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Dress for Your Success

Photography by Gretchen Bell

Creative Direction & Styling by Miranda McDonald

Surely, clothes don’t make the man or woman – or do they? A number of recent studies have found donning more formal work attire can lead to increased productivity, heightened attention of how you treat others and more favorable first impressions. The findings only pertain to certain industries – and there’s no denying the benefits of comfort and functionality in apparel – but one thing is clear: You can dress for success and have a bit of fun, too.

Photographer: Gretchen Bell • hernameisgretchen.com

Creative Director and Stylist: Miranda McDonald • TheChicStreet.com

Models: Justin Sinkler and Jessica Malloy

Hair and Makeup: Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique, 322 Vincennes St. in New Albany • 812.945.5480 • strandzandthreadz.com

 

BOUTIQUES

Mariposa Consignments, 222 Pearl St. #102 in New Albany • 812.725.8508 • @MariposaConsignments on Facebook

 

HIM Gentleman’s Boutique, 314 Pearl St. in New Albany • 812.595.7752 • himgb.com

 

Sapphire on Spring, 326 Spring St. in Jeffersonville • 812.920.0017 • sapphireboutique.com

 

House of K, 137 E. Market St. in New Albany • 502.640.0049 • @houseofkboutique on Facebook

 

Dillard’s • Green Tree Mall, 757 E. Lewis and Clark Pkwy in Clarksville • Mall St Matthews, 5000 Shelbyville Road in Louisville • dillards.com

 

LOCATIONS

Culbertson Mansion, 914 E. Main St. in New Albany • 812.944.9600 • culbertsonmansionshs@indianamuseum.org

 

Downtown New Albany • cityofnewalbany.com • developna.org

 

Bella Roma Italiana Cuisine, 134 E. Market St. in New Albany • 812.725.9495

 

Double Barrel, 147 E. Main St. in New Albany • @doublebarrel2018 on Facebook


Look 1:

Model Jessica Malloy: Vintage Polka Dot Skirt, $14.98, J.Crew Sweater, $14.99, and Button-down, $8.99, from Mariposa Consignments. Model Justin Sinkler: Stetson Hat, $78; Stitch Note Knit, $59; The Tie Bar Socks, $10; and Paisley & Gray Coat, $180, all from HIM Gentleman’s Boutique. Location: Culbertson Mansion.

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Look 2:

Jessica: Vintage Hat, $12.99, and Red Clutch, $14.99, from Mariposa Consignments; Tweed Dress, $85, and Bangles Bracelets, $40, from Sapphire on Spring. Location: Bella Roma Italiana Cuisine.

 

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Look 3:

Jessica: Halston Dress, $48, and Cece Sweater, $79, from Dillard’s; Patent Handbag from Sapphire on Spring, $65; Vintage Tweed Coat, $24.99, from Mariposa Consignments. Location: Downtown New Albany.screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-43-20-am


Look 4:

Jessica: The Limited Suit, $24.99, and Vintage Headpiece (not for sale), from Mariposa Consignments; and Calvin Klein Blouse, $69.50 from Dillard’s. Justin: Stetson Hat, $78; Mizzen + Main Button-Down, $145; Paisley & Gray Coat, $180; TH Flex Pants, $79; and The Tie Bar Tie, $19, all from HIM Gentleman’s Boutique. Location: Downtown New Albany.screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-43-27-amscreen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-49-00-am


Look 5:

Jessica: Puff Sleeve Blouse, $44, Tuxedo Pants, $77, and Velvet and Jewel Clutch, $65, all from Sapphire on Spring $65; Necklace, $88, and Bracelet, $32, from House of K. Justin: Paisley & Grey Suit Pants, $90; Coat, $180; Mizzen + Main Shirt, $145; The Tie Bar Tie, $20; and Daniel Wellington Watch, $229, all from HIM Gentleman’s Boutique. Location: Double Barrel.screen-shot-2018-10-04-at-11-49-18-am

 

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Ensuring Survival

University of Louisville Family Business Center supports generations of businesses

By Remy Sisk

Photos by Christian Watson

Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter

Family Business Center
Board Chair Bob Koetter

“There’s a sense of comfort in talking to someone else in a family business who understands some of the dynamics. There’s a feeling of, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one who has these issues.’” – University of Louisville Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter Jr.

 

The classic idiom “mom and pop shop” refers not only to the charming and familiar nature of a businesses but also the idea that its operators are somehow related. The family business can be one of the finest institutions of an economy – members of the same family harnessing synergy and working together toward a common goal. However, the passion and emotion that is inherent in the very definition of a family can sometimes hinder the success of that business or worse by creating a divide between family members. The University of Louisville Family Business Center helps prevent family businesses from stepping into the pitfalls that are all too common by offering an unparalleled myriad of resources so that they thrive with constant vivacity for generations to come.

 

“The role of the Family Business Center and how it can help this community is basically keeping these businesses in the community,” said Family Business Center Board Chair Bob Koetter Jr. “That’s important because statistically, only 13 percent of family businesses survive and make it to the third generation. … What the Family Business Center does is provide those tools to teach and prepare and make sure family businesses can survive throughout many generations.”

 

Some of the resources provided by the Family Business Center include education forums, individual business assessment and frequent, active networking. According to members, the greatest asset, however, is the roundtable option the center offers. “We go by adult learning theories that adults retain and learn information more in a peer-to-peer setting,” explained Interim Director Brittany Boone. “We have quite a few services, but our most valued service is the roundtable. We have four categories of roundtables, and they’re really peer-to-peer support groups.

 

“It’s a lot of similar people sitting around the table discussing things that are either going on in their family or their businesses. And either someone is experiencing what they’re experiencing at the same time, or they’ve already experienced it and they’re able to give advice.”

 

The four categories of these roundtables are CEOs, next generation, women and non-family executives, all of which are highly specialized groups that help foster robust development in many areas of family businesses.

 

The roundtables offer mentorship and education that professionals cannot find elsewhere. “There’s a sense of comfort in talking to someone else in a family business who understands maybe what some of those dynamics are that they’re dealing with,” Koetter said. “There’s a feeling of, ‘Oh, I’m not the only one who has these issues.’”

 

It’s not hard to become a member of the Family Business Center. There’s a simple online application to fill out and submit. Once a member is approved, they simply pay their dues, which are different for businesses of different sizes, and are then able to begin taking full advantage of the center’s resources.

 

Currently, most members are second generation, but Boone said the more than 100 members are made up of everything from first generation business owners to eighth generation, which means those who have been around for multiple generations are able to impart wisdom to some of the younger businesses.

 

“Businesses that are in later generational ownership, they kind of become advisors to the other family business owners,” Boone explained. “It’s almost like a nurturing sort of characteristic they take on in that they really do take pride in being able to help the earlier family businesses.”

 

And the success is evident. Although Boone admits it can be somewhat difficult to specifically measure the triumphs of the center, the very survival of these business may be testament enough, which is extremely important for the vitality of the community.

 

The members collectively employ over 13,000 individuals and generate almost $8 billion annually, said Koetter, who is a prime example of the efficacy of the Family Business Center. His company, Koetter Construction, is one of the region’s most renowned family businesses, and what the center has given Koetter has led to him now wanting to be a resource himself.

 

“They’ve helped me, so this is an opportunity for me to give back and hopefully help someone else,” he said.

 

As one of only about 60 family business centers in the U.S., the University of Louisville Family Business Center provides extraordinary resources for businesses but also, perhaps more importantly, families.

 

“I’m very proud because I have an opportunity to help family businesses to survive and also for the families themselves to be able to peacefully have holiday dinners together and spend time together,” Koetter said. “I see families that get torn apart and can’t even go to Thanksgiving dinner together, and it’s just so disappointing to see that the business has torn them apart.”

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Family Business Center Interim Director Brittany Boone

Boone agrees: “They always say never mix business with emotion, but you can’t do that when you’re working with your family,” she said. “There’s always going to be those emotions there, but at the same time, it’s so rewarding because the families are able to build wealth, build a legacy and we want to make sure that they are able to maintain that.”

 

Looking ahead, the Family Business Center is considering incorporating more education into its pool of resources but will regardless continue ensuring the community is aware of the singular opportunity of being involved. “We’re always told that we’re the best kept secret in Louisville, and we don’t want to be a secret necessarily anymore,” Boone said. “We just want to make sure we’re impacting as many people as we can.”

 

Family Business Center

College of Business

University of Louisville

502.852.8874

UofLFBC.com

Brittany.boone@louisville.edu

 

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Business 101

Local leaders share secrets to success, advice and goals for our region

Photos by Christian Watson, Tony Bennett & Danny Alexander

 

This is an exciting time for Southern Indiana, a region that is filled with business professionals striving to make our community better in myriad ways, from economic development and job creation to philanthropic endeavors that assist those of us who need it most. For this, Extol’s inaugural Business Issue, we asked local industry leaders and business owners to share their insight, advice, accolades, secrets to success and their hopes for our collective future.


screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-53-16-amWendy Dant Chesser

President & CEO

One Southern Indiana

 

“I am so fortunate that I get to work toward this passion every day.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

Part of my job is to represent our business community on various boards and commissions, including: Louisville Zoo Foundation Board; Ivy Tech Regional Board of Trustees; Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors; Greater Louisville, Inc. Board of Directors; Indiana Economic Development Association (Chair); Indiana Metro Chambers Group; Kentucky-Indiana Exchange Board of Directors/Managing Partner; Falls of the Ohio Foundation Board; Louisville Regional Airlift Development Board of Directors; Align Southern Indiana Board of Directors; 55,000 Degrees Board of Directors.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

We measure economic growth not only through job creation, but also tax base investment and increased consumer spending. A big emphasis during recent years is on our workforce development needs. We support increasing average wages in our area because we cannot build vibrant communities on low-wage jobs.  However, workers have to be skilled for higher wage positions, which is why you see much of our focus on increasing business/education partnerships to lead to higher wages. So, by 2028, I would like to see wages in our counties surpass the average wage for Indiana’s state average.

 

Who or what motivates you?

Good energy and fresh ideas. I love to be surround with positive people who have can-do attitudes. They give me energy.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I do my best to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. I feel better and think more clearly when I do.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

In community and economic development work, there are high times and low times – it is the nature of local economies to ebb and flow. Remembering this not only motivates me to celebrate the accomplishments, but also instills the perseverance to work harder when times are bad.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

My passion is to create opportunities for people who call Southern Indiana home. I am so fortunate that I get to work toward this passion every day.


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John E. Jones

President

John Jones Automotive Group, John Jones Police Pursuit Vehicles

 

“I push myself every day to be better than the day before.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work: 

Board Member Our Southern Indiana Regional Development Authority, Reserve Officer with local County Sheriff’s Departments.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years? 

I would like to see all the local Municipalities working together towards the one goal of making our region a more desirable area where our young people would want to live and work. To reach this goal, we have to have a trained and motivated work force working with this goal in mind. I would like to see more small community parks and recreation areas in Southern Indiana; places where families can go and enjoy their time together.

Also, I think people would be amazed at the number of residents who do not have access to broadband internet service; that is very important for every resident to have access.

 

Who or what motivates you? 

My family, my employees and my business. In order for them to be successful, I push myself every day to be better than the day before. I want to see everyone do well for themselves, and if they succeed then I have succeeded.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success? 

Staying highly organized every day. I try to answer every single email, phone call and clear my desk before I go home each night – even if that means going home for dinner and then coming back into the office later. I want to be ready for whatever challenge I might have the next day. Little issues tend to always become bigger issues. It’s always easier to solve small problems instead of larger ones that are out of control.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?  

The responsibility of running my business.

 

What are you most proud of professionally? 

The growth of my business over 35 years. I started with 15 employees selling about 20 vehicles a month in one location. Now, John Jones Automotive Group has over 200 employees, six locations in Southern Indiana and averages 400 sold vehicles per month. We are always growing, and that is definitely something I’m proud of.


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Executive Director

SoIN Tourism

 

“A requirement for us to be a competitive community is greater common vision among elected leaders and communication across borders.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

Indiana Tourism Association – Government Affairs Co-Chair & Board of Directors; Destinations International – Advocacy Committee; One Southern Indiana, Board of Directors; IU Southeast Chancellor’s Medallion Committee; Rotary Club of New Albany – Community Toast Committee; Falls of the Ohio Foundation – Community Leadership Council.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

Southern Indiana has amazing potential, and we are seeing little bits of it achieved every day with new businesses, new residents and improvements to our quality of place. I often hold up northern Kentucky (Covington & Newport and the greater three-county area) as an example of potential realized and where we can be in the future. Their growth is not without mistakes from which we can learn.

 

Our growth needs to foster success for even more local, independent business that has rejuvenated our downtowns. The authenticity of local is vital to help us carve out our own niche within the collection of Louisville “neighborhoods.”

 

A requirement for us to be a competitive community is greater common vision among elected leaders and communication across borders. Our most transformative projects are going to be regional and will require that kind of cooperation.

 

Who or what motivates you?

In destination marketing, we work to bring visitors to town who spend money here. What they spend here supports jobs in the hospitality and tourism sectors and beyond. That person who has a job in hospitality because of the people we bring to town is my motivation. Hospitality provides a path regardless of degree; our industry provides a second income on a flexible schedule for the household so that childcare is easier; almost all businesses in the sector are small and entrepreneurial; and our industry provides most peoples’ first jobs, training them for a career of contribution.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I am a proponent of ongoing professional development for me and our team. Attending conferences and workshops, sharing with colleagues from around the state or country, refreshes and refocuses us by getting us out of our daily routine. Time away allows us to think about how to bring that next cutting-edge idea back home and put it to work.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

Knowing that I can retreat to important things like faith and family combined with a network of incredible colleagues who have been there, done that, gets me through the rough patches.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

Having been able to explore my profession in different places but ending up back in my hometown and being able to contribute to our common success.


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Co-owner

Sounds Unlimited Productions (SUP)

“I’m driven by the dream, not the money!”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

Leadership Southern Indiana NEXGEN Board.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

My vision is a unified Southern Indiana, with all communities coming together for a common goal of growth, collaboration and vision for the future. As an extension of Louisville, we have an excellent opportunity to showcase our great SoIN region.

 

Who or what motivates you?

Connection of people and business. I’m driven by the dream, not the money!

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I’m an early riser, so getting into my day before most are out of bed is a benefit. I also workout in some form each day. It keeps me focused, energized and has become a lifestyle.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

Knowing that I’m making a difference in people’s lives in some manner keeps a smile on my face, whether it’s working to help a nonprofit raise much needed dollars or helping a friend connect. My kids, JR and Sally, also remind me that life is a journey, not a destination. I have learned life is 10 percent about what happens to you and 90 percent about how you handle it.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

The team at SUP makes me proud. Knowing we have built a positive reputation in the community for being creative, innovative and hard-working is something we pride ourselves on. I don’t feel like I have a job as much as each day is a new challenge. I’m eager to take it to the next level!


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Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations

Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards

 

“I am motivated by my family, my co-workers, our community, enthusiastic people, smiles, music, big dreams and laughter.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:
First Harrison Bank – Board Member; Federal Reserve Bank Advisory Council for Agribusiness – Council Member; “Our Southern Indiana” Regional Development Authority – Chairperson; University of Louisiville Family Business Center – Board Member; Southern Indiana Tourism(SoIn) – Board Member; WineAmerica – Board Member.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

In 10 years, I would like to see Southern Indiana positioned as one of the top 10 places to live, work, and raise a family in the Midwest. Southern Indiana is poised for greatness and with the right partnerships, community planning, and by simply working together to plan for growth, we have all the right ingredients to make Southern Indiana a blue-ribbon recipe for success!

 

Who or what motivates you?

I am motivated by my family, my co-workers, our community, enthusiastic people, smiles, music, big dreams and laughter. All of these things indicate happiness to me and, in turn, all of these things provide motivation for me. But, I will say that my mom and dad are like my rocks.  Whether I am in crisis or in celebration, my parents are the rocks and foundation of everything that I get to learn from or enjoy every day. They are my reason for dusting myself off and giving 110 percent to everything I touch.
What habits/routines have helped with your success?

My habits and routines were the result of the environment that I grew up in and our family life. I was taught by my parents, Janet and Bob Temple, that anything worth having wouldn’t come easy, and you will have to work hard, work smart and be patient and success will find you. It’s these principles that were shared with me early in life with a dash of “being humble” and “being kind,” that have helped me to find my version of success. Because in the end, who is to define your success other than you.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

My push is from my husband of 27 years, Ted Huber. As he always says, “When the going gets tough, the tough get going,” coupled with some advice that “You can only worry about those things that you can have some influence or control over.” Admittedly, working with your spouse can be challenging at times, but we always find a way to work it out. We complement each other, and he is my biggest cheerleader. He advocates to get me positioned in responsibilities that highlight my strengths, which help to push me through anything – personal or professional.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

I would say I am most proud of my abilities to bring people together for a common goal and my work in our community. There is no doubt for those who know me best that I ABSOLUTELY love my work out in our community! Anytime I can represent Huber’s Orchard, Winery, & Vineyards and add value to the task at hand, I am thankful to be a part of the process. I am very thankful that my family work team has allowed me the opportunity to spend time in our community.


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President/Founder

Arc

 

“I always focus on what’s in front of me that I can control and not the things in the past that I cannot.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:     

See the arc “Philanthropy” link on our website, to.gowitharc.com/charity.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

I would like to see our community continue to grow and compete as an emerging market while maintaining our small-town values. Southern Indiana has an incredible culture that is diverse, unique and forward thinking.  I want to continue to see us be a better place to LIVE.WORK.PLAY.

 

Who or what motivates you? 

The desire to be better: being a better person, being a better company, creating a better environment for my community.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I have a habit of always changing things. My staff knows it and expects it from me. I am never satisfied and always think we can do better at everything. I think the constant pursuit of perfection is a motivator and has helped us continue to grow as a company.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

I constantly remind myself of the hard times I have experienced and the fact that they all fade in to the past. I always focus on what’s in front of me that I can control and not the things in the past that I cannot.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

The easiest question of all – my people! They are everything to me. Without them I would not be where I am today. Every past and current employee has helped us become the company we are today. We are arc!


screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-54-39-amLinda Speed

President & CEO

Community Foundation of Southern Indiana

 

“I would like to see this area align all its resources to reach our potential for being one of the best places in America to live, work and play.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:    

I serve on the boards of the Center for NonProfit Excellence and the Indiana Philanthropy Alliance (vice-chair). I am past president of the Southern Indiana Estate Planning Council, the Charitable Gift Planners of Kentuckiana, and the Fundraising Executives of Metro Louisville.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?  

In 10 years, I would like to see this area align all its resources to reach our potential for being one of the best places in America to live, work and play. When we maximize our quality of place, we improve our lives, keep our families and businesses here, and we attract new companies because this is a place where workers have the skills and education to meet the demands of employers and where people want to live and raise their families.

 

Who or what motivates you?      

First and foremost, my family motivates me every day. But, a close second is the work I do at the Community Foundation. At the foundation, I’m able to come in each day and work to make this a stronger, better community. I get to work with individuals and businesses that give back in ways that matter to them and make a real difference in the lives of the residents of Clark and Floyd counties. Not only is that a great motivator but incredibly rewarding.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?     

I’m a big fan of continuous learning and improvement, so I try to attend seminars and read as much as I can on a lot of different topics, but especially those that affect the charitable industry. I work out several times a week, and I make it a point to meet with friends outside of work often to recharge and stay in touch, all of which make it easier to focus on work when I’m there.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

The knowledge that “this too shall pass” usually helps. I rely on faith, prayer and my family to support and guide me when times are tough.

 

What are you most proud of professionally? 

There are a lot of things that got me to where I am now professionally, beginning with graduating from Vanderbilt School of Law and then moving from the private practice of law into the nonprofit and foundation sector, which have led to the work I do now with the Community Foundation. I’ve been working a long time, so I have different things to be proud of from different periods in my career, but right now I’d have to say that leading the Community Foundation since 2010 as our assets have grown to over $115 million – which gives us so much more opportunity to support the community – is something that I am very proud of because it exhibits the generosity of this community and the faith they have in the Community Foundation as a partner in their philanthropy.


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Owner

502 Video Post

 

“In 10 years, I know that the business development in Southern Indiana will be a showcase of diverse business and creative talent in our state.”

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

Jan. 2007 – 2014, National Registry of Emergency Medical Technician and Sergeant at various Fire Departments; Pleasant View Fire Department, Pleasant View Fire Tennessee (3 Years); Williamson County Fire and Rescue, Franklin, Tennessee (3 Years); Lyndon Fire Department, Louisville (6 Years); Worthington Fire and Rescue, Louisville (6 Years); football coach for a variety of youth, middle school and high school football programs, including Greenhill’s Eagles peewee football, Williamson County Cowboys youth football, Lyndon Lightning youth football, Highland Hills Middle School football and Ballard High School Football; and volunteered for a variety of disaster relief, including Marengo Indiana Tornado volunteer, Hurricane Katerina Red Cross volunteer and Henryville Tornado volunteer; Kentucky Colonel.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

All of us at 502 Video Post are extremely excited about the growth that Southern Indiana is experiencing and am happy to be part of it. A little over two years ago, we made the decision to move 502 Video Post to Southern Indiana and to get involved with business development. It’s our goal not only to grow and be a successful company but to be a part of the growth and success of our clients. We are in a great position to utilize our skills and help other companies promote their brands and offer solutions for better communication within those companies utilizing video for communication, training and promotions. In 10 years, I know that the business development in Southern Indiana will be a showcase of diverse business and creative talent in our state.

 

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

Serving in the fire service has really put things in perspective for me. The experiences you face as a firefighter are unlike any other profession. I have a whole new respect for the word “difficult.” I’ve learned not to be so quick to draw conclusions about people. When you are involved in so many tragic events, you quickly learn the things that are truly important in life. The difficult times I have faced have been elementary compared to some situations that I have witnessed other families overcome. I have truly been blessed with a wonderful wife and four beautiful and healthy kids. My family and helping others are what pushes me through difficult times.

 

 

Who or what motivates you?

 

I am motivated by the creative process. There is nothing cooler to me than to start with nothing and turn it into something. There are endless possibilities to explore, and finding the right one for my client’s vision is the drive that takes my work to a whole new level. I have an inner drive to seek out exciting clients and projects that will challenge me creatively so that I can bring their ideas to life in an exhilarating way.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

The key to success for me has been focused on a few simple concepts. Work hard, push yourself to outperform your best work and never stop learning. Often the difference between a good project and a great project is putting in a little extra time and making sure you are completely happy with what you are striving to achieve. Generally, if you are happy with the outcome of the project, it makes you feel good inside and you will find that the same feelings are shared by the client.

 

My father would say to me, “Do you want to know the secret to get rich quick and be successful?”  I’d say, “Yes.” He would say, “Work hard.”

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

Opening and operating a video production company has been one of the proudest moments for me. I have always ensured that clients get the best customer service I can offer. I like being in the driver’s seat to create the best product possible for my clients.  I feel that it’s important to me personally and for my clients to provide an excellent customer experience and producing an extraordinary product for them. Helping other businesses grow and telling peoples stories is extremely fulfilling.

 

I am also very proud of the time I spent as art director for Country Music Television (CMT). It was a very high-profile position in the production world because we produced live shows in the Grand Ole Opry such as the Country Music Awards, Junior Miss Pageant Awards, TNN Motor Sports, The Wild Horse Salon and many other shows all while supporting the promotional efforts for CMT and Z Music Television, which are international 24/7 music channels. These productions were a highly-coordinated effort and there was no room for mistakes and nothing but excellence was acceptable.


screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-54-56-amStefanie Griffith

Co-owner*

Strandz Salon & Threadz Boutique

*I am part-owner of Strandz & Threadz with my two sisters, Stacy Tunnell and Julie Young

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

I currently serve on SoIN Tourism Board, 1si Ambassador, Champion Connector and Chair of 1si SoIN to Weddings group, Falls of the Ohio Leadership Council, Prosser Cosmetology Advisory Group and past board member/vice president/president of Develop New Albany.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?  

I would love to see all empty buildings filled with local, family-owned businesses, the continued improved living spaces in the main areas of down and uptown New Albany and the K & I bridge open for pedestrians making the Greenway a complete circle. I’d like to see all of this while keeping our same level of hometown hospitality that we have now.

 

Who or what motivates you?  

My family. I want to provide an area that they will be proud to raise their families one day, and I always enjoy a good challenge.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success? 

Most people tell me it is I always try to stay positive and see the good in people, places and things.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?  

My husband’s continuous support and honesty. He never lets me play a victim. Oh, and a lot of beer sometimes, LOL!

 

What are you most proud of professionally? 

I am very proud that my two brothers, two sister and myself (The Lenfert 5) took a chance almost 25 years ago and purchases the current home of Strandz & Threadz on Vincennes Street. Our parents, Betty and Paul Lenfert, taught us, “Take care of your community and it will take care of you,” and it has. From our awesome team of ladies we have at Strandz to all our wonderful clients, we have had the pleasure to serve in a growing area that I am proud to have helped take part in reviving over the years.


screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-55-04-amEileen Yanoviak, Ph.D.

Director

Carnegie Center for Art and History

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

My life is dedicated to non-profit community work every day! I also serve on the Board of the Southeastern College Art Conference; Generation WOW Mentor; former Big Brothers Big Sisters Arts Workplace Mentor.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

I would like to see the arts and culture sector in Southern Indiana experience exponential growth. The arts enhance quality of life and build a creative capital that attracts and retains talent for regional businesses. The arts are valuable contributors to the business economy­–$61 billion nationwide each year. Southern Indiana can have a bigger piece of that pie.

 

Who or what motivates you?

My passion for putting art and history in the hands and minds of more people, regardless of race, gender, age, and socio-economics, is the core principle that motivates me every day. Artists and historians are storytellers – how can I share those stories more broadly?

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I am a connector, and I always see the potential for collaboration. We all succeed when businesses, organizations and people connect to leverage talent and resources. Nonprofits like the Carnegie necessarily run lean, so we rely on the human energy and financial generosity that our partners provide. In turn, we champion our business supporters and celebrate our non-profit peers.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

An educator at heart, I am privileged to lead an institution that teaches and inspires people every day. I am constantly reenergized by our mission to engage, inform, and connect. The big picture guides me through everyday challenges.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

I am especially proud of the Carnegie’s recent success raising funds to expand and enhance children’s programs and outreach. Stay tuned! Personally, I am proud of succeeding professionally while being a mother. Balancing a family and professional life requires practical skills like efficiency and adaptability. More importantly, parenthood fosters empathy and compassion that permeate the workplace.


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Owner/Operator

Cricket’s Cafe

 

Boards, volunteer or community work:

I’ve volunteered in many platforms, but most recently, I’m the founder of the Bryson A. Melton Forward Foundation, which is dedicated to helping families in financial need after experiencing medical emergencies or tragic circumstances; chaired several Our Lady of Perpetual Help fundraisers; raised money for, performed in and won the 2016 Dancing with Our Southern Indiana Stars event benefiting Hosparus Health and judged the 2018 competition.

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

I know the question was about Southern Indiana, but I feel like most of our area is moving forward in these aspects. However, I feel like our lack of a better high school here in town is holding back growth and development. Don’t mistake what I am saying. I love this community and the people in it! However, I feel like our local school needs an overhaul. I grew up here, I live here, I work and own my business here. Our high school needs major attention. Somehow, we all need to let whatever needs to be done get done. I’m unsure as to why we can’t get it together enough to proceed forward.

 

Who or what motivates you?

Success motivates me. Not monetary success, but success of people I love bettering the

community and helping other people to succeed.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I am an early riser. My bed is made every day and no laying around in or on it later in the day either. I’m very strong-willed, sometimes to a fault. Most importantly, I have a very strong work ethic. This was ingrained in me long, long ago. I was taught that education was important but most important was the fire in your belly and how hungry you were for success! This helped me become a registered nurse (RN) at an early age and move on to business endeavors later in my 30s.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times?

Faith and the will to push myself even just five more minutes when I desperately want to throw in the towel.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

Professionally, I am most proud of the trail I am blazing. I am proud to be an RN, and I loved, loved, loved helping to care for and educate people in the medical setting. However, I am also proud of the companies we have built in our community and giving people a place to come to and enjoy a great breakfast or lunch while seeing their neighbors, friends and family. I feel like Cricket’s has finally made itself a name and is recognized more and more but still holds the mom-and-pop shop persona.


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Owner

Four Barrel CrossFit

 

“It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and to move along with business as usual, but you’ll soon be forgotten if you cease to innovate and improve.”

 

In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

Continuing along a similar path. It’s been great to see the growth of places like River Ridge that drive a lot of employment opportunities in Southern Indiana. Even within the business park in New Albany where we operate, we’ve seen several existing businesses expanding, reinvesting and adding jobs. All this means good news for us and a lot of the service and retail business that are helping drive the redevelopment of downtown (which we’re big fans of). At Four Barrel, we want to help build a happier and healthier community, and I think as more jobs move into the area, so will more projects that promote healthy communities (parks, bike lanes, greenways, etc), thus continuing to improve the allure of our area

 

Who or what motivates you?

My wife, my son, my family and my community. Sounds canned but it’s true. I probably didn’t even recognize the lessons at the time, but my family taught me a lot about the value of hard work and community growing up. Fast forward to today, and we run a business whose product is literally about teaching people to work hard and creating accountability through community. We’ve built so many relationships and have learned so many lessons from our members that the value of tribe –community – and being accountable to others really hits home in terms of motivation.

 

What habits/routines have helped with your success?

Focusing on small incremental improvement. We ask our members to aim for small improvements in training each day, and we apply the same to business. Some days are better than others, but creating a mindset focused on daily improvement – no matter how small – creates a big net positive over time. It’s easy to get stuck in a rut and to move along with business as usual, but you’ll soon be forgotten if you cease to innovate and improve.

 

What pushes you through your most difficult times? 

Two things. First, the accountability I have to my family, my team and our members. Second, the examples of everyone who’s gone before me. Working through all the problems that come with building a small business can be challenging and even lonely. There’s comfort and motivation in seeing the examples of people and companies who have been through adversity and who have worked hard to come out on the other side as better leaders and better businesses.

 

What are you most proud of professionally?

The community and the culture we’ve built. Like most companies, there have been bumps along the way, and we still have a long way to go, but we get the opportunity to see daily examples of people showing up for each other and supporting each other to be healthier and better versions of themselves. We couldn’t ask to be part of a better community or a more rewarding endeavor.

 

 

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arc Storage Opens in New Albany

screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-12-06-21-pmJeffersonville-based development company arc hosted a grand-opening celebration of their new storage facility on June 29 at 3525 Grant Line Road in New Albany.

The 93,000-square foot, climate-controlled facility was opened in the building that used to house Kmart and is located just off I-265. At the grand opening, Alan Muncy, owner of arc, also revealed plans to build a Skyline Chili in front of arc Storage.screen-shot-2018-08-20-at-12-06-12-pm

Additionally, New Albany Skyline Chili donated $1,000 to Mt. Tabor Elementary School and Dare to Care at the event.

For more information, visit myarcstorage.com.

Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain if mobile bartending service Naked by Sunday.

BUSINESS SENSE

Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain if mobile bartending service Naked by Sunday.

Michelle Ray and Courtney Cain of mobile bartending service Naked by Sunday.

PHOTO BY CHRISTIAN WATSON

What’s the difference between someone with a great idea and a business owner? The latter makes a plan and puts their talk into action. Michelle Ray was just helping a friend out when she agreed to bartend at a pal’s wedding a while back. Ray brought along Courtney Cain, and after they enjoyed working the bar that night, they realized they had the skills to make what they were doing a real business. The conversation picked up from there like, ‘We can do this,’” Ray recalled. “‘We can get insured and do all the things we need to do to be a legit mobile bartending business.’” Thus, Naked by Sunday – a mobile bartending service – was born. If you have an idea you’d like to see come to fruition, seek mentors and consult with others who have been there. The Indiana Small Business Development Center is a great place to start. You can learn more about the organization at isbdc.org. (And you can contact Naked by Sunday at 502.299.3459, 812.207.6740 or nakedbysunday.com.)


TIP: ACCORDING TO THE U.S. BUREAU OF LABOR AND STATISTICS, EMPLOYEES ONLY STAY AT A JOB ON AVERAGE FOR 1.5 YEARS. IF YOU’RE QUITTING YOURS, MOST EXPERTS RECOMMEND DOING SO RESPECTFULLY BUT DON’T FEEL OBLIGATED TO GIVE DETAILED REASONS YOU’RE DEPARTING.

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2018 Imagine Awards

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Biz Briefs | February/March 2018

Local Organizations Benefit from 24th Annual Rotary Toast

The Rotary Club of New Albany recognized Jerrol “Jerry” and Alice Miles, community leaders and devoted philanthropists, as its honorees for the 24th Annual Rotary Community Toast and Benefit Banquet on Nov. 3, 2017, at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyards’ Plantation Hall.

Each year the Rotary Club of New Albany chooses an individual from the community who has made important contributions to the local area and exemplifies the true spirit of the Rotary motto, “Service Above Self.” This is the first time since the event began in 1994 that the club has selected a couple for its highest level of recognition.

As customary, each year a portion of the proceeds from the Rotary Toast are distributed to a nonprofit or charity as selected by that year’s honoree(s). The Miles selected to have this portion of the proceeds split evenly to benefit two important causes in our community, the Center for Women and Families New Albany and Brandon’s House New Albany.

The Miles recently joined the Rotary Club of New Albany to announce the donation amounts and to distribute the funds to their selected organizations. During the meeting, members of the Rotary Club of New Albany joined Jerrol and Alice Miles in presenting checks, each totaling nearly $7,000, to Kara Brown from the Center for Women and Families and Kathleen Randelia from Brandon’s House New Albany.

This year’s Rotary Toast Committee Chairperson, Marsha Abel was pleased with the community support for this year’s honorees. “We had tremendous support from the people in our community to make this event successful,” said Abel. “Alice and Jerrol Miles have consistently exhibited our Rotary Motto, ‘Service Above Self’ throughout their lives and during their careers working in this community. The Rotary Club of New Albany was honored to recognize such an outstanding couple who has made our community a much better place through their service and compassion.” screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-5-30-46-pm


Limeberry Lumber and Home Center Earns Exclusive National Recognition

A growing entrepreneurial success story has earned Southern Indiana-based Limeberry Lumber and Home Center exclusive national recognition within the independent lumber and building materials industry.

LBM Journal, the leading magazine for the lumber/building material distribution channel, named owners Scott and Heather Limeberry its 2018 Entrepreneurs of the Year in the category of “Under $10 Million in Sales.” The award honors company leaders who epitomize the entrepreneurial spirit by excelling at satisfying customers, embracing company improvements and successfully seeking out new business opportunities.The Limeberrys are one of only three business owners nationwide to be recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year for 2018.

“Recognition like this is both a big surprise and an incredible honor,” said Scott Limeberry. “Of course, none of it would be possible without the work and dedication of our entire team, as well as the continued support of our customers and community.”

Scott and his wife, Heather, purchased the business from his father in 2016. They immediately began a significant update and overhaul of its Corydon location, building on its past as a traditional lumberyard while expanding it into a full-service home center. Re-opened in late 2016, the new Limeberry Lumber and Home Center features a beautiful, welcoming new entrance and state-of-the-art showroom to more effectively showcase their impressive expansion of products and service available.

At the same time, the Limeberrys were finishing their acquisition of a hardware store in Floyds Knobs. They updated the location into a full-service hardware store and rebranded it as Limeberry Home and Hardware.

Limeberry Lumber and Home Center is backed by the strength of its status as a member-owner of Do it Best Corp., a U.S.-based hardware, lumber and building materials co-op with thousands of independently owned locations in the United States and more than 50 other countries.screen-shot-2018-01-31-at-5-31-32-pm

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Biz Spotlight | Rookie’s Cookies

For almost 80 years, Rookie’s Cookies & Cakes has been serving the Southern Indiana community delicious cookies, pastries and cakes. 

The neighborhood bakery opened Sept. 19, 1939, in downtown New Albany and quickly became known for their melt-in-your-mouth butter cookies. Once known as the Little Flower Butter Wafer, the sweet treats are still made and produced the same way (sorry, but the recipe is secret) and are aptly named Rookie’s Cookies.

The company also specializes cakes for all occasions – weddings, birthdays, holidays, baby showers – using the freshest ingredients available.

For many of us on the Extol Team, a holiday isn’t complete without goodies from Rookie’s. They make a scrumptious addition to company parties, family gatherings and holiday gifts.screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-21-am screen-shot-2017-12-05-at-2-09-27-am


ROOKIE’S COOKIES

310 PEARL ST.

NEW ALBANY

812.948.8858

WWW.ROOKIESCOOKIES.NET

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Business Spotlight | German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association

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Clay W. Ewing, German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, accepts the Indiana Bankers Association leadership gavel for 2018 from Annette M. Russell, Security Federal Savings Bank, Logansport, at the 2017 IBA Annual Convention.

German American’s Clay W. Ewing Elected 2018 Chairman of Indiana Bankers Association

Clay W. Ewing, president, chief banking officer and secretary to the board of directors of German American Bancorp Inc., Jasper, has been elected 2018 chairman of the board of directors of the Indiana Bankers Association (IBA). He currently serves the IBA as first vice chairman and was elected to his new position at the Association’s annual business meeting on Sept. 11 in French Lick.

Ewing has more than 35 years of banking experience, and he joined German American in 1994 as president and CEO of a subsidiary bank of the company. Active in regional economic development, he currently serves as chairman of the Perry County Development Corp. and as a board member of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, in addition to service on various other civic and community boards. A past southwest region director of the IBA, Ewing is a graduate of Lockyear College and of The School for Bank Administration at the University of Wisconsin.

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Events | One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

Aug. 15 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

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One Southern Indiana held its 2017 Annual Meeting Aug. 15 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Sounds Unlimited Productions produced the “Back to the Future”-themed event. Lisa Huber, incoming chair of the organization’s board of directors kicked off the awards portion. Executive Vice President Matt Hall delivered the year-end review. And President/CEO Wendy Dant-Chesser gave a well-received speech about what the future looks like for Southern Indiana and its neighbors.

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