From CEOs to small business owners, celebrate the women who shape the Evansville business community.
August / September 2019
Hometown: Indianapolis Resume: Director of Parks and Recreation, 1978-1984; Vanderburgh County Commissioner, 1988-1992; WNIN vice president of marketing, 1986-1996; F.C. Tucker Emge Realtors Team McClintock broker associate and CEO, 1998-present Family: Husband, Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke Carol McClintock may not be a native of Evansville, but she knows the area like the back of her hand. With 22 years in real estate, she takes pride every day in showing off the city.
Bill Schirmer had been with Lake Michigan Credit Union in Grand Rapids, Michigan, for 18 years and had moved up to executive vice president with the organization when he felt like he was ready for a new challenge. The answer came through a headhunter, who was interested in Schirmer for CEO at Evansville Teachers Federal Credit Union. Schirmer had never heard of the southern Indiana city, having lived in Michigan his whole life, but decided to take a leap of faith. He joined ETFCU as CEO in April 2012.
In the spring of 2016, Evansville received a 10-year Promise Zone designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, making the area eligible for federal grants to fight poverty. One of only 22 national designations, the zone extends to Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Waterworks Road (south and west), to Diamond Avenue (north), and Green River Road (east). Evansville Promise Zone Director Silas Matchem says it’s a way to find long-term solutions to homelessness, underemployment, and hunger — not short-term fixes.
The medical industry continues to expand in Evansville and the surrounding areas. As health systems grow, more services are offered close to home allowing residents to stay in southern Indiana rather than travel two or more hours. An addition to this growing industry is the Ascension St. Vincent Orthopedic Hospital.
On May 8, 2019, Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb signed into law House Bill 1015 — a bill set to bring about the most sweeping changes to gambling in the state starting Sept. 1. Economically, the state will receive a boost from the authorization of sports wagering, which will come with a 9.5-percent tax rate.
A graduate of Elmhurst College, Elmhurst, Illinois, Chris Ryan moved to Evansville in 1999 with her husband Ron Ryan (Boys & Girls Club executive director). After being with The Women’s Hospital for nearly 20 years, the CEO understands determination, compassion, and leadership, overseeing more than 700 employees. We sat down to ask her five questions about her life and career.
In its more than 200-year history, Evansville has seen various businesses come, go, revamp, start over, and thrive. The R&G Furniture Store formerly located in Downtown is one such story. The building at 116-118 Main St. wasn’t always a furniture shop. It was built in 1896 by Ichenhauser & Sons and served as a glassware store. But only five years later in 1901, they decided to sell to Ferd A. Gumberts, who turned the building into a furniture store, renaming it Rosenthal and Gumberts Furniture Co. after his brother-in-law Ignace Rosenthal and himself.
Since breaking ground last year, the Post House project between Vine and Sycamore streets has been progressing on schedule for completion in late spring of 2020.
My two sons, ages 18 and 21, enjoy telling me, “Dad, you’re not funny anymore.” Invariably that leads to them adding that I need “new material,” and me telling them, “Maybe you just don’t get the joke.” As I write this, I am in my office very early this morning after the long drive back from vacationing in a small town in the Florida panhandle with my wife, sons, and their girlfriends. This was an oft-recurring vacation theme, so it is indeed fresh in my mind.
Boutique fitness has not always been a part of the business life for Jeff and Bussie Cox. Owners of the Club Pilates studio located at 111 S. Green River Road, Ste. 1 on Evansville’s East Side, the couple has spent their careers mostly in marketing and advertising.