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.