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Building a goat stable this fall
was a family (and friends) affair.

FamFitter | December/January 2019

FamFitter

By Adam & Kristin Kleinert

It’s that time again. We feel compelled to close the year with a little reflection, and, this time, we decided to ask the family to give us some feedback. In an effort to keep it simple, we posed two questions to be answered by each member of our crew. We’re hoping to gain a little insight into what worked for us this year, and what we can do in the upcoming one to keep working toward our goal of becoming a fitter family. We encourage you to try something similar with your tribe; it’s fun to hear the different answers and may even be helpful in your own journeys.

 

THE QUESTIONS

In regard to food, fitness or lifestyle, what did we do this year that you liked or didn’t like?

What could we do next year?

 

Brahm, 2nd grade, age 8

 

I like going camping. You know I always want to go camping. I wish we could stay more and more days and go to more new places. Let’s take everyone.

 

Also, I like taking my lunch to school and not eating school lunch. Next year, I want to take my lunch to school every day and go camping all the time.

 

 

Molly, 5th grade, age 10

I love the goats! They are the best new thing we did this year and I can’t wait to show them at the 4H Fair. Now we should get some chickens. They go good with goats, right?

 

I vote next year we get chickens!

 

 

Eli, 8th grade, age 13

So this year I learned I need a schedule. I want to participate in all the sports and

activities I can, but I know I have to do my stuff at home (chores and homework) so

that I’m allowed to do the things I like. I didn’t love having to make a schedule at first,

but once I had one, it seemed like there was a ton of time in my day.

 

For 2019, I’m going to try to keep a good schedule and stick with it.

Building a goat stable this fall was a family (and friends) affair.

Building a goat stable this fall
was a family (and friends) affair.

Sydney, 10th grade, age 15

We cooked some really good meals with things from our little garden this year; especially with the basil, tomatoes and peppers. The homemade pizza we grilled outside on the fire, the lasagna, the caprese orzo salad – those are my favorite things we made.

 

Next year we should try to use as much as possible from the garden, and maybe add another box. Strawberries would be good.

 

Kristin, mom, 30-something

I feel like our focus on family is usually a strong suit for us, and that was no exception

in 2018. Though we are often super busy, overall we were able to strike some balance

this year between the stress of over-commitment and the hustle and bustle of daily

family life.

 

In 2019, as cliche as it sounds, I want to maintain a more consistent exercise schedule. It seems I begin to form a good routine, and then it goes by the wayside before becoming an actual lifestyle regimen. I know plenty of other busy moms who manage to fit in a workout almost daily, so I realize my excuses aren’t unique. I feel so much better, both mentally and physically, when I’m consistently active.

 

Adam, dad, older than Kristin

Risking redundancy, my thoughts are actually a mix of all the others. I would love to do

more camping, look into the possibility of adding more livestock, and I’d most definitely like to cook with more homegrown produce. However, I am excited to try and create more of a schedule than we currently use. No military-type boot camps and bed checks, and nothing that covers every minute of every day. It just seems we are always worried about what we could or should be doing.

 

My goal is to utilize a calendar that is efficient enough to allow us to actually enjoy our free time when we have it.

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Restoring Hope

Nonprofit provides sight and more to Third World countries

By Laura Ross

Photos by Christian Watson and courtesy of Dr. Ali Haider

 

“This is an inexpensive procedure of about $25 an eye that can give sight and is not available to most individuals in Africa, South America, Asia and other places. That’s why I do this.” –Dr. Ali Haider of World Sight

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Dr. Ali Haider’s eyes were opened wide as a young medical resident. While performing marathon volunteer eye surgeries in a primitive camp in Pakistan several years ago, he watched yet another family enter the rudimentary facility.

A little girl, maybe no more than 10 years old, gently led her grandfather who was blind in both eyes into the clinic. She had spent most of her young years leading her grandfather through life – in essence, acting as his eyes. He relied completely on the small child, and she lovingly cared for him.

Haider, an ophthalmologist and surgeon, performed cataract surgery on the man and restored his sight. The next day, when the grandfather left, he held his granddaughter’s hand and – this time – led her home, both laughing with joy.

Sitting in his comfortable office, now, years later, that moment is still fresh. “I knew I had to continue doing this,” said Haider. “It’s extremely gratifying and the thanks these patients and their families offer is tremendous and completely affects you. Yes, it’s selfless work, but it’s also selfish to a degree, because it becomes an addiction to helping others have sight. You give from your skill, and in moments, you change someone’s life completely.”

He took that inspiration and founded a nonprofit, World Sight, that provides eye surgery to blind patients in Third World countries for an amazing average cost of around $25.

Haider, 41, who has offices in Southern Indiana – including Madison – and Louisville, was born in Pakistan and lived there and in Swaziland (also known as eSwatini), until he moved to the United States as a teen with his family. His father was the only physician in their area in Pakistan. He often treated patients for free, never expecting anything in return.screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-4-04-15-pm

“My father helped underserved communities in Pakistan and other parts of the world,” said Haider. “He was everything, from a surgeon to a gynecologist, internist, and family doctor. He was trained as an internist, not a surgeon, but sometimes he’d put a textbook on the table and start operating in the office. That is tremendous when you think about it. We take so much for granted here in the United States.”

Following his father’s lead, as a medical student, Haider made several trips to dangerous and impoverished countries for a week here or there to perform surgery in less than ideal conditions. He’d work around the clock, performing dozens of surgeries, but would return home frustrated.

“I did not want to do mission trips all the time,” he said. “It’s heartbreaking to work for a week, and then what? There’s no follow up. I saw the degree of suffering. You don’t expect to go blind from cataracts in the United States, it’s a normal part of getting older. But, in the rest of the world, especially Third World countries where there is lack of care, people go blind from something as simple as cataracts or even simple cancers like skin cancer that isn’t taken care of and then spreads and turns terrible.”screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-4-04-26-pm

He realized the solution was not the mission trips, but a foundation with a mission. “It was empty to some degree for me: ‘Oh, look, I did a mission trip.’ It’s not about me; it’s about the patients. If you want to have a true impact, you need the continuum of care.”

Haider reached out to friends, contacts and even patients for ideas and guidance. One patient, Graham Cooke, seized the idea. A lawyer and owner/operator of Louisville’s treasured Hawley-Cooke Booksellers, Cooke was nearing retirement and looking for a new outlet for his energy.

“We started talking about what we wanted to do in the future,” Cooke said. “Dr. Haider has a has a huge heart and it shows. For a very small amount of money, we could deliver sight. That is true impact.”

Soon, Louisville stockbroker and Morgan Stanley money manager Dick Wilson was on board as well. Together, the trio reached out to several local investors and business leaders, and with their help – and the assistance of Lions Club International – World Sight was formed.

Haider realized the key was setting up active clinics in an area, training a surgeon on site, and then supporting that clinic with supplies and guidance. World Sight clinics currently operate in Ghana, Iraq and Tanzania. A fourth clinic also operated in Madagascar but is temporarily closed due to lack of funding. These are clinics in dangerous, poor, underdeveloped or war-torn countries. Haider should know. He was briefly kidnapped once in Iraq. He’s suffered from malaria three times.

“In the beginning, I took a bag and went there on my own to work,” said Haider. “But, now, we contract with a full-time surgeon there who is our local point man. He does his own work; I give guidance, training, and supplies. He can then follow up with all the patients. In some cases, we’ve had surgeons from Africa come here and do fellowships with me.

“Cataract surgery takes me about seven minutes, and – boom! – you can go from blindness to seeing,” Haider added. “This is an inexpensive procedure of about $25 an eye that can give sight and is not available to most individuals in Africa, South America, Asia and other places. That’s why I do this.”

And he does it with extreme efficiency.

“Here’s the challenge,” explained Dick Wilson. “World Sight is one of the most efficient charities because we have no overhead. We have no office, no staff, anything we do is through the internet and Dr. Haider.”

Donors generated by Wilson, Cooke and Haider’s networking raise funds for supplies and kits needed for the surgeons on site to do their job. “If you could work on the efficiencies of a position on site versus sending a team from the USA and the cost of that for a short trip, it’s so much more efficient to support the local ophthalmologists,” said Wilson.

Haider travels to each site through the year. He recently returned from Iraq in late October. “In Iraq, we work with a hospital where their entire ophthalmology department is World Sight physicians. It’s difficult to manage this in a place like Iraq. There was the issue with ISIS and that stops all business. We have trouble importing medicine and equipment because everything shuts down. Many of these countries are corrupt. We sent a cataract machine to Iraq, and it sat in the port for three months until the person there was taken care of. Of course, that frustrates me, but that’s part of the ‘game’ there,” Haider said.

There are other frustrations, too.

Haider’s work in Third World countries has created an internal struggle. “It humbles you,” he said. “Initially, it was extremely shocking and disturbing, things go through your head that you don’t understand. For example, why is there such an abundance of food in one part of the world, where we toss uneaten hamburgers because someone put ketchup on it? Somewhere, kids are starving to death because their bodies are eating their own muscles. It makes no sense. We are wasting so much food when there is starvation. People get all googly-eyed about their animals. If they saw what happens to children over there, these people would be crying their eyes out.”

Many patients in the clinics are blind in both eyes, said Haider. “I must make that decision: Do I have enough equipment for both eyes, or do I only operate on one eye on this person and save the cornea for the next person? Giving sight in one eye makes a person non-blind. I can make two people non-blind. It’s shocking to my mind to not be able to give full sight to one person, but I have limited resources.”

To continue its mission and grow, World Sight needs funding, new supporters, and literally, new eyes on the nonprofit. Haider knows that probably means fundraising, networking, building local boards and volunteer bases, hosting events, and doing all the business side of charitable work. It’s necessary in the world where we live. But, if he could have his way, he’d prefer to focus on the outcome of what they do and keep it simple.

“If I was to stand on the road and simply hold a sign that said, ‘Give me $20, and I’ll give one person sight,’ I’d do that,” he said earnestly. “I bet there is enough goodness in people that they would stop and hand me a $20 bill. It sounds so simple. And, it is.”

While the procedure costs just under $25, it provides far more than sight, Wilson said.

“If you want to make change in the world, look at what World Sight does. We can change the whole economic and social structure of these people’s lives with one operation,” he said. “It’s amazing.”

In the meantime, Wilson and Haider are open to new ideas from the community. “I want to grow World Sight,” said Haider. “But, I need help. I need a development and organizational person, I need more funding. That’s my challenge. I am the technical person; I am the surgeon. I need to spread the word.”

At the end of the day, Haider keeps one thought in mind.

“Darkness is devastating,” he said. “Medicine here in the United States is so difficult. Over there, it’s simple. There’s no paperwork. No computers. No insurance company representatives. There is you, who can help another person. There is a patient who is given sight. There is a family that is forever grateful.  That’s all. It’s the core of being human.”

For more information about World Sight, visit www.worldsightnow.org

 

 

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Experience The Olivet

screen-shot-2018-11-20-at-1-03-59-pmGourmet shop’s move is great for Southern Indiana

By JD Dotson

The Olivet has brought something truly unique and wonderful to Southern Indiana.

 

The former space in the Underground Station in New Albany housed gourmet olive oils and balsamic vinegars along with a small selection of bath ‘n’ body products and food and spice items. The Olivet’s recent move – just a block and a half away to 137 E. East Market St. – has created a whole new experience.

 

Owner Crystal Goebel’s tasting room has expanded to include an even more extensive selection of premium gourmet extra virgin olive oils and balsamic vinegars. And customers can now sip on French Press brewed gourmet coffee and drinking chocolate – this is not your store-bought version of powdered cocoa – two things I have a hard time passing up. The drinking chocolate comes in your choice of a cup or a chocolate-dipped waffle cone shot glass. Both are topped with house-made marshmallow cream that is then toasted to a golden brown. For research purposes I decided to try both and am glad I did. I encourage you to do the same. New to this version of The Olivet is a seating area that Crystal hopes customers will use when they come in for a coffee, hot chocolate or dessert to stay and socialize.

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The Olivet carries beautifully decorated truffles, chocolates and desserts by Ghyslain Chocolatier, which is based in Union City. They look less like something you could eat and more like little works of art. But make no mistake, these sculptures are meant to be eaten. And they’re delicious.

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Just across from the chocolate counter is my sweet tooth’s favorite section of the store: a massive table stacked high with jars full of candy from every era from the 1950s to the present. All candy is available by the piece, so I thoroughly enjoyed purchasing one of everything.

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The Olivet also specializes in Gourmet Grab ’n‘ Go meals for cooking challenged people like me. There are products from Lotsa Pasta, local cheeses and gourmet coffee by the can. Additionally, there is a wall of gourmet spices and blends that Crystal has carefully arranged to take the guesswork out of picking spices that complement each other.

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For someone who is not a cook, the spices and olive oils and vinegars can be overwhelming. I am the kind of person who will pour some olive oil and balsamic on a plate and serve it with bread, and that’s the extent of my cooking knowledge with both of those items. The Olivet has a couple of remedies for people like me. First, and brilliantly so, there’s a database with hundreds of recipes using oils and vinegars to peruse and print. Knowing my taste for sweet and my hubby’s love of bourbon, Crystal suggested the new Bourbon Maple Balsamic Vinegar and printed off a recipe for Bourbon Maple Balsamic Salmon. This frozen pizza guy is going to shock his Food Network-worthy cook of a husband with a delicious home-cooked meal for once in 18 years. Soon, The Olivet will host cooking seminars and classes, in addition to tastings. I feel like my cooking life is turning over a new (olive) leaf thanks to The Olivet.

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The Olivet also carries an array of all-natural olive oil-based soaps and lotions from Earthy Brown and Ode. You only need to take a look at Crystal to see their beautiful results.

 

The Olivet

137 E Market St.

New Albany

812.913.4430

www.theolivet.com

 

 

Did you know?

Extra virgin olive oil – or EVOO – is an unrefined olive oil and the highest quality oil you can buy. Unrefined means the oil is not treated with chemicals or altered by heat, and retains more of the true flavor of the olive with a lower level of oleic acid and more of the natural vitamins and minerals. The Olivet only carries super premium extra virgin olive oils.

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Business 101 | Case Belcher

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-55-21-amCase Belcher

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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Business 101 | Cheryl “Cricket” Koetter

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-55-13-amCheryl “Cricket” Koetter

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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Business 101 | Eileen Yanoviak, Ph.D

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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Business 101 | Stefanie Griffith

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.

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Business 101 | Scott Neumann

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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.

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Business 101 | Linda Speed

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.