Indianapolis Business Journal

FEB. 7-13, 2020

The can’t miss package this week is IBJ’s 28th annual edition of Forty under 40, featuring the young leaders making names for themselves in central Indiana. From Stacy Atkinson, chancellor of the Richmond campus of Ivy Tech Community College, to Muhammad Yasin, executive vice president of marketing for software firm Perq, the Class of 2020 is especially strong and diverse. Also in this week’s paper, Samm Quinn discusses how the experience of running for Indianapolis mayor has informed the legislative priorities of state Sen. Jim Merritt. He’s filed bills in the current legislative session concerning food deserts and landlord-tenant relationship, and in next year's budget-writing session he plans to tackle roads and crime. And John Russell explores the future of Medicaid in Indiana now that the Trump administration has announced plans to allow states to add eligibility requirements, benefit changes and drug-coverage limits.

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Visit Indy sets tourism records

The city’s tourism agency brought in nearly 8 million hotel room nights in 2019 in central Indiana—an all-time record. Just more than 2 million hotel room nights were booked downtown last year. Overall, 5.32 million rooms were booked in Marion County and 7.94 million throughout the metropolitan area. Visit Indy shared the figures as part of its annual State […]

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Sheila Kennedy: Incels—a new domestic terrorism threat?

If you have never heard of incels, you have lots of company. According to report out of Texas, although they are not a new movement, involuntary celibates are emerging as a domestic terrorism threat “as current adherents demonstrate marked acts or threats of violence in furtherance of their social grievance.”

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Viewpoint: Greater accountability in higher education is a must

We are at the point now where some schools are failing to graduate students, leaving many worse off than they would have been if they hadn’t attended college at all. This is a major problem for the employer community, as we are left searching far and wide for candidates to fill jobs in industries of all kinds.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Stacy Atkinson

Stacy Atkinson in October became the youngest Latina chancellor to lead an Ivy Tech Community College campus in the history of the higher education network, which is the largest community college system in the country.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Candice Bineyard

Candice Bineyard has ascending the ranks at Rolls-Royce to a new position as director of defense programs. It’s a promotion she received in January, after serving as vice president of one of the manufacturing company’s leading programs, its JSF LiftSystem technology that powers fighter jets and other aerospace gear in the armed services.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Stephanie Bothun

Stephanie Bothun helped launch the not-for-profit Ascend Indiana, the talent and workforce development initiative of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, with a set of values, a bundle of policy papers and her former boss, Jason Kloth, then of Teach for America.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Dr. Brian Gray

Dr. Brian Gray has been a key part of Riley Hospital for Children’s plan to build a $124 million Maternal Fetal Center, expected to open in 2021, that will centralize maternity and newborn care for Indiana University Health’s three downtown hospitals.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Marcus Hall

Marcus Hall’s varied career wound through Pacers Sports & Entertainment, ExactTarget and even his own pocket-square subscription startup before arriving at an Indianapolis-based California Closets franchise.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Kai Johnson

Kai Johnson was promoted on Feb. 1 to her new position as a manager of corporate strategy. Until then, Johnson was manager of community partnerships, where she oversaw development programs in Salesforce’s central cities.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Vincent Kovatch

Vincent Kovatch oversees the reconditioning processes for the millions of vehicles that Carmel-based KAR Global resells. That follows positions overseeing mergers and acquisitions, data management and predictive analysis for the Carmel-based auto resell giant.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Jessica Lindemann

Barnes & Thornburg partner Jessica Lindemann credits her father (an attorney, who was “committed to his partners, his community and his family”) and her mother (a social worker, who “instilled the value of community service and social connection”) with influencing her choice of career and specialties.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Blair Milo

Blair Milo was serving as the LaPorte mayor when Gov. Eric Holcomb asked her to join his administration as secretary of career connections and talent, overseeing the state’s Next Level Jobs initiative to connect Hoosiers with high-paying, high-demand jobs.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Mark Nottingham

Mark Nottingham’s passion is people and neighborhoods, not necessarily houses—and that’s the secret behind the success of Plat Collective, the residential real estate brokerage he founded in 2011 as Nottingham Realty Group.

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2020 Forty Under 40: Victor Oladipo

Pacers guard Victor Oladipo is a two-time NBA All-Star and was the league’s most-improved player in 2018. His NBA career followed a stellar stint at Indiana University, where he was a first-team All-American in 2013, the year the Hoosiers went to the Sweet 16.

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