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August / September 2017

Building Evansville

Born Again

The date June 16 has meaning for Mike Allen. In 2014, Allen and his Evansville Christian School team signed official paperwork for the acquisition of land to build a stand-alone high school for the organization. The move started a three-year countdown to break ground. Fast forward to June 16, 2017 — Allen, who serves as head of school and middle and high school principal, stands in the brand new building along Epworth Road and accepts the keys to the new Evansville Christian High School.

Back Talk

Helen Zimmerman

Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri Education: Lindbergh High School graduate; bachelor’s degree in psychology from DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana; master’s degrees in marketing and media communications from Webster University, Webster Groves, Missouri

Business Front

Taking Root

Jim McCarty Jr. still remembers the building — a two-car, metal garage with a rhinestone gravel floor and doors that lifted after turning a knob on the front. McCarty, or J.T. as most call him, was 5 years old when his father Jim McCarty Sr. and grandfather Jacob McCarty opened the first Colonial Garden Center on the corner of Green River Road and Washington Avenue in 1958.

We Can Do Better

“I’m mad as hell and not going to take this any more.” This is the lament of the longtime news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch) in the classic 1976 movie “Network.”

Welcome Back

Since opening on Feb. 14, 2017, the DoubleTree by Hilton Evansville already has brought a resurgence of business not seen in Evansville since the Executive Inn closed eight years ago.

Final Lap

There is no average day at work for D-Patrick Porsche Technician Steven Davis. Surprises and challenges at every turn are the norm for the tech, but it’s a job he relishes. “I love to diagnose electrical problems, to do something that actually challenges my brain,” says Davis. “I love to think things out versus mindlessly doing something.”

Prompting Progress

If you take a glance at just a couple of the numerous projects the Chamber has taken on in recent years, you would find it no surprise the Indiana Chamber Executives Association awarded Southwest Indiana Chamber CEO Christy Gillenwater as 2017 Executive of the Year. “I’ve spent two decades in Chamber and Economic Development work, and I just have such a love and passion for what I do and for the impact chambers have,” says Gillenwater, “And not just chambers here in our region, but chambers throughout the country.”

Pay As You Go

In a world where almost everything is becoming digital, Vectren is working hard to make their online services as easily accessible as possible. Their new website, launched in May 2017, provides simplified payment processes, service request forms, and electric outage viewing. This is the website’s first complete redesign since it initially launched in 2000.

Under the Sea

Jeff Kinney began his coral and marine business like many hobbyists do. He sold pieces out of his personal tank on Craigslist, leading him to his business partner Matt Varble and their eventual shop Whitlyn Aquatics. “He was in the hobby. I was in the hobby,” says Kinney. “One plus one equals three is kind of the way we’re approaching this.” The shop, located in McCutchanville, provides hobbyists and other businesses with live coral, saltwater fish, starfish, crabs, snails, tanks, and everything needed to start or grow an aquarium.

Local Ties

Take a minute and think of a few community leaders, people you do business with or perhaps engage with in the city. You’re familiar with them, you see them often, but how much do you really know? From time to time, Evansville Business will have lunch with someone well known in the community to ask about the story behind their story. For this issue, Janice Miller, owner of ERA First Advantage Realty, Inc., met with Evansville Business at Nellie’s Restaurant in Newburgh, Indiana, on July 27 for a lengthy discussion.

Made for the Stage

Seven-year-old Ange Humphrey may not have known much, but she knew one thing for certain — she wanted to be a movie star. “But when people ask you what you want to be and you say you want to be a movie star, everyone laughs,” says the Calhoun, Kentucky, native. “No one was taking me seriously, but I was quite serious.” So the young Humphrey set out to learn a new word — entertainer.