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Letter from the Editor August • September 2016

This edition is personal. Two of the stories here are close to my heart. I have been on the Noblesville Preservation Alliance board of directors for years and I’m a woodworker. Both topics are featured in this edition. As an editor you try to keep your subjects at an arm’s length in an effort to be as objective as possible. Pure objectivity, of course, is elusive, but it’s a worthwhile goal. So when an NPA board member suggested we run a story on the organization, my initial impulse was to avoid temptation and pass. But, that’s not really fair, to purposely dismiss a topic just because I’m involved in it. The answer is to put a good writer on it (keeping editing to a minimum and my mitts out of it) and to keep an open mind. That’s what I did and I’m happy with the result. But in the interest of full disclosure, I’m deeply involved with historic preservation in Noblesville.

Mike Corbett Editor and Publisher

That involvement dovetails nicely with my interest in woodworking as I spend most of my free time renovating our 150+ year old house in Old Town. It was meant to be about a ten-year project and I’m a little behind schedule but it’s a hobby, so I’m not too hard on myself. I do appreciate the craftsmanship that went into these old homes and I feel it’s our duty to preserve as much of it as possible. In the case of our house, much of the craftsmanship was destroyed in previous renovations, so I’m trying to re-create what it might have looked like. There are no blueprints and few photos so I end up using my imagination a lot. It can be frustrating and time consuming when things don’t turn out exactly how I imagined, but it’s rewarding to live in a place you are rebuilding as long as you (and your wife and kids) are patient. I’m an amateur but I’m getting a little professional training at Noblesville’s new Ivy Tech campus. I am delighted that they are offering constructionrelated courses in response to a demonstrated need in the community. As noted in this edition’s story about IWI, there’s a need for young workers with those skills. Here’s a suggestion: I’d love to see Ivy Tech specialize in training students in some of those traditional woodworking skills that have largely disappeared with modern construction techniques. Many of our old homes were built by first generation immigrants who brought skills learned in the old apprenticeship traditions. We’ve let those skills and traditions lapse, but there will always be a demand for high-end workmanship. I can envision a thriving partnership between Ivy Tech and Nickel Plate Arts in an effort to revive those old world skills. It would be great to see it happen here in Hamilton County. See you around the county,

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Dr. Franklin’s “Thirteen Virtues” Timeless Advice for Business and Life Benjamin Franklin was an American original, a true Renaissance man. Born in Boston in 1706, at age seventeen and with only a rudimentary education, he left his family and headed to the fledgling city of Philadelphia to seek his fortune in the printing and publishing industries. This he did very successfully and, along life’s way, also became a militia commander, a representative from Pennsylvania to the second Continental Congress, was a member of the select committee that wrote the Declaration of Independence, was a long time Ambassador to France, being instrumental in getting French support for the American Revolution, and was a key architect and signer of the initial Constitution. Franklin was also a noted scientist and inventor—ever hear of the Franklin Stove? Or the lightening rod? He helped found the first Philadelphia Fire Company, the first fire insurance company for the common person, the nation’s first free public library, and what is now the University of Pennsylvania. Plus he became the U.S.’s first Postmaster. He was called “Dr. Franklin” by many although the title was honorary, given to him by several illustrious universities such as Harvard and Yale for his many contributions to American—and world—society.

Passion for Self-Improvement Franklin had a “way with words,” both printed and spoken, which are still applicable today. In the last issue of the HCBM we looked at fifty-three of over 900 proverbs and observations about life and business that appeared during the twenty-five years he published his annual Poor Richard’s Almanack. In this issue we look at Franklin’s “Thirteen Virtues” which were part of his “moral perfection project.” Noted biographer Walter Isaacson feels “They were focused on traits that could help him (or anyone) succeed in this world, instead of ones that would exalt his soul for the hereafter. He 8

had a passion for self-improvement and they are enchantingly American.” Social theorist David Brooks says “They are not particularly spiritual virtues but they are practical and they are democratic.” 1. Temperance: Eat not to dullness. Drink not to elevation. 2. Silence: Speak not but what may benefit others or yourself. Avoid trifling conversation. 3. Order: Let all your things have their places. Let each part of your business have its time. 4. Resolution: Resolve to perform what you ought. Perform without fail what you resolve.

11. Tranquility: Be not disturbed by trifles or at accidents common or unavoidable. 12. Chastity: Rarely use venery but for health or offspring—never to dullness, weakness, or the injury of your own or another’s peace or reputation. 13. Humility: Imitate Jesus and Socrates. What do you think? While some of Franklin’s Virtues may not be stated in modern terms or seem to apply to today’s world, what about their underlying meanings and implications? Would you be a better employee, manager, or business owner if you followed these principles? When one reads some of the “classics” in management thinking, we find many Virtues echoed. For example, in Dr. Peter Drucker’s The Effective Executive we find his first principle of effectiveness is “Know thy time”…Franklin’s Virtue #6 Industry. In Dr. Stephen Covey’s classic The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People the habit of “Putting first things first” that can equate to Franklin’s Virtue #3 Order.

5. Frugality: Make no expense but to do good to others or yourself, i.e. waste nothing. 6. Industry: Lose no time. Be always employed in something useful. Cut off all unnecessary actions. 7. Sincerity: Use no harmful deceit. Think innocently and justly; if you speak, speak accordingly. 8. Justice: Wrong none by doing injuries or omitting the benefits that are your duty. 9. Moderation: Avoid extremes. Forbear resenting injuries as much as you think they deserve. 10. Cleanliness: Tolerate no uncleanliness in body, clothes, or habitation.

There are many biographies of Benjamin Franklin available and one can learn from any of them. But the Washington Post calls Walter Isaacson’s Benjamin Franklin: An American Life “the most readable, full-length biography of Benjamin Franklin available.” I’ve read it and it is readable, although at over 500 pages not a quick scan. Former Chairman of the Federal Reserve System Paul Volcker has authored a short book containing the works in Poor Richards’ Almanack that is both insightful and humorous and is well worth the time. Enjoy. HCBM

Charles Waldo, Ph.D. is Professor of Marketing (ret.) of Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He lives in Indianapolis and can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

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Scoring Social Media New Tools to Help Track Results One of the most difficult aspects of social media for business owners is proving a measurable ROI (Return on Investment). Measuring the direct impact on your audience and revenue is a challenge. A few game changers are emerging in social that will give business owners and enterprises the analysis tools to more effectively track and measure the impact social media has on their business and brand.

The Holy Grail #1 Social Shopping: Until recently e-commerce and social seemed miles apart. Integrating social into a customer purchase went something like this: Pretty pictures on social that lead the customer (if they want to go) to a website, where they have to navigate to find a product, or figure out how to pay for things that they placed in the shopping cart. Now, instead of retargeting, or “stalking” the customer with pop up ads, the newsfeed ad has a simple BUY button. With already integrated payment options, it is a one-click buy process that eliminates the need for more purchase steps and simplifies the sales cycle. In a world of instant gratification, this appeals to the customer as well as the retailer. Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter all have a “buy it now” option. Although retail sales didn’t show a huge surge over the holiday season, most early adopters following this trend say it is just because there isn’t the awareness for this option quite yet. This is the Holy Grail way to measure ROI directly and the missing piece of the puzzle. This is how a direct monetary result from social can be measured. Consider yourself informed and aware! #2 Social Media for Work: Businesses have had a mostly “hate” relationship with social media as a perceived time 10

waster for most employees. Some businesses have placed a work time and place moratorium on social media use for employees. Some of the more progressive companies have adopted the “if you can’t beat them, join them” perspective. Facebook and LinkedIn have jumped on this with apps and integrations that allow for workplace only communication and provide a way for social to be separated for work and play. These apps include targeted ads for work networking, ideal posting times and specialized messaging content. This type of segregation helps differentiate the impact of work usage vs. personal. #3 Social Video explodes: Facebook doubled its video viewership this year alone at 8 billion (with a b) and surpassed YouTube. We expect their “LIVE” feature to grow that even more in the second half.

option can be adequate for some short clips. Connect these videos to a campaign or ad set and measure the results to give you complete access to your customer demographic and whether they are converting to a paying customer. Video is not going away, is only going to grow more powerful over the next year and finding a way to integrate your marketing strategy towards a measurable video venue is essential.

All About the ROI Measuring return on investment is a never-ending challenge. From the early peddlers to the traveling salesman with the sign on the wagon, how many customers were actually converted to paying ones from the sign that they read along the road?

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Shooting Simulator Offers Interactive Alternative to Live-Fire Practice By Andrea Muirragui Davis • Photos by John Wright etired Navy SEAL Jesse Barnett knows the difference between firing a weapon at a gun range and engaging a moving target that may be shooting back. “A traditional range is like a bowling alley: You go up, get your lane, load your gun and shoot your piece of paper,” he said. “You’re not being challenged to turn and face the target, to come up from a carry position. You’re not being challenged with multiple [targets] at different angles, next to somebody or something you don’t want to shoot. When I put people in those situations, it’s miss, miss, miss, miss—including professionals.”

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Consistent, repeated practice is the only way to hone those skills, he said, and that’s far too dangerous to attempt with live ammunition. So Barnett is harnessing the power of technology to teach Hoosiers how to master their weapons. And with more than 11 percent of the state’s population licensed to carry a gun, according to the Crime Prevention Research Center, we all could be safer for it.

Muscle Memory Drawing on his experience as a SEAL and military instructor, Barnett opened his Poseidon Experience shooting simulator last year in an office park near Interstate 69 and 96th Street.

The 6,000-square-foot facility is equipped with the same technology used to train law enforcement agencies: real weapons loaded with compressed air and a laser transmitter that “hits” targets on a life-size projection screen. Computer software serves up thousands of possible scenarios, including worst-case options like an active shooter in a school. Video cameras capture the action, so instructors can show their charges what they did right—or wrong. “I was blown away by dynamic, robust, top-tier training,” said Fishers resident Keith Schmidt, 44. A firefighter and paramedic at Indianapolis International Airport, he visits Poseidon Experience a few times a week to keep his skills sharp. “Here, you can shoot

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demonstrate leadership and communication skills in addition to accuracy. “They customized everything for us,” Kinser said. “It was a nice choice. Everyone was glad we went.” Barnett also provides less-entertaining training options to organizations of all kinds. He’s a training provider for the Indiana Law Enforcement Academy, for example, and offers a church security program designed to make the notoriously “soft” targets less vulnerable to attack. He also has developed an “active shooter” curriculum that helps businesses and individuals understand their options in such worst-case scenarios.

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and move in a stress-free environment. If you’re going to make a mistake, this is the place to do it…Some of the things you see at the [traditional] range are kind of scary.” Mistakes may not be lethal at Poseidon Experience, but Barnett and his team emphasize safety anyway. Every visit begins with a skills assessment, and clients must demonstrate that they know how to properly handle a weapon before they’re allowed into the dimly lit shooting theater.


Barnett and his team, preparing for her first year at the U.S. Naval Academy. Even after a year at the Citadel, the 2015 Cathedral High School graduate said she learned a lot about firearms safety and proper techniques.

“The big thing you’ve got to establish is situational awareness and tapping into that inner warrior,” he said. “If you’re in a situation like Orlando, do you cower in the bathroom, gambling if that person isn’t going to aim at you? Or do you

“You can go to a range, walk in and shoot,” said Bolden, 19. “Here, they teach position, stance, aim. They teach the science behind it…You can really see what could go wrong. I feel much safer now, but I had fun at the same time.”

About 40 percent of Barnett’s customers are individuals like Bolden and Schmidt looking to improve you’re going to make a mistake, their marksmanship. The rest are groups this is the place to do it…” in search of unusual outings, including cor– Keith Schmidt, customer porate team-building activities.

“You’re literally making neuro pathways that connect your thought process to the physical reactions and establishing muscle memory,” Barnett said. “Our emphasis is on doing it perfectly.”

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Carmel-based Bastian Solutions brought about 20 of its managers to Poseidon Experience in May to blow off steam, and organizer Brandy Kinser Although Barnett believes simulators said they had a great time rotating like his are “the future of firearms trainthrough several different exercises. Afing,” he isn’t advocating the end of liveter learning the basics, the group broke fire ranges. Rather, he said the Poseidon into teams that competed against one Experience allows clients to achieve another to break down and reassemble a level of confidence and competence weapons, for example. they can draw on when needed. The shooting theater was a highlight, Fishers resident Alexis Bolden spent immersing participants in videomuch of her short summer break with game-like scenes that required them to August • September 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

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coordinate a little defense and pick up a garbage can, throw it at that person and attack? You have to understand your options. “Just like you have a fire plan, an earthquake plan or a tornado plan, unfortunately today we also have to have an active shooter plan.” HCBM 13


Fishers Firm has Ambitious Plans for its Custom Woodwork By Shari Held • Photos by John Wright

ew Hamilton County residents probably even noticed when ownership of Fishers-based Indianapolis Woodworking Inc. (IWI) passed to Union Citybased Frank Miller Lumber in December 2012. But Frank Miller is helping breathe new life into the small company that focuses on a highly specialized, dying trade. Frank Miller Lumber, a sawmill that produces quartersawn hardwoods, was looking to diversify. Simultaneously, Cynthia Hauth, the president and founder of IWI and a customer of Frank Miller Lumber, put the 44,000-square-foot facility for sale. “Indiana Woodworking Inc. would complement our lumber business, and it wouldn’t require much outlay of capital other than the initial investment and labor,” says Steve James, president and CEO of Frank Miller Lumber. James was CFO at the time of the acquisition.

Changing with the Times The first change Frank Miller made to its wholly owned subsidiary was subtle.

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“The icon IWI has been known in our industry for over 25 years,” James says. “So we left the initials and changed the Inc. to International.” Other changes were more strategic. Hauth had contacts in Chicago from a previous woodworking operation, and previously the company focused the bulk of its marketing efforts in the Chicago area. That narrowly defined geographical reach wasn’t optimal for growing the business. For one thing, competing for premium jobs against local Windy City woodworking companies was extremely difficult. “What we wanted to do is bring IWI into the Indianapolis-area market and become more of a competitor here,” says General Manager Tim Anderson.

At the same time, the company focused on becoming a regional player in the woodworking industry. Today, in addition to Chicago and the Indianapolis-area, IWI has jobs in Ohio and Michigan. Currently IWI is working on the remodel of the Roche Diagnostics campus, the Pacers new training facility and the new General Electric World Headquarters building in Cincinnati. It just completed a three-year stint on Whirlpool’s Corporate Headquarters in Michigan. One thing that has never changed is IWI’s focus on high-end projects that use quality materials and architectural detailed designs. “We don’t create pieces and parts that you can buy off the shelf,” Anderson

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says, citing, as examples, a luxurious lobby with a 30-foot wall with radius pieces and curved pieces, with matching grains and veneers and a serpentine desk with a granite top.

Leading with its Strengths IWI’s target market includes architects, designers, construction management firms and general contractors. And ICI can offer them a turnkey operation, providing project engineering, project management and installation services. “From an architect’s perspective we take care of the entire millwork process,” James says. “So when they send a project to us, we can do the whole thing in-house.”

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Overcoming Challenges Anderson says succession planning— finding skilled workers to carry on the tradition—is the biggest challenge facing IWI and other companies in the industry today. Candidates need to comprehend blueprints and know how to work with their hands and operate the precision machinery used to produce the millwork. The problem is many millennials aren’t interested in learning a trade— especially one with little opportunity for growth. According to the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of woodworkers is going to remain relatively steady through 2024, with a potential loss of 1,400 jobs. But IWI, now at around 33 employees, has a plan to get the younger generation involved in the trade. The company is partnering with the construction management program at Ivy Tech’s Noblesville branch to offer an apprentice program in woodworking. And it’s garnering results.

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“Two of our current employees came out of that apprentice program,” Anderson says. Another big challenge is to find projects that complement the company’s niche of high-end architectural millwork. High-end architectural projects like headquarters buildings, country clubs and mansions that highlight traditional millwork don’t come around every day. “There are a lot of different types of millwork out there,” James says. “It’s been difficult to get the exposure we need in the area that’s our strength. But I think we’re almost there.” Being flexible is also key. “IWI’s flexible enough that it can use all the modern materials,” James says. “It does premium grade work that people can appreciate for 10 years or 100 years.”

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“I’ve worked with IWI on several occasions and they produce beautiful woodwork, with quality details,” says Ashley Bedwell, registered interior designer at Rowland Design. “Their use of the latest CAD technology allowed them to tie into the existing design seamlessly. I appreciated their straightforward and detailed approach as well as their willingness to accommodate new concepts and work through challenges. The end product was both functional and beautiful with a full attention to the details that make the home special and timeless.”

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What’s Next? “We’d like to pursue more residential projects,” Anderson says. “When you’re dealing directly with homeowners, it’s a different ballgame than commercial. We want to see how well we can do in that market.” Previously IWI had taken on residential projects in Chicago, but the Rowland Design project is the first residential project it’s undertaken under new ownership. James says the staff is in place to handle both commercial and residential projects.

IWI will continue expanding its geographical footprint to obtain a more solid regional toehold. Then it will segue into investigate international marketplace opportunities. Parent company Frank Miller Lumber is currently working with KPF, a New York-based design firm, on international projects. “It gets a little trickier with international rules and regulations, but certainly that will be the intent,” James says. “We want to help architects throughout the world with their millwork needs.” HCBM

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Preservation vs Progress Noblesville Non-Profit Seeks a Balance

By Karen Kennedy nriching the present by honoring the past through the preservation of Noblesville’s historic architecture and authentic charm. This is the Noblesville Preservation Alliance’s (NPA) new mission statement, and it’s a lofty one. Here’s the old one: Promoting the preservation of historic homes, neighborhoods and resources to enhance the quality of life in Noblesville. What’s the big difference between the two? The key is in the use of the word “architecture” instead of the words “homes and neighborhoods.” This change, while seemingly minute on paper, reflects a paradigm shift in a thirty-year-old volunteer organization that has worked to maintain the integrity of the old world charm of Noblesville’s downtown square and tree-lined, Victorian “gingerbread house” neighborhoods. But despite their tireless preservation efforts, the NPA has not always been popular in the business community. Because of their determination to preserve historic neighborhoods, their focus on individual historic homes and the stands that they’ve taken in 18

the past against attempts to convert residential properties to commercial, they’ve been accused of being “antibusiness.” According to NPA board president Nancy Hebel, that’s just not the case.

The Big Picture “We care about neighborhoods—the big picture,” said Hebel. “Sidewalks, trees, streets, homes and the walk-

“Until I saw this building, I didn’t realize I was a preservationist…” – Dr. Bradley Dahlager ability to local businesses. All of these things affect our quality of life and all of them are important. We currently have some businesses interspersed in primarily residential neighborhoods. We’re not looking to change that.” But the NPA has traditionally focused on residential architecture. The annual Historic Home Tour is its primary fund raising event, and it has not included commercial buildings on the tours in the past. It also provides façade

improvement grants exclusively to individual home owners. But an exception to that was made in 2014, when a façade grant was given to local musician John Gilmore for the Logan Street Sanctuary. Gilmore bought the building, a church which had been unoccupied for several years, in 2013, and converted it into a performance space and event venue with a recording studio in the basement. The Sanctuary sits smack dab in the middle of a quiet residential neighborhood, and Gilmore is sensitive to that. But he also hopes the work he’s done benefits the community. “I’m pretty proud of our draw,” said Gilmore. “We bring people in from all over Hamilton County and beyond. And we’re sending them back out to our local restaurants and shops before and after our shows.”

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Dr. Bradley Dahlager, a chiropractor and NPA board member who runs his practice in a lovely historic building on Maple Street, echoes Gilmore’s sentiments.

credibly important to support them. But I also believe it’s important to preserve the integrity of neighborhoods. There is a reason that the city has not granted a commercial variance in twenty-five “Until I saw this building, I didn’t realize years. There’s been a big push to convert commercial buildings back to their I was a preservationist,” said Dahlager. original residential uses and I think “But I knew I had an obligation to not that’s a great approach. But we would only preserve it, but to maintain the rather see a building used for commerintegrity of the décor and furnishings. I received an award from the NPA as a cial purposes than sit empty.” result of my work on the building and The Business End of Preservation was asked to join the board. And as a Commercial endeavors such as resbusiness owner on the board, I pertaurants and shops reap the benefit ceived a divide between the NPA and of the charm of being located in an historic district, and the beneficial economic impact is also felt in the local arts community.

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the business community. We have an authentic and iconic downtown area. It’s a symbol of Hamilton County that’s used over and over again. I feel that it’s important for everyone who cares about our history to work to preserve our business district. But I also feel it’s important to preserve our neighborhoods,” Dahlager concluded. New board member Sandy Stewart has recently returned to Noblesville, her home town, after years of living in New York and Boston. She and her husband own a Victorian in the historic Conner Street neighborhood and they enjoy the walkability to locally owned businesses. But when her next-door neighbor applied to rezone their property from residential to commercial, Stewart fought it mightily and won. “I’m not against people opening businesses,” Stewart said. “I believe it’s in-

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Ultimately, the determination to preserve both historic residential neighborhoods and the historic downtown business district results in economic “These two historic homes (The Stephen- development all around. According to the Hamilton County Tourism, Inc., 4% son House and the Judge Stone House) of all visitors to Hamilton County are are the perfect incubation space for big ideas,” said Aili McGill, director of Nickel motivated specifically by a planned visit to Noblesville and 15% of all visiPlate Arts. “The connection to the past tors to Hamilton County will include is inspiring, and it helps us leverage all Noblesville in their itinerary. That kinds of resources. We now have nine translates to about seven million tourstudio artists who are moving their ism dollars for Noblesville annually. small businesses forward here, and a network of 200 artists, musicians and That’s certainly worth preserving. HCBM

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Pitch-In Notes from all over the county OneZone was named the 2016 Outstanding Chamber of the Year by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association. OneZone was created last year through a merger of the Carmel and Fishers Chamber of Commerce and is the fourth largest Chamber in Indiana, with 1300 members throughout Central Indiana. The Noblesville Cambria hotel & suites was named Cambria Hotel of the Year by owner Choice Hotels International, Inc. Choice franchises 4600 hotels worldwide and there are 25 Cambria Suites in the US. Salin Bank & Trust Company achieved Preferred Lender Program status with the United States Small Business Administration. Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers acquired Indianapolis-based Lavenia & Summers Home for Funerals. The staff and name are being retained.

pete in the Olympics. Peacock is traveling with a group of Maximized Living elite chiropractors. Legacy Fund of Hamilton County awarded a total of $90,500 in grants to 11 not-for-profit organizations. The LINK Advisory Council, a youth-based philanthropic council, awarded an additional $10,025 to three not-for-profits. The beneficiaries include: Alternatives Incorporated of Madison County, Englishton Park United Presbyterian Ministries, Inc., Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc., Janus Developmental Services, Inc., M.A.M.A.’s Cupboard, Meals on Wheels of Hamilton County, Nickel Plate Arts, Inc., Open Doors, Second Helpings, Inc., Servants At Work, Young Audiences of Indiana, Indiana Association of United Ways, Chaucie’s Place, and Children’s Bureau, Inc.

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Jack Russell was named President of the Westfield Chamber of Commerce chamber, replacing Julie Sole who retired after 23 years with the chamber.

Brad Cozza was named the first full-time director of the Indianapolis Executive Airport. The City of Fishers unveiled a new logo. The green, blue and white colors represent the fields, waterways and infrastructure of Fishers. The white crossbars of the icon are left open, without an endpoint, representing a welcoming, open culture and continued growth. The horizon line represents the future. A new font has straight lines, a block shape and rounded endpoints. The Established date is a tribute to the history of Fishers. Standard and Poor’s upgraded the City of Fishers’ bond rating to AAA. It’s the only city in Indiana to receive the designation, which the city says will save it more than $1 million on bond agreements. The Fishers Police Department launched the FPD Crimewatch mobile app. to connect residents with officers in their district and provide two-way communication when reporting suspicious activity. Fishers Chiropractor Dr. Kyle Peacock is heading to Rio de Janiero to support members of USA Wrestling as they com20

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Grand Park recently stocked its lakes with mosquitofish to help control the insect at the popular sports park. The fish eat up to 500 mosquito larvae per day (3x their body weight). 6,600 fish were released in the Park’s 22 acres of water. Holladay Properties is planning a new Hampton Inn near the US 31 and SR 32 interchange off Westfield Park Rd near the Westfield Business District. Scheduled to open in the spring 2017, the $12.2 million, four-story Hampton Inn will feature 93 guest rooms. Carmel’s Zagster added an 11th location at the new Market District Food Store. Launched in April 2015, Carmel’s bikeshare program has grown from two stations and 22 bikes to 11 stations with 86 bikes. A couple of long-time Hamilton County landscaping businesses are celebrating significant anniversaries this year. Allisonville Garden & Home at 11405 Allisonville Road in Fishers was started 40

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years ago by Jeff Gatewood in the “middle of nowhere.” His inventory consisted of 15 spruce trees dug by hand. Since then Fishers has grown up around him and he now runs a 7,500-square-foot garden store and gift shop on five sprawling acres in the middle of the city, just south of 116th St. The Landscape Division of Sundown Gardens is 50 years old this year, having been started by Stevan Knapp in 1966. His parents, Earl and Dorothy, started the business some 17 years before that, selling peonies and perennials. Long a familiar site on Old Meridian St. in Carmel near St. Vincent Hospital, Sundown’s Garden Shop moved to Westfield near Grand Park this Spring.


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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY New owners of the Sheridan restaurant and bar at 3901 W SR 47 have changed its name to Tailgaters and introduced a fresh menu. Hamilton County Parks & Recreation has partnered with Edge Adventure Parks to create Koteewi Adventure Aerial Park, which opened in June in Strawtown Koteewi Park. Mr. Muffin’s Trains is moving from Carmel to Main St. in Atlanta, occupying the former Atlanta Banquet Hall.

doing business out of 11590 N. Meridian Street and Hoosier Dermatology is coming to 13450 N. Meridian. Posh Nails is opening up shop at 11503 Spring Mill Road. Thrifty Car Rental will be relocating after the Carmel Redevelopment Commission’s purchase of its property at 582 S. Range Line Road. A new 70,000 SF mixed-use residential and retail property dubbed the Baldwin Chambers Building is under construction at 800 S. Range Line Road. Ground has broken on the construction site of the new 257,000 SF Park East parking garage at 850 S. Range Line Road. Finkelmeier Orthodontics has plans to move into a suite at 912 S. Range Line Road.

Option Care is building a new facility at 867 W. Carmel Drive. In June, Silicon National Bank of Indianapolis Valley technology company Determine, Inc. moved its headquarters to CARMEL 615 W. Carmel Drive. Law firm AltThe National Bank of Indianapolis man, Poindexter & Wyatt LLC has opened its sixth Hamilton County bankopened its doors at 75 Executive Drive. ing center at the corner of Hazel Dell A second firm, Cate, Terry & Gookins Parkway and Main St. LLC is now doing business just down ATI Physical Therapy has opened a the street at 301 E. Carmel Drive. new location at 9673 N. Michigan Road. One One Six College Apartments are Danny Boy Beer Works began canunder construction at 116th Street and ning its line of craft beers in May from College Avenue, adding 92,000 SF of its brewery and tap room in The Vilapartment space to the area. All Hanlage of West Clay and has partnered cock Fabrics stores are closing by the with Patrick’s Kitchen and Drinks of end of July, including Carmel’s location Zionsville to offer new dining options at 2192 E. 116th Street. under the name Patrick’s SmokeJoe’s Butcher Shop and Fish Market house Kitchen. is expanding at 111 W. Main Street and 5Metacom is moving into Two Meridadding a catering and to-go sandwich ian Plaza at 10401 N. Meridian Street. menu. The former StyleStop boutique Urban Financial of America is across the street will soon be a new opening an office at 11350 N. Meridian gift shop called All Things Carmel, Street. Sarkovics Law in now operatwhich will be operated by the Carmel ing out of 11495 N. Pennsylvania Street. City Center Community Development Jasons Deli in Hamilton Crossing was Corporation. purchased by Deli Worx Indy, and will Beer and wine retailer and restaurant undergo some changes. Stompin’ Barley is set to open at This summer the new Carmel Berk14560 River Road. A new wine truck shire Hathaway Real Estate offices dubbed Vino Mobile Bar is now operare opening at 11711 N. Pennsylvania ating out of Carmel. Street. Indianapolis Mens Clinic is 22

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FISHERS Edeo Self Storage is adding 91,000 SF of storage space to its property at 10415 Allisonville Road. In June, Mandy’s Bake Shop opened its doors at 11009 Allisonville Road. This fall, The Escape Room will open in 6,500 SF of The Edge on the corner of 116th Street and Lantern Road. Borrowed Boutique is also due to open in September in The Edge, as is nonprofit coffee shop The Well in August. In June, Square Donuts’ newest store opened at 8745 E. 116th Street. The Pint Cycle, a new pedal-powered mobile party pub, is up and running in downtown Fishers. The Wine Guy @ Grapevine Cottage moved from 96th Street to 8235 E. 116th Street in the Fishers Town Commons shopping center. The North Street Redevelopment Project is slated for construction on the northwest corner of North Street and Lantern Road. It will include a 30,000 SF office building, half of which will be the new headquarters for RQAW Corporation, and a separate mixed-use residential and commercial building. Site selection company Ginovus is relocating its headquarters from Keystone at the Crossing to The Switch downtown. Citizens State Bank will open a full-service bank branch in The Switch later this year. Ardagh Group is moving the headquarters for its glass packaging division from Muncie to Two Concourse at Crosspoint, just west of I-69 between 96th and 106th streets. A new multi-

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tenant retail building named the Shops of Concourse at Crosspoint is under construction at the southwest corner of 106th Street and Crosspoint Boulevard. Gandolfos New York Deli has moved into the old Einstein Bros. Bagels space at 8650 E. 96th Street. The former Frame It All at 8910 E. 96th Street has been converted to a new Rita’s Italian Ice location.

Fishers-based Golars Environmental and Remediation Services is moving its headquarters to the building at 15755 North Point Boulevard that once housed a Golden Corral restaurant. IU Health Primary Care Clinic and Miracle Ear are new tenants at 17160 Dragonfly Drive.

Soho Nails Spa is now open in Stoney Creek Commons on SR 37. Hamilton The Stacked Pickle at Fishers Station County’s first Red Wing Shoes store has moved to the former Bagger Dave’s is set to open at 17017 Mercantile location at 13204 Market Drive in Fish- Boulevard. ers Marketplace. Shanghai Express Noble Industries is adding 52,000 SF of closed in April at 13204 Market Square office and manufacturing space to its Drive and has been replaced with Hiro campus at 3333 Conner Street. American Feeding Systems at 3497 Conner Hibachi Express & Sushi. In May, Community Montessori School held Street is planning to construct a 16,000 SF facility to house corporate offices the ribbon cutting for its new middle and light manufacturing. school at 9069 E. 141st Street. Priority Physicians continues to grow, Klipsch Music Center has launched a with a new location in the medical new pre-show dining experience called office building attached to St. Vincent The Supper Club. Fishers Hospital slated to open this fall.

Centier Bank has opened a branch at 3001 SR 32 just east of downtown. Fitness Massage Spa is coming to 17439 Carey Road. Washington Woods and Oak Trace elementary schools are each adding 15,000 SF to their footprints for a Kindergarten expansion. Central Christian Church of Carmel broke ground July 10 at its new Westfield campus, to be called Thrive Christian Church, at 151st Street and Towne Road. The Circle K at 1821 E. 151st Street is undergoing new construction. IU Health is building a 9,800 SF medical office building in the Spring Mill Station development at 161st Street and Spring Mill Road. Carmel physician Andrew McLaren and Zionsville physician Jennifer Mardos will move their practices to the new facility. Verizon Wireless opened its first central Indiana Smart Store on Greyhound Pass in the Village Shopping Center. HCBM


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A new non-profit food pantry, Open Doors Pantry, is planned for construction at 19400 Tomlinson Road. Hamilton County’s newest Athletico location opens at the end of July at 956 Tournament Trail. Autistic individuals will have a new physical therapy center with the addition of We Rock the Spectrum at 17219 Foundation Parkway.


Law firm Campbell Kyle Proffitt LLP at 198 S. 9th Street closed at the end of April, but the newly formed firm of Barker Hancock & Cohron has set up shop in the space. The Law Office of Casandra J. Nelson, LLC has also opened at 124 N. 10th Street. Mailbox Express Pack-n-Ship opened in May at 20817 Hague Road. Indy Warrior held its grand opening on June 1 inside the Noblesville Athletic Club at 411 S. Harbour Drive. Stacked Pickle opened a new restauSleep Solutions has moved into 14741 rant at 17473 Wheeler Road, just off SR32 west of US 31. Spa32 and Titus Hazel Dell Crossing. Ryan FireprotBakery are both open for business in the ection Inc., which is headquartered same newly constructed shopping center. in Noblesville, is expanding with the acquisition of Louisville-based Kentuckiana Sprinkler. Roofing company Blackmore and Buckner is moving into 9750 E. 150th Street.

Big Hoffa’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que has outgrown its location and is building a larger facility on the northeast corner of Main and East streets.

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Dining Out “That is becoming a very common reaction, which would explain why they are one of our best sellers,” Kosene said. “Proper seasoning helps.”

Bucket of Balls By Chris Bavender, Photos by John Wright rowing up Michael Kosene and his family would often sit around his grandmother’s kitchen table eating and talking. Some of his most important and memorable experiences happened at that table. That memory—of being happy and comfortable while eating familiar food —played a role in the decision to open Mimi Blue Meatballs on Mass Avenue in downtown Indianapolis last year and a second location in Carmel in late April. “We hoped by presenting this type of environment with quality food at an affordable price point we could offer a similar experience that would bring family and friends together at our dining table,” Kosene said. Mimi Blue gives customers the option to choose from beef, turkey and vegetarian meatballs with a variety of sauces. The restaurant also offers a special meatball weekly that is “always unique, including the accompanying sauce.” “My father had seen a similar format that allowed the customer to pick and choose what they wanted to eat through a selection of options to their main food product,” Kosene said. “As we were developing our menu, we made sure that it allowed the customer the choice of the possibility of hundreds of different combinations that change the flavor experience each time.” About 25 percent of the menu items originated from family recipes. “We spent about one year researching, talking to a chef we trust, tasting and

playing with Mimi Blue’s recipes to create the core we have now,” Kosene said. “We are constantly looking for new concepts. We work from the premise that we will embrace any ethnicity that had an orb shaped food in their diet regimen.”

Narrow Focus The decision to offer only meatballs, however, did come with some apprehension. “Of course we were nervous as many knowledgeable people in the food industry felt that a narrowed focused menu is limiting,” Kosene said. “We felt that people want freshly prepared food they can identify with…who doesn’t like a meatball?” With a menu in the works, the next step was choosing a name for the eatery that would best reflect the overall experience. As with the food, Kosene went back to his roots. “Mimi Blue was my grandmother’s nickname. She was a great cook who deeply loved her family and provided us with great food,” Kosene said Along with the meatballs, popular side items, priced at $5 and $7, include Mac & Queso, Dirty Mashed, Creamy Polenta, and Fried Brussel Sprouts. The latter is a hit with even those who disliked the vegetable but are now converts after giving them another try.

Prices range from $9 for three meatballs and choice of sauce, to $11 for four meatballs with sauce. Sandwiches are $10, while sliders are $3 each. Vegan and Gluten Free options are also available, along with a beer and wine list. Desserts include Banana Mousse and Jazzy Doris’ Pies of the Day. Mimi Blue’s also offers a Bucket of Balls to Go featuring 16 meatballs, two sauces and half a loaf of bread for $40. As with the Mass Avenue location, the Hamilton County location décor is reminiscent of a Midtown New York dinner club in the late ‘40’s, early 50’s with its black paneled walls, mahogany tables and brass lamps. “The centerpiece of our dark Oak Bar is a dramatic four foot by six foot Giclee painting of two prize fighters painted by George Bellows called ‘Club Night.’ The original hangs in the Cleveland Museum of Art,” Kosene said. “My father (Gerry Kosene), who does our design work, felt the contrast of an affordable price point and an upscale environment would be welcoming.” The Carmel location is larger than its counterpart, seating 92 inside and an additional 36 on the patio. While still early, the new location draws a stronger lunch crowd than the Mass Avenue restaurant, Kosene said. “The community has been very supportive and we continue to get wonderful reactions to our environment, upscale service and quality product at an affordable price point,” Kosene said. “On the first day we opened downtown the market reaction told us our concept had merit. We try to create a welcoming atmosphere without our customers feeling like they are paying for it.” HCBM

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Fri., Aug. 5: All-County Women in Business Luncheon 11:30 am to 1 pm | 502 East Event Centre Wed., Aug. 10: August Luncheon: Future Biz 2025 11:30 am to 1 pm | Black Iris Estate Wed., Aug. 17: Young Professionals Lunch & Learn 12 to 1:30 pm | Eddie Merlot’s Thurs., Aug. 18: Business After Hours 4:30 to 6:30 pm | The Center for the Performing Arts Fri., Aug. 26: Golf Scramble 10 am to 6 pm | Ironwood Golf Club September Thurs., Sept. 8: All-County Network Breakfast 7:30 to 9 am | Houlihan’s - Hamilton Town Center Wed., Sept. 14: September Luncheon 11:30 am to 1 pm | 502 East Event Centre Tues., Sept. 20: New Member Orientation 8 to 9 am | Balmoral House at Balmoral Golf Club Wed., Sept. 21: Young Professionals After Hours 5 to 7 pm | Sullivan’s Steakhouse Wed., Sept. 28: Business After Hours 4:30 to 6:30 pm | Wellington Banquet & Conference Ctr. Reservations are required for all events. Call 317.436.4653 or sign up online at onezonecommerce.com. Information is subject to change. Visit website for details.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS AUGUST 2016 Friday, Aug. 5 / 11:00am-1:30pm HAMILTON COUNTY CHAMBERS WOMEN’S LUNCHEON 502 Event Centre, Carmel Thursday, Aug. 25 / 11:30am NHCCC LUNCHEON Red Bridge Park, Cicero


May Luncheon: A panel of Sheridan leaders discuss challenges and opportunities of the Town of Sheridan.

Thursday, Sept. 8 / 7:30am ALL COUNTY CHAMBER NETWORKING BREAKFAST Houlihan’s at Hamilton Town Center Thursday, Sept. 22 / 11:30am NHCCC LUNCHEON Hamilton Heights High School Media Center

NEW MEMBERS Seventh Day Adventist Church Pastor Vic VanSchaik Natalie Roy, DDS June Luncheon: Retired State Trooper/Boone County Reserve Deputy Tom Melville provides chamber members tips on how to prepare for workplace violence.

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Taste of Northern Hamilton County: Samples of the finest food in the area as well as wine tastings by Blackhawk Winery were featured at the Taste of Northern Hamilton County. 9th Annual Golf Classic: It was a great hot day on the Fox Prairie golf course, especially for the winning team from Cate, Terry & Gookins, LLC. Thank you to all who golfed, sponsored and volunteered!

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS 2016 Membership Luncheons


Thursday, 18th The Palomino Ballroom


Friday, 5th All County Women in Business Luncheon 502 East Event Centre


Thursday, 15th The Bridgewater Club

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Thursday, 25th Business After Hours Community First Bank

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Thursday, 25th New Member Breakfast The Bridgewater Club


Friday, 26th Economic Development Breakfast Charleston’s Restaurant For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org or call 317.804.3030

2016 Lantern Awards Mark Your Calendar Mark your calendar for our upcoming community awards night—The Lantern Awards on Friday, September 23, at The Palomino Ballroom. Award nomination forms are available to download on our website. The June luncheon was sold out with those in the community wanting to hear what is in the works for Westfield’s future. The panel of developers for current and future projects each gave an informative presentation followed by a Q & A session. The panel included Steve Henke, Henke Development; Derek Nabor, Holladay Properties; Chris White, Aurora LLC; and Larry Christman, Riverview Health.

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The Westfield Chamber of Commerce board of directors recently named Jack Russell President of the chamber. Jack will lead the chamber as it continues to grow its member base and add value to memberships. “We’re excited to have Jack as our new face of the chamber. His involvement in the community and passion for Westfield will certainly allow us to grow in many ways,” said Tom Dooley, chairman of the board of directors. Jack most recently served as the Director of Marketing for the chamber and was previously an Operations Manager for Continental Inc. out of Anderson. His professional experience is comprised of business development, community relations and marketing. Jack is a graduate of Indiana University’s School of Arts and Science, and he currently resides in Westfield.

NEW MEMBERS Travis Cearlock Centier Bank 3002 E. State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317.696.9957 www.centier.com Rayme Swan Culver’s of Westfield US Hwy. 31 & State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 765.251.0446 www.culvers.com Brad Subrin Drs. Lauck and McLean 30 1st Street, SW Carmel, IN 46033 317.848.9081 www.lauckmclean.com Jason Humrichous Heritage Custom Painting 237 N. Independence Street Tipton, IN 46072 317.385.1951 www.heritage-custompainting.com Carol Merchiers Huntington National Bank 14921 Thatcher Lane Carmel, IN 46032 317.814.4800 www.huntington.com Gabe Connell HotBox Pizza 3216 E. State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317.399.1900 www.hotboxpizza.com Dave Rocchio The Motorists Insurance Group 4660 Lisborn Drive Carmel, IN 46033 317.816.0789 www.rocchioinsurance.com Lindsay Petronie OrthoIndy 17471 Wheeler Road, Suite 112 Westfield, IN 46074 www.orthoindy.com

Shae Lockridge Chiropractic Wellness Center 514 E. State Road 32 Westfield, IN 46074 317.575.9310 www.cwcofindiana.com Randy Zentz Commercial Links 4630 Lisborn Drive Carmel, IN 46033 317.590.0447 www.commerciallinksgroup.com Mike Henn Indy Eleven Professional Soccer 47 S. Pennsylvania Street, Suite 611 Indianapolis, IN 46204 317.685.1100 www.indyeleven.com Carla Williams Stacked Pickle Restaurant 17471 Wheeler Road, Suite 116 Westfield 46074 317.804.2687 www.stackedpickle.com Terry Rake Titus Bakery Monon Marketplace Westfield, IN 46074 317.482.1740 www.titusbakery.com Mary Davis Verizon Wireless 1950 E. Greyhound Pass, Suite 14 Carmel, IN 46033 317.580.9548 www.verizonwireless.com Jeff Boller Vision One Real Estate 136 N. Union Street Westfield, IN 46074 317.804.5333 www.visiononerealestate.com

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Col. Roscoe Turner n July of 1995, there was an interesting auction in Noblesville held in the building that is now the parking lot next to Barley Island. It was a collection of unique items from early aviation history that had once belonged to Colonel Roscoe Turner (1896-1970). Although Turner wasn’t originally from Indiana, the story of how he got here is an important part of his life.

The Monkey Suit Roscoe Turner was an aviation pioneer. He was born and raised in Corinth, Mississippi, and learned to pilot airplanes during World War I. After the war, he barnstormed and entered air races. He was very successful, both in races for speed and races for endurance. He often raced against his close friend, Jimmy Doolittle, (later known as General James H. Doolittle, the leader of the first raid over Tokyo in World War II). One of Turner’s more spectacular races had been an 11,000 mile flight from England to Australia in 1934. He and his crew placed third, but they were the only Americans to finish. In the early 1920’s, he decided to do something to stand out from the many other barnstormers. The 1995 biography, Roscoe Turner: Aviation’s Master Showman by Carroll V. Glines, tells that he wore his army uniform until it was threadbare and then ordered a special uniform from Brooks Brothers. It consisted of riding boots, jodhpurs, a blue tunic, and a peaked cap. He was one of the first civilian pilots to wear a uniform and was very aware that his appearance was part of his appeal. In a letter to an aviation magazine, he said that a uniform was “suitable for all occasions. It further stimulates and advertises aviation. It shows them that you mean business and can command respect. …if you look like a tramp or a blacksmith, how Roscoe and Madonna pose with their pet can you meet the people bulldog in their award-filled den at their that are able to support your Indianapolis home while Gilmore stares business?” Occasionally, he into perpetuity. Photo by William A. Oates. would state it more bluntly Courtesy Madonna M. Turner than that: “I’m a flier and I’m earning a living at being one. Publicity helps. That’s why I wear the monkey suit. It makes people notice me wherever I go. Not that I like it. Nobody will ever know how much guts it takes for me to wear this circus outfit.”

Sheridan Connection The uniform proved to be very effective, but Turner kept coming up with more promotional ideas. During this time he had been made a Colonel of the Nevada National Guard, (most of his work

had been ferrying celebrities for quick marriages or divorces), and began to use the title. When his sponsor became Gilmore Oil, which had a lion in its logo, he acquired a lion cub to be his “co-pilot” and named him Gilmore. The cub proved to be one of the most popular things he did. Turner did stunt flying in Hollywood—most notably in Howard Hughes’ movie Hell’s Angels— and starred in radio shows, helped organize “Junior Birdman” clubs, was on the cover of Time magazine, and appeared as himself in the 1939 B-movie Flight at Midnight. He announced the end of his racing career in 1939 and said that he planned to start a flight school and airline. He moved to Indianapolis in 1940 because he was looking for a central location to start his airline. This marked some very significant changes in his life. He had hung up his flying uniform and become a businessman, but more importantly, he marThe Roscoe Turner Aeronautical Corporation ried Madonna Miller of hangar and offices in Indianapolis Weir Sheridan, Indiana. She Cook Airport after World War II. A Beechcraft had been working as an distributor, the company also operated a accountant when they mechanics’ school, an air taxi service, and met and some historians provided maintenance for transient aircraft. Photo by Dean E. Timmerman. believe that she was the reason that he was able to get his business together. Turner formed Roscoe Turner Aeronautical Corporation (RTAC) in 1944, and she became president in 1950. The office building and hanger for the company were at Weir Cook Airport —now Indianapolis International Airport. She was organized and efficient and ran most of the day-to-day operations of the company. Roscoe was often away at public programs and events such as a special award of the Distinguished Flying Cross in 1952 for his contributions to aeronautic advancement. Although the couple lived in Indianapolis, they kept up their Hamilton County connections and people in Sheridan and Noblesville remember them coming to visit. Turner opened a museum of artifacts from his flying career at the airport in 1968, which closed in 1972 because of airport expansion. The important materials from the collection were donated to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, including Gilmore, who had been stuffed and mounted after he died in 1952. Roscoe died in 1970 of bone cancer and is buried at Crown Hill Cemetery. Madonna Turner died in May 1995 and the auction was held soon after. Although Hamilton County’s connection to Roscoe Turner is a little indirect, It’s still a fascinating story to look at. HCBM David Heighway is the Hamilton County Historian.


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