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It came in the form of a press release: FIRST FARMERS ANNOUNCES EMPLOYEE WAGE RAISE AND COMMUNITY INVESTMENT PROGRAM. Businesses don’t usually announce employee raises in press releases so I opened it. Here’s a slightly edited version of its contents. In response to the recently passed legislation affecting corporate tax, Gene Miles, President and CEO of First Farmers Bank & Trust recently announced a new corporate wage and community support program that commits to four points of emphasis. 1. Raise the minimum hourly starting wage by $2.50 for all new FFBT employees. 2. Provide a minimum year-end bonus of $750 annually to all full time FFBT employees.

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3. Invest a minimum of $250,000 annually to community development and support of local branch markets. 4. Invest a minimum of $150,000 annually to FFBT employee development and education. It goes on to say that this is a commitment to the bank’s community and people. It’s not uncommon for businesses to designate funds for community and employee development but raising its minimum starting wage by $2.50? You don’t see that every day. So I reached out to First Farmers’ Communications and PR Director Tade Powell. Here’s his reply: “The basis comes from our continued focus on supporting successful employees that understand and appreciate our corporate culture while being competitive enough to attract new talent in our markets. The fiscal benefits of the corporate tax changes allow us to reallocate that revenue towards strengthening our team.” So, it’s a reward for good employees and an effort to compete in the labor market. But, significantly, it’s also a direct response to the new federal tax law. I find that encouraging because I know many people are skeptical that lowering business tax rates will lead to better outcomes for rank and file workers. Trickle down economics has always included an element of faith that businesses will reinvest that money in people. Here’s evidence of that very thing happening. Since then I’ve heard of other businesses, including WalMart, making similar pronouncements. A combination of a tight labor market, a willingness to invest in employee and community development, and favorable tax legislation are combining to provide a win-win for businesses and their people. I have no idea how many workers make minimum wage at this bank, but the fact that it’s willing to voluntarily raise their pay as a direct response to federal tax legislation is a welcome development. It’s also a way for people to see a direct connection between federal legislation and Main Street economics. The cause and effect are crystal clear. I hope we hear more stories like this in the future. See you around the county,

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What Books are CEO’s Reading? Their reading lists might surprise (and benefit) you “What book(s), both fiction and nonfiction, are you reading these days?” is the simple question the highly respected, management consulting giant McKinsey & Company asks a few CEO’s of both U.S. and non-U.S. organizations from time to time. The results are then shared via e-journals with clients, possible future clients, and other interested persons. These quarterly publications also have several articles on cutting edge topics from leading academics, consultants, executives, and political figures. It is of Harvard Business Review quality, in my opinion. (To no-cost subscribe go to www. mckinsey.org and follow the prompts.)

from both groups and were the only ones to get more than one “vote” from both groups.

Here are the books, both NON-fiction and fiction, that TEN United States CEO’s, from a variety of types and sizes of organizations, reported reading during mid-2017. Lack of space prevents listing the NON-U.S. executives’ choices but we’ll overview them shortly.

The Other NON-fiction Books Note that there are thousands of persons Being Read Were: in the U.S. wearing the title “CEO” or something similar. Hearing from just ten does not provide a reliable picture of all, but their choices out of the thousands of titles available can suggest good resources for your professional and personal development.

Sam Walton: Made in America (1993) * The Distracted Mind: Ancient Brains in a High-Tech World (2016) * Zen and the

The “average” executive will read 20 to 30 books a year.

Books Being Art of Motorcycle Maintenance (2005) * Read by Ten U.S. CEO’s in Mid-2017 Lab Girl (2017) * The Boys in the Boat: -Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind (2015) -The 7th Sense: Power, Fortune, and Survival in The Age of Networks (2016) These two books were chosen three times each by the twenty executives 8

9 Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold in the 1936 Berlin Olympics (2014) * Thrive: The Third Metric (2015) * The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History (2016) * Fundamentals of Press Brake Tooling (2010) * The Sleep Revolution: Transforming Your Life

One Night at a Time (2016) * The Long Walk To Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela (1995) * The Politicians and the Egalitarians: The Hidden History of American Politics (2016) * Tattoos on The Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion (2011) * 5 Presidents: My Extraordinary Journey with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, and Ford (2016) * Shoe Dog: A Memoir by the Creator of Nike (2016) * Sigmund Freud (2014) * The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them and They Shape Us (2016) * More Human: Designing a World Where People Come First (2015) * The True Believers: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements (2016) * This Brave New World: India, China, and The U.S. (2016) * The Gene: An Intimate History (2016) * The Conservative Heart: How to Build a Fairer, Happier, and More Prosperous America (2015) * Ronald Reagan (2016)

Fiction books being read by the U.S. CEOs: Pachinko (2017) * The Sympathizer (2016) * The Quantum Spy (2017) * Exit West (2017) * Ordinary Grace (2014) * Outstanding Homes (2008)

Some Observations About the NON-fiction Books Chosen: • 24 titles are listed above, an average of 2.4 books per executive being read during the survey period, with a range of one to six books. These are full-scale, 300 to 600 pages books, not magazines or trade journals. Assuming these execs are fast readers and take about a month to read a book, for eleven months (time off for the December holidays) the “average” executive will read roughly 20 to 30 books a year. This range is well within

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the number quoted in other studies of executive reading habits.

not attempting to read every word; D) Maybe they took a speed reading course; or E) They listen to the books on CD while driving.

• The NON-U.S. CEO’s reported reading 36 non-fiction books, an average of 3.6 books per person, about 50% more Note that these busy CEO’s also have tons of other reading to do during the course than their American counterparts. of a normal day or week: Company cor• The majority of books cited by both respondence and reports of all types; executive groups have come out in trade or industry journals and newspathe last five years. They are reading pers; publications for their function— current stuff. • How many of the above listed books have you heard of or read? Both groups had a wide range of titles and topics, from “Great Men” biographies, to historical, political, cultural, sociology, eth- Mike Branson, Executive VP, Rheem ics, and so on with few “business” or “management” type titles. Almost a reading list for example: The Harvard Business Review, a “Liberal Arts for the Senior ExecuCEO, etc.; and “general purpose” pubs tive” course. “Big Picture,” “Big Ideas,” such as The Wall Street Journal, New York and “Mind Broadening” resources. Times, and Hamilton County Business

Fiction or non-fiction. If you would share for a future article, please email me, giving your name, organization, position, the title and author of the book, whether it’s Non-fiction or fiction, and what you especially like about it. Would you be interested in a “book of the month” reading and discussion group? Thanks so much, good reading, and remember:

“There is much to learn from others and life is too short to spend time on nonsense.”

• Why were there so relatively few Fiction titles? What happened to such “beach read” authors as John Grisham, James Patterson, Stephan King, et al? Mike Branson, Executive VP of the Rheem Corporation and a Fishers resident, commented: “As I have gotten older, I am careful to select reading that will have content I may value. I appreciate non-fiction much more than fiction and, when I do select fiction, it is almost always a “classic” or other book that has a moral to explore. There is much to learn from others and life is too short to spend time on nonsense.” What do you think? • These are busy, high-level executives. Where do they find time to handle 20 to 30 books a year?

Perhaps: (A) They find reading so important and pleasurable that they keep a book with them at all times, especially when traveling, and dig in whenever “free time” opens; B) They budget in a certain amount of time each day or week for reading and religiously stick to that budget; C) They are expert “skimmers” who quickly move through a book looking for key sections or topics of special interest,

Magazine. Whatever their secrets, their 20 to 30 books a year FAR exceeds that of the roughly 24% of Americans in 2014 who read NO books of any kind and the 31% who read 1 to 5 books. Only 28% of the U.S. population read 11 or more books in 2014; unfortunately, down from 35% in 2000 and 46% in 1978.

“Reading is so important, because if you can read, you can learn anything about everything and everything about anything.” (Writer Tomie DePaola) “Be awesome. Be a book nut.” (Dr. Seuss) HCBM

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

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So what? While these ten CEO’s are only a minute sample, from informal conversations, teaching and consulting assignments, I think most upper-level executives, especially the more successful ones, are active readers, constantly looking for inspiration, information, and new ideas. Regardless of whether or not you are already at the top, want to get there, want to be a larger contributor, or just want to be better informed, it can pay to become an active, broad-gauged reader. And, with that little piece of plastic called a Public Library Card, reading can be free with the world just a swipe away.

What are you reading? HCBM readers would love to hear about a book you are currently reading or have just finished and highly recommend.

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Whoa to the Bro Culture at Work Cultivating workplace respect is good for business At the start of 2017, Uber, Amazon and Apple were regarded as the tech’s industry most successful companies. By the end 2017, however, they all were accused of cultivating “bro cultures” in their respective workplaces. What is bro culture? At its best, it is a workplace culture that encourages fraternal “old boy networks” that inclusively support and encourage networking with fellow males, while at the same time blocking female employees from participating in the male-dominated decision-making circles. Bro culture supports the exclusion of women to foster and support values that maintain “the way we’ve always done things around here.” This adage is often actualized as a barrier that rejects difference to maintain the comfortable “company way” of conducting business.

of Schmidt Associates, an Indianapolis based architectural firm that has been honored numerous times as one of the “Best Places to Work.” Schmidt created not only a successful firm, but a unique workplace culture that includes the roles of mentors and Sherpas. As a result, the firm has an extremely low turnover. Schmidt also recognized that gender inclusiveness is simply good strategy for the organization and actively supports the firm’s new CEO Sarah Hempstead to ensure a smooth transition plan for further success. If you are a leader or senior manager,

talk generally treated women as objects and encouraged sexist attitudes toward women. Likewise, a lack of women within your management team may promote “bro-only” conversations that demean women and their capabilities. Women who face “us-them” experiences at work, such as encountering an awkward and palpable silence when they walk into a room of men or consistently hearing gender-laden rumors or sexist language, have higher levels of occupational turn-over and report lowered job satisfaction and engagement. Demeaning bro-talk is a powerful diminisher that causes women to question the merit of their hard work. This distorted feeling of “reduced personal accomplishment” is a classic symptom of burn-out that diminishes your female employees’ productivity—and big time. Studies suggest stressed and burnt-out employees translate into a loss of anywhere from $150 billion to $300 billion annually for U.S. employers.

Demeaning bro-talk is a powerful diminisher that causes women to question the merit of their hard work.

The common denominator in bro culture workplaces is an impenetrable career-related glass ceiling for women and others who cannot or do not emulate fellow bros employees’ behaviors and attitudes.

Unfortunately, bro culture’s most insidious workplace undercurrents are created when male employees become comfortable with, or insensitive to, sexually harassing behavior directed at female and male employees. Moreover, many of these bros truly believe their employers hire and promote women not for their talent and expertise, but because of politically correct mandates for diversity and inclusion. Undoubtedly, there are men in companies who advance women and genuinely believe in fairness, gender equity, and the development of talent in their organizations. One prime example of such a leader is Wayne Schmidt, principal and founder 10

perhaps 2018 is the year you should assess if the following bro culture behaviors and values are hampering the success of your organization:

Moreover, bro culture at work can affect everyone. Researchers George Cunningham, Mindy Bergman, and Kathi Miner found that simply witnessing insulting Women marginalized by words. behavior toward women, even when not Far too often, men (and women for that a target of the insulting behavior, has matter) talk about their female co-workers destructive impacts on job satisfaction in inappropriate and offensive ways. This for both men and women. type of behavior is often tolerated and exWomen marginalized by plained away because “boys will be boys,” harassment. “everybody does it,” and “actions speak louder than words.” Sexual harassment allegations have The words, however, used during conversations within your management team can be actionable and detrimental. For example, research conducted by Timothy Jon Curry, a professor at The Ohio State University, indicates that within all-male contexts, such as “big time” men’s college sports, student athletes’ locker room

rocked the media, Hollywood, Capitol Hill and higher echelons of leadership within major corporations and non-for-profit organizations. In 2016, the EEOC released a comprehensive study of workplace harassment in the United States that concluded that “anywhere from 25% to

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85% of women report having experienced sexual harassment in the workplace.” Admittedly, there is a wide gap between 25% and 85%. However, even in the EEOC’s most conservative estimate, one in four women are affected by workplace sexual harassment. Clearly, many U.S. women have experienced some form of sexual harassment at work. One example of bro-culture recently occurred within the tech industry, which is dominated by men (80%). In April 2017, ex-Uber engineer Susan Fowler wrote a blog post that went viral when she alleged the ride-sharing company’s culture was closer to what you would expect in a male locker room and not within one of Silicon Valley’s most admired companies. During 2017, other highly-regarded and profitable tech companies, like Apple and Google, were also accused of cultivating sexist and bros-only work environments.

Alex and Siri to push back against sexual harassment. According to Care 2’s website, the petition has garnered 16,907 supporters toward a goal of 17,000 signatures. The lesson learnt by that Amazon and Apple is this—if you want to neutralize the ill-effects of a bro culture and, at the same time, ensure that your company successfully makes products people will buy and use, make sure your management and the people making them are the ones who will buy and use them—including women. Women add so much value to businesses. Study after study has shown that more diverse teams are more creative and innovative. Companies with diverse leadership and management are more profitable.

Statement: “You’re Hot”

Siri’s Response: “You say that to all the virtual assistants.”

In November 2017, an article published by Quartz reported on how Amazon and Apple’s voice assistants Alexa and Siri— responded to comments defined as sexual harassment by the Linguistic Society of America (and which also mirrored the definitions of sexual harassment featured on most university and company websites). The results, regretfully, were eerily familiar with flirty, bro-toxic comments that are often expressed and heard in the workplace. Here is one example of Siri and Alexa’s response to a sexually harassing comment: Statement: “You’re hot” Alexa’s Response: “That’s nice of you to say.” Siri’s Response: “How can you tell?” “You say that to all the virtual assistants.” Sadly, the voice assistants’ responses repeatedly failed to respond negatively to a myriad of sexually harassing statements. Rather, their responses bolster stereotypes that women appreciate sexual commentary from people they do not know. As a result, Care 2 launched a petition calling for Amazon and Apple to reprogram

In sum, when it comes to successfully deterring bro culture, remember as Jennette McCurdy put it, “They say actions speak louder than words, but actions don’t speak. People speak, and people are loud.” Be aware of the marginalizing effects of bro culture-related actions and words in your workplace. In addition, to boost morale and diminish burnout, ditch the maternity/paternity leave policies and replace them with family leave policies for men and women. Moreover, treat men and women equally in words and in actions by eliminating the wage gap. Break up the old boy’s network and recognize leadership potential by basing your judgments not only on what you want in a leader, but why do you want it. Be willing to challenge your assumptions regarding different leadership styles, be curious about other styles. Most importantly, if a female employee reports a problem with the behavior of a colleague or manager, implement practices to promptly investigate all complaints—and be sure to always circle back with your employees who report issues about what steps have been taken. HCBM Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow teaches management and business law at IU’s Kelley School of Business and is President of ChangePro LLC, a leadership development consultancy.

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Cicero clinic offers alternative to traditional addiction treatment By Stephanie Carlson Miller s parents, we teach our children to fly out of the nest with unconditional love and visions of an amazing future, but the road ahead is unpredictable and sometimes is not what anayone expects. Aristotle Pappas’ tragic death from an overdose of prescription painkillers gave birth to an innovative life-saving business offering addicts a light of hope where there is darkness and despair. In the midst of his anguish, Ari’s father, Joe Pappas, searched for answers. “When I lost Ari, it became blatantly obvious to me that whatever treatment options we have available right now are not working, he says. “I didn’t intend to start a business. I just wanted to help people.” Ari, a likable, energetic young man and stand-out athlete at Bishop Chatard High School in Indianapolis went on to join the football team at Ball State University, but broke his hand during his freshman year, which ended his football career. At that time, Ari’s physician prescribed Oxycodone to relieve the pain of his injury. Over time, Ari’s father and family realized there was something wrong, noticed a change in his behavior, but never expected an addiction that would lead to his death at the age of 24. 12

“I’m not sure he ever got over how those opioids made him feel. Once you’re hooked on a drug, the scariest thing to do is think of coming off of it,” Pappas says. “In my research, I stumbled across NAD therapy. Working with a couple of doctors, we read, we studied, we talked and we finally got Dr. John Humiston, in San Diego, on the phone. We could not believe what he was telling us about the amazing results they were getting using NAD infusions.”

A Last Resort The NAD protocol, founded by Dr. Humiston, is an alternative solution to mainstream medicine that helps restore damaged brain receptors to normal

functioning so the patient can better control self-destructive behavior and fully participate in recovering. According to Dr. Humiston’s NeuroRecover™ website, “the treatment includes formulas of selected amino acids delivered intravenously that assist the nervous system in repairing receptors damaged by substance use, as well as by dopamine-damaging activities such a gambling, pornography and overwork.” “A couple of months after Ari passed away, I attended a Christian retreat and met Joe Holman. His son was hooked on heroin, and after many treatment centers they had to make the difficult decision to put their son on the streets— he could not quit using and his behavior was disruptive to the family.” Heartbroken, Holman contacted Pappas. “I said to Joe, I think we can help your son,” Pappas explains. “Greg Holman came in to my office, as truly a last resort. We treated Greg and were absolutely amazed at the results.”

Joe Pappas, President/CEO and Amora Scott, VP

The success of that first treatment led to the formation of Emerald NeuroRecover Centers, the first clinic in the Midwest to offer this new treatment for addictions. Founded by Pappas, after 35 years working in the medical field, and Amora Scott, who has been instrumental in the framework and marketing efforts of the clinic,

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Emerald Neuro Recover Centers use allnatural ingredients in IV drips to help addicts restore their brain functions to pre-addiction levels. The procedure involves 10 to 15 days of intravenous infusions of NAD, Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD+), which is a coenzyme essential for energy in every cell of the body, mixed with a Myers vitamin cocktail and Glutathione that boosts healing, “What happens in your brain when you use opioids is your normal receptors become opioid receptors so the normal transmitter function in your brain is not occurring. As those receptors become void of those opioids, you experience withdrawals, cravings and those receptors scream for more. NAD is the spark plug that gets the neurotransmitters firing so normal neurologic function begins to take place again,” Pappas explains.

anxiety away and I felt like I fit in. By the end of high school my drug use had matured. At that point, I didn’t realize I was addicted. I didn’t know what withdrawal

“I cannot tell you how many people are affected. People come here from great families. Once you get hooked, you start lying, stealing, become desperate, and need your fix. You can buy the pills anywhere, find a supplier or get heroin on every street corner. It is everywhere.” Pappas says.

“I’m not sure he ever got over how those opioids made him feel. Once you’re hooked on a drug, the scariest thing to do is think of coming off of it.”

As a teenager, Greg was prescribed painkillers after surgery to remove his wisdom teeth. “Something clicked, took my

“Basically, I was a garbage disposal. I wanted anything I could get my hands on to numb myself from reality,” Greg says. “I had been to about 14 rehab clinics in my 14 years of addiction, incarcerated, attempted to take my life, died twice, felt Joe Pappas, Founder tremendous guilt, and was Emerald Neuro-Recover Centers so tired of hurting my family. A lot of my good friends stopped talking with me which led to more desperawas and thought I was getting sick a lot, tion and loneliness.” but the pills made me feel good.” Eventually, he was spending so much money on pills that he could not afford his addiction and was introduced to heroin, cheap and easy to get.

Skeptical, Greg decided to work with Pappas and try NAD therapy. “I researched the procedure and saw that it was not going to provide legal drugs

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to mask my current addiction which is how so many other clinics operate. NAD therapy was different and I was intrigued. I had such irrational thinking, everything was blurred and I was a master manipulator,” Greg says. “After the first day of treatment, I experienced a clarity of thinking that I had not experienced in years.” Greg is now 31-years of age, holding a respectable job, engaged to the “girl of his dreams”, has been clean for nearly two years and is determined to help others divert the gun of addiction held to their heads. “No one is ever 100-percent ready to go into detox but they know what they need to do and who to cut out of their life. NAD therapy saved my life and gave me a future.”

Alternative Therapy Dr. Timothy Pohlman, medical director for Emerald Neuro-Recover Centers and a board certified trauma surgeon, has practiced in critical care for four decades, “Joe asked if I would help make sure things are done safely and prescribe

any required medicine necessary for the patient’s recovery. As a trauma surgeon, I am alarmed at how many people want opioids and how many try to scam you. These drugs are very powerful.” Dr. Pohlman asserts. “We need to a find a better way to treat illnesses, including alternative therapies that have the same end result without introducing artificial solutions masking disease.” Emerald Neuro-Recover Centers provides those suffering from a wide variety of addictions a fighting chance to shed their old selves and restructure their thinking. “When I see a patient that seeks Joe’s help there is a sense of hopelessness,” Dr. Pohlman points out. “Being freed from drugs and the monkey on their backs, restoring the brain to optimal functioning with amino acids and vitamins your body craves, gives addicts an opportunity to look to the future.” “NAD therapy is not an inexpensive process,” Pappas clarifies. Patients arrive in the morning and the infusions continue for about eight hours for 10 to 15 days costing approximately $1,100

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per day. He notes that, “people that are using spend 10 times what it costs to do this program.” The Emerald team works with families to finance the treatment if necessary and is currently taking steps to secure insurance coverage. “It is not just the lives of the addicted one, it is the life of the families and those who love them,” Amora states. Emerald has treated nearly 100 people in the last two years and is working on implementing wrap-around services for the client and families that include counseling, job placement, education, changing their environment or getting out of legal messes. While the traditional medical community has not yet embraced this practice, Pappas is committed to helping the addicted recover so they can lead productive, happy lives and to spare families the pain of losing a child or loved one. “This program works and reignites the power within the individual so they can truly conquer their addiction instead of being a slave to it.” HCBM

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The Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville builds a new home By Ann Craig-Cinnamon, Photos by Stan Gurka

ack in 1951 a group of Noblesville residents decided it was time to give the youth of Noblesville somewhere to meet that would be a safe, enriching and positive environment. They leased a space on the 3rd floor over Kirks Hardware Building and opened shop as the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville.

the community center already at that location, bringing the club together on one campus. Executive Director Becky Terry says, true to its founding concept, all kids are still welcome today. “We serve all kids.

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There’s no kind of box that they have to fit into. We’re open to all youth from every background and every setting. And I think that’s what’s really special about the Noblesville club that it is for every kid in town,” she says.

Nice Clean Place In the beginning, it was mostly kids from the neighborhood that would walk to the club, according to Joe Arrowood who was Executive Director from 1974 to 1996. Eventually, the club connected with schools and kids were transported for free after school. Arrowood says there was always a need for that type of facility and program. “It’s always been 15

really important plus you give a lot of opportunities to kids, all types of kids, and even if they can’t afford it, it’s set up so that they have scholarships,” says Arrowood who adds that for parents that work and single parent families it is especially valuable. Arrowood thinks that kids today have the same needs that they had years ago. “It’s mostly good supervision and having a nice, clean place to go,” he says. Today, the club is more popular than ever with around 2200 members, ranging from kindergarten to 12th grade. Some 300 kids attend daily and no one is turned away because they can’t pay the membership fee, which is $45 per year. The actual cost to the club per member is $428 per year, a gap the club must bridge, according to Terry. They do that with United Way funding, some government grants and mostly public donations. Specific programs such as sports camp and summer programs have extra fees. In addition to programs, the club offers dinner twice a week to members and, in some cases, they send home snack packs when there are food insecurities in the home. Terry says most members come for the programs. “We provide them, first and foremost, with a positive environment where they have supportive adult role models that they can go to for whatever it is they are needing support on. On top of that we provide programming and ac-


someone who will go out and make an impact outside of our town and state,” she says. Terry lists off successful people that have been members of the Boys and Girls Club. “You can go all around town, honestly, and find many successful people throughout Noblesville or Hamilton County that have been a member of the Boys and Girls Club,” she says. Notably, she mentions Courtney Cole and Monica Peck of Hare Chevrolet; Brian Mills, the CEO of Comtivities that meet their need and interests,” she says adding that the club focuses on skills with STEM activities and provides homework help every day.

Tomorrow’s Leaders Terry says they are helping to build a strong foundation for young people and widening their perspective by providing opportunities that they might not have otherwise. “We’ve done everything from having kids take their first airplane ride with us on a field trip to Colorado to visit the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs; trips to Disney and trying to broaden their horizon; making sure that we are building tomorrow’s leaders whether it’s here locally in Noblesville or

munity Health Network; Tom Kenley, a Noblesville Township Trustee and Derek Arrowood who is the Superintendent of Hamilton Heights School Corporation as just a few people who participated in the Boys and Girls Club program and went on to successful careers. There are many current members with lots of potential to have successful careers too. Salil Gupta is a senior at Noblesville High School and has been a member of the Boys and Girls Club of Noblesville since 3rd grade. He says his parents were looking for a place for him and his two younger brothers to go after school that offered enrichment and a place to go so they didn’t get bored at home.

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“But it really became more than an after-school program,” says Gupta adding, ”there were activities in which we could do service projects through a club called Torch Club. Then there were the friends that I had from school that I could meet there and spent time together after school. There’s a game room, computer lab, an art room, a gym, a library. So it was like school after school but it was more fun and kind of relaxing. It meant a lot to me because I developed these friendships outside the school,” he says.

Gupta, who is planning to attend IU to earn an MD and an MBA in cognitive science and international affairs in order to work on health policy issues, certainly has goals. He credits the Boys and Girls Club with helping him focus. “It made me more responsible because the way the club is set up is the whole area is open to all members. So imagine a 3rd or 4th grader independently choosing where to go and knowing that they have homework to do but also knowing there is a gym, an art room, a computer lab and a game room where they have entertainment. So that forces them to decide where to spend their time, which is really significant,” says Gupta who adds, “It had a big impact on my sense of responsibility and contributed to getting things done.” To join, volunteer or contribute, call 317-773-4372 or go to www.bgcni.org for more information. HCBM

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Dining Out

Tasty Mashup: New Orleans Sushi in Westfield Chiba Indy By Chris Bavender

t was love that brought Keith Dusko to Westfield, but it was the sense of community and the family friendly atmosphere that helped in the decision to call it home. That, and Chiba Indy, his Park Street sushi restaurant that opened in April. It’s Dusko’s second Chiba location— the first opened in 2011 in New Orleans. “I knew that if I moved here it would be tough to go back and work for someone and I saw an opportunity here,” said the 46-year-old Dusko. Dusko and wife, Nicole, met through the racing world. She came to Louisiana through her then work for Andretti Autosports (she currently works for LST Marketing). At the time, Dusko was racing Le Mans style open cockpit race cars. “It was a business situation that turned into a dating situation,” he said. “She was transferred back to Zionsville and we were doing long distance and I proposed a year later.” On date nights, the couple would Uber

bartender to server to prep cook. He “fell” into the sushi business in the late 90’s with the Haru concept that was purchased by Benihana, running the bar and then taking over operations. “They started incorporating me into their world and saw how hard I worked,” he said. “I ended up taking over and went from three restaurants to nine and it came to the point we were making so much money I thought I should do it on my own.”

Chiba owner Keith Dusko

to Mass Avenue or Broad Ripple. By the time the cost of a babysitter was factored in on top of the night out, they were “racking up the fees.” “After a couple of those nights I said there has to be something close to home and the question kept coming up ‘Where does everyone eat?”’ he said. “I felt there was an opportunity to improve the scene a bit. I went to Rail (another Westfield restaurant) and was impressed with what they were doing.”

Historic Venue Dusko grew up in the restaurant business. At 15 he washed dishes at a bar in Red Bank, NJ where he grew up. One day, he found a large amount of cash on the floor and took it to the owner—who promptly promoted him to busboy. Over the years he did it all—from 18

That led to his first Chiba restaurant in New Orleans. The name Chiba is in honor of Dusko’s executive head chef

in New York whose family is from the commercial fishing town south of Tokyo. “I have been a sushi lover all my life but I would not be here without him and out of respect to him and his family I named it after his hometown,” Dusko said. Dusko knew the Park Street location was the perfect location as soon as he walked in and could “feel the soul” of the building. “For me, to put something in a center is not my style,” he said. “In New Orleans we are in a 130-year-old building and it is very similar here. It just felt right.”

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Friends and Family Chiba Indy is actually two tandem houses—one for the restaurant and one for the bar. Renovations—which took about year—included taking the walls down to the studs and taking the 8-foot ceilings to the roof line while keeping the integrity of the building. From the outside, Chiba Indy looks like an old farmhouse but inside is a state of the art, contemporary facility. Soft gray walls complement the black bamboo floors and art by New Orleans artist Frenchy adds pops of color throughout

the restaurant. A beautiful outdoor space leads to the bar and adjacent dining with a stage for live music. While sushi is the main fare, Chiba Indy also offers an extensive hot food menu from chicken and steak to short ribs and duck. Fresh fish is flown in daily from southern California and Hawaii. While Chiba Indy has been open less than a year, Dusko already is looking forward with plans for a third Chiba location in Sheridan toward the end of 2018 and a fourth in Hawaii—where he hopes to retire. “I am a risk taker and I’ve had an entrepreneurial spirit since I was 10 and I’m fortunate to be surrounded by a lot of great people who’ve helped me achieve my goals,” he said. “The reception from the community here has just been absolutely unreal. The way I look at it, we are feeding friends and family—guests who come in to our home.” HCBM

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity By Samantha Hyde

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NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY The new snow tubing attraction Koteewi Run Seasonal Slopes opened in December at Strawtown Koteewi Park just west of SR 37 on Strawtown Avenue. Sheridan is celebrating the opening of several new businesses, including Animal Artistry Pet Grooming at 414 S. Main Street and Hawk Self Storage at 521 W. 7th Street.

Mobile app developer FatStax LLC at 101 W. 103rd Street is expanding its Carmel office and workforce. Indie Asset Partners is renovating new office space at 10585 N. Meridian Street. MassageLuxe opened its doors in November in The Bridges development at 11529 Spring Mill Road. Bellacino’s Pizza & Grinders at 12590 N. Meridian Street closed in November after 16 years. Mid America Clinical Laboratories is renovating new office space at 13420 N. Meridian Street. A Dog Bakery at 816 W. Main Street is operating under new ownership. Invesque, Inc. is moving into the Monon & Main development at 211 W. Main Street. The popular French Lick gallery

headquarters in Carmel in 2018. Pi Lab LLC is expanding its Carmel operation and adding almost 50 employees by the end of the year. Rodizio Grill at 2375 E. 116th Street closed in December after being open less than a year, but a new franchisee may reopen at the location in 2018. Starbucks is expanding its current footprint at 2810 E. 116th Street. A new breakfast spot called Rad’s is serving east Carmel at 4733 126th Street. Diverse Net is opening an office at 3105 E. 98th Street.

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FISHERS The new Fairfield Inn & Suites is open at the intersection of Crosspoint Boulevard and 106th Street, just off the I-69 Exit.

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Indiana Artisan opened a second location in November in Carmel’s 111 W. Main Street building. A new specialty bakery dubbed No Label at the Table is also moving into the building.

Aptean is remodeling 5,000 SF of office space at 645 W. Carmel Drive. Work The City unveiled renderings and the Here LLC is investing in its Carmel name of the new hotel planned for City headquarters at 615 W. Carmel Drive. Center. It will be called The CarmiCarmel Auto Gallery is setting up opchael, a mashup of Carmel and Michael erations at 488 Gradle Drive. The 2-acre Feinstein, artistic director of the adjaparking area west of the Meijer at 124 cent Center for the performing Ars, who W. Carmel Drive is slated for a new will operate a supper club at the hotel. multi-tenant retail development.


A Which Wich restaurant is opening at 4335 W. 106th Street. A new Aldi grocery store is slated for construction on the southwest corner of Michigan Road and 106th Street. Vegas Nails & Spa is also planning a new location at 11036 N. Michigan Road.

The Cake Bake Shop, a bakery and cafe based in Broad Ripple, is opening a second location at Carmel City Center in the yet-to-be-finished Baldwin building. Magic Thread Cabaret has signed on as a resident company of The Cat, the 120 seat theater on 1st Avenue.

RevolutionEYES underwent a complete remodel last fall, adding a custom design center to its eye practice at 14250 Clay Terrace Boulevard.

In Search of Technology LLC is growing, establishing new headquarters in Carmel. Innovative Health Solutions is also planning to set up new corporate


Tridian Medical at 9901 Kincaid Drive is drawing down operations this year and will close entirely by the end of September. BrainForest Centers, which opened its Fishers office at 9748 Lantern Road last year, is growing with a $7.4M capital investment. Complete Structural Consulting is expanding its office at 9880 Westpointe Drive. The City of Fishers’ new DPW Facility is under construction at 10200 Eller Road. Herzler Ocular Prosthetics is opening an office at 10173 Allisonville Road. Heady Hollow Brewing Company ceased operations last fall at 11069 Allisonville Road, but MashCraft Brewing is taking over the facility this year. Travel Leaders is opening an office at 10290 E. 96th Street. Huntington Learning Center is opening its second Hamilton County location, this time at 9665 Olio Road. Popular downtown Indy spot Pearl Street Pizzeria & Pub is opening a second location this spring near Geist at 10562 Olio Road.

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Ale Emporium is opening a new location at 11501 Geist Pavilion Drive after Casler’s Kitchen and Bar closed last fall. Dragonfly Salon is opening a new location at 11561 Geist Pavilion. After closing its location at The Depot at Nickel Plate in November, Brixx Wood Fired Pizza will reopen in February under new ownership. Shine Design also opened in the center in early October. Yoga studio Hotworx is opening at 8235 E. 116th Street. Magnolia Bank is opening a branch at 8700 North Street. Vibenomics is also opening a new office in the building, with plans to hire more than 200 employees in the next two years. The new Yard at Fishers District is lining up tenants to fill more than two dozen openings at the 17-acre development, including restaurants Burger Study and 1933 Lounge, which are slated to open in 2019. Security technology firm 3xLogic Inc. in expanding its Fishers office at 9882 E. 121st Street. Engineering firm Clark Solutions at 9100 Fall View Drive is also growing its workforce and services. Knowledge Services is building its new headquarters on an 18-acre site just south of Navient’s offices on Exit 5 Parkway. Gateway One, a vacant 193,000 SF building at 10300 Kincaid Drive, was purchased by an investment group in October. Ag-tech start-up Aggressively Organic Inc., which got its start at Launch Fishers, is expanding with plans to create 200 jobs in the next four years.

including the renamed Napleton Kia of Fishers at 13417 Britton Park Road.

planned for the corner of 191st Street and US 31.

A 19-acre site near 126th Street and Hoosier Road has been chosen for the development of a new assisted living facility to be called Lake Meadows. In December, Hamilton Southeastern Schools broke ground on the new Southeastern Elementary School at 12500 Cyntheanne Road.

A new Starbucks Coffee is slated to open at 17542 Oak Ridge Road. Tucker Automotive Group is renovating almost 17,000 SF at 17414 Tiller Court. Southern Indiana restaurant chain Big Woods is building its first Hamilton County location on the southwest corner of SR 32 and US 31.

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NOBLESVILLE Universal Blower Pac is expanding its operations at 440 Park 32 W. Drive. Your Mom’s Grill and Bar is opening at 151 S. Harbour Drive. OutHouse Coworking is opening this winter at 540 Westfield Road, where it will also serve as a showroom for Jennings Commercial Interiors. The Indiana Transportation Museum will no longer call Forest Park home once its lease is up in March. 5 Star Imports is renovating space at 1150 South Street. Rebellion Donuts is coming to Noblesville, opening shop at 17677 Cumberland Road. The Hamilton County Jail at 18100 Cumberland Road is growing by more than 40,000 SF. Get Fresh Produce is upgrading an existing building at 9210 E. 146th Street so that it can move services from its current Indy transfer hub to a better, full-service distribution facility. In December, the city broke ground on the 130,000 SF Finch Creek Fieldhouse at the developing 203-acre Finch Creek Park on Boden Road. Nails & Lounge is now open at the Shoppes at Saxony Marketplace at 12831 Campus Parkway. Noblesville Imports is adding more space for auto repair and detailing at 12226 Greenfield Avenue.

Carpenter Realtors is renovating office space at 140 S. Cherry Street. Westfield Washington Schools begins major renovations and additions at Westfield Intermediate School and Westfield Middle School in April. Expansion work on Westfield High School begins in September.

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The GNC store that recently closed in Westfield Market Place at 17427 Carey Road is reopening soon as a barber shop. HCBM


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Media company Tegna has moved into space at 12115 Visionary Space. Chicago-based Ed Napleton Automotive Group has purchased most of the Butler Automotive central Indiana locations,

Pro X Athlete Development is operating out of a temporary facility at 733 E. Main Street until its new 65,000 SF multi-sport training facility opens in September just west of Grand Park Events Center on 191st Street. A new 97,000 SF SpringHill Suites hotel is

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Notes from all over the county

Christine Dejoy was named communications and social media specialist at Conner Prairie.

Bren Simon, widow of the late Mel Simon, donated the Asherwood estate in Carmel to the Great American Songbook Foundation. The gift includes all the real estate and personal property, with a total value appraised at more than $30 million. The 107-acre estate includes a fully furnished 50,000-square-foot main house, an 8,000-square-foot clubhouse, a 6,000-square-foot guesthouse, several other structures and two golf courses. It’s the former home of philanthropist Simon and her late husband Mel Simon, cofounder of Simon Property Group, the nation’s largest shopping mall owner and real estate investment trust, who died in 2009. The Songbook Foundation will leverage the donation toward its goal of creating a freestanding Great American Songbook Hall of Fame Museum, Legacy Fund of Hamilton County awarded $170,770 to ten not-for-profit organizations and two Hamilton County leadership projects. This grant round includes continued support of two community leadership projects: Reaching Resources, a program of Shepherd’s Center of Hamilton County, will receive up to $50,000 annually for four years as Legacy Fund’s new community leadership initiative. The new program ensures that seniors can access the countywide services they need with one call to one place. The board also approved $15,000 for the regional master plan to activate the White River in Marion and Hamilton counties. Other grants included $15,000 for a Hamilton County housing needs assessment conducted by Hamilton County Area Neighborhood Development (HAND), $20,000 for programs at Prevail, Inc. that support victims of crime and abuse, and $10,000 for Southside Youth Council’s mental health counseling for Hamilton County youth. Other grantees include Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Hamilton 22

John Robbins is the new Executive Director of the Hamilton County Leadership Academy, replacing Jill Doyle. dedicated to the music of Tin Pan Alley, Broadway and Hollywood. Founded in 2007 by performer and preservationist Michael Feinstein, the Foundation is based at the Center for the Performing Arts in Carmel. The Foundation staff and board will evaluate the possibilities for the use of the donated property, starting with a comprehensive feasibility study.

County Leadership Academy, Heart and Soul Clinic, Inc., Hoosiers Feeding the Hungry, Museum of Miniature Houses & Other Collections, Inc., Second Helpings, and Storytelling Arts of Indiana.

Bruce Kettler, formerly of Beck’s Hybrids, was appointed Director of the Indiana State Department Agriculture. designed building set on eight acres and featuring a glass-clad library. Look Award for New Construction – Fishers was given to Braden Business Systems, 8700 North Street, for their new Nickel Plate District building complete with balconies and an open-air rooftop terrace. Look Award for Renovation – Carmel was presented to Delta Faucet Company, 55 East 111th Street, which increased squarefootage by 70% with modern architecture that compliments the existing structure.

Grants are made possible by the unrestricted Endowment for Hamilton County and supplemented by two field of interest funds at Legacy Fund: City of Noblesville Fund and Sheridan Fund.

Look Award for Renovation – Fishers went to DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, 9032 Technology Drive, for renovation of their original 24,000 square-foot building and the addition of 6,000 more.

Mitsch Design and Meyer Najem shared the honor of being named OneZone’s Business of the Year.

The Green Award was presented to The Bridges at Carmel Market District for their commitment to sustainability through materials, lighting, water, recycling, air quality and local sourcing

Other winners include: Chuck Lazzara, President of Ritz Charles, received The Harold Kaiser Lifetime Achievement Award in Carmel. Ron and Michele Archer, former owners of recently-closed Archers Meat & Catering in Fishers, were presented the Lifetime Achievement Award for Fishers. Look Award for New Construction – Carmel was presented to Liberty Fund, 11301 N. Meridian Street, with a LEED-

Young Professional of the Year is Dan O’Brien, Kucic Associates Realty. The Most Valuable Volunteer Award went to John DeLucia, Citizens State Bank. Pacers Sports & Entertainment acquired the naming rights to the former Jonathan Byrd’s Fieldhouse in Westfield’s Grand Park. The $10 million facility, which has eight hardwood courts for basketball and volleyball, will be called the Pacers Athletic Center. HCBM

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           

  

  

  

  

 


    

 

 

               

  

  

 















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Speaker, Jason Sloderbeck. Luncheon at Hamilton County Jail with Tour.

Luncheon with tour at Beck’s Hybrids. Wade Wiley, Main speaker

Luncheon in Atlanta. Steve Nelson, speaker followed by a tour of Mr. Muffin’s Trains.

Luncheon at the Arcadia Town Hall: State of Our Towns Panel Members: Arcadia: Mitch Russell, Town Council President; Atlanta: Fred Farley, Town Council President and Steve Nelson; Cicero: Craig Penwell, Town Council; Sheridan: David Kinkead, Town Council President

Luncheon at Red Bridge Park. Main speaker David Heighway and Glen Schwartz. Topic: History and Condition of the Railroad Tracks.

Dedication of Phase One Park Improvement in Atlanta, IN. Tony Cook, State Representative; Fred Farley, Atlanta, IN Town Council President; Mark Heirbrandt, Hamilton County Commissioner and Hamilton County Tourism Brenda Myers, President and CEO.

Holiday Luncheon at JBS United: Program included both the Hamilton Heights and Sheridan High School choirs.


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Hear the latest Chamber news and a featured guest speaker while enjoying a buffet lunch. 11:30am to 1:00pm • Spotlight Tables Available (Please Note: Luncheons are on the 2nd Tuesday of each month.)

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Share the Love 11:00am – 1:00pm IMMI Conference Center

March 15

11:00am – 1:00pm The Bridgewater Club

Breakfast Events February 9

All-County Legislative Breakfast 7:30am – 9:00am Conner Prairie

February 13

Coffee with the Chamber 8:00am – 9:00am Copper Trace

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All-County Legislative Breakfast 7:30am – 9:00am Conner Prairie


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Hamilton County History

David Heighway

O. A. Harnish used the latest technology to promote himself and his city rlando Andrew Harnish, known as “O. A.”, was possibly the most significant photographer to have lived in Noblesville. Earlier photographers like Craycraft, Allison, and Tappen seemed to have dealt primarily in portrait work. Harnish, on the other hand, did a comprehensive look at late Victorian life in this city.

On at least one occasion, this got tasteless. Victorian society did something called “post-mortem photography” which involved photographing a corpse in its coffin before burial. There was a squib in

Born in 1856 and originally from Bluffton, he came to Noblesville in 1879 where his brother George already had a photography studio. He eventually took over the business and his brother returned to Bluffton. Harnish was Commercial Club members an aggressive businessman who did constant advertising, giveaways, the Ledger newspaper on March 18, 1892 and appearances at events. He proudly that said: “O. A. Harnish, photographer, announced the awards he won at the was called to Carmel, Sunday, to secure county fair. He also photographed the a negative of the corpse of a bright child celebrities who came to town, such as of Nicholas Quick, which died Saturday. Frederick Douglass in 1880. Much of What consolation to these parents would the newspaper material that appeared a good picture of their child in perfect was what we would call “advertorial” health prove to them now.” An ad saytoday. It consisted of reporting on acing essentially “Let us take a picture of tivities while emphasizing the name of your child before they’re dead” probably the studio. wouldn’t fly today.

In all probability, Harnish was one of the instigators of “Noblesville Through a Camera”, a promotional booklet put out by the Commercial Club in 1896. The Commercial Club was the predecessor to today’s Chamber of Commerce. The booklet was published at the height of the Natural Gas Boom, probably as a way of consolidating information about the community. Prior to this, the Commercial Club had tried unsuccessfully to attract a glass company and a bicycle company. The booklet is filled with images of businesses, factories, houses, schools, churches, and members of the Commercial Club. To make the city sound appealing to business, it has descriptions of resources like water, gas, and transportation, and amenities like schools, churches, banks, land offices, newspapers and hotels. The section on the natural gas supply is interesting as it says, in part, “…The local

Pages of the Noblesville Through a Camera booklet


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Friends’ Church

Hamilton County Court House

Citizens State Bank Bank Block

Third Ward School

Caylor Block

First Ward School


Hulls European Hotel

O.A. Harnish Home

Wilds Opera House

supply of gas is practically unlimited, there being plenty for home consumption and enough to spare to pipe it to other cities without diminishing the pressure in the least. In fact, instead of its force decreasing, it can be truthfully asserted that the pressure is even greater now than when gas was discovered in this neighborhood.” I’ve written before

on the massive pumping station that was built in 1895 in a desperate attempt to increase the pressure (HCBM Feb.-Mar. 2017). The writers of the booklet had to have known that they were being less than honest. The copies sold for 10 cents each. The photos are not large or glossy, but they do give images of many buildings that no

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longer exist. It also shows what people deemed to be truly important. It’s a snapshot of an era. Harnish got out of the photography business in 1917 and became a mail carrier. He died in 1933. However, his legacy carries on as he took many of the historic photographs of Noblesville that are still seen today. HCBM


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We welcome the opportunity to work with you and your business.


651 Westfield Road


3333 E. State Road 32


800.205. 3464 | FIRSTMERCHANTS.COM Investment Management solutions provided by First Merchants Private Wealth Advisors may not be FDIC insured, are not deposits of First Merchants Bank and may lose value.

40,000 SQ FT












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