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August / September 2014

Evansville Business

Evansville in 2040

In 2010, the Evansville Metropolitan Planning Organization (EMPO) applied for a $1.4 million federal grant to create a regional plan for sustainable development in Henderson (Kentucky), Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties. Only 42 of the hundreds of applicants received money, and Evansville was on that list.

Back Talk

Pat Shoulders

Hometown: Evansville Job: Partner at Ziemer, Stayman, Weitzel & Shoulders and Indiana University trustee

Business Front


I just returned from a quick day trip to Shepherdsville, Kentucky, which is approximately 15 miles south of downtown Louisville on Interstate 65. It is a place I go several times a year because our magazine printing partner, Publishers Press, is located in the small town in Bullitt County. They also have a facility 12 miles south in the even smaller town of Lebanon Junction.

Let’s Do Lunch

Jan Howell knows Martin’s breakfast order by heart. The customer from Henderson, Kentucky, “gets three egg whites, a slice of bacon crumbled into it, and that’s it,” says Howell, owner of Emge’s Deli and Ice Cream, which is located at 206 Main Street.

Call Me, Maybe

Getting ready to make a phone call? Make sure to dial all 10 digits. The new 930 area code is changing the way people in the Tri-State use their phones. Beginning Sept. 6, callers must use 10-digit dialing for local phone calls. Otherwise, they’ll hear “Please hang up and dial again.”

Race to Renovate

Even as some of their competitors turned on each other, childhood sweethearts John and Whitney Spinks powered right on through. The husband and wife duo, originally from Evansville, have been in a relationship for the last 12 years (married for the last four). That type of closeness gave their team an edge in the most surprising venue — reality television.

Annual Report

The Evansville Country Club is meticulous when it comes to caring for its tees, fairways, and greens. But every summer, the grounds also are home to 11,000 flowers, creating the perfect, colorful backdrop. Jeff Sexton has been the golf course superintendent at ECC for two years now — with 14 years of superintendent experience prior — and takes pride in his job and the flower production on the grounds.

Court of Law

The green light to move into the old J.C. Penney building in Downtown Evansville took longer than expected. But Barry Blackard and Dennis Brinkmeyer found it was worth the wait. It took a year of planning, designing, constructing, and remodeling before Blackard & Brinkmeyer Attorneys, located at 512 Main St., became a reality. Blackard took the lead on the vision of the office space as he worked with Sarah Schuler of VPS Architecture.

Valuable Allies

Many students at the University of Evansville and the University of Southern Indiana will have a leg up on their peers when they apply for their first post-college job. Thanks to partnerships with local businesses, students at these two universities are able to gain real world experience before they step foot into the professional world.

Come Together

In 1987, four lawyers who were already practicing in the Evansville area broke away to form their own law firm of Rudolph, Fine, Porter and Johnson. Built from the ground up by Ross Rudolph, Marc Fine, Montgomery Porter, and James Johnson, it was eventually recognized as a leader in the region.

Financing Solutions

Evansville native David Romain is president of Romain Tower Inc., a company in Houston that primarily builds, maintains, and upgrades cellphone towers all over the country. At any given time, Romain might have 10 crews working at a cost of $8,000 per crew per week. The corporations that use Romain’s services — Verizon, AT&T, Comcast, Ericsson, and T-Mobile are among his clients — usually pay for the work 60 to 90 days after the project has been finished.

More Than Paper

The odds were stacked against Vernon Stevens 25 years ago. He and his wife, Jennifer, dared to enter a totally dominated market, aiming to provide the same service as well as — or preferably better than — their competitor but with a firm handshake and a kind smile to boot. “I think that’s probably our crowning achievement,” says Vernon, owner and founder of Evansville’s Southern Business Machines. “This market was totally dominated by one company, but we built ours anyway, essentially on a shoe-string budget and a lot of creativity.

Team Player

Tucker Publishing Group collaborated with Dr. Marie Bussing, assistant professor of economics at the University of Southern Indiana College of Business, to give 30 students in her Economics 631 Money and Banking, an upper level class of juniors and seniors, an opportunity to be published in Evansville Business. Students were asked to write about a topic they thought would be of interest to others in the field of banking. Kelsey Elpers, who recently graduated from USI, was selected for her profile on Larry May at Keller Schroeder.