People - Sept. 24, 2012

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September 22, 2012
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The Economic Club of Indiana has named the following officers: Jamie P. Merisotis, president; Deborah J. Daniels, vice president; John M. Mead, secretary/COO; George S. Farra, treasurer; and Michael Miller, program chairman. Brooke Huntington, EmployIndy, has joined the board of governors.

Janet E. Chronic has been named director of marketing, communications and brand management, at the National FFA Organization.

Jill S. Lacy has been named president of the Lacy Foundation.

Reach For Youth Inc. has added the following: Stacy Payne Miller, chief operations officer, and Lynn A. Highley, clinical director.

Sandy Strawhorn has joined Flight1 as chairwoman.

Park Tudor Foundation has named the following officers: Chris Braun, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, president; Robert Brown, Eli Lilly and Co., vice president; Steve Cagle, SmithGeiger LLC, treasurer; and Heather Reilly Murphy, secretary. New board members are Michele Janin and Jim Schacht, Cummins Business Services. Christie Kelly, Duke Realty Corp., has been named to the board for the Park Tudor Trust. William S. Coleman Jr. has been named chairman of the NISH board.

Dance Kaleidoscope has promoted the following dancers to full company members: Aleksa Lukasiewicz, Justin Sears, Emily Dyson and Noah Trulock. Gregory Stanley Manning III has joined as an apprentice.

Kelley Stokesbary has joined Home Safe Homes as home assessment coordinator.

Jonathan Bassett has joined Keystone Construction as project engineer.

The Central Indiana Region, Ivy Tech Community College has named the following new trustees: Scott Bess, Goodwill Education Initiatives Inc.; Charles Garcia, Garcia Construction; and  Al White, Eli Lilly and Co. Yvonne Perkins, Citizens Energy Group, has been named chairwoman. Rollin Dick, MH Equity Investors LLC, has been named vice chairman, and Brooke Huntington has been named secretary. Stephanie Taylor has been named executive director of corporate college.

Geneva Taylor, Rolls-Royce North America, has joined Arts for Learning, the Indiana Affiliate of Young Audiences, as a board member. Rose Kelly-Falls, Rapid Ratings International Inc., has joined as a board member.

Keith A. Burke has been named co-principal at Thomas Carr Howe Community High School.

Danielle Shockey has joined Harrison College as national dean, school of education.

Eric Lecher has been named the theology teacher at Providence Cristo Rey High School.

Charles DeMaio has been named vice president for external relations with the Indiana State University Foundation.

Bryant Tutterow has been promoted to vice president of marketing at HCC Medical Insurance Services. Muhammad Yasin has been promoted to marketing director.

Todd A. Carrier has joined Baldwin & Lyons Inc. as director of risk management.

Michael E. Kleinman has been promoted to vice president, chief of staff, at WellPoint.

Bill Cerney has joined Gibson as a client executive, surety practice leader and member of the construction team.

Katie Fucik has joined the Hylant Group as regional wellness coordinator in the employee benefits department, and Sam Watts has joined as client service specialist, personal lines department.

Jennifer Revell has joined Sagamore Health Network as vice president of business development. Dwight Hall has joined as broker/payer consultant.

Rick Marden has been promoted to vice president, underwriting, at Indiana Farmers Mutual. Ryan Campbell has been named vice president, chief information officer.

Financial Executives International, Indianapolis chapter, has added the following board members: Jay Bray, Deflecto LLC, and Michael Becher, retired partner, Deloite. Jonathan Peisner, KAR Auction Services, has been named president.

Michael Pecchia, Celadon Group Inc., has been named president of CT Logistics Freit Rater Users Group.

Jeremy Sowders has been named director of business development for Radius Indiana, the regional economic development partnership representing eight counties in south central Indiana.

Real Estate
Dannetta Hiatt has joined Colliers International | Indiana Region as first vice president of industrial services, and Jeffrey B. Norris has joined as senior vice president and director of corporate services. Lindsay Puthoff has been named marketing coordinator.

Julie Cromer has joined RE/Max Ability Plus in Fishers.

Tamara Carroll and Michelle Reed have joined RE/Max Centerstone in Plainfield.

Bradley Hamann has joined S K Richard & Assocs as a sales associate.

Ryan Frantz has joined Ruoff Home Mortgage as vice president and area manager, Keystone Crossing.•


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  1. I am not by any means judging whether this is a good or bad project. It's pretty simple, the developers are not showing a hardship or need for this economic incentive. It is a vacant field, the easiest for development, and the developer already has the money to invest $26 million for construction. If they can afford that, they can afford to pay property taxes just like the rest of the residents do. As well, an average of $15/hour is an absolute joke in terms of economic development. Get in high paying jobs and maybe there's a different story. But that's the problem with this ask, it is speculative and users are just not known.

  2. Shouldn't this be a museum

  3. I don't have a problem with higher taxes, since it is obvious that our city is not adequately funded. And Ballard doesn't want to admit it, but he has increased taxes indirectly by 1) selling assets and spending the money, 2) letting now private entities increase user fees which were previously capped, 3) by spending reserves, and 4) by heavy dependence on TIFs. At the end, these are all indirect tax increases since someone will eventually have to pay for them. It's mathematics. You put property tax caps ("tax cut"), but you don't cut expenditures (justifiably so), so you increase taxes indirectly.

  4. Marijuana is the safest natural drug grown. Addiction is never physical. Marijuana health benefits are far more reaching then synthesized drugs. Abbott, Lilly, and the thousands of others create poisons and label them as medication. There is no current manufactured drug on the market that does not pose immediate and long term threat to the human anatomy. Certainly the potency of marijuana has increased by hybrids and growing techniques. However, Alcohol has been proven to destroy more families, relationships, cause more deaths and injuries in addition to the damage done to the body. Many confrontations such as domestic violence and other crimes can be attributed to alcohol. The criminal activities and injustices that surround marijuana exists because it is illegal in much of the world. If legalized throughout the world you would see a dramatic decrease in such activities and a savings to many countries for legal prosecutions, incarceration etc in regards to marijuana. It indeed can create wealth for the government by collecting taxes, creating jobs, etc.... I personally do not partake. I do hope it is legalized throughout the world.

  5. Build the resevoir. If built this will provide jobs and a reason to visit Anderson. The city needs to do something to differentiate itself from other cities in the area. Kudos to people with vision that are backing this project.