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.
Steven K. Humke, 50
Ice Miller LLP
Steve Humke, an active mergers and acquisitions lawyer, founded the Ice Miller Entrepreneurial Services Group in 1993. He has led about 80 completed transactions since 2002, ranging in size from $1 million to $3.8 billion. Additionally, he represents high-growth, owner-managed companies, a number of which do not employ in-house counsel and rely upon Humke as their primary legal adviser.
A 1981 summa cum laude graduate of Duke University, Humke practiced as a certified public accountant between college and law school. He graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 1985 and practiced law for seven years in Washington, D.C. Humke, notes, however, that he spent most of those seven years in New York City conference rooms working on deals. He returned to the Midwest in 1992, with the goal of becoming more involved in strategic decisions that drive transactions, an opportunity Ice Miller gives him.
Humke currently serves on the board of the Indiana Association for Corporate Growth. He has been recognized by Chambers USA, a publication that ranks lawyers and law firms, as one of the leading attorneys in corporate mergers and acquisitions.
Humke is an alumnus of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and a director of the Indiana Chapter of the Association for Corporate Growth. He has served on the boards of The Villages, TechPoint Foundation, the Butler University Board of Visitors and a variety of other organizations. He and his wife live in Indianapolis and have a daughter, as well as a passel of pets. He regularly speaks on topics of interest to growth companies.
David L. Johnson, 58
President and CEO
A longtime business leader and lawyer, David Johnson has led BioCrossroads, a market-driven collaboration of Indiana’s leaders in life sciences, since 2005. Among its many activities, BioCrossroads educates and communicates about Indiana’s substantial life sciences sector; raises investment funds and launches new businesses; and builds innovative collaborations, such as the Fairbanks Institute and Indiana Health Information Exchange.
Initially as a community volunteer, Johnson led the successful effort in 2003 to raise Indiana’s first institutional life sciences venture capital fund, the $73 million Indiana Future fund. He was directly involved in the formation of BioCrossroads, and from BioCrossroads today, Johnson manages the $6 million Indiana Seed Fund, now invested in 11 promising, early Indiana life sciences businesses.
Beyond BioCrossroads, Johnson is a director and executive committee member of BioScience Vaccines Inc., CS-Keys Inc., Indiana Health Information Exchange Inc., Fairbanks Institute for Healthy Communities Inc., OrthoWorx Inc., Indiana University Research and Technology Corp. and Purdue Research Foundation. He is also a director of CICP Foundation, among other organizations.
Before joining BioCrossroads, Johnson was a partner at the Indianapolis law firm Baker and Daniels LLP, where he had a leadership role in collaborating and establishing cross-disciplinary practice groups, including health care and life sciences.
Johnson is an honors graduate of Harvard University, Harvard Law School and Oxford University, where he studied as a Rhodes scholar. Following his graduation from law school, he was legal counsel and a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations committee. He and his wife, Anne Nobles, who is a senior vice president at Eli Lilly and Co., have one daughter, a student at Georgetown University.
Deron S. Kintner, 35
Executive Director and General Counsel
Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank
Deron Kintner holds a bachelor’s in finance and a law degree from Indiana University-Bloomington, degrees indispensable to his current position. The Indianapolis Bond Bank is the debt-issuing and capital-financing arm of the city of Indianapolis and all municipal corporations. In his position, Kintner oversees and manages a $5 billion debt portfolio. That portfolio includes some high-profile projects: the JW Marriott, the new midfield terminal at Indianapolis International Airport, the new Wishard Hospital and the recently approved North of South project. Kintner takes credit for developing and implementing an interest-rate risk-management policy and reducing the city’s variable-rate debt exposure by 90 percent.
Before joining the Indianapolis Bond Bank, Kintner worked as an attorney with the Indianapolis law firm of Bingham McHale LLP, where his practice focused primarily on the area of public finance. He joined the firm directly out of law school.
Kintner has and continues to volunteer for multiple Indiana Sports Corp. local organizing committees, including those of the 2010 Men’s Final Four, 2011 Big Ten Basketball Tournament and 2011 Big Ten Men’s Football Championship. He sits on the board of PlayBall Indiana, an organization that strives to give inner-city kids the opportunity to play baseball. He is also involved in the Penrod Society, which mounts the city’s largest art fair. A native of North Vernon, Kintner is married to Kelly Harrison, who works in financial planning and analysis for Republic Airways.
David Knall, 66
Senior Vice President Investments Managing Director
Stifel Nicolaus and Co. Inc.
David Knall and his partners, Jeff Cohen and Jamie Knall, help clients manage more than $6 billion in assets. The Knall/Cohen Group, which is a part of St. Louis-based Stifel Nicolaus, focuses on providing advice and consulting for wealthy families. The group acts as financial adviser for more than 50 foundations and endowments as well.
After earning an academic scholarship to Indiana University and graduating with a bachelor’s in finance in 1966, Knall served as an officer in the Vietnam-era U.S. Army. As head of the Casualty Branch at Fort Benjamin Harrison, Knall was responsible for providing aid to the families of fallen soldiers in Indiana and Michigan.
In 1969, Knall joined McDonald and Co., where, six years later, at the age of 34, he became one of the youngest individuals to be elected a general partner at the company. He became managing director in 1983 and senior managing director in 1996. He was later appointed to the board of the Cleveland-based parent company, McDonald and Co. Investments. In 2005, the Knall/Cohen Group severed its ties with McDonald and joined Stifel Nicolaus, where Knall is a managing director.
In what he refers to as his “not-for-profit life,” Knall brings conservative and contrarian thinking to a diverse group of private and public organizations. He is a member of the investment committees of the Central Indiana Community Foundation, Christian Theological Seminary, Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum and the Regenstrief Foundation. He is a former trustee of both Wabash College and Christian Theological Seminary and a former board member of the Indianapolis Museum of Art. He previously was a board member and on the investment committee of the Indianapolis-Marion County Public Library Foundation.
Morris L. Maurer, 60
President and CEO
The National Bank of Indianapolis
Morris Maurer co-founded the Na-tional Bank of Indianapolis with his cousin, Michael Maurer, in 1993. Today he serves as president and CEO of both the bank and its parent corporation, the National Bank of Indianapolis Corp., a bank holding company with total assets in excess of $1.4 billion.
Before founding the bank, Maurer worked for Indiana National Bank from 1975 through 1992. He served as senior vice president and was responsible for corporate-wide strategic planning, venture capital and economic outreach. He was a member of the executive management committee and chairman of the statewide bank integration committee. In addition, Maurer served as chief financial officer of NBD Bank, Indiana, where his responsibilities included general accounting, investment, funds desk, security sales and brokerage functions.
Maurer is chairman of the investment committee of Indiana Landmarks, trustee of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, and director of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce. He also is a member of the Penrod Society, the Columbia Club and the Indiana University Alumni Association. In the past, he has worked with a wide range of professional, civic and not-for-profit organizations, including Indianapolis Civic Theatre, the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Central Indiana Community Partnership, the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Community Hospital Foundation and the Indiana Bankers Association’s Central Region. He has lectured on the principles of financial management at IUPUI.
In 1997, Maurer received the prestigious Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year award for greater Indianapolis. Maurer graduated from Indiana University, earning both his bachelor’s and his MBA in finance. He and his wife, Jan, have three children.