People in the news - Oct. 31, 2011

IBJ Staff
October 29, 2011
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Jennifer L. McNett has joined Sponsel CPA Group as a manager in its tax services group.

Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Borshoff has added the following: Tim Coxey, account coordinator, and Amy Wiser, account director. Natalie Palmer has been promoted to account associate, and Shannon Zajicek has been promoted to senior art director.

Adam Reihl has joined the transportation department as the bridge department manager at URS Corp.

David Mohler has joined American Structurepoint Inc. as the vice president and practice leader, environmental group; and Kyle St. Peter has joined as the practice leader, architecture group. Lieutenant Colonel Kirk Zecchini has joined as a regional services director for federal programs.

Richard “Dick” Butwin has re-joined Ghafari Associates as vice president of the Indiana operations. Jeff Tomlinson has joined as a mechanical engineer.

David A. Roth has joined the Office of Civil & Environmental Consultants Inc. as a principal in the civil/site practice.

Carol Curran, Phoenix Data Corp., has been named to the central Indiana advisory board at KeyBank.

The 500 Festival has named the following officers: Scott Thiems, Regions, chairman; Ted Dickman, BKD, vice chairman; and Paul Sinclair, Ice Miller, secretary. New board members are David Bratton, Business Furniture; John Cardenas, WTHR, Channel 13; Tim Dunn, Firestone Building Products; Jim Freeman, OneAmerica; Bill Henley, IPL; Mike Marchetti, Finish Line; and Mike Wells, REI Real Estate Services.

Ken Ayers has been named director of development at the Indiana Masonic Home Foundation. Kate Miller has joined him as development associate.

John D. Papageorge, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been named to the zoobilation committee for the Indianapolis Zoo.

J.A. Lacy has been named the president and chief operating officer of LDI.

Dawne Lyon has been named director of the Aging & Disability Resource Center at CICOA Aging & In-Home Solutions.

State Rep. Rebecca Kubacki has been named to the board of governors at Riley Children’s Foundation.

Reach For Youth has added the following board of directors: Ami Guilfoy, LoGO Indiana; Jennifer Terry, Lewis & Kappes; Rhonda UpChurch, Primerica; and Mica Wilson, Community volunteer. Cherie Bridges Patrick has joined as clinical supervisor.

J. Ronald Newlin has been named development director of ACLU of Indiana.

Cathy Paschen has joined the Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre as sales manager.

Mike Ahern has been named senior community affairs advisor at the Indiana Historical Society.

Roberta “Bobbie” Donahue has joined the Julian Center as director of development & communications.

Cory Eyler has been promoted to chief marketing officer of The College Network.

Blake Hanger has been named sensory motor coach for the Brain Balance Achievement Center.

WestPoint Financial Group has added the following financial services professionals: James Acheson, Lynn Achinger, Heather Fitch, Jeremy Lloyd, Corey Sexson and Brian Short.

Norman Merlet has joined Financial Partners Group as a financial adviser and registered representative. Jonathan D. Owens has joined as a field supervisor.

Sherri K. Nierste has joined Bingham McHale LLP in the business advisory and intellectual property and technology areas. Phillip Fowler, litigation department, has been named to the management committee.

Sarah Rees Hamilton has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate, business & finance practice group.

Laura D. Yockey has rejoined Baker & Daniels LLP as an associate in the business and corporate finance group.

Brad Cornelius has joined Sun King as chief financial officer.

Dr. Bridget Sanders, St. Francis Medical Group, has been elected into the Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, Indiana chapter.

American Advertising Federation Indianapolis has named the following officers: Alessandra Souers, One Click Ventures, president; Liz Gottlin, Miller Brooks, vice president; Tom Hirons, Hirons & Co., past president; Patrick Kelley, Miller Brooks, treasurer; and Joelle Compton, executive director. New directors are Kamo Atanassov, Caldwell Van Riper; Ian Banks, Radio One; Mark Benedict, Wolff-Benedict Marketing; Todd Bolster, The Basement Motion and Design; Eddy Cabello, Cabello Associates; Randy Davis, Bennett Innovations, Tom Hirschauer, Publicis; Taulbee Jackson, Raidious; Mike Ruggiero, Comcast Spotlight; Charlie Williams, Williams Randall; and Skip Lorimer, Bandy Carroll Hellige.

Stephanie Stone has joined the community management team at Community Association Services of Indiana.

Melanie Norton has joined Johnson Grossnickle and Associates as consultant.

Fifth Gear has added the following: Michael Schmitt, senior systems engineer; Dean LeTourneau, business analyst; Billy Brooks, quality engineer; and Sneha Singla, senior software engineer.

Cherrish Pryor has joined Brightpoint as manager, community outreach.

Dave Kaplan has joined Attevo as director, enterprise information management practice.•


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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