Every business sector has influential players, whether they are in the public eye or wield their influence behind the scenes. In a monthly feature that runs in the first issue of the month through October, IBJ is identifying those people in eight different categories.
This is the second installment in the series and features women and men who are key members of the city’s banking and finance sector.
Thomas Hiatt, 63
Tom Hiatt and Scott Lutzke founded Centerfield Capital in 1998. Hiatt has been working with entrepreneurial companies for more than 25 years and has worked in private equity since 1986. He served as a director of a number of private and publicly held companies, including firms in manufacturing and distribution as well as those providing health care, financial and other business services.
Hiatt currently serves as a board member of two Centerfield portfolio companies: Aero Systems Engineering Inc. and AXS Imaging LLC. He previously served on the boards of six other Centerfield portfolio companies. In addition to his responsibilities sourcing and structuring transactions and monitoring portfolio companies, Hiatt serves as a member of Centerfield’s investment committee. Before co-founding Centerfield, Hiatt was a partner in two early-stage venture partnerships.
Hiatt is chairman of the board of the National Association of Small Business Investment Cos., where he is leading an initiative to rename and rebrand the organization as the Alliance for Small Business Investors. He was also chairman of the National Summit for Middle Market Funds, a national industry conference he coordinated, and is a director of Lake City Financial Corp. and Lake City Bank. In addition to his experience as a private equity fund manager, Hiatt worked nine years as an operating executive. He founded and served as president of Sungene Technologies in Palo Alto, Calif., and worked in strategic planning and marketing at Eli Lilly and Co.
Hiatt graduated magna cum laude from Wabash College and holds a master’s from the Sloan School of Management of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Museum of Art and World Learning Inc., and chairs the advisory board of Grameen Bank Indianapolis. He is a Life Trustee of the Indiana Chapter of the Nature Conservancy and has twice served as president of the Indiana Venture Club.
Curt W. Hidde, 43
Barnes and Thornburg LLP
Curt Hidde is a member of Barnes and Thornburg’s Financial Institutions Practice Group. Since his undergraduate days at Indiana University, Hidde knew he wanted to be a lawyer working with clients in financial services. “There was just something about the financial markets and the players in that industry that intrigued me,” he said. Eighteen years later, Hidde is doing just that and enjoying it thoroughly.
Hidde’s primary areas of practice are securities law, corporate finance and financial institution and insurance company regulation. He has represented numerous public and private financial institutions and related entities in a variety of transactions and matters, including IPOs, tender offers, mergers and acquisitions, and cease and desist orders. Hidde regularly advises clients on issues such as corporate governance, banking and insurance law and ongoing SEC compliance matters, including the unique disclosure issues affecting financial institutions.
Beyond his law practice, Hidde has served on the board and executive committee of the Ronald McDonald House of Indiana for many years. He is president of the Venture Club of Indiana, which is dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship, and serves on that organization’s board and executive committee. Hidde is married and has two sons. He enjoys spending time with his family, water-skiing, golfing, and playing ice hockey in an adult recreation league.
Mark E. Hill, 54
Collina Ventures LLC
The genesis of Collina Ventures isin Baker-Hill, a company Hill’s wife, Karen Baker Hill started in the couple’s living room in 1983. Baker-Hill created software-based solutions for the financial services industry, ultimately serving more than 1,000 clients around the world. By 1989, with Baker-Hill thriving, Hill left his sales job at IBM to work full time on the family enterprise. Experian, one of the big three credit-reporting agencies, acquired the company in 2008.
Funds from the sale financed today’s Collina Ventures. (Collina is the Italian word for hill.) A private investment firm focusing on technology companies in central Indiana, Collina gets involved in early-stage, tech-sector businesses for the most part, including education software and marketing software. Collina’s investments have included Aprimo, ExactTarget, Compendium and Scale Computing.
In addition to his role with Collina, Hill serves on the boards of numerous technology companies, including Interactive Intelligence, Bluelock, T2 Systems and Cantaloupe.
Hill is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Informatics and serves as chairman of the local Indianapolis Teach for America board. Additionally, he is active in the Central Indiana Community Partnership, the Central Indiana Community Foundation, United Way and Techpoint. Hill holds a bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. He enjoys golfing, skiing and running.
Kevin Hipskind, 43
Senior Vice President Lending
Fifth Third Bank Central Indiana
Kevin Hipskind be-gan his professional career in accounting with Arthur Andersen in Chicago. He left Arthur Andersen for a manufacturing firm in Carmel. Born and raised in Indianapolis, Hipskind welcomed the opportunity to return to his roots. He moved from manufacturing to banking in 1993, when he joined Society Bank, which was later taken over by Key Bank.
Hipskind has been with Fifth Third Bank about nine years. In his years with the bank, he has held positions as a large corporate relationship manager, middle-market team leader, community market sales manager and international manager. Presently, he leads the commercial division for central Indiana.
Hipskind serves on the Parish Counsel board and is chairman of the finance committee of St. Pius X Parish. He also sits on the board and serves as treasurer of the Japan-America Society of Indiana and on the board of Wishard Foundation, and is development chairman for Celebrating Catholic Values. He is an elected precinct committeeman.
Hipskind received a bachelor’s in finance from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from Indiana University. He and his wife, Michelle, have three children. Hipskind enjoys water-skiing, golfing, hiking, traveling and watching his kids play sports.
Nancy Huber, 60
President and CEO
Fifth Third Bank—Central Indiana
Raised by parents who valued inquisitiveness and chal-lenged their children to support their viewpoints, Nancy Huber has used those traits in her own pursuit of success. As a young woman, she remembers constantly asking questions and trying to learn all she could from her bosses. Today, she is president and CEO of Fifth Third, which has $3 billion in assets, and she is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of the bank’s four main businesses: commercial banking, retail banking, consumer lending and investment advisers. Huber joined Fifth Third in 2001 and was market president of the bank’s Northeastern Ohio region before assuming her current position.
In her early 50s, Huber made the sort of career leap most people only dream about. She gave up a position as divisional vice president of Parisian Department Stores, a division of Saks Inc., and took one in banking, a field she had no experience in. She says, “I realize I did something that’s very hard to do, so I try to share my experience and what I learned. Letting people know that you’re open to new opportunities is the first step, learning how to articulate your transferable skills is the next, and networking with the right people is the cherry on top.”
Huber grew up in Cincinnati and received her bachelor’s in political science from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. She sits on the boards of WFYI, the Indianapolis Art Center, Conner Prairie and the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. She has two grown daughters, one an inner-city art teacher in San Diego and the other, a chef and restaurant owner in South Carolina; Huber is part owner of the restaurant.