Leading Questions

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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LEADING QUESTIONS: Mind Trust CEO takes stock of IPS reform proposal

January 11, 2013
Mason King
LQ_David_Harris_mind_Trust_WatchVideoWhat exactly does The Mind Trust do? What happened to its report on remaking IPS? Do you need teaching experience to reform education? David Harris has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Community guru preps new HQ

November 16, 2012
Mason King
LQ_bill_taft_watchvideo_LISCHow did the leader of one of Indy's top neighborhood development groups help save part of the City Market? How did he help spark the Super Bowl legacy project? Any advice for home rehabs? Bill Taft has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: GOP pillar reflects on party, mentors and Legislature

October 23, 2012
Mason King
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                           Murray Clark Watch VideoHow deep are the roots in J. Murray Clark's political family tree? What still stings from the former state GOP chairman's tenure? How does he view the party today? What about fundraising tips? Clark has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Film fest chief zooms in on fundraising

September 14, 2012
Mason King
LQ Heartland Sparks watch videoWhat "Twilight Zone"-ish connection does the founder of Heartland Truly Moving Pictures have to its new HQ? What tearjerking moment did he share with a major donor? How did he calm an infuriated Hollywood director? Jeffrey Sparks is ready for his closeup.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Music promoters grow gig schedule

August 15, 2012
Mason King
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                           Watch Video iconIn four years since begging indie acts to hit Indianapolis, MOKB Presents has become a ubiquitous name on the city's marquees. The concert-promoting duo expects to have a hand in 150 shows this year, a 50-percent increase from 2011.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Big Car director helps drive growth

June 27, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Walker_WatchVideoThe Big Car arts collective is shifting into a higher gear, with a budget this year of $250,000, a new westside events hub, and a paid staff that no longer fits into a sedan. Executive Director Jim Walker provides a front-seat view.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Foodie rebukes allure of 'Plan B'

March 30, 2012
LQ_Hoover_watchvideoWhat did the founder of Cafe Patachou learn from Butler's Brad Stevens? Why not try franchises? Martha Hoover responds in Part II of her IBJ interview.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Ad exec boils down rules for success

March 2, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Bryant_WatchVideoBruce Bryant founded Promotus Advertising with little experience as an entrepreneur. Through mentors, biblical scripture and hard-won experience, he has culled several tenets for staying solvent and keeping a clear head.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Debriefing with Super Bowl chief

February 9, 2012
Mason King
LQ_Melangton_Watch_VideoHost Committee CEO Allison Melangton opens up about the last three years. Why is she called "The Binder Whisperer"? How did she react to pushback against "super scarves"? When did she need to get tough with the NFL?
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Expanded Kahn's banks on holidays

December 29, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Arnold_Watch VideoHow much bubbly does Kahn's Fine Wines & Spirits sell at year's end? How have operations changed with the addition of two new stores? Owner Jim Arnold has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Council prez takes 11th-hour run at ban, redistricting

November 30, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vaughn_watch VideoWhy is Ryan Vaughn ending his tenure as City-County Council president with two hot-button proposals? Can he get the votes for a stronger smoking ban? How does he react to a call for his removal?
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Sales training guru takes own advice

November 9, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Lushin_watchvideoWhat lessons in salesmanship and humility did Paul Lushin learn as an Indianapolis police officer? What common mistakes do managers make? When should they give employees the reins?
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Marian prez rocks get-it-done mantra

November 2, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Elsener_WatchVideoWhat outrageous promise did Marian University's president make (and then keep) to the school's first football recruits? How does he snare those big donations? How has his urgent mindset paid off? Dan Elsener has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Pugnacious DeLaney seeks simpler life

October 19, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Delaney_WatchVideoWhat position did Ann DeLaney turn down in the 1996 presidential election to remain head of The Julian Center? After 15 years, why did she step down? How much of TV's "Indiana Week in Review" is theater?
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LEADING QUESTIONS: LDI chairman Lacy still charging hard

October 5, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Lacy_watchvideoWhat's next on Andre Lacy's bucket list after a 9,300-mile round trip via motorcycle to the Arctic Circle? Why stay active at LDI Ltd. after passing the CEO reins? As a state fair leader, how does he regard the stage-collapse tragedy? The 72-year-old dynamo has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Design guru abides in rocky economy

September 21, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Garner_WatchVideoWhy does the owner of A2SO4 Architecture believe a 20 percent drop in billings is a victory? Just how cutthroat has the design field become? What's the significance of moving the firm into a church? Sanford Garner has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Investment guru on calming clients

September 2, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Bosway_watchvideoWhat does the CEO of City Securities Corp. say when shell-shocked investors want to sell? Does the recent market slide point to a return of 2008? Where are the opportunities? Michael Bosway has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-food guru digs philanthropy

August 17, 2011
Mason King
LQ Brown watch vidfeoWhat formative experience helped inspire a Taco Bell franchisee to donate well over $1 million to youth charities? What was his biggest bonehead mistake in business? Charlie Brown has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Zoo's top dog aims to inspire

August 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Crowther_WatchVideoHow does the Indianapolis Zoo aspire to save the world? What has its CEO learned from past mistakes? Michael Crowther has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Pacers' new coach preaches overachieving

July 20, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Vogel_WatchVideoWhy base the team's identity on a scene from "Rocky"? Is he soft on discipline? What "stupid human tricks" can he perform? Frank Vogel has answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Conrad's top chef rustles up advice

July 6, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Matiya_WatchVideoDo you need a culinary degree to be an executive chef? How do you serve hundreds at a time? What's the difference between cooking for Hoosiers and Floridians? Michelle Matiya boils it down.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Influential Miles enjoys wide reach

June 3, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Miles_WatchVideoWhat's the status of the Super Bowl? Mass transit for Indy? Economic development? How is one man so connected? Mark Miles shrugs off "power broker" but fits the bill.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Wishard's top doc stays true to roots

May 18, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Harris_watchVideoHow can practicing medicine prepare you for a CEO post? And why is it smart to continue seeing patients once you get the top job? Dr. Lisa Harris will see you now with answers.
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LEADING QUESTIONS: Fast-growing firm handles ascent

May 4, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Meyer_watch VideoMichele Meyer, a former Air Force brat, piloted CSCI Consulting to 850 percent revenue growth over four years. So, why is her advice to "start small"? What obstacles await when a firm takes off?
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  1. Kent's done a good job of putting together some good guests, intelligence and irreverence without the inane chatter of the other two shows. JMV is unlistenable, mostly because he doesn't do his homework and depends on non-sports stuff to keep HIM interested. Query and Shultz is a bit better, but lack of prep in their show certainly is evident. Sterling obviously workes harder than the other shows. We shall see if there is any way for a third signal with very little successful recent history to make it. I always say you have to give a show two years to grow into what it will become...

  2. Lafayette Square, Washington Square should be turned into office parks with office buildings, conversion, no access to the public at all. They should not be shopping malls and should be under tight security and used for professional offices instead of havens for crime. Their only useage is to do this or tear them down and replace them with high rise office parks with secured parking lots so that the crime in the areas is not allowed in. These are prime properties, but must be reused for other uses, professional office conversions with no loitering and no shopping makes sense, otherwise they have become hangouts long ago for gangs, groups of people who have no intent of spending money, and are only there for trouble and possibly crime, shoplifting, etc. I worked summers at SuperX Drugs in Lafayette Square in the 1970s and even then the shrinkage from shoplifting was 10-15 percent. No sense having shopping malls in these areas, they earn no revenue, attract crime, and are a blight on the city. All malls that are not of use should be repurposed or torn down by the city, condemned. One possibility would be to repourpose them as inside college campuses or as community centers, but then again, if the community is high crime, why bother.

  3. Straight No Chaser

  4. Seems the biggest use of TIF is for pet projects that improve Quality Of Life, allegedly, but they ignore other QOL issues that are of a more important and urgent nature. Keep it transparent and try not to get in ready, fire, Aim! mode. You do realize that business the Mayor said might be interested is probably going to want TIF too?

  5. Gary, I'm in complete agreement. The private entity should be required to pay IPL, and, if City parking meters are involved, the parking meter company. I was just pointing out how the poorly-structured parking meter deal affected the car share deal.

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