October 18, 2017
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City Champion

Coures’s work with DMD is changing the face of Evansville
Department of Metropolitan Development executive director Kelley Coures sits on the steps of the Owen Block building.

 In the late 1950s and early 60s, Erich Brenn graced the stage of The Ed Sullivan Show with his act of spinning plates. Using thin wooden poles, the Austrian would set the tableware spinning, working to keep them aloft while “Flight of the Bumblebee” played at a frantic pace.

It’s an act Department of Metropolitan Development (DMD) executive director Kelley Coures says he relates to.

“Sometimes I feel like that guy,” he says with a smile, “trying to keep all these plates spinning up there.”

A graduate of Harrison High School and Indiana State University Evansville (now University of Southern Indiana), Coures found himself in the DMD managing federal funds after taking an early retirement from Springleaf Financial, where he had worked for 31 years, in 2012. Two years later, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke would ask Coures to take on a new position.

“He said, ‘I’ve got good news and I’ve got bad news,’” he says. “The good news was he wanted me to be executive director. The bad news, he said, was I was going to work 24 hours a day, seven days a week.”

Coures, who served as an intern in the DMD in 1979 under former mayor Russ Lloyd Sr., enjoys working with community residents, city leaders, and local businesses, making the long hours just another aspect of the job he doesn’t mind. But being head of the DMD is more than standing at a podium, sharing the next development project with the city.

“It’s leveraging dollars and finding developers who can make projects happen,” he says. “The job really is about several different things; it’s about people, it’s about making sure what the city does is good for people.”

In the last two years, Coures’s spinning plates have included new development projects at Haynie’s Corner Arts District; the progress of Downtown; the North Main Complete Street Project; and setting up Evansville’s land bank to deal with housing blight, a project Coures is especially proud of. By leveraging federal money and organizing private investments, the DMD is able to bring property back to the city’s tax rolls and create jobs — two things that strengthen the city.

“I feel very fortunate to have this job at this time,” says Coures. “Because you’re connected to everything; you’re connected to all the good things.”

For more information about the Department of Metropolitan Development, call 812-436-7823.


Groundwork for Success

Former Starbucks manager credits Evansville roots for professional path
Mindy Sagez adjunct professor and LEAD Forward director at the University of Evansville.

When University of Evansville adjunct professor Mindy Sagez visits Starbucks for a coffee fix, she knows she will meet the same familiar aroma of roasted coffee beans wafting through the air. She knows the same branding and logo will emblazon nearly every item in the store, from merchandise and packaged coffees to cups and baristas’ aprons. She can even tell you how long the beans are roasted and how often coffee is brewed.

But Sagez is more than just an enthusiast of the Starbucks coffee experience. As former category manager of brewed coffee and espresso at the Starbucks corporate office in Seattle, Washington, Sagez once lived it, breathed it, and perhaps you could say she reinvented it.

“It was my baby for a long while,” she says, adding each visit to a Starbucks store reminds her of her former career. “I do feel that sense of pride; I do feel that connection to it. And I’m sure I probably always will.”

Sagez worked at Starbucks from 2006 to 2009. During that time, CEO Howard Schultz sent an internal memo detailing the “watering down of the Starbucks experience, and, what some might call the commoditization of (the Starbucks) brand.” The memo was leaked to the press by one of the recipients.

“It was the memo heard around the world,” says Sagez, who would later lead Starbucks’ Reinvention of Brewed Coffee Initiative to directly address Schultz’s concerns in the infamous memo.

Fueled by Sagez’s leadership and business prowess, the initiative led to the creation of Pike Place Roast and a complete turnaround of the Starbucks brand. The initiative was so successful that a press release by Schultz in 2008 not only applauded Pike Place Roast, but also the team responsible — including Sagez.

“In my opinion and that of several others who have tasted this incredible coffee, Pike Place Roast is truly one of the best coffees we have offered our customers in our 37-year history,” says Schultz in the release, “and it will reinvent brewed coffee.”

While some could say Starbucks made her who she is today, Sagez says it’s quite the opposite. The Reitz High School graduate says her West Side upbringing laid the groundwork for her success.

“Evansville’s a hard-working community, filled with people who are determined. They care about building a better community. They know what it is to work hard,” she says. “And I definitely took that with me in every job I had, in every community I joined.”

Sagez’s resume is undoubtedly impressive. She graduated from Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, with a major in social policy with an emphasis in education reform and received her master’s degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. In addition to the stint at Starbucks, her professional experience includes an internship with Gatorade in Chicago and consultant position at Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

In 2009, Sagez returned to Evansville with husband Nic and their two young daughters. While Evansville offered a family-friendly community to raise the family, the couple also intended to help manage the family’s transportation business Walt’s Drive-A-Way. In 2014 when her family sold its portion of the business, Sagez says she immediately sent an email to Schroeder School of Business dean Greg Rawski detailing her experience and desire to join UE.

“When I looked at her experience, I thought it was a natural fit. To work for a national company like Starbucks and have that success — that’s someone we want to put in front of our students,” says Rawski. “Based on her experience, we can offer new classes that we couldn’t before.”

So in the 2015 spring semester, Sagez joined UE to teach principles of marketing and direct the Leaders Engaged in Advancing Development (LEAD) Forward program. This fall Sagez also will add a consulting class, the first of its kind to be offered at UE.

LEAD Forward provides students opportunities to build business and leadership skills outside of the classroom. Perks include access to business executives, trips to corporations throughout the Midwest, and having Sagez as a mentor. The program begins each year with a two-day retreat to Wooded Glen Retreat & Conference Center, Henryville, Indiana, where Sagez requires students to forfeit all electronic devices. Some students see it as a radical move in a world so consumed with technology, says Sagez, but end up thanking her for it.

“My perspective is that it goes both ways. We need technology and we’re able to get a whole lot out of technology,” she says. “And then there’s just other times that we need to have human moments and be able to connect one-on-one with people.”

Relationships form when technology is not a distraction and is what sets the tone for LEAD Forward fellows to learn about each other and create trust, says Sagez. That trust allows students to be open, honest, and vulnerable with one another in an atmosphere where taking risks is encouraged and feedback is valued.

In the classroom, Sagez uses a case method of teaching, presenting students with real-world scenarios to discuss business practices and conduct problem solving. Rawski says students have bonded with Sagez because of her passion and energy.

One such student is Hassan Taki Eddin of Damascus, Syria, a senior majoring in both accounting and finance. Taki Eddin says Sagez is different from other professors because she brings real-world experience into the classroom, whereas many professors teach first and then hold jobs in the corporate world.

“Mindy is a very hands-on learning type of teacher,” says Taki Eddin, who took Sagez’s marketing class and will return this year as a LEAD Forward assistant. “She brings that real-world experience with her, and she realizes that what we learn in the textbooks is not enough.”

Adjunct professors have a lighter class load, which allows opportunities for outside employment. Sagez says she still is searching for the best way to add to Evansville’s thriving business community.

“You get to see how things work from a different perspective. You get to see businesses working together,” she says. “It’s inspiring. I’m still trying to figure out the best way for me to be apart of that.”

As a professor, Sagez’s focus is on developing her students and fellows to be influential in Evansville and beyond. She doesn’t take that lightly and considers it an honor to have an effect that will reach far beyond her classroom walls.

“Leaders can change the world. Leaders impact people and they do it one person at a time … and I think that’s important,” she says. “I think if I can do that for anyone it will be great. I’m so lucky to get to do what I love.” 

For more information about the University of Evansville’s LEAD Forward program, visit evansville.edu/majors/business/leadFellows.cfm.


One-Stop Shop

Fifth-generation business still going strong after nearly a century
Tom and John Mathias are driving Evansville Electrical and Mechanical Services Company, Inc. into its fifth generation.

 A rare fifth-generation business owner, Evansville Electrical and Mechanical Services Company, Inc. (EEMSCO) vice president Tom Mathias is proud to carry on a longtime family tradition. Since taking leadership from his father John Mathias in June 2015, Tom focuses on demands new technology will bring while maintaining signature services on which the company was built nearly a century ago.

As a one-stop industrial maintenance shop, EEMSCO rewinds and repairs AC/DC electric motors, pumps, and gearboxes, and also performs millwright and machine shop services for businesses within a 150-mile radius, which includes Southern Indiana, Southern Illinois, and Western Kentucky. Its services benefit a wide range of industries, including plastics, aluminum, steel, automotive, pulp and paper, power plants, refineries and pipelines, aggregate and mining, utilities and municipalities, hospitals, pharmaceuticals, chemicals, food processing, and colleges and universities.

“Businesses count on us to keep them running,” says Tom, an Evansville native who earned his bachelor’s degree in business management from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, and master’s degree from Belmont University, Nashville, Tennessee. “If their industry is succeeding, then we’re succeeding.”

Tom attributes the company’s nearly century-long success to its adaptation to the region’s new and diverse industries, continuity in management, and longtime employee tenure, as well as constant dedication to its customers.

“We want to continue to grow and find ways to improve so we are always able to meet all of our customers’ needs,” says Tom. “I talk to the guys on the floor and ask about certain processes and ways to improve. We don’t want to say we can only handle a portion of your repairs — we want to fix it all. We want to listen and ask questions and always be looking for ways to do things better. If we do that, we will never stop growing.”

Founded by Tom’s great-great-grandfather John Poling and great-grandfather Gil Poling, the business moved into its current facility at 600 W. Eichel Ave. in 1920 and was incorporated in 1921 to serve the booming coal mining industry. John relocated to Evansville from the Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania area upon realizing coal had become the leading source of heat and power for transportation, fueling locomotives, paddlewheel boats, and in turn, the companies of the Industrial Revolution.

Back then, EEMSCO manufactured parts for railroads and railroad cars serving the coal mines. In addition to the growing coal mining industry, the Polings also saw the rise of electricity as a common power source, leading it to begin rewinding and repairing some of the earliest industrial-sized DC electric motors in the infancy of the electric age.

As the region’s coal industry gradually diminished, other industries rose and filled the gap left by fewer mining jobs.

“This area has always had a great industrial base — even in the transition from mining to other heavy industries, such as plastics,” says Tom.

EEMSCO remains at the same location where it has been standing for almost 100 years — on Eichel Avenue, just west of Garvin Park. Today, the 45,000-square-foot facility consists of three areas: a storage warehouse, built in the late 1800s; a machine shop, constructed in the early 1940s; and an electric shop, including management offices, added in the 1980s.

The company has specialties across four divisions: electrical services, mechanical services, field services, and new motors and warranty services. In the electric shop, services include AC motor rewinding and repair — up to 3,000 horsepower — and DC armature winding and repair — up to 2,000 horsepower.

“We can fix just about anything,” says Tom. “And if we can’t fix it, we have the resources to find you a new one for a great price.”

The facility’s major capabilities include a 30-ton crane capacity for lifting motors during repairs, and a 4,160-volt test panel for assessing how motors are functioning. EEMSCO also provides field services, such as predictive and preventative maintenance, and can send teams out for any on-site repair needs.

“Machinery breakdowns can be much more costly than routine maintenance,” says Tom’s father John.

EEMSCO helps companies maintain, repair, or replace critical motors to keep daily operations running, says Tom. With in-shop repair available from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. and offsite after-hours repairs, EEMSCO offers its services 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“If you have a critical motor down, your operations grind to a halt, your production line stops, and you can’t do anything,” says Tom. “You call us — even in the middle of the night — and we will be there and get you back up and running. Our quality and our turnaround time are why people come to us and stay with us.”

Because EEMSCO works with specific industries and their highly technical and specialized equipment, customers also rely on the longtime staff’s experience and guidance.

“We have the technical knowledge to advise the customer on the right product,” says Tom. “Our knowledge is a great asset for our customers.”

That knowledge has been passed down from generation to generation.

“There isn’t a school for what we do,” says John. “Employees receive on-the-job training.”

Through the years, continuity in management was maintained by keeping the business in the family and consulting past owners. Workforce continuity also helps the company be successful. From motor technicians, winders, field-service specialists, machinists and bookkeepers to inside and outside sales representatives, average tenure is more than a decade — and eight of the 25 employees have been with the company for more than 20 years.

“Our longest-tenured employee, Flavian Elpers, retired this past spring with 53 years of service under his belt,” says Tom. “We have very little turnover. We really are a tight-knit family.”

As the company continues to grow, so do Tom’s 1- and 3-year-old sons — the sixth generation that could potentially take the company into its next century.
“I would love for them to continue the family tradition,” says Tom. 

For more information about EEMSCO, call 812-426-2224 or visit eemsco.com.


Sue Ellspermann

Hometown: Ferdinand, Indiana

Job: President of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana

Resume: Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 2013-2016
Indiana House of Representatives, 2010-2012

Family: Husband Jim Mehling; daughters Lauren and Kara; stepdaughters Laura and Grace; grandchildren Landon, 4, Rhett, 2, Anna, 1, and Faith, 3 months.

While Sue Ellspermann has served in Indiana’s House of Representatives, as lieutenant governor to Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, and now as the president
of Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, she says her career truly boils down to one thing.

“I think most people you would ask would say I’m predominantly a problem solver, and I entered public service to do just that,” says Ellspermann, who holds a bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and Ph.D. in industrial engineering.

In 2006, Ellspermann became the founding director of the University of Southern Indiana’s Center for Applied Research, which helps connect community businesses and organizations to universities and their resources. The experience has left an impact on her.

“I have great admiration for all three presidents of USI — doctors Rice, Hoops, and now Bennett. They really are exemplary leaders fueling the growth of USI into the powerhouse it is today, helping to promote and grow educational attainment in Southwest Indiana,” she says. “USI has served as my model
of what a public institution should do in serving a region or a state.”

How would you characterize the last four years of your career?
As lieutenant governor, I traveled all 92 counties and got the chance to hear Hoosiers’ dreams and challenges, and then come back and figure out how to leverage government resources to help us move forward. In a lot of ways, I say the last four years was falling in love with the whole state of Indiana. Having grown up in the southwest part of the state, it was my opportunity to see the rest of the state and know it at a level very few people ever have the chance to experience.

You resigned from the lieutenant governor position in early March and publicly indicated a desire to be president of Ivy Tech. Did you consider this career change as a leap of faith, a gamble, or a thought-out strategic move that worked well?
When I looked at my career, I always simply looked at how do I make a difference using the gifts and talents God gave me. Last summer, an Ivy Tech board trustee approached me after President Thomas Snyder announced his retirement. Initially, I thought that was nice but moved on. Then I started to take stock of my experience, which was a unique blend of workforce, higher education, and governmental experience. The more I thought about it, the more I really did believe I was a good fit for this executive position. So I took the idea to the governor. It took a little persuasion. The rest is history.

What is the biggest secret about Ivy Tech you want to proclaim to Indiana and beyond?
The Ivy Tech name is known very well across the state of Indiana, but few people in Indiana truly understand the concept of community college. We’ve been taught to think everybody should go to a four-year school. In most states, community college is the place where students go their first two years, and for a twofold reason — one is to save thousands of dollars in tuition, room, and board, and the other is the opportunity to gain their first degree in the form of an associate’s degree allowing them to enter the workforce or continue toward a four-year degree. In Indiana most associate degrees will seamlessly transfer to four-year institutions like USI, UE, Purdue, or IU.

What is a trait of Gov. Pence you believe would perhaps serve him well should he be elected vice president?
The thing that stands out to me is that he has a great gift of connecting with people. The governor is a very good listener. He exudes warmth and sincerity in all his actions as a leader. Gov. Pence, one-time talk show host, is an amazing communicator and would be a great negotiator across the aisle as he helped the president move an agenda forward. 

For more information about Sue Ellspermann and Ivy Tech Community College, visit ivytech.edu/president/.

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Rigmarole, Circumlocution, and Periphrasis

Bonnie Ambrose and Charlie Voight having a “senior moment.”

I have had ample opportunity since our last issue to read and reread a letter to the editor in the April 16 issue of the Evansville Courier & Press. Mr. Jim Brumbeloe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, writes about the “poor taste that exemplifies the pervasive attitude in the Evansville population.” He goes on to state, “rudeness, derogatory remarks, and obscene gestures and verbiage are commonplace.”

Well, I am about half-educated and a half-wit and felt the need to look up the word “verbiage” in the dictionary. A synonym of verbiage is “long-windedness,” which I’m very well acquainted with. Maybe you are, too.

He goes on to insult our drivers, clerks, customers in stores and in banks, and our fair city to some length with not very pleasant overtones.

Mr. Brumbeloe continues to let us know he now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and, in Tulsa, by God, “the folks are the most polite and courteous he has ever encountered.” Evansville could learn by taking Tulsa’s example, Mr. Brumbeloe states with great verbiage. Now I have nothing against Tulsa; I’m sure it is a fine place but there also are many reasons people love living here.

Well Mr. Brumbeloe, as a native, I have pleasant exchanges with clerks, bank tellers, and strangers on the street on a daily basis. People here always will let other drivers out in traffic in no time flat. Car trouble? There are so many good Samaritans. People here are kind, courteous, and considerate of others. This is a giving and caring community. A person’s perspective or attitude lies in the eye of the beholder. There is an old expression that I enjoy: “If everyone else has a problem, the problem is you.” And you can bet I cleaned that up for publication.

Tuesday, May 24 was a remarkable day for two much loved, admired, and respected teachers at Holy Rosary School. It marked the retirement and end of an era for Mrs. Bonnie Ambrose and Mr. Charles “Charlie” Voight, who have taught eighth grade for 50 and 47 years, respectively. They are comedians, friends, counselors, and most importantly, caring educators to the thousands of kids who have passed through their classrooms. They truly are a dynamic duo. Their kind does not come along very often. On behalf of parents, all the students, and myself who you have impacted along the way, I am extending a special thank you. You chose a very noble profession and served it well.

As always, I look forward to hearing from you.

Todd A. Tucker


High Calling

Newburgh native Newt Crenshaw moves from Eli Lilly to Young Life
Newt Crenshaw and his wife Susan, pictured here with Zionsville, Indiana, area Young Life Director Andy Miller and his family.

For Newt Crenshaw, vice president of oncology at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, helping people has been the passion driving his career.

The Newburgh, Indiana, native and Castle High School graduate studied economics and mathematics at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, before he was hired in at Eli Lilly. It was his work as an intern for the pharmaceutical giant, he says, that opened the door to start his 31-year career with Lilly, where he’s served in various roles.

“I knew I wanted to go into business,” says Crenshaw. “The good thing about sales is you are able to understand your customers and what their needs are. I think that’s very important.”

During his years at Eli Lilly, Crenshaw has filled a variety of roles for the company, including running two of Lilly’s largest business units in the U.S. and serving five years as the president and general manager for Eli Lilly’s Japan operations.

“Probably the most unique and memorable experience (at Eli Lilly was) spending five years in Japan … and where I had responsibility for all of our sales marketing, medical, manufacturing, and our research and development,” he says. “That was quite an interesting cross-culture experience as well as business experience.”

Now, Crenshaw and his wife Susan are planning to start a new venture. In April he accepted the position of president with Young Life, a Christian ministry that reaches out to middle and high school, and college-aged students in the U.S. and more than 100 countries around the world. It’s an organization Crenshaw has been familiar with since his youth.

“I’ve been involved with Young Life for longer than I’ve been with Lilly,” he says. “As I graduated Castle High School in the summer of 1981, my mom and dad began to explore getting Young Life started in Newburgh.”

The Crenshaw family has a “real heritage and legacy” with the ministry, he adds. Following the work of his parents, Crenshaw and his wife have served as volunteer leaders, were the founding committee chairs for Young Life in Zionsville, Indiana, and started a Young Life ministry in the Kansai region of Japan during their time living there.

“I’m excited about serving the Young Life staff as the leader of the organization, as they are out there caring for kids and loving them by sharing the gospel. That for me is a real high calling,” says Crenshaw.

For more information about local Young Life ministries in the Tri-State, visit younglife.org.


Saddle Up

Mounted officers join the Evansville Police Department patrol
Officers Jeff Vantlin and Tyrone Wood use their own Warmblood horses to patrol.

Give a police officer a horse and instead of walking nervously by, crowds flock to steal a glimpse and a pet. The phenomenon is one Evansville Police Department Officer Tyrone Wood noticed four years ago at a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee.

A lifelong equestrian, Wood has led the movement to bring mounted police officers back to Evansville. In 1927, the police department enlisted the help of horses to patrol the streets of the River City, but discontinued the program in 1935 for patrol cars.

Currently, the EPD has two authorities on horseback including Wood and Jeff Vantlin, who both completed their training certification at the Southern Police Institute, Richmond, Virginia. Their horses can be spotted patrolling festivals, neighborhoods, and crowded events such as concerts, basketball and hockey games, and races this year.

One officer on horseback is equivalent to 10 officers on foot, says Wood.

“We obviously have a height advantage,” says Wood, who has worked at the EPD since 2006. “We can see things that an officer in a car can’t. Everyone likes horses and we hope to use that to maintain a better relationship with the community. If there are problem areas that we need an increased police presence, we can go to an area on horse and people will notice that we are here.”

The equestrian program is funded with donations through the Evansville Police Department Foundation and the officers purchase and own their horses. Wood bought his horse, a 10-year-old palomino Warmblood mare, which stands at 17.1 hands high, from the Louisiana State Penitentiary, Angola, Louisiana.

About three days a week, Wood boards and works with his horse at Carmen Hurley’s Night Sun Stables in Evansville desensitizing her to potential situations on the job. The Shawneetown, Illinois, native will honk horns, turn on sirens and lights, clap, yell, ride a bicycle, push a stroller, pop balloons, and more.

“We do so much to prepare the horses to make sure they are as safe as possible,” he says.

The mounted police patrol is in addition to Wood and Vantlin’s regular shifts. Wood says he hopes to break down any barrier between the community and the police department through the connection of horses.

“We aren’t just policemen in uniforms; we are husbands and wives and we have kids and this is our community, too,” says Wood. “We want to see less crime. We want you to feel safe.”

For more information about the Evansville Police Department’s mounted officers, call 812-568-9422 or search for their Facebook page using EPD Horse Detail.


Best in the Midwest

Evansville improves Indiana’s business status

Indiana ranks as the best state for business in the Midwest and the fifth best in the nation, an improvement from last year’s placing at sixth.

“People look at Indiana and our city through a different lens than they did five years ago,” says Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

He points to both international and local companies as the source of Evansville’s contribution to the state’s business landscape. Not only did the city attract China-based Haier Group’s first North American research and development facility in 2015, but Evansville also produces its own success.

Paul Saunders, owner of eLuxurySupply, started with a dream, says Winnecke. As a result of countless hours of hard work and determination, Saunders now operates one of the Internet’s most trusted and successful specialty linen providers.

“Evansville is a great place for entrepreneurship,” says Winnecke, “and this sort of entrepreneurial spirit really helps the entire state.”

Chief Executive magazine released the 12th annual ranking as a representation of more than 500 surveyed CEOs.

Surveys revealed that the deciding factors for those CEOs are friendly tax and regulatory climates, quality workforces, and strong living environments, which depend on low cost of living, solid education structure, and positive public attitude toward business.

For more information, visit chiefexecutive.net/2016-best-and-worst-states-for-business.


Rising Above

Janette Hostettler finds strength as female general manager at Toyota
Janette Hostettler was honored for serving as a female in manufacturing at the STEP Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C.

As a female working in the manufacturing industry, Janette Hostettler admits early in her career at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana, she struggled with anxiety over what her team members would think about what she had to say.

“I was my worst enemy and I would worry about what to say at the meeting and what people would think of me,” says Hostettler, who serves as the general manager of Paint, Plastics, and Plant Engineering at Toyota. “Then someone would say what I was thinking and I missed my opportunity.”

Hostettler says she learned to acknowledge and use her strengths and quickly she climbed the ladder from a team member in the quality engineering group in 2000 to her current position where she is responsible for 1,000 team members, managers, engineers, leaders, and more. The 46-year-old recently was honored as one of 130 women around the nation who work in manufacturing at the 2016 STEP Ahead Awards in Washington, D.C.

Women make up about 47 percent of the labor force, but only 27 percent of the manufacturing workforce.

“This award means I have an obligation to give back to the other women and encourage them to face their fears so we can turn things around,” says Hostettler, who graduated with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Purdue University.

Hostettler credits shadowing her father, who worked as an anesthesiologist in Cleveland after emigrating from the Philippines to the U.S. with her mother and five daughters at the time, with what ignited her passion to be a leader in manufacturing. She began her career as a chemist at Red Spot Paint and Varnish Co. in Evansville.

Hostettler has raised three children with her husband Robert while working at Toyota. She says the Japan-based company allows her to balance work and home life and has daycare facilities and lactation stations as well.

Toyota is celebrating its 20th anniversary since breaking ground on its production facility in May 1996 in Princeton. The company has invested $4.3 billion into its Princeton operations and created more than 5,300 Indiana jobs.

“Going through the economic downturn you could hear a pin drop in the factory,” says Hostettler. “We went through the tsunami and some winter storms and had come up with creative ways to keep things running. Toyota has the capacity and capabilities to get through anything.”

For more information about Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, call 812-387-2266 or visit tourtoyotaindiana.com.