Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

August - September 2020

105 small businesses were awarded grants under the Hamilton County Stabilization Fund in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Grants varied from $1000 to $10,000 based on demonstrated need, and could be used for payroll, utilities, rent, mortgage, insurance, and products directly used in production of a product for sale. Preference was given to businesses that had not received abatements or incentives from the federal government, State of Indiana, or any local government entity. County businesses receiving the grants include (in alphabetical order):

  • AC & Company Hair Design - Carmel
  • Art on Main - Carmel
  • Barbell Z - Westfield
  • Beauty Nails - Fishers
  • BeYoutiful Nails llc - Carmel
  • Bier Brewery - Carmel
  • Bio-Velo - Noblesville
  • Biryani Hut - Carmel
  • Blackhawk Winery - Sheridan
  • Blue Moon Pottery - Noblesville
  • Body Mind Core Studio - Carmel
  • Bombshell Hair Company - Noblesville
  • Books and Brew - Carmel
  • Borsha - Fishers
  • Butler Barber & Style Shop - Carmel
  • BWA Associates - Carmel
  • Carmel Consignment - Carmel
  • Carmel Total Fitness - Carmel
  • Carter’s Play Place -  Westfield
  • Center For Creative Arts - Carmel
  • Certified Nails - Noblesville
  • Collective Beauty - Westfield
  • CrossFit HSE - Noblesville
  • David H Davis & Associates - Carmel
  • Eat the Frog Fitness - Carmel
  • Eggshell Bistro - Carmel
  • Fishers Family Dentistry - Fishers
  • Greyhound Nails - Carmel
  • Gymboree Play - Carmel
  • Halo Salon - Carmel
  • Hancock Dance Theatre - Carmel
  • Hannah Nails - Carmel
  • Heady Hallow Brewery - Fishers
  • Heirlooms -  Cicero
  • Hittle Floral Design - Cicero
  • Hoosier Mattress - Noblesville
  • HS Academy - Carmel
  • Indiana Taekwondo Academy - Noblesville
  • Imperial Spa - Carmel
  • Jacquies Café - Carmel
  • Jamia Hoffman SkinCare - Westfield
  • KC Nails - Noblesville
  • Kelly Nails - Noblesville
  • Kurr Aesthetics and Med Spa - Carmel
  • La Vie Nails - Carmel
  • Lamour Nails - Noblesville
  • Las nenas Salon - Noblesville
  • Lash & Brow Design - Carmel
  • LearningRx - Fishers
  • Ling’s Oriental Martial Arts - Noblesville
  • Little CAIRO Café - Carmel
  • Little Village Playroom - Carmel
  • Lovely Nails - Carmel
  • Luxury Cakes - Carmel
  • Mammoth Barber Company - Noblesville
  • Mandarin House - Carmel
  • MDG Salon - Carmel
  • Miracle Minds - Carmel
  • Morse Lake Nails & Spa - Noblesville
  • Nails by Jen - Noblesville
  • Nancy Beck Hairstylist - Westfield
  • Naturaleyez Lash & Brow - Carmel
  • Nippers Grill & Tap - Carmel
  • No Label at the Table Food Co - Carmel
  • Noblesville West Nails - Noblesville
  • Our Fit Club - Fishers
  • Paris Salon - Carmel
  • Penultimate/Living Fit RX - Indy/Hamilton County
  • Perfect Eyebrow and Wax - Noblesville
  • Pho VN Vietnamese Restaurant - Fishers
  • Pita Land - Fishers
  • Primeval Brewing Company - Noblesville
  • Purse Strings of Carmel - Carmel
  • Salt For Your Soul - Carmel
  • Sassy Sally’s Salon - Fishers
  • Scrap Yard Surplus - Westfield
  • Singh Bullard Dentistry - Noblesville
  • Smart Hair LLC - Carmel/Noblesville
  • Styles N Smiles Family Salon - Noblesville
  • Sugar Creek Vineyard/Winery - Carmel
  • Sunny Nails LLC - Fishers
  • Survial Fitness - Carmel
  • T&A Associates LLC - Fishers
  • Taylors Bakery - Fishers
  • The Cat - Carmel
  • The Flying Cupcake - Carmel
  • The HUB - Carmel
  • The Mix Marketplace - Noblesville
  • The Nail Studio at Fishers Station - Fishers
  • The Recovery Room - Carmel
  • The Skin Spot - Carmel
  • The Spray Spa & Wax Bar - Fishers
  • The Urban Artisan - Noblesville
  • The Wandering Peacock - Westfield
  • ThriveFit  - Westfield
  • Winslow Wellness Centers - Carmel
  • Without Borders Boutique - Atlanta
  • Zaid Group - Carmel

Round Room Holdings, Inc., which owns several wireless retail brands, purchased the former Roche headquarters building in Fishers and is moving its corporate headquarters from Carmel. Round Room will occupy two thirds of the building and lease the rest.

SEP, a software design and development companySEP, a software design and development company currently located in Carmel’s Center for the Performing Arts, is building a new corporate headquarters at US 31 and 161st Street I Westfield.

The Town of Arcadia launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise $20,000 by August 15 toward the purchase of splash pad for downtown. If the town reaches its goal, the money will be matched by the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority.

The City of Westfield opened the Monon Trail Pedestrian Bridge spanning SR 32.

Jack Russell was named President of OneZone

Jack Russell was named President of OneZone, replacing Mo Merhoff, who retired in March.

Andrea Muirragui Davis was appointed Executive Director of HAND







Andrea Muirragui Davis was appointed Executive Director of HAND (Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development), replacing Jennifer Miller, who resigned last Fall. 

Rebekah Metzger was named Development Director, a shift made to emphasize the nonprofit organization’s ongoing focus on neighborhood and community development.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

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June - July 2020

The Southeastern Program of Recreational Team Sports (S.P.O.R.T.S.) changed its name to Mudsock Youth Athletics, as part of a large-scale rebranding initiative. The “Mudsock” name comes from the historic “Battle of the Mudsock” and more recently, from the yearly football game and contests between Hamilton Southeastern High School and Fishers High School.

Hamilton County Leadership Academy (HCLA) promoted Carmel native Andrea Marley (pictured on right) to Executive Director after nearly two years as Program Coordinator.

Hamilton County Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $105,000 to seven not-for-profit organizations:  Children’s Bureau, Inc. $14,000; GCC Foundation $5,000; Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. $10,000; Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry $5,000; Second Helpings $9,000; Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County $10,000; Trinity Free Clinic $16,000. The board also approved the foundation’s continued support of the LINK Advisory Council ($15,000) and a contribution to the Community Scholarship Fund ($10,000).

Hamilton County created a Workforce Recovery Task Force in an effort to jumpstart a recovery plan for Hamilton County businesses in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. Members include: Bob DuBois, President and CEO of the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce; Jack Russell, Interim President of OneZone Commerce; Nick Verhoff, President of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce; County Commissioner Mark Heirbrandt, County Councilor Amy Massillamany; Dan Clark, President of Ivy Tech Noblesville; Carol Sergi, Director of Workforce Strategy at HCEDC; Chuck Haberman, workforce consultant; Rob Kneberg, Executive Director of Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network; Ed Miller, Work One; and Angela Acrey, VP of Human Resources at Helmer Scientific.

The Fishers AgriPark at 113th Street and Florida Road, one of the nation’s largest urban farms, plans to open this summer. It will feature public fields and gardens, managed by Fishers Parks, and free admission. Residents can pick seasonal produce and cut flowers to take home at no charge. Along with providing u-pick opportunities for residents, a portion of the produce grown will be donated to local food shelters. An animal area will offer opportunities to encounter traditional livestock, such as cows, chickens, and goats. Open fields and a farm-themed play structure, constructed in partnership with Reynolds Farm Equipment, will provide discovery and play spaces for Fishers’ youngest residents. A programming barn will serve as an educational space for both public and school-based programs with HSE Schools. The park will also offer seasonal experiences, such as a corn maze and pumpkin patch in the fall. 

Jessica Williams Schnelker (pictured on left) joined Church Church Hittle + Antrim’s Litigation Practice Section as a trial lawyer.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

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April - May 2020

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Musical Director Janna Hymes signed a new five-year contract with the organization. Only 11% of the more than 1200 orchestras in the US are led by women.

Elwood-based Red Gold partnered with Folds of Honor, a not for profit that provides educational scholarships to the families of military men and women who have died or been disabled while on active duty in the US armed forces.

Craig Crosser, co-owner of Nova 29 Property Management; Gina Giacone, partner at Ice Miller; and Kristy Murphy, community volunteer have joined the Board of Directors of the Hamilton County Community Foundation.

Carmel-based KAR Global announced Lisa Price, KAR’s executive vice president of human resources, will take on the expanded role of chief people officer, the first to hold that title. 

Robert Kneberg joined The Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network as Executive Director, replacing former OneZone executive Dan Canan, who retired.

Sheila Smiley joined ad agency Hirons as senior vice president, media and digital. Rose Durbin, senior vice president and the firm’s longtime media director, continues in a consultancy role.






Brittany Breen joined The Farmers Bank as Branch Manager at the Sheridan Office.

Dr. Una Osili, Associate Dean of Research and International Programs at Indiana University’s Lilly Family School of Philanthropy joined the Board of Directors of the National Bank of Indianapolis. 

Syd Loomis, long-time Noblesville Chamber volunteer and Assistant VP of the Noblesville branch of The Farmers Bank, was inducted into the Indiana Bankers Association Forty Year Banker Club.

Janelle Campbell, Community First Bank Mortgage Loan Officer based in Westfield, has been promoted to Assistant Vice President. Community First was voted one of the Best Places to Work in Indiana for the 6th year in a row.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

December 2018 - January 2019

The Great American Songbook Foundation is selling the Asherwood estate (photo above), which was donated by philanthropist Bren Simon to support the Foundation’s mission of music education and historic preservation. The state was featured in the August/September 2018 edition of HCBM.

Legacy Fund changed its name to Hamilton County Community Foundation to better express the foundation’s goal. 

Whitinger & Company LLC, and Haney CPA Group PC merged to expand and enhance the professional services the two firms provide. The new company will operate as Whitinger & Company LLC. 

Carmel mortgage banking firm PR Mortgage and Investments changed its name to Merchants Capital 

Dan Canan, former Exec. VP of OneZone, is the new Executive Director of the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network.

Ron and Lindsey Strainis, owners of Kitchen Tune-Up of Hamilton County, won the “Rising Star” award at the company’s annual convention.

The last section of the Monon Trail opened between Westfield and Sheridan. Begun in 1996, the Monon Greenway now runs 24 miles from Sheridan to 10th St. in Indianapolis. Westfield is planning a bridge over SR32, to be completed next Summer.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

October - November 2018

Strawtown Koteewi ParkReader’s Digest recently included Strawtown Koteewi Park on its list of “41 Mini Family Vacations That Won’t Break the Bank”  The list includes other exotic destinations as San Juan, Punta Cana, Maui, Cape Cod, Niagara Falls and New Orleans. 

Carmel’s Museum of Miniature Houses will upgrade 25-year-old ceiling lighting thanks in part to a $6,800 Heritage Support Grant from the Indiana Historical Society.

Nickel Plate Express acquired the historic Nickel Plate business car number one to be used for business retreats, private parties and themed excursions. (pictured)

Beaver Materials has secured naming rights to the Noblesville Millers football field for $83,000 over five years. Named Hare Chevrolet field for the past twelve years, it will now be called Beaver Field.

Community Health Network reached a new agreement with Hamilton Southeastern Schools to operate an employee health center, provide sports medicine services and manage the school nurse clinics for the school district’s 21,600 students and 2,500 employees.

Mike StewartMike Stewart (pictured) was elected President of Logan Street Sanctuary, an all-volunteer 501(c)(3) cultural arts organization that operates out of an historic renovated building on Logan Street in Noblesville.

Sheridan’s Madeline Atkinson was one of only 13 students out of 3300 to graduate from Ball State University this year with a straight-A average.

First Farmers Financial Corp. announced plans to open two new branches of First Farmers Bank & Trust by the fourth quarter of this year in Lafayette and Terre Haute.

Kroger, which operates eleven food stores in Hamilton County, announced it will gradually phase out single-use plastic bags and transition to reusable bags across all its stores in the next seven years.

PIP in Carmel was recognized as one of the top twenty-five in the entire PIP franchise network.  

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy announced its class of 2019: Chelsea Beaman, CLB Management Consulting; Brian Bondus, ALO Property Group; Andrew Bradford, Conner Prairie; Drew Braley, Browning Day Mullins Dierdorf;Todd Dailey, Liberty Mutual Insurance Group; Michael Daugherty, First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors; Brian Dell, Colliers International; Laura Denis, Noblesville Schools; Megan Earnest, Simon Property Group; Leigh Ann Erickson, Fairbanks and Hope Academy; Michael Fry, LUNA Language Services; Justin Furr, Crew Carwash; Janet Gafkjen, Good Samaritan Network; Leslie Gieger, Church Church Hittle + Antrim; Dr. Sherry Grate, Westfield Washington Schools; Katie Guerra, The Play School; Brandy Hill, Riverview Health; Carla Hill, BSA LifeStructures; Peggy Hogan, Purple Ink HR; Chris Johnson, PNC Bank; Caitlin Karvasky, Moser Consulting; Melanie Lentz, City of Carmel; Jennifer Maxwell, CleanSlate Technology Group; Rebecca McGuckin, River's Edge Natural Health; Derek McMichael, Community Health Network; Whitney Moore, Whitney Moore Photography; Mackenzie Poole, Legacy Fund; Gary Sexton, The Sexton Group; Ann Marie Shambaugh, Current Publishing; Stephanie Smith, Smith House; Steve Sneath, Hamilton County Parks and Recreation; Rachel Sorvig, Bose Public Affairs Group; Jeff Steeg, The Center for the Performing Arts; Bob Swanay, Carmel Clay Public Library; Kert Toler, Halakar Properties; Kyle Wise, Beck's Hybrids

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

August - September 2018

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy announced its 2018 graduating class.  

Kelly Barton, Community Health;  Ryan Berry, Garmong Construction Services; Jesse Billingsley, Church, Church, Hittle + Antrim; Cassandra Bogaards, Elements Financial; Casey Cawthon, City of Fishers; Brad Cozza, Hamilton County Airport Authority; Dan Degnan, Purdue University College of Pharmacy; Ashlie Dew, Elements Financial; Dana Donahue, Lake City Bank; Alex Emerson, Coots, Henke & Wheeler, P.C.; Aaron Head, City of Noblesville; Bradley Howell, Hamilton East Public Library; Jeremy Hunt, Beck's Superior Hybrids; Katie Jess, ACES Power; Jeff Johnson, Meyer Najem; Julia Lowe, CarDon & Associates; Henry Mestetsky, City of Carmel; Angela Morris, St. Vincent | IU Health; Laura Musall, FC Tucker; Daniel Potash, arcDesign; Patrick Propst, Faith Community Church; Marcus Reed, City of Westfield; Natasha Robinson, Prevail Inc.; Greg Sorvig, Heartland Film; Andrew Swickheimer, Noblesville Schools; Gina Terril, Indiana Members Credit Union; Branden Voegerl, CleanSlate Technology Group; Seth Warren, Riverview Health; Mike Winterhalder, Navient; Julie Wright, Central Indiana Community Foundation; Adriann Young, Noblesville Schools Education Foundation; Shanna Young, The Legacy Fund. 

Kimberly Dimond

Kimberly Dimond is the new executive director of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, replacing Dr. Alan Davis, who retired after nearly two decades in the position.

The Westfield Chamber of Commerce appointed Nick Verhoff as interim President.

Dagny Zupin

Nickel Plate Express hired (photo) Dagny Zupin as communications coordinator.

Wil Hampton

Noblesville City Councilor Wil Hampton (photo) was hired by The ELAM Group and 21ology.com as a Client Development Specialist.

Noblesville resident Amy Thornton Shankland (photo) wrote the book Joy to You and Me (at work!), a guide to spreading joy and happiness at work and beyond.

First Farmers Financial Corp. will repurchase up to $1 million of its own outstanding common stock to provide capital management opportunities and add value for the Company’s shareholders.

Indiana Department of Workforce Development awarded a $1.46 Million grant to the Hamilton County Workforce Innovation Network, a partnership between Hamilton County employers and educators. It will provide state-of-the art workforce training for students entering the workforce and adults seeking a new skill set.

Indiana Humanities awarded a Quantum Leap grant to the Nickel Plate Heritage Railroad to transform the Arcadia Depot (photo) into an interactive attraction that will tell the history of northern Hamilton County, the industries that grew as a result of the train and discovery of natural gas, and the people who settled it.

The City of Westfield launched a financial transparency website to give the public access to its financial data through OpenGov.com, a California-based company specializing in financial transparency. The portal is online at https://westfieldin.opengov.com

Westfield’s Grand Park (photo) was named a “Favorite Outdoor Venue” by the readers of Sports Destination Management, the leading nation-wide publication for sports event planners and tournament directors.

The Legacy Fund, Hamilton County’s Community Foundation, announced $134,400 in grants to 19 organizations, including: Advocates for Children and Families Inc $12,000; Alternatives Inc $15,000; Arts for Learning (Young Audiences of Indiana),$5,000; Best Buddies Indiana $5,000; Boys & Girls Club of Noblesville $10,000; Camptown Inc. $5,000; Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development $8,500; Hamilton County Harvest Food Bank Inc. $8,900; Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County $15,000; Nickel Plate Arts $13,000; Noblesville Sister Cities International $6,000; Open Doors of Washington Township $3,000; Second Helpings $10,000; Servants at Work $3,000; LINK YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL GRANTS:B.A.B.E. Store $2,000; Mama’s Cupboard Inc. $4,300; The O’Connor House $3,200; The Recovery High School at Fairbanks (Hope Academy) $2,500; Trinity Free Clinic Inc. $3,000

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
June - July 2018

Conner Prairie and Ritz Charles will invest more than $3 million to renovate and expand Eli Lilly’s historic Chinese House on the grounds of Conner Prairie near 131st Street and Allisonville Road. They will also build a new pavilion and the facility, to be called The Bluffs at Conner Prairie, will serve as an event venue for weddings and receptions. Ritz Charles will have exclusive catering rights.

Hamilton County Parks

Hamilton County Parks is being recognized for its effort to rescue, renovate and re-use historic bridges that connect White River Campground to Strawtown Koteewi Park. The Great Lakes Park Training Institute awarded their Outstanding Facility Award, Indiana Park and Recreation Association bestowed its Excellence in Landscape Design award, and the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) presented a prestigious merit award to the effort. The 285 foot pedestrian bridge required dismantling two historic bridges from Washington and Wayne Counties and reassembling them over the White River. The third span was built using plans from a historic Hamilton County bridge.

Fishers AgriPark

Fishers chose Brandywine Creek Farms, a nonprofit organization working to eliminate hunger by providing locally raised produce to Central Indiana food pantries, to operate a new 30-acre park to be called Fishers AgriPark.  Located at 113th Street and Florida Road, the park will feature crop fields, livestock, aquaponics, an outdoor classroom, farmers market and eating area, as well as beehives and honey production. It will be the largest park in the country dedicated solely to a working farm. Staffed by volunteers, the farm will serve as an educational facility and work to reduce hunger in Fishers.

Noblesville-based HAND Inc. (Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development) is venturing outside the county for the first time, investing more than $2 million to acquire and renovate 17 duplexes in Lebanon, Indiana. Renamed Hickory Commons, the rental community includes a total of 33 leasable units on two cul-de-sacs and will be maintained as affordable apartments for low-income residents.

Jack Russell

Jack Russell, former President of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, was hired as Chief Operating Officer of OneZone, the Carmel and Fishers chamber of commerce. Jack will be responsible for marketing, communications and operations, and oversee member acquisition and retention, member services and events.

Donna J. Lehman

The Farmers Bank welcomed to its Board of Directors: Donna J. Lehman, founder and co-owner of Noblesville’s Lehman & Company, P.C.

Gregory J. Cagnassola, partner with Fishers law firm DeFur Voran LLP.

 Ashley Roose

Ashley Roose was promoted to Branch Manager at The Farmers Bank Fishers office. 

Alexis (Lexi) Kearney

Alexis (Lexi) Kearney was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at The Farmers Bank.


Shelby Sparks was promoted to Assistant Branch Manager at the Noblesville Office of The Farmers Bank.

Conner Prairie named David Wagner as director of facilities.

Legacy Fund, the Central Indiana Community Foundation affiliate serving Hamilton County, awarded $123,000 in grants to nine not-for-profit organizations. Receiving funds were:

  • Englishton Park Presbyterian Ministries—$10,000
  • Habitat for Humanity of Hamilton County—$25,000
  • Chaucie’s Place (Hamilton County Vesta Foundation for Children)—$20,000
  • Hamilton Heights Educational Foundation—$15,000
  • Connect2Help (Information and Referral Network Inc.)—$6,000
  • Murphy Mentoring Group—$5,000
  • Reins of Grace Therapeutic Riding Center—$12,000
  • Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County—$10,000
  • Trinity Free Clinic—$20,000

The City of Westfield announced the establishment of Westfield Endowment Fund. The $95,000 unrestricted fund will be used to provide grants to organizations within Westfield and managed by the Legacy Fund. The Fund is made possible by a major gift from the Paul and Judy Estridge Family Foundation at Legacy Fund and numerous individual donors in the community.

A new internet-based charter school will focus on agricultural training. Tuition-free, the Indiana Agriculture & Technology School (IATS) will couple online learning with labs and project-based activities. The Nineveh-Hensley-Jackson United School Corporation in Trafalgar is IATS’ authorizer. The school will operate 600+ acre farm in Morgan County.

Eleven Fifty Academy, a Fishers-based 501(c)(3) nonprofit technical skills academy secured $330,000 in funding from three organizations: Indy Women in Tech, JPMorgan Chase and Indianapolis Chapter of Society for Information Management.

Fishers-based Aggressively Organic Inc., won a Challenge Prize and People’s Choice award at the Food+City Challenge competition during South by Southwest (SXSW) in Austin Texas. The Food+City Challenge Prize is an international competition among early-stage startups that encourages innovation in the urban food system. Aggressively Organic provides affordable grow-at-home hydroponic systems that encourages users to Harvest When Hungry.

New England-based SilverTech acquired Carmel’s Bitwise Solutions, a website design and development firm. SilverTech will retain the current Bitwise Solutions staff, including the long-time ownership team, Ron Brumbarger and Scott Workman, in key leadership roles.

The Kroger Company unveiled  “Scan, Bag, Go,” an app-based checkout system. The device will allow customers to scan and bag products as they shop, monitor prices and coupons, and check out quicker. The Noblesville Kroger at 146th and Hazel Dell is the first Indiana store to offer this service. 

Fishers resident Emily Riley, a Ball State University public history major, is part of a nine person team bringing the history of Indiana’s Delphi Opera House to the public by designing a museum exhibit for the facility.

Westfield Washington Schools is carving out professional development time for its teachers next year. Each Wednesday all WWS schools will delay start times by 30 minutes. End times will remain the same.

Carmel’s Museum of Miniature Houses is celebrating its 25 year anniversary with special exhibits and a Roundtable Discussion with museum founders Suzie Moffett and Suzanne Landshof on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 10:00-11:30 a.m.  The museum has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors in that time.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
 April - May 2018

John Hammer is the new president, Paul Lips is the new chief commercial officer and Srisu Subrahmanyam is chief operating officer of ADESA, a unit of Carmel based KAR Auction Services.

Michael Pettry, former executive director of the Indianapolis Symphonic Choir, is the new Vice President of Development for the Center for the Performing Arts.

Jeff Welch, FORUM Credit Union Chief Financial Officer, was named Chair of OneZone’s 2018 Board of Directors. Joining the board are: Gary Fammartino, St. Vincent Fishers and Carmel Hospitals, Kathy Krusie, Community Health Network and John Wick, NextGear Capital. 

Fishers High School juniors Whitney Roberts and Cynthia Foulke won the statewide screenwriting competition 2018 Project Pigasus for their screenplay “As We Begin.” Set in Fishers, ‘As We Begin” follows the story of 17-year-old Jordan Smith and her best friend, 18-year-old Dakota Hawkins, through the navigation of family-related issues, preparation for college and angst about the future. The film will be produced by a professional film crew with student apprentices and submitted for consideration to major film festivals nationwide, screened in select theaters and distributed online.

 Beck’s Hybrids installed two solar energy systems at their Atlanta, Indiana headquarters in. The two, one-mega-watt systems will cover approximately 25 percent of Beck’s current electric costs.

428,602 people visited Conner Prairie last year, an all all-time attendance record since the museum was founded 84 years ago. Visitors came from 46 U.S. states and 22 foreign countries. Membership grew to a record high 8,267 families consisting of 39,332 adults and children. Total revenue topped $11 million. Other milestones:

  • 21,005 people took flight in the museum’s tethered helium balloon
  • 123,855 people attended Kroger Symphony on the Prairie, an all-time record
  • 40,283 people attended the Headless Horseman fall festival, an all-time record
  • 11,570 guests attended three free admission days, including a record 4,757 people on President’s Day
  • 575 adult volunteers gave a combined 41,273 hours of service to the museum and 100 youth volunteers ages 10-18 gave 120 hours each throughout the year

Noblesville resident Harrison Painter has partnered his company, Amplify Indy, with non-profit COFFE (Community Outreach for Financial Education) to create the Amplify Hope Program, a competitive incubator for social entrepreneurs and emerging non-profits. Amplify Hope is a 10-month training platform with curriculum based on financial literacy, sustainability, board development, marketing, and more.

Noblesville-based J-Bird Web Development LLC changed its name to Trade Graphics and changed its target market from the hospitality industry to the building trades.

Carmel’s Prairie View Golf Club and Westfield’s Wood Wind Golf Club have contracted with Sahm’s Family Restaurants to provide food service.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

Notes from all over the county

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
 February - March 2018

Bren Simon, widow of the late Mel Simon, donated the Asherwood estate in Carmel to the Great American Songbook Foundation. The gift includes all the real estate and personal property, with a total value appraised at more than $30 million.

The 107-acre estate includes a fully furnished 50,000-square-foot main house, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 6,000-square-foot guesthouse, several other structures and two golf courses. It’s the former home of philanthropist Simon and her late husband Mel Simon, cofounder of Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner and real estate investment trust, who died in 2009.

The Songbook Foundation will leverage the donation toward its goal of creating a freestanding Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Museum, dedicated to the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Founded in 2007 by performer and preservationist Michael Feinstein, the Foundation is based at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel.

The Foundation staff and board will evaluate the possibilities for the use of the donated property, starting with a comprehensive feasibility study.

In response to the recently passed federal legislation affecting corporate tax, Gene Miles, President and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust announced a new corporate wage and community support program that commits to four points of emphasis.

  • Raise the minimum hourly starting wage by $2.50 for all new FFBT employees.
  • Provide a minimum year-end bonus of $750 annually to all full time FFBT employees.
  • Invest a minimum of $250,000 annually to community development and support of local branch markets.
  • Invest a minimum of $150,000 annually to FFBT employee development and education.

The company says the fiscal benefits of the corporate tax changes allow it to reallocate that revenue towards strengthening its team.

Legacy Fund of Hamilton County awarded $170,770 to ten not-for-profit organizations and two Hamilton County leadership projects.

This grant round includes continued support of two community leadership projects: Reaching Resources, a program of Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, will receive up to $50,000 annually for four years as Legacy Fund’s new community leadership initiative. The new program ensures that seniors can access the countywide services they need with one call to one place. The board also approved $15,000 for the regional master plan to activate the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties.

Other grants included $15,000 for a Hamilton County housing needs assessment conducted by Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND), $20,000 for programs at Prevail, Inc. that support victims of crime and abuse, and $10,000 for Southside Youth Council’s mental health counseling for Hamilton County youth.

Other grantees include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Hamilton County Leadership Academy, Heart and Soul Clinic, Inc., Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Inc., Second Helpings, and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Grants are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County and supplemented by two field of interest funds at Legacy Fund: City of Noblesville Fund and Sheridan Fund.

Mitsch Design and Meyer Najem shared the honor of being named OneZone’s Business of the Year.

Other winners include:

Chuck Lazzara, President of Ritz Charles, received The Harold Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award in Carmel. Ron and Michele Archer, former owners of recently-closed Archers Meat & Catering in Fishers, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fishers.

Look Award for New Construction – Carmel was presented to Liberty Fund, 11301 N. Meridian Street, with a LEED-designed building set on eight acres and featuring a glass-clad library.

Look Award for New Construction – Fishers was given to Braden Business Systems, 8700 North Street, for their new Nickel Plate District building complete with balconies and an open-air rooftop terrace.

Look Award for Renovation – Carmel was presented to Delta Faucet Company, 55 East 111th Street, which increased square-footage by 70% with modern architecture that compliments the existing structure.

Look Award for Renovation – Fishers went to DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, 9032 Technology Drive, for renovation of their original 24,000 square-foot building and the addition of 6,000 more.

The Green Award was presented to The Bridges at Carmel Market District for their commitment to sustainability through materials, lighting, water, recycling, air quality and local sourcing

Young Professional of the Year is Dan O’Brien, Kucic Associates Realty

The Most Valuable Volunteer Award went to John DeLucia, Citizens State Bank.

Pacers Sports & Entertainment acquired the naming rights to the former Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse in Westfield’s Grand Park. The $10 million facility, which has eight hardwood courts for basketball and volleyball, will be called the Pacers Athletic Center.

John Robbins is the new Executive Director of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, replacing Jill Doyle


Christine Dejoy CP

Bruce Kettler, formerly of Beck’s Hybrids, was appointed Director of the Indiana State Department Agriculture.


Christine Dejoy was named communications and social media specialist at Conner Prairie.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett 
December 2017 - January 2018 

Six new members were appointed to the Center for the Performing Arts Board of Directors: Kathy Krusie, President, North Region Community Health Network; Justin Moffett, Partner, Old Town Design Group; Jane E. Niederberger, Principal, Niederberger Ventures; Tony Robertson, CEO, PraxisMed; Quinn Shepherd, Managing General Partner, Shepherd Insurance & Financial Services; Deborah B. Wood, CEO, DWA Healthcare Communications Group.

Becca Polak was named president of TradeRev, a mobile app recently acquired by KAR Auction Services. Chuck Coleman was promoted to senior vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary at KAR. Tobin Richer adds the title of chief marketing officer for TradeRev to his role as senior vice president, corporate communications at KAR. 

Andy Hite was promoted to Vice President, Customer Service of CNO Financial Group

Sponsel CPA Group hired Abigail Lingenhoel (photo) as a staff accountant in its Tax Services department.

Alicia Kelly and Ephraim Rudolph joined Conner Prairie’s Communications staff as Communications Specialists

Bastian Solutions, a global systems integrator and consulting firm that was recently acquired by Toyota Advanced Logistics, a subsidiary of Japan-based Toyota Industries Corporation, announced plans to build a new manufacturing center in Westfield.


Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett 
August - September 2017

The Hamilton County Leadership Academy graduated its 26th class. Members include:

Heather Brownell, USTA/Midwest Tennis & Education Foundation; Janelle Bunnell, Community First Bank of Indiana; Steve Cooke, City of Noblesville; Nick Duvall, Little Red Door Cancer Agency; Doug Gebhardt, F.A. Wilhelm Construction; Tom Gehlhausen, Hamilton County Sheriff's Office; Jonathan Haggarty, Meyer Najem Construction; Joel Heavner, City of Carmel Fire Department; Judah Holland, Navient; Sarah Jones, Krieg DeVault LLP; Tom King, St. Vincent Carmel Hospital; Alison Krupski, Hamilton County Highway Department; Jess Lawhead, Northern Commercial; Courtney Lloyd, STAR Financial Bank; Jeremy Lollar, City of Westfield; Katie Lorton, Hamilton East Public Library; Katelyn Neary, Herman & Kittle Properties, Inc.; Maggie Owens, Riverview Health Foundation; Adam Peat, Stratosphere Quality; Lindsey Phipps, Mainstreet; Bonnie Riley, The National Bank of Indianapolis; Amanda Rubadue, City of Westfield; Julia Saltsgaver, Quality Connection of Central Indiana; Greg Schrage, Church Church Hittle + Antrim; Norm Tate, Fishers Police Department; Larissa Warne, Riverview Health; Evans Wells, Messer Construction, Co.; Brian White, St. Mark's United Methodist Church; Wade Wiley, Beck's Hybrids; Jacob Woodason, USI Insurance Services.

Adriann Young (photo) replaces the retiring Sharon Trisler as executive director for the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation.

Matthew Strausburg, M.D. (photo) joined Turkle & Associates as general and surgical dermatologist.

Shannon Besore (photo) is the new Stewards of Children Program Coordinator at Chaucie’s Place.

Timothy Renick (photo)  is the new Director of Information and Communication Systems for the City of Carmel, replacing Terry Crockett, who retired in May.

The National Bank of Indianapolis Corporation appointed two new Directors to its Board: Marsha Stone, Senior Director of Commercial Enterprise for the Indianapolis Airport Authority and Dennis Murphy, President of Indiana University Health.

Carmel’s Museum of Miniature Houses received a $5,300 grant from The Indiana Historical Society to help create new exhibit space.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
March - April 2017

Monon Blvd in Carmel IndianaCarmel’s Monon Greenway is being widened into a boulevard through Midtown and the Arts & Design District and will include lanes for cycling, buffer zones, sidewalks, green spaces, one-way streets and a new Midtown Plaza.

Anderson University launched Anderson Now, which offers to help repay student loans for graduates of Indiana colleges and universities who start or relocate a business in Anderson.

Fishers is launching Indiana IoT Lab-Fishers, a lab for innovation and collaboration for the Internet of Things industry.

Dr. Jack Powell is the new Executive Director of Chaucie's Place .

Susan Springirth was hired as the VP of Finance at the Center for performing Arts.

Kim Walton, RN, MSN, CNS, was named chief nurse executive for ambulatory care services at Community Health Network. 

Jason King is the new vice president and relationship manager and Lisa Norman the new vice president and senior private banking officer at First Financial Bank.

Sweetie's Scars - A journey of Hurt, Hope, and Healing

Nick Jefferis is the new Fishers Office Assistant Branch Manager at The Farmers Bank

Robert Shula is Vice President of Marketing, Public Relations and the TCU Foundation at Teachers Credit Union.

James R. Crider was named City of Carmel’s Director of Administration.

Jeffrey Spalding is the new city controller and Kristi Spehler, formerly of OneZone, was hired as Community Development Manager for the City of Noblesville.

Former Noblesville Chamber President Sharon McMahon has published a book named Sweetie’s Scars, about her life with her recently deceased rescue pet. All proceeds are being donated to the Humane Society of Hamilton County.

Pitch In: Notes from Hamilton County

The Pitch In by Mike Corbett
January - February 2017

Terry Anker, president of Legacy Fund since 2011, announced he will leave his position in March after 5 years at the helm.

Jane Hunter retired as Executive Director of the Northern Hamilton County Chamber of Commerce, where she served for 16 years.

Paul Munoz left for a position in the private sector after serving seven years as Cicero/Jackson Township Plan Director.

Toby Stark is retiring as Executive Director of Chaucie’s Place after six years.

Kim Compton, Cicero, joined The Farmers Bank, as Vice President of Information Technology/Operations.

Purgatory Golf Club unveiled an 11-foot tall, signature statue designed local artist Scott Westphal. The aluminum sculpture is positioned behind the first tee and depicts Purgatory’s logo.

Jennifer Batley was named senior vice president of Walker Information.

The American Bankers Association awarded Gene Miles, President and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust, with the Bruning Award, its premiere award and designation for agricultural banking.

Westfield Premier Physicians is opening in Westfield as one of Indiana’s first “Direct Primary Care” family physician practices. The group will not accept insurance. Instead, patients purchase one of three Care Packages for a fee, which is meant to improve the patient-doctor relationship.

Westfield was named the best small city in America by WalletHub. Analysts compared 1,268 cities with populations between 25,000 and 100,000 based on 30 key indicators of livability like “housing costs,” “school-system quality” and “number of restaurants per capita.”