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Mayor-Elect Emily Styron: On Her Journey to the Mayor’s Office Emily Styron’s run in the mayoral election as a Democrat and a women in this historically Republican stronghold was believed by many to be foolhardy. However, with grit, determination, and her ability to organize her supporters for a common goal, Styron was able to secure the office in a very close election. The day after the election, after a near sleepless night before, Styron graciously sat down with Zionsville Monthly to share her journey to the mayor’s office. We want to again thank Mayor-Elect Styron for agreeing to our interview on such short notice. Writer // Janelle Morrison • Cover Photo // Laura Arick

6 Perfection Achieved! 8 Traders Point Carriage Presents: The Caring Carriage During Christmas in the Village 10 Kingdom Roofing Systems: A Local Roofing Contractor with a Mission 12 Motor District: Creating A Community For Car Enthusiasts and More 14 Zander Sterling: A Step Above for Expatriate and Foreign Nationals Tax Services 16 The Spirit of Christmas Is Alive and Well in Zionsville 18 A Brand-New Cultural Feature Opens at Carmel Christkindlmarkt 20 Celebrating the Season with the Carmel Symphony Orchestra 22 A Special Collaborative Production of the Nutcracker 28 Hark! Hear the Zionsville Show Choirs Sing! 30 A New Exhibition that Pays Tribute to a Man Who Loved Zionsville

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Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Tom Marron Photography

Zionsville Boys Soccer are the 2019 IHSAA1 3A State Champions! The team’s stellar [21-0] season the win makes the Zionsville just the fourth team in IHSAA1 history to finish a boys soccer season unbeaten and untied. The Eagles join North Central (1994), South Bend St. Joseph’s (2003) and Carmel (2006).


ionsville Boys Soccer Head Coach, Rob Jordan, shared his thoughts on what it took to win the championship, own a perfect season and on the support behind the team and staff. “When we look at this team and another amazing piece of this [success story] is that this year’s seniors started out on the JV team and they didn’t lose a game that whole year,” Jordan shared. “ And then they come back their sophomore year as major contributors if not starters and then we have an undefeated season. Unfortunately, we got beat in the tournament, but they’ve only lost 3 games in their entire high school career which is absolutely incredible.” When asked about the source of the drive that the team displayed on and off the field that carried through an un-

defeated season, Jordan replied, “It was something that was already in place. Being undefeated was an expectation—not necessarily from the coaching standpoint but from their standpoint. These kids have an internal drive on their own and all we had to do was keep them focused.” Regarding the team’s support system, Jordan shared, “It takes a lot of pieces to make a team successful. We’ve got five guys on our staff that do everything they can to keep these kids in the right direction with their academics as well as their athletics.” Jordan thanked the ZCHS Athletic Director, Greg Schellhase, ZCHS Principle, Tim East and ZCS Superintendent, Dr. Scott Robison for their unwavering support of the soccer program. “All of these guys have been so supportive of this program and then you


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throw in the parents, the kids, their friends and their teammates who start coming out to the games, you’re talking about a lot of people that have rallied around this team and not just based solely on their success. These are just great young adults and it’s easy to want to support them.” Jordan concluded, “Being state champions puts them in the conversation as one of the best teams to ever play in Indiana, but these kids get it done in the classroom too. We have 13 Academic All-State members this year and have qualified again— for the 9th year in a row—for the United Soccer Coaches [Academic Awards]. We’ve typically ranked 15th-17th nationally, as well. We’re talking about young guys that have excelled both in the classroom and on the athletic field. These are kids that are going to excel in life.”


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The Caring Carriage During Christmas in the Village Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of TPC and Laura Arick

In addition to all of the holiday splendor that Christmas in the Village has to offer in the heart of Zionsville, Traders Point Carriage has teamed up with Cobblestone and Zionsville Monthly for a unique fundraising opportunity that will benefit the Humane Society for Boone County (HSforBC).


om Santelli, founder/owner at Traders Point Carriage and a Boone County commissioner, launched his authentic carriage rides this summer, and along with his magnificent steed, Polo, the pair have provided leisurely rides in Boone County for special events. This Christmas in the Village opening weekend—Saturday, November 30 and Sunday, December 1, Santelli and Polo will be providing a special ride in the Christmas in the Village Parade for four adults and two children who are just as passionate about fundraising for important and worthwhile nonprofit organiza-

tions, such as HSforBC, who’s charged with caring and providing for the lost or abandoned animals of Boone County. The individuals who are willing to donate $100 per adult and $50 per child for this incredible opportunity will ride along in Santelli’s gorgeous carriage—licensed and roadworthy—with the other parade participants and enjoy a very unique and memorable vantage point on the town’s beloved Christmas Parade as it winds its way through the historic village homes and downtown district. It is an image that depicts the holiday spirit and sense of community that Norman Rockwell would have likely endorsed.


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Traders Point Carriage will offer halfhour rides after the parade and again on the following day from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The carriage pickup and drop-off will be in front of Cobblestone, and HSforBC will have a hot cocoa station available for purchase in front of the restaurant as well. The fees for the half-hour carriage rides are $25 per adult and $15 per child. One hundred percent of the funds raised from the parade riders, carriage rides and cocoa station will go to HSforBC and will be used for necessities to feed, care and house the animals this winter season. Santelli shared why he wanted to partner up with his co-sponsors and create a


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meaningful and memorable experience while contributing to the powerful magic that Christmas in the Village creates every year. “It’s really simple,” Santelli said. “For me, it’s about bringing magical moments and unforgettable memories to the community. The [carriage] experience is kind of like the Japanese art of forest bathing— shinrin-yoku—or ‘taking in the forest atmosphere.’ It is a grounding experience that is so soul lifting and inspiring. People who have never ridden in a carriage before describe their first experience as magical and indescribable in terms of the connection that they had with everything around them. It’s life slowed down. You’re not zipping around with everything in a blur. You ride at the clip-clop pace of the horse, listening to the sound of the sleigh bells in an open carriage, connecting with your environment and with people walking along the street. It’s something that you just don’t forget.” Susan Austin, director of animal welfare at HSforBC, shared what the shelter is especially in need of this winter season

For me, it’s about bringing magical moments and unforgettable memories to the community.

and the myriad of ways that people can help should they be interested but are unable to participate in the carriage rides. “What would really help us get through the winter season is cat litter or gift cards to Menard’s, where we buy cat litter cheap, or even Pet Valu,” Austin shared. “There are times we need to get specialized food for the animals too because some have food allergies. People can visit our Amazon Wish List online as well. Just browse by cause, and it is under Humane Society for Boone County. They can even go to PayPal and donate

that way. For people who want to make a donation that lasts more than a lifetime, they can donate to our endowment that is held by the Community Foundation of Boone County.” Austin mentioned that HSforBC will also be participating in “Giving Tuesday” on December 3, 2020, for those who are looking for ways to give to the critters this holiday season. “Critters are a big part of our lives,” Austin expressed. “They are our companions, and we always reach out and remember our friends during the holidays, but it’s good to remember over the holidays that some of our critters need a friend too.” For a list of upcoming events and ways to donate directly to HSforBC, please visit boonecountyhumane.org. The tickets to ride in the Christmas in the Village Parade “Caring Carriage Ride” are first come, first serve. If you are interested in purchasing the tickets for “The Caring Carriage” parade ride presented by Traders Point Carriage to benefit HSforBC, please email Janelle Morrison at janelle@ collectivepub.com.

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Kingdom Roofing Systems A LOCAL ROOFING CONTRACTOR WITH A MISSION Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photos // Laura Arick

Are you looking for a local, trusted and established exterior remodeling and restoration contractor in the Carmel or Zionsville area that specializes in roofing, windows and siding? Rest assured, Kingdom Roofing Systems is the contractor you’re looking for and a company that you can trust.


ingdom Roofing Systems was founded by Daniel Young and his partners more than a decade ago and has become Indiana’s top elite exterior remodeling and restoration contractor that has earned prestigious designations by national manufacturers such as Owens Corning, GAF and Duro-Last. With over 10 years of experience in the construction industry, Young’s experience, philosophy and business standards set him and his company apart from his competition.

Locally Owned and Operated A native of the southside of Indianapolis, Young grew up in the construction industry with several family members involved in various roles in the

and eventually added a group home for women with checkered or tragic pasts. The goal was and continues to be to help men and women in need of trades, basic life skills and a fresh start so that they can become self-reliant, trustworthy members of the local workforce and local communities. The vison grew beyond Young’s expectations and has turned into what is called “Hope City” in Marion, Indiana. “We take 18 to 25 men and women, some are local, and some have come all the way as refugees from Africa who were sex slave victims,” Young explained. “Some of these men and women are coming out of addiction issues, and some don’t have any family and were totally homeless. We teach them everything from how to change oil to getting a

construction, real estate and insurance-related fields. He graduated from Purdue University, having majored in construction technology, and designed structural steel in the engineering department for Marion Steel in Marion, Indiana, after graduation. Young started Kingdom Roofing Systems in 2010—in Marion—and later expanded with a second location in the Park 100 area in the northwest Indianapolis area. Kingdom Roofing Systems serves both residential and construction markets throughout the state of Indiana.

A Company Built on a Foundation of Integrity and Humanity In 2007, Young saw a great need in his community and started a group home for men

job, and we’ve partnered with Indiana Wesleyan University so that these men and women get full-ride scholarships valued at $30,000 a year.” While developing this program, Young met his business partners, and Kingdom Roofing Systems was created. As Kingdom Roofing Systems evolved and grew, it has maintained its philanthropic origins. “We bring people into our program, take them through our training and give them four-year degrees in construction tech,” Young said. “We support the people in Hope City and do everything we can in the way of teaching them a trade, teaching sales and project management and other skills across the board so that they have an opportunity to make a living and give back to their community.”


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Kingdom Roofing Systems is a key financial partner of Hope City and even hires some of the promising individuals from Hope City as part of the rehabilitation/ education program. “We scrutinize, and we give drug testing and do rigorous background checks,” Young emphasized. “We know who we’re hiring, and we know their backgrounds. We run a very tight ship and have a very tight level of accountability, and that’s why manufacturers like Owens Corning backs us.”

National Accreditations and Accolades Kingdom Roofing Systems is one of eight contractors that holds the prestigious Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor designation. “We’ve had a very heavy focus on making sure that every one of our people are factory trained and certified,” Young explained. “We carry the most prestigious certifications and accolades in the industry, such as Owens Corning’s Platinum Preferred program. There’s about 250 in the United States, and we’re one of them.” Young explained that his customers benefit from his company’s certifications as well. “Compared to other roofers, if we put a roof on for you, years one through 50 of your materials are covered 100%—nonprorated,” Young shared. “Additionally, where workmanship is typically the biggest issue and where the warranty is only as good as the company who performed the work, our work is trusted so much by Owens Corning that they carry our workmanship warranty. Our customers get a

being honest, and people sometimes feel that there is a ‘used-car sales’ vibe or are subjected to high-pressure, low-integrity and high-pricing situations in this industry. We don’t play those games with our customers, and we work from a very high level of integrity and transparency.”

lifetime workmanship warranty and years one through 25 are 100% covered. Our certification gives massive protection to our customers.” Young continued, “If we put a roof on and then after six years, you find out that we installed a shingle upside down or backwards or used bubblegum and no nails on your roof, Owens Corning is going to pay for the repair at their expense. If you called me and I’m out of business and you have your [Owens Corning] certificate, Owens Corning will send out a tech rep or the closest Platinum Roofing Contractor to assess the damage, and Owens will pay for the repair or installation of a new roof.” Kingdom Roofing Systems has also been recognized by several organizations for their exceptional workmanship and customer service.

Products and Services While roofing is the bulk of work that Kingdom Roofing Systems performs each year, it also provides superior quality siding, and it provides exceptional quality flat or low-slope commercial roofs. “We do a lot of low-slope or flat roofs,” Young said. “We are a Duro-Last Master Contractor—one of the few in Indiana. Duro-Last offers a PVC product in lieu of rubber roofs that are not warranted against ponding water. Every flat roof ponds water, and the rubber roofs are very inferior but very popular. Our roofs are white instead of black and are Energy Star rated.” As a Duro-Last Master Contractor, Kingdom Roofing Systems can cover up to 30 years for material, labor and workmanship. “Duro-Last will pay for the material and labor to replace the roof and any damages to flooring, etc.,” Young stated. “Duro-Last sends a tech rep and inspects every single roof we install before they warranty it.” On the siding installation services side, Kingdom Roofing Systems is a James Hardie Preferred Contractor—one of only two or three in the state at this time.

The Kingdom Roofing Systems Standard According to Young, Kingdom Roofing Systems installs 500 roofs and 700 jobs total every year—40% commercial and 60% residential projects. The company employees roughly 30 employees on average. Kingdom Roofing Systems has a 90% recommendation rate, and since being an Owens Corning Platinum Preferred Contractor in 2013, Young reports that the company has had no claims. Young added, “Nine out of 10 people recommend us, which puts us at the top of our industry. There are [roofers] in the industry who do not have a reputation for

Warranties Are Great, but Are They Transferable? Young guarantees that all these warranties are transferable when you go to sell your home. “The warranty is 100% transferable,” Young said. “Our customers know that outside of an act of God—which would be covered by most homeowners insurance—the roof that we install will be the last roof they have to mess with. The average life expectancy of a roof is 12 to 15 years—ours are 50.”

Why Should You Consider Kingdom Roofing Systems? In addition to its national accreditations and extensive list of certifications, Kingdom Roofing Systems is also accredited by the Better Business Bureau, Chamber of Commerce and Angie’s List. The principles are all prominent members of the local community and lead their company with honesty, leadership, professionalism and fair pricing. They are dedicated to their customers and provide firstrate customer service before, during and after each project, so if you’re looking for an experienced contractor dedicated to their workmanship, their clients and their community, contact Kingdom Roofing Systems and get your project started—today! For more information or to schedule a free estimate, visit www.kingdomroofingsystems.com


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Motor District CREATING A COMMUNITY FOR CAR ENTHUSIASTS AND MORE Writer // Neil Lucas • Photos // Submitted

There is a new trend sweeping the nation - from coast to coast, Car Condominium Communities. These Garage Condominiums are space you own and customize - much more than just a place to house your car; they’re a lifestyle that is being embraced by car aficionados of all sports, classic, racing, exotics, hot rods and well... collectible cars! Golfers have their country clubs and boaters have their yacht clubs, but until now, local car enthusiasts have not had a community of garages they own to gather regularly and share in their mutual love of cars. With the recent announcement by local developers of the creation of Motor District, that is about to change.


hile Motor District “car condos” will provide a secure facility for individuals to store their cars, it is much more than merely a storage facility. Motor District is a lifestyle designed to offer car owners a unique space with an opportunity to be a part of a larger community, where they can socialize and share their passion for cars.

What Is Motor District? Motor District, in its simplest terms, is a new car condo project that just began construction in Westfield near the corner of Highway 32 and Ditch Road. Although the car condo concept offered by Motor District has been successful in other areas of the

Jay Farmer grew up in the Indianapolis area and has loved cars his entire life. As a testament to Farmer’s passion for cars, he has attended the Indy 500 for the past 50 years in addition to enjoying a number of high-performance sport cars. Having spent 30 years in public companies as a partner in a large management consulting firm and as a corporate executive, Farmer retired to pursue several interests in real estate projects. Designing and developing the “car condo” concept through the Motor District project seemed to be a natural extension combining his passion for cars with his interest in real estate development. Eric Bachelart is someone whose passion for cars is unquestioned when you look at his resume. He has spent his entire life in auto racing, both as a driver and as a racing team owner. In 1991, Bachelart was the inaugural Indy Lights champion and went on to make several Indy

country, it will be the first in the Indianapolis area. Motor District will be constructing buildings and offering for sale garage spaces including mezzanine quarters, instead of living spaces like most condos. Conversely, instead of offering one-, two- or three-bedroom condos, Motor District’s condos come in four, six- and eight-car sizes. Just like a housing condo, Motor District members will own their space and personalize and decorate their space to the level they prefer.

The People Developing Motor District The principals behind Motor District—Jay Farmer, Eric Bachelart and Travis May—are all local business leaders with a shared passion for cars.

500 starts. Currently, he is the owner of Conquest Racing running multiple cars in the Ferrari Challenge series as well as prototypes. Farmer and Bachelart became friends through their mutual interest in racing and have been working on this concept over the last two years. Travis May grew up in Noblesville and, admits that he was one of those kids growing up that always had a supercar poster on his wall. In addition to his love of cars, May also enjoys dirt bike racing and track days with his sports cars. He owns several racing dirt bikes and has hosted a GNCC race In Peru Indiana since 2017. May has been involved in real estate in the Indianapolis area for over 15 years. His company, William Tres Development and affiliates, do all phases of high quality commercial and residential development and construction. He is currently developing hundreds of acres in Westfield and around Indiana.


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with your family. We already had this past year two baby showers take place within our client’s garages. There’s a thing we do—we jokingly call it a cave crawl—but it’s a progressive dinner between the units, and we do this on a regular basis. It becomes a way for the members and their extended family and special friends to all gather.” According to Silikowski, they even had one member have their kids’ wedding at the campus. We asked Silikowski about the resale of car condos at AutoMotorPlex. Silikowski

really allowed us to go quickly and accelerate our progress on the project.”

A Look at AutoMotorPlex as a Peek into Motor District’s Future Recently, we spoke with Silikowski about how the AutoMotorPlex has evolved over the years. According to Silikowski, his idea behind AutoMotorPlex arose as a solution to a typical problem that other car owners experience. “I thought I was safe with the four-plus car garage, I mean, you could literally

Seeking Guidance from the Best As mentioned earlier, the car condo concept is not totally new, and there are several car condo developments around the U.S. of differing styles and levels of success. As the Motor District team scoured the country researching other existing developments, one in Minneapolis, called AutoMotorPlex, stood out as being incredibly successful and really attuned to the Motor District team’s vision. The AutoMotorPlex was created and developed by Bruno Silikowski. Shrewdly, Motor District has brought Silikowski on board as a consultant and to license his intellectual property. Silikowski brings the knowledge and experience he has gained from developing not just one but two successful projects. Farmer commented with respect to the benefit of bringing Silikowski on board, “We contracted with the AutoMotorPlex in Minneapolis to utilize their designs and intellectual property, and that’s

expand.” Astonishingly, Silikowski reports that they have over 200 people on a waiting list looking to buy in at the first facility.

The Perfect Solution for Many Baby Boomers As baby boomers and other empty nesters look to downsize, they are faced with the dilemma of wanting a smaller living area but would love to have access to additional storage space for the extra car, motorcycle, RV or wine collection. As many have found out at the AutoMotorPlex, the extra space that Motor District would provide can also be a great place for family and friends to get together and be surrounded by like-minded enthusiasts.

The Plan for Motor District

eat off the floors. It was awesome, but I quickly realized that I literally was all alone, and so I was enjoying it, but I was enjoying it by myself. It was one of these things that I could not find, so I ended up having to build it.” That single problem turned into an initial car condo project of 15 acres and 146 units, and a subsequent project with 20 acres and 180 units. Silikowski surprisingly reported, “So, what you’ll find is that it’s a place where it’s morphed into the urban cabin for your family. Birthday parties happen for the kids, and it’s where you celebrate your Thanksgiving dinner

responded, “What mostly ends up happening is people who bought wait for somebody next to them who organically need to leave, like they’re moving out of state, experience a significant life change, those kinds of things. And they [existing owners] tend to buy most of the units that pop up for sale to expand their existing unit. Well, so here’s the thing. What ends up happening when you buy a new toy, you tend to play with it for a while, and after you get tired of it, you put it aside Fascinating about this is just the opposite happens. Most people realize that they did not buy enough space for the things that they enjoy and

Groundwork at Motor District has begun with construction to begin in spring. According to Farmer, “We’ll start with the first two buildings with the plan for 12 buildings total. The first two buildings will be 24 units and 120 units in the total complex. We’ll keep adding two buildings at a time.” In addition to the buildings, there will be a central plaza that will be used for car shows or other events.

Motor District to Offer Preconstruction Specials Now is the time to contact Farmer and his team because they are offering some terrific preconstruction specials. In addition, if you buy now, Motor District can talk to you about any special changes you might want to incorporate into your unit before construction begins. To learn more, visit motor-district.com or call (317) 763-0167.


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Zander Sterling A ST E P A B OV E FO R E X PAT R I AT E A N D FOREIGN NATIONAL TAX SERVICES Have you relocated to or from the United States, or simply worked in the U.S. or another country for part of the year? If so, then your tax matters have likely become complex, timeconsuming and considerably more risky.


hris Cornelius and his team at Zander Sterling in Indianapolis can help. They are experts in tax matters related to U.S. expatriate and foreign national individuals. Zander Sterling is a CPA firm that specializes in providing a wide array of services designed to help globally mobile individuals or the companies that employ them. The firm’s clients are companies, including the Fortune 500, who temporarily relocate their employees around the world as well as higher net worth individuals, including C-suite executives, professional artists, athletes and physicians. The firm does not provide corporate, partnership or other entity-level tax services. Within the U.S., Zander Sterling frequently works with immigration legal counsel to deliver more cohesive service to U.S. foreign nationals or their employers. Outside the U.S., Zander Sterling delivers its services through a specialized network of tax and law firms that spans nearly 100 countries. In many instances, these firms are able to provide both

foreign national tax specialty practice for the Indianapolis office. “I raised my hand, and they said, have fun with that, good luck to you,” Cornelius said with a laugh. “And I’ve been doing it ever since.” Several years later, Cornelius left Ernst & Young to work at Cummins in their international human resources group, focused on the Cummins employees located outside the United States. Ernst & Young soon recruited him back, and he went on to become a partner in the Big Four professional services firm. In 2005, Cornelius’ wife was unexpectedly diagnosed with cancer, and he retired from Ernst & Young to help care for her and their three young children. “But I love what I do, in large part because of the wonderful people I get to meet from around the world. So even when I was away, I helped [other companies out] for a period of time.” His wife won her battle with cancer, but those challenging times altered his priorities in life. A change was needed. So, with his wife’s encouragement, Cornelius started his own tax services firm.

immigration and tax counsel, a great benefit to travelers and workers outside the U.S. As a regulated CPA firm that transacts business globally, Zander Sterling meets or exceeds the same quality assurance and data privacy standards, including the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), that one would expect from only the largest CPA firms.

Highly Experienced Tax Specialists Cornelius, a CPA, has been providing expatriate and foreign national tax services for nearly 30 years. He grew up in Indiana, spending his formative years in the farming community of Burlington, where he developed lifelong friendships and his strong work ethic. His parents then moved his family to La Porte. After high school, he attended Indiana University in Bloomington, where he earned his degree in accounting, and then joined Arthur Young (a predecessor firm of Ernst & Young). Early in his career, Ernst & Young gave him the opportunity to lead the expatriate and

A Deeper Mission in Defense of Children When Cornelius created Zander Sterling in 2016, he designed it to deliver personal client service experiences, not a transactional ones. And because it’s remarkably easy for people to become overwhelmed by the complexity of international tax laws, the firm would focus exclusively on this niche area of taxation. By doing so, he believed the firm would be better positioned to help its clients understand the laws that apply to them and, in turn, minimize their taxes and avoid costly penalties. But he also had a deeper mission for the firm. He wanted it to be socially responsible. As a result, the firm donates a percentage of its income to organizations dedicated to helping abused and neglected children, including Childhelp, Children’s Bureau, Inc. and CASA, the court appointed special advocate for children.

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referred to as an “expatriate”), it’s critical for them to understand, Cornelius said, that “irrespective of where they live in the world—and some people move and never come back—they will forever be required to file an annual U.S. income tax return and declare their worldwide income on it [meaning any money you make anywhere in the world].” “Whether or not you are taxed by the host country where you have moved to or where you have lived—generally depends on the length of time you’ve been in that country and the nature of your activities while there. If you are only vacationing, you won’t need to file a tax return with that country. If you are in that country to work, however, you will typically need a proper work permit to do so. And applying for a work permit or visa is frequently the ‘trigger’ to being subject to taxation in the host country,” Cornelius said. “A common misperception by U.S. expatriates is that if they work in another country, they will become subject to tax in that country and their earnings will be double taxed—first by the foreign government and again by the U.S. But that rarely happens to U.S. citizens and tax residents because of special exclusions and credits available to them,” Cornelius said. In addition, the U.S. has executed a number of income tax treaties and social tax agreements with other countries. “Navigating the complexities of these treaties and agreements for the benefit of our clients is one of the key advantages we provide to them,” Cornelius added.

Foreign Nationals

The internal laws of most countries will assess tax based on an individual’s residency status, Cornelius said. Generally, residents are subject to tax on their worldwide income, while nonresidents are subject to tax only on income earned within the country. So the first thing you want to figure out is at what point do you become a resident? In general, a person’s residency status for tax purposes isn’t necessarily determined by a person’s immigration status. Instead, it’s frequently based on how many days you’ve been physically present in a country—which is why keeping detailed records of your travel becomes crucial. Because tracking days is so important to internationally mobile individuals, Zander Sterling provides its clients with a calendar tool to help them more easily monitor and track their days in each country.

U.S. has that other countries don’t, including what is known as the FBAR disclosure. “The FBAR is an annual filing where a qualified individual has to disclose all of their foreign financial accounts, including bank accounts, foreign pensions, brokerage accounts, etc.,” Cornelius explained. “While this disclosure doesn’t assess any tax, the fines for noncompliance start at $10,000 per account that a person fails to disclose, irrespective of the amount of funds in the account. That’s scary.” The FBAR is filed separately from a tax return and is enforced by the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, a bureau of the U.S. Treasury. “Everyday individuals become burdened and placed at risk by this compliance requirement. It’s unfortunate because 99.9% of them are not the intended target of this legislation,” he said. “So we help them comply.” As you can see from this overview, properly complying with the income tax and other disclosures is extremely complicated and burdensome. If you are a U.S. expatriate or foreign national, call on the tax experts at Zander Sterling. They’ll help you develop a plan to avoid costly mistakes and properly manage your compliance obligations around the world.

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resident, the full $50,000 gain is taxed, so you’ll net considerably less than expected. In contrast, had you sold the stock one day sooner, on December 31, 2019— when you were a nonresident status taxpayer—none of the gain would have been subject to federal income tax. A single day can make a huge financial difference.

Under the U.S. tax code, everyone residing outside of the U.S. who is neither a U.S. citizen nor permanent resident (i.e., green card holder) is generally classified as a nonresident status taxpayer. As a nonresident, a person only pays federal income tax to the U.S. on U.S.-sourced and effectively connected income. Once a nonresident relocates to the U.S. (commonly referred to as a “foreign national”), the “clock starts ticking” on his or her U.S. resident status, Cornelius said. A person becomes a tax resident of the U.S. when he or she either becomes a lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S. (i.e., green card holder) or meets the requirements of something called the Substantial Presence Test, whichever occurs first. The Substantial Presence Test uses a specific formula and set of rules to determine if a person has accumulated 183 days of qualified presence within the U.S. over a contiguous three-year period. Once a person meets the Substantial Presence Test, he or she is considered a U.S. tax resident and all income, worldwide, is subject to U.S. taxation. How could this impact you? Let’s say you decide to move to the U.S. from another country in August 2019 and you fail to qualify as a U.S. tax resident that year. For 2020, however, you are a tax resident of the U.S. for the entire year. On January 1, 2020, you sell some of your stock portfolio that you’ve owned for years, yielding a gain of $50,000. In your home country, income from the sale of stock isn’t subject to tax. Since you sold the stock when you were a U.S. tax

Residency and Its Effect on Taxation

The U.S. operates one of the most complex systems of individual taxation and financial reporting in the world. Part of the complexity stems from a number of potential information returns and mandatory financial disclosures that the


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The Spirit of Christmas is Alive and Well in Zionsville Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce and Tell the Story Photography

In less than a couple of weeks, Zionsville residents and guests of our town will be able to step into a figurative painting of Christmas as the heart of the village—downtown Zionsville—transforms itself into a nostalgic masterpiece evoking all things holiday and magical.


s the members of the Zionsville Christmas in the Village (CIV) planning committee have already been working feverishly to create the annual menu of holiday activities, we checked in with CIV chair Erica Carpenter, owner of Fivethirty Home and Zionsville Chamber of Commerce board member, to see what’s new this year and what residents and visitors can anticipate throughout the entire CIV experience that officially kicks off on Saturday, November 30, with the annual Christmas in the Village Parade. “We are partnering with a Zionsville-based company and chamber member, Second Nature Landscapes, whose

winter business is holiday decor and lighting,” Carpenter shared. “They’re going to decorate around and professionally light Santa’s house. Santa’s house will include a full-size mailbox for letters to Santa. Second Nature will also be professionally decorating and lighting the tree at Pine and Main streets.” Carpenter also shared that the chamber and the town’s street department will be collaborating on an initiative that will hopefully become a long-standing tradition. “We [chamber and street department] will be hanging wreathes on the lampposts from the start of the business district on North Main Street all the way through South Main Street to 106th

Street. The planters will be updated for the winter months as well.” While it is a condensed holiday season due to how the holidays fall this year, Carpenter ensured that all of the popular events, such as the Christmas Crawl, will be part of this year’s CIV calendar of events along with a new addition, “Santa on the Move.” Santa on the Move will be visiting a couple of local businesses before heading over to the Santa House. It’s a secret until the day of, but the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce has filmed some “clues” that will be posted to social media in the days leading up to those events. The morning of, Santa will reveal the location he’ll


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be at for the day, before arriving at the Santa House. “The parade is on November 30 at 5 p.m. this year, and the theme is ‘Jingle Bells,’” Carpenter said. “At the end of the parade, we let everybody get situated and then move down to Main and Pine [streets] for the tree lighting with Santa. We do a little countdown and flip the giant light switch, and then Zionsville is officially ready for Christmas.” Carpenter thanked the main sponsors of this year’s Christmas in the Village—Duke

Energy, N.K. Hurst Co., Inc. and Second Nature Landscapes—for their sponsorships and incredible support of the town’s most beloved holiday traditions. Speaking of thanks, Santa Claus himself took a few minutes of what was left of his vacation to interview with our publication and offered his deep appreciation for all the planning committee is doing to prepare for CIV and for the awesome upgrades that are being done to his house. “The news is so wonderful, and it makes me feel right at home,” Claus said.

“All of these people are certainly going on the ‘nice’ list for putting all this together without Santa even knowing about it! And without me having to encourage them to do something nice.” When asked what we should be focusing on this holiday season, Claus reminded us, “We need to focus on how much it means to have friends and family and togetherness. It’s part of the atmosphere that makes the season that it is and what it should be. Santa is just so excited about the season of giving, but giving doesn’t just mean gifts—it means giving of your heart to other people.” For a complete list of Christmas in the Village activities, including when Santa is in residence at his house on Main Street, visit zionsvillechamber.org. Also, follow the events on the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce Facebook page and be sure to take photos, tag and share with the chamber and Zionsville Monthly!

FOR A COMPLETE LIST OF EVENTS www.zionsvillechamber.org

The Village of Zionsville

Celebrates the Season



4 pm Trolley Service 4:30 pm S’more Station 5 pm Christmas Parade

Visit Santa at the Santa House and enjoy carolers, live music, wagon rides and more! Weekends in December.

Followed by:

Tree Lighting Live Entertainment Barrel Train Rides Photos with Santa Photos with Live Reindeer Horse-drawn Wagon Rides



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A Brand-New Cultural Feature Opens at

Carmel Christkindlmarkt Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of Christkindlmarkt

Shortly, the Carmel Christkindlmarkt will officially open for its third season. Last year’s main attraction featured the ever-popular 33-foot-tall Germancrafted Glühwein Pyramid, adorned with 3,000 lights, that serves an impressive assortment of Glühwein as well as alcohol-free beverages at the market.


rand new to Carmel Christkindlmarkt is the addition of a Kulturecke—a German history museum that will be just south of the Palladium steps in a 12-by30-foot hut that has been transformed into a cultural center displaying not only German holiday traditions but also showcasing Indiana’s deep-rooted German American heritage and the impact that it’s had on Hoosier commerce and society. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt has partnered with the Indiana Historical Society and the Indiana German Heritage Society for the creation and development of the Kulturecke. “We’re telling a story about the folks who helped create what Indianapolis and the state of Indiana is today,” Daniel Gonzales, director of exhibitions research at

the Indiana Historical Society, explained. “German people—over a period of several waves of immigration—brought a variety of cultural influences, but they also helped to establish many of the institutions and traditions that we enjoy today. These are things that we should recognize, talk about and educate folks about, and this [Carmel Christkindlmarkt] is a wonderful place to do that. There are tons of people that come through here every year, and they come to enjoy these holiday traditions that maybe they don’t know some of the roots of, so this is an opportunity to give them that broader context.” Sandra Richardson, a member of the Carmel Christkindlmarkt seasonal team, was born and raised near Dresden, Germany. She has offered immense support and input to the Kulturecke script and

planning and is an instrumental member of the team that translates for the German woodworkers at the market. She also organizes the children’s activities in the Kinderecke [Kid’s corner]. “The little museum is close to my heart because it will really help show the folks in Carmel and all the visitors how deep German heritage runs in Indiana and throughout America,” Richardson expressed. “My role in the [Kulturecke] exhibit was to narrow down information and to create a little German living room that will fit in the exhibit. We picked wallpapers and curtains, and we’ll have a Christmas tree that will be decorated in authentic and traditional German ornaments.” A founding member of the Indiana German Heritage Society and local historian, William (Bill) Selm was named 2019 Hoosier German American of the Year. Selm shared why IGHS felt it was important to be donors/sponsors of this museum at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt and how much of an impact German Americans have had on the development of the city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana, though much of this knowledge has begun to be forgotten outside of German American households throughout the last several decades. “It [German-American impact] is probably one of the best kept secrets in Indiana and in America,” Selm said. “I’ve got an interesting quote from an Indianapolis historian, Jacob Piatt (J.P.) Dunn, from 1910 that I use in my presentations: ‘The Germans have had a larger influence in the development in the Indianapolis,’ and


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you can include Indiana in that, ‘than any other foreign nationality. But the nature and the extent of this influence is not generally understood by American citizens.’ In Dunn’s book, ‘Greater Indianapolis: The History, the Industries, the Institutions, and the People of a City of Homes’ (1910), he has a chapter just on the Germans.” Selm went on to explain how the IGSA is contributing to the history, along with the IHA, to provide accurate timelines, artifacts and images that will be on display at the museum at this year’s Carmel Christkindlmarkt. The myriad of American holiday traditions that originated from Germanic-speaking countries will be highlighted, along with blurbs about the origins of Christmas trees and other favorite holiday symbols and popular treats. While many modern Americans know that the Christmas tree originates from Germanic-speaking countries, many may not realize that it is documented as far back as the 1600s, long before Prince Albert and Queen Victoria instituted the Christ-

mas tree in Buckingham Palace in 1848. “The Christmas tree is documented to the 17th century in some places and more so in the 18th century through literature,” Selm stated. “And it’s none other than the novel “The Sorrows of Young Werther,” written by the great German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, that helps spread the tradition. It then becomes not just an isolated folk tradition but extends and spreads to the middle class and the aristocracy.” According to Selm, the Christmas tree was popularized by a queen, made fashionable in the U.S. through publications and by the end of the 19th century, was popular in homes across the country. The Carmel Christkindlmarkt CEO/ Market Master Maria Murphy shared more about what people can expect to see in the Kulturecke. “When one enters the exhibit, the first thing you’re going to see is a little bit about the IGHS and the HIS, as they are our sponsors and have been amazing to work with on this project,” Murphy

expressed. “The next thing that you’ll see is general information about the impact German immigrants had on Indiana and a display we’ve titled, ‘Ten American Christmas Traditions You Didn’t Know Were German.’” Murphy explained that in addition to the architectural, cultural and social impacts that German Americans had on the growing city of Indianapolis and the state of Indiana, they also played a major part in the economic development of the entire region. The museum will highlight these impacts as well as feature a prominent German family—the Vonneguts— whose family would make significant contributions to the city and whose name would become internationally renowned by their descendant, Kurt Vonnegut Jr.— a famous author from Indianapolis. Join us this holiday season at the Carmel Christkindlmarkt for all of this year’s happenings at the market and ice skating at Ice at Center Green. For a complete schedule of events and detailed market information, visit carmelchristkindlmarkt.com.




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Celebrating the Season with the

Carmel Symphony Orchestra Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of CSO

Baby, it’s cold outside, but the season’s entertainment in Carmel is hot, hot, hot! The Carmel Symphony Orchestra (CSO) will be the place to be this December, and tickets for these incredible upcoming performances make for memorable gifts.


on’t miss these extraordinary performances by the remarkable musicians of the Carmel Symphony Orchestra, led by Maestro Janna Hymes, and their special guests for the upcoming IU Health Holiday Pops and Sinatra and Friends. What is becoming an incredible holiday tradition for seasoned music lovers, families and holiday enthusiasts alike, the IU Health Holiday Pops will feature special guest artists Sarah Scharbrough, The Wright Brothers and the Carmel High School Ambassadors. Patrons can choose from two performances on Saturday, December 14, at 3 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at the Center for the Performing Arts at the Palladium. The afternoon show is geared especially for children with a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. Then be sure to mark your calendars and the start of the “Roaring 2020s” with the show of the year! CSO and Janna Hymes welcome back special guest artist Steve Lippia to the Palladium for

Sinatra & Friends on January 11, 2020. Lippia, a Grammy-nominated recording artist, has become one of the most prominent, in-demand vocalists in America, known for his youthful, energetic interpretations of “standards” and traditional pop music. Patrons will enjoy a wide variety of songs Ol’ Blue Eyes and his friends performed in the ’40s, ’50s, ’60s and beyond. Attending the concert dressed in period attire is not mandatory but is highly encouraged! Hymes wanted to remind our readers that the symphony is for everyone and all are welcome. Bring your friends and/or your families and enjoy this brand-new season at CSO and all that it has to offer. “We have some amazing guests like The Wright Brothers,” Hymes expressed. “They will have been performing for 50 years, so this [performance] is sort of a big deal. We will have Sarah Scharbrough, who is a phenomenal singer and her range is incredible—everything from gospel, pops and jazz. We are actu-

ally arranging music for her, and we will also have the Carmel High School Ambassadors joining us for the IU Health Holiday Pops.” In addition to performing some of Frank Sinatra’s most memorable and hit songs, CSO and special guest Lippia will be performing some other hit songs by legendary artists such as Tony Bennett and other favorites from that era. “I think Steve [Lippia] will create an incredible aura right away because he’s amazing,” Hymes said. “He’s a Las Vegas singer who sounds like Sinatra and is bringing an arrangement and an array of music with him. The orchestra loves playing this music, and again, this is for audiences of all ages.” For tickets and performance information, visit carmelsymphony.org or call the Palladium box office at (317) 843-3800. Recently announced, CSO has been invited to accompany multi-platinum GRAMMY® winners Amy Grant and Michael W. Smithduring their holiday concert at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Monday, December 2, at 7 pm. Tickets are currently available for the one-night concert and can be purchased at 1-800-745-3000 or at Ticketmaster.


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do something like that. And actually, what was wonderful about “Singin’ in the Rain” was that I was playing a nonspecific person of racial characteristics with Gene Kelly! So, that happened. I thought, “This is it, and everything is going to be fine,” and of course everything was not fine. I did a lot of little sexy spitfires, Indian maidens and everything but an “American” role.



I love you on the reboot of “One Day at a Time”! Isn’t it fun? Isn’t Lydia hilarious? She is a piece of work! [Laughing] I’m doing my mom’s accent, and I just love playing her [Lydia]—she is delicious!



You bring to the character of Lydia a certain truth. And that truth is that a woman—at any age—can be vivacious and she can be sexual and strong.




oreno was born Rosita Dolores Alverio in Humacao, Puerto Rico. At age 5, she moved to New York City with her mother, where the precocious child soon began dance lessons. She made her Broadway debut at just 13 in “Skydrift,” starring Eli Wallach. Then, in true Hollywood tradition, a talent scout spotted her and arranged for the teen to meet MGM mogul Louis B. Mayer, who signed her to a film contract. Her Hollywood career advanced steadily, including early films with stars such as Richard Widmark, Esther Williams, Mario Lanza, Susan Hayward, Tyrone Power and Gary Cooper. She appeared in the delightful “Singin’ in the Rain” starring Gene Kelly and was featured as Tuptim in the classic “The King and I” with Yul Brynner and Deborah Kerr. After her Academy Award for “West Side Story,” Moreno was acknowledged as a major big-screen talent. Expect standards from the “American Songbook” and stories from Moreno’s stellar career at her performance at The Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel, Indiana. For tickets, visit thecenterpresents.org.

Your background as an immigrant from Puerto Rico who moved to NYC as a child gives you firsthand insight into the sacrifices and hardships that are made when trying to assimilate and live their “American Dream”. Please share with our readers how your life in America began. I came from Puerto Rico when I was 5 years old because my mother felt that life was going to be a lot better there for us in NYC at the time. She divorced my father who was a philanderer, but she did something that was very interesting and very brave—she left me with my father, his new wife and my grandmother and grandfather, and she took a ship to NYC. She stayed with an aunt in the ghetto apartments and found work as a seamstress

in a sweatshop. When she had made enough money, she took a ship, went back to Puerto Rico and brought me to NYC with her.

Thank you! I love that! That’s why I was interested in doing this character. When I was invited to play [Lydia] by Norman Lear—aside from the fact that I wanted very much to work with him—I said to him, “I’d love to do it, but she [Lydia] has to be a sexual being.” At the time, I was 70-something—I’m 87 now, and I’m still playing younger than my age. And I said to them [Lear and the producers], “You don’t go to pieces simply just because you can’t bear a child. You can be sexy till the day you die!” and they love the idea of that!

What is it about the character “Lydia” that you enjoy the most? It’s so much fun, and what I love about her is she’s an equal opportunity flirter. She’ll flirt with a fence post!

A lot of people at your point in their careers say, “I’ve been there, I did it and I’m done.” Why have you kept at it for more than seven decades? You know what? They don’t love what they do, but I love what I do! I love to perform. I love to make people laugh. I love to be funny. I love to make people cry. I love to affect people. And if I’m able to do that, then I think that’s a real skill and a gift.

You worked with some incredible casts and productions, such as the “King and I” and “Singin’ in the Rain.” When you look back at that now, what are some of the thoughts you have about that time in your career? “Singin’ in the Rain” is still one of my favorite movies ever. That and the movie that I’m in called “The Four Seasons” are two of my favorite movies. But regarding “Singin’ in the Rain,” I couldn’t understand why I couldn’t get the lead part. It never occurred to me that I couldn’t


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A Special Collaborative Production of

The Nutcracker Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Courtesy of IBC

I would like to think Tchaikovsky would be pleased to know that his music will soon be filling the halls of the Palladium in less than a month. Accompanied by Tchaikovsky’s traditional music, for the first time in the history of the Indiana Ballet Conservatory (IBC) and the Indianapolis Children’s Choir (ICC), the two distinguished companies will create holiday and historic magic on the renowned stage Sunday, November 24, 2019, for a collaborative production of “The Nutcracker.”


ickets are available for this adapted production of Indiana’s premier Nutcracker tradition to begin your holiday season and include an additional special guest performance by Cincinnati Ballet’s Thomas Curran. Curran, a Rhode Island native, graduated last year from Butler University with a bachelor’s in fine arts degree in ballet performance. While attending Butler, he performed in several featured roles in “The Nutcracker” (Arabian Principal, Snow King, Flower Cavalier), “Swan Lake” (Russian Soloist), and

“Sleeping Beauty” (Waltz Soloist), as well as premiering new contemporary works (“Midwinter Dance Festival”). Performing the role of the coveted Sugar Plum Fairy will be two IBC dancers, Kaitlin Casavan (16) and Amelia Happel (16). Casavan is starting her fourth year with IBC and is a student in the Advanced Professional Day Program, along with being a junior honors student at Whitmore Online Academy. She has received Top 24 and Top 12 honors at Youth American Grand Prix regionals, attended YAGP Finals as an ensemble participant and has been honored to receive numerous scholarship offers.

Happel fell in love with “The Nutcracker” at three years old. She was born in San Diego, California, moved to Indianapolis and started dancing contemporary and ballet at the age of 11. After placing first at the Atlanta YAGP regional, Happel was invited to compete at YAGP’s international competition in New York in the spring and finished top 50 in the world. While honoring many of the traditions of the original “The Nutcracker” ballet, founded in Russia more than 100 years ago, IBC founding artistic director Alyona Yakovleva-Randall has based this production on the 1934 choreography of Vasily Vainonen.


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A visionary in her own right, Yakovleva-Randall sought it fit to collaborate with her peer, Joshua Pedde, artistic director at Indianapolis Children’s Choir, and bring “The Nutcracker” to one of the world’s most spectacular halls—the Palladium. “The collaboration with ICC has inspired our staff and our students because [ICC’s] quality is phenomenal,” Yakovleva-Randall said. “And when you put together two big children’s educational organizations—IBC and ICC—for the holiday season to perform ‘Nutcracker’ for the first time in the Palladium, with our talented students and the beautiful voices from ICC, it’s going to be even more memorable for our audiences.” Yakovleva-Randall complimented the staff and production crew at the Center for the Performing Arts for their high-lev-

el professionalism throughout the planning and rehearsal periods. “We have had to do modifications to the set for it to work on the Palladium stage,” Yakovleva-Randall explained. “The [center’s] staff and production crew are very nice and professional, and along with everybody who is involved [in this production], they are working to make this a phenomenal experience for everybody. It is already an amazing atmosphere, and the audience—as they are surrounded by the beauty of the Palladium—will feel even more like they are part of the performance.” On Sunday, November 24, IBC will be hosting a Nutcracker “Sweets” Meet & Greet at 4:30 p.m. This event, open to the public, will cost $15 in addition to the price of a youth ticket and take place in

one of the smaller areas of the Founder’s Room. Children will be able to meet with dancers, including the Sugar Plum Fairy, Masha, the Nutcracker and others. This will be the only opportunity for pictures with the dancers in costume and a great way to capture memories of this holiday tradition. A reminder that if you don’t make it to IBC’s performance on November 24, IBC will be performing at their usual venue— the Tobias Theater at Newfields (IMA)— December 14 and 15. Enjoy the wonderment of this holiday season while creating lasting memories this year with IBC’s “The Nutcracker” at the Palladium or the Tobias Theater with family and friends. For information on the performance locations and dates and to purchase tickets, visit indianaballetconservatory.org.


At the Center for Performing Arts One Center Green, Carmel, IN 46032


SUNDAY 2:00 PM & 7:00 PM Box office for Palladium 317-843-3800 www.TheCenterPresents.org

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On Her Journey to Winning the Mayor’s Office

Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Laura Arick & submitted

With only 88 votes separating the two candidates, Emily Styron defeated the incumbent mayor, Tim Haak, on the November 5 general election, becoming not only Zionsville’s first Democratic mayor but its first female mayor as well.


tyron graciously accepted our request for an interview the morning after the election as a chance to introduce herself to her impending constituency and share with our readers what the road to the mayor’s office has been like.

MEET THE MAYOR Styron, a 19-year resident of Zionsville, is the proud mother of two children and is currently the associate vice president, IT operations, at Ivy Tech Community College. She holds a master’s degree in public administration and began her public service career in May of 1995 as an executive in former Indianapolis Mayor Steve Goldsmith’s administration. As the chief financial officer for the Indianapolis Department of Public Safety, Styron managed a $170 million annual budget for the Indianapolis Police and Fire departments as well as Emergency Management. In the five years Styron spent in Indianapolis, her management experience encompassed public finance, parks and recreation programming, public facility maintenance and construction, emergency management communication systems and county-wide technology initiatives.


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DECIDING TO RUN FOR THE MAYOR’S OFFICE “This was the first general election where there has been a mayor’s race contested or otherwise,” Styron said, “going back to when the town created the mayor’s role through the referendum process. I was really excited about that. I thought that was a very strong next step for our community. I was a part of the Redevelopment Commission in the early 2000s for Boone County, and I was part of the Parks Board in the middle 2000s here in Zionsville. So, I was able to leverage the experience that I had working full time in the Goldsmith administration to some very specific community development opportunities here in Zionsville, and I really loved those opportunities.” Styron expressed that she enjoyed the redevelopment work and building parks for our community in areas that didn’t have existing town-owned community resources that had infrastructure, such as Mulberry Fields. “For me, I was for getting a mayor because we had been operating by committee for far too long and were missing out on too many opportunities,” Styron said. “We needed a single point of leadership.” Keeping a close eye on projects in Zionsville, such as Creekside Corporate Park, Styron said she became concerned about the town leadership’s “traction.” “What I was concerned about is that despite having that single point of leadership, we weren’t getting any traction,” Styron stated. “There were no gains in Creekside, and neighboring communities—such as Brownsburg— are booming. I started talking with more people around town, trying to get a better understanding of what is holding us back, why are we struggling in this arena in terms of corporate investment. And I decided that I have a background, skills and an interest that I was not seeing in the town government and had the opportunity to offer those [skills and interest] up to residents as an alternative. So, that’s what I did.” Styron sought advice from trusted advisers and mentors, such as former Indianapolis Mayor Steven Goldsmith,

about running for mayor’s office and on how to be an impactful politician. “I know how to be the manager of things and how to be a chief executive officer,” Styron said. “What I was really worried about was how do I run for office and how do I become a politician? I had enough people tell me that I know what the town needs, that I know how to articulate those needs and that I have the experiences where I’ve helped other communities and organizations. So why not?

I really do want to include young people in local government because when I was growing up, I was able to get involved in my local government.” It became clear that my experience with economic development and workforce development and my desire to work on behalf of my community and do the nuts and bolts of government was why I needed to run.” Styron continued, “But I don’t really care so much about everybody’s policy issues that can divide us so easily—that’s not really a world I’ve ever wanted to live in. It also became clear that if I see a problem—for example, Creekside [Corporate Park] and I know how to fix it, then why don’t I step up and start talking about that. Throughout the campaign, I kept hearing themes from other residents and business owners about other areas not having economic development or not having that corporate investment and


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how it was holding us back from investing in some of these other areas that people really clamored for.”

LEADING ZIONSVILLE INTO THE 2020S When asked what it means to Styron to have marked history as Zionsville’s first female mayor and how she feels about impacting young people—in particularly young women—she replied, “It’s pretty remarkable, and I’m incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve and to bring more young people and women into local government. “I really do want to include young people in local government because when I was growing up, I was able to get involved in my local government [of Winston-Salem, North Carolina], and it made a huge impression on me.” As she reflects back on the campaign, we asked her what surprised her the most about the campaigning process. “I was really nervous about knocking on peoples’ doors,” Styron shared. “I had done that for other candidates growing up, but I was concerned about people not wanting to have me there and getting resistance because I was running as a Democrat. We have a very divisive political environment now, and I was nervous, but I discovered that I loved going door to door and talking with people and began looking forward to it rather than dreading it. I only had one person slam the door in my face, and after that, I just kept on knocking on others’ doors.” Styron emphasized that she thinks it’s time and important for people to put aside party politics and speak to one another as neighbors who all want to see Zionsville thrive in the present and future. “I think that it’s important for us to start to see each other as humans again,” Styron expressed. “We have to. Republicans are not bad, and Democrats are not bad [people]. We are people with different ideologies and perspectives in some ways, but in the majority of the ways, we hold the same values. We have the same goals for our families and for our communities.” Styron continued, “For me, I ran for the job [of mayor] that I have worked


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my whole life. The issues impacting Zionsville are important issues for all of us: neighbors, business owners, firefighters, police officers—all of us. We need strong leadership to govern this town towards tomorrow and not hold on to where we are now.”

THANKING THE SUPPORTERS AND VOLUNTEERS “Truly, this was not me winning,” Styron said. “This was a crew of people winning. I can’t begin to name them all because it is dozens of volunteers that have been walk-

ing and knocking on doors for months— in the hot, the cold and the rain. It has been remarkable. My campaign manager, Kristen Self, is a small but mighty human who has organized people and made sure that we stayed focused on the tactics that wouldn’t drain the bank account and would yield votes. I am so grateful to my children for letting me dial in for meals for the entire last six months. My poor son is so over Door Dash.” Styron also commended Mayor Tim Haak for running a positive campaign and for his gracious concession.

“I think this campaign has shown our children how politics should be done,” Styron stated with sincerity. “He [Haak] has been so gracious and positive towards me throughout this whole process. He is a good person, and he has served our community well and in so many ways. I’m glad that we could go through this process and show our children what a positive political process can look like.” In that same gracious spirit, Mayor Tim Haak offered these words about Styron: “It has been a privilege to serve as mayor of my hometown, Zionsville, and work to make it a better place to live, work and raise a family. I have the deepest gratitude this evening for the volunteers and supporters who gave their time, skills and resources to this campaign. Zionsville is a better place because you stepped up to the plate. I want to congratulate Emily Styron on her victory and invite all to join me in wishing our shared home a successful future.”

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H e a r t h e Z i o n s v i l l e S h o w C h o i r s S i n g ! Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Submitted

It is the most wonderful time of the year, again! Be sure to get your tickets to the annual Carol of Homes Holiday Home Tour, featuring six beautifully decorated homes in Zionsville as well as Zionsville Show Choir students who will perform their favorite holiday songs as folks tour the homes. While the Holiday Home Tour has become part of the holiday magic that permeates the community, it is also a very important fundraiser for the Zionsville Show Choirs. In fact, all proceeds from the Holiday Home Tour benefit the show choirs as they prepare for the upcoming competition season.


nn Soards, Holiday Home Tour co-chair, is one of five dedicated individuals that comprise the Holiday Home Tour committee. Soards shared why the home tour is an important part of the show choir experience as well as a meaningful addition to the community’s holiday festivities.

“It is a [Zionsville] tradition that the show choir kids are getting excited about and are able to contribute to,” Soards said. “One of the things that I love about the Holiday Home Tour is, it’s really kind of magical. My co-chair, Barb [Thorp], and I will go to all the [host] homes—multiple times—that day, and everybody is happy, enjoying themselves and being kind to


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each other. It [the home tour] is a piece of Zionsville’s holiday puzzle.” Soards expressed that the Zionsville Show Choir students take a lot of ownership in this event and enjoy singing in various businesses and along Main Street, in addition to the six homes that are part of the tour. “The show choir kids interact with the homeowners and attendees that come through the tour,” Soards said. “We explain to the kids ahead of time that this event is a really big fundraiser for the show choirs and that they have skin in the game by being involved. These kids truly recognize that the homeowners and some of the local business owners are being so generous. They open up their homes and sponsor this event— even those who don’t have kids in the show choir programs. That really resonates with them, that all these people want to help us. We realize how generous our community is through this event as we hope that it, in turn, plants the seed for our kids to be generous as well.” Barb Thorp, Holiday Home Tour cochair, added, “The Holiday Home Tour is such a great way to kick off the holiday season, and it creates such a sense of


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We realize how generous our community is through this event as we hope that it, in turn, plants the seed for our kids to be generous as well.” belonging [for the kids] as well as a sense of a community that is bigger than their high school community.” Both co-chairs thanked the sponsoring businesses and the home tour hosts for their generosity and support. “Only one of this year’s hosts has a kid in show choir,” Thorp said. “The rest of them don’t really have a tie to the show choirs, but they love the [Zionsville] community so much and they love the [Holiday Home Tour] tradition. Additionally, the community, the directors, the parent volunteers and the board have been

supportive, and we have an amazing Holiday Home Tour team that have been working on this since February. It is a team effort, and they just keep giving of themselves so that our kids can have these great and growing experiences. And the kids grow so much through show choir.” The Holiday Home Tour is Saturday, December 7, 2019, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Advance tickets for the Holiday Home Tour are available starting November 11

at Fivethirty Home, Century 21 Sheetz and Akards True Value or from any show choir student beginning the week of November 7. Tickets are $20 per person. Tickets will also be available the day of the tour from Fivethirty Home, Century 21 Sheetz and Akards True Value or at any of the 2019 homes. For questions or additional information, contact the organizers at hometour@zchoirs.com.

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A NEW EXHIBITION THAT PAYS TRIBUTE TO A MAN WHO LOVED ZIONSVILLE Writer // Janelle Morrison • Photography // Lloyd Riley and Courtesy of the SullivanMunce Cultural Center

Last November, I was working on a project that necessitated some quality time spent at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, going through some of its photograph collections. As I leafed through dozens of images that portrayed life in Zionsville over the decades, I came across a box that contained several file folders. What I had rediscovered was an impressive and breathtaking collection of black-and-white images of people, places and things throughout Zionsville and Boone County. These images are the artistic expressions of life in Zionsville in the mid- to late 20th century, captured by a remarkable photojournalist, William “Lloyd” Riley. Out of that discovery, my publishers at Zionsville Monthly and I have been proud to feature a monthly photo contest over this last year—sponsored in part by Grand Brook Memory Care in Zionsville—that featured not only images of life in Zionsville captured by Riley during his years as a photojournalist but also images submitted by local residents that will be added to the SullivanMunces’ archives for upcoming generations to have and enjoy.


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Riley’s work—that may have otherwise gone undiscovered by the public—will now be featured as a special exhibition at the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, opening November 15, 2019, through February 22, 2020. The “Through the Lens: Lloyd Riley Exhibition” will show visitors life in Zionsville throughout the 1950s, ’60s and early ’70s as depicted through Riley’s photography lens. “Photography is one of the most important methods of documentation of people and events, both historically and in the present day,” Cynthia Young, executive director at SullivanMunce Cultural Center, expressed. “A photograph is often considered a primary historical source because photographs can illustrate past events as they happened and people as they were at a particular time, and we received both during the contest. The purpose of the contest was to engage the community by asking them to help us add photographs to the SullivanMunce Cultural Center’s “P.H. Sullivan Historical Collection,” which documents life in Zionsville—past and present. The submissions ranged from recent images of Santa riding the firetruck through town and the Boone Village Halloween Party to past images like kids having story time at the library in the 1960s and the Fall Festival Parade in 2002, celebrating Zionsville’s 150th.” Young continued, “We are so pleased to have these images to add to our historical collection! We were so excited about the images we received; we want to invite the community to keep the images coming indefinitely. Images can be submitted through our website via a link on our home page. Images of Zionsville provide us with a reference of the past, which helps us create exhibits and programming that illustrate a period in history right here in Zionsville. Future Zionsville will be happy we took the time to do this. We would like to thank the community for submitting images because without them, we couldn’t have carried out this project. We want to thank Zionsville Monthly for sponsoring this contest and helping us raise awareness about the importance of preserving the past and the present through photography. I especially want to thank Janelle Morrison for her vision and passion for this project and for her commitment to honor a photojournalist that wasn’t honored for his gifts during his lifetime but was certainly well known around the community. It was a way of life, like his photography. We are very thankful for Lloyd Riley and his passion to capture life in Zionsville. Without him, his images would be but a memory for the people that were there, but his photographs are here today for all to enjoy.” For more information on this exhibition and the SullivanMunce Cultural Center, visit sullivanmunce.org.


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