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April / May 2010

Evansville Business

Satisfaction Guaranteed

The economic downturn hasn’t put smiles on many workers’ faces, but as Lynn Franco, the director of the Consumer Research Center of The Conference Board, points out, job satisfaction has been trending downward for two decades. In a national survey

Satisfying Subordinates

If your employees seem dissatisfied with work, you don’t have to cross your fingers and hope they change their attitudes. We asked three human resources leaders at companies recently named to the Best Places to Work in Indiana list how

Building Evansville

Technology Transfer

The mainframe computer in Bob Bottomley’s workspace whirred and hummed, and its metal surface radiated such intense heat that the Evansville computer operator occasionally warmed sandwiches on it. By today’s technological standards, the room-encompassing IBM 360 mainframe computer was laughable.

Back Talk

Stacey McNeill

Four years ago, news surrounding Casino Aztar was front-page worthy: massive layoffs, revoked state casino licenses, and one big bankruptcy. A displeased Evansville mayor issued complaints about the new owner of the riverboat casino, Bill Yung, who also had casinos

Business Front

Turning the Tables

After our recent 10th anniversary celebration for Evansville Living came to a conclusion, it was again time to roll up our sleeves on the next two deadlines: Home Away From Home, the Ronald McDonald House special magazine and tour guidebook

Iconic Investment

When Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel presented his annual State of the City address in March, he spoke in broad terms about the area’s economy. He also zeroed in on a company with a history of investing in Evansville: Berry Plastics. Weinzapfel

Wheely Cool

When the private jet flying Magic Johnson touched down in Evansville, Shawn Wittmer stood near his limousine waiting for the basketball legend. The NBA Hall of Famer amicably greeted Wittmer, the driver charged with safely transporting the multimillionaire from the

Signs of Support

On a cold day in February, two volunteers strapped a banner across the pedestrian overpass on the Lloyd Expressway near Harrison High School. Printed in a bold font, the sign’s words told drivers about a Feb. 20 event — the

Dental Records

Next time you step into a dentist’s waiting room and feel those pre-appointment jitters, just think: It could be worse. You could be lying in this partially reclining chair, fenced in by a primitive X-ray machine and a chest of

For the Record

“In the heat of a summer night In the land of the dollar bill When the town of Chicago died And they talk about it still” These lyrics from “The Night Chicago Died” still spin ‘round and ‘round in Joe

Maiden Voyage

When Matthew Nix selected a 15-person team with six full-time members more than a year ago, they undertook a project to create a seaworthy vessel: a yacht with solid cherry walls, a kitchen with granite countertops, a bathroom with a

Online Exclusives

Back Again

When Casino Aztar recently emerged from bankruptcy, we interviewed Stacey McNeill, the riverboat’s director of marketing for the April/May issue of Evansville Business magazine. Here’s a question we asked McNeill that we didn’t include in the article. For more on