Public-company CEOs lavished in perks, disclosures revealRestricted Content

May 28, 2007
J.K. Wall
Seven Indiana public companies not only own corporate jets, but also let their executives use them for personal trips. Cummins Inc., Hillenbrand Industries Inc., Zimmer Holdings Inc., Eli Lilly and Co., NiSource Inc., WellPoint Inc. and 1st Source Corp. all allow some personal use of company jets.
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