People in the news - July 15, 2013

 IBJ Staff
July 13, 2013
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Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Kenny Gilbreath has joined Scofield as a motion designer.

Jeff Klee has been named the Indiana sports manager at Comcast Spotlight.

TrendyMinds has added the following: Aaron Bushnell, Web developer; Reese Horel, junior account executive; and Will Sears, account executive.

Indianapolis Downtown Inc. has named the following officers: Jeff Fusile, WellPoint Inc., chairman; Charles Bantz, vice chairman; Richard Ellis, PNC Bank, treasurer; and William H. Henley, Indianapolis Power and Light Co., secretary. New directors are Brad Chambers, Buckingham Cos.; John Federici, Ernst and Young; Yvonne Perkins, Citizens Energy Group; Mikael Thygesson, Simon Property Group Inc.; Julia Watson, Quality Connection; and Doug Wilson, Star Media.

Justine Rosenberg has joined Willow Marketing as an account coordinator.

Drew Morgan has joined Ghafari Associates as client services manager.

Bryan Moll has been promoted to vice president of American Structurepoint.

Brian Brown has joined EMH&T as water resources group leader, Indiana.

Robert Parsons has joined Acuity Environmental Solutions as a senior project manager.

Indiana Humanities has elected the following directors: Elizabeth Bechdol, Ice Miller; Dr. Edward Frantz, University of Indianapolis; George Hanlin, FlashPoint HR; Malina Jeffers, Mosaic City; Larry Rowland, Parkview Foundation; Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Beth El Zedeck; and Tracy Hamilton Souza, Community Foundation of Bartholomew County.

Matt E. Conrad, Krieg DeVault LLP, has joined the board of DREAM Alive Inc.

Christina Starace has been named major gifts officer at the Indiana State Museum.

Andrew Cullen has been named director of public policy at the United Way of Central Indiana.

Stacy Neill, The Hagerman Group, has joined the Conner Prairie Horizon Council as a director.

Hearts & Hands has added the following: Amanda Langferman, administrative assistant; Baili Olive, AmeriCorps VISTA development associate; and Trent Spoolstra, AmeriCorps VISTA outreach associate.

F.A. Wilhelm Construction Co. has added the following: Christine DiGangi, proposal coordinator; Joe Bash, contract manager; Thomas Jacoby, virtual construction engineer; and Ben Veenhuizen, assistant document control manager.

Nichole Ellis has joined Marian University as director of alumni relations.

Samantha S. Karn has been named vice president and general counsel at the University of Indianapolis.

Jeffrey Lewis, Ice Miller LLP, has been elected chairman of the board of trustees at University High School. Amy Barragree, Michael Mervis, and Joe Tanner have joined the board of trustees as members.

Frank J. Esposito and Matthew M. Green have joined UBS Financial Services as first vice presidents, wealth management.

Naomi E. Portice and Matthew D. Stevens have joined Column Capital as client service associates.

David W. Wantz has been named to The Indianapolis Public Library board of trustees by the Indianapolis Board of School Commissioners.

Joe LePage has been named the director of marketing and communications at The Boone County Economic Development Corp.

Michael Brannan has joined Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging LLC, Lebanon, as general manager-US operations.

Real Estate
JaNeen Dietl has joined RE/MAX Metro in Indianapolis. Darrin Galyean, Kate Vannoy and Lori White have joined RE/MAX Select in Greenwood. Yang Xiao has joined RE/MAX Advanced Realty in Indianapolis.Steve Clark has joined RE/MAX Ability Plus.

Terry Hughes has been promoted to vice president within CBRE Debt and Equity Finance.

Kendra Wilburn has joined Keystone Realty Group as paralegal. Chris Carriere has joined as director of finance.

Oran Day has joined EnviroForensics as a staff geological engineer. Jennifer Hallgarth has joined as a project manager, and Brianne Inman has joined as a staff geologist.

Senior Quality Lifestyles Corp., parent company of The Barrington of Carmel retirement community, has named the following new board members: Joe Anderson, Mike Barron, Dr. David Gobble and Stan Waterhouse.

Tom Jaffe has joined Nelson Oil Co. Inc. as a business development specialist.

TelSpan has added the following: Emily Jones, sales support specialist; Craig Healey and Ed Houck, senior solutions consultants; and Patrick Martin, COO.

Randy Riemersma has joined EarthLink as an account director, technology solutions group division.•


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  1. You are correct that Obamacare requires health insurance policies to include richer benefits and protects patients who get sick. That's what I was getting at when I wrote above, "That’s because Obamacare required insurers to take all customers, regardless of their health status, and also established a floor on how skimpy the benefits paid for by health plans could be." I think it's vital to know exactly how much the essential health benefits are costing over previous policies. Unless we know the cost of the law, we can't do a cost-benefit analysis. Taxes were raised in order to offset a 31% rise in health insurance premiums, an increase that paid for richer benefits. Are those richer benefits worth that much or not? That's the question we need to answer. This study at least gets us started on doing so.

  2. *5 employees per floor. Either way its ridiculous.

  3. Jim, thanks for always ready my stuff and providing thoughtful comments. I am sure that someone more familiar with research design and methods could take issue with Kowalski's study. I thought it was of considerable value, however, because so far we have been crediting Obamacare for all the gains in coverage and all price increases, neither of which is entirely fair. This is at least a rigorous attempt to sort things out. Maybe a quixotic attempt, but it's one of the first ones I've seen try to do it in a sophisticated way.

  4. In addition to rewriting history, the paper (or at least your summary of it) ignores that Obamacare policies now must provide "essential health benefits". Maybe Mr Wall has always been insured in a group plan but even group plans had holes you could drive a truck through, like the Colts defensive line last night. Individual plans were even worse. So, when you come up with a study that factors that in, let me know, otherwise the numbers are garbage.

  5. You guys are absolutely right: Cummins should build a massive 80-story high rise, and give each employee 5 floors. Or, I suppose they could always rent out the top floors if they wanted, since downtown office space is bursting at the seams (http://www.ibj.com/article?articleId=49481).