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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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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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Rewind: IBJ.com's 10 most popular videos of 2012

December 19, 2012
Mason King
Top 10 videos of 2012 watch
                           video iconZipping from the Super Bowl Village to a federal fraud trial, IBJ counts down its most-watched online videos in a year of triumph and retribution.
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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
LQ MOKB Presents
                           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: State Fair's boss plans for big bash

June 22, 2011
Mason King
LQ_Hoye_WatchVideoHow does a celebration of agriculture stay relevant? What happens after the cows go home? Cindy Hoye has answers.
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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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  1. Cramer agrees...says don't buy it and sell it if you own it! Their "pay to play" cost is this issue. As long as they charge customers, they never will attain the critical mass needed to be a successful on company...Jim Cramer quote.

  2. My responses to some of the comments would include the following: 1. Our offer which included the forgiveness of debt (this is an immediate forgiveness and is not "spread over many years")represents debt that due to a reduction of interest rates in the economy arguably represents consideration together with the cash component of our offer that exceeds the $2.1 million apparently offered by another party. 2. The previous $2.1 million cash offer that was turned down by the CRC would have netted the CRC substantially less than $2.1 million. As a result even in hindsight the CRC was wise in turning down that offer. 3. With regard to "concerned Carmelite's" discussion of the previous financing Pedcor gave up $16.5 million in City debt in addition to the conveyance of the garage (appraised at $13 million)in exchange for the $22.5 million cash and debt obligations. The local media never discussed the $16.5 million in debt that we gave up which would show that we gave $29.5 million in value for the $23.5 million. 4.Pedcor would have been much happier if Brian was still operating his Deli and only made this offer as we believe that we can redevelop the building into something that will be better for the City and City Center where both Pedcor the citizens of Carmel have a large investment. Bruce Cordingley, President, Pedcor

  3. I've been looking for news on Corner Bakery, too, but there doesn't seem to be any info out there. I prefer them over Panera and Paradise so can't wait to see where they'll be!

  4. WGN actually is two channels: 1. WGN Chicago, seen only in Chicago (and parts of Canada) - this station is one of the flagship CW affiliates. 2. WGN America - a nationwide cable channel that doesn't carry any CW programming, and doesn't have local affiliates. (In addition, as WGN is owned by Tribune, just like WTTV, WTTK, and WXIN, I can't imagine they would do anything to help WISH.) In Indianapolis, CW programming is already seen on WTTV 4 and WTTK 29, and when CBS takes over those stations' main channels, the CW will move to a sub channel, such as 4.2 or 4.3 and 29.2 or 29.3. TBS is only a cable channel these days and does not affiliate with local stations. WISH could move the MyNetwork affiliation from WNDY 23 to WISH 8, but I am beginning to think they may prefer to put together their own lineup of syndicated programming instead. While much of it would be "reruns" from broadcast or cable, that's pretty much what the MyNetwork does these days anyway. So since WISH has the choice, they may want to customize their lineup by choosing programs that they feel will garner better ratings in this market.

  5. The Pedcor debt is from the CRC paying ~$23M for the Pedcor's parking garage at City Center that is apprased at $13M. Why did we pay over the top money for a private businesses parking? What did we get out of it? Pedcor got free parking for their apartment and business tenants. Pedcor now gets another building for free that taxpayers have ~$3M tied up in. This is NOT a win win for taxpayers. It is just a win for Pedcor who contributes heavily to the Friends of Jim Brainard. The campaign reports are on the Hamilton County website. http://www2.hamiltoncounty.in.gov/publicdocs/Campaign%20Finance%20Images/defaultfiles.asp?ARG1=Campaign Finance Images&ARG2=/Brainard, Jim

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