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April / May 2016

Building Evansville

On the Move

In 2014, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. commissioned a study of 11 peer cities across the nation that experienced strong population and economic growth. Through examining the communities, the study considered the questions of why those areas were successful and why others lacked.

Back Talk

Natalie Hedde

Hometown: Campbelltown, Indiana Job: Director of Corporate Communications, Vectren Resume: Senior Biological Products Specialist,Sanofi Pasteur, 2004-2010 Family: Husband Chuck, son Clark, 3, and daughter Haven, 2 Working in the field of communications wasn’t something Natalie Hedde had planned while attending the University of Evansville. Her original idea had been to pursue education, but a talk with her academic advisor changed that.

Business Front

Family Ties

“A labor of love, absolutely,” says Dean Brinker. “It’s a choice that you make, but to have a career in the golf business, you have to understand your limitations.” Dean Brinker is the president of Brinker’s Jewelers, a well-known fine jewelry and luxury watch provider for three generations in Evansville. Golf always has been more than an avocation; it has been intertwined in the fabric of the Brinker family for generations as well.


I often lament to my wife and sons (actually complain) that while I am fortunate to genuinely love and appreciate the magazine publishing business and our tiny corner of it, I find there isn’t any time during the workweek to just … explore and perhaps enjoy a few unfettered minutes away from the vise grip of my phone.

Sterling Square

The old Sterling Brewery site presently may be home to financial services company SS&C Technologies, but a piece of the building’s storied past remains. On March 14, workers from Powers Welding and Cranes and Odyssey Construction moved a 7,000-pound copper kettle from the old brewery onto the corner of the property’s garage.

Work Hard, Play Hard

Before starting a business together, Drew Shockley and Josh Mushlock fostered their friendship over the game of golf. When the golf lovers moved their health insurance company Crosspointe Insurance Advisors Downtown in The Walker Buidling, the site of the former Welborn Baptist Hospital, in the fall of 2013, they brought that theme with them. Not only did they install a putting hole in each of their offices, they built a putting green out back.

Identity Check

When Hafer launched its rebranding of the company, a major piece to its new look included the website. The architecture and design firm, previously known as Hafer Associates, was founded in 1978 in Evansville and has grown dramatically and expanded into new markets. Hafer’s service line offerings also have expanded to include architecture, interior design, mechanical and electrical engineering, and landscape architecture.

Humble Beginning

Serving as a U.S. Marine, Paul Saunders learned the value of a comfortable bed. So after seven years of sleeping wherever he happened to land, he returned to his native Evansville and combined his affection for fine linens with a longtime love of e-commerce. The result was eLuxurySupply, a grassroots bath and bedding company launched from the garage of his home. “I guess I just got tired of sleeping in the woods,” he teases.

Basketball Crazy

Basketball was a game changer in Mike Blake’s life. In high school, the Munster, Indiana, native played the sport, though he admits he saw more time on the bench than on the floor. When his career in news broadcasting began, it would be in the Evansville high school sports scene, including basketball, where he would make his name. Now his work covering local athletics has earned him a spot in the Indiana Basketball Hall of Fame with the Indiana Pacers Silver Medal award.