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August / September 2021

Building Evansville

Warm Welcome

After many delays, Evansville’s first Hyatt-branded hotel is finally ready for guests, providing a boost to the Downtown economy and new opportunities for area tourism. Though construction on the Hyatt Place was expected to be finished last year, the pandemic, along with accompanying labor and supply chain shortages, pushed the opening date back further to June 23, 2021.

Back Talk

Back Talk: Lynn Miller Pease

Education: Attended Indiana University and received a bachelor’s degree in hotel management from Purdue University Resume: Food and Beverage director, The Riverhouse Hotel, 1985-1989; interior designer, Marianna-Williams Interior Designing, 1998-2000; funding, development, and recruitment facilitation, Leadership Everyone, 2000-2003; chief executive officer, Leadership Everyone, 2003-present Hometown: Evansville, Indiana

Business Front

Broadening Broadband

The 21st century has been defined by technological advancements, particularly in business and residential life. Internet access is a crucial component of day-to-day life in the modern world, but certain areas of our country and the Tri-State have struggled to gain access to this ever-important necessity. Identifying the lack of this critical connection in rural areas, the Vanderburgh County Commissioners have sought solutions that will expand internet access.

On to the Future

Traylor Bros., Inc. was founded by brothers William and Ferris Traylor in 1946 as a Midwestern marine and bridge contractor. Now in its third generation of leadership and celebrating 75 years of family-owned success, the company is part of a larger brand.

All in the Details

On the 14th floor of the Fifth Third building Downtown, the office of Speak and Tell Studios (20 N.W. Third St. Ste. 1430) is a world of color, creativity, and functionality. When founders Justin Givens and Eric Smith open the tan front door, it’s hard to decide which to focus on: the stark decor or the podcasters’ even bolder personalities.

Good Choice/Bad Choice

In late July, after leading an internal meeting in which it became apparent that we have (even for us) an extremely busy road ahead the next several months, our sales and marketing coordinator Misti Wagemann and I sat alone in the Tucker Publishing Group conference room for a few moments. She looked directly at me and lamented that our business reminded her of “putting a big puzzle together, but the pieces keep moving.”

The Road Less Traveled

Travel has never simply been a means to “get away” for Sal Lavallo. In fact, visiting places and countries around the world could be called a career path for him. When he was just an eighth grader at Holy Redeemer Catholic School, his graduation book remarked that by his class’ 25-year reunion, he would have visited every country in the world.

Branding Evansville

New Logo, Same Commitment

The transition to CenterPoint Energy is officially complete, coming more than a year after the Texas utility corporation bought out Evansville-based Vectren in a $6 billion merger finalized in February 2019. “It had a great name, but we also have a really great name at CenterPoint,” says Dave Lesar, president and CEO of CenterPoint Energy. “What isn’t going to change is our commitment to Evansville.”