Indianapolis Business Journal

APRIL 21-27, 2023

Most folks agree that the state can play a role in helping educate workers for high-skilled jobs and help employers find the right fits for their workforces. But, as Peter Blanchard reports, Indiana legislators have hit some walls as they debate the best ways to do it. Also in this week’s issue, Daniel Bradley outlines the plan to build high-end housing for Purdue University’s retired alumni right on the school’s campus. And we introduce you to the members of IBJ’s Forty Under 40 Class of 2023, our 31st annual collection of young-but-accomplished business, community and not-for-profit leaders.

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Made in Indiana: Salsa by Crazy Charlie’s Salsa

History: After several years of making salsa for family and friends, electrical engineer Charlie Ferguson and his wife, Glenda, in 2001 launched a commercial operation. In 2003, Ferguson took his salsa to the Fiery Food Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas, and took home the top prize. Since then, he and his product have been featured on […]

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Dr. Pardeep Kumar: Legislators should avoid Medicaid reimbursement cut

As the 2023 General Assembly session enters its final stretch, legislators must make final decisions on their biennial responsibility of crafting Indiana’s next budget. This year, the decision-making includes a dilemma placed before legislators by the federal government, with physicians caught in the middle. HIP 2.0, Indiana’s vehicle for the Affordable Care Act’s expansion of […]

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Letter: Indiana should stop embracing NRA

I’ve been fighting for common sense gun reform in Indiana for years as a member of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and it’s tiring. But it’s worth it. Hoosiers deserve better.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Aaron Pierce

Aaron Pierce said he was inspired by his grandfather, Weldon Pierce, who survived one of the worst friendly-fire incidents in U.S. history when members of the 30th Infantry Division were accidentally bombed in France during World War II. Now, Pierce Aerospace builds remote drone identification technologies for both military and civilian use.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Christina Hage

Christina Hage manages legislative and regulatory partnerships, develops stakeholder engagement strategies, coordinates community engagement and leads communications, media and brand management for MHS, a health coverage provider.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Daniel Diehl

Daniel Diehl began his career in the banking industry right after earning his undergraduate degree and was drawn to commercial banking because of the exposure it offers to many types of businesses and industries.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Joel Kirk

Joel Kirk had an ambitious idea: Launch a Broadway-show incubator in central Indiana, where the creative team behind the effort can brainstorm and work on the music and writing before the show heads to New York.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Megan Carrico

Megan Carrico oversees external communications at Indianapolis International Airport to support initiatives involving air-service development, land use, technology upgrades, passenger amenities or local economic development.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Tim King

Tim King has helped grow Guidon Design from a six-person firm (he was employee No. 6) into what is now the third-largest architecture firm, ranked by billings, in Indianapolis.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Dr. Megan S. McHenry

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Director of Pediatric Global Health Education, Co-Director of the Morris Green Physician-Scientist Development Program | Indiana University School of Medicine

Dr. Megan McHenry is director of pediatric global health education and co-director of the Morris Green Physician-Scientist Development Program at the Indiana University School of Medicine.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Patricio Daneri

Within 10 years of immigrating to the United States, Patricio Daneri earned a bachelor’s from Purdue University and a master’s from Indiana University and started his own business, a manufacturer and distributor of commercial LED lighting.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Brian Willsey

Brian Willsey owns Tinker House Events and is director of finance for Small Victories Hospitality, the parent of several coffeehouses and restaurants, including Coat Check Coffee, Strange Bird Tiki Bar and Landlocked Baking Co.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Portia Bailey-Bernard

Portia Bailey-Bernard joined WM from Develop Indy, where—as senior vice president—she was instrumental in a regional collaboration to secure $20 million in state funds to establish a vision and plan to develop the White River region.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Dr. Elle Geddes

As medical director of cardiovascular genetics at Riley, Dr. Elle Geddes helps ensure that the heart center team is using cutting-edge genetic technology, therapies and knowledge to help patients do their best.

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2023 Forty Under 40: Morgan Lucas

President | Lucas Oil  It only takes one person to drive a Top Fuel dragster. But success in racing, as in business, requires a team. Morgan Lucas is quick to point that out. A former NHRA Top Fuel race team owner and driver who won multiple event championships, he now is responsible for the culture, vision, […]

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