Indianapolis Business Journal

OCT. 20-26, 2023

One of the sticking points in the battle between the United Auto Workers and the Big Three automakers is the UAW’s demand that the wave of new electric vehicle battery plants fall under its contract and pay demands. Neither Ford nor Stellantis has agreed, putting two planned Stellantis and Samsug SDI plants in Kokomo squarely in the middle of the melee. Also in this week’s issue, Mickey Shuey outlines the differences between mayoral candidates Jefferson Shreve and Joe Hogsett on the use of incentives to spur downtown development. And Dave Lindquist explores the life cycle of public art and specifically how communities deal with the loss of murals.

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Indiana 250: Chuck Surack

Chuck Surack is the founder and former CEO and chair of Fort Wayne-based Sweetwater Sound, an online retailer of musical instruments and audio equipment that he established in 1979 as a four-track recording studio in the back of his Volkswagen bus.

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2023 Women of Influence: Wendy Noe

Wendy Noe has proven instrumental in the growth of Dove Recovery House and the number of women it helps to overcome substance use disorder, homelessness or physical, emotional or sexual abuse, free of charge.

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2023 Women of Influence: Kim Thomas

Kim Thomas is vice president of DEI and community affairs at OneAmerica, where she is accelerating the company’s DEI vision and strategy and blending the company’s DEI and community affairs efforts.

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2023 Women of Influence: Donna Z. Wilkinson

As chief police officer, Donna Wilkinson has streamlined the Pacers Sports & Entertainment recruiting process, diversified its hiring pipelines and onboarded more than 50% of its current full-time workforce over the course of two years.

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