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He’s tall. He’s talented. He’s a lean, mean swimming machine. Meet Coach Ben Wachtel of Southeastern Swim Club (SSC).
Wachtel went on to earn a degree in professional writing and creative writing at Purdue. Then after graduating, Wachtel scored his dream job with the digital marketing superstars of Element Three. Helping companies maximize their internet marketing presence, Element Three recognized Wachtel’s leadership qualities and snatched him to join their team as a Copywriter and then later as their Social Media Specialist.
Wachtel, former Boiler swim team captain for two years, was hired as the team’s Associate Head Coach for the Seniors practice group under Head Coach Andy Pedersen and Head Coach of the Blue Runners practice group. As if that’s not enough for this Indiana high school swimming and diving Hall of Famer and 2012 Olympic Trials qualifier, he’s also serving as the club’s Social Media Director, a role that supports the Club’s mission of ongoing growth.
With a demanding job, it seemed Wachtel’s plate could overflow. But Wachtel never stopped feeling the strong current of the pool, and he returned in 2014, this time as a coach. For two years, he balanced his fullFor Coach Ben, the move up was business as time job at Element Three with coaching usual. But right off the block, he’s given the part-time for SSC. Then in 2016, the time kids of Southeastern Swim Club an experience came to dive in headfirst. When he decided far from just another day at the pool. to take the job as full-time Coach of two practice groups, he had to face leaving his No matter who you ask in Coach Ben’s full-time job at Element Three. practice groups, they all tell the same story – a story of a coach who leads with positive What seemed under water like a huge motivation and encouragement, mentors with sacrifice quickly surfaced as a move that creative skill development and gives back to gave Wachtel the perfect blend of the the kids the same that he got from the club. swimming world and business world. Wachtel explains, “Like in swimming, Wachtel began a career of which most could the environment at Element Three was only dream when he joined Southeastern competitive and filled with high achievers. Swim in 2007 at the end of his junior year The people who work there aren't just at Westfield High where he was a fouroutstanding at what they do; they support time state champion. Wachtel says, “What each other. Culturally, there's a tremendous I found at SSC was so much more than a amount of support for pursuing individual team. I was welcomed and accepted, even growth. I learned a ton about advertising though many of my teammates had been and digital marketing, but above all else, swimming together since they were 6 or 7 it reinforced the skills I learned in my years old. It was a home and a family, and I swimming career which are important in know it’s home now. the professional world too – teamwork, compassion for others, competitiveness, “I formed lifelong friendships, was responsibility and leadership.” mentored by outstanding coaches and was pushed to a new level, not just as a swimmer Wachtel shares his winning spirit with his but as a human being. Throughout the swimmers but teaches them that winning process, I was supported by great teammates isn’t the only thing. He says, “At the end of and coaches who believed in me and who I your career, the times don't matter. But the knew would never, ever give up on me. They process, the personal growth you experience wanted me to do my absolute best and to by pushing yourself, learning to get better 10 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / SEPTEMBER 2016 / atFishers.com
each day and learning to embrace the challenge of growing new skills is what's most important.” Although relatively new to the coaching world, Wachtel has already developed an effective coaching style and philosophy that incorporates the lessons from his coaches and his personal life experiences. On top of his list is building a relationship with the swimmers. Wachtel says, “Coaching is about connecting and developing trusting relationships with the kids. If you care about the kids you coach, it's readily apparent, and that gives you the tremendous responsibility to guide them with care. I want to build a strong enough relationship with my swimmers and find ways to challenge them and keep them focused on their goals. Having the opportunity to contribute to a young person’s life is the most meaningful thing I could ever imagine doing. That’s why I’m here.” Wachtel doesn’t expect each day to be filled with smooth water and fast swims. He says, “Kids who come to practice every day eager to get better usually will, but some expect results to come without hard work. It takes a long time for kids to find satisfaction in putting in the effort required to be good at something like swimming. That's part of what I enjoy about coaching.” As Wachtel rides the wave of his first year as full-time coach, he won’t promise to stay in his lane. But he offers some other promises. He says, “I promise to always put the kids first, be a positive influence in their lives, support and encourage them tirelessly and provide structure and learning experiences that help them grow. There are really special things happening here. I see it every day. “At SSC, we equip young people with lifelong skills. We're not just training great swimmers; we’re developing tomorrow's community leaders and champions, not just in the pool but in life, to respect all and fear none.”
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Hamilton Town Center is full of restaurants of all different shapes, sizes and styles. Even then, Samano’s Taqueria sticks out as one of the most unique in the area. Opening shop this past March, Mexico City native and owner Adrian wanted to bring a different kind of Mexican food to Fishers.
and everyone likes it. It’s fresh,” Adrian explained. “The reason I didn’t want to do a lot of marketing for the restaurant is because if I have a line out the door, it’s going to be slow because we make everything on spot.” Aside from burritos, Samano’s offers tortas (sandwiches), gringas (quesadillas) and a variety of Mexican desserts. It’s fresh, simple and delicious. They also have vegetarian options and a kids’ menu, making it any Mexican food lover’s hotspot.
“Not many places sell tacos around here, and if you want a good taco, you have to drive pretty far for it,” Adrian said. “Everyone loves Mexican food, so I wanted to open a restaurant with more authentic “It’s a place that I hope everyone will enjoy and come back to. This food. If I’m going to make something, I’m going to make it right.” has been a dream of mine, having my own restaurant. I didn’t think it’d ever go through, but that was the goal,” Adrian said. Samano’s features a variety of different tacos and burritos with Adrian’s Burrito easily being the best-selling. This heaping dish Working for many restaurants in the past, like McAlister’s and City offers a bacon-wrapped flour tortilla with your choice of chicken or Barbeque, he finally tired of working for someone else, and that’s steak, then avocado, chipotle dressing, green peppers, rice, beans when he decided to open Samano’s. “I’m working hard with a lot of and cheese. long hours, but I hope that it all pays off soon.” Adrian’s Burrito was made when Adrian was just messing around with some dish options, and when this unique burrito got extensive social media attention, Samano’s decided to add it to the menu. Needless to say, it could easily feed two people and then some.
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FISHERS IS TRUE BLUE and appreciation for the men and women in blue. Recently, the Fishers Police Department held their annual National Night Out (NNO). NNO is a nationwide organization dedicated to the development, maintenance and protection of community-based, law enforcement-affiliated crime prevention activities. NNO was developed as a crime prevention program that emphasizes building a partnership between the police and the community.
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Every man and woman that puts on a uniform representing his or her police department, public safety agency or branch of military is somebody’s someone. They are sons, daughters, husbands, wives, brothers, sisters, fathers or mothers. They have hopes, dreams and fears just like everyone else. What makes these individuals particularly unique is that they are willing to risk their lives on a daily basis for someone that they may never meet. They laugh, shed tears and yes, they can even be wounded and die. As a community, we rely on these brave men and women to protect and serve us. The 21st century has begun a new era of insecurity and scrutiny on the effectiveness of public safety nationwide. Police departments across the nation have been under direct attack, and officers have been targeted and killed in the line of duty. Beyond the grim and horrific accounts of these atrocities are the stories of honor, love
Chief George Kehl has valiantly served as the chief of police for the Fishers Police Department for 38 years. He shared his thoughts on attending his last NNO as the chief of police and on the status of the department from which he will retire September 30, 2016. “It was probably the best NNO that we’ve had in a long time as far as the community support is concerned,” he expressed. “We hosted a couple thousand people at our open house that night. We had a K9 demonstration and different activities for kids. The interaction with the citizens that night was overwhelming. “You just can’t fathom all of the thank yous, hugs and photo opportunities that we had. It was just unbelievable. Our community supports us without question. We do a lot to gain their support with our outreach programs. We have programs such as the Teen Academy, Citizen’s Police Academy, the Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Group, the FPD Explorer Academy and the City Government Academy.” The FPD has also maintained a very productive relationship with the Hamilton Southeastern Schools’ administrators over the decades. Having worked closely with the superintendents over the years and continuing to build that relationship with 16 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / SEPTEMBER 2016 / atFishers.com
the current HSE Superintendent, Dr. Allen Bourff has enabled the FPD to engage students in a positive and non-threatening environment through a myriad of programs that the department and the school district collaborates on. Assistant Police Chief Mitch Thompson weighed in on that relationship with the schools’ administrators and the presence that the FPD has in the schools’ district. “Our department has enjoyed a great relationship with Hamilton Southeastern Schools dating back to the 1980s,” Thompson said. “We obtained a grant through the Department of Justice to implement our School Resource Program that enabled us to have two officers in the schools when we first began the program. We currently have seven officers assigned to the schools. “One of the best ways to detour something from happening in schools is to know that there are police officers in the schools. We know that as a community, we’re only as good as our schools are, so we’re involved with outreach programs like Parent Nights, Internet Safety, D.A.R.E. and other youth mentoring initiatives such as the Youth Assistance Program. “Serving the community has been Chief Kehl’s philosophy since day one. For us, it is about a positive interaction with the community. Our engagement makes a huge difference in how our community sees us and how we see our community. We continue to receive a lot of positive support by ways of letters, social media posts and shares and the occasional gift of food.” Assistant Chief Thompson spoke about the department’s engagement with local businesses as well. “We have identified a particular pocket of
Fishers that is responsible for a significant amount of our crime in the 96th and Lantern Road area. We identified that pocket was responsible for 22% of our crime in 2015. These Part 1 crimes being defined as thefts, motor vehicle thefts and retail thefts are what’s predominantly occurring down in that area, so we implemented a program within our agency working with other city departments. “We work closely with the Code Enforcement Department, Fire Department and the EMT services, to name a few, and we are also working with the business community in the area to change the crime and the perception of crime in that area. Having those partnerships and working through the various groups, we have made an impact. It has been about six months now, and we have seen a decline in crime, and more importantly, we have seen the perception of crime improve. The businesses have been very supportive of the efforts that have gone on there. “What is really exciting is that the Mayor Fadness, along with our Public Works Department, has decided that we are going to take over maintaining the interchanges along the interstate that lead people into our community. What used to be maintained by the state is now maintained by the City of Fishers, and when you see that the grass is mowed, it’s because they’re taking care of it at a local level. It’s a part of the overall beautification effort, and that makes an impact on crime as well. That’s just an example of the many things that we are excited about as we continue to grow our partnerships and and have an impact on what’s going on in our community.” Looking ahead into the future and with Chief Kehl’s impending retirement, both Kehl and Thompson feel that their department of 103 sworn officers and eight civilians is well-trained and prepared to continue to operate under the values and principles that Chief Kehl has instilled over the decades. Their department proudly has 10 active officers who were invited and completed the elite FBI National Academy. The FBI National Academy is a professional course of study for U.S. and international
law enforcement managers nominated by their agency heads because of demonstrated leadership qualities. The 10-week program, which provides coursework in intelligence theory, terrorism and terrorist mindsets, management science, law, behavioral science, law enforcement communication and forensic science, serves to improve the administration of justice in police departments and agencies at home and abroad and to raise law enforcement standards, knowledge and cooperation worldwide. Participation in this academy is by invitation only. Chief Kehl and Assistant Chief Thompson are former graduates of the academy and are past presidents of the FBI Citizens Academy Indiana Chapter.
do their job, Chief Kehl is really good about allowing people to be creative and come up with new ideas and having them take credit for that idea. “I have worked directly for him since 1999 and have been very fortunate to have been taken under his wing, so I have a lot of the traits that he has engrained in me. Knowing that he’s always available for consultations is very helpful as I prepare to step into his role after September.” For more information on the FPD’s outreach programs and academies, visit fishers.in.us/police.
Chief Kehl is hopeful that young men and women who are considering a career in law enforcement will not be detoured by the current anti-authority climate that is currently afflicting our nation. “It is probably the most difficult time that we’ve ever had to hire law enforcement officers because of all of the killings that have been going on,” Kehl stated. “What I want people to know is that this is a great profession, and it is very rewarding. We make sure that we have conversations with our patrol officers about safety and about being alert. We remind them of that before every shift every day. “We go to the maximum to make sure that our officers are safe. We’ve been through this type of era before, though probably not to this extreme. It will pass over time but not until we instill in people’s minds that they have to start having respect for themselves, their communities and other people. We’ve got a long road ahead of us.” Having been with the FPD for 26 years, Assistant Chief Thompson is prepared to assume his new role and to step into the shoes of his chief and mentor. “What a tough act to follow,” Thompson emphasized. “One of the reasons why our agency has been successful is because of consistency and having the same chief throughout that tenure. Allowing people to atFishers.com / SEPTEMBER 2016 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 17
BELOW IS A LIST OF SOME OF THE UNIT’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS IN 2015: · Individual Felony Arrests: 141 · I ndividual Misdemeanor Arrests: 28 · Individual Warrant Arrests: 36 · Illegal Firearms Seized: 13 · Stolen Vehicles Recovered: 6 ·V alue of Recovered Stolen Property: $2,500 · Illegal Syringes Seized: 187 ·O unces in illegal narcotics seized: 40+ ounces (Heroin, Marijuana, Cocaine, Methamphetamine, Spice, Mushrooms) ·O fficer Kevin Silbaugh was recognized by The Hamilton County Prosecutor’s Office as The 2015 Road Officer of the Year
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"I would say Trials is the equivalence to the swimming Super Bowl. I've never been so nervous but excited. It was the most incredible thing I've ever experienced,” says Parrish. “I learned so much, and it got me hungry to get back to training and see what I will be able to accomplish at the 2020 Trials."
nation on such a large stage helps prepare you for collegiate competition and makes the pressure of high school swimming that much easier."
While students started the school year August 10, two senior swimmers from Fishers High School and a teammate who graduated in May were at the Junior Nationals in Minneapolis, Minnesota. This wasn’t the first major swim meet of the summer; two FHS seniors started six weeks Six weeks later, FAST (Fishers Area earlier with the Olympic Trials. Swimming Tigers) had three of their swimmers reach the Junior Nationals FHS seniors Lauryn Parrish and Lauren this year. Coinciding with the first week Edelman qualified to compete at the of school for the Hamilton Southeastern Olympic trials, held in Omaha, Nebraska. district, it was worth the trip for two The excitement of participating in the seniors to miss the first few days of school Olympic Trials was beyond words for the as seniors at Fishers High School. girls. “We were on the same pool deck with Michael Phelps, Lilly King and Katie One swimmer, Maggie Jahns, a recent Ledecky!” says Parrish. Fishers High School graduate, begins Parrish’s grandfather, who has attended a Super Bowl, the World Series and Final Four games, indicated the energy at Trials was unlike anything he had ever experienced. “It’s hard to explain the excitement,” shares Parrish’s mom, Aimee. “It was so incredible. We couldn't be more proud of Lauryn's hard work. Eleven practices a week since the age of 11 definitely paid off when she got her Olympic trial cut!” Parrish has not yet committed to a school but has several offers.
her collegiate swimming career with the University of Louisville. She is a 3-time Junior National qualifier and All-American in both 100m backstroke and 200 IM. She is also an All-American Academic for 2016. At Junior Nationals, she placed 8th overall in the 400 IM. "Fishers High School and FAST have both pushed me to be my best, both in and out of the pool. I am so grateful for all that the sport of swimming has given me,” says Jahns. “Competing at a national level is an incredible experience. Having the honor to compete against the best swimmers in the
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“I have always loved the water,” says Edelman, who is committed to the University of Kentucky. “I love the feel of the water and love to compete. Being on the block and the atmosphere is unbelievable.” At the Olympic Trials, Edelman swam the 200 IM. She was ranked 92nd going in and finished 27th overall and third for ‘18 and under’ in Omaha. At Junior Nationals, she finished in the top 16 nationally for all four of her events: 200 fly – 14th, 200 breast – 14th, 200 IM – 14th and 400 IM – 1st. At the Olympic Trials and at Junior Nationals, there were many familiar faces. “There is so much incredible swimming talent in Indiana,” says Edelman’s mom, Sonya. Training for this year’s high school and collegiate swim seasons begins in September. Kara Kavensky, a freelance writer and storyteller, is a main contributor for TownePost Network’s magazines. Follow her: Karakavensky.com; Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @karakavensky.
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Samantha Saba coordinates the children’s dance performances at the St. George Festival held September 16-17 at the church on 116th Street in Fishers. Samantha, whose parents are Palestinian Christian immigrants, says she is teaching the girls to dance to Middle Eastern songs. The group includes about a dozen girls ranging in age from 3 to 12. “I have always loved kids,” she says. “You can have the worst day possible, but kids can change your whole perspective. They warm my heart.” Besides teaching Sunday School and advising the St. George teenagers, Samantha coaches a YMCA children’s basketball team. She grew up in Indianapolis and graduated from IUPUI. Food, always the main attraction at the St. George Festival, will include separate booths selling lamb shanks, falafel, grape leaves, gyros, vegetarian plates and honey balls as well as a bake shop with Middle Eastern pastries. Entertainment includes live music and a children’s carnival with bounce houses and a zip line. A silent auction with gifts from local merchants is always a highlight. Last year’s attendance was estimated at 7,000. Fr. Nabil Hanna, pastor, says, “Our festival historically offers a sense of intimacy, and guests see us as a family. This is our home, and we are trying to share a little about ourselves, our faith and our background. It presents our heritage of faith, hospitality, good food, music and crafts from our roots in the Holy Land, the Middle East and the cultures that make up our congregation.” He says it originated as the Middle Eastern Festival in 1995 and was renamed the “St. George Festival” in 2014 after the church moved from its old location on Sherman Drive. Founded by Middle Eastern immigrants, the diverse congregation now includes a large number of Protestant converts and families with backgrounds from more than 15 countries. Susie Baranyk also grew up at St. George Orthodox Church, which her grandparents, who were Syrian Christian immigrants, helped found in 1926. Susie coordinates several volunteer greeters who ride the shuttle buses with guests from the off-site parking lot at Lutheran Journey Ministries about a half-mile away on 116th Street. “We talk about the festival, the various food booths, the entertainment and what to expect. We tell them about the church tours, which explain the unique architecture and the iconography. We tell them how much we appreciate their taking the time to visit our festival,” says Susie. “I hope our guests will leave appreciating the artistic beauty of the church and learning a little about our faith.”
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Hamilton Southeastern High School Royal Command and Guard Marching Band will be hosting an Invitational September 24, starting at 3 p.m. With up to 30 schools from around the state attending, this Invitational is also open for the public to view as the schools compete in the Mid- States Band Association competition. Each band will give a performance lasting upwards of 15 minutes and will be judged and awarded on areas of music, general effect and visual performance. Not only do the students get to watch some of the best high school bands and observe exemplary levels of music and performance, but the directors have the chance to receive feedback from highly experienced judges. The bands as a whole get the chance to show their improvement upon constructive feedback and gain experience in performing overall. Once all the bands have performed, the night will conclude with an awards ceremony. “We are celebrating our 10th anniversary for the HSE Royal Command and Guard Royal Invitational. We proudly represent our school and the pursuit of music performance excellence. As the host school, we will be performing ‘Shine’ at the end of the evening for a non-judged performance,” explained HSE Band Director of Bands, Mr. Niemiec. HSE Royal Command and Guard welcomes new band director, Mrs. Audrey Torres. With 12 years of experience, Mrs. Torres comes to HSE from Franklin Central High School where she was Director of Bands as well. For more information on this event, contact Mr. Niemiec at email@example.com.
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son Mike started working for the company when he was 12, cutting keys and delivering them on his motorbike. Bob’s business grew so much that he opened his first shop on Shelby Street. Business really took off and his customers were impressed with his knowledge of locksmithing and safe repair. As the business grew, he and his son ran service all over the city and surrounding areas. Bob adopted his slogan “Don’t get robbed, call Bob!” and the company still uses it to this day. Bob and Mr. Maurice Bornman, who owned Bornman Safe and Lock, were instrumental in forming the first locksmith association in Indiana, the Associated Locksmiths of Greater Indiana, ALOGI. Mr. Bornman was the first vice president and Bob was the first president from 1972 to 1974. After a series of moves to larger and larger locations, Bob and Mike later opened a shop at 5631 Madison Avenue in 1981. The store featured a vehicle bay, a warehouse, and two safe showrooms. Bob later left the lock shop in the capable hands of Mike while he moved to Sevierville, Tennessee. When he got to Sevierville, he started the Golden Carat jewelry store and Nichols Properties and INDY METRO / SEPTEMBER 2016 / TownePost.com
became a successful real estate developer. His first love was always the lock shop. In 2013 Bob learned that he had cancer. Mike came to visit and later died unexpectedly in July of 2013. Bob came back to Indianapolis to attend his funeral. Bob died three months later. The business was closed for several months and many thought that the dream had died with the passing of Bob and his son Mike. Bob Nichols
Tim Young, Bob’s youngest son (who had worked in the business as a teenager) purchased the business in 2013, buying a new location at 5651 Madison Avenue (two doors down from the one that Bob and Mike built) and opening a second location in Fishers at 8240 E. 96th Street, in front of the Walmart. Tim has expanded the staff to 10 and has introduced many technological innovations into the business, such as GPS dispatching of service vehicles, as well as adding additional capabilities to the company’s product and service offerings, such as access control products. For 58 years Bob’s Master Safe and Lock Service has provided the best security hardware and services for homes and businesses at a great price. Each location offers many types of safes, and the company’s website offers an online safe store where customers can get free shipping on safes. Safe combination changing and safe opening are also offered.
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Entering the office of Indiana’s President of AT&T is a step back in time to the days of Mad Men. The woodwork and furnishings are of a different era. Yet regardless of the resurgence in popularity of mid-century furniture and design aesthetic, the offices are being updated to reflect a change in the times.
who owned a vending machine company and four retail stores, but is best known for serving twenty years as a state legislator. There’s no doubt the influence his father had on Bill’s own civic engagement and career mindset. At the age of twenty-three, Bill was elected and served for four years on the Indianapolis City County Council. After moving to Zionsville with his wife and daughters, he served for an additional five years on the Boone County Council.
As President of AT&T, Bill Soards brings a unique element of youth and energy to his position. Progressive and forward thinking, his leadership comes at a critical time. While all of his predecessors have looked toward the horizon, Soards embraces change like no one before him.
Perhaps the influence of staying current and ahead of trends is what drives him, yet this is someone who is not afraid to take risks. With the dynamics of technological evolution, AT&T is keeping up by supporting tech startup communities to foster STEM.
The remodeling efforts in the building reflect the evolving culture of a company as it strives to stay ahead of the technology of tomorrow. While Bill appreciates the nostalgia and history of his office, he welcomes change.
One way is through sponsorship of Eleven Fifty Academy’s classrooms located inside Launch Fishers. With demand for careers in the technology field, cultivating these students now is critical to Indiana’s tomorrow. “Innovation drives what we do,” says Soards. “A shift in innovation creates change and with the pace of technology, this is a constant. Supporting Eleven Fifty Academy is a natural partnership for us.”
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Bill grew up on Indy’s north side and graduated from North Central High School and then studied at Butler University where he majored in political science and telecommunications. He’s fortunate to have known at a young age where his interests lie, and not only majored in them, is living them daily. Bill’s father was an entrepreneur
“The need for a skilled tech workforce cannot be overstated,” says John Qualls, President of Eleven Fifty Academy. “We are grateful that AT&T shares our vision, for it’s TownePost.com / SEPTEMBER 2016 / INDY METRO
partnerships such as theirs that will enable us to skill up Hoosiers to meet the demand for jobs in this field, which is increasing exponentially.” The AT&T Engagement Center inside of Launch Fishers also includes an AT&T space for product demos and prominent advertising to their members. Bill refers to the partnership with Launch Fishers as “an experiment”, which is fitting since experiments are what lead to innovation. ”A presence inside of Launch Fishers is equally beneficial for internal as well as external reasons. We are a global, integrated communications company providing wireless and broadband access but our industry is changing rapidly,” states Bill. “We are creating innovation internally and we want our employees to be a part of the innovative community as a whole.” “AT&T has been an awesome partner with Launch Fishers. From conducting hackathons with our community, to their support of our Launch Fishers High School Fellowship, they have proven their interest in helping our innovation economy continue to grow and thrive!” says John Wechsler, Founder of Launch Fishers. AT&T was once a startup. Alexander Graham Bell was inspired by his mother. In spite of the fact that she was deaf, she
became an accomplished pianist, inspiring young Alexander to take on great challenges throughout his life. The Bell Telephone Company filed for corporate status in July of 1877, 139 years ago. Alexander Graham Bell was an early entrepreneur whose love of invention started a company that is today the world’s largest global communications company. Bill Soards is technically President of Indiana Bell.
“Communications is continually disrupted - by devices, technologies - we are moving faster, smarter, trying newly innovated projects and ideas, and while I appreciate the nostalgia of the history of our company and industry, it is entirely based on change. That’s why we support new initiatives like Eleven Fifty Academy and Launch Fishers,” says Bill.
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AT&T Brand Ambassador, Vanessa Cretsinger, works a few days a week inside of Launch Fishers where she coordinates vendor events and networks with members of Launch Fishers. “By learning about community entrepreneurs, we can explore what AT&T can do to help their businesses grow,” shares Vanessa. “When you align with a vision of technology and entrepreneurial innovation, good things happen,” says Bill, who is open to the happy coincidences of unintended results. Inspired by Launch Fishers, AT&T created their own co-working space for their employees. AT&T has owned the 220 Meridian location since 1907. “Having been with the company for over sixteen years, it means something to be back in your home town doing something special,” says Bill, who has moved around the country with AT&T, recently living in Denver before moving back to his home state.
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TALENT SEARCH KICKS OFF FOR 54TH CIRCLE OF LIGHTS
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Magic and excitement will again permeate the air around Monument Circle during one of Central Indiana’s most treasured holiday traditions – the Circle of Lights®. Presented by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) #481, the 54th Circle of Lights® will kick off the holiday season, starting at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 25. The celebration will include acts from around Central Indiana, a performance from the cast of the 2016 Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s “IPL Yuletide Celebration” and a visit by the big guy himself – Santa Claus. The evening will culminate with the mesmerizing lights from the 284-foot Christmas tree on the ground while fireworks dazzle overhead. The show is set. Now onto the search for entertainment. Downtown Indy and members of IBEW #481 invite all entertainers, singers, musicians, dancers, choral groups and more to the Circle
of Lights® talent search auditions held at the IBEW #481, 1828 N. Meridian St., Indianapolis. Auditions welcome performers on a first-come, first-serve basis. Performers should choose only one of the following audition times and plan several hours for the audition process:
on three different occasions to make it to the Circle of Lights®. It was their third time that brought the acclaimed honor of tap dancing on the big stage with a glittering performance of “Sleigh Ride” by Pentatonix.
What has the troupe learned from their •Saturday, October 1 from 8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. experience? “Things happen. You have to go with it and keep going,” said Premier Dance •Tuesday, October 4 from 4-7:30 p.m. Center owner Michelle Jones-Haskell. “Just RULES/SUGGESTIONS FROM 2015 ACTS be prepared and well-rehearsed. Let your costume and performance glimmer with Holiday themes are required, preferably fun and bling of the season.” upbeat, for all auditions and the live show. While acts chosen for the finale will have In addition to the live coverage of the Circle approximately 3 minutes, performers have of Lights®, media partner WTHR-13 will only two minutes to impress the audition highlight an audition special, “Circle of judges. “Come confident, come dressed for Lights®: Indiana’s Got Talent” on Tuesday, success and come prepared,” said Center November 22 at 7 p.m. According to Grove’s Wilson Smith from last year’s group, Downtown Indy, “The special broadcast Alex, Jeffrey and Wilson Trio. “There will be takes viewers behind the scenes to capture a lot of talented individuals and groups at the moments as hundreds of Hoosier the auditions, so you need to be on your ‘A’ singers, dancers and entertainers vie for a game and ready to impress the judges.” spot in the beloved Circle of Lights®.” The Soul to Sole dance group out of A final, invitation-only audition will take Muncie found the saying, “Third time’s a place in mid-October. Downtown Indy charm,” to be true. This troupe had tried suggests preparing a second number just TownePost.com / AUGUST 2016 / INDY METRO
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in case you receive the invitation to return. The Alex, Jeffrey and Wilson Trio suggests going as far as having a third number ready. The trio did an exceptional job with the song, “Mary, Did You Know?” for their first audition. When they received the callback, the trio performed a fun number called “Santa Buddies,” a twist off the rendition of “Santa Babies.” With the final auditions complete, the judges announced the winners. The trio had indeed claimed a spot in the grand finale. Why the suggestion for a third number? ”We, as a bunch of teenagers, didn’t want to upstage Sandy Patti’s version of ‘Mary, Did You Know?’” said baritone Alex Milligan, supporting a mischievous smile. “We were all told to use familiar holiday songs for our stage performances. While ‘Santa Buddies’ was an exhilarating number, it wasn’t a familiar holiday song. We ended up singing, ‘The Christmas Song.’” Whether planning two songs or three, audition rules highly advise against singing a capella. Instead, performers bring a CD or an accompanist to the auditions. (A keyboard will be available for auditions.) How do performers choose between the two options? According to the 2015 gospel group Zions Joy!, they keep in mind factors such as the style of the song, the amount of pre-audition practice time and the feel you want to portray to your audience. Zions Joy! President Kay Insley clarified by saying, “If you're singing a big, uptempo song and don't have a full band backing you, it's probably best to sing with a CD. If an accompanist comes to every practice, live music is always a plus.” In closing, Insley humbly said, “The bottom line is that you should feel incredibly comfortable with your musical selection before your audition. You want to walk in feeling confident, prepared and ready to have fun. Whether or not you make it to the big stage, you are gaining experience and memories that will last a lifetime.”
THE ESCAPE ROOM OPENING A NEW LOCATION IN FISHERS THIS FALL
The Escape Room ownership group dressed to represent each new room at the new Fishers location [under construction]. Writer / Matt Keating
When The Escape Room Fishers opens this fall in The Edge building at 8890 E. 116th St., guests can expect five totally new interactive escape room experiences. Brendon Harbron, co-owner and Chief Game Designer for The Escape Room, said the entrance of the new place will look similar to a shop or library. "The lounge will have a secret entrance that will look similar to an old-fashioned speakeasy door," Harbron said. "I think people are going to love it. It will have five brand new themed and unique escape rooms."
fun it has been for their families, friends and co-workers to have fun while building relationships." The Escape Room opened in October 2015. Scott Neal, founder & CEO of The Escape Room Indianapolis, said participants love the teams of six to 12 people and being locked into one of the puzzle rooms. "They are left to uncover clues, solve puzzles and discover keys that will allow them to escape within one hour," Scott said. "The challenge really makes them work together as a team. Everyone has a different skill set that they bring to the table."
They will include two Race Rooms, a Titanic Scott and his wife, Marjorie, saw a similar Room, a 1776 Room, a World War II Prisoner escape room when they were traveling in of War Camp Room and a Castle Room. Hungary in October 2014. "We are building on the tremendous success we have here at the original location," Harbron said while in the Bank Heist Room of The Escape Room Indianapolis, 200 S. Meridian St., Suite 220, Indianapolis. "People have told us how much they love it here and how much
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In 2015, Harbron and his wife, Jennifer, visited a similar venue in another state and had an incredible experience. Upon their return to Indiana, they began the process of opening an escape room in Indianapolis. During the process, they crossed paths with the Neals, and rather than becoming competitors, they sat down together and combined ideas to create The Escape Room Indianapolis. “We felt it would be a much better venue if we took all of our best ideas, put them together and created something better than either of us would have come up with on our own,” states Jennifer, co-owner and Corporate Event Planner. “We all bring different skill sets to the business and are extremely happy to be able to bring such an experience to our own grassroots Indiana." Several companies have booked The Escape Room Indianapolis during the week for new corporate team building retreats and outings. Schools have found it to be a new field trip experience. It has also been a popular tourist attraction during major events at The Indianapolis Convention Center such as GenCon, PopCon, FFA and
through this interactive experience, we have the National Girls Volleyball Tournament. Indiana residents have also enjoyed the local created even more of a one-of-a-kind place to build relationships and learn along the flavor in the various rooms. way. We want people to feel as if they are really in 1776 or on the Titanic. Creating "All of the puzzle rooms have a different a place to do this in a fun atmosphere with theme: Hoosier Hysteria, a KGB family, friends and coworkers is our goal." Interrogation Room, an Art Gallery, a Jail and a 1920s-era bank," said Marjorie, a coCo-owner and Charitable Giving owner who is also the Human Resources Coordinator Daniel P. and Marketing Director. "The customized Chillemi said, "We have pieces, artifacts and memorabilia enhance created an experience that the experience. We have really tried to pay is a unique entertainment attention to detail.” alternative. Nothing like this existed in Indiana when "We are a startup company of people who we started The Escape really didn't know each other when we Room Indianapolis." started The Escape Room," Marjorie said. "Everyone is gifted in different ways.” Chillemi is looking forward to The Escape Room The Escape Room Fishers will have several at The Edge, which will surprises to enhance the escape room experience, and there will be the continued feature a vintage race and restoration shop as one of attention to detail with history added in. the rooms people have to The owners state, “Attention to detail is escape from. important. If we can bring history to life
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POWER TO THE STUDENTS HSSF BOARD OF DIRECTORS ADDS HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS TO BOARD
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The Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation (HSSF) is a nonprofit foundation dedicated to benefitting all schools in the Hamilton Southeastern area by offering student scholarships and educator grants. This year, HSSF made the decision to add eight students to their Board of Directors, four from Fishers High School and four from Hamilton Southeastern High School. Open to both juniors and seniors, the Foundation hopes
that the addition of students will help them Zimmerman and Eric Moeller found gain experience in leadership, philanthropy out about this student involvement in the Board, they decided to create a and community service. philanthropic fund to give students the “Student engagement has always been a power to administer and award micro goal of the Foundation. The expansion of grants to teachers and schools. additional student Board seats provides a greater opportunity for student voice, “This is a win-win opportunity,” but also great succession planning for the Zimmerman said with Moeller in organization,” said HSSF President Tim agreement. “Students gain practical McCoy. experience through service learning, and the funds benefit our hardworking When Fishers City Councilmen Todd teachers. We know that HSE Schools atFishers.com / SEPTEMBER 2016 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / 37
are cultivating future leaders and residents of Fishers. We wanted to create a program that would encourage students to think critically about tough decisions, current needs and planning for the future.” The Student Board Members had their orientation August 6 where they discussed topics such as the difference between philanthropy and charity as well as focusing on their duties as ambassadors for the Foundation. The students were able to share personal ideas on these topics with Todd and Eric as well as the Executive Director of the Board, Freedom Kolb. “This type of real world, hands-on experience complements the district’s HSE21 effort,” Freedom said. “Students have so much to contribute to the Foundation and to the community as both decision-makers and change agents. Who better to ask about how to invest dollars toward impact?”
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“I think the addition of students to the Board helps the community as a whole because what students contribute to the Board is unique,” Hamilton Southeastern High School Student Board member Olivia Kegley. “One of the reasons I love serving on the Board is because of the many other wonderful adults that we get to work with throughout the year. Everyone on the Board knows that we are all a part of something so much bigger than ourselves, and being able to represent our schools and our community in this way makes me very proud.”
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Demi Lawrence is a senior at Hamilton Southeastern High School. She plans on attending Ball State University in the fall of 2017 to study communications and hopes to one day become a columnist.
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The Jalapeño Chicken Fingers at Eddy’s are legendary, breaded in a jalapeño-infused batter and served hot and crispy with ranch and buffalo sauces to dip in. No fries needed. No side salad to relieve the guilt. Just your favorite draft beer or soft drink on the patio as you listen to the boats pull into the Geist Marina. What’s your “go-to” dish at Eddy’s Neighborhood Bar & Grill? Share your favorite dish with us on the Geist Magazine Facebook page!
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The new Kroger Marketplace on Olio Road is set to open in the fall. Until then, Kroger shoppers will experience a disruption during the final stages of construction. The 116th and Olio Road location will close in early September, and the new Marketplace will open approximately eight weeks later.
Kroger associates may have temporary reassignments during the construction. Some will get specialized training if their new work assignment requires additional skills.
Nearby Kroger store locations include: 116th and Cumberland, 116th and Allisonville and the Geist neighborhood store on Fall Creek. The Kroger Company’s commitment to keeping their customers “To minimize inconvenience to our customers, the Pharmacy will up-to-date of the construction progress during the temporary remain open on the same property in a temporary facility with 24- closure includes multiple letters mailed to residences with updates hour security,” shares Eric Halvorson, Manager of Public Affairs and a website for information on the project, including the new and Kroger Spokesperson. “We want to make sure customers Marketplace layout. will be able to get their prescriptions with the convenience they expect.” The new Marketplace store will offer a much larger selection of The fuel station will also remain operational throughout the duration of construction. This temporary interruption of shopping habits promises to be as smooth as possible. Olio Road shoppers are encouraged to visit nearby Kroger stores where they will see some friendly faces serving as tour guides to find items on shopping lists.
50,000 items and will include Starbucks, Little Clinic, apparel and toys. “We are confident the new Marketplace store will be worth the wait,” states Halvorson. Please visit KrogeratOlio.com for progress updates and additional information.
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BoomBozz Pizza in Fishers was attracting positive attention before it even opened on August 9. Brian Hall, the enthusiastic operating partner of BoomBozz Pizza Taphouse, also started the Carmel location in 2010 and believes the success of the Carmel spot helped ensure customers at the Fishers restaurant. "We didn't run an advertisement or have a website up, and we had a 45-minute wait on our first night," Hall said. He adheres to a recipe of success that helped him over the last several years. "I keep things real simple," Hall said during a tour of the kitchen. "We use fresh ingredients and hand cut and slice everything. We cook the meats from scratch. We marinate the chicken. We come in at 7 a.m. every day and get busy. The majority of items are fresh and never frozen. We work hard to make people good food." Attention to detail has paid off for Hall. He recently won the 2016 World Pizza Championship at The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas.
"You go through different divisions, and we won each round," he explained. "I liked the non-traditional category, which means there are no rules. I love that, and it enabled us to win the title." He has won the 2016 World Pizza Championship twice and The American Pizza Championship twice. "I love doing things in a unique and fun way, and that has also helped me with BoomBozz." The name BoomBozz comes from Italian slang and means wild, crazy and fun. Hall, a former casino manager in Las Vegas and Indiana, said he has a passion for food. "I stress unique flavors with our Mediterranean and Fajita pizzas." Hall added that he also provides a good value at BoomBozz. "We give you a gourmet experience for less than $20,â€? Hall said. â€œI tell people to bring the kids and spend less than $50." BoomBozz also offers $5 and $6 Social Hour values. The $5 Social Plates include BoomBozz's Famous Asiago Bread, Goat Cheese 46 / FISHERS MAGAZINE / SEPTEMBER 2016 / atFishers.com
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