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INDIANA MEMBERS CREDIT UNION FISHERS BRANCH NOW OPEN The city of Fishers is now home to the 26th branch of Indiana Members Credit Union (IMCU). This is the fifth IMCU location serving Hamilton County. The Fishers branch is in the Saxony development, conveniently located at Olio Rd and 131st St. IMCU is the first credit union in central Indiana to offer Interactive Teller Machines (ITMs). ITMs offer unique functionality and more efficient service. Members utilizing the drive thru are able to see and speak with a live teller as they process their transaction during branch hours, transforming both the in-branch and drive-thru experience by providing more personalized member service. Jim Kingsolver, a Fishers resident, will lead as Branch Manager. Kingsolver expressed, “I am truly humbled to be able to serve the Fishers community in this role. Our goal is to provide the best member service to all that do business with us. As members enter the branch, they will be greeted by our concierge, who will introduce them to the ITMs. If a member is here to

open an account or conduct lending business, they will be introduced to a specialist who will sit down and discuss their needs.” Mike Murphy, Vice President of Business Services, has been with IMCU for 11 years and is also a north-side resident. “We are excited to provide this additional branch for both our Business and Consumer members. The majority of our business members are small to medium sized, privately held businesses who appreciate working with a local institution. This is just one more location they can utilize to get the personalized service they have come to expect.” The community is an important aspect of IMCU selecting a location for a branch. Danny Collier, Banking Officer, speaks to the growing relationships in the area. “Many of our members work in the healthcare field. With this new branch, surrounded by all of the largest hospital networks and many other private practices, we will provide even better access for these members,” Danny explains.

“Pictured left to right: Danny Collier, Business Banking Officer, Mike Murphy, VP Business Services, Jim Kingsolver, Fishers Branch Manager”

Ron Collier, the president and CEO of IMCU, spoke about what makes the credit union unique in the industry. “We live the full-service, great member service concept that others talk about,” Collier enthused. “We know our members, and we are committed to taking care of them. All of our branches are full service branches. Everything that we do and strive for has to do with benefiting the lives of our members. The banking world is a world of numbers and electronics, but we believe it’s also a world of people, and that’s why we choose to make our members lives easier with not only the technologies we provide, but also the great staff we put in place to support them.” The IMCU Fishers Branch will offer as part of its full-service menu, mortgage services, commercial lending, auto lending and other financial services.

Letter from the Editor October • November 2017

I was fortunate enough to be elected Republican precinct committeeman in my precinct (Noblesville 12) in the last election. The major responsibility of that job is to staff the polling place for elections, but we also have the privilege of helping choose a successor when a member of our party steps down from elected office, as Luke Kenley did from the state Senate recently. It’s a unique experience because, although we are electing a senator, the process is much different from a normal election. There are only 98 precincts in Senate District 20 and each committeeman gets one vote. Candidates are required to win by a simple majority, so from a candidate’s point of view, it’s a relatively easy campaign in that he/she can literally speak one-on-one to every person who will cast a vote. That’s likely one reason so many people (seven) ran for the seat.

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From a committeman’s point of view, it’s a chance to meet candidates at a level you seldom see in politics. I had meetings that lasted more than an hour with five of the seven candidates, spoke to a sixth on the phone and received letters, post cards or phone calls from all seven of them. All were more than willing to spend time explaining their positions and answering questions. It was remarkable. The caucus itself was remarkable for its low-tech approach. Instead of computerized balloting systems we’re used to for primaries and general elections, this election was conducted with colored paper ballots stuffed into a shoe box with a hole cut into the top. It was a refreshing change and drove home the point that as much as we complicate the electoral process, it’s really pretty simple. I came away from this election impressed with the level of talent we have here in Hamilton County. Any of these seven candidates could have done this job well. I was also impressed by the fact that by the fourth ballot, with four candidates still in the race, three were women. In the end, we elected a woman who is also an immigrant. I am proud of our party and our county for living up to the ideal that everyone gets a fair shake here. Victoria Spartz is a hard worker with a business background and she earned this position. I have high hopes and high expectations for her.

Ethics Column I am delighted to welcome a new columnist to our lineup this edition. Business ethics is an important topic that doesn’t get enough attention. I think its valuable to remind ourselves of the importance of conducting business on sound ethical principles. Our previous ethics columnist retired a few years ago and I’ve been on the lookout ever since. I think we’ve found a winner in Charlotte WesterhausRenfrow. I hope you agree.

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Personal Growth Charles Waldo

Have You a Dream Deferred?

Act on it now, says the creator of “servant leadership” The title of this article was the title of a talk given by Robert K. Greenleaf in spring, 1967 to a group of soon-to-be sophomores at Ohio University (Athens). Subtitled “On Opportunity in the Next Three Years,” these students had applied to be part of the Ohio Fellows Program, a three year venture aimed at helping the selected students realize their potential for service in the public interest….regardless of their particular vocational track. Although given over fifty years ago in a relatively obscure setting without fanfare, Greenleaf’s talk has been reprinted thousands of times and is still one of the best-selling publications offered by the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership. (See endnote 1.)

Leader as Servant Greenleaf, a native Hoosier, was born in 1904 in Terre Haute. He began college at nearby Rose Polytechnic Institute, now Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. But, wanting a liberal arts rather than a technical education, he transferred to Carleton College in Minnesota. After graduating with a math major in 1926, he immediately joined AT&T in its Minnesota “Baby Bell” division. After three years he transferred to AT&T’s Manhattan corporate headquarters where he carved out a long, distinguished career as a top-level, internal consultant in management and organization education and development. Along the way, both before and after retiring in 1964, Greenleaf was a lecturer and guest speaker at such distinguished schools as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Virginia, 8

and many others. A life-long student of how organizations do (or don’t) get things done, Greenleaf eventually distilled his observations and conclusions into a series of essays with the common thread of the “Leader as Servant.” He formed the Center for Applied Ethics in 1964, with the name later changed to the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership, which it still is today.

Initially, Greenleaf was talking to 18 and 19 year olds in the tumultuous mid-1960s (Viet Nam, the draft, race riots, the Hippy revolution, the Kennedy assassinations, the Beetles’ “invasion” of the U.S., and so on), before some of the readers of this article were born.

which the dreamer can put some effort. What’s on your “bucket list?” Are there items that have some possibility of happening or are they just “wishing in the wind?” Have you deferred some? Should/ can you defer them any longer? Can you afford to? Space does not permit detailing Greenleaf’s advice to those students that might have helped them both dream and achieve those dreams. But here are key points that might also help you achieve yours: 1.

Try to live your life with distinction (doing something very well) and greatness (leaving society at least a little better off for your having been here). Helping others who are less fortunate. That’s quite different than helping the rich get richer.


Cultivate your creativity. Everyone has the gift of creativity in one field or another. Find it and make it productive. Let dreams soar.


Find a moral compass that will support you in good times and bad. Two examples: “What does the Golden Rule require in this situation? and “Always tell the truth.”


Develop wisdom, common sense, and good judgment—usually by looking at efforts that did not turn out right, figuring out what went wrong, making changes, and trying again. Having a mentor for guidance is a plus.


Be a good trustee of whatever assets you are entrusted. That might be your children, your church’s physical plant, business finances, a social service agency on whose board you sit, and so on. Live above expectations and above board.

Greenleaf was talking with the early Baby Boomers. Did they have dreams? How did they turn out? Did they defer some never getting the chance to achieve them?

Key Points “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” (2) What are your dreams? Do you have some? There is a big difference between “dreams” that are really just wishes or hopes versus “dreams” that have some possibilities undergirding them and into

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Be “positive realistic.” It is good to dream, even to dream REAL BIG. But temper that dream with realism. There is a saying put out by some that “You can be anything you want to be if you dream big enough and work hard enough.” True for some; not true for others. Example: A 5’ tall, 100 pound person is NOT going to play on an NBA team. But he or she might get into a front office position, be a trainer, be a marketing or PR person, be the travel secretary, or so on. Be around the game but not on the floor. Some things just cannot be willed.

founder) said he found 999 ways to NOT invent a light bulb before he finally found A way to make it. Worthy goals and dreams usually demand (and deserve) much “cultivating and fertilizing.” Get your rake and hoe, spread some fertilizer, water now and then, keep the weeds down, and best wishes for a bumper crop of achieved dreams. Don’t defer any longer. HCBM (1) Go to for information on the Greenleaf Center and to order this 16 page gem as well as others, especially the classic The Servant Leader. Greenleaf retired from AT&T in 1964 and

died in 1990. He is buried in Terre Haute with his gravestone stating “Here lies a potentially good plumber, ruined by a sophisticated education.” (2) Langston Hughes, poet and playwright. 1902-67.

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Ethics Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow

Why Good People Make Bad Ethical Choices Empathetic people can stray in pursuit of success at any cost For many women, having children and starting a family is an integral part of the vision for their lives. Getting pregnant, however, is not easy for all who seek it. About 6% of married women in the United States are unable to get pregnant after a year of unprotected sex, while 12% of women have difficulty getting pregnant or carrying a child to term, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. For years, an accomplished and trusted Indianapolis fertility physician, Dr. Donald Cline, provided what seemingly was the miracle of pregnancy to a myriad of desperate women and their families. Over a period of years, he assured his patients that he could help them conceive by using an anonymous medical student or resident. By all accounts he was a benevolent and understanding doctor who sincerely cared for his patients and got fast results for those who yearned to become pregnant. Yet, this seemingly trust-worthy, intelligent and respectable physician committed countless unethical and illegal acts by impregnating his patients with his own

sperm. In 2016, Dr. Cline admitted he felt pressured about 50 times to use his own sperm to inseminate his unwitting patients when he did not have access to donor sperm. Not only by his own admission 10

were these acts egregious misrepresentations, but Dr. Cline’s conduct was unethical because it could lead half-siblings and other related individuals to marry each other without realizing their genetic connections to one another.

Blind Side

the truth is, people are watching and it is getting easier to do. In the case of Dr. Cline’s misdeeds, digital access of information regarding his patients’ genetic background was easily uncovered in a manner that was unimaginable just a few years ago. Ethical transgressions can and will be discovered and widely disseminated in a matter of seconds. The good old days of “no one is looking” are long gone.

Good people naturally want to help their organization and customers. There is, however, an ominous blind side within The desire to do fulfill one’s desire to help the shadow of benevolent acts of decepthe company should not out-weigh the tion. Why does this happen? Researchers, overall welfare of the customer or client. have found that employees often act unethically because You have a responsibility to draw the they identified strongly with their line between loyalty to your business profession and felt especially obligated and customers and the laws of the to help when the stakes are high. society in which you work. In other words, in some cases, people who are deeply Leaders should consider stepping back empathic may attempt do the right thing in the totally wrong way. This is a malevo- from setting unrealistic performance goals that invite people to cheat or make lent example of kindness and devotion compromised choices. Anyone having an to customers and clients gone destrucimpulse to commit an unethical act, even tively berserk. if they truly believe their efforts will help Unfortunately, the pursuit of success a client or customer, may want to think at any cost can become a destructive again and ask themselves the following catalyst for unethical behavior, which questions: If this made front page news actualizes in the backdrop of the heat how would it make me look? How would of the moment. Whether you are sole it affect my brand reputation? Would I be practitioner, small firm owner with a ashamed? Embarrassed? How will it hurt few staff or manage a large team of my customer or client? HCBM employees, you have a responsibility to draw the line between loyalty to your business and customers and the laws of the society in which you work. Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow teaches

Performance Goals As saying goes, “integrity is doing the right thing when no one is watching.” But

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By Karen Kennedy Photos by Stan Gurka

My child doesn’t play well with others and regularly throws tantrums.

Could he have autism?

My toddler isn’t talking yet. The doctor says she might just be a ‘late bloomer,'

but I’m worried she has autism.

My preschooler is obsessed with one certain object and won’t play with any other toys.

I’ve read that’s a warning sign of autism. Is that true?

hese are the kinds of inquiries therapists at autism treatment centers field every day, along with panicked phone calls from parents whose fears have been confirmed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) diagnosis, and who desperately want to know, “What do we do now?”

disorders are still not fully understood. While research has definitively linked the disorder to genetic mutations, the jury is still out as to what affect other environmental factors (such as pollution or food additives) might have on the development of the disorder. Boys are four times more likely than girls to develop it, and heredity plays a factor as well.

What is Autism?

Over the years, desperate parents have tried special diets, essential oil treatments, weighted blankets and vests, hyperbaric chambers and chelation (a chemical process in which heavy metals are removed from the blood.) Currently, the scientific community endorses only one form of treatment—applied behavior analysis (ABA.)

Autism Spectrum Disorder is a group of nearly a thousand complex disorders of brain development. It can manifest itself in atypical social interaction, repetitive behaviors, lack of empathy, obsession with a particular object or topic, a strong aversion to physical contact or changes in routine, and almost always, moderate to severe language and communication breakdown (25% of those with autism are completely non-verbal and must rely on alternative forms of communication.) While significant numbers of autism patients are also afflicted with an intellectual disability, others are extremely gifted in visual arts, music or math. Despite its prevalence today (currently, one in sixty-eight children in the U.S. receives an ASD diagnosis each year,) the causes of autism and other related brain 12

Jack Michael at Western Michigan University. Michael was a colleague of noted behavior researcher B.F. Skinner, whose “operant conditioning” work with lab rats Help Is Right Here proved that behaviors can be modified by While parents in other parts of the counimmediate positive or negative reinforctry may struggle to find help locally, those ers. Skinner also posited that there was a who live in Hamilton County are fortusignificant difference between the formal nate that one of the preeminent treatproperties of language (simply being able ment facilities in the world is just around to name something) and the functional the corner. properties of language (understanding the use or context of the same item.) This Headquartered in Fishers since 2009, the theory is key in teaching language to the Behavior Analysis Center for Autism (the BACA) was founded by Dr. Carl Sundberg, developmentally delayed, who, for examwho studied behavior disorders and thera- ple, might be able to identify a “cup” but be py, along with his brother Mark, under Dr. unable to identify what a cup is used for. October • November 2017 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Originally located in a small house on Allisonville Road, the BACA now has two locations in Fishers, as well as one in Zionsville and a northern branch in Elkhart, with a total of nearly 200 employees

serving around 150 clients at any given time. The facilities are run by Sundberg and his wife Devon, who is also a boardcertified behavior analyst. Clients come to the BACA from around the world, with parents choosing to move homes and jobs for the chance to have their autistic child receive treatment here. (One family relocated to Hamilton County from Australia, while another regularly flies a BACA therapist to Shanghai.)

classrooms, kitchens, grocery stores and playgrounds. Therapists work one-on-one with clients of varying skill levels. “If the client is working on language skills, there may be an augmentative communication device in use, and the client will be rewarded in tokens for choosing the correct answer,” explained Devon. “If the client is working on social skills, they may be practicing taking turns in a game. If the client is working on life skills, they may be making a simple meal or making a bed. But regardless of the situation, all of the teaching methods are rooted in behavior modification techniques; immediately rewarding good choices and discouraging bad ones.” “Because autism is 24/7, we also need to work with the parents,” said Carl. “They need to learn coping skills, and how to create learning opportunities in the home. Clients are generally in the center fulltime—Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The goal of treatment is based on the individual’s capabilities. In less severe cases, the goal may be to return the child to school with his or her peers after some of the learning hurdles have been cleared. In the more severe cases, the goal may be to help the client eventually assimilate into a group home.”

“The Gold Standard of Treatment” Cecilia and Mike Coble of Fishers know only too well what it feels like to be the parent of an autistic child. They recognized signs of autism and developmental delays in their daughter Crysta at just six months old. After taking her to various medical specialists around the country with no results, someone suggested ABA therapy.

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The Sundberg brothers were on the leading edge of the ABA approach to treating autism, which was based on Skinner’s theories, and have since become internationally recognized authorities on the subject. And while Mark currently resides on the west coast, Carl has chosen to practice in Indiana.

Crysta, Cecilia, Mike and Alexa Coble

age five, she was completely non-verbal. They first taught her sign language, and it was such a huge relief to be able to finally communicate with her. Now she’s talking all the time! She’s able to attend 8th grade with her friends. It’s been a really long road, but we were so lucky to find that help was in our own backyard. And not just any help, but the gold standard of treatment. Finding the BACA literally changed our lives.”

Other Programs In an effort to integrate neuro-typical learners and children with autism, the BACA created the “Sprouts” Peer Model preschool program, in which those with social and learning challenges can model appropriate behavior and those without learn acceptance and tolerance. Along with their staff, the Sundbergs have also created BACA Charities, with a mission to raise resources to support research in the ABA field. BACA Charities sponsors adaptive programs in partnership with the Monon Community Center in Carmel and holds the annual BACA Bolt for Autism 5K at Fort Harrison State Park in September.

“Most of our clients are diagnosed around Families who are interested in learning the age of two,” said Devon. “Our youngest more about the BACA can visit client currently is eighteen months and our oldest is twenty-three years old. When “Crysta is fourteen years old,” said Cecilia. or call 317-436-8961. HCBM parents first come to us, they are, first and “When we first took her to the BACA at foremost, exhausted. Sleep disorders are common in autism patients, so in addition to coping with the challenging behaviors their child is exhibiting, the parents are running on very little sleep for weeks or months—sometimes years. Our job is to outline a treatment plan and move the client closer to whatever outcome is possible Contact Indiana Business Solutions to find out how we can save you money, for them.”

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Advisa helps companies put the right people in the right seats By Mike Corbett ix minutes. That’s all the time it takes to complete the Predictive Index Behavioral Assessment. But in that time you and your employees will reveal insights about yourselves that, properly interpreted, can help predict how well you will perform your jobs. It’s one of a battery of tests offered by Advisa, a Carmel company that’s built a nationwide clientele over the past 30 years from its home office in the Arts and Design District.

Wartime Beginnings The Predictive Index was conceived by Arnold Daniels, a bombardier in World War 2, who wondered why some people were better at their jobs than others, why some people thrived in combat while others failed. The military actually sent him to business school to help it figure out a way to predict who would perform better in battle. After the war, Daniels developed his research into the Predictive Index and recruited psychologists across the country to help market it to businesses.

In 1986, Carmel resident Bob Wilson landed the rights to the Predictive Index for this area, and started the firm Bob Wilson and Associates with just Bob Wilson. Over the years he added associates and renamed the company Advisa in 2007. Today the firm is a team of 22, who coach, consult and train employees for more than 300 companies across the country; clients like California Pizza Oven, Franciscan Alliance, High Alpha Venture Capital and Katz Sapper Miller.

Training Component 13 years ago, Heather Haas was working for Carmel Clay schools as a teacher and administrator. She learned about Advisa while working on a project for Apple Computer to develop a website for Indiana schoolteachers. She saw an opportunity to use her educational background in a new way and joined Advisa as Training and Recruitment manager. Today she’s the President and stresses that the firm has branched out beyond Heather Haas President, Advisa the predictive Index, offering leadership training and strategic consulting based on employee assessments.

and enter the workforce at many different skill levels. “Most managers get promoted without any knowledge of how to manage people. They come up through the ranks and have never had a business class.” But even business school doesn’t guarantee success. So on most days you will find trainees attending workshops in one of the training rooms in Advisa’s office in their historic Italianate building on Range Line Road. “There always has been a training component to the Predictive Index Assessment,” says Haas. “There’s a huge gap between knowing something theoretically and actually doing it.”

Industry Leader Haas is proud of Advisa’s track record in the assessment industry. Since 1986, its renewal rate among consulting clients is better than 90%, ranking it #2 among the 60 firms worldwide that conduct the Predictive Index. She sees a world of opportunity ahead as baby boomers continue to retire. “As experienced leaders exit the workforce,” she says, “they leave a leadership gap.” Succession planning, leadership development and employee engagement all become much more important.

It’s all about getting people in the right seats and giving them the tools to do their jobs better. And the more you know about your people, the easier it is to manage Haas sees many parallels between classthem. “If we understand each other better, room teaching and business leadership de- we’ll work together better.” HCBM velopment. People are complex, she says, 14

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Balmoral evolves with the market By Ann Craig-Cinnamon

and horses and hay, which he baled for many years. “We baled a lot of hay,” said Eaton who added, “the hay paid for college and med school.”

almoral House is an island within the busy city of Fishers.

Looking at all the growth and changes in the city of Fishers over the past few Eaton and his wife, years, it is hard to imagine that at Diane, who served one time there was nothing much many years on the here at all. Rick Eaton can imagine Rick and Diane Eaton Hamilton Southeastern School Board and it because he has lived here since 1954 is very active in the Fishers community, when Fishers was mostly farmland. built a home on the land themselves in Eaton, who is an orthopedic surgeon, is 1986 and live there today. Eaton’s brother the third generation to live on 80 acres also built a home on the family’s land and of land that his grandfather, JW Speicher, the tradition continued. But that’s not the acquired through a business deal in 1935. end of the story. It’s just the beginning. It is a triangular piece of land that today is bordered by 96th Street to Willowview The Perfect Plot Drive to Allisonville Road just west of the Rick Eaton, like his grandfather, had an Metropolitan Airport. Back then, the land interest in golf and with such a perfect was out in the middle of nowhere and plot of land around him, he and his famSpeicher leased it to farmers. ily decided to build their own private golf Speicher eventually built a home on the course. First one hole and then another property and, later, two of his children and then when 96th Street was underdid too. One of them was Eaton’s mother. going a major widening, they took the She and her family moved onto the land dirt from the construction for their golf in 1954 when Eaton was two years old. course and at the same time created He grew up there surrounded by sheep ponds and graded the property. Before




you knew it Balmoral Golf Course was born. By 1999 they had a full-fledged nine-hole golf course. At first, friends were invited to play and then friends of friends and, finally, the Eatons opened up their course to members around 2007, which was their first foray into opening their ancestral home to the public. Where once there was a barn, now there was a pro shop and where once there was a sheep pen there was a putting green. Footgolf was added to the course in 2014, making Balmoral the first footgolf course in Hamilton County and the second in the state of Indiana and it quickly gained a following. Then in 2016 the Eatons remodeled a 10,000 Square foot house on the grounds that had belonged to Rick’s brother and turned it into an event center called Balmoral House. “When we built the Balmoral House, we thought that it was going to be a nice addition to our golf business to have a larger place where we could do events. So, that was our thinking that we could have golf events and footgolf events and now we had a place to have luncheons and corporate events and weddings”, said Diane


Aerial views of Balmoral over the years


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who added, “what we learned was that Balmoral House was a stand-alone business. So, rather than the footgolf and golf feeding the Balmoral House, the Balmoral House business is feeding the footgolf.”

doing this is to help celebrate life and life experiences. It is so much fun,” said Diane.

It’s also a very personal business since it is literally out the Eatons’ back door. Many people own businesses but not many live on the same property with it. The Eatons Homeland Security say it has advantages and disadvantages. At the beginning of the 2017 golf season, They merely have to look out their window the Eatons decided to close the golf side to see what’s going on, but, by the same of the business. “We decided to do footgolf token, they can never really leave it. They exclusively and we’re the only golf course say it also forces them to make decisions in the state that just does footgolf” said differently since they live on the property. Rick who adds, “the bottom line is that we Rick Eaton has seen a lot of changes in don’t share it with golfers”. Fishers since he first moved here as a The Eatons describe Balmoral House as an elegant, intimate and unique event space. They stress that they are not a banquet hall but can handle any kind of event or outing including weddings, corporate outings, corporate events, corporate team building, private events, parties, and wine tastings.

young child in 1954 and he is happy with what he sees from both a personal and a business perspective. He and Diane say they enjoy the young, vibrant feel of Fishers and the people that have come because of it, which feeds their business. But they also enjoy their prime, private location within this vibrant city. “We are still an island here. That’s one of the unique things about Balmoral. We are very secluded. We have our own little paradise within this growing, booming area,” said Diane. HCBM

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It wasn’t easy turning a home into an event center open to the public. The Eatons had to deal with multitudes of regulations from numerous government entities such as Homeland Security and the Fire Marshall. They had to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act requirements and they were forced to undergo expensive and intrusive installations of sprinkler and alarm systems and exit signs.

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They distinguish themselves from other event centers by the fact that they offer outdoor recreational activities such as footgolf and cornhole and most centers do not. Additionally, they have a very private space where you can step outside and not hear traffic going by. “We have that great connection with nature. We’re much more private than some of the other places. You get that more intimate, private, nature feeling here,” Diane said and added that it is not unusual to see deer on the property and an egret land on a pond.

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Peer groups help businesses stay competitive By Karen Kennedy Photos by Stan Gurka e all know that we need to build our network. But we’ve all had days when it was raining, or we were feeling tired, insecure, or otherwise just not feeling it, and we’ve had to force ourselves to paste on our biggest smile, stuff our pockets full of business cards and walk through the doors to shake some hands. Because you never know who might be there or what you might miss if you allow yourself to skip it and just stay home, right?

The Power of a Group Mind

amazing what we find out. We will regularly realize that someone in the group is The group talked about the fact that overpaying for a particular service, like Toshiba has recently announced that it credit card processing, when we comwill no longer sell phones in the U.S. For pare financials. One person will share some of the members, whose entire busihow they’ve refined a particular proness model was built on selling Toshiba cess that we can all adapt in some way. phone systems, this was earth-shattering Someone from the west coast will share news that rocked them to their core. But a trend that hasn’t made its way here they didn’t have to digest that informajust yet. Or if one of us is working on a tion alone in their offices and struggle to bid in a field we’re less familiar with, we figure out what their next step should be, can pick up the phone and ask another because their network was there with supmember for advice.” port, advice and assistance.

Steve Hopper addresses the Information Systems Association

Imagine instead, a networking function where you not only know everyone in the room, but you know them well enough to share your deepest fears and weaknesses. A room full of people who do pretty much the same thing that you do but never compete against you. A group of peers so tightly knit that they vacation together and spend not just an hour or two chatting once a month, but nearly forty-eight straight hours together three times a year. Bill Taylor of Taylored Systems in Noblesville has just that. For the last twenty years, Taylor has belonged to a group called the Information Systems Association. It’s a peer group of around twenty business owners from across the country who are all in the communications industry. They met at the Taylored Systems offices in May. 18

In this particular meeting, they brought in Steve Hopper, a nationally known business consultant and speaker, to help address the questions that we’re all facing right now: How do we utilize our websites and social media to our best advantage? How do we market to millennials and integrate video? Do we need to have a blog? How do we refine a 30-second elevator pitch when our businesses are so diversified that they’ve become difficult to explain? They also talked about the enormous paradigm shifts that happen with alarming regularity in the communications business and how to be agile enough to adapt with them.

“Taylored Systems just celebrated its 35th anniversary in June,” Taylor continued. “My business has changed so much since I founded this company. We originally just sold phone systems—hardware. Now, everything other than the actual handset for the phone can be in the cloud. So now we handle tying together voice mail, email and text messaging. We do sound masking, access controls, security cameras and IT. Basically, we work on anything that is wired or connected to a wireless network other than a copy machine. And every other member of the group has had to grow and evolve just like we have.”

Extraordinary Peace of Mind

And, as in every meeting, they share their concerns, their successes, their challenges The group has been in existence since the mid-1980s. The five founding members and even their financial statements. of the group met at a Midwest dealers’ “I can literally tell these people anything convention. Bob Shubow, of Big Water about my business,” said Taylor. “And it’s October • November 2017 • Hamilton County Business Magazine

Technologies in Southfield, Michigan, is the only living founding member of the group. “When we started all of this, I was the youngest member of the group,” Shubow laughed. “Now I’m the old guy! I’ve been selling phones since 1974. But it’s essential that we all stay on the leading edge and the group helps us do that. It gives you a benchmark. And every member of the group brings something that we don’t all have. At times, we’ve even harnessed the purchasing power of the group to form a buying consortium. And you know that if you’re in trouble, you can pick up the phone and ask for anything. It’s an extraordinary peace of mind.” While the January and September meetings of the association take place in various parts of the country, the group meets in Noblesville every May, in large part because Taylor has the ideal facility to do

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so. In his offices off 146th Street and Cumberland Road, he has a 32-seat conference room that he also shares with the Noblesville Chamber of Commerce and other civic groups that need meeting space. Members have come and gone over the years, sometimes with second generation family members taking over the seat. New members come to the group by invitation only and are accepted after a thorough vetting process. If any one member of the group feels that a candidate isn’t a good fit or may be a competitor to them, they are denied membership. New members pay $500 to join the association and everyone pays $500 in annual dues. At the close of every meeting, three members are selected to plan the agenda for the next meeting and everything is documented and conveyed to the members by the group’s recording secretary, Pam Kozuch, of Telephone Systems, Inc. in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, who according to Taylor and Shubow is the “glue” that holds the group together.

Giving Back “This group, like all good networks, is about giving back and forming a community; a family,” said Taylor, whose commitment to giving back is evidenced by his contributions of time and resources to the Noblesville Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis, Chamber of Commerce and the Noblesville Schools Education Foundation, just to name a few. (And his commitment to family is evidenced by the fact that he was distracted by his phone numerous times during our interview and finally

sheepishly confessed that his elevenmonth-old grandson had just started to walk and his wife, who was babysitting, was blowing up his phone with video of the auspicious event.) “You don’t go into a group thinking about what you can get out of it,” Taylor concluded. “You go into it thinking about what you can contribute. And what you put into your community always comes back to you. Ten-fold.” HCBM

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A Summary of Recent Retail Activity

By Samantha Hyde

NORTHERN HAMILTON COUNTY Lawson Companies is now operating three businesses under one roof at 24260 SR 37 near Strawtown: Good Ole Days Antiques, Rusty Roof Music Store, and Lawson Flooring. A new Ricker’s gas station and convenience store is going in just north of Perkinsville at the intersection of SR 37 & SR 13. Cicero Fun Factory, located at 50 W. Buckeye Street in Cicero, is undergoing a full renovation and update. Select Show Horses northeast of Sheridan at 25109 Six Points Road is expanding and adding a new 8,000 SF stable.

CARMEL Michigan Road Self Storage is going in just northwest of 96th Street & Michigan Road and will offer 96,000 SF of storage space. Village Center Shoppes in West Clay is growing, adding a new 3-story office building at 12805 New Market Street. Smiles in the Village is moving down the street into a newly constructed building at 12740 Horseferry Road. Danny Boy Brewery in the Tank 13 building added artisanal spirits to it offerings with the addition of Danny Boy Distilling Works. Five Seasons Family Sports Club at 1300 E. 96th Street has closed. IU Health Dermatology Clinic is joining other healthcare providers at 11590 N. Meridian Street. Assembly Biosciences is expanding its footprint at 11711 N. Meridian Street. A former dance studio at 12955 Old Meridian Street is the new home of physical rehabilitation business Team Rehab. Clay Terrace Shopping Center is undergoing several changes. This fall, a new fitness center dubbed [solidcore] opens at 14390 Clay Terrace Boulevard. Clothing store Forever 21 Red will open in late 2017. Over the summer, Home Couture opened at 14511 Clay Terrace Boulevard and Ted’s Montana Grill closed. T-shirt retailer The Shop opened in September in the former Moochie & Co. space. Other 20

new additions include Closet Candy Boutique and Fidelity Investments.

Burgerhaus Burgerhaus is opening a new location at 89 1st Avenue SW. In September, the Russian School began holding classes at Carmel High School on East Main Street after relocating services from University High School. The Arts & Design District recently lost several of its galleries, including French Bleu Gallery at 111 W. Main Street and the Martin Gallery of Fine Art, which was located in the Indiana Design Center.

High Class Glass recently opened at 7227 Fishers Landing Drive. Planet Fitness has a new location at 11728 Fishers Crossing Drive in the former Sears building. The former Yogurtz Frozen Yogurt location downtown at 8594 E. 116th is being transformed into the second Hamilton County location for Hawaiian restaurant Main Street Poké. The same building is also now home to tech retailer Ultimate Home Automation. Indiana’s first

Brightway Insurance Brightway Insurance agency, the Phung Agency, opened in July at 8756 E. 116th Street. Technology Interiors is now operating out of its second Fishers location at 8977 E. 116th Street.

Books & Brews The national headquarters for Phi Kappa Sigma Fraternity relocated in August from Pennsylvania to 716 Adams Street. Indigo Bioautomation is moving into new construction at 385 City Center Drive. Carmel is getting its own Books & Brews location in November at 61 W. City Center Drive. Silver Door Boutique Spa in Carmel City Center has new owners. Collegiate fraternity Zeta Tau Alpha is relocating its headquarters from Indianapolis to 1036 S. Range Line Road before the end of the year. Workplace Health Services has moved into 99 E. Carmel Drive.

FISHERS Gratitude Boutique & Gifts is opening at the former Salon Krelic space at 8912 E. 96th Street. Strategic Wealth Designers has moved into its new space at 9850 Westpoint Drive. Della Leva Espresso Bar is moving into a new strip center at 8220 E. 106th Street.

Indiana’s first IKEA officially opens October 11 just off I-69’s Exit 205. MainSource Financial Group is merging with First Financial Bancorp, which operates bank locations in Fishers and in Carmel. A new long-term care facility for Alzheimer and dementia patients, dubbed Grand Brook Memory Care of Fishers, is slated for construction at 131st Street and Cumberland Drive. Life Connections Church is undergoing a major expansion on its campus at 11616 E. 126th Street. The Stations, a new development just west of Kroger at 116th Street and Lynn Drive, will eventually add almost 14,000 SF of retail and office space to this growing corridor. State of Grace Boutique opened in September at 11679 Olio Road. Hamilton Southeastern Schools is building a new K-4 elementary school at Cyntheanne Road and 126th Street that will open for the 2019-2020 school year. The HSE Schools Administration building at 13485 Cumberland Road is also getting a 22,000 SF addition.

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A 40-acre property near Olio Road and Southeastern Parkway, which is owned by Republic Development, will soon be home to a 500,000 SF sports facility with indoor fields and running track. Plans also include eleven retail outlots and a new hotel.

Bash Boutique, a women’s apparel specialty shop based in Wabash and with a second location in downtown Westfield, is opening a third location in the former Wild Bookstore on the courthouse square.

WESTFIELD A 5.3-acre site at 632 E. SR 32 will soon sport a 36-hole miniature golf course, restaurant, and event space as part of a new entertainment venture called Birdies. Epiphany Evangelical Lutheran Church at 15605 Ditch Road is growing, adding another 8,100 SF to its building.

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NOBLESVILLE This spring, the newest Bru Burger location will open in the first floor of the BlueSky Technology Partners building at 123 John Street. The new 17,000 SF St. Vincent Neighborhood Hospital opened at 9460 E. 146th Street in July. A 107,000 SF residential care facility dubbed Heritage Woods of Noblesville is slated for construction just down the road at 9600 E. 146th Street. Abrasive Waterjet of Indiana is remodeling a new space at 15515 Stoney Creek Way.

Downtown is getting a new gastropub, Field Brewing, which is moving into 303 E. Main Street. Westfield Chamber of Commerce has settled into its new offices at 116 E. Main Street. A new multitenant retail center dubbed Grassy Branch Marketplace is going up at SR 32 and Grassy Branch Road. Crossfit Westfield opened in August at 16707 Southpark Drive. Down the street, a new 18,500 SF office building is under construction at 16462 South Park Drive. Next spring, construction starts on Spring Mill Grand Station just north of 161st

Street on Spring Mill Road. This project features a 15,500 SF retail building, a 7,900 SF office building, and 46,000 SF of self-storage space. Just southwest of 161st & Spring Mill is a new development called the Depot at Spring Mill Station. This will eventually include several retail and office buildings, a restaurant, a bank, and a grocery store. Indy Fork & Ale Taphouse is planning to open in the renovated and reconfigured

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Dining Out

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Meals from the Market By Chris Bavender Photos by Stan Gurka f you’re searching for a unique dining experience look no further than the south alley located next to the Noblesville Visitors Center. For the second year, Main Street served up Meals from the Market—a farm-to-table experience with local music and art—sponsored by Peterson Architecture and Community Health Network. “Meals from the Market is a catered dinner for up to 50 guests activating the alley adjacent to our office space,” said Chris Owens, Main Street CEO. “The event uses a private chef and his team to source meat and produce from our Farmers Market vendors to be used at each event. Additionally, guests have the opportunity to sample local craft beer and wine at each event.”

Featured Chef The idea was born out of a desire to evolve a Thurs. market held in previous years and create another point of connection with Main Street. This was the fifth consecutive year programming was held in the South Alley.

“Weather permitting, our table for 50 lines the south alley featuring local flowers arranged by Shauna Metzger from Lil’ Bloomers. Generally, we open the dinner “Our Board and I looked at ways to expand with general announcements that I make or grow the events while maintaining some and then give Chef Adam the opportunity of the quaint charm as well,” he said. “By to talk about the cuisine that evening,” increasing the number of events, but keepOwens said. “Once the meal is served, Chef is available for our guests to ask questions and learn more about the vendors from whom he sourced ingredients, his technique and more.” was made to expand from four events to eight this year—starting in early June and running through the end of Sept.

Once the meal is finished, diners are encouraged to stay downtown and explore all it has to offer.

ing the maximum attendance the same, we feel we have effectively achieved this.” Chef Adam Williams of Chef Adam’s Kitchen in Hamilton Town Center—and one of the featured vendors at the Noblesville Farmers Market—was the creative mind behind the meal at each event.

“The meal is really up to the direction of Chef Adam based on what is lo“We are part of a larger cally available, in group seeking to activate season and what alley space around Nobleshe can uniquely ville enhancing connections craft from his to our historic downtown,” Musicians Kerry Davis and Mike experience,” Owens Owens said. “These events are Hammerle of a Better Day said. “We met and great opportunities for the talked about the vision for the second year community to learn more about all that of the event and I think he saw the unique our organization provides our community nature of this opportunity.” from programming to volunteer opportunities as well as our funding structure.” Community Connections The hope is to connect the community not only to Noblesville Main Street, but to each other. Meals from the Market was so popular in 2016, Owens said, that the decision 22

The evening starts with beer and wine samples, along with appetizers and features local musicians to enhance the ambiance of the experience.

“We always encourage support of other local downtown businesses,” Owens said. “Our event is limited in time with the hope of connecting folks from greater Noblesville to our downtown.” Owens hopes guests come away from the meal not only with a great experience, but having met new neighbors and friends. “Not focusing on political differences or squabbling over issues, but rather focusing on something in common we enjoy, food,” he said. “I hope that others who aren’t fully aware of the volume of events we offer find a great awareness and it fosters a sense to become involved and help support us as a 501(c)(3). Ultimately, we hope to create greater connections in our community and food is wonderful way to do that.” As for the 2018 Meals from the Market, Owens said the only changes he could foresee might be continuing to expand the frequency of the evenings or start the evening with a larger sampling event. Main Street Meals from the Market 2018 schedule of dinners will be determined in late fall. Tickets are $45 each and available for purchase online only. For more information visit HCBM

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      

  

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    

   

   


  

 


 


 

 

  

 

   



 

 




  


     


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Thursday, December 7, 11:30-1:00pm CHAMBER LUNCHEON HOLIDAY CELEBRATION Program includes the Sheridan and Hamilton Heights School Choirs Followed by a Wrapped Bottle Auction to help support 3 of our local non-profit charity organizations: Sheridan & Hamilton Heights Youth Assistance Programs of Hamilton County and Secret Families Christmas Charity of Hamilton County. Call the Chamber office for more information at 317-984-4079 JBS United Feed Mills 4310 West State Road 38 Sheridan, IN 46069

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October 19

Pete the Planner 11:00am – 1:00pm The Bridgewater Club, Carmel

November 16

Innovation Luncheon 11:00am – 1:00pm IMMI Conference Center

Breakfast Events October 10 Coffee with the Chamber Tuesday, August 8 8:00am – 9:00am CrossRoads Church, Westfield

October 24 Member Orientation Breakfast 7:30am – 9:00am The Bridgewater Club, Carmel

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November 10 All County Legislative Breakfast Tuesday, August 8 7:30am – 9:00am Conner Prairie, Fishers

November 14 Coffee with the Chamber Tuesday, August 8 8:00am – 9:00am CrossRoads Church, Westfield

Other Chamber Events October 5 Westfield Young Professionals 5:30pm – 7:30pm Noble Roman's

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All County Business After Hours 4:30pm – 6:30pm Flanner & Buchanan

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Hamilton County History David Heighway

Indy Metro Airport land used to house a horse farm he Hare family is best known in Hamilton County for the transportation business begun in the mid 1800’s and continuing today as Hare Chevrolet in Noblesville. But it turns out there was another member of the family that was also involved in the transportation business, albeit more concerned with speed—Marcus Lafayette Hare. He owned a horse farm on the land that today is home to the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport. Wesley Hare, the well-known patriarch of the wagon-building business, had an older brother named Daniel, born in 1814. He moved to Noblesville with the family, married in 1838, and his son Marcus was born in 1839. MarMarcus L. Hare cus’s mother died when he was two and Daniel remarried. Marcus’s father and stepmother both then died in the 1850 Hamilton County cholera epidemic and he was presumably raised by other family members. He married in 1859, briefly served in the Civil War, and moved to Indianapolis in 1864.

Famous Trotter By the 1870’s, he had launched a horse breeding business. He had always been Interested in fast horses—in March of 1871, he was fined $4.65 by the Indianapolis City Court for fast driving. In 1875, Hare returned to Hamilton County to establish a horse breeding farm called Grasslands Farm in Delaware Township. A year later, he bought a seven-year-old


horse that he would name Hambrino. This horse would turn out to be the first in a long line of famous trotters. Hambrino began to establish his reputation in the late 1870’s. He made an excellent showing in Ohio in 1878 that was well covered in the newspapers. During a successful tour of the east coast in 1879, he would set a personal record time of 2:21 ¼ in Connecticut in August and was mentioned in the New sale on a bitterly cold day in March of 1888, the bidding wasn’t going well, so he York Times on September 17. stepped up to help the auctioneer. He had It’s exciting to read about the races, since a good rapport with the crowd, making the newspaper would do a recap of the jokes like: “You fellows wouldn’t buy gold entire race, including crashes. They dollars if they were selling for three cents would discuss strategies, problems and each” and “She’s blind in one eye and can’t controversies, much like sports reporting see very well out of the other, but she’s a today. A person familiar with harness good one.” In the end, most of the horses racing could probably reconstruct Ham- were sold. brino’s style and strengths. Hambrino retired from the track in 1883 and was put An 1889 article said that Grasslands Farm had 600 acres, 100 head of horses with out to stud. After a short stay at a farm stable room for 200, and a mile track for in Kentucky, he spent the rest of this life training. We know the names of some at Grasslands Farm. He was considered of the farm trainers: 1891–Louis Ziegler, the premier breeding horse at the farm. 1892–Mr. Bryant, 1893–Ben Walker. Marcus Hare was a part of the regular People were very proud of the farm’s sales held at the Indianapolis Stockyards reputation. For example, in 1893, a Boston and Grasslands Farm would be mentioned horse breeding journal referred to one of prominently in the advertising. At one the farm’s prize horses as being “shortbred”, which apparently meant that it did not come from a long line of winning horses. The Indiana State Sentinel newspaper responded with a listing of the horse’s heritage and sarcastically stated, “…our friend in the bean-eating district is not supplied with the necessary documents to enable him to write accurately as well as entertainingly…” Hambrino died in 1895 and a horse named Greystone became the premier breeding horse.

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Streetcar Accident The first decade of the twentieth century was a difficult time for Marcus Hare. Many of the Grasslands Farm horses were sold off in a big sale in fall of 1901, supposedly to close down the farm. However, it continued to stay in business and hold regular sales. Hare was severely injured in October of 1903 trying to stop a runaway horse. He had

been waiting for a streetcar in Indianapolis when he saw it running down the street. He stepped in front of it to stop it, but was struck and knocked unconscious. He had a concussion and was in critical condition for a few days. He was finally declared out of danger on November 11, but was never in good health after that. His son, Clinton Hare, died in June of 1909 after a long illness. Then the horse

Greystone died in October of 1909. A lightning storm killed two horses and destroyed a barn on August 18, 1911. Finally, Hare himself died on August 30, 1911, of diabetes and complications of his earlier accident.

property had been sold to the Gatewood family. In 1960, David Gatewood used the land to establish the airport that is the Indianapolis Metropolitan Airport today. (The section with Richey Woods had always belonged to someone else.) There is no trace left of Grasslands Farm today. But it is fitting that the land is still involved in transportation. HCBM

Grasslands Farm continued to run and was still hiring farm hands in 1917. It was owned by the Hares as late as 1933, but by 1949 the



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Hamilton County Business Magazine October/November 2017  

A bi-monthly review of business news and features in Hamilton County, Indiana, USA

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A bi-monthly review of business news and features in Hamilton County, Indiana, USA

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