The women and men listed here represent some of the key players in the hospitality sector, which we’ve broadly defined to cover arts, entertainment, food service, lodging, recreation and tourism. The names come from our own news staff, peer recommendations and public nominations—a long list, which was peer reviewed and culled to create the list that follows. For a variety of reasons, three individuals who made the final list are not depicted here; they are: Chris Ratay, director of marketing at the Omni-Severin Hotel; Stephanie Schulz, director of conventions and meetings at the NCAA; and Bruce White, president and CEO of White Lodging.
Allison Melangton, 49
President and CEO
Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee
With more than 25 years of na-tional and international sports management experience, Allison Melangton was chosen to lead the city’s Super Bowl Host Committee in October 2008. Rather than building a committee of experts from around the country, she recruited local experts. With the city’s depth of experience in sports and running large events, Melangton figured the local talent pool was deep enough and then some.
Melangton moved from Colorado to Indianapolis in 1983, just when the city was crafting its sports-tourism strategy and recruiting national sports organization to Indianapolis. Melangton joined USA Gymnastics, where she worked directing events for 12 years. She then joined the Indiana Sports Corp. as senior vice president of events, where she bid on, planned and directed numerous events, including the Olympic trials, Women’s NCAA Division I Basketball Championships and Big Ten tournaments. She administered the Super Bowl bids in 2011 and 2012. She has worked at seven Olympic games, four as an associate television producer of the gymnastics competition. She has won four Emmy Awards for her work.
Melangton, who has been involved in her church and Big Brothers, has given most of that up now. The clock is ticking down toward the Super Bowl, and she finds that her time has to be restricted to her job and her family. She does sit on the board of the Indiana Sports Corp. and Carl Hinkle Ministries. A native of Auburn, Maine, she is a graduate of Colorado State University, where she was a gymnast.
Melangton isn’t sure what she’ll do professionally after the Super Bowl other than work at the Summer Olympic Games in London in 2012.
Mark D. Miles, 57
Chairman of the Board
2012 Super Bowl Host Committee
As president and CEO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Mark Miles focuses on long-term growth and economic development in central Indiana through initiatives in education, entrepreneurship and innovation, government reform and mass transit.
In 2008, Miles led a successful effort to bring Super Bowl XLVI to Indianapolis and is serving as chairman of the board of the 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee. He has spearheaded the Legacy Project, a civic effort to bring positive change to the community in conjunction with the Super Bowl, with special emphasis on Youth Education Town and the revitalization of the East Tenth Street business district.
The sports spotlight hit Miles in 1984 when he was chosen to organize and produce the 1987 Pan American Games, an event that helped solidify Indianapolis as a force in the amateur sports movement. As president, Miles oversaw a $100 million event with 38,000 volunteers. After the Pan Am Games, Miles was president and volunteer tournament director of the U.S. Clay Court Championships, the professional tennis tournament that was played here until last year. He oversaw the transition of the event from clay courts to hard courts while doubling its revenue. Miles also served as executive director of corporate relations for Eli Lilly and Co. In 1990, he left Indianapolis to become president and CEO of the men’s professional tennis circuit.
A graduate of Wabash College, Miles serves on numerous civic and not-for-profit boards and committees.
Jeffrey H. Patchen, 56
President and CEO
The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis
Jeffrey Patchen has led the world’s largest children’s museum since 1999. Under his leadership, the physical growth and changes in the museum have been dramatic—how else can one describe a dinosaur breaking out of one wall and another peering in the new visitors’ reception area? The museum has also added a much-needed pedestrian bridge across Illinois Street and a new guest-reception area. New exhibits have been added and existing ones have been enhanced. Like the children who visit, the museum never stands still.
From 1996 until his move to Indianapolis, Patchen served as senior program officer for the Getty Education Institute for the Arts, a program of the J. Paul Getty Trust in Los Angeles. There, he created, directed and managed a portfolio of national and international programs geared to improve the quality of learning and teaching in the nation’s schools. Before that, Patchen held the Lyndhurst Endowed Chair of Excellence in Arts Education at the University of Tennessee in Chattanooga and directed the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts. Patchen also served as a consultant and founding trustee for the Creative Discovery Museum in Chattanooga. From 1984 until 1990, he was an arts consultant for the Indiana Department of Education.
A champion for integrating arts and humanities in general education, Patchen has held leadership positions in a variety of organizations, including the National Museum and Library Services Board, the Association of Children’s Museums, the National Network for Educational Renewal and the Transforming Education Through the Arts challenge grant program funded by the Annenberg Foundation.
Patchen earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Ithaca College in New York and his doctorate at Indiana University.
Brian Payne, 52
Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Indianapolis Foundation
Brian Payne joined CICF in 2000 and has worked to strengthen and grow the organization. Under his leadership, annual grant-making has increased from $15 million to more than $40 million. Payne played a lead role in creating, developing and raising funds for the Indianapolis Cultural Trail: A Legacy of Gene and Marilyn Glick.
The eight-mile urban greenway will, when completed in 2012, connect all six of the city’s cultural districts with pedestrian and bike paths. Other key initiatives Payne is spearheading are CICF Family Success, CICF Inspiring Places and CICF College Readiness.
Before his CICF appointment, Payne was managing director of the Indiana Repertory Theatre for seven years. During his tenure, IRT grew its audience and increased community and educational programming. Payne played a lead role in raising $16.5 million to create IRT’s endowment and to renovate the theater. Payne came to Indianapolis from his native California, where he was managing director of Shakespeare Santa Cruz and worked for various theater organizations.
Payne currently serves on the boards of Indianapolis Downtown Inc., the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, the Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He also serves as vice chairman of the IUPUI Advisory Board and a member of the Key Bank Indiana Advisory Board. He previously served as president of the Indianapolis Consortium of Arts Administrators, and as a board member of United Way of Central Indiana, Lacy Leadership Association and TechPoint Foundation. He especially enjoyed co-chairing the Placemaking Committee for the Indianapolis Regional Center Plan 2020.
Payne was honored with the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Michael A. Carroll Award in 2007 for his role in creating the Indianapolis Cultural Trail. Payne earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from UCLA.