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April / May 2018

Evansville Business

A Tale of Two Presidents

The landscape of post-secondary education in Evansville has seen many changes over the years, but one of the biggest is set to occur at the end of the spring 2018 semester. In July 2017, University of Evansville president Dr. Thomas Kazee announced he would leave his post with the private institution on May 31. The news marked the end of his eight years leading the university. Then, in August, Dr. Linda L.M. Bennett also announced she would retire from the presidency of the University of Southern Indiana, ending her decade as head of the school.

Back Talk

Matt Eckert

Hometown: Eckerty, Indiana Education: Bachelor’s degree in accounting and insurance from Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana Resume: Senior auditor, Arthur Andersen, LLP, 1996-1999; park controller, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 2000-2007; general manager, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 2007-2012; president and CEO, Holiday World & Splashin’ Safari, 2013-present Family: Wife Tonya and children Abby (16), Claire (13), and Drew (9)

Business Front

Collector’s Items

Mike Linderman is no stranger to curating collections. As site director for Angel Mounds State Historic Site, it is his job. But Linderman has been a collector his whole life, starting with an antique Dahlberg Pillow Speaker Radio purchased when he was 12 that today holds a special place in his office.

Welcome. Goodbye.

“As the present now Will later be past The order is Rapidly fadin’ And the first one now Will later be last For the times they are a-changin” — Bob Dylan  

To Serve and Protect

Jan Davies is passionate about helping the community. After more than 43 years with the Girl Scouts of Southwestern Indiana, Davies made a transition to director of the Evansville Police Department Foundation in August 2016. “This job and I just kind of found each other,” says the Tell City, Indiana, native.

Path to Success

Pete Popham, an Evansville native and owner of Popham Construction, knew being a schoolteacher wasn’t his life’s work. It wasn’t until he returned to Evansville after teaching out of town, teamed up with a skilled carpenter, and began taking on construction work that he realized he had found his calling. Popham says while he wasn’t particularly knowledgeable in carpentry work when he began, he was a pretty good salesman. The business grew from there and this year celebrates its 40th anniversary.

Acts of Humility

The easiest way to describe Bob Jones is with one word: humble. Ask him how he landed the position of CEO of Old National Bank and without hesitation, he gives the credit to his wife Lisa. “One of the things the bank’s board did during the interview process was actually talk to people we interacted with as a couple. And what I’ve been told is that my wife and how she treated people made us the favored candidates,” says Jones.

Pedal to the Medal

Between full-time classes, part-time jobs, extracurricular activities, and social lives, the average college student has a lot to juggle. For a group of mechanical engineering students at the University of Evansville who make up the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) Baja student design team, they have even more to cram into their busy schedules — hours poured into planning, building, and testing a car each year to drive in competition only to be destroyed.