Indianapolis Business Journal

JUNE 4-10, 2021

The big draw this week is IBJ’s Forty Under Forty Class of 2021, featuring a wide variety of young leaders who reflect changing business trends, priorities and definitions of success. The traditional constituencies of C-suiters still get their due, but this class demonstrates the increased importance of data, diversity, communications and social responsibility. Also in this week’s issue, John Russell reports that a powerful activist investor has trained his sights on the parent company of Duke Energy Indiana, proposing that the parent utility be broken into three separate firms. And Mickey Shuey explains how the Capital Improvement Board, which owns several of the city’s largest sports venues, is working to rebalance its budget and rebuild its reserves after a year in which it fell $40 million into the red.

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Editorial: It’s time to rethink IUPUI

IU’s incoming president, Pamela Whitten, and Purdue President Mitch Daniels should start talking now about how to give IUPUI the opportunity to move into the next tier of excellence—and that probably means a name change.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Duchess Adjei

Duchess Adjei leads the design, planning and execution for all global communication efforts as head of global communication
at Beckman Coulter Life Sciences, which develops, manufactures and sells products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Tanorria Askew

Tanorria Askew gives herself five job titles—creative entrepreneur, author, personal chef, social justice activist, podcast host—but they all boil down to this: “I nourish people’s bodies with food and their souls with justice.”

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2021 Forty Under 40: Dr. Cole Beeler

Dr. Cole Beeler, medical director of infection prevention at Indiana University, is responsible for reducing and addressing hospital-acquired infections as well as preventing health care workers and patients from getting COVID-19 while they are in the hospital. As director of symptomatic testing at Indiana University, his role is to work with health care systems, students, faculty and staff to coordinate care of individuals who contract COVID.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Erik Braden

Erik Braden is managing partner of Braden Business Systems, a company his father founded in 1989. He returned home to the business after working on Wall Street in investment banking and for private-equity groups in Los Angeles; Zurich, Switzerland; and New York City.  

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2021 Forty Under 40: Rosie Bryant

Rosie Bryant, lead organizer for Faith Indiana, works to reform the city’s criminal justice system to reduce violent crime and build community capital and resilience. She pushed the city to pilot, expand and fund the Group Violence Intervention program.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Nick Carter

Nick Carter is CEO of Market Wagon, which has created online farmers markets in 26 cities in 14 states. Carter filed his first Schedule-K for farm income at the age of 9. He owned dairy cows and rented land from his father for pasture and feed production.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Ben Conner

Ben Conner is CEO of his family’s Conner Insurance company and is responsible for its people, culture and numbers-building. He also leads the company’s employee benefits practice and consults with employers directly on their employee benefits program. He’s a former board member and owner of Jay’s Moving Co., an IBJ Fast 25 company.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Kristen Nunery

Kristen Nunery is founder and CEO of myCOI, which manages certificates of insurance, protecting construction, real estate and other businesses against the risk of underinsured claims, costly litigation and failed audits.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Lauren Peña

As associate director of student recruitment for the IU McKinney School of Law, Lauren Peña is responsible for recruiting and advising prospective law students as well as developing strategic communication plans.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Shannon Stahley

Shannon Stahley, senior manager of corporate affairs at Citizens Energy Group, represents the company at the local, state and federal levels, including the Governor’s Office and the General Assembly. She led the remediation and redevelopment of Citizens Energy Group’s former Indianapolis coke plant site, now home to the city’s Community Justice Center.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Chris Stowers

Chris Stowers, senior director of biotechnology at DSM, leads a team of scientists and engineers responsible for developing sustainable processes for the production of nutritional products such as vitamins, carotenoids and lipids. Previously he led a team at Corteva Agriscience. 

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2021 Forty Under 40: Lindsay Tjepkema

Lindsay Tjepkema, CEO of content marketing platform Casted, has generated almost $10 million in capital for the company, tripled the size of its team (to 30), increased revenue eightfold (company doesn’t disclose revenue) and quadrupled its customer base to include Salesforce, ZoomInfo and PayPal.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Jennifer Triplett

Jennifer Triplett, assistant general counsel for Toyota Industries North America (also called TINA), is responsible for providing legal guidance and compliance support to the North American headquarters for Toyota Industries Corp. and its North American subsidiaries.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Dr. Lindsay Weaver

Dr. Lindsay Weaver started as Indiana’s chief medical officer on Feb. 3, 2020—a month before the state had its first case of COVID-19. She has been fully engaged with the Indiana Department of Health’s COVID-19 response ever since. In addition, she continues to work several shifts a month in the emergency department at Methodist Hospital.

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2021 Forty Under 40: Jonathon Wright

Jonathon Wright, general counsel and corporate secretary for Hurco Cos. Inc., is responsible for managing all aspects of the company’s legal function on a global basis, including corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, commercial transactions, employment and labor law, litigation and more.

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