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Indiana’s Leading Regional Business Magazine Since 1991Women in Business n Real-World Education n A Solar Future n South Bend BaseballSUMMER 2015Serving GreaterNorthwest Indianaand Surrounding CountiesBIOMEDICALBREAKTHROUGHSHomegrown progress oneverything from tracking cancerto healing diabetic woundsto understanding the brain.Dipika Gupta, Ph.D.Indiana University Schoolof Medicine, IU Northwest


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Northwest IndianaBusiness QuarterlySUMMER 2015contentsp16BREAKTHROUGH Frank Szczepanski’s IVDiagnosticsInc. is developing a test to track circulating tumor cells.PUBLISHER’S NOTE5 Bright Minds, Generous HeartsInfluential leaders, executives andresearchers elevate our quality of life.NOTEWORTHY NEWS BITS FROM …6 Around the RegionCOVER STORY16 Biomedical BreakthroughsIndiana researchers are making progresson everything from tracking cancerto healing diabetic wounds.EDUCATION22 The Big DisconnectUniversities and businesses working togetherto better prepare students for real-world challenges.26 Degrees The Market NeedsUniversities pay close attention to workplacedemand as they develop new degree programs.WOMEN IN BUSINESS30 At the Top of Their GameWomen executives excel at juggling careerand family responsibilities.LIFE SCIENCES34 Something Old, Something NewAddress cardiovascular disease with bothnew technology and well-known advice.BUSINESS LAW39 Tops In Their FieldsTwelve of the area’s top legal professionals.p26INNOVATIVE EDUCATION Mitch Danielsis president of Purdue University.Cover photo by Shawn Spence2 SUMMER 2015


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p30p50WOMEN IN BUSINESS Karen Barnett leadsValley Screen Process Co. in Mishawaka.INFRASTRUCTURE FOR GROWTH John Phair is atthe helm of South Bend-based Holladay Properties.COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGY43 Fiber ConnectionsCommunities upgrading their communicationstechnologies to aid in economic development.ENERGY & ENVIRONMENT47 Harnessing Solar EnergyRooftop power generation is moreaffordable than ever before.CEO PROFILE50 Developing ProsperityJohn Phair leads Holladay Properties in creatingheadlines and jobs across much of Indiana.ADVICE55 Business Plan BasicsSpell out your plans in detailin order to get startup financing.SPORTS56 A Future With the CubsSouth Bend minor league team thrivesas an affiliate of Chicago’s North Siders.ARTS58 Arts UpdateUpcoming events in Northwest Indianaand Greater South Bend.MAKING A DIFFERENCE59 Leaders as HeroesWinners of the 2015 South ShoreLeadership Awards.FINANCIAL MATTERS62 Rising RatesThe Fed is expected to make a move soon;what will the impact be?TECHNOLOGY63 Your Website InvestmentSome factors to consider as youplan your online presence.VIEWPOINT64 Teaching How to ThinkSchool choice promotes excellence,increases competition and saves money.4 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


Summer 2015Publisher/Executive Editor/AdvertisingGLEE RENICK-MAYManaging EditorLAURIE B. WINKContributing EditorSTEVE KAELBLEAssistant EditorDENISE C. BUSCHMANNAdvertising Sales ManagerJO HARVEYAdministrative AssistantREBECCA L. ISAACSArt DirectorANDREW ROBERTSContributing Art DirectorJANICE L. DIXON-FITZWATERPhotographersPETE DOHERTYSHAWN SPENCEContributing WritersMICHELLE ANDRES • PHIL BRITTJOHN CAIN • LAUREN CAGGIANOJERRY DAVICH • STEVE C. KRINGFATHER GLENN KOHRMANJACQUELINE VON OGDENHEIDI PRESCOTT WIENEKE • MICHAEL PUENTECASSIE RICHARDSON • BEN SMITHJACK WALTON • LAURIE WINKEditorial Advisory CommitteeJOHN DAVIES • LORRI FELDTBARBARA GRIMSGARD • KEITH KIRKPATRICKLEIGH MORRIS • EVELYN MORRISONMICHELLE SEARER • ANDREA K. SHERWINMARY WELLNITZ • LAURIE WINKLINDA WOLOSHANSKYCirculationREBECCA L. ISAACSNew MediaJANICE L. DIXON-FITZWATERTech SupportJASON CRUNDWELLe-mail: businessnews@nwibq.comweb: www.nwibq.comvisit us at facebook.com/nwibqNorthwest Indiana Business Quarterly is owned andpublished by May Communications Group, LLC,Glee Renick-May, president and CEO.© Copyright 2015. All rights reserved.Reproduction without permission is prohibited.Two-year quarterly subscription rate is $19.95.Single magazine price is $3.95. Requests foradditional magazines will be billed shipping charges.Total circulation: 13,000. Send payment withyour name, company address and contact information to:Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly9801 Fall Creek Rd. #247, Indianapolis, IN 46256-4802PUBLISHER’S NOTEBright Minds,Generous HeartsInfluential leaders, executives andresearchers elevate our quality of life.Welcome to our summerissue, which is packedwith impressive examplesof how our region’s best and brightestare generously sharing their intellect,their great ideas and their timeto improve quality of life for all.The cover story focuses on thebrightest minds—Indiana researchersand companies whose studiesand products are battling everythingfrom cancer to diabetic wounds. Forexample, Crown Point’s IVDiagnosticshas a new, non-invasive and fastway to track circulating tumor cells,without the need for taking a biopsyor doing a blood test. Purdue Calumet’sCenter for Innovation throughVisualization & Simulation is assistingin a variety of studies, including onethat’s shedding new light on how thebrain works, and another aimed atimproving spine treatments. A NotreDame researcher is working on a fastand inexpensive tuberculosis test thatwill be well-suited for less developedcountries, where TB is most prominent.And local heart patients are nowgoing home from the hospital withtiny, wireless implants that remotelymonitor their heart and help preventunexpected and unwanted returns tothe hospital.We also spotlight some of thearea’s most generous citizens, includingthose honored recently by theSouth Shore Leadership Center. Onehonoree was chosen for tireless faithbasedefforts in churches, schoolsand prisons, another was lauded forwork on behalf of the environment,and another has spent years furtheringfield of early childhood parenteducation and support.For a dose of inspiration, check outLaurie Wink’s stories of local womenexecutives, who have demonstratedGlee Renick-May at afundraiser for GleanersFood Banks of Indianatime and again that it’s possible toexcel in business while still makingfamily a priority. And don’t miss LaurenCaggiano’s profiles of a dozen of thearea’s top attorneys, whose expertisehas helped businesses thrive.Our focus on education shareshow local institutions and businessesare working together more closelythan ever, to ensure that students areadequately prepared for a prosperousfuture. Together, they’re creatingdegree programs and training opportunitiesthat are a win-win for NorthwestIndiana. Honing the region’slabor force yields success for localemployers, which in turn fuels theeconomy for everyone.And speaking of the critical linksthrough which businesses buildlocal prosperity, our communicationstechnology feature revealshow much economic developmentdepends on powerful communicationsconnections. Writer MichaelPuente, meanwhile, tells us that solarpower is more feasible and affordablethan ever—and likely is comingto a rooftop near you!The CEO profile tells the story ofJohn Phair, whose Holladay Propertieshas provided the infrastructurefor job growth across Indiana.It would be hard to overstate theimportance that his work has had onthe economy and quality of life inNorthwest Indiana and beyond.Check this issue’s departmentsfor helpful financial and technologyadvice, the latest arts and culturalhappenings, and an important viewpointon education. And finally, BenSmith’s exclusive sports report sharesthe story of how the Cubs came toSouth Bend.Enjoy our current issue! And therest of your summer!SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 5


NOTEWORTHY NEWS BITS FROM …Around the Regionby Jacqueline von OgdenBANKINGPNC Financial Services GroupInc. of Mishawaka announced theappointment of Nicole Ross to viceBCCpresident and senior relationshipmanager for Wealth Management inNorthern Indiana. Ross has 20-plusyears of experience and is responsiblefor managing the short- andBURKE COSTANZA & CARBERRYAdvisors you want. Advocates you need.YourSMARTChoiceforLawyersinNorthwestIndiana6 Years In A Row!9191 Broadway | Merrillville, IN 46410 | t. 219.769.1313156 Washington St. | Valparaiso, IN 46383 | t. 219.531.0134 bcclegal.comLLPlong-term financial needs of affluentindividuals, families and businessesin the region.ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENTThe board of directors of theNorthwest Indiana RegionalDevelopment Authority (RDA)agreed to join with the City of Garyand the Northern Indiana CommuterTransportation District(NICTD) in applying for a federalgrant to fund transit-oriented development(TOD) at and around theSouth Shore station in Gary’s Millerneighborhood. Gary is applying fora $21.05 million grant from the U.S.Department of Transportation’s TransitInvestment Generating EconomicRecovery, or TIGER, competitivegrant program. Gary, NICTD and theRDA are pooling resources to providethe necessary local match forthe grant application. NICTD is providing$860,000, Gary $1 million andthe RDA $4.26 million. Funds will beused for improvements at the Millerstation, including the new high-levelboarding platform called for in theNICDT 20-year Strategic BusinessPlan jointly developed by the railroadand the RDA.EDUCATIONAt Valparaiso University, morethan 90 percent of recent graduatesare employed or enrolled in graduateschool for the 22nd straight year.Overall placement rate for 2013-2014 alumni is 94.5 percent, markinga 2.2 percent increase … BrianMiller, former Hammond chief ofpolice, has assumed responsibilitiesas director of Public Safety atPurdue University North Centraland Purdue University Calumet.Miller will oversee law enforcement,emergency preparedness, regulatorycompliance and transportation atboth regional campuses. Purdue Calumetand Purdue North Central areengaging in a unification process to6 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


ecome Purdue University Northwesteffective with the start of the 2016-17 academic year…Saint Joseph’sCollege recently announced InterimVice President of Academic AffairsChad Pulver is one of 28 mid-leveladministrators in higher educationnationwide selected by the Councilof Independent Colleges (CIC)to participate in a year-long SeniorLeadership Academy. The Academyis designed to prepare prospectiveleaders to assume positions asthe chief officers in any division —including academic affairs, studentaffairs, finance, enrollment management,and advancement — in independenthigher education. Pulverreceived his bachelor’s degree inpsychology from SJC in 1997. Heearned his master’s of science ineducation in 1999 and his doctoratein 2004 from Purdue University …Dr. Tantatape Brahmasrene, professorof finance and internationalbusiness at Purdue UniversityNorth Central, has been selectedfor a Fulbright Senior Specialists projectin Turkmenistan at InternationalUniversity for the Humanities andDevelopment (IUHD). He is one ofmore than 400 U.S. faculty and professionalswho will travel abroad thisyear through the Fulbright SeniorSpecialists Program … PurdueUniversity Calumet’s College ofBusiness has earned accreditationfrom the world’s premier businessaccrediting body — the Associationto Advance Collegiate Schoolsof Business (AACSB) International.Indiana University Northwestrecently selected Mark McPhail,Ph.D., as the executive vice chancellorfor academic affairs. McPhail, whohas more than 15 years of administrativeexperience in higher educationand is an accomplished scholarin the field of communication, willlead the Office of Academic Affairs.In his role, McPhail will serve as anactive and substantive contributor tothe strategic direction of academicprograms, continuous strengtheningof academic excellence and effectiveday-to-day operation of the IUNorthwest campus, as well as theadvancement of Indiana University.ENTERTAINMENTThe Illiana Brew Bus is expandingby taking craft beer drinkersto local craft breweries across theCalumet Region, including St. JohnMalt Brothers, Bulldog, WildRose,Justaskb usinesslending.New Oberpfalz, The Devil’s Trumpet,18th Street, One Trick Pony,Pokro, Crown Brewing and FlossmoorStation. Services begin uponlicensure from the state.HEALTH CAREBeacon Medical Group proudlywelcomes Nonyem Onujiogu, MD,LaPorte Savings Bank offers more than just businessloans. We lend opportunity to our local communities.Visit laportesavingsbank.com/business-bankingor just ask us for details at your local branch office.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 7


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BANKING Nicole Ross EDUCATION Brian Miller HEALTH CARE Gene Diamond HEALTH CARE MaryAnn Hansenin Colorado, Hospital Sisters HealthSystem in Illinois and Wisconsin,and Franciscan Sisters of the Poorin Ohio. He is graduate of the Universityof Notre Dame, with a master’sdegree in Health Administrationfrom Xavier University … MaryAnn Hansen has been appointedto director of Imaging Services atMethodist Hospitals. Hansen hasbeen an employee at MethodistHospitals for more than 35 yearsserving in a number of staff andleadership roles with her most recentposition being that of manager ofUltrasound Services and AdvancedObstetrical Services Outpatient Clinics… Porter Health Care Systemhas named Linda S. Kiger as itsnew director of Health InformationManagement. Kiger is responsiblefor managing policies and proceduresrelated to healthcare informationservices throughout the systemand serves as assistant privacy officer,bringing more than 25 years ofexperience in acute healthcare toher role … Beacon Medical GroupPortage broke ground on a new20,469-square-foot medical facilityon five acres of land on ClevelandRoad in South Bend. Upon its completion,slated for August 2016, thenew facility will replace the currentBeacon Medical Group Portage Roadoffice. The new facility will offermedical care to patients of all ages,including family medicine and podiatryservices, and will be equippedwith digital radiology services, EKGcapabilities, and an on-site lab,enabling patients to receive efficient,convenient care. It will also include aMed-Point Urgent Care Clinic.SEIZING AN OPPORTUNITY.WE MADE ITHAPPEN.Having the working capital to seizeopportunities as I see them. That’s whatI knew was missing at my former bank,which didn’t understand our need forquick funds to invest in equipment.When switching to First Merchants, I wasprovided a more suitable line of credit,allowing me to act swiftly on a machinepurchase that has since helped ourbusiness expand. My goal was having thefinancial flexibility to seize opportunities.First Merchants helped make it happen.It’s your goal. We make it happen.At First Merchants, we see beyond the numbersby using powerful financial resources, promptlocal decisions, and personal attention.Michael WitheyPRESIDENT, TOOL STEEL SERVICE, INC.BRIDGEVIEW, ILLINOISSee how our commercial banking solutions make it happen for you. firstmerchants.comTHE STRENGTH OF BIG THE SERVICE OF SMALL | firstmerchants.com | 800.205.3464SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 9


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those who have received the awardare astronauts, presidents, ambassadors,artists, musicians, politicians,and ordinary citizens who have contributedgreatly to Hoosier heritage.RARE FILM OF AMELIAEARHART DONATEDTO UNIVERSITYPurdue University Libraries’ VirginiaKelly Karnes Archives andSpecial Collections Research Centerrecently accepted the donation of anoriginal 16 mm film showing AmeliaEarhart and her Lockheed Electraas they were being photographedby Albert Bresnick, Earhart’s officialphotographer.Earhart, a Purdue career counselorand adviser to the Department ofAeronautics from 1935 to 1937, wasrecruited by then-President EdwardElliott, who was impressed by herspirit of adventure and her messageto women. In April 1936 anAmelia Earhart Fund for AeronauticalResearch was created with thePurdue Research Foundation. Thefund purchased the $80,000 LockheedElectra that became knownas Earhart’s flying laboratory. Withnavigator Fred Noonan, Earhart disappearedJuly 2, 1937, near the tinyHowland Island in the Pacific Oceanwhile attempting an around-theworldvoyage.The film was donated to Purdueby Douglas Westfall, owner and publisherat The Paragon Agency, whichlast month released a book, “AmeliaEarhart’s Last Photo Shoot,” by NicoleSwinford.According to Westfall, whoacquired the film from John BresnickJr., the family believes the film footagewas taken by Albert’s brother,John Bresnick. The film is uniquein that it captures Earhart posingfor publicity photos and interactingwith her photographer and others atthe Union Air Terminal in Burbank,California (today known as the BobHope Airport). The film shows clearand close-up shots of Earhart’s planebefore her departure on her worldflight attempt.Purdue University LibrariesArchives and Special Collections facultyand staff will take steps to preservethe film and make it accessibleto students and researchers interestedin scholarship on the many facets ofthe legacy of Amelia Earhart.Taking Careof Business.Business CounselingWhen it comes to starting, growingor protecting a business, owners andexecutives turn to Hoeppner Wagner& Evans. We represent some of theregion’s largest manufacturers andservice employers, mid-size familyrun enterprises, and small start-upcompanies, advising on a widevariety of legal and business issues:■ Entity Formation■ Employment and Labor Counseling■ Financing and Restructuring Transactions■ Real Estate Development and Zoning■ Federal and State Taxation■ Litigation■ Mergers, Acquisitions, Joint Ventures and Sales■ Business Succession and Estate Planning■ Bankruptcy and Collection Matters■ Dispute Resolution, includingMediation and ArbitrationCIMCOR MAKES TOP 20 LISTOF CYBER SECURITY FIRMSRecently recognized for the innovationof its cyber security solutions,Cimcor Inc. has been named to CIOReview’s annual list of the top 20 listof most promising cyber securitysolutions firms to watch in 2015. Thecontinued on page 54Valparaiso (219) 464-4961Merrillville (219) 769-6552www.hwelaw.comHoeppner Wagner & Evans – We Care About Your BusinessSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 15


“IT’S 150 TIMES MORE EFFECTIVE” Frank Szczepanski is cofounder, CEOand president of IVDiagnostics Inc., which is developing a diagnostic testfor circulating tumor cells—the major cause of death in cancer patients.SHAWN SPENCE SHAWNSPENCE.COMtion. Over the last six years, the CIVShas collaborated with more than 90organizations—including hospitals,companies, schools and governmentagencies—on 140 different projects.Hundreds of university students havegained experience in simulationand visualization research that hasopened up exciting career opportunities,Zhou notes.“Both simulation and visualizationtogether can really help biomedicalresearch in terms of looking atcauses of disease, surgical planningand diagnosis,” she says. “It alsohas educational applications that aretremendous and can enhance learningand training, which is critical forhealth care.”Several biomedical projects areunderway. A Munster physician initiateda spine modeling project tofind the best treatment options forpatients. Standard medical imagingtechnology, such as X-rays and MRI,gives a two dimensional picture ofpatient conditions. By using a 3-Dmodel, a physician can simulate theeffects of stress and other scenariosto get a more comprehensive view.A CIVS project by Bin Chen, professorof electrical and computerengineering, is creating a 3-D virtualmodel of the human brain thatshows how signals pass through certainareas of the brain to control specificbody functions. Zhou says thebrain imaging research could lead togreater understanding of Alzheimer’sdisease and sports-related concussions.At the University of Notre Dame,a research team led by Jeff Schoreyis working on a diagnostic testfor tuberculosis that is fast, accurate,inexpensive and easy to use in lessdeveloped countries, where mostcases occur. Schorey, a professorof biological sciences and associatedirector of Notre Dame’s Eck Institutefor Global Health, says the immediategoal is to identify biomarkers, inthe form of mycrobacterial proteins,that signal active cases of TB.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 17


“We’re hopeful that we’re goingto be successful but we’re not at thestage of product development. Ifthings go like we hope, if could befive or six years before field testingoccurs.”Schorey’s Notre Dame team is collaboratingwith scientists at ColoradoState University and Universityof California at San Francisco onthe project, funded by a $1.5 milliongrant from the Bill and MelindaGates Foundation.Schorey says TB kills about 1.5million people worldwide each year.The disease is most prevalent in lowandmiddle-income countries, wherecases often go undetected because of100-year-old testing methods and alack of basic infrastructure, such asreliable sources of electricity.“In the United States, people wouldCOMPLEMENTARY STRENGTHS AnanthaShekhar is director of the Indiana Clinicaland Translational Sciences Institute, apublic and private partnership of corporate,community and government entities.“Voted#1Again”• Voted Best Accounting Firm by Readers of theNorthwest Indiana Business Quarterly MagazineTen Consecutive Years and Running• Health Care Industry ExpertsServing over 100 healthcare related professionalsPractice Management Expertise andCertified Business Valuation Experts• Our Commitment to the Integrity of Our Services and Depth of OurRelationships Allow Our Professionals to Individualize the Demandof Each ClientTo Experience the McMahon DifferenceContact Our Office for a Free ConsultationYour Partner for Growth18 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


go to the doctor and get treatment,”he says. “In many parts of the world,going to a clinic or physician is logisticallyhard to do.”Although cases of TB are rare inthis country, outbreaks do occur. InSellersburg, Ind., 85 people testedpositive for the TB bacteria in June,after being exposed to a studentat Rock Creek Community Academywho had a confirmed case ofTB. The exposed individuals weretreated with antibiotics to preventthe disease from spreading. Schoreycites the incident as an example ofhow easily infectious disease can betransmitted.“Infectious diseases don’t knowboundaries,” he says. “TB is a veryeasily transmitted disease. With thisage of globalization and the ease ofgoing from one country to another, itNOTRE DAME RESEARCH EXPERTISEMayland Chang is conducting a five-yearstudy of wound healing in diabetics,while Jeff Schorey is working on adiagnostic test for tuberculosis.SHAWN SPENCE SHAWNSPENCE.COMPower UpFor BusinessOffice technology impacts how business gets done and your ability to compete.For over 20 years US Business Systems has helpedorganizations of all sizes with innovative officetechnology solutions that improve productivity andperformance while lowering overall costs. Fromtechnology to superior customer and technicalservice, you can depend on US Business Systems tokeep your business running powerfully.Managed Network ServicesIT Solutions & Data SecurityCloud ComputingDocument Management SolutionsManaged Print ServicesCall us today for more information.800-291-2561USbus.comElkhart | South BendENX Magazine 2014 Elite DealerSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 19


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EDUCATIONThe Big DisconnectUniversities and businesses working togetherto better prepare students for real-world challenges.by Heidi Prescott WienekeGary Bertoline wonders howmany times college engineeringstudents have beenchallenged to redesign the flashlight.They study the circuitry, powersource and look for ways to improveits durability, but there are limitationsto their assigned task.“A flashlight is a flashlight. It wasdesigned 100 years ago, and there’sonly so much you can do with it,”says Bertoline, dean of Purdue PolytechnicInstitute in West Lafayette.The challenge isn’t one that encouragesthe same amount of creativeness,innovation and ingenuity thatanother type of question could.Now, he said, consider this challenge.“There is a certain type of waterborneillness spreading among thepeople in Kenya, Africa. It’s a poornation, where disease is easily transmitted.How would you go aboutsolving this problem?” Bertoline asks.In this assignment, students applytechnology to a broader social issueand work in teams to find possiblesolutions.Students research and learn aboutwater contamination, with assistancefrom biology and science instructors.They visit a filtration plant to betterunderstand the process and technologiesused to remove organisms andtoxins from water supplies. When it’stime to write and present a report,English and communications professorsvisit their classrooms to provideassistance.“When you learn in context, youhave technically prepared studentsCONNECTING WITH BUSINESS TeresaLubbers, Indiana’s commissioner forhigher education, tours the Rolls-RoyceAllison Heritage Trust Museum this springduring a meeting with Indiana’s STEMAction Coalition.who can write much better, workin teams much better, and who aremore creative and innovative. Thesechallenges will make them moremotivated individuals,” Bertolinesays.Industry leaders and educatorsgenerally agree that a “disconnect”exists today because colleges are notgraduating students with the abilitiesand experiences businesses are lookingfor to compete in the increasinglycompetitive global marketplace. Therelationship between business andhigher education has to be strengthenedby more conversations betweenthem and a change in mindset. Educationmust be accompanied withexperience in the field.“We’re not preparing graduates for21st century jobs because the economyhas changed,” Bertoline says.“Higher education has not caught upwith the needs of the workforce. Butthe wheels on the bus of higher educationaren’t falling off yet. We do alot of things right. At the same time,we’re trying to focus on the fundamentalflaws in higher education.We’re addressing the issues.”At Purdue Polytechnic, Bertolinesaid a learn-by-doing atmosphereintegrates humanities and technologyapplication with student majors.The pilot program that involved 30students in 2014 will be expanded toall first-year students this fall.“The first giant step is about tohappen and we’re slowly integratingthis into the four-year degree,”he says. “This is what business andindustry needs. We still have a lot ofwork to do.”In addition to requiring internshipsbefore graduation, Purdue Polytechnicalso stands out from otherschools with its required year-longindustry-sponsored, senior capstoneproject that matches students withindustry mentors in the competencybasedprogram.Bertoline cites an example of studentsworking with an aerospacecompany that designs fan bladesfor jet engines. Students studied thepainstaking weeklong process engineerstook to convert data into athree-dimensional model used to cutthe metal into the appropriate sizeand scale. Working as a team, thePurdue Polytechnic students found a22 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


way to trim the amount of time takenfor that process to about four hours.“Needless to say, the rest of thestory is that this company now usesour process and they’re so happythey keep coming back with moreprojects,” Bertoline says. “They wereso impressed with one group of studentsthat they flew them to Europeto present their solution to companyleaders. Think of that experience forthose kids.”And by integrating liberal arts andlearning across the curriculum, theuniversity is producing technicallyprepared students who can writebetter, work in teams better, createand innovate.“Industry leaders say college graduatesdon’t know the right questionsto ask. And when they do, they don’tknow how to ask them. Higher educationhas divorced itself, to someextent, from the real needs of businessand industry. I’m not sure it wasdone on purpose,” he said. “It’s justwhere we’re at right now.”Purdue Polytechnic is not alone.Last spring, the Indiana Commissionfor Higher Education launched aninitiative aimed at improving Indiana’stalent pipeline by serving asa link between businesses, schoolsand students. The goal of the “CareerReady” campaign announced byTeresa Lubbers, Indiana’s Commissionerfor Higher Education, is togive more students internship experience.“We have certain fields like teachingand nursing, where you have anopportunity to do work in that fieldas part of your preparation,” Lubberssays. “But the challenge is transitioningthis into a rule for everyone, asopposed to the exception. We wantto align education with employmentin the workforce.”Already, Lubbers said the commissionis seeing educators and businessleaders talking to each other morethan she has seen in decades, anddiscussing how to create more workbasedlearning experiences.“There’s a desire on the part ofeducation and employers to prepareGEARING UP FOR CAREERS Students Michael Balzer and Nicole Attar inspect gearsfrom a print of an automatic transmission model on a 3D printer at Purdue Polytechnic.more students for the jobs that thiseconomy needs. I don’t think it’s astretch to say we’re determining theplace Indiana will be in the nextdecade. How successful we are instrengthening our economy dependson both human talent and a moreeducated workforce.”During the last school year, PurdueUniversity Calumet collaborated withthe Northwest Indiana Small BusinessDevelopment Center on a pilotproject that also connects studentswith small businesses.Kasia Firlej, a continuing lecturer inmarketing, approached the NISBDCwith the idea of finding businessclients who could use the skills ofher ad management students. Inthe spring, students collaborated asSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 23


teams to develop Google Ads campaignsfor six area small businessesas part of the Google Online MarketingChallenge.“Students are initially a bit putoff about having to contact a businessand explain to the business thepremise of the project. Some studentsfeel like the business ownerswill not take them seriously andsome feel inexperienced in being• Commercial Contract Cleaning• Construction Cleanup• Carpet Cleaning• Floor Maintenance Programs• Window Cleaning• Janitorial Supplies and Equipment• Snow Removal (South Bend area only)assertive and working with the clienton setting marketing goals and navigatingthe project specifics,” Firlejsays. “However, most students findthe experience most valuable uponits completion.”Lorri Feldt, regional director ofthe Northwest Indiana Small BusinessDevelopment Center, helpedline up the businesses for the classproject. The businesses ranged fromPerformancePlusCleaning Your BusinessIs Our BusinessFamily Owned and OperatedServing Northern Indiana Since 1917800-358-6951 • www.performancep.coma furniture manufacturer with fouremployees to a Hammond-basedmanufacturer with 90 employees.“Students win by getting real worldexperience, and the business wins bygetting something to help their business.I don’t know how much betteryou can get than that,” Feldt says.“Results were stellar.”Crowley Engineering, based inSchererville, learned the value ofsearch engine optimization to projectthe correct image to prospectiveclients, and the company was soimpressed by the project results, ithired the student team leader rightout of college.Wilson and Stronks also hired studentleader Meredith Neis to workpart-time during her senior year onmarketing and human resource projects.Neis obtained valuable anddiverse experience that led to a fulltimejob in human resources withlocal industrial distributor JupiterAluminum, Firlej says.For participating in its program,Google provided each student team$250 in SEED money toward theircampaign. When students participatein the competition again this fall, participatingbusiness owners will havethe opportunity to add their ownmoney to that student budget.“In the past, we’ve seen studentsdevelop a general marketing campaignthat the client may or may nothave tried, because it may or maynot have added value,” Feldt says.“But this project offered the students’technical knowhow to get moreclicks to their websites. It’s somethinga lot of businesses don’t takethe time to learn.”CLR Auto Transport in Merrillvilleparticipated in the ad managementclass project. CLR is an employeeownedand operated vehicle relocationcompany that operatesnationally, relocating vehicles forcorporate and commercial fleets,government agencies and privateindividuals. Students were asked todevelop a marketing plan that CLRcould use to expand its customerbase.Patricia Shaw, CLR vice presidentcontinued on page 5224 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


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EDUCATIONDegrees The Market NeedsUniversities pay close attention to workplacedemand as they develop new degree programs.by Jerry DavichBig data. It’s not only the nextbig thing in the businessworld. It’s also a skyrocketingtrend with colleges and universitieslooking to recast their academicprograms to better cater to students’ever-evolving, real world focuses.They’re doing so by expanding students’degree options to meet thegrowing demand from the businesscommunity.“We’re definitely getting more bigdata from many different sources,”says Anna Rominger, dean of theSchool of Business and Economicsat Indiana University Northwest inGary. “In the last year, we’ve noticeda tremendous demand from the businesscommunity, specifically in marketing,accounting, finance servicesand human resources management.”Rominger, who’s been at IUN since1992, acknowledges that certaintrends are cyclical in university circles,but this one is new, thanks to emergingtechnology. “It just keeps gettingstronger and stronger,” she says.With more gray-haired professionalsretiring from the workforce, thedemand to replace them is beingplaced on educational facilitieswhich, in turn, rely on big data togauge which academic programsneed retooling.“It all works together in a very collaborativeeffort,” Rominger says.Purdue University Calumet in Hammondclaims it’s the first university inthe state to offer business analyticsas a new major in its undergraduateprogram. It’s the study of datathrough statistical and quantitativeanalysis, explanatory and predictive“ENGINE FOR WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT” Gathering to celebrate the opening of anew Ivy Tech Community College instructional site in LaPorte are Dr. Thomas G. Coley,chancellor for Ivy Tech Community College Northwest and North Central regions; MikeSeitz, president of the Greater LaPorte Chamber of Commerce; Blair Milo, mayor ofLaPorte; and Rick Soria, president of Ivy Tech’s Michigan City campus.undergraduates and 225 master’slevel students, the school is the largestAACSB International-accreditedprogram in Northwest Indiana.“The curriculum and the seniorproject offer you the opportunity toapply what you have learned to reallifeproblems and walk away with aproject guaranteed to impress potentialemployers,” Abuizam says.Such programs at schools acrossNorthwest Indiana provide a multitudeof career choices, includinglogistics analyst, sustainability director,and business analytics consultant.“Ivy Tech is the engine for Indiana’sworkforce development,” saysThomas Coley, chancellor for IvyTech Community College Northwestand North Central regions. “The commodeling,and prescriptive analysisto drive decision-making and businessplanning.According to Raida Abuizam,associate professor of operationsmanagement at PUC’s College ofBusiness, this program was developedin response to business needs,specifically for people who can analyzebig data.The program helps decision-makersand managers discover new waysto strategize, plan, optimize businessoperations, and capture new marketopportunities, she says.The school recently earned accreditationby the Association to AdvanceCollegiate Schools of Business International,the world’s premier businessaccrediting body. With 1,72326 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


munity college serves as Indiana’sengine of workforce development byoffering affordable degree programsand training that are aligned with theneeds of its communities.”In Ivy Tech’s strategic plan, “AcceleratingGreatness 2025,” an objectiveis to improve and expand externalrelationships by working withemployers and the business communityto address global workforceneeds in curriculum and experientiallearning opportunities for students,faculty, and staff.Examples include:• Launching the Machine ToolTechnology program last fall, investingmore than $1.5 million.• Creating a Center of Excellencein Automation and Robotics.• Launching a Paramedics programwith substantial support fromPorter Regional Health.• At its East Chicago campus, revitalizingthe automotive program withthe goal of becoming ASE certified.• At its Michigan City campus, creatingcustomized training in roboticsfor an initiative at Alcoa Howmet’snew LaPorte plant going into operationthis fall.“An assessment of local needs identifiedlogistics and manufacturing askey economic drivers for the LaPortecommunity,” Coley says. “But wealso know that needs are not limitedto LaPorte. Northwest Indiana is thecrossroads of transportation for ournation, and manufacturing continuesto grow here as well.”According to the Indiana BusinessResearch Center, the state continuesto rank first in percentage of itsworkforce engaged in manufacturing,and ranks second in manufacturingemployment growth over thepast year. However, with advances intechnology, today’s workforce is inneed of middle skills beyond a highschool diploma.“These are skills that Ivy Tech is ina position to deliver, including certificatesand associate degrees,” Coleysays. “These often include nationallyrecognized certifications which areembedded in much of our curriculum.”Demand for a skilled labor forcein the manufacturing and logisticsindustries continues to grow in thisregion, particularly for entry-levelpositions. For example, the highneed for commercial truck drivers,including roughly 2,000 neededdrivers to meet the needs of the RVindustry alone.Valparaiso University’s professionalgraduate school aims all ofits programs at real-world needs inbusiness, officials say.“We develop and grow new programsas industries begin to expressgrowing fields and positions,” saysMegan Mankerian-Stem, admissionsspecialist at VU’s Graduate School &Continuing Education. “This includessome of our newer programs, suchas Healthcare Administration, whichwe have both on-campus and onlineoptions, as well as Cyber Security,which is also available on-campusand online. These two industriesare expanding greatly in the comingyears, so we are helping to prepare aworkforce to fill this demand.”The Indiana Commission forHigher Education takes such demandinto account when examiningdegree programs before giving themapproval.“When faculty develop courseworkand curricula in all subject areas,REAL-WORLD NEEDS Valparaiso University studentstake part in a health administration class and lab.they do so with an eye on today’sdemands and also equip studentswith the critical thinking, communicationand decision-making skillsthat will help them be leaders intomorrow’s career fields,” says CarolConnelly, spokeswoman for PurdueUniversity North Central in Westville.“After all, many of our grads will endup working in jobs that do not existtoday.”PNC works hard to match its degreeprograms to real-world needs andalso today’s marketplace demands,she notes. “We have to show thereis a demand for people with thesedegrees in our geographic area andin our state,” Connelly says.Over the past few years, PNC hasadded several degrees, includinghuman resources, early childhoodeducation, mechanical engineering,civil engineering and health studies.Similarly, professors teaching traditionalclasses such as English, mathand history also do so with an eyeon today’s world and workplace relevance.“We also work closely with ouradvisory boards to keep abreast ofcurrent trends or needs they mayhave,” says Cynthia Roberts, dean ofthe PNC College of Business.That school has redesigned two ofits certificate programs to be deliv-SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 27


examined for relevance.”Most recent examples: Revisingits management track to includecourses in entrepreneurship andlogistics; adding a social media marketingcourse; and a global humanresources course.Trine University in Angola pridesitself on offering degrees designed tomeet expanding needs while prepareredcompletely online—one inorganizational leadership, the otherin human resources.“Both were developed to assistwith upskilling our current workforcein response to area needs,” Robertssays. “In addition, we chat with ourexiting seniors to find out what theyhave seen as a need. Therefore, ourcurricula are continuously beingExecutive Retreat?Awaken to a gourmetbreakfast, meet for a while,enjoy lunch, continue yoursuccessfulretreat, relax in your Jacuzzi,dress for a 5-course dinner andan evening with friendsfollowed by dessert and a goodnight’s rest. Perhaps, make it aMystery Dinner for fun.Own The Inn for your next businessmeeting and guarantee success!Gift Certificates:Order Inn at Aberdeen Gift Certificates toshow your family, friends and business associates that you REALLY care.The Inn at AberdeenBed & Breakfast and Conference Center3158 South State Road 2 • Valparaiso, IN 46385-7765Toll Free 866-761-3753 • 219/465-3753 • www.innataberdeen.comAs seen in Midwest Living, Chicago Magazine and Chicago ABC TV’s 190-North.Voted Best B&B by readers of SHORE Magazine & TIMES newspaper.Voted Best Bed & Breakfast for Business Travelers by readers of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly.Your Risk. Your Needs. Our Focus.Insurance tailored to you and your business.219.865.6447meyersglaros.coming students to succeed in a globaleconomy. “Our goal is to providereal-world experience to enableour graduates for career success,”says Trine President Earl D. BrooksII. “Trine collaborates with industryleaders, such as Parkview Healthand legendary coach Lou Holtz, todevelop programs and cultivate relationshipsso our students can gainhands-on experience.”One example is its Doctor of PhysicalTherapy program, where thefirst cohort of students began lastfall. According to the U.S. Bureauof Labor Statistics, there will be a 39percent spike in the number of physicaltherapists needed through 2020.“The program will help meetgrowing demand for more physicaltherapists with doctorate degrees,”says Max Baumgartner, dean ofTrine’s School of Health Sciences.“As the knowledge base in the fieldhas grown, physical therapists havehad to increase their studies, makingdoctorate degrees the new standard.”Trine also is developing a masterof science in physician assistant studiesprogram to help fill a growingneed for physician assistants, withspecialties in orthopedics, cardiology,trauma and emergency.At Purdue University-West Lafayette,the name-changing transformationof the campus’ PolytechnicInstitute is a key element of the university’s“Purdue Moves” initiative.“The institute provides a 21st centurypoly-technical education thatwill prepare students with skills,knowledge and experiences requiredby business and industry today andin decades to come,” says its dean,Gary Bertoline. “It incorporatesinnovative learning environments,integrates humanities with technicalstudies in a learn-by-doing atmosphere,and offers new options formajors and for earning a degree. Aswe work to address the needs oftoday’s economy, we are redefiningthe polytechnic experience.”Purdue President Mitch Danielssaid in a statement, “By revampingtheir teaching methods so comprehensively,to match the evolving28 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


needs of the marketplace, they haverefuted the stereotype that highereducation cannot be nimble andinnovative.”Students enrolling this fall canchoose from unmanned aerial systems,audio engineering technology,supply chain management technology,game studies or health-careconstruction management. In all,students can choose from 36-plusmajors.“The economy has irreversiblymoved to a thinking economy erawhere integration, innovation andcollaborative problem solving arenow key skills of the workforce,”Bertoline says. “This is the beginningof a new chapter for our faculty, staffand students.”P.N. Saksena, associate dean ofGraduate Programs and Accreditationat the Judd Leighton School ofBusiness and Economics, IndianaUniversity South Bend, says whenhis school decided to redesign itsMBA program, officials approachedthe task from several perspectives.“We looked at what employers andstudents deemed to be importantin an MBA program. We looked atour accrediting body—the Associationto Advance Collegiate Schoolsof Business—which requires a focuson continuous quality improvementin management education throughengagement, innovation and impact.And we looked at our core strengthto determine how to tailor the curriculumto provide the greatest advantageto future leaders and managers,”he says.Saksena also looked at how to bestleverage technology to make theschool’s in-class time more engaging,and how students could bestengage with the North Central IndianaSmall Business DevelopmentCenter, housed on campus.“Our efforts revealed the redesignedprogram would be strengthenedby a focus on engaging,experiential, real-world problemsolving. This led to a commitmentby faculty to offer a program withactive learning at its core and a capstoneexperience which requiresexperiential, real-world problemsolving.”The University of Notre Dame alsois writing new real-world chaptersregarding its Mendoza College ofBusiness’ Master of Science in Managementcourses. The school’s MSin Finance and MS in Business Analyticswere designed to help peopledevelop a career-related skill, saysspokeswoman Shannon Chapla.Rominger, dean of the School ofBusiness and Economics at IUN, saidit’s the winning combination of bigdata, business analytics and studentneeds behind this trend in the educationalcommunity. “We’re consistentlylooking at what jobs are indemand and which of our programsshould be fine-tuned.”PNC MEANS BUSINESSMBA SATURDAYS IN VALPOPURDUEBachelor’s Degrees in:Business (Concentrations in Accounting,Economics, Management or Marketing)Organizational LeadershipHuman ResourcesTransfer & Dual Credit Students WelcomeAssociate Degree in:Organizational Leadership (Human Resources option)Certificates in:Human Resources (classroom & online)Organizational Administration (Business Fundamentals)Organizational Leadership & Supervision (classroom & online)Supervision (online)Masters in Business AdministrationNow Accepting Applications for Fall 2015Graduate Certificate in: Economic Developmentwww.pnc.edu/academics/cbNORTH CENTRALSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 29


WOMEN IN BUSINESSAt the Top of Their GameWomen executives excel at juggling career and family responsibilities.tive positions. She currently managesbusiness improvement at the WhitingRefinery, and oversees continuousimprovement techniques acrossthe organization. Layman, 50, saysshe’s “ridiculously blessed.” “Mydreams were never as big as whatI’ve accomplished. I’m still excitedabout finding the next adventure.”As a tomboy, Layman played withLincoln logs, built forts and hung outwith boys. On a fourth grade fieldtrip to Detroit’s Ford Motor plant, shebecame fascinated by industrial operations.“I was just blown away,” sherecalls. “They started with a block ofsteel at one end and rolled a car outthe other end.”Layman showed an aptitudefor engineering, a field that didn’tattract many females, but her motherencouraged her to do whatever shewanted. “She never set any limits onme.”Layman graduated from PurdueUniversity Calumet with a mechanicalengineering degree in 1988 andwas immediately hired by BP. She’smanaged to juggle job responsibilibyLaurie WinkIn her book “Lean In: Women,Work, and the Will to Lead,”Sheryl Sandberg encourageswomen to continue pursuing careers,even while starting families. Sandberg,the COO of Facebook, wantsto “change the conversation” aboutwomen and work away from whatwomen can’t do to what they can do.And she encourages women to sharestories about how they’re achievingtheir professional and personal goalson the website www.LeanIn.org.Career success is not the samefor women as for men. Professionalwomen traditionally take responsibilityfor managing householdsand families, and have to figure outhow to achieve a work/life balance.As the following profiles of accomplishedwomen attest, there’s not asingle path to the top.“There’s no specific recipe,” saysMichele Layman. “You have to findout what works for you and whatmakes you feel fulfilled.”During a 27-year career at BP,Layman has held numerous execu-“WOMEN HELPING OTHER WOMEN” Karen Barnett is CEO,president and owner of Valley Screen Process Co. in Mishawaka.ties with marriage and motherhood.At one point, she spent half of hertime traveling overseas. Back home,she made international business callsin the morning and evening.“I put a priority on my son,” shesays. “I got to be a room motherand participate in a travel baseballleague. I had breakfast with him andwas there when he got home fromschool. And I never missed a birthdayor the first day of school.”As engaged parents with activecareers, Layman and her former husbandJack benefitted from havingMichelle’s live-in aunt share responsibilities.“You need to have a supportsystem in place for those timeswhen you get the call from work andyou have to go,” Layman says.She’s grateful to mentors andsponsors who guided her career. Asa mentor herself, she recommendswomen find a mix of advisors forpersonal issues and senior executiveswho can advocate for theircareer advancement.“It’s still a passion of mine to beable to give back what I was generouslyoffered early and throughoutmy career,” Layman says. “It’s onlyfair that I give back.”Karen Barnett, the CEO, presidentand owner of Valley Screen ProcessCo. in Mishawaka, also feels stronglyabout mentoring. “It’s really all aboutwomen helping other women,” Barnettsays. “We have an obligation todo that.”She started working in highschool for her family’s vinyl graphicsscreen printing company, startedby her father, Jerry Bauer, in SouthBend in 1967. The company’s largestcustomers were owners of recreationalvehicles, and Valley Screenexpanded along with the explodingRV industry.Barnett married in 1983 andreceived a business degree from30 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


BUILDING A CAREER Ashley Dickinson, Porter Health Care System’s chief operatingofficer, meets with Walsh Construction project superintendent Dan Prochno at the site ofPorter’s new emergency room in Valparaiso. The new ER is set to open in the early fall.Indiana University South Bend in1984. She took over customer salesand service for Valley Screen. Atthe time, she recalls, women weredivided into those who stayed hometo raise children and those who hadcareers. She was doing both andfound it critically important to havewomen role models who were doingthe same.Barnett raised two boys and wasable to arrange her work schedulearound her kids’ activities. Both sonsnow work for the family business, asdoes her brother Kevin Bauer. Followingher father’s death in 2007,Barnett bought the business at thebeginning of the recession and shoulderedresponsibility for a companythat depended almost exclusively onthe RV industry during a time whenpeople stopped making discretionarypurchases.“We ended up laying off about halfof the employees,” Barnett says. “Wereally tried to keep as many employeesas we could because we knew, ifwe were going to make it, we had tokeep the staff intact. We had rotatinglayoffs and we all worked together toget through it.”Today, Valley Screen has 60employees. In addition to producingvinyl graphics for the RV andmarine industries, the company iscapitalizing on the growing marketfor removable vehicle wraps, a popularbusiness promotion tool thatBarnett calls “rolling billboards.” Shealso diversified the business by creatingtwo new divisions. Olee Creativesupplies architectural graphics,such as wall murals, custom artwork,window etchings and signage. OleeKids is a smaller division focusing onkids’ décor. The unique brand nameis a tribute to Barnett’s father, whowas known for his jokes about fictionalNorwegians Olee and Sven.Barnett’s business turnaround storyis inspiring to budding women entrepreneurs.She shares lessons learnedas an instructor and mentor for theWomen’s Entrepreneurship Initiative(WEI), a program she helpedstart at Saint Mary’s College in 2010.WEI offers education, business trainingand professional mentoring towomen who want to launch theirown businesses.“They (women) like to hear mystory,” Barnett says. “I talk abouthow the recession impacted the business.I’ve been in the trenches andhad some hard times but have comeout on the other side.”Barnett encourages women entrepreneursto stretch beyond theircomfort zones. “Do something for thefirst time that you’re really uncomfortabledoing,” she says. “The nexttime you do it, your comfort zonewill be bigger. You’ll become comfortablebeing uncomfortable.”Carol Hiskes co-owns Total Disposalwith husband Mark. TheGary-based commercial and residentialwaste hauling business servesNorthwest Indiana and South Chicagosuburbs. The couple startedTotal Disposal in 2001 with onetruck. Since then, the business hasblossomed to include: Blaine StreetPartners LLC, a recycling and transferfacility; and Outer Space MobileStorage, handling sales and rentals ofportable storage containers. They’recarrying on a family business traditionthat began 30 years ago, whenMark and his brother George workedin the waste management businessstarted by their father.The couple has four sons, rangingin age from 21 to 28, and three ofthem work for Total Disposal (son“MY CHILDREN COME FIRST” Carol Hiskes co-owns Total Disposal with husband Mark.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 31


“GO INTO WHAT MAKES YOU HAPPY” Mary Lewis recently becameaccounting manager for In Good Company Management Services,which manages 27 top-rated rental communities.Matthew recently started his owntrucking company). Carol and Markgrew up in South Holland, met afterhigh school and married in 1986 thenmoved to Munster. Carol earned anassociate’s degree in computer programmingfrom Purdue Calumet.“I really wanted to go into computerprogramming,” she says. “Thatwas my dream. Computers havealways been a passion of mine.”After graduating, Hiskes took timeout from her career to raise her sons,returning to work when the youngestwent to kindergarten. “He’d go [toschool] in the morning and I’d pickhim up from school and bring himback to the office,” she says.As business manager, Carol Hiskeshandles payroll, billing, permits,licensing and the computer system.She supervises a staff of three womenand believes in leading by example.“I try to encourage them to puttheir family first. Two are mothersand they get lots of phone calls inthe middle of the day. Sometimesthey’re stressed by that. They see thatmy children come first as well.”Carol and Mark Hiskes have complementaryskills and interests. “Wetruly are partners who depend oneach other to take care of differentaspects of the business,” she says.“He’s not a techie. He hands me the[TV] remote control when he can’tfigure it out.”Mary Lewis sees her career andmotherhood as equally important partsof her identity. Until mid-June, she wasvice president of administration andchief financial officer for LakeshorePublic Media, with responsibility forall finance and accounting procedures;compliance with corporate, state andfederal grants; annual financial reports32 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


and audits; and management of thehuman resources office.She left the position to becomeaccounting manager for In GoodCompany Management Services, acompany that manages 27 top-ratedrental communities. She says IGCpartners Jonathan Hicks and MichaelSakich are hands-on owners. “They’reproud of their reputation and they’revery philanthropic.”Lewis earned an accounting degreefrom Northern Michigan Universityand worked for several CPA firms.After her husband Michael earned anMBA in 1987, he began a career infinance with Procter & Gamble. Ashis career took off, the couple madea series of moves, first to a smalltown in Florida, then to Memphis,Cincinnati and Iowa City.With a growing family—the couplehas two sons and a daughter—Lewiswanted to be with her kids afterschool and enjoy their extracurricularactivities. So she worked a series“RIDICULOUSLY BLESSED” MicheleLayman manages business improvementat BP’s Whiting Refinery.of part-time jobs, including sellingMary Kay cosmetics, teaching aerobicsclasses and providing bookkeepingservices to businesses. Butshe also felt a strong tug toward thework world and missed the intellectualstimulation. “It’s that craving forknowledge that I was not getting,”she says. “I would see my husbandPETE DOHERTYdressed in a suit and tie going towork at this big company every day,and I really envied the fact that hegot to do this all the time.”The family moved to Crown Pointin 1996, and Lewis set a goal ofreturning to her career when heryoungest son graduated from highschool in 2006. That’s exactly whatshe did, getting hired by LakeshorePublic Media as the station accountantin August 2006. Five monthslater, she was promoted to businessmanager and, as the nonprofit companygrew, she moved into higherlevel executive positions.True to her roots in accounting,Lewis is adept at balancing debitsand credits in her life ledger and sayssuccess is not about the bottom lineof money and prestige.“I would say you need to go intowhat makes you happy,” she says.“You’re going to be working a longtime and life is short. You need to becontinued on page 52LOCAL BUSINESS LENDERLoan Decision Next Business DayGUARANTEED!*When you need a business loan, opennew opportunities by turning to Horizon –your hometown bank.Our trusted loan advisors are more thanfinancial experts. They’re your neighbors –local professionals who have the insight andexperience to get you the loan you need tohelp your business thrive.Talk To Your Local Business Lender Today!888-873-2640horizonbank.com/cash2*See an Advisor for Details.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 33


LIFE SCIENCESSomething Old,Something NewAddress cardiovascular disease with bothnew technology and well-known advice.by Cassie RichardsonImagine if preventing a heartattack was as easy as swallowinga pill.The idea may sound like an imaginaryconvenience taken straight fromthe Space Age world of cartoon characterGeorge Jetson. But at Google X,Google’s semi-secret research facilityin Mountain View, Calif., scientistsare working to bring this concept toreality.Google researchers believe inthe possibilities of a pill containingnanoparticles—tiny protein-coatedmolecules capable of detecting othermolecules with specific biomarkers—that can help spot cardiovascular diseaseand other health conditions atvery early stages, even before noticeablesymptoms appear.Here’s how Google X researchersbelieve their conceptual pill canwork: A patient swallows the pillcontaining thousands of magneticnanoparticles. As the pill is absorbedby the body, these tiny particles enterthe bloodstream and travel throughoutthe body, collecting clues aboutthe patient’s cardiovascular health.In the doctor’s office, a small deviceworn on the patient’s wrist, similar toa watch, may be used to attract themagnetic particles and then interpretthe information gathered from bloodvessels throughout the body.“It sounds like something from ‘StarTrek,’” says Daniel Linert, M.D., aninterventional cardiologist with PorterRegional Hospital Physicians Group.Yet the need to save lives by detect-ing cardiovascular conditions early,before a stroke or a heart episode, ismore reality than science fiction.In most cases, men and womendiscover they have cardiovasculartroubles during an emergency roomvisit to find relief from symptoms.According to the American HeartAssociation, three men out of everythousand will have their first cardiovascularevent between 35 and 44years old. This rate increases dramaticallywith age—74 out of every thousandmen between 85 and 94 yearsold will see the first visible symptomsof cardiovascular disease. The ratesare similar for women, though thefirst cardiovascular event typicallyappears 10 years later than in men.While scientists continue to explorenew techniques for addressing oneof the nation’s top health concerns,Dr. Linert says determining the likelihoodof future heart attacks or strokesis quite possible, today. “What we’vebeen using over the last several yearshas been working for us about cardiovasculardisease and risk factors forcardiovascular disease.”Dr. Linert says annual blood teststhat evaluate blood count, lipid profilesand thyroid hormones work wellto detect cardiovascular disease. Onthe other hand, determining the riskfor heart attack and stroke can be assimple as understanding the patient’shealth history and lifestyle habits.Age, weight and a history of heartdisease, diabetes, chronic obstructivepulmonary disease, high blood pressure,high cholesterol, kidney diseaseor anemia can all signal possible heartproblems. Smoking, alcohol consumptionand frequency of exerciseare important factors as well.Still, the nanoparticle pill technology’spotential for identifying tracesof fatty plaques in blood vesselsthat could lead to heart attack orstroke, and pinpointing cardiovascularissues much sooner than existingtests, should come as exciting newsfor people of all ages—including the34 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


GROUNDBREAKING TECHNOLOGY Cardiologist Andre Artis, M.D., uses a tiny, wirelessCardioMEMS HF implant to monitor his patients, remotely, while they recover at home.42.2 million Americans over age 60,who have one or more types of cardiovasculardisease.“That field [of nanoparticles] is kindof interesting,” says Jagdeep Sabharwal,M.D., an interventional cardiologistwith Beacon Health System inElkhart. For years, medical researchershave reveled in the promise ofsimilar technologies for detectingand treating cancer, so the idea ofapplying this technology to detectvery early cardiovascular disease andprevent heart attack is intriguing. Yet“I think we’re a long ways from it.”In his practice, Dr. Sabharwaluses relatively simple, tried and truetests to detect coronary disease and,hopefully, prevent heart attacks inhis patients’ near futures. Thesecommonly-used tests include electrocardiogram(EKG), which measuresheart electrical activity, and stresstesting, which monitors heart rate atperiods of rest and exercise.“Things are relatively simple:There is no miracle genetic testingthat’s going to tell us and reduce therisk of heart attack for the elderly,”Dr. Sabharwal says.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 35


“I’m an interventionist. I do someplumbing work. I can open up theblockages, but what has a morelong-lasting effect are these fivethings that help in prevention ofheart disease and heart failure,” Dr.Sabharwal says, adding that no pillor technology can replace or trumpthe impact of the following lifestylechanges:DESIGN302 Tyler StreetLaPorte, Indiana 46350(219) 362-2127ldconstruction.com• Eat a healthy diet that containsfruits, vegetables, nuts, reduced fatsin dairy products, whole grains andfish, to reduce risk of heart attack byabout 15 percent.• Enjoy a glass of wine or smallalcoholic beverage (10 – 30 grams aday) and reduce risk of heart attackby 11 percent.• Quit smoking and reduce yourINNOVATIVEBUILDINGSOLUTIONSBUILDrisk for heart attack and stroke almostthree- to five-fold.• Regardless of your age andmobility, do some form of aerobicexercise. This can reduce your riskof heart attack by 3 percent.• Lose weight and keep a trimwaistline to reduce your chances ofhaving a heart attack by approximately17 percent.Though the nanoparticle technologyis still on the horizon, someamazing devices are realities today.One groundbreaking new technologyis the CardioMEMS HF System,which is providing patients of NorthwestIndiana’s Methodist Hospitals abetter chance of survival followinghospitalization. Among patients inthis age range who have been hospitalizedfor heart failure, there’s a20 percent change of an unexpectedreturn to the hospital—or evendeath—in the month following theirdischarge from the hospital.CardioMEMS is a tiny, wirelessimplant that cardiologist Andre Artis,M.D., uses to remotely monitorpatients while they recover at home.Methodist is the first institution in theregion to offer the FDA-approvedheart-monitoring device. Studieshave shown that CardioMEMS canreduce mortality significantly, andcut the rate of heart failure hospitalizations.Another technology that mightblossom sooner than nanoparticles isgenetic testing that will allow physiciansto prescribe medications basedon each cardiovascular patient‘sunique biochemistry.“I can very well see that a similartype of [pill] concept can bedeveloped, and information can beobtained for the clinician as to thepatient’s predisposition and or riskfor various cardiovascular diseasestates,” says Paul Jones, M.D., FranciscanHealth System medical directorof cardiovascular services.For example, there are many bloodthinner and anti-hypertension medicationson the market. And in manyinstances, health care workers usetheir best judgment to make sure theright patients receive the most effec-36 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


tive prescriptions. This is becauseeveryone is different. Therefore, notevery patient will respond in thesame way to the same medication.“Technology does not surpriseme,” Dr. Jones says. That’s becauseseveral new and cutting-edge technologiesare available to help cardiovascularexperts bring new optionsand better outcomes to their patients,especially elderly patients who, typically,are considered poor or riskycandidates for conventional, openheartsurgical procedures.“Some of the advances in technologythat we use today, and wewill be using even more so tomorrow,that have revolutionized howwe care for our patients” are relatedto “the advent of non-surgical cathetertreatment strategies for cardiacand particular vascular disease,” Dr.Jones says. “There’s major, majorprogression in that area.”At Franciscan Health System,patients—such as one very active 92year-old whose physician believedrepairing a very large aortic aneurysmwith conventional surgery andgeneral anesthesia was too risky—arefinding new hope with an advancedtechnology known as percutaneousendovascular repair of aortic aneurysm.With this newer technique,most patients return home 23 hoursafter treatment.Transcatheter aortic heart valvereplacement (TAVR), which Dr.Sabharwal offers in his practice, isanother lifesaving treatment that issaving the lives of elderly patientswho are considered too frail or tooold to withstand conventional heartvalve replacement surgeries. Thistechnique, which received FDAapproval in 2012, allows surgeons toreplace a diseased heart valve withan artificial one, through the groin.The conventional open-heart valvereplacement surgery is much moreinvasive.“The recovery is much faster andpatients who would have a very difficulttime recovering from a traditionalopen heart surgery, they dopretty well with this,” Dr. Sabharwalsays.Happy. Healthy.Productive.METHODISTHOSPITALSEAPYour EmployeeAssistanceProgramMore and more Northwest Indiana businesses and institutionsare turning to the Methodist Hospitals Employee AssistanceProgram to help strengthen and stabilize their workforces.By helping employees better cope with personal issues thatimpact their lives, Methodist Hospitals EAP enables them tobe more positive and productive assets to their employers.Call 219-736-4067 to learn how our expertscan focus and fortify your team…and ultimately improve your bottom line.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 37


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BUSINESS LAWTops In Their FieldsTwelve of the area’s top legal professionals.interests andexperience have focused primarilyon professional liability, defendinghealthcare providers and attorneys,and corporate litigation.In his words, “We represent ourclients from the time a problem firstarises through litigation and appeal ifnecessary.”Beach appreciates that no two clients’situations are the same—a factthat energizes him. The intellectualstimulation that comes with the workis another motivator.“I have had the privilege of representingmany intelligent and accomplishedclients, who call us whenthey have a problem they need helpsolving,” he says. “We work as ateam to find a solution that fits theirindividual situation.”Another element that adds somecolor to his everyday work is thefact that the law and society are constantlyevolving.“Oftentimes, the law is trying tocatch up with innovation in society,”he says. “Helping clients confrontnew challenges and find workbyLauren CaggianoIt’s hard to put a price tag onexperience. Some might evengo as far to say it’s priceless,especially when it comes to practicinglaw. The area’s well-establishedattorneys know the ins and outs oftheir field of law. Meet our top 12picks from veteran attorneys who arethe local go-to professionals in businesslaw.EARLE F. HITESHodges and Davis PCLoyalty is in EarleHites’ blood,having been withthe firm of Hodgesand Davis, P.C., inMerrillville, sincehis career began in1972. His workprimarily focuseson business law and health care law,with emphasis on representing providersin business and regulatory areas.Hites considers himself an outsidethe-boxthinker. “I enjoy the creativityinvolved in helping our clientssolve problems and being of serviceto clients,” he says.He also enjoys educating peopleabout the intricacies of setting up abusiness.“Many first-time business ownershave misconceptions about the relativeadvantages or drawbacks ofincorporating or using an alternativestructure, such as a limited liabilitycompany,” he says. “I always recommendthat they contact their attorney,accountant and insurance brokerbefore deciding on the appropriateorganizational structure.”Hites stresses the importance ofconsulting with these professionalssooner rather than later, because “ittakes successful teamwork to findthe right solution for your businessdue to the fact that taxation, legaland insurance issues are often intertwined.This team is also the bestoffense in warding off problems thatcan derail your business success.”DAVID BEACHEichhorn & Eichhorn LLPTwenty years withhis current firmmeans DavidBeach has helpeda lot of clientsnavigate the complexitiesof businesslaw. Hisable solutions has been a gratifyingexperience.”ETHAN LOWEBlachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman LLCEthan Lowe haspracticed law for11 years, eight ofwhich have beenwith Blachly,Tabor, Bozik &Hartman LLC inValparaiso. Heconsiders himselfa bit of an unofficial business coach.“I enjoy the opportunity to workwith entrepreneurs on a day-to-daybasis,” he says. “Quite often, businessclients have figured out how todo something different or better. Itis a pleasure to work together withindividuals that are willing to bet onthemselves to succeed.”Lowe says that success—regardlessof the size of the business—requirespreparation.“One of the common misconceptionsthat I encounter is that onlylarger businesses need to consultwith an attorney,” he says. “I takepride in assisting businesses of alltypes and sizes. It is critically importantthat even the smallest businessbe properly structured and the rulesfor corporate entities followed.”What keeps his work interesting ishow advances in technology continueto change the business law practice.The ability to email or text permits theimmediate exchange of informationand can speed up processes.“It is not unusual for me to get anemail or text from a client while theyare in a business meeting,” he says.“I am able to respond immediatelyand provide these clients with theadvice that they need.”SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 39


J. BRIAN HITTINGERKrieg DeVault LLPJ. Brian Hittinger’sexpertise lieswhere accountingmeets the law. Hegraduated fromIndiana Universityin 1982 as a publicaccountant (CPA)and practiced for eight years. While apublic accountant, he attended lawschool at Valparaiso UniversitySchool of Law on a part-time basis.He graduated law school in 1990 andpracticed law at a few firms beforejoining Krieg DeVault LLP’s Merrillvilleoffice in 2007.His education and experiencehave challenged him to becomeLEGAL SOLUTIONSWe Have Attorneys for Thatwell-versed in tax law, business lawand estate planning/probate.“This provides me with a goodbackground in general corporateaffairs, lending transactions, realestate, contracts, transactional work,shareholder disputes and estate planning,”he says.Regardless of the nature of thework, he enjoys the fact that everyday is different.“I rarely do the same thing twice.Virtually every engagement andtransaction is slightly different thanthe last,” he says.Although each transaction isunique and may require an individualizedapproach, each presents a differentchallenge in its own right.“The practice of law is not foreveryone,” says Hittinger. “It requiresmany hours and much attention tobecome proficient in the profession,but once you become invested it canbe very rewarding.”Krieg DeVault LLP8001 Broadway, Suite 400Merrillville, Indiana 46410Phone: 219.227.6100www.kriegdevault.comINDIANA ILLINOIS GEORGIAFLORIDA MINNESOTA© Krieg DeVault 2015JIM JORGENSENHoeppner Wagner & Evans LLPJim Jorgensen hashelped a lot ofpeople and companiesin his 40years in practice,all with HoeppnerWagner & Evans,in Valparaiso.Times mayhave changed since his early yearsin practice, but Jorgensen says a lothas remained the same: “I enjoy therelationships, and the ability to solveproblems and make opportunitiesoccur,” he says. “A business attorneyis a builder.”While this type of work doesn’talways have a glamorous reputation,Jorgensen challenges the misconceptionthat business law is not exciting.“To the contrary, he says, “eachday presents some idea or matterthat is new and different. That isexciting.” Technology has alsoadded a new and different dimensionto law. For example, intellectualproperty issues are being moreprevalent, and because of technology,the speed of transactions has40 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


greatly increased, Jorgensen says.On the other hand, there is a staticelement to law he values: “In someways, business law does not change.It will always involve bringing peopleand opportunities together and creatingthe best chance to make somethinggood happen.”JOHN LADUELaDue Curran & Kuehn LLCJohn LaDue knowswhat it takes tostart somethingfrom the groundup. He foundedthe firm alongwith three otherattorneys andexpanded to ateam of 14 in the past seven years.His focus is commercial litigation,including product liability defense,trademark and copyright litigation,business contract disputes, and representingemployers in employmentand non-compete litigation. The firmalso handles day-to-day advice toemployers on labor and employmentissues, business formation, mergers,and acquisitions and medical malpracticedefense.LaDue says his firm’s hallmarkof service is going the extra mileto understand clients’ business andneeds.“In order to most effectively representour clients, we must first investtime learning about their business,their corporate vision and goals,and their people,” he says. “Then,we can work together to helpresolve our cases in a manner thatfurthers our clients’ business goals.”That process is interesting, fun, andrewarding. In fact LaDue says theprocess can be enjoyable for theclient as well. While some believethat resolving corporate legal disputesis necessarily complex andexpensive, that isn’t always accurate,says LaDue.“[In] most cases, careful analysis atthe early stages of the dispute andapplication of common sense canproduce a business resolution thatserves the interests of both partiesand avoids prolonged costly litigation,”he says.JAMES KAMINSKINewby, Lewis, Kaminski& Jones LLPJames Kaminskihas helped countlessbusinessesduring his 28-yeartenure at Newby,Lewis, Kaminski& Jones inLaPorte. He specializesin businessentity formation, transactionalwork and estate planning, alongwith health care. However, his passionlies in helping position businessesto succeed in their day-to-dayoperations.Quality Legal Services for Over100 YearsJohn E. Newby(1916-1990)Daniel E. Lewis(1910-1997)OF COUNSELEdward L. VolkRETIREDLeon R. KaminskiGene M. JonesArthur L. Roule, Jr.Daniel E. Lewis, Jr.ATTORNEYSMark L. PhillipsMartin W. KusMark A. LienhoopJames W. KaminskiWilliam S. KaminskiDavid P. JonesMatthew J. HagenowKristina J. JacobucciNicholas T. OtisRebecca M. BergAnthony G. NovakLa Porte, IN 46350916 LincolnwayP: 219.362.1577F: 219.362.2106Michigan City, IN 46360P: 219.879.6300Adoption | Accidents (Injuries & Death)Business Planning | Civil RightsCorporations & LLC’s | Criminal DefenseDivorce - Custody & Visitation | Estate PlanningTrusts & Wills | Labor Employment | Real EstateTraffic Offenses | ZoningSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 41


“I enjoy assisting businesses withplanning and seeing them succeed,”he says. “Watching the ‘next generation’enter a family business is alsogratifying.”Assisting clients means being ableto adapt to change and helping themwork through it.“Technology is the biggest changeI have seen — it is an issue all businessesanalyze to ‘gain the extraedge,’” he says.Speaking of competitive edge,Kaminski earned the highest possibleMartindale-Hubbell peer reviewrating (AV) for legal ability and professionalethics.Integrity. Service. Stability… Since 1961.BLACHLY, TABOR, BOZIK & HARTMAN, LLCLet Us Help.TOM HALLTuesley Hall Konopa LLPWith 40 years ofexperience as atrusted advisor tobusinesses, TomHall is a consummateprofessional.He is currentlywith Tuesley HallKonopa LLP andwas a founding partner of what wasthen known as Tuesley & Hall.He serves as a general legal counselto closely held, owner-managedbusiness entities in various industries.His typical clients employ 15to 150 people and have sales in therange of a few million to over $20million per year.The neat part about Hall’s approachis that he enjoys going beyond thetypical attorney-client relationship.He cites the “development of longtermrelationships with clients, manyof whom have become business andpersonal friends,” as a bright point ofhis job. Also, he says being able towatch businesses grow and succeed,often with succession to other familymembers, or through a sale transaction,has been “very satisfying.”GEORGE CARBERRYBurke Costanza & Carberry LLPGeorge Carberryhas been in privatepractice for37 years, withBurke Costanza &Carberry LLP’sMerrillville office.His practice isconcentrated ingeneral business law, estate planning,probate and trust administration.He also provides services tomany physicians and physician practicegroups in Northwest Indiana.This work is like putting togetherthe pieces of a puzzle.“I view my role as that of a problem-solverfor my clients,” he says.“By and large, my clients are veryappreciative of what I do for them. Icontinued on page 5342 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


COMMUNICATIONS TECHNOLOGYFiber ConnectionsCommunities upgrading their communicationstechnologies to aid in economic development.by Laurie WinkIn today’s world of high-speedcommunications, a fiber opticinfrastructure is an essential toolfor economic development in communitiesthroughout our region.Cities that already have fiber opticsystems, such as South Bend, areexpanding their networks. Others,including Michigan City and Valparaiso,are earlier in the process.Optical fiber, made of flexiblestrands of glass about the size of ahuman hair, sends pulses of lightthat transmit telephone, Internet andcable TV signals. It’s a reliable vehiclefor relaying large amounts of dataat high speeds over long distancesat reasonable cost. For that reason,optical fiber is replacing copper wireas the communications material ofchoice, says Tom Carroll, senior vicepresident of sales and marketing forNitco in Hebron.“Fiber optics is a magic process,”he says. “It’s really driving the (telecommunications)industry. Copperlines have a limited capacity to carryinformation.”Nitco, established in the 1890s,has grown along with the telecom-munication revolution that has led towhat is commonly called the “InformationAge.” Carroll says a turningpoint came in 1965 with passage ofthe federal Telecommunications Act,which broke up telephone companymonopolies and made affordablephone service widely available.Nitco, a small phone company at thetime, received government fundingto install telephone lines in previouslyunserved rural areas. Today,Nitco is among the companies installingand managing fiber optic systemsto deliver phone, Internet, TV andsecurity services. Nitco competeswith large providers such as AT&T,Comcast and Frontier by deliveringquality, personalized customer serviceand technical support to customersin Lake, Porter, Jasper andNewton Counties, Carroll says.Nitco works with city officials toplan and install fiber optic infrastructuresand manage customer service.In many cases, the city pays to createthe underground fiber optic infrastructureand Nitco, or other companies,contract to manage customerservice. Economies of scale allowmunicipalities to offer high-speedbroadband service at lower ratesthan the major telecommunicationscompanies, Carroll notes. “A lot ofeconomic agencies are pushing datatransfer as a key driver for economicdevelopment competitiveness.”Fiber optic cable systems can beinstalled in the easements runningalong highways and toll roads—creatinga literal information superhighway.Because cities own many ofthe easements, they’re key players informing integrated networks that linkto existing telecommunication serviceproviders. Clarence Hulse, executivedirector of the Michigan CityEconomic Development Corp., saysthe city is taking advantage of fiberoptic lines already running throughthe area from major hubs like Chicagoand Detroit.Steps are being taken to create atax increment financing (TIF) districtto fund a fiber optic pilot projectalong State Road 212 that Hulse estimateswill take two years to becomefully operational. Fiber optic broadbandnetworks are an essential toolfor all kinds of businesses, includingthose in the medical, customer service,financial, manufacturing andSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 43


TELECOM REVOLUTION Tom Carroll, senior vice president of sales and marketing, and TomLong, president, are part of the growth story at Nitco in Hebron, established in the 1890s.technical services fields, Hulse says.“That’s the key to attracting morecompanies, if they know you havefiber in the ground,” he says. “Citieshave sanitation and water districtsto serve residents and now data districtsare being seen as similar utilities,”he says.Patrick Lyp became economicdevelopment director for the city ofValparaiso in January 2014. One of hisfirst tasks was to figure out the fiberoptic needs of existing businesses.“It became abundantly clear therewas a need for fiber connectivityat a cost-effective price,” Lyp says.“Some (businesses) have a greaterneed than others, but having reliable,cost-effective connectivity is now arequirement.”For example, he says health careproviders need fiber optics for videoconferencingand transmitting healthrecords, x-ray and MRI images.When talking to companies thinkingabout locating in the Valparaiso area,Lyp says, “One question they askis, ‘What is the fiber availability andwhat are the cost estimates?’”Lyp says the highest cost in a fiberoptic system is creating links froman area that isn’t already connectedto one that is—known as providingthe “last mile,” even though distancescovered are usually more than onemile. Valparaiso is actually about14 miles from main trunk lines thatcan link companies to large fiberdata hubs, such as the one at 350E. Cermak in Chicago—billed as theworld’s largest data hub.For the past year, Lyp has workedwith a consulting company and anengineering firm to determine thecapital investment, construction,operation and maintenance costs ofconstructing a fiber optic system inValparaiso. Lyp told Northwest IndianaBusiness Quarterly he anticipatesannouncing the city’s fiberoptic infrastructure plan sometimethis summer.“We have a stakeholders groupthat’s been engaged in the planningprocess to make sure what we’redoing is something they will buyinto,” Lyp says. “Simply putting fiberinto the ground doesn’t get you anywhereunless businesses utilize it.”Lyp and other community leadershave looked to South Bend, an earlyadopter of fiber optics, as a potentialmodel. In 2005, South Bend becamethe first city to install optical fiberin an underground network when itlaunched the St. Joe Valley Metronetsystem. Metronet now provides telecommunicationsconnectivity to thecities of South Bend, Mishawaka andElkhart as well as St. Joseph, Plymouthand Marshall counties.The impetus for Metronet camein part from the University of NotreDame’s need for high-speed communication.Businesses, medical providersand governmental offices also feltthey were paying too much for thelimited bandwidth available at thetime, according to Mary Jan Hedman,executive director of St. Joe ValleyMetronet.“The city of South Bend wasalready a big player (in fiber optics)and absolutely saw the benefit ofhaving local businesses have accessto last mile service and for the city toprovide better service to taxpayers,”Hedman says.Because of South Bend’s proximityto Chicago, it already had a highconcentration of optical fiber runningthrough it. Hedman says, “A map ofthe carriers looked like many differentcolors of yarn running next toeach other. The different strands wereowned by different companies.”Metronet provided connectionsto the Union Station TechnologyCenter, a former train station thatis described as a “carrier hotel” thatconnects local users to the majortelecommunications providers at acentral location. Optical fiber runningalong railroad easements is nowtransporting data instead of people,Hedman notes.The Union Station TechnologyCenter is operated by a private companyowned by entrepreneur KevinSmith. It’s one of four data centersoperating in South Bend. Metronet isa nonprofit organization that leasesits underground fiber optic infrastructureto users who pay subscriberfees that cover Metronet’s operatingcosts and network expansion.“My job is to make sure the fiberoptic infrastructure gets to the businessesthat need it,” Hedman says.“We provide a robust carrier gradesystem that’s well-protected withbuilt in redundancy so (subscribers)don’t have service interruptions.”Leaders in Lake County are alsolooking to fiber optic connectivityto boost economic development.The Lake County Economic Alliance,in Merrillville, is the main point ofcontact for economic developmentopportunities. Karen Lauerman,president and CEO, and Don Koliboski,vice president of economicdevelopment, are in charge of theLake County Economic Allianceefforts to develop a large, fiber-richdata center for Northwest Indiana.Such a center would provide lowcostaccess to major telecommunicationscarriers for 20 communitiesacross the county, including CrownPoint, East Chicago, Hammond, Merrillvilleand Gary.44 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


FIBER PIONEER Mary Jan Hedman is executive director of St. Joe Valley Metronet.Lauerman says communities werelosing business prospects when theywere operating independently.“When consultants were lookingfor locations on behalf of a company,they had to do 20 different searches,”she notes. “Not all of the communitieshad their own economic developmentcorporation, so [consultants]might call the mayor’s office thenget bounced around to different cityoffices.”Lauerman and Koliboski areformer staffers of the NorthwestIndiana Forum, an alliance of 130member organizations that promoteseconomic development and jobgrowth for the seven-county region.You Have a Lot of DataHow You Move It MattersMore Data ∙ More Speed ∙ More PossibilitiesThe fast dark fiber network now servingSouth Bend, Mishawaka and Plymouthwww.MetronetZing.orgSt. Joe Valley Metronet 130 S. Main St. Suite 275 South Bend IN 574.968.5353They understand that locating a businessis a multi-million dollar decisionthat requires a detailed analysis ofmany variables. Today, one of theimportant variables is the existenceof high-speed fiber optic connectivity,according to Lauerman.“Fiber is the electronic highway,”Lauerman says. “If you think aboutfiber as roads, it’s a similar kind ofthing to get data moving rapidly andefficiently at a cost savings. NorthwestIndiana is at a great advantagebecause the convergence of fiber inthis area is pretty amazing.”Koliboski says the Northwest IndianaForum created a fiber asset mapfor Lake, Porter and LaPorte countiesthat shows where telecommunicationscarriers connect to powersubstations. The information will beuseful in pinpointing a suitable locationfor a fiber optic data center toserve the Northwest Indiana region,similar to the St. Joe Valley Metronetmodel.Koliboski says, “We’re fortunate tobe on the right side of Chicago, thefifth-largest economy in the world.Every major carrier goes throughhere.”The Lake County Economic Alliancehas been working with thecity of Gary and the Gary EconomicDevelopment Commission to createa fiber optic data center called theSouth Shore Technology Center. Thedata center will be housed in theGary State Bank, a century-old structurebeing renovated to attract businessesto downtown Gary.By investing in fiber optic infrastructures,cities are attempting toboost their economic developmentprospects. They believe that thelighting fast, low-cost, high capacityinformation superhighways canensure their ability to compete intoday’s data driven marketplace.The advantages of optical fiber callto mind the iconic fictional characterSuperman, described in the ’50sTV series as “faster than a speedingbullet, more powerful than a locomotiveand able to leap tall buildingsin a single bound.” Optical fiberappears to be all that—and more.46 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


ENERGY & ENVIRONMENTHarnessing Solar EnergyRooftop power generation is more affordable than ever before.by Michael PuenteIn the 1985 blockbuster movie“Back to the Future,” Doc Brownfamously told Marty McFly nearthe end of the film and looking 25years into the future, “Where we’regoing, we don’t need roads!”If the movie was released today,Doc Brown may have said, “Wherewe’re going, we don’t need to buyelectricity for our homes!”That’s because in the year 2040,it’s predicted that more than half ofthe world’s power-generating capacitywill come from sources that emitno carbon dioxide, primarily solarenergy.That’s according to a reportreleased in June from BloombergNew Energy Finance, an energy analysisgroup.It’s expected residential homesand businesses will make a goodpercentage of solar power users—and generators. In Indiana, there areabout 600 customers of solar powerwho both buy and sell the energythey use.Solarize Northwest Indiana hopesto increase those numbers this year.“What we see with solar energy, it’sjust helping Northern Indiana movetoward energy independence,” saysCarl Lisek, president of the CrownPoint-based South Shore Clean CitiesInc. “We all want clean water. We allwant clean air. And we’re all lookingat ways at just being sustainable,and this is just another opportunityfor residents and businesses to takeadvantage of that.”Solarize NWI is actually beingspearheaded by the NorthwesternIndiana Regional Planning Commission(NIRPC).Under the program, NorthwestIndiana homeowners and businessescan sign up to install rooftop solarpower that is touted as being “moreaffordable” than ever before.TO THE FUTURE A growing number of Hoosier homes andbusinesses are buyers and generators of solar power.In fact, the cost to install the equipmentwill significantly decreasedepending on the number of homesand businesses that sign up by theend of July. There is also a 30 percentfederal tax credit on installation costs.“Solarize has been all over thecountry. It’s like a Groupon for solar.A lot of people say they would liketo go solar but it’s too expensive. Wehave a group discount. The morepeople we sign up, the lower ourvendor will reduce the prices. So,we’re trying to bring the cost down,”says Kathy Luther, director of environmentalprograms, for NIRPC.Funding to support the Solarizecampaign is provided by the U.SDepartment Of Energy SunShot InitiativeRooftop Solar Challenge.“The goal of SunShot is to reducethe cost of solar energy and our projectis focusing heavily on soft costs:regulator burden, red tape, lack ofknowledge, those kinds of things thatmake it difficult to get the ball rolling.It’s kind of overwhelming for people,”Luther says. “Solarize is designed toget passed all those obstacles.”Luther says there are typically twoways a resident can save money ontheir electrical costs with the use of asolar system.One is called “net metering.” That’swhere the electricity generated fromsolar panels is sent to an inverter,which sends the electricity to yourhome. When your home is not usingthe electricity, the energy producedis sent instead into the power grid.“Your electrical meter is runningbackwards. Once it starts using electricityagain, it runs forward,” Luthersays. “Basically, it’s a credit back andforth. An average homeowner maysave $600 to $800 a year. The utilitynever actually pays you cash, but atthe end of the year, they may zeroyou out. You may be in the hole oryou could end up ahead. They startyour meter roll after a year.”Another way to save money isthrough a system called “feed-intariff.” This involves the utility purchasingthe electricity directly fromthe customer. Luther says the customerwill still pay their utility bill, butthey will also receive a check for theamount of solar energy they produce.Currently, NIPSCO will enter intoa 15-year contract with the customer.Right now, customers are makingSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 47


FITS RIGHT IN Advances in solar paneltechnology make it possible to generatepower in all kinds of places, including ontop of building awnings and overhangs.“Every home is really customizedby us. It’s based on the amount ofenergy usage,” Moore says. “Weasked to look at their last electric bill.We can determine if you put on 10solar panels, it may cut your electricbill by 50 percent. Or, if you put on20 solar panels, it may get rid of theirelectric bill 100 percent.”Moore says it’s important to notethat not every home is suitable for asolar panel system. An in-home consultationwill determine that.NIRPC’s Kathy Luther says part ofher job is to make people feel comfortablewith the whole idea of solarenergy. “Some people think it’s kindof out there but in reality solar energyhas been around for more than 30years. Some think it’s too new, it’sunreliable, or may lower my propertyvalue,” Luther says. “There arestudies that show that solar systemsincrease your property value.”Luther adds that Midwest Wind andSolar will not just try to sell you thebiggest system. A typical system canrange from $12,000 to $15,000. Somesystems can pay for themselves ineight years.“There is also a 30 percent federaltax credit on your installation. Thatis expiring in 2016. So, right there,that is a big chunk,” Luther says.“With our system, you’ll just sign up,Midwest Wind and Solar, and they’llcome out and there’s no obligation.Midwest Wind and Solar can alsolook on Google to see if your houseis even suitable for a solar system.”Luther stresses that the assessmentin finding out if a system is right foryou is free and there is no obligationto purchase.Midwest Wind and Solar will conductan on-site solar assessment atyour home, walk you through a proabout5 cents per kilowatt hour, evenwith a smaller solar energy system.“You can get a guaranteed incomethat way. It’s literally a payment forall the solar your home can generate,”Luther says.The firm selected to conduct theinstallation is Midwest Wind andSolar LLC based in Griffith. Foundedeight years ago, the firm has experiencewith electrical, automation andproject planning for solar thermaland wind systems for both residentialand commercial.Company president Kevin Mooresays the Midwest is behind suchstates as California and New Mexicowhen it comes to using solar energy.But there’s a reason for that. “It allcomes down to economics. The Midwesthas relatively low electric cost.Typically, we pay about 12 cents perkilowatt hour. Out West, they arepaying 17 cents to 20 cents per kilowatthour. You can see why people outwest would adopt solar much soonerthan us in the Midwest,” says Moore.With the cost of materials andinstallation dropping every year,solar energy is seen as more affordablenowadays. “The cost of solarhas gone down so much, the economicsreally makes sense today,”Moore says.Moore understands that it willtake communities and residentsto get accustomed to purchasingsolar energy products. “It’s not likea refrigerator, washer or dryer. Weknow what those are and how theywork. It really takes education on thepart of the consumer to understandhow it works, what it does and thecost involved.”One of the biggest myths aboutsolar is that there’s not enough sunlightin Northwest Indiana to make ita viable option. “That’s furthest fromthe truth,” Moore says. “Germany isthe number one user of renewableenergy in the world. They get aboutan hour less of sunshine than we do.It still works even when we have acloudy day.”Moore says each home has itsown unique system. Some panelsare installed on a rooftop, or evenon land.posed system design, provide youwith a detailed financial proposal, andanswer any questions you may have.Right now, the cities of Valparaiso,Hobart, Gary and Dyer have signedup to be a part of the program. “We’vehad quite a bit of interest in Hobartand Gary,” Luther says. “Those arethe people who have signed up tobe pioneers.”Overall, Luther says, the campaignby NIRPC is to make purchasing asolar system as easy as possible.“It just makes it easier. You don’thave to find an installer. You don’t needto find quotes. We’ve done all that,”Luther says. “You just have to decide ifthis is what you want to do and if solarmakes sense for your house.”For Lisek, he says educating thepublic is the key in making the programa success. “There’s been a lotof confusion on the types of equipmentcan be used; where this equipmentcan be mounted; ordinancesfor communities and businesses,”Lisek says. “We’re hoping to readyour communities and businesses sothat they are solar-ready.”A surprising aspect has been theinvolvement of local school districts,he says.“We’ve seen a lot of enthusiasmwith many of our communities. Thebiggest contributor that we’ve seenhas been our schools. Many schooladministrators are looking at ways ofgetting off the grid. Their campusesare becoming more sustainable,”Lisek says. “In the coming year, we’llhave numerous examples of organizations,businesses, schools andcommunities that have begun theprocess of moving toward solar.”Moving toward solar, Lisek says, willhave a trickle-down effect into otherareas. “We believe that we all can begreen. We can help with the braindrain;we can create some new jobswith the different trades,” Lisek says.“We’ve seen some solar-panel manufacturescoming into our area, whichis a great opportunity. I think we’rejust at the cusp of some wonderfulthings happening in our area.”For more information visit SolarizeNWI.comor go to www.nirpc.org/environment/solarize-nwi.48 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


We’reupgrading ourinfrastructure.For whatever thefuture demands.From replacing power lines to upgradingnatural gas pipes, NIPSCO is makingimprovements throughout northernIndiana. So the only limits are theirimaginations. NIPSCO.com/futureMichaela, age 8, future inventor


CEO PROFILEDeveloping ProsperityJohn Phair leads Holladay Properties in creatingheadlines and jobs across much of Indiana.by Michael PuenteHardly a week goes by whenHolladay Properties isn’t inthe news.Whether it’s opening new commercialcomplex to construction of anew hotel location, Holladay Propertiesis involved in many businessdealings across the northern part ofthe state and beyond.“We’re into vertical integrationthese days. Kind of like soup to nutsin the real estate development area,”says John T. Phair, managing partner,president and CEO of the SouthBend-based Holladay Properties.“You have to have a little vision, creativityand design ability. You haveto be able to build it and oversee themanagement of it. That’s what we tryto do in the real estate projects. Weconceive it, we build it, we managementit and we ultimately sell it.”Holladay started in 1952 but brokeoff into two companies. HolladayCorp. is based in Washington, D.C.,while Holladay Properties is based inSouth Bend.Phair joined Holladay Propertiesin 1978 after spending seven yearsin the mortgage-banking field inDenver. In 1999, Phair became presidentand CEO for Holladay Properties.As the managing partner, Phairoversees 75 commercial properties.According to the firm’s website, HolladayProperties is among the fivelargest asset management firms ofmedical office space in the country.Since 1998, Phair has led the developmentof approximately $50 millionof new construction per year, includingthree of the four largest mixeduseparks in Indiana.Of course, Holladay Properties isthe firm behind the development ofthe very successful AmeriPlex busi-ness parks in Fort Wayne, Indianapolis,Portage, Merrillville andSouth Bend. “These are all long-termdevelopments. These are very large,mix-use land developments,” Phairsaid. “At the Portage site, there are 25buildings where some 4,000 peoplego to work every day. And about halfthat many go to work in Merrillville.The Merrillville complex was a jointventure with the Purdue ResearchFoundation.”Phair said AmeriPlex propertiesoffer a variety of land uses, fromretail to industrial. He says whatmakes the properties so successful isthe master planning, which includesdesigning the roads, sidewalks, parkingand landscaping long before thebusinesses start to move in.“For example, when you constructthe first building on 400 acres ofproperty like in Merrillville, it looksgrossly oversized as far as streets,setbacks and utilities and drainage,”Phair said. “But the planning paysoff big-time when you keep addingother buildings. We plan for trucks,cars and parking. It’s 100 times easierto put all that in at the front end ofa project. It’s costly, but it saves youtremendous amounts in the long runand makes it much easier to accommodatealmost any kind of client. It’sthe master planning that really makesus different.”In one of its latest projects, HolladayProperties has partnered withValue Place, the largest extended-stayhotel brand in the U.S., to develop 15new hotel properties in the next fouryears in the Chicago market.“This development group has thestamina and resources to aggressivelygrow with us in this area of thecountry,” Ron Burgett, executive vicepresident of development for ValuePlace, said in a written statement,“Partnering with Holladay in a bigway in Chicago is exactly what thisbrand needs in the upper Midwest.Holladay is a perfect fit.”Holladay will lead the site selectionand development effort and willalso utilize its architectural services.“Prioritizing sites and gauging entitlementlead times will be the morechallenging aspects of meeting theaggressive development schedule,”says Tim Healy, senior vice presidentand partner at Holladay Properties.“Value Place represents a strategicexpansion of Holladay’s hotel portfolio,”continues Healy. “We wereattracted to the Value Place brandbased on its strong executive leadershipteam and our shared corevalues.”Business, civic and industrial leadersknow the quality of HolladayProperties.“Holladay Properties has built areputation across Indiana as a firstclassdeveloper with two excellentbusiness parks in Northwest Indiana,AmeriPlex at the Port and Ameri-Plex the Crossroads,” says DonaldL. Babcock, director of economicdevelopment for Northern IndianaPublic Service Co. “Holladay’s leadershipand local representatives areextremely knowledgeable and professional.Holladay investments havemade significant contributions to thelocal tax base and have created thousandsof jobs. Northwest Indiana isfortunate to have such a high-qualityfirm at the table in many communitiesworking to drive our economyforward.”Holladay has earned multipledevelopment honors over the years.Most recently, the firm won the prestigiousNAIOP-Indiana 2013 Developerof the Year award. The awardwas a nod to Holladay’s numerous50 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


development projects in the state,including Bass Pro Shops, multipleAmeriPlex branded business parks,hotels and commercial office space.For his part, Phair is the formerchairman of Trustcorp Mortgage Co.and a current member on the boardof 1st Source Bank and investor inseveral small businesses.Phair has been involved withnumerous civic organizations includingthe Boys & Girls Club of St.Joseph County, Family & Children’sCenter, WNIT Public Television, theSouth Bend Civic Theatre, the Allianceof Indiana (IU Kelly School ofBusiness) Project Future and the Villagesof Indiana. He is a graduate ofMarquette University.As Holladay grows, it’s difficult forPhair to have his hand in every project.“I’ve become a little less handson.It’s hard to be in six or sevenlocations at the same time. We havesomebody in charge in each andevery one of them, but I certainlystay involved,” Phair says.Phair says he hasn’t lost any desireto continue getting involved.“Our business is a fairly high-risk,high-reward type of business. There’sa thrill in all of that. We also have afamily-type atmosphere in our officehere where about 250 people work,”Phair says. “I think most of them gohome at the end of the day thinkingwe made the world just a little bitbetter and hopefully we made somemoney doing it.”For Phair, this is the high-watertime, as opposed to 2008 when therecession hit. “We made money upuntil about 2007, then life got verycomplicated and difficult. I beganto wonder after about five years ifwe were ever going to make moneyagain. But we have and we survivedand the last couple of years havebeen pretty good. I’d like the thinkthe future is pretty bright,” Phair says.“We’ve seen a number of our peersdisappear but we’re into our 65thyear so we think we at least figuredout how to survive if not thrive.”Although Phair is 65, the Oshkosh,Wisconsin-native says he has noIT’S A HIT John Phair, managing partner, president and CEO of the South Bend-basedHolladay Properties, pictured at Four Winds Field, home of the South Bend Cubs.plans to slow down.“I turn 66 this year. As long asmy health is good, my work ethic isgoing to be good,” Phair says. “Thisjob is fun to do. I still like what Ido every day. I can’t wait to cometo work in the morning. Some daysare better than others but most daysI’m pretty happy when I go home,too.”PETE DOHERTYSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 51


EDUCATION continued from page 24and National Fleet Coordinator, saidthe students worked long and hardand developed a plan that offered aunique spin on old ideas.“When our company was lookingat our website, we saw thingsthat needed to be changed, but wewere unsure how to develop thosechanges and make them marketsavvyto attract new customers,”Shaw says. “The students showedus some new ideas about color palettesand changing pictures to grabthe customer and make our websitemore appealing.”CLR is still in the early stages ofimplementing the new marketingplan, but Shaw believes it was a winwin.“The partnership with Purduehas been a successful one, and withthe growth of our business, wewould welcome a renewed partnershipwith the school,” she says.Students today are looking forexperiences like this one, Shawsays. “That’s what these school projectscan offer individuals who havehopes to enter their field of choicewith the confidence and know howthat potential employers need. Whena student can enter a job with confidencethat they have knowledge,that’s something that can’t be takenaway, and it develops a sense ofpride and accomplishment.”It’s also a tool that Shaw says manyunemployed people lack. “Education,accompanied with experience,is a boost to a resume that lacks jobexperience in the field to which thestudent wants to enter.”As a result of working with thestudents, and hiring intern LoriannReed, a Purdue Calumet graduatewith marketing experience, Shawsays CLR has created a new Power-Point presentation for clients, newletterhead and new proposals toexpand and compete for customers.Reed says she decided go back toschool in her 50s and change careers.But she didn’t anticipate the difficultyshe experienced in landing employmentupon graduation. “I was eitherover-qualified or too old to take arisk on. I was experiencing some difficultyin landing employment,” theGary resident says.“CLR embraced me with openarms and gave me the opportunityto show that I do have something tooffer the work world and I’m not tooold to make a difference,” Reed says.“It has shown me that there iswork for me and my skills can betransferred to a job skill set. Businessesshould invest in students thathave the potential to expand theirminds and learn what is really outthere. Confidence is the key, and thatconfidence comes with experience,”Reed says. “That’s what a great collaborationbetween a university andbusiness can achieve.”WOMEN continued from page 33proud of what you’re doing. If you’renot doing that, you’re in the wrongfield.”Ashley Dickinson became COO ofCommunity Health Systems in Valparaisoin January 2014. Previously,she was COO at the CHS NortheastRegional Medical Center in Kirksville,Mo. Although she’s early in hercareer, Dickinson has moved steadilyupward in her chosen professionand is focused on her goals.Dickinson began charting herhealth care career course in childhood.She comes from a family ofhealth care workers. Her father isa certified athletic trainer and hermother is a surgical nurse.“I’ve always wanted to be in healthcare,” she says. “I’ve always been fascinatedby medical and health caresystems.After completing high school insuburban Tulsa in 2002, Dickinsonearned a bachelor’s degree in financefrom Oklahoma State in 2006. Shecompleted an MBA and a master’sof science degree in health administrationat the University of Alabama.During graduate school, she appliedwhat she learned in the classroom toreal world situations in the universityaffiliated hospital.A particular incident stands outfor Dickinson. She was job shadowingan orthopedic surgeon who hada patient with a diagnosis requiringtreatment by the only specialist inthe state, who lived quite a distanceaway. Dickinson felt for the patient,a struggling 30-something singleparent, who was suddenly facedwith the inconvenience of travelingto receive necessary health care.“My eyes were opened to the issuesof health care access,” says Dickinson,who subsequently shadowedhospital administrators and learnedmore about the role of finance intheir work.She appreciates the CHS PorterHealth Care System’s affiliation withthe Loyola University medical centerin Chicago, which gives Valparaisopatients access to specialized carethat is not far away. “We want tokeep patients as close to their familiesas possible,” she says.Dickinson also values the breadthof her health center’s services, whichinclude cardiovascular treatment,women and child services and neonatalintensive care.Dickinson’s husband is a certifiedregistered nurse. The couplewas drawn to Northwest Indianabecause of the concentration ofhealth care facilities offering richemployment opportunities for bothof them. They’ve purchased a houseand are settling into the Valparaisocommunity. Their five-year plan forthe future includes having childrenand, eventually, Dickinson wants tobecome a hospital CEO.“It has been an exciting journey forsure,” Dickinson says.Of course, things don’t always go asplanned. Sheryl Sandberg found thatout in May, when her husband DaveGoldberg unexpectedly died whileexercising during a family vacation.Sandberg and Goldberg have twochildren. One thing does seem certain:Sandberg and the accomplishedwomen in this profile will continuestriving to achieve their goals andsharing what they’ve learned alongthe way.52 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


LAWYERS continued from page 42also find these areas of practice to beintellectually stimulating.”To that end, Carberry is quick topoint out that many people, includingfellow attorneys, think that businesslaw is a dry area of the practice. However,that has not been his experience.“Practically every day there is anew issue for consideration on mydesk,” he says. “While we all havegood days and bad days at work,I enjoy the daily challenges of mypractice and like to come into theoffice every day to see what awaits.Often the solution to a client problemis found through thinking creativelyor talking a problem throughwith one of my colleagues here atthe firm.”JOHN SMARRELLABarnes & Thornburg LLPProprietors of family-ownedbusinesseslean heavilyon John Smarrella,an attorney withBarnes & Thornburg’sSouth Bendoffice.“I serve as outsidegeneral counsel [for many familyowned-businesses],” he says. “Thatcould include mergers and acquisitions,succession planning, jointventures, and corporate governancematters. It really runs the gamut onthe business side.”But Smarrella recognizes he doesn’toperate in a vacuum. His successreally comes down to a team effort.“One of the things I enjoy aboutBarnes & Thornburg is that we havea number of attorneys I can turn toas resources,” says Smarrella.Speaking of resources, Smarrellasays a legal professional can providevalue throughout any business transaction.He says there’s a tendency tobring in an attorney near the end ofprocess, but the reality is that he orshe may be able to spot any issuesfrom the outset, thus saving time andmoney later.“If we can do that on the front end,it’s usually a much smoother process,”he says.EDWARD HEARNJohnson & Bell Ltd.Edward Hearn, withJohnson & Bell inCrown Point, welcomesa challengein the courtroom.The attorney, whohas been practicinglaw for 20 years,concentrates hispractice on civil litigation of complexdisputes with large exposure.Hearn says what makes him differentis his willingness to take cases toa jury. In his words: “[This proves]an advantage for my clients whenit comes time to discuss settlementsince my adversaries are aware thatour side will not ‘cave in’ on thecourthouse steps just to avoid a trial.”Speaking of trials, Hearn says inrecent years it has been more challengingto ensure a fair one. He saysthat’s because “previously, courtsand juries were not predisposed totreat corporations or businesses differentlythan individuals once thelaw on the matter was explained tothem.” However, popular opinionlooks unfavorably towards corporationsand businesses, making it moredifficult to ensure impartiality.“Because of this, the selection ofjuries and the process involved in thishas become much more important inbusiness law cases,” he says. “I confrontjurors about these biases andprejudices directly during jury selectionin order to ‘weed out’ jurors who willnot give businesses a fair day in court.”DAVID L. SIMMONSDrewry Simmons Vornehm LLPAfter 35 years practicing,David Simmonsof Drewry SimmonsVornehm in CrownPoint, knows the lawinside and out. Thefounding partnerfocuses on transactions,constructionlaw, and commercial litigation.Simmons says he appreciates theproblem-solving nature of his work:“I enjoy representing a wide varietyof clients in business matters andhelping them to navigate their waythrough complex transactions.”And that complexity is somethingoften overlooked by clients, he says.For that reason, he argues that “proactivelegal representation can oftenreduce the risk of loss and liabilityinherent in operating a business.” Tothat end, he says business ownersbenefit most from retaining a lawyerwho can act as both a trusted adviser,as well as a problem-solver. He or shecan efficiently design solutions thatmeet a client’s particular needs.BUILDING LEADERSHIP CAPACITYNow Accepting Applications for Fall 2015Connect to a network of more than1,200 NWI leadersEngage in regional issuesBe aware of NWI strengths and resourcesLearn how you can make a differenceVisit www.southshorelc.org today to learn how you can participate!SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 53


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ADVICEBusinessPlan BasicsSteve C. KringSpell out your plans in detail in order to get startup financing.For startup ventures, a well-writtenbusiness plan will play animportant role in the success ofthe business, but also will be requiredby banks to consider financing. Thebusiness plan should provide thebank with an overview of the company,market and competition, alongwith financial projections.I highly recommend that entrepreneurswork with a certified publicaccountant to draft the financial projections.A CPA with experience inyour type of business or industry canprovide valuable insight on variousfactors impacting revenues and coststhat will be needed to put togetheryour company’s balance sheet andincome statement. This, along withfootnotes and supporting documentationon how you arrived at your figures,will play a vital role in helpingbanks determine if the projectionsare achievable. Not providing thisdetail will make it almost impossiblefor a bank to consider your financingrequest, so take the time and spendthe money to make sure your projectionsare realistic and supported byindustry data.A good business plan should consistof eight sections.• Section 1: The executive summaryshould provide a succinctexplanation of your business and itsactivities, with an overview of yourkey objectives and business goals.• Section 2: The business descriptionshould describe your perceptionof the company, and discuss howyour business will grow and makemoney.• Section 3: The market and competitionsection should acknowledgecompetitors and explain how yourcompany is different from other providers.• Section 4: The product and servicesection should describe the coreof your business.• Section 5: The section on marketing/sellingshould explain howyou will access the marketplace. Willyou advertise and by what instrument(newspapers, billboards, website,trade publications, trade shows,etc.)?• Section 6: This section focuseson management and personnel, andshould explain how you will staffand manage your business. It shouldinclude one-paragraph profiles ofyou, partners and any other key teammembers.• Section 7: The financial datasection should contain the balancesheet, profit and loss statement,break-even and cash flow analysis.• Section 8: Include such appendicesas testimonials from potentialcustomers, research clips and anythingelse relevant to your business.In addition to your business plan,include your last three years of personaltax returns and an updatedpersonal financial statement, whichbreaks out your assets, liabilities andnet worth. Banks must review andanalyze the business owner/ownersto determine if they have outsideincome and assets to assist withstartup expenses or to pledge as collateralfor loans.Take the time and spend the money tomake sure your projections are realisticand supported by industry data.It is important to note that dueto the inherent risk associated withstartup businesses, banks will likelyuse a government enhancement programto mitigate the risk. These programsare administered through theSmall Business Administration andcome in the form of a guaranty up to85 percent, or a loan. Having the U.S.government guarantying the loan orcollaborating with the bank withfinancing the new venture will providethe bank an incentive to take onthe additional risk because it reducesexposure of loss.You can get free assistance from anumber of nonprofit sources, includingSCORE “Counselors to America’sSmall Business” and local Small BusinessDevelopment Centers. You canvisit SCORE at www.score.org to findthe chapter nearest to you.Steve C. Kring is LaPorte Countymarket president at Horizon Bank inMichigan City.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 55


SPORTSA Future With the CubsSouth Bend minor league team thrivesas an affiliate of Chicago’s North Siders.by Ben SmithThe past is here, beyond theshimmering emerald grass,beyond the walkway thatruns behind center field, beyond thescoreboard welcoming everyone, onthis blue-sky evening, to Four WindsField and Back to the Future Night.But first, back to the past.It’s in a small enclosure behindthe scoreboard, where field equipmentand assorted other clutter restsin peace. Against one wall, nearlyhidden, is a large round illustrationof a yellow-green-and-silver bird.His given name is Swoop, and onceupon a time he was the mascot ofthe Midwest League Single A baseballteam known as the South BendSilver Hawks.The baseball team survives. Butthe color scheme is now a familiarred-white-and-blue, and the skylineis dominated by a giant inflatablebear—a bounce-house in the kids’Fun Zone beyond left-center that ismaster of all it surveys.Which is, these days, the SouthBend Cubs of the Midwest League.Team owner Andrew Berlin swungthe deal that made South Bend aChicago Cubs affiliate last fall, and aneater fit can hardly be imagined. ACubs town 100 or so miles by highwayor rail from Wrigley Field isnow a Cubs town squared—as evidencedby the locals who differentiatebetween one and the other bysaying “Cubs” for their MWL team,and “Cubs-Cubs” for the parent club.“It’s absolutely amazing,” saysSouth Bend Cubs president Joe Hart.“I think obviously we had our excitementjust because we were goingto be part of the Cubs organization,and then the fact they’re playing wellIN THE LINEUP Third baseman David Boteof the newly renamed South Bend Cubs.… we’re showing highlights on thevideo board of Cubs scores and youhear the crowd go crazy and cheerwhen they’re winning. So it’s kindof like the perfect storm comingtogether.”It would seem so. On one end,you’ve got a Cubs regime whose goalfrom the start was to rebuild the farmsystem, a process that’s beginning topay dividends as young stars suchas Anthony Rizzo and Kris Bryantlift the Cubs from bottom feeders tocontenders.And on the other end?In South Bend, you’ve got a SingleA franchise that has been aroundalmost 30 years. And it, too, hasundergone a renaissance of its ownwith the transformation of CoveleskiStadium into Four Winds Field atCoveleski Stadium, one of severalMATT CASHORE/SOUTH BEND CUBSgleaming state-of-the-art facilities inthe Midwest League.A statue of South Bend Hall ofFamer Stanley Coveleski in midpitchstill greets visitors at the brickand-wrought-ironnorth gate, butbeyond that the place looks nothinglike it once did after five years ofrenovations.Beyond left field and left center,there’s the Fun Zone and the BudweiserPicnic Garden and the MillerLite Tiki Hut and the Cubs Den teamstore, housed in a former synagoguethat’s listed on the National Registerof Historic Places. There’s a splashpad and terraced lawn seating in theright-field corner. There’s the BarefootWine Party Patio just beyond the360 sign in right-center, and cheerybeds of yellow daffodils and decorativegrasses everywhere.Four Winds has seating for 5,000fans, and the Cubs are drawing rightaround 4,500 per game so far. Seventimes, as of this night in mid-June,they’ve drawn crowds exceeding 7,000.“We’re thrilled to begin this partnershipwith Sound Bend,” TheoEpstein, president of baseball operationsfor the Chicago Cubs, said onthe MWL website last fall. “SouthBend provides exactly what we werelooking for both as a community andas a farm club.”The community and the farm clubsay the same about the Cubs.“Exciting,” says infielder David Botefrom Longmont, Colo., who was draftedby the Cubs in 2012. “Just to be draftedin general, and then to be drafted by ateam the caliber of the Cubs.“The fan base and following is justginormous. It’s worldwide. Everywherein the country you go, there’sCubs fans.”56 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


MATT CASHORE/SOUTH BEND CUBSTRANSFORMATION Four Winds Field at Coveleski Stadium is one of several gleaming state-of-the-art facilities in the Midwest League.Fellow infielder Andrew Elyagrees. Drafted last year, the Cubshave always been on his radar. Hegrew up in Boise, Idaho, where untilthis summer the Cubs’ short-seasonClass A affiliate played.“The (Cubs) haven’t won in a longtime in terms of the World Series andat the highest level in the bigs, but itseems like there’s fans everywhere,”Ely says. “That’s’ something I’ve experiencedin the first year and a half.Everywhere I go there’s Cubs fans.”More so this summer than ever,given the parent club’s rise in theNational League Central standings.Whether it’s that or the increasedemphasis on the farm system, or acombination of both, everyone in theorganization feels a certain electricityin the air these days.“We just came back from Peoria,who’s with the Cardinals, and youcan still feel a little tension betweenCubs and Cardinals even there,” Botesays. “You get Cubs fans and Cardinalsfans and they’re cheering … it’sa great atmosphere.”Ely agrees.“It’s more of a winning attitude,”he says. “You see the higher club’sdoing well and you kind of don’twant to be the one or two clubs thatdon’t perform. So it’s kind of a thingwe’re all competing off of that. “No one senses it more than SouthBend manager Jimmy Gonzalez,who’s been in the organization forthree years and manages a rosterthat includes players from the U.S.,Canada, Cuba, Venezuela and theDominican Republic.“I think everyone on the planetknows the history of the Cubs andhow they haven’t won, and theexcitement that winning brings,”Gonzalez says. “We want to see ourbig club succeed. And I think it doesfilter down to these young guys.“They see these guys winning,and it’s a motivation for them. Whenthey see these guys winning it’s like,‘Wow, I want to go win there.’ So Ithink it’s good to see throughout thewhole organization.”On this night in June, the winningdoesn’t happen. The Cubs are ayoung club even by Midwest Leaguestandards—their top prospect is18-year-old infielder Gleyber Torrez—and on this night they’ll lose 3-1 to theDayton Dragons to drop to 27-35 onthe season. Gonzalez, meanwhile, willget tossed arguing a play at the plate.Comes with the territory in theMidwest League.“This is a full season,” Gonzalezsaid earlier. “You go to spring training,you break camp and you go towherever you’re going. Especially atthis level, with these first-year guys, itcan be tough on them. A lot of themare learning right now, not necessarilybaseball things, but what it takeson a daily basis.”That apparently goes for everyone.On this night, for instance, 4,746fans show up at Four Winds. A MartyMcFly look-a-like throws out the firstpitch. And the team’s two mascotsmake their usual appearance.One is Stu, a bear. The other isSwoop himself, who—like so muchelse here—has undergone his owntransformation.He now wears a Cubs cap and aCubs jersey.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 57


ARTSArts UpdateUpcoming events in Northwest Indianaand Greater South Bend.John CainJack WaltonNORTHWEST INDIANAby John CainThe fall season abounds with artsofferings! Hammond’s Towle Theaterpresents “Perfect Wedding,” September11-27. An appalling situationoccurs when a bridegroom wakes upon his wedding day to find a strangegirl beside him in bed. Worse, duringthe ensuing panic to get the strangerdressed and out of the way, the bridearrives and the girl is trapped in thebathroom. By the time the bride’sparents and half the hotel staff get inon the act, the chaos reaches nuclearproportions. Visit www.towletheater.org for details.Valparaiso’s Memorial OperaHouse presents “The AddamsFamily,” October 4-18. They’re creepyand they’re kooky, mysterious andspooky, and America’s most lovablecreeps come to the Opera House justin time for Halloween! Join Gomez,Morticia, Wednesday, Pugsley,Fester and Grandmama Addams fora night of squeaks, screams andsqueals, when grown-up WednesdayAddams, the ultimate princess ofdarkness, falls in love with a sweet,smart young man from a respectablefamily. Horror takes on newmeaning for the Addams family onthe fateful night they host a dinnerfor Wednesday’s “normal” boyfriendand his parents. More info at www.memorialoperahouse.com.The Northwest Indiana Symphonypresents “Hooray for Hollywood,”its opening concert of the 2015-16season, on Friday, September 25, atthe Star Plaza Theatre, Merrillville.Music and movies have always gonehand in hand. Music can set the mood,convey an emotion, and in some casesbe a character itself. Film clips andstill photos will accompany the musicselected by Maestro Kirk Muspratt,who will also share behind-the-scenesstories of some of the most beautifuland beloved pieces, explaining howmusic enhances a scene. From upliftingto epic, the music of the big screenwill be celebrated from films like“Close Encounters of the Third Kind,”“Star Trek” and “Gone with the Wind”and by such legendary composters asJohn Williams, Danny Elfman, ElmerBernstein and Alan Silvestri. Additionaldetails at www.nisorchestra.org.The South Shore Arts Regional ArtsCalendar has current informationon exhibits, concerts, plays, danceperformances and more at www.SouthShoreArtsOnline.org. Findout more by watching LakeshorePublic Television’s “Eye on the Arts,”every Friday evening at 7 p.m. on“Lakeshore Report.”GREATER SOUTH BENDby Jack WaltonThe South Bend Jazz Festival returnsAugust 29. Jazz ensembles performthroughout the day and evening,with shows in multiple downtownSouth Bend venues. This year’s headlineris the Moutin Factory Quintet,led by French twin brothers bassistFrancois and drummer Louis Moutin.Jazz improvisers are often said to usetelepathy in anticipating one another’smoves. The Moutins add an additionalmysterious ESP that many twinsshare. The result is thrilling modernjazz. Check out the full roster of artistsat southbendjazzfestival.com.The Chris Wilson Pavilion atPotawatomi Park in South Bendbustles with energy for theCommunity Foundation of St. JosephCounty’s Performing Arts Series.The free weekly performancesinclude dance, theater and a widerange of music. The annual SouthBend Symphony Orchestra concertis always a major event. This year,conductor Tsung Yeh will lead theorchestra in a full concert along witha community-play-along of Verdi’s“Anvil Chorus” on August 22. Go tocfsjc.org for the full series info.South Bend Civic Theatre’s fallseason touches a lot of bases. FromSeptember 11-27, SBCT presentsChristopher Durang’s comedy “Vanyaand Sonia and Masha and Spike.” Fora musical, SBCT is getting ambitious,staging “Miss Saigon” from October2-25. Then it’s the campiest of camp:“The Rocky Horror Show,” originally atheatrical production before becominga cult midnight movie, takes the SouthBend stage October 30 to November7. Visit sbct.org for details.The Ruthmere Museum in Elkharthas added music to its mix, with theannouncement of a new Fall ConcertSeries for 2015. Highlights includethe witty songstress Spider Saloff onOctober 23. She has an encyclopedicknowledge of the Great AmericanSongbook, and her concerts alwayshave anecdotes along with the songs.Smooth jazz saxophonist DannyLerman plays tunes including his newsingle “Rio de Dinero” on November 5.See the full schedule at ruthmere.org.Currently on exhibit at theUniversity of Notre Dame’s SniteMuseum of Art—and running throughDecember 6—is Danae Mattes’“Transitory Waterscapes,” featuringpaintings and an installation called an“evaporation pool,” in which variousclays change patterns over the courseof the exhibition. Also on display:“Counter-Archives to the Narco City,”August 16 through December 13. Anexploration of art and human rights,it’s co-curated by Tatiana Reinozaand Luis Vargas-Santiago. Check outwhat else is happening at the Snite atsniteartmuseum.nd.edu.58 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


MAKING A DIFFERENCELeaders as HeroesWinners of the 2015 South Shore Leadership Awards.by Jerry DavichKeith Kirkpatrick asked hundredsof guests to raise theirchampagne glasses to symbolicallytoast the newest “Leaders asHeroes” inductees.More realistically, Kirkpatrickhoped his toast at the jam-packedAvalon Manor in Merrillville raisedawareness to the importance of publiclyrecognizing our region’s “doers,founders and risk-takers,” as he callsthem.“This is our salute to your leadership,and to each of you who guideour organizations and make thingshappen,” says Kirkpatrick, presidentand CEO of the South Shore LeadershipCenter.The center received an overwhelmingresponse to its call for nominationsfor the fourth annual awardstribute, designed to honor unsungleaders who exemplify a vision toeducate, challenge, inspire, encourage,connect and engage. NorthwestIndiana is led by a powerful networkof diverse, innovative and energeticleaders who routinely advance effectivesolutions to significant issues inour communities, yet have receivedlittle recognition for their achievementsin leadership, Kirkpatrick says.“ALL ABOUT THE ENVIRONMENT”Honoree Geof Benson, executivedirector of the Dunes Learning Center,speaks with Jim Jessup, facilitator withLeadership LaPorte County.SALUTING LEADERSHIP Pictured in front: Tiffany English, executive director,The First Tee of Hammond, and O’Merrial Butchee, director of the Ivy TechCommunity College Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In back areAlicia Nunn, founder and executive director of ARISE, and Scott Bourrell,first class patrolman with the Crown Point Police Department.The spring awards celebration,sponsored in part by NIPSCO andNorthwest Indiana Business Quarterly,featured 14 finalists and fivehonorees using 10 principles forcriteria, such as engaging, innovativeand ethical. Those finalists were:Scott Angel, Richard Christakes, TiffanyEnglish, Scott Bourrell, DionCampbell, O’Merrial Butchee, GeofBenson, Jon Hoek, Kimberly D.Smith, Greg Mance, Marcus Martin,Alicia Nunn, Tyrone Spann andMichael Sutton.Five of the finalists receivedtop honors—Campbell, Butchee,Benson, Hoek and Smith—bestowedat the event with custom-madeawards reflecting their efforts throughthe years. For example, Campbell’saward includes hands reaching outto young people and a transformerto reflect his transformative work asa police detective.“These leaders are truly ourregion’s greatest asset,” Kirkpatricktold guests.DAN LOWERYPresidentCalumet College of St. JosephThe center’s second annual CrestAward went to Dan Lowery, anordained deacon who has served onmore boards, committees and organizationsthan most any professional inthis region. The award, the pinnaclehonor of the evening, was created toexemplify five tenets of professionalexcellence through being a teacher,mentor, model, historian and, ofcourse, leader.“I’m moved by the professionaland personal stories of the awardwinners,” says Lowery, president ofCalumet College of St. Joseph. “Eachof us is challenged to make the worlda better place, even in our own smallway.”DION CAMPBELLMichigan City Police Department“I was actually a bit embarrassed,”Campbell replies when asked forhis initial reaction to being nameda finalist and honoree. “After gettingSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 59


IMPACTING LIVES Left photo: Mike Sutton, pastor at LaPorte Campus Liberty Bible Church, congratulates Dion Campbell, MichiganCity Police Department resource officer. Right photo: Tyrone Spann is community program director for Foundations of East Chicago.past the initial embarrassment, I felthumbled and then very grateful.”The community initiatives he helpedlaunch began with “hearing a cry inthe community,” he says, promptinghis decision to then take action.“In observation of the current issuesfacing law enforcement engagementwith the public, it sends a clear messagethat reforms must take place inboth policing procedures and in societynorms,” says Campbell, a policedetective who also serves as a highschool resource officer. “There doesexist a posture and mentality wherelaw enforcement can execute theirduties while garnering the respect ofthe communities that they serve.”Campbell hopes that earning thisaward may help draw awareness toothers who also came from humblemeans while serving as an “inspirationalpoint” to live for more thanjust themselves.“It also creates a platform to furthermeaningful agendas that canimpact positively the lives of others,”says Campbell, who founded thepolice department’s Youth LeadershipAcademy.His advice for other aspiring leaders:Never enter into a project forrecognition. “Your gift will makeroom for you and bring you beforethe right people,” he suggests. “Do itbecause it’s the right thing to do. Doit with excellence. Life without purposeis a tragedy.”O’MERRIAL BUTCHEEDirector of the Gerald I. LamkinInnovation & EntrepreneurshipCenterIvy Tech Community CollegeNorthwest in GaryButchee has been told by sev-eral respected people that God has“something special” in His plans forher. For instance, Dr. Victor Obajuluwa,a prominent physical therapist,saw her struggling to get around afterhaving knee surgery last year, and heacknowledged her as “a gift to many.”Her gift led her to co-write the“Dare to Dream: One Region/OneVision” grant, and multiple books,including “Phobophobia,” exploringthe timeless choice to live by faith,not fear.“This award is a testament to thefact that old-schoolers can be taughtnew tricks,” she says. “I was honoredand very appreciative of the gift as afinalist and award winner.”She quickly thanked the centerunder Kirkpatrick’s leadership andher nominator, Dr. Janell Harvey,who supported her.Her advice is to perform tasks withpride, passion and the highest of ethicalintentions.“If you only seek happiness inwhat others will say about you, youwill have a miserable life. Take joy inthat you were able to make a positivedifference in the lives you touchedand what is yours will come to you.”JON HOEKVice President of Pig ProductionBellstra Milling Co.Jon Hoek felt truly humbled forbeing recommended for this award,let alone becoming a finalist andhonoree.Truth be told, he had never knownabout the South Shore LeadershipCenter but quickly became impressedby its service to the region. As creatorof the popular “Pig Adventure”at Fair Oaks Farms, his acceptancecomments were filled with little pork,only substance. And an appreciationfor God, church and his colleagues,in that order.“Community and teamwork arewhat gets things done and so muchof what I am passionate about hasbeen a group effort, learning andgrowing from others,” he says, particularlynoting Divine Hope ReformedBible Seminary.His award was adorned with threecrosses symbolizing his faith-basedefforts in churches, schools and prisons.“To Him I am grateful,” Hoeksays.Through this award, he has alreadymet so many other unsung heroeswho have become good friends andgreat connections.“Leadership is sometimes hard tocome by these days. I am gratefulthat South Shore Leadership Centerexists to recognize the efforts ofleaders who are not tooting theirown horns, so to speak.”GEOF BENSONExecutive DirectorDunes Learning CenterAs Kirkpatrick puts it, “Geof Bensonis all about the environment.” Notruer words have been said about anaward honoree.Benson, from Beverly Shores,exemplifies this description throughhis work, his words and his leadershiproles.“When I first heard I was a finalist,I was very excited and humbled—even more so at the press conferencewhen I met the other leaders whowere also finalists,” he says. “I wasimpressed with their talents, passionsand impacts on their communities.”When the awards were announced,Benson was grateful to be recognized60 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


and happy to share the stage withthese other regional leaders, he says.“Each of this year’s award winnersis doing impressive and critical work.Leaders as Heroes doesn’t just recognizeindividuals, it shines a light onsome of the best and most promisingthings happening in our region. It isinspiring to know that people noticeand value the work we are doing.”His advice also comes naturally:“Do it as if someone is watching andmaybe someday they’ll notice yourefforts. But do it for yourself.”initiatives toward improving the qualityof life in our communities,” sheadds. “The uniqueness and thoughtthat went into the actual physicalaward was really special.”Her award featured a parent andchild reading and playing together,perfectly capturing what Smith ispassionate about and the mission sheserves.“What I have learned and wouldpass on to others is that sharing yourstrengths, and being able to pinpointassets that make you an effect leader,allows us to pass on lessons learnedfor future leaders,” she says. “It alsobuilds a stronger understanding ofself. I am a better leader now thanbefore the Leaders as Heroes awardprocess.”KIMBERLY SMITHExecutive DirectorEarly Learning Partnership of NWIKimberly Smith has been involvedwith the center as a Leadership NorthwestIndiana (LNI) class 29 alumni,guest speaker, and several relatedevents. And now she is among thecenter’s highest honorees.“To be recognized at this eventand held up with such an incrediblegroup of community mindedand engaged people was awesomein itself,” she says. “Finding out I wasan award winner was a really proudmoment, especially having my family,staff members and my 7-year-old sonin attendance cheering me on.”It was Dan Lowery who suggestedshe bring her young son tothe awards dinner so he could betterunderstand what mommy does whenshe’s away from him “working.” Whatshe’s doing is making an impact onothers’ lives.“Hopefully it inspires my son andothers to be engaged in their community,”says Smith, who has worked asa Parents as Teachers national trainerfor more than a decade.“Being recognized for the effortsput forth in the field of early childhoodparent education and supportover the past 15 years is really awesome,”she says. “I share this awardwith the incredible staff, board members,volunteers and families thatmake up Early Learning Partnershipof NWI.”“The award process brings a greatopportunity to spread awareness ofthe importance of early childhoodHelping the CommunityOne student at a timeA tuition-free school for adults who want to earn an Indiana Core 40high school diploma and have more career and college opportunities.• Day and evening classes• Eight week sessions• Personal attention and support• No cost to attend• Free child care• Free transportationThe Excel Center is a public school operated by Goodwill LEADS, Inc.2721 Kenwood Ave. | South Bend, IN574.472.7300 | ExcelCenterHS.orgSUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 61


FINANCIAL MATTERSRising RatesThe Fed is expected to makea move soon; what will the impact be?Phil Brittby Phil BrittThe Federal Reserve isexpected by many economicexperts to hike interest ratesas soon as September and perhapsagain in December.The Fed took a pass on increasingthe Federal funds rate at its Junemeeting, with Federal Reserve ChairwomanJanet Yellen saying the boardneeded further improvement in theeconomy before making the move.When the Fed does increase rates,be it September, December or, if theeconomy unexpectedly weakens in2015, sometime in 2016, it will markthe first increase since 2006.The rising interest rates will affectthe finances of most people, primarilyon the things that they buy oncredit as well as their investments.We asked Bill Witte, associate professoremeritus of economics, whocontinues to conduct research forthe Center for Econometric ModelResearch in the IU Kelley School’sIndiana Business Research Center,to discuss how he sees rising interestrates affecting different loans andinvestments.Here’s a look at some of the effectsof rising interest rates:Home loans—Fixed-rate loanswith rates already locked in will lookeven better as rates trend up withwhat the Fed does. It’s not an exactscience, a one-quarter point interestrate increase by the Fed does notautomatically lead to a one-quarterinterest rate increase in new fixedhome loans—the fixed-rate loansare more closely tied to the rates on10-year bonds, which have alreadytrended up—Witte points out. Thebest home rates for a 30-year mortgagewere right around 4 percentin mid-June, up from 3.25 percent ayear earlier. If the Fed bumps ratesup, the fixed-rate loans will likelycontinue to rise, though not necessarilyas much as the Fed increases.Adjustable-rate loans, on the otherhand, could see an increase that mirrorsor even exceeds the Fed’s moves,Witte says. Those who already haveadjustable-rate loans could see alarger than expected rise in rates—and in payments—when their loansreadjust from initial teaser rates.The good news for home sellersis that the Fed finally pulling thetrigger on higher interest rates willlikely push some potential buyersinto the market in order to lock inrates before they go yet higher. However,the weak home sales still haveto overcome other economic issues,including Millennials who are morereluctant to buy homes than theirparents were at the same age, thecontinuing overhang from the housingbust and relatively weak wageincreases over the last several years.Personal loans—Loans for automobiles,home equity, etc., will beaffected more than fixed-rate loans,but less than adjustable-rate loans,according to Witte.Credit cards—Even though creditcard rates are well into double digitsalready, the rising interest rates willmean that those rates will go upalong the lines of personal loan rates.So it will be more expensive than ithas been for years not to pay off balanceseach month. Credit card issuerswill likely be less generous withtheir zero percent promotional offersas well.Stocks—Stock prices are expectedto go down, initially, with utilitiesand other interest-sensitive stockshit the hardest once rates start rising.People tend to buy utilities and otherlarge dividend stocks primarily forthe yield, Witte explains. But thedividends won’t go up with the Fed’smove, so the yields will no longerlook that attractive.The picture isn’t as clear withgrowth stocks, Witte says. Many ofthese stocks could go down in anticipationof the Fed’s move, then trendback up once the announcement ismade because uncertainty will beremoved. The big issue, according toWitte, is whether any Fed action hasa negative effect on the overall economy.If it does, then stocks on thewhole will trend down. However,the Fed theoretically wouldn’t beincreasing rates if the Fed governorsdidn’t think the economy was strongenough to support more normalrates—historically around 3 percent,not the current 0.25 percent.Yellen emphasized during herremarks in June that the Fed’s moveswould be data dependent. If thattheory holds and an increase doesseem to put too much slack in theeconomy, the Fed would keep thelid on future increases. So any stockmarket effects of moves or nonmovescould be dramatic, but shortin duration.Bonds—Bonds will drop in pricewith the rise in rates, but the goodnews for investors is that new bondswill offer higher yields because bondissuers will now need to pay moreto attract investors to purchase theobligations. Yet bond prices willcontinue to trend down until ratesstop going up, Witte says. So unlessan investor plans to hold a bond tomaturity, he or she is better waitingto purchase bonds for another twoto four years—when any Fed rateincreases are expected to be over,according to Witte.62 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


Your WebsiteInvestmentSome factors to consider asyou plan your online presence.TECHNOLOGYMichelle AndresThere’s no question that websitessell. Today’s consumerrelies on information from onthe Internet to make most purchase/service decisions. Today’s consumeruses multiple relevant informationchannels such as online reviews andsocial media to benchmark, prioritizeand support decision-making.Regardless of your industry—whether you have a retail, service ormanufacturing-based business—youneed to have great web presence ifyou want to be in the mind of today’sconsumer. That presence starts withyour website. However, when youdon’t know what you don’t know,the biggest hurdle you face whenmaking decisions for your company’swebsite is simply a lack of information.So, before you embark onyour next web adventure, considerthe following information so that youcan make the best decisions for yourbusiness that will give you a functionaland well-performing websitewith a long shelf life and minimalheadache.The branding—Your websiteis an extension of your business. Itneeds to look and feel like it. By visitingyour website, a viewer should beable to know and understand yourbrand as well as get a sense of yourbusiness culture. Therefore, your siteshould be strategically designed toaccomplish those goals. Templatescan be great, but customization canreally set you apart. Remember thatyour web presence is an investmentthat should yield results.Responsive design—More andmore business and decision-makinghappens on the run. In the worldof tablets and smartphones, responsivedesign is a must. This does notmean that your entire site becomestiny but viewable. Rather, your siteshould automatically reorganize itselfto become user friendly for whateverdevice it’s being viewed on accordingto resolution and screen size.Content management—Theonly certainty with the web is thatit will change, so to maximize yourcapabilities with the least amountinvestment possible, have your sitebuilt on a solid content managementsystem (CMS). Three great optionsYou need to havegreat web presenceif you want to be inthe mind of today’sconsumer.are WordPress, Joomla and MODX.A CMS makes it possible for an averageperson to make updates to thewebsite and maintain search andmarketing optimization strategies.Additionally, sites built on a CMSare very scalable, meaning that theyhave the ability to easily grow alongsideyour web needs.Don’t rent—Own your site. Besure to ask your web designer if youwill own your site after its completion.When you don’t, it’s like rentinga house you already purchased.The best content—While searchengine optimization (SEO) shouldalways be considered, contentshould be written for your readersfirst. Good, solid copy engages thereader and also satisfies many SEOtechniques. SEO scoring includes amuch larger surface area of factorsthan content alone.Consider security—Your websiteis a key part of your reputationmanagement. Most people don’teven know when their website hasbeen hacked until something bringsit to their attention. The goal of mostsecurity exploits is to use your siteto perform malicious activities insecret. If your site is compromised,it can cause serious problems withyour reputation. Be sure to consideradditional security measures for yourwebsite to prevent exploits that havebeen designed to target specificholes in the CMS or server setup youuse. Using application proxy servicessuch as Sucuri can help filter outany malicious traffic and can keepyour site safeguarded even if you fallbehind on keeping your site currentwith the latest updates.The hosting question—Not allhosting is the same. Speed and securityare greatly affected by this choice.Speed of response and site load efficiencyis a key factor in search enginerankings. Additionally, IP address reputationis important. When it comes tohosting, you should consider a dedicatedvirtual web server with a trustedtechnology partner.Don’t neglect analytics—Yoursite should be working for you! Analyticscan act as a roadmap, showingyou what is performing really welland what isn’t. There are numerousgreat options and you aren’t limited tousing just one. Google Analytics andWebtrends are two of our favorites.Your website needs to work foryou. Challenge your web builderwith the information provided above.With the right questions, you will beable to get the most effective site youcan for your investment!Michelle Andres is president ofGroup 7even.SUMMER 2015 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY 63


VIEWPOINTTeachingHow to ThinkSchool choice promotes excellence,increases competition and saves money.Father Glenn KohrmanIt would be wonderful if everyAmerican could read the impressionsof Alexis de Tocqueville,who wrote “Democracy in America.”Sadly, it seems that oftentimes manyeducators want to teach people whatto think rather than how to think.In the spring issue of this magazine,a superintendent was criticalof the Choice Scholarship programin Indiana. The article alleged somethree-tier system for the taxpayer;actually, the Choice Scholarshipprogram saves taxpayer dollars. Italso gives the taxpayer a choice indirecting their tax dollars in a waythat more accords with their respectivevalues.Sadly, there is a tendency formore and more control over theeducational system, going back tothe concept that is more concernedabout teaching people what to thinkrather than how to think. The privateschools do not “replicate services.”Private schools are free to express afaith component, which is protectedby the First Amendment, and the firstphase is worth quoting in full: Congressshall make no law respecting anestablishment of religion, or prohibitingthe free exercise thereof.By limiting the choice of people toeducate their children in the contextof faith, or even the lack of any particularfaith, (e.g. a charter school),such a limitation is in direct contradictionto this first phrase of theamendment. If a citizen is a taxpayerand has children, why should theynot have the choice to select whatthey deem to be more appropriatefor their own child? For years thosewho have made the sacrifice to educatetheir children in their faith tradition,or in a private school, whateverthat may have been, had been effectively“taxed twice” by the portionof their taxes paid in that went toWe need diversity in our educational systemto foster deep reflection on values that willforge our future.educate other children, while alsopaying to educate their own childrenindependently.The Choice scholarship programadds a degree of competition to theeducational system, and competitionleads to the pursuit of excellence.With the new changes in the law, thetaxpayer saves at least 10 percent forevery child who attends a private orcharter school. To somehow suggestthat the Choice Scholarship programsomehow penalizes the taxpayer iswrong; the taxpayer benefits fromthis program by decreasing the totalamount that was budgeted for theeducation of our children. Parentsstill have the choice to choose thepublic option. To suggest that this“weakens” public schools is disingenuousat best.Instead of complaining about howmuch money one school receivesover another, let us focus on whatis best for our children, especiallythe poor. Their options have been solimited until Indiana decided to make“choice” a more realistic option forthose who do not have the mobilityof most. These “precious publicdollars” are not generated randomly;they come from individuals whohave a right to direct them to theeducation of their own children.At least today we live in a freecountry, why would anybody bethreatened by this freedom? Maybe itis because they are like the GrandInquisitor in Dostoevsky’s “TheBrothers Karamazov,” who assailedJesus for recognizing the value offreedom as opposed to falling prey tothe devil’s temptation for resourcesand control.But again, is it because peopleare more concerned about teachingpeople what to think, rather thanteaching them how to think? We needdiversity in our educational system tofoster deep reflection on values thatwill forge our future. Monopoliesquell competition and there is littlemotivation to improve the quality ofone’s product. Public school officialsshould not be threatened by competition,but be moved to make theirproduct more excellent so peoplewill freely choose what they deembest for their children!Father Glenn Kohrman wasordained to the priesthood in 1992.Prior to that he received bachelor’sand master’s degrees in mechanicalengineering from Purdue University.He is currently pastor of Holy FamilyParish in South Bend, and is onthe board of Catholic Charities andchaplain for the newly forming guildof the Catholic Medical Associationin the South Bend area.64 NORTHWEST INDIANA BUSINESS QUARTERLY SUMMER 2015


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