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. I took Bruce's comments to highlight a glaring issue when it comes to a state's image, and therefore its overall branding. An example is Michigan vs. Indiana. Michigan has done an excellent job of following through on its branding strategy around "Pure Michigan", even down to the detail of the rest stops. Since a state's branding is often targeted to visitors, it makes sense that rest stops, being that point of first impression, should be significant. It is clear that Indiana doesn't care as much about the impression it gives visitors even though our branding as the Crossroads of America does place importance on travel. Bruce's point is quite logical and accurate.

  2. I appreciated the article. I guess I have become so accustomed to making my "pit stops" at places where I can ALSO get gasoline and something hot to eat, that I hardly even notice public rest stops anymore. That said, I do concur with the rationale that our rest stops (if we are to have them at all) can and should be both fiscally-responsible AND designed to make a positive impression about our state.

  3. I don't know about the rest of you but I only stop at these places for one reason, and it's not to picnic. I move trucks for dealers and have been to rest areas in most all 48 lower states. Some of ours need upgrading no doubt. Many states rest areas are much worse than ours. In the rest area on I-70 just past Richmond truckers have to hike about a quarter of a mile. When I stop I;m generally in a bit of a hurry. Convenience,not beauty, is a primary concern.

  4. Community Hospital is the only system to not have layoffs? That is not true. Because I was one of the people who was laid off from East. And all of the LPN's have been laid off. Just because their layoffs were not announced or done all together does not mean people did not lose their jobs. They cherry-picked people from departments one by one. But you add them all up and it's several hundred. And East has had a dramatic drop I in patient beds from 800 to around 125. I know because I worked there for 30 years.

  5. I have obtained my 6 gallon badge for my donation of A Positive blood. I'm sorry to hear that my donation was nothing but a profit center for the Indiana Blood Center.