People in the news - March 11, 2013

 IBJ Staff
March 9, 2013
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Blue & Co. LLC has added the following: Susie Mansker, retirement plan administrator; DeeAnn Garvin, staff accountant; Ashley Hobbs and Cassie Smith, administrative assistants; and Sara Falconer, receptionist.

James C. Ward has been promoted to tax senior at BKD LLP, and Michael W. Mehl has been promoted to audit supervisor.

Krissy Vargo has joined Mundell and Associates as marketing/public relations administration associate. Julie Johnstone has joined as a webmaster/online communications analyst. Sudershan Gangrade has joined as a staff environmental engineer.

Local Initiatives Support Corp. has named the following new members to the local advisory board: Bruce Baird, Insight Development Corp.; Scott Miller, Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. New board officers are Jan Diggins, Citizens Energy Group, chairman, and George Tikijian, Tikijian Associates, co-chairman.

Peggy Kingery has been promoted to donor and contribution care in the World Renewal International U.S. Home Office. Landon DeCrastos has joined as donor development manager.

Amanda Briggs has been named business development manager at Safe Sitter Inc.

Anthony Scott has joined Herron School of Art and Design as director of student services.

Kathy Koehler has been named interim director of the executive education program at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI.

Steven Matheson has joined BT ProjectPoint LLC as a partner.

Todd Croom has been named vice president of industry relations at NextGear Capital.

LDI Ltd. LLC has added the following: J.A. Lacy, president and CEO; Bill Himebrook, chief financial officer; and Emily Krueger, chief of staff.

Eric Scholtz has joined Stonegate Mortgage Corp., as executive vice president of structured finance.

Ruoff Home Mortgage, Indianapolis office, has added the following: Gary Lock, Stacey Till, Jennifer Goins, Kathy Keller and Jay Wright, senior loan officers; Michelle McNemar, office manager/case opener; and Amie Gaddis, loan processor.

Health Care
Community Westview Physicians has added the following: Dr. Alan M. Tripp, general surgery physician; and Dr. Danniel Gene Vlahovich and Dr.Terry Iwasko, internal medicine physicians.

St. Vincent Medical Group has added the following lung care group board-certified pulmonary, critical care medicine and sleep medicine physicians: Dr. Jerome D. Barnes, Dr. William A. Byron Jr., Dr. Thomas M. Holian, Dr. Brandon J. Perkins, Dr. Mitchell A. Pfeiffer, and Dr. K. Praveen Vohra.

Dr. Kevin McMullen has been named to the board of directors for the Pediatric Proton Foundation.

Ryan J. Claxton has been promoted to vice president of business development and strategy with Major Health Partners in Shelbyville.

Monica Foster has been named a board member of the Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Foundation.

Sarah Raines has joined Hylant as a client service executive in the employee benefits department. David Norris has been named president of Hylant’s Indianapolis and Bloomington offices.

Sui Pi has joined Cardinal Insurance Services Inc. as a customer service agent to meet the needs of the Chin/Burmese population in central Indiana.

Camille R. Nicodemus has joined Schuckit & Associates PC, Zionsville, as an associate attorney.

Christina M. Bruno has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as an associate, bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group.

Jeff Boyd has been promoted to director of sales at Aero Industries.

Patrick Jones has joined Skjodt-Barrett Contract Packaging LLC as plant controller, management team.

Robb Ellis has been named to the Forecast 8 team as evening meteorologist at WISH-TV Channel 8.

Susan Bertocci has joined IBJ Media as creative director.

Real Estate
Stanley Shashoua has been named senior vice president of international development at Simon Property Group.

Prudential Indiana Realty Group has promoted the following: Holly Martin, vice president of operations - Indy Metro offices; and Craig West, director of business development. David Hassler has been named director of coaching; Kent Mutchmore and Julie Catton, directors of career development.

Newmark Knight Frank Halakar has added the following brokers: Alex Sanders, office and industrial markets; and Molly Miller, tenant representation, office and industrial markets.

Tasha Swetnam has joined The Indy Real Estate Experts as a listing and buying expert. Michael Benson has joined as the expired listings expert.

Halakar Property Management has added the following: Kert Toler, property manager, and Andrea Duffley, contract administrator.

Sarah Mathis has joined RE/MAX Legends Group.

Sally Pratt has joined Carpenter Realtors, Lebanon office.

Tracie Smith has joined Tri-Land Properties Inc. as leasing representative.

Vaco has named the Indianapolis office’s leadership team: Matt Raymond, Melanie Boyko, Brian Geddes and Kelly Moore.

Bryan Hudson has joined BioStorage Technologies as associate director of global quality assurance.

Brooke Billingsley has been promoted to CEO at Perception Strategies Inc. Andrew Brubaker has been promoted to senior project manager. Matt Spindler has joined as project manager.

Brad Lewis has joined EnviroForensics as senior project manager.

Amy Howard has been promoted to principal at Kaufman Global.

Jayson Soliday has joined MMY Consulting as senior talent acquisition specialist.

Belinda Farmer has been named professional recruiter, specialized recruiting group, at The Indianapolis South Express Employment Professionals.

Defender Direct has named the following partners: Scott Lacy, director of security sales, and Chris Ruley, director of innovation.

Megan Keener has been named the merchandise manager at U/S Sports Advisors. Abby Gras has been named a public relations specialist.

Matt Steward has joined Axia Technology Partners as chief marketing officer.

S. Charles Abram has joined Diverse Tech Services as business development consultant.

Eric White has joined Gale Force Software Corp. as global sales manager, SmallPond LLC.

Perpetual Technologies Inc. has added the following senior oracle consultants: Vijay Govindan and Chris Stephenson.•


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  1. By Mr. Lee's own admission, he basically ran pro-bono ads on the billboard. Paying advertisers didn't want ads on a controversial, ugly billboard that turned off customers. At least one of Mr. Lee's free advertisers dropped out early because they found that Mr. Lee's advertising was having negative impact. So Mr. Lee is disingenous to say the city now owes him for lost revenue. Mr. Lee quickly realized his monstrosity had a dim future and is trying to get the city to bail him out. And that's why the billboard came down so quickly.

  2. Merchants Square is back. The small strip center to the south of 116th is 100% leased, McAlister’s is doing well in the outlot building. The former O’Charleys is leased but is going through permitting with the State and the town of Carmel. Mac Grill is closing all of their Indy locations (not just Merchants) and this will allow for a new restaurant concept to backfill both of their locations. As for the north side of 116th a new dinner movie theater and brewery is under construction to fill most of the vacancy left by Hobby Lobby and Old Navy.

  3. Yes it does have an ethics commission which enforce the law which prohibits 12 specific items. google it

  4. Thanks for reading and replying. If you want to see the differentiation for research, speaking and consulting, check out the spreadsheet I linked to at the bottom of the post; it is broken out exactly that way. I can only include so much detail in a blog post before it becomes something other than a blog post.

  5. 1. There is no allegation of corruption, Marty, to imply otherwise if false. 2. Is the "State Rule" a law? I suspect not. 3. Is Mr. Woodruff obligated via an employment agreement (contractual obligation) to not work with the engineering firm? 4. In many states a right to earn a living will trump non-competes and other contractual obligations, does Mr. Woodruff's personal right to earn a living trump any contractual obligations that might or might not be out there. 5. Lawyers in state government routinely go work for law firms they were formally working with in their regulatory actions. You can see a steady stream to firms like B&D from state government. It would be interesting for IBJ to do a review of current lawyers and find out how their past decisions affected the law firms clients. Since there is a buffer between regulated company and the regulator working for a law firm technically is not in violation of ethics but you have to wonder if decisions were made in favor of certain firms and quid pro quo jobs resulted. Start with the DOI in this review. Very interesting.