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Management By Dr. Charles Waldo, Ph.D.

The Annual Review: Maybe it’s Time For Something Better Do performance evaluations really increase performance? Can they actually DECREASE it? These were two questions I asked the first night of many of my Anderson University Professional MBA program classes. The students often resembled people reading this magazine or working for one of the employers it reaches: They worked for a wide variety of organizations, ranging from self-employed to mega-organizations such as Eli Lilly, Roche Diagnostics, St. Vincent Health Care, and so on. They represented a smorgasbord of functions from general managers to CFO’s to CMO’s to supervisors to front-liners early in their careers. Good people trying to improve their performances and chances of moving ahead. I asked them those two headline questions in the context of determining how their performance in the class would be assessed. Would they prefer: (A) Just one, final exam covering everything or (B) A number of different types of written assignments; a grade for discussion; quizzes and tests during the semester; each with constructive (hopefully) feedback from me; and a final exam. Virtually all preferred (B). They didn’t want to put all their “grade eggs” in one basket and liked on-going feedback, so that’s what we did. What would you have chosen?

especially true of those with small organizations where the evaluation process seemed to be “If you get your paycheck assume you’re doing OK.” These results correspond closely with former General Electric CEO Jack Welch’s observations (cited in his book Winning) from his many public training seminars with (non-GE) managers that only about ten percent reported they got formal evaluations, whether on-going or only annually.

Exercise in Futility I asked those students who got annual, formal performance reviews if they thought the process actually improved their performance. Or, if they conducted annual reviews, did they see evidence (or at least believe) that the process improved the subordinate’s performance?

…nowhere could I find studies that linked formal performance reviews with increases in performance.

Then I asked them (A) How their performance was evaluated at work and (B) What process they would prefer, once a year or continuous/frequent feedback? A surprisingly large number of those not self-employed, usually around half, reported they got neither on-going performance feedback from their boss nor a formal, annual review. This was 8

In both cases a large percentage, always more than half, felt the process was an exercise in futility, especially those managers who had to wade through the evaluations of and have one-to-one meetings with fifteen or twenty subordinates. It was sheer drudgery, very time consuming, and usually done by the command of the HR department, or just another administrative chore to get out of the way. For a fair number of persons “annual performance evaluation day” was dreaded and seemed to be mostly a time when the boss unloaded their shortcomings on them. For others, the interview time was

scant and the process minimal, at best. For still others, the evaluation served more as formal documentation of and support for a raise or promotion but not much time was spent on how to improve performance. Then I asked the students, whether they got a formal review or not, if they had coaching sessions with their boss designed to figure out how their performance might be improved. Only a small number said they did. What about project planning with their boss or subordinates? Here things perked up. Many had a continuing stream of projects to tackle, some minor and short term, others major and longer term. Some were done solo while other projects were done in concert with a team. But seldom were the process(es) used and skills needed reviewed so a better job could be done the next time.

What Does it All Mean? From these classroom discussions, my own experiences in the corporate world, and after reviewing many books and articles, it appears performance assessment and, occasionally, planning for performance is a hit or miss proposition. The larger the organization, the more likely a formal assessment process, usually done annually. But nowhere could I find studies that definitively linked formal performance reviews with subsequent increases in performance. Ditto for coaching for skills improvement. It seems intuitive that coaching should lead to improvement but that’s not necessarily the case….some bosses just aren’t very good coaches or don’t even try to do it.

Ideas for Improving Performance Whether or not your organization uses formal, annual appraisals, here are some ideas that bosses and employees might use to improve performance:

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1. The boss should adopt a “coaching philosophy” to help subordinates identify and obtain new skills leading to doing a better job. “Coaching” is different than “supervising.” 2. The purposes of performance appraisal and coaching are improvement of performance for both the organization’s and employee’s benefit. Most people want to do good work and grow in their abilities. Help them. 3. Develop “standards of excellent performance.” How do the boss and subordinate recognize a “great performance” when they see it? Developing standards for excellence can sometimes be tricky and go way beyond simple measurements as “always on time” or “seldom misses a day of work,” although both of these qualities are important. For example, if one standard is “Has a great attitude,” how is a “great attitude” measured? If a standard is “Meets or exceeds sales goals,” what constitutes “outstanding sales performance?” 4. Performance evaluation and improvement coaching is much better done on a continuous basis rather than just one time a year. Positive, simple reinforcement right now of a good piece of work is your surest bet of getting more good work. Years ago the best seller The One Minute Manager called this technique “catching people doing things right and then telling them.” It works. 5. Conversely, if the boss observes a subordinate not doing things right, don’t hold off on remedial action. Remember, most employees want to do the right thing and problems will not correct themselves. Quality guru Dr. W. Edwards Deming maintained that 85-90% of errors on the front-line were caused by poor systems and bureaucratic hurdles out of the control of the front-liner, the users. Deming should not be ignored. 6. Employees, at whatever level, must realize they are jointly responsible for their own performance improvement. It’s their jobs and careers at risk. Ask them what they need to do better work—then, if reasonable, try to provide it. 7. If you are forced or want to do formal, annual performance evaluations, employees should not be surprised by the outcome. If you give them frequent feedback and coaching during the year, they should have a pretty good sense of how things will come out. If they are genuinely

surprised at differences between how they think their performance was and how you saw things, first question your own supervisory and coaching skills.


8. Project planning. One of the simplest measures of performance effectiveness is for the employee, with the boss’ approval and/or assistance, to design and take on a project with a defined objective, defined process, defined budget, and beginning and ending dates, all of which can be measured and “dissected.” 9. Employees evaluated as Outstanding or Exceptional should be rewarded beyond an “Atta boy/girl” or pat on the back or the evaluation will ring hollow. Bonuses count. Promotions count. Admittance to a “President’s Roundtable” counts. A special parking spot counts. An Outstanding performer should not get the same kind of raise as an Average performer. 10. While it should be hoped all employees can be honestly and objectively evaluated as Outstanding, that generally is not the case in practice. GE’s Welch divided/ ranked employees into three categories: The top 20% (the Stars); the middle 70% (the solid Core); and the bottom 10% (should be looking for another employer). There needs to be some differentiation.

Summing Up. What Do You Think? While annual, formal, performance appraisals are widely done in large and some medium sized organizations, it appears they don’t usually lead to measureable, improved performance. And, if done poorly, they can lead to diminished results. Day by day coaching, continuous skills development, and “catching people doing things right,” are much more likely to yield better results than just an annual review. What have been your experiences? I’d love to hear from readers and, if there is good response, perhaps there can be a followup article on how performance assessments are done—or not done—in Hamilton County. Please use the e-mail address shown below and let me know whether or not I can use your name. Thanks in advance for your insights. HCBM Charles Waldo, Ph.D. is Professor of Marketing (ret.) in Anderson University’s Falls School of Business. He lives in Indianapolis and can be reached at cnwaldo@comcast.net.

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Social Media New Year Resolutions Trends and Predictions for 2016 It is that time of year when predictions, trends and Top Five Lists roll out for the upcoming year. Social media is an everevolving medium, and most businesses have reason to pay attention to the latest technology, platforms and management software for 2016. A few will make life easier, and a few only increase the complexity of the social media maze. Here’s what you can expect in the next year on the top social media platforms.

Instagram Advertising: Hire a Good Photographer Instagram has grown exponentially over the last couple of years, and it was inevitable that with over 60 million users there would be cause for celebratory advertising. Geo-targeting and local advertising options will bode well for those in the entertainment, retail and restaurant space. Instagram has partnered with some top advertising and marketing agencies to fine-tune their advertising platform. They endeavor to make it easier for the marketer to run campaigns, create image and video alerts as well as simple calls to action and market on the mobile fly. Early feedback is looking good at a recall rate 3 times higher than any other form of online social advertising. So plans for advertising this year need to include a hard look at one of the most popular mobile social media platforms.

Twitter Polls: Check Yes or No Twitter rolled out a poll sharing option right before the holidays. If you want public opinion on anything—what to have for dinner, favorite baby name, who will win the Big Ten, whom to vote for—just ask Twitter. For those creating polls, it is yet another way to engage with the massive Twitter audience as 10

well as be heard. “Project Lightning“ is a new way that Twitter will be curating live events. It is along the lines of Snapchat stories. It is designed to include major events, breaking news stories, music festivals and sporting events. The live events will be housed in a new menu on the Twitter app where users can look for 7-10 curated events a day. Twitter will be working out the bugs in early 2016.

Pinterest is Popping Pinterest is used as a sourcing tool for all of the “products that you could ever want in one place.” It actually controls 23% (and growing) of referral traffic to

to be done remains to be seen, but we know that Bradley Horowitz and the team at Google are hatching a plan.

Snapchat Snaps Up Advertising $ Just like its predecessors Facebook and Twitter, Snapchat has ventured into advertising. Just like the other social giants, this gives marketers the opportunity to utilize a platform that Millennials are running towards to experience real time social media. Real-time means real quick, and advertisers better be on their game to catch attention with this fleeting content. Snapchat launched Discover, a portal that media brands such as ESPN, Vice, and Comedy Central use to push out their messages. Although results have been positive, parents should be monitoring the type of information that is actually being “pushed.” The real savvy behind Snapchat is that the advertising itself is what is being consumed, and brands will be forced to pay attention to be relevant.

Encouraging more men to start pinning is a goal for 2016. e-commerce sites. Because Pinterest is highly visible in nature, companies that really want to sell need to invest in high quality photography and position their products to be visually appealing. Pinterest has integrated the Buy Now feature and will be enhancing this over the next year with user feedback. Keep in mind that the demographic is still primarily women with an 80/20 split. Encouraging more men to start pinning is a goal for 2016. Advertising will also grow and evolve with the Promoted Pins feature.

Is Google+ going to be Google - ? Google tried very hard to compete with Facebook and Twitter but still wanted “ownership” which really led to the demise…or rather revamping… that is slated for this year. Google+ is being reimagined to offer users Streams, Photos and Hangouts. How exactly this is going

Facebook Continues to be the Face of Innovation Facebook has advanced its advertising tactics and continues to grow a robust, inclusive and detailed advertising platform. It is making continuous improvements, and is actually trying “customer service” on for size. It has also included an array of new features that really step up the game. A new feature called Carousel ads allows multi-image advertising that links to different pages across your business website. It also will allow for mobile device targeting. A Call-Now button is included that allows the option to directly call your business from an advertisement displayed on a mobile device. Bluetooth beacons will also become more mainstream (they were

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in beta testing in 2015). This allows the customer that visits your place of business to like, check-in and receive more broadcasts regarding your business. It is a real-time, albeit somewhat creepy way of engaging customers. The broadcasts include welcome messages, coupon or sale prompts, shopping tips, notifications and much more. On Facebook’s social side they now offer chat app rooms. These can be used in a forum where users don’t use location or name: all because of a push from consumers for more privacy options. Facebook is also offering Instant Articles which hosts publishers’ content in a News Feed app. This will grow in popularity as more people and “publishers” become aware and start utilizing it. Facebook’s Buy Now option and new apps available for ecommerce will also grow in usage.

What are WE predicting as it relates to Social Media for 2016? 1. A greater push from consumers to protect their online privacy and ability to remain autonomous. Consumers want to

have options for more anonymous social availability. The popularity of YikYak, Telegram and Whisper will inevitably lead to ways to make truly private platforms, not just the illusion of privacy. 2. A focus on Real-Time, in the moment, trending social media posts and content is going to be the driver. The attention span

of the public is getting shorter, and the tolerance for useless content is as well. The Editorial calendar will see a major upheaval as the days of pushing out content on a scheduled dashboard will be limited. What does this mean for the marketer? More attentive care for your clients and “living” their business. 3. Brands are going to push back on the forced social advertising costs and they will look for more creative ways to organically reach their followers. We also think this will force some of the platforms to backpedal on their advertising or offer up alternative options. The competition is about to get real.

4. New social media platforms will continue to be gobbled up by the big giants. If you are planning on creating a new platform, start working the numbers right now on how much you plan to sell it to Zuckerberg for. 5. The IoT (Internet of Things) and Wearable’s are going to become a more mainstream topic of conversation and functionality will be discovered instead of just talked about. 6. Finally, we hope brands get much more real about the type of communication and discourse that they have on social media. Focus on the quality, not the quantity of your content, and follower base should be a goal for 2016. No matter what predictions or new technology is down the pike, the reality is that Social Media isn’t optional anymore for brands. Formulating and implementing a solid social strategy is just part of running a business in 2016. HCBM Kristin Fettig is CEO of Social Order, Inc., a social media marketing and management company specializing in small business.

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Showcase Nickel Plate Arts Nurtures Local Talent By Shari Held Photos by Mark Lee

ickel Plate Arts, a Hamilton County Tourism program, has scored some major coups since its launch in September 2012. Its mission is broad: to support and promote the arts in the six communities around the Nickel Plate Arts Trail (Fishers, Noblesville, Cicero, Atlanta, Arcadia and Tipton), to improve the quality of life for residents and to enrich the visitor experience. 12

In just three years Nickel Plate Arts has delivered on all counts, thanks to the leadership of Aili McGill, executive director of Nickel Plate Arts, and a handful of passionate staff dedicated to arts and community. From 2013 to 2014, attendance to the center’s Noblesville 8th Street campus (Judge Stone House and Stephenson House) more than doubled, and it continues to increase. More than 150 people

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routinely attend its First Friday events— and many come back. According to McGill, that’s her biggest accomplishment to date. “To me that’s a huge victory,” she says. “I think that speaks to the fact that we offer something that people are hungry for, and we do it in a good way.” The center also increased exposure for its mission and local arts more than five-fold from 2013 to 2014. Last year it reached 65,558 people. McGill hopes that awareness will develop a community of individuals and businesses that actively supports the arts. In 2014 the art center achieved 501(c)3 status, generated nearly $25,000 for artists, granted $14,000 to other organizations to fund art events, provided 46 programs and coordinated 20 art exhibits. “Nickel Plate is doing a fabulous job of bringing art to the community,” says Nickel Plate artist Beth Forst. “That access is great for people who want to make their lives just a bit more interesting. I’m just glad to be part of it.” Forst’s artwork can be found in galleries across the Midwest and Chicago.

Creating an Artist Community The center supports an artist community of more than 250 artists, including seven artists who have studios on campus. “And that number is expanding all the time,” McGill says.

Previously he’d rented space in the Stutz Building in downtown Indianapolis, but the drive was prohibitive to productivity. Reveal is known nationally for his wildlife, train and landscape paintings and his nostalgic Hometown series depicting everyday life in Hamilton County.

Artists such as Rodney Reveal from Arcadia quickly snapped up the seven available studios on campus. “It’s good to have other artists to bounce ideas off,” he says.

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was going to be a structure in place, and the wheels were moving in that direction,” Lehman says. “And I wanted to be in it. There are great artists living in Noblesville, and Nickel Plate Arts is just tapping into that talent. And they’re going about it in the right way.” Prior to Nickel Plate Arts, no overarching organization with professional, paid staff existed to promote the arts and local artists. Initially McGill, who formerly served as director of operations at Conner Prairie, and a part-time assistant were it. Today, besides McGill, there’s a full-time program coordinator and three-part positions, including an artist liaison.

Focusing on the Business of Art Each year Nickel Plate Arts sponsors at least one artist gathering to probe artists about their wants and needs. And when McGill surveyed the 250 artists in Nickel Plate’s network, she found a wide disparity in their business and marketing skills—two components often missing in an artist’s education. “Artists are independent business people, so they need to know about business, and they depend on marketing,” Reveal says. “It’s not all about how good you do art, it’s how you promote your art. You can’t sell your paintings when they’re underneath your bed.” Fortunately the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce offered its assistance. “Bringing business expertise to the table seemed to be a natural fit for us,” says Bob DuBois,


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president, Noblesville Chamber of Commerce. “And having a vibrant arts community is good for economic development. Art shows off the community in a unique way, and businesses want to relocate or grow in communities that support the arts.”

“You can’t sell your paintings when they’re underneath your bed.” ~ Artist Rodney Reveal DuBois called upon his experience heading a similar Chamber initiative in a Cape Cod community to help create a Noblesville Chamber-sponsored ongoing

program of panel discussions and workshops—all tailored to the needs of the Nickel Plate Arts artist community. And Chamber members such as Coverdale Consulting and Platinum Living Fine Art Gallery responded. The program kicked off in August with a panel discussion. Topics are tailored to the needs of the Nickel Plate Arts and have included creating structures for legal protection, selling art to a gallery, and marketing tactics. Also on the lineup are: preparing and marketing for a show, developing a unique social media presence, Quickbooks for artists and valuing your art inventory. “We’re starting slow and we’re starting small so we can make sure the workshops are effective for the folks in the room,” DuBois says.

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At a modest $5 per event, it’s one of the biggest ROIs an artist can make! And the response has been positive. “The Noblesville Chamber, Noblesville Main Street, Nickel Plate Arts and the City of Noblesville Economic Development are all working in the same direction to support the creative economy in our community,” DuBois says. “We’re all doing it from our specific areas of expertise. I think we’re in the early stages of something really exciting.”

Growing Pains From its inception Nickel Plate Arts was designed to become an independent entity. The target for becoming operationally independent of Hamilton County Tourism is 2018. The jury is still out on how realistic that timeline is, but McGill notes that if they miss it, it will only be by a year or two. Meanwhile, Nickel Plate Arts faces two “interesting” challenges moving forward. Both involve growth. One is that as a young organization, Nickel Plate Arts doesn’t yet have a solid support

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base. “To grow at a rate where we can operate independently we’ll have to aggressively grow our donor and sponsor list,” McGill says. The second challenge: Nickel Plate Arts is rapidly outgrowing its campus. Facility limitations have already maxed out

attendance to all its major programs, and McGill notes Nickel Plate could fill another eight studios “without even trying.” “There’s so much potential here, and we’re really excited to be in the thick of that and working towards that potential,” McGill says. HCBM

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Spurs Economic Development Carmel’s Arts & Design District By Karen Kennedy • Photos by Mark Lee

rt can be incredibly powerful. It can evoke a memory, an emotion, or a mood. It can make us feel joyful or melancholy. It can take us on a journey. It can enrich our lives. It can be a passion, an obsession or just a hobby. But for an artist or a gallery owner—those who create, distribute and promote art as a way of life—can art be more than just a passion or a hobby? Can it be a sustainable, even profitable, business model? For many artists and gallery owners who have cast their fortunes with the thriving Carmel Arts & Design District, the answer is a resounding “yes.” 16

“There’s a Vibrancy Here” Take a stroll down Carmel’s Main Street on an ordinary Tuesday afternoon and you’ll find a street bustling with activity; shoppers darting in and out of stores and restaurants, meeting friends for coffee, and most importantly, looking at and buying art. And try to take that same stroll during any one of the myriad special events that take place there weekend after weekend—Carmel on Canvas, the Second Saturday Gallery Walk, Porchfest, the Art of Wine, Jazz on the Monon or Artmobilia, just to name a few, and you’ll be jockeying for sidewalk space with not hundreds, but thousands of other art lovers. Simply put, the joint is jumpin’. “There’s a vibrancy here you don’t see in other places,” said Cathy Bauder, artist

and owner of the Inspire Studio Gallery. “I believe that our arts district rivals New York, Chicago and the west coast. There are so many galleries in such a concentrated, walkable space. We have visitors here from all over the country who come because they want to experience these artists and this arts district first hand. And we have artists from Chicago and all over the country hoping to be represented here. It really is amazing,” she said. Bauder serves as the vice president of the Carmel Arts & Design District Gallery Association. “I moved my gallery here in 2013 because Carmel had a reputation for being supportive of the arts,” she said. “And that is certainly true.” That sentiment is echoed by Jim May, Executive Director of the newest gallery

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on the scene, the Hoosier Salon. “We relocated to Carmel’s Arts and Design District from our previous location in Broad Ripple because we saw great potential in being a part of what is going on in Carmel,” said May. “We want to be seen as not just another store front, but an organization that is a cultural resource for the city.” The Hoosier Salon’s business model differs in that it’s a not-for-profit. While the artists who are represented get paid commission on the sales of their work, all other proceeds from sales are channeled back into the community—a partnership with the high school provides arts education programs and the Salon participates in other arts outreach initiatives as well.

Arts in Partnership While the visual arts are thriving to the north, the performing arts continue to flourish just a bit south near the City Center in the Center for the Performing Arts.


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“It is refreshing to be in community where the leadership gets it—where they believe in the power of the arts to build a community and as an economic engine,” said Tania Castroverde Moskalenko, President and CEO of the Center for the Performing Arts. But as far as the business of the performing arts goes, the business model is not so clean cut. “For-profit organizations are straight forward; simply put, they exist to make a profit. The not-for-profit organizations December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

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Gallery Walk at Hoosier Salon

provide us with greater opportunities to explore partnerships, co-promotions, etc. There is also fantastic potential for creative and cutting edge performing and visual arts programming in the Midtown corridor itself,” she said.

are more complicated as they are mission driven, not profit driven, and their purpose is to serve others. The Center for the Performing Arts is a not-for-profit, mission-driven organization and so we present many concerts, programs, and projects where we actually lose money. That’s a tough concept for many to understand. That doesn’t mean we don’t balance our books, we do, we just have to bridge the gap through other means, such as fundraising, in order to make the budget work.”

A Long Term Vision

Moskalenko also sees great potential in the Midtown redevelopment project. “I am very excited about the Midtown redevelopment as it will help bridge the geographic distance between the Arts & Design District and City Center and will

Magdalena and Jerry Points Gallery of Art

The Carmel Arts & Design District did not emerge by chance. It is the result of the long term vision of Carmel mayor Jim Brainard, who first presented that vision to citizens back in 2003. He clearly established the area with archways defining the district and had a logo developed to brand it. Brainard saw the district as an economic development tool for attracting tourism as well as jobs and new businesses to the city.

French Bleu Fine Art Gallery


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“There are currently more than 200 businesses within the Arts & Design District, about half of which are related to the arts or design,” said Brainard. “These businesses provide jobs, pay taxes and are important partners in our city’s overall economic development plan, which places a huge emphasis on the quality of life factors that are key to attracting larger businesses, corporate headquarters and a highly educated workforce.”

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The district also helps bolster Hamilton County’s overall attraction of visitors. According to the Indiana Office of Tourism Development, tourism is the third largest industry in Hamilton County and supports more than 10,000 jobs. In other words, art has become a big business in Carmel.

What’s Next? “We see the development of Midtown as being a major boost to the Arts & Design District,” Brainard continued. “When we created the City Center, we intended it to become the new downtown. Connecting the Arts & Design District with the City Center will provide the potential to keep our shops and galleries busy with

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thousands of daytime office workers and evening residents. We will also continue to place an emphasis on public green spaces, beautiful design elements and special events.”

Given that the Arts & Design District is currently nearly 100% leased, that model seems to be a formula for both artistic and economic success for generations to come. HCBM

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Platinum Living Fine Art Gallery offers unexpected variety By Rosalyn Demaree Photos by Mark Lee

alk into Platinum Living Fine Art Gallery and your first thought might be, “Toto, we’re not in Noblesville anymore.” But you are. The 12,000-square-foot (and growing) gallery on Logan Street just a block east of Courthouse Square sells original oils painted by nearly 20 international artists, accented with equally impressive art glass and sculpture. It’s the quality of art more often found in large city museums than mid-sized downtowns. It’s the kind of art that draws people to any-sized town. “Fine art galleries are a significant destination in a downtown,” said Miah Michaelsen, Indiana Arts Commission deputy director. “People like unique experiences in downtown areas. Authentic experiences. When you find something unexpected, you feel a little different about what else might be there.” A fine art gallery can be one of the biggest game changers in a community’s economic development, she added. Other business people and residents wonder what else is possible when a nearby, high-dollar gallery finds success. Platinum Living is not local art, although gallery owner and longtime Carmel resident Jacquelyn Fry Bilbrey supports local arts and says many area artists visit the gallery to inspire their muse. “You can’t do it all. You have to specialize in something,” confides Bilbrey, who has concentrated in working with international artists all 36 years of her interior design and art sales career.

World-class Art Jacquelyn Bilbrey and Mary Ann Newcomb of Platinum Living Fine Art Gallery


Her gallery is world class. Among the works are ones by Ilona Kustan, a Ukrainian artist who’s “really hot in Europe right now and is known for the detail she includes December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Jose Royo

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Bilbrey’s knowledge about every piece of art is remarkable. She knows the artists and is well versed in their styles. While admiring the detail in Kustan’s “The Performer,” Bilbrey points to the dimension of the small dots on the subject’s high collar, explaining how Kustan uses the handle end of the brush to get that effect. Bilbrey‘s awe of Josep Domenech, who flew from Barcelona for the opening of his October exhibition at Platinum Living, is palpable as she tells how he doesn’t use a brush. He paints with his fingers and cloth, removing paint instead of adding it. Bilbrey has studied art throughout her life but majored in business at Ball State because “my father would only pay for my education if I got a business degree. He said interior design was not a valid occupation,” she tells before smiling, “It was excellent advice.”

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Not only is the quality of art at Platinum Living rare in retail galleries, the size of some pieces is uncommon, too.

in her work,” Bilbrey said. Petro Poroshenko and Vladimir Putin, presidents of the Ukraine and Russia, are among Kustan’s collectors.

Pier Toffoleti


Bilbrey believes her collection of very large pieces by Jose Royo, a Spanish master painter who will be 74 in December, would be difficult to find elsewhere. There are pieces with 78-by-78-inch images. Framed, and every painting at the 5-yearold gallery is framed, they’re 93-by-93. Royo must be one of Bilbrey’s favorite artists; his serigraphs line her office

Art as an Investment Her clientele is a prime reason Bilbrey offers work only by living, international artists. Most of her buyers—some of whom have relied on her advice and style for more than 30 years—are beginning collectors wanting pieces of distinction or investors wanting to diversify their portfolios. Each piece comes with a certificate of authentication and an appraisal, said Mary Ann Newcomb, gallery director. “Those are like the title to the car. They

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go in the lock box. We give them another copy in an envelope to tape to the back of the painting, so the kids don’t sell it in a garage sale someday. Newcomb and Bilbrey watch and keep their buyers abreast of what changes in the art world. When an artist’s work increases in value, buyers get an updated appraisal. Once an artist is established, Bilbrey explained, the value of his or her work increases. European artists’ work increases in value a little faster than American works. Royo’s work, for example, increased almost 20 percent in value last year. When an established artist dies, values start growing, sometimes skyrocketing, almost immediately. “Once art goes up, it continues to go up,” she said. As does business at Platinum Living. Bilbrey opened another 6,000-square-foot gallery on the second floor of the building in November. “I want to carry as much art as I possibly can,” she said. HCBM

Ilona Kustan


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Gabriel Lehman

Local artist breaks out as international talent

ast August at the Noblesville Art Fair on the Square, a spectator asked artist Gabriel Lehman’s permission to take a few photos of his art. Fortunately Lehman agreed. Those photos were posted on Reddit where they made the front page, and were subsequently picked up by Tumblr and 9Gag, giving Lehman instant mega-exposure. For a time he couldn’t keep up with the sales and commissions. “Sales just exploded overnight,” Lehman says. But that wasn’t the end of the story, or even the highlight. Shortly afterward, during a totally unrelated business deal, Lehman’s father-in-law showed Lehman’s website to Dan Jorgensen, a mover and shaker in international art 22

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By Shari Held

circles. He saw potential for sales and offered to represent Lehman. Lehman’s art contains a smattering of surrealist René Magritte, impressionist Claude Monet and Norman Rockwell, but it’s also heavily influenced by the cartoon characters he’d drawn as a child. “I’ve held strong to that cartoon world,” he says. “Because the only rules in a cartoon world are the ones I make up. That’s why you’ll see giant teapots flying in the air in my art.” Besides international exposure, additional opportunities and the chance to focus on

large-scale art, Lehman, age 39, is grateful for what this means to his craft. “It gives me room to breathe,” he says. “Now I can take one fantastic idea and work through it, enjoying the entire process, and finding out what I’m capable of.” And the price tag for a large-scale painting in his new collection will start at six figures!

Vagabond Days Lehman’s story is even more fantastic when you consider he didn’t pick up an artist’s brush and palette until 2009! But he paid his dues for his fairytale ending. He had conceptual dyslexia so college wasn’t an option after school. After a stint as a singer-songwriter in Nashville he moved to the artistic community of Wilmington, North Carolina where he supported himself by laying carpet.

literally homeless, hauling his tools and paintings in his car and couch surfing at friends’ homes. Even after moving to Noblesville three years ago Lehman still continued to travel 800 miles to the East Coast every other weekend until he built up a client base in Indiana—and got “discovered!”

Those vagabond days are behind him now. He recently married, and he and his wife “Then I found myself in a bad spot,” he says. Jamie live in Greenwood, closer to her work. And they’ve collaborated on a book, “My hands started to go bad, and I really Paper Airplanes, due to come out soon. needed to transition to something else.” That something else was painting. He put in 60- to 70-hour weeks, laying enough carpet to survive, painting through the night and schlepping his work in neighboring states and Indiana, which he visited often to see his family. For a while he was

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“It’s been a crazy year,” Lehman says. “It was a hard road to get exposure. You find out how much you really want something when you have to get it the hard way. I’m just grateful I don’t have to do that anymore.” HCBM



A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Sheridan senior living apartment complex Spicewood III opened in November. Railer’s Main Street Market IGA closed its doors this fall after 38 years at 207 S. Main Street in Sheridan. Oak Hill Mansion

Hollywood Sports Center is open for business at 12345 Old Meridian Street. Travel Authority has moved into the former location of Sharkey’s Cuts for Kids at 12525 Old Meridian Street. Korean restaurant Omoni is coming to Meridian Village Plaza at 136th and Meridian streets in the former location of Jersey’s Café. The owner of Jersey’s Café has opened a new restaurant, called Jeet? by Jersey, at 820 E. 116th Street.

A new stand-alone restaurant, Firebirds, is being built at 9611 N. Meridian Street. Tom Wood Ford at 3130 E. 96th Street is under construction with a 45,000 SF addition and major renovations. CorVel is expanding its offices at 301 Pennsylvania Parkway and 550 Congressional Boulevard. Guggenheim is renovating and moving into the first floor at 301 Pennsylvania Parkway. The former occupant, Pillar Group, has moved to new offices at 11708 N. College Avenue. Paganelli Law is expanding its footprint at 10401 N. Meridian Street. Giant Eagle’s new Market District and GetGo Café & Market held their grand openings in October at 11505 N. Illinois Street. Indiana Municipal Power Agency has built a new conference center at its corporate headquarters at 116th Street and College Avenue. The Central Bark Park is now open at 1427 E. 116th Street. Graeter’s has opened a new ice cream shop in the Nash building at 918 S. Range Line Road. This winter, Godby Hearth & Home is opening a showroom on the first floor of the Indiana Design Center. R&D Distributing held a grand opening in September at its new facility at 859 W. Carmel Drive. 24

Midstate Trucking Equipment at 11021 Allisonville Road is building a new addition for office and service spaces. Heather Brown Face and Body Salon has opened at 11057 Allisonville Road in the former location of The UPS Store. Medical Thermography of Hamilton County joined Living with Intention, in September at 11979 Fishers Crossing Drive. A new Pita Pit restaurant is opening at 8395 E. 116th Street. Launch Fishers has welcomed Open Gym Indy to its coworking space. Four Day Ray Brewery is slated to occupy the first floor of a new 16,000 SF building at 11671 Lantern Road.

CARMEL The historic Oak Hill Mansion has been purchased by Thomas Caterers of Distinction and will be rebranded as Black Iris Estate. The iconic facility will close at the end of December and reopen in May under the new name. Bob Zehr owned the Mansion for 14 years.

Parkway. Construction is to begin next year for a 2017 opening.

Edwin the Duck The new Edwin the Duck store opened this fall at 252 W. Main Street. Breakfast and lunch restaurant Wild Eggs is new to the Meridian and Main development at 1438 W. Main Street. Health tech company Cureatr has opened a new office at 13295 N. Illinois Street. The 50,000 SF, 20-bed Indiana Spine Hospital is slated for construction at 13225 N. Meridian Street. InWelligent Healthcare is moving into the St. Vincent Carmel Medical Professional Building at 13450 N. Meridian Street. The Mezz 42 at 8813 3rd Avenue SW held its grand opening on November 6. Inner You Pilates studio has moved from 14950 Greyhound Court to 14400 Clay Terrace Boulevard. H Curated, which sells one of a kind salvaged merchandise, has opened in the Indiana Design Center. Twenty-two Wooden Key Hallmark stores in Indiana and Illinois closed last spring, including the Carmel location at 2150 E. 116th Street. Carmel Clay Fire Department is building a new maintenance and training facility at 5225 E. 106th Street.

School of Rock held its grand opening on October 31 at its new location at Olio Road & 116th Street. The former Forum at Fishers Ice Arena at 9022 E. 126th Street reopened in September as the Fuel Tank at Fishers after a $2.5 million renovation.

Northview Church Northview Church has opened its new Fishers campus at 14842 E. 136th Street. Instacart has expanded its grocery delivery services to include Fishers.

NOBLESVILLE Sun Development announced plans to build a 198 room Embassy Suites Hotel at Exit 210 on the southwest corner of Olio Road and Tegler Drive. The hotel would also include 20,000 square feet of conference space and 5000 sq ft of meeting space. Hamilton County’s second Sonic Tan is slated to open at 5641 Pebble Village Lane. Former retail space at 5633 Pebble Village Lane is being converted to a new gym facility, Workout Anytime.

FISHERS IKEA plans to build a 296,000-squarefoot store on 35 acres of undeveloped land at Exit 205 between I-69 and USA

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Johnathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse at Grand Park is adding extra tenant space for additional health and athletics-related companies to lease.

Smith House Events & Designs Michelangelo’s Italian Bistro at 550 Westfield Road has undergone a relaunch with a new look and menu. Smith House Events & Designs opened in September at 444 Lafayette Road. 1 of One Art Gallery held its grand reopening in October with a new tenant, The Rugged Company, which sells men’s personal care products. Lil Bloomers also opened its doors in October at 982 Logan Street. Legacy Christian High School at 470 Lakeview Drive is preparing to welcome its first freshman class in fall 2016.

A new salon, Grand Style Station, has opened in downtown Westfield at 203 Jersey Street. The Union, a new co-working facility, is planned for 136 N. Union Street. Bash Boutique is now open at 149 N. Walnut Street. Redwood at Andover apartments, located on Shady Nook Road between SR 32 and 191st Street, held its grand opening in October. Copper Trace

Bash Boutique senior living community held its grand opening in November at 1250 W. 146th Street. HCBM

E-cigarette retailer Hoosier Vapes is moving into 2350 Conner Street. The Salvation Army has opened its first Hamilton County family store at 585 Noble Creek Drive. Noodles and Company is opening a new restaurant at 17143 Mercantile Boulevard. The former Wooden Key Hallmark at 16787 Clover Road is the new home of America’s Best Contacts and Eyeglasses. Nemo’s Sports Pub & Grill has closed at 15887 Cumberland Road. Elite Liquor Store is renovating the space with plans to open soon. Noblesville Pet Wellness Clinic opened in early September in the same building. Popular food truck Dhaba Indy is opening a new Indian restaurant at 14350 Mundy Drive. Pizza 317 is slated to open at 14580 River Road. Rally Rock Ride closed its doors at 14460 Herriman Boulevard last spring, and now VCA Stoney Creek Animal Hospital is expanding its adjacent suite into the empty space. Community Health Pavilion at 9669 E. 146th Street is adding the Community Imaging and Infusion Center to its medical offices. The former Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt store at Hamilton Town Center is the new home of European Wax Center. Pittsburgh-based Primanti Bros. is planning its first Indiana restaurant at 13871 Cabela Parkway.

WESTFIELD Crossfit Thrive yoga studio opened in November at 17406 Tiller Court. The December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine



Notes from all over the county Two co-working spaces are being developed in the county, one in Carmel and one in Westfield, in the wake of the extraordinary success of Launch Fishers.

The team launching the Carmel Business Accelerator: (l-r) Alex Morozov, Alla Morozov, Nate Thornberry, Shannon Krueger, Teresa Darling, Felix Shalit, Nate Ehman, Brett Ridoux, Tom James

The Carmel Business Accelerator occupies the first floor of the building at 706 Pro-Med Lane, near the intersection of 136th St and US 31. Conceived as a hybrid of high end office space and a business incubator, the 6000 square feet of space offers both private offices and cubicles for rent on a month to month basis, and is open for business. Carmel was named 2015 Community of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce for its 20-year effort to reinvent itself. “The powerful combination of business growth and quality of life amenities that make the city a great place to work and live is rarely seen,” said the Chamber. Conner Prairie was awarded $125,000 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services to fund a planned maker program in 2017. Maker programs are spaces dedicated to creativity and innovation through hands-on exploration with technology, materials and ideas. The museum will match grants and plans to draw inspiration for its space and programming from its existing historic crafts and trades programs that visitors experience daily. The holding company of First Farmers Bank & Trust is acquiring Citizens Exchange Bank. Based in Converse, Indiana northeast of Kokomo, First Farmers has 36 locations in Indiana and Illinois communities, including one in Sheridan. Hamilton County Area Neighborhood 26

parking garage will be built beneath the development. The project is expected to take up to two years to complete.

The Union In Westfield, The Union is a 3800 square foot co-work space downtown on the corner of Union and Penn Streets offering private office suites as well as meeting and event space. The open concept features standing desks, couches and cubbies. All rooms will have projection or multimedia capabilities and be open 24/7 to members. The initial 10 memberships will be $200/mo. and office suites start at $400/mo. The Union plans to open in January. Development (HAND) convened the inaugural Neighborhoods NOW Conference in November at the Forum Conference Center in Fishers. 125 guests attended fifteen workshops organized under the themes Growth, Affordability, Seniors and Neighborhood Development. The purpose was to explore how diverse stakeholders can work together to address prevalent community development issues. The Proscenium

Anderson Birkla Investment Partners will develop, and Woolpert will design The Proscenium, a $60 million mixeduse development on the site of the old Party Time warehouse at Range Line Rd. and Carmel Drive. The 6.5-acre development will include 225 one- and twobedroom residential units, 20,000 square feet of retail, 60,000 square feet for office use and 1.8 acres of public green space. A

The first outdoor skating rink in the Indianapolis area is open at Hamilton Town Center. A partnership is renting the space west of the Mall through January. The ice sheet is refrigerated to keep it solid even when outside temperatures are above freezing. The Rink is open every day. Cost is $12, which includes skate rental.

Katie Harvey

Jeff Marston

Noblesville native Katie Harvey joined Conner Prairie as director of individual giving. Jeff Marston was named senior director of Xfinity communities for Comcast’s Heartland Region, which includes the states of Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.

Mark Novak

Chad Kozuch

Carmel resident Mark Novak was promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Credit Officer at The Farmers Bank. Chad Kozuch was promoted to Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer/Information Security Officer.

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Dining Out

Matteo’s Changes Hands

New owner plans to enhance the Italian cuisine at the Noblesville landmark By Chris Bavender

Ask most little boys what they want to be when they grow up and you’ll probably get the standard answers—fireman, police officer, cowboy. But Adson Franco had a different career path in mind as a child—he wanted to own a restaurant.

ber. He always knew it would be a matter of time before I would own a restaurant,” Franco said. “He has been a big fan of Matteo’s for a long time and knew the owner and that he had been thinking about slowing down.”

“My mother is a chef so this business is all I know and all I ever wanted to do,” Franco said. “Watching my mom create and execute her dishes to perfection always impressed me. It was not only about eating her delicious meals, but more about watching her put those dishes together, as well as watching her customer’s reactions to every bite.”

For Matteo Di Rosa the decision to sell— after 30 years in the restaurant business with 13 of them at Matteo’s—was based on deciding it was “a good idea to change.”

It was that special experience, Franco said, that made him want to own a restaurant that would provide a similar dining experience to guests. He knew to achieve that goal, however, he’d have to learn as much about the business as possible. So he set out to do just that—working as a dishwasher at an Italian restaurant to becoming General Manager at Fogo de Chao and every position in between—soaking up all the knowledge he could.

Quality and Authenticity That hard work paid off for the 33-yearold in mid-August when he became co-owner of Matteo’s in downtown Noblesville. Franco’s two partners in the endeavor are Patricio Daneri and Edson Silva. Franco and Silva worked together at Fogo for six years. “A good friend of mine who owns several businesses—who I consider to be great at what he does—introduced me to the idea last Novem28

“I love the restaurant and it was a hard to leave the downtown square but I feel comfortable that Adson will do the same or better job than me,” Di Rosa said. “I chose Adson because he is very honest and hardworking, and he loves what he does, so I decided to pass on Matteo’s to him.”

Pass it on to a man who knew the “quality and authenticity” of Matteo’s menu was the reason it had always been successful. Franco plans to enhance the menu by adding a few prime cuts of steaks, as well as seafood. Popular menu items range from the traditional spaghetti and lasagna to Gnocchi Sorrentina, homemade potato and semolina flour dumplings cooked in a Pomodoro sauce with mozzarella cheese and fresh basil. Signature dishes such as the Tortellini Matteo’s are also must haves for guests. “It’s a cheese stuffed tortellini in our cream sauce with ham, mushrooms, onions and parmesan cheese,” Franco said. “We also run off the menu Signature dishes every weekend.”

Adson Franco, General Manager, Co-Owner The bread, oil, mozzarella, pastas and desserts are all made in-house, adding to the restaurant’s appeal Franco said. When it comes to the dining experience, ambiance is key. Walk into Matteo’s, located on the courthouse square, and you’ll take a trip to Italy—without ever leaving Indiana. Dark wood and deep, vibrant colors are found throughout. Colorful murals of people enjoying a meal together are prominent in the bar area, while similar art is displayed around the dining area. “Guests feel the authenticity from the moment they walk in. We take pride in our Italian culture, and that shows in every element of the restaurant,” Franco said. “Our décor is inspired in the medieval palaces of the Roman Empire. As for what the future holds for Di Rosa, only time will tell he said. “I wish I could see into the future but for now I am going to take care of my family. I am definitely open to more restaurant opportunities with Adson if he wants to expand,” he said. “I also own a building in town (where South of Chicago Pizza is located) and I just finished remodeling and am looking for tenants.” HCBM Matteo’s 40 N. 9th Street, Noblesville, IN 46060 317.774.9771 Lunch Mon. – Fri. 11am–2pm Dinner Mon. – Sat. 5 pm–10:30 p.m. Sun. 3pm–9pm

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A stronger voice. A significant presence. A new business advocate in an ever-changing marketplace. The Carmel and Fishers Chambers have joined to become OneZone. December Luncheon: Annual Business Excellence Awards

Legislative Breakfast Series December through March

Join us to recognize local companies and individuals for business excellence and impact.

Keep up-to-date on issues that impact the business community and the 2016 legislative session.

Tuesday, December 15 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Ritz Charles

Friday, December 11 7:30 to 9 a.m. The Mansion at Oak Hill

Reservations are required.

Reservations are required.

December & January Events December Wednesday, December 2: Young Professionals After Hours 5 to 7 p.m. | Flix Brewhouse Friday, December 11: Legislative Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. | The Mansion at Oak Hill Tuesday, December 15: December Awards Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Ritz Charles Wednesday, December 16: Business After Hours 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. | E.F. Marburger January Friday, January 8 | Legislative Breakfast 7:30 to 9 a.m. | The Bridgewater Club Wednesday, January 13: January Luncheon 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Ritz Charles Thursday, January 21: Taste of the Chamber Business Expo 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. | Ritz Charles Reservations are required for all events. Call 317.436.4653 or sign up online at www.onezonecommerce.com.

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December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

New Members Gold Member

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Silver Members Keystone Realty Group Thomas Caterers of Distinction Weybright Companies

Bronze Members Be Now Fitness & Training Citizens One Home Loans CloudOne Corporation College Nannies and Tutors HOODZ Kitchen Exhaust Cleaning Indy Metro Airport LearningRx Mattingly Concrete Inc. PK Partners, LLC Willow Springs

Basic Members Alliance Consulting & Testing Bluebridge Digital BODY By GymRoots Castleton Manor Apartments Delta Construction Everything But the House Fortitude Private Wealth Franklin Window and Door Gandolfo’s Deli GDN INFOTECH Imperial Foot Spa JDS International Inc. The Laser Agent Lightbound Nova Hydraulics Open Gym Indy Premier Designs Jewelry Rooster CSI, LLC Springhill Suites by Marriott Carmel Sweeney Hayes LLC, Attorneys at Law UZOOX Cell Phone Repair Wings Etc. - Fishers Interested in joining OneZone? Call 436.4653 or visit onezonecommerce.com.

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UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS UPCOMING EVENTS DECEMBER 2015 Thursday, December 3 4:00pm-6:00pm OPEN HOUSE & RIBBON CUTTING Red Bridge Real Estate, Cicero Thursday, December 10 11:30am HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Sheridan Community Building Friday, December 11 7:30am LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST The Mansion at Oak Hill “Legislative Preview” with Kevin Brinegar

NEW MEMBER Red Bridge Real Estate Jaren Barnes


JANUARY 2016 Friday, January 8 7:30am LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST The Bridgewater Club Thursday, January 28 11:30am MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON Red Bridge Park Community Room, Cicero

Endeavor Communications celebrated the opening of their Atlanta office with a ribbon cutting in September. The telecommunications company provides telephone, cable, cellular and security systems.



Dick Shoemaker, Adjunct Professor at Ball State University, spoke at our September Luncheon on today’s advertising and public relations environment.

1 Dr. Kent Erb, representing Riverview Health, accepts the award for

Business of the Year.

2 Dr. Erin Merrill-Macy/Creekside Chiropractic accepts the Health and

Wellness Service Award.

3 Brenda Garrod/Mama’s Cupboard accepts the Charity of the Year award. 4 Connie Pearson was the winner of the Public Services Award. 5 Brian Jones was the winner of the Education Services Award.

Cicero 70 N. Byron St. PO Box 466 Cicero, IN 46034 317-984-4079

Sheridan PO Box 202 Sheridan, IN 46069 317-758-1311

December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

UPCOMING EVENTS & HAPPENINGS An overall look at the county’s tourism industry including the impact of Grand Park Presenters: Brenda Myers and Brad Coffing Hamilton County Tourism and Hamilton County Economic Development


Holiday Inn Express and Suites

Redwood at Andover

Northwalk Neighborhood

Thursday, December 17th The Bridgewater Club

Legislative Preview

A look at the Coming Session of the Indiana General Assembly Presenter: Kevin Brinegar President and CEO, Indiana Chamber of Commerce

Economic Development Breakfast Chris Larson, Director of Informatics for the City of Westfield, along with fellow city associates Matt Skelton, Erin Murphy, Michelle Krcmery and Curt Whitesell, owner of WKRP Indy Real Estate Professionals presented a great program at the final meeting of the 2015 Economic Development breakfast series sponsored by Charleston’s.

Friday, December 11 The Bridgewater Club


Hamilton County & Westfield Tourism:





Membership Luncheon

Join the Westfield Members as they meet their board of directors and hear about plans and changes for 2016 Hamilton County Tourism and Hamilton County Economic Development Thursday, January 21 The Bridgewater Club

2016 Additional Upcoming Events • February - March

Legislative Breakfasts Series at The Bridgewater Club

• April 19

All-Vounty Chamber Luncheon

• June 6

Westfield Chamber Classic Golf Outing at The Bridgewater Club

• August 5

All-County Women’s Luncheon

• September 23

Lantern Awards at the Palomino Ballroom

Also: • First Thursdays

Westfield Young Professionals

• Third Thursdays

Westfield Chamber Luncheons

• Throughout the year Several all-county networking breakfast, & business after hours

For details and online registration, please visit: www.westfield-chamber.org or call 317-804-3030 Westfield Welcome www.westfieldwelcome.com

Business After Hours All-County Business After Hours hosted by Mustard Seed Gardens Teresa and Mark Skipper opened up their lovely facility to all members of the Hamilton County Chambers. A great time was had by all. (photo by Cindy Stout)

NEW MEMBERS Randie Bonwell The Bonwell Tanner Real Estate Group 501 Congressional Blvd., Ste 220 Carmel, IN 46032 317.222.1304 www.BuywithBTG.com

Corky Huston Huston Electric 1105 E. 181st St. Westfield, IN 46074 317.804.9009 www.hustonelectric.com

Bryan Criswell 21st Amendment Wine & Spirits 3404 E. 146th St. Carmel, IN 46033 317.706.0710 www.21stamendment.com

Sonal Patel Gandolfo’s New York Deli 2796 East 146th St. Carmel, IN 46033 317.798.2184 www.gandolfosdeli.com

Heather Gordon-Edwards Gorman and Bunch Orthodontics 16407 South Park Dr., Suite A Westfield, IN 46074 317.867.1133 www.gormanbunch.com

Lou Ann Taylor Alerding CPA Group 4181 E. 96th St. Indianapolis, IN 46240 317.569.4181 www.alerdingcpagroup.com

Westfield Works Available jobs! www.westfieldworks.org

December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Westfield Chamber of Commerce 130 Penn St. Westfield, IN 46074 317-804-3030


Hamilton County History By David Heighway

Saving an Architectural Gem Sheridan’s historic school slated for renovation he Blackhawk Commons project by HAND, Inc., which will restore and refurbish the old school building in Sheridan, accomplishes a double purpose. Not only will it provide needed housing, but it will also help to preserve an important architectural site in county. The old Sheridan High School was created as a point of community pride.

The previous high school building had been built in 1895 during the prosperous times of the natural gas boom and was expanded in 1913. It was a two-story, twelve room brick structure and held around 250 students and was located on the north side of town near the location of the current library. By the 1920’s, it had become run-down and decrepit, possibly due to the failure of the natural gas boom with the resulting financial downturn and loss of county population. However, its condition became a moot point because of a massive fire that occurred on January 2, 1928. Cold weather had frozen the city fire hydrants and the building was a


total loss. Classes did continue and were held in the City Hall, Farmers Bank, and various lodge halls.

Art Deco Design For a new high school, the community decided to build a showplace. The noted architects McGuire & Shook were hired and they created what was then an ultramodern Art Deco design. Architectural historian Glory-June Greiff says this is possibly the oldest Art Deco school in the state. Roy Bryant was hired as the contractor. It took over a year to finish, but it was surprising that it was even accomplished. This was happening at the same time as the national financial failure in October of 1929 and the beginning of the Great Depression. However, it was eagerly awaited. The 1929 yearbook gives a detailed description of the facilities that the school would have. News reports in December of 1930 said that the structure was nearly done. The ceremony to officially set the cornerstone was held in October of 1931. Albert

Stump, an Indianapolis civic leader and 1928 Democrat Senate candidate, was the keynote speaker. One of the first major events in the new gymnasium was an Armistice Day celebration on November 11. It was about this time that the nickname for the school sports teams was chosen. A contest was held and the name “Blackhawks” was the winner. The formal dedication of the gym happened during a basketball game on January 2, 1932—four years to the day after the fire. The gym then showed its crowd capacity when it hosted its first county tourney on

January 28 & 29 that year. After that, it was regularly used for tourneys since it was one of the largest gyms in the state. The building was used as the high school for over thirty years until it was replaced by a new building in the 1960’s. The structure then became the elementary school for the next forty years. Now it will find a new purpose and continue to reflect well on the community. HAND plans to turn the classrooms into apartments and renovate the gymnasium into a fitness facility that would serve both residents of Blackhawk Commons and the public. Thanks to Sheridan Historical Society, Parvin Gillim, and Glory-June Greiff for research and information. HCBM

December 2015 • January 2016 • Hamilton County Business Magazine


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Rotary International

Rotary brings together business and professional leaders to provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and help build goodwill and peace in the world. Each club meets weekly. For more information on the Noblesville Midday Rotary Club, contact President Paul Roberts 317-509-6729

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