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IBJ Staff
October 3, 2009
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B.J. (Benjamin) Leppert has joined as a senior, audit and assurance services group, at Greenwalt Sponsel & Co. Inc. Angela Crawford has joined the tax services group.

Advertising/Marketing/Public Relations
Daniel Wieringa has joined Just Marketing International as director, information technology.

Marion County Commission on Youth has added the following to the early intervention and prevention initiative: Shanna Malott, community coordinator; Connie Berg, resource development officer, and Emily Chew, assistant.

Kelly Porter has joined Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center as vice president of programs.

Kathy J. Birk has been named complex manager of Morgan Stanley Smith Barney’s wealth management office at 96th Street.

Brian Jacobson has joined the Burnett Jacobson financial group at City Securities Corp.

Sean Winchell and Larry Ackley have joined First Mortgage of Indiana Inc. as senior loan officers.

Todd Williams has joined the Public Employees’ Retirement Fund as chief financial officer. Wisty Malone has joined as director of internal audit.

Mark Reiter has been named director of the division of fish and wildlife at the Indiana Department of Natural Resources.

John Taylor has joined Baker & Daniels LLP as counsel with the business and corporate finance practice and litigation groups.

Micheal McMains has joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun.

Real Estate
Bill Andria and Steve Clark have joined the Keller Williams Realty Indianapolis Metro North Market Center.

Summit Realty Group has promoted the following: Saimir Qalliu, vice president, operations and finance, and Susie Viehmann, vice president, marketing and business development. Summit Realty Group has named the following: John Demaree, Jim Fasone, Tom Frank, Tom Hadley, and Andrew Morris, executive vice presidents; Tony Hupp, Tim Norton, Steve Schaub, and Jeremy Woods, senior vice presidents; William Ehret, president and CEO; Brian Zurawski, chief operations officer; and Jon Jessup, chief financial officer.

Laurie Blackburn has joined Ginovus as senior manager of marketing and communications.

Dan Corcoran has been named executive vice president and chief operating officer of Venture Intermodal of Indiana LLC.

Ryan Stephens has been promoted to office manager at Circle City Tickets.

Steve Bryant has been named director of Peritus’ health care practice.

Kristen B. Shingleton has been named president of New Focus HR LLC, Noblesville.

Gary Zehr has joined Facilities Management as director of operations.

William J. Thomas has been named president of the Better Business Bureau of Central Indiana.•


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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.

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