Indianapolis Business Journal


IBJ’s inaugural Interview Issue showcases conversations with some of the Indianapolis area’s biggest thinkers and innovators, from such established executives as Jeff Smulyan to community leaders including Lewis Ferebee, from newsmakers like Angela Braly to up-and-coming leaders like Denver Hutt.

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The Interview Issue: Lewis Ferebee

In stark contrast to his predecessor, Indianapolis Public Schools Superintendent Lewis Ferebee started playing nice with the 30 or so charter schools in Indianapolis, which are publicly funded but privately run competitors to IPS.

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The Interview Issue: Angela Braly

Angela Braly, an attorney by trade, served as CEO of health insurer WellPoint Inc. from 2007 to 2012, when she resigned amid pressure from shareholders. Braly has continued serving in corporate boardrooms since her departure, albeit with a lower profile.

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The Interview Issue: Jeff Smulyan

Smulyan, a Democrat whose Emmis Communications Corp. owns radio stations relying on talk formats, has arrived at a principled acceptance of the phenomenon.

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The Interview Issue: Ron Ellis

Ron Ellis has been CEO of the drug discovery firm Endocyte Inc. since 1996. When he moved to West Lafayette to take the job, he wouldn’t let his wife paint the interior of their new house—for fear he’d be looking for a new job soon. Endocyte has yet to generate any revenue.

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The Interview Issue: Tanya Bell

When Tanya Bell became Indiana Black Expo CEO in 2008, she said she would be a change agent, a tough job when running an organization with deep roots.

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The Interview Issue: Peter Wilt

Before he helped launch professional soccer in Indianapolis, Peter Wilt earned six championship rings and record business growth for professional soccer teams in four American soccer leagues.

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The Interview Issue: Maria Quintana

Maria Quintana grew up in impoverished neighborhoods near downtown Indianapolis, but today she’s part of the leadership team that runs the largest bank in the state—JPMorgan Chase Indiana.

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The Interview Issue: Stanley Kahn

For more than 20 years, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Stanley Kahn was synonymous with lawyer advertising, whether on television, radio or the back cover of the phone book.

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The Interview Issue: Christine Altman

Chrstine Altman, president of the Hamilton County commissioners, believes central Indiana communities would be well-served by embracing other transportation options together.

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The Interview Issue: Tony Bennett

Former Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Bennett helped push through monumental changes in Indiana education policies. But teachers revolted against Bennett, leading to his stunning re-election loss in 2012.

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The Interview Issue: Amp Harris

Amp Harris is as well-known for the company he keeps as he is for his work over the years as a DJ, radio host and promoter of community events, including the “Saving Our Youth” Celebrity Basketball Game. Among his confidants are comedian Mike Epps and professional athletes Reggie Wayne, George Hill and Edgerrin James.

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The Interview Issue: Matt Tully

Indianapolis Star political columnist Matt Tully has a desk at the newspaper’s downtown headquarters. But his office might as well be the handful of north-side coffee shops and cafés where he meets with politicians, civic leaders and business bigwigs who help inspire and shape his columns.

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The Interview Issue: Michael Feinstein

Michael Feinstein, the multi-platinum-selling and perpetual PBS-special star, was a surprisingly high-profile choice for artistic director of the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

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The Interview Issue: Scott Newman

Scott Newman is an attorney and former Marion County prosecutor whose second act included founding Strand Analytical Laboratories and Rock Steady Boxing. He’s married with three stepsons.

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The Interview Issue: Richard Lugar

Richard Lugar is president of the Lugar Center, a Washington, D.C., think tank focusing on nuclear non-proliferation, food security and other issues. Lugar, 82, represented Indiana in the U.S. Senate from 1977 to 2013.

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Lykins stepping down as Citizens CEO in 2015

Carey Lykins has been with Citizens for 42 years, including the past nine as president and CEO. He joined the local utility group as a cashier in 1973 when it was known as Citizens Gas & Coke Utility.

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