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December / January 2014

Evansville Business

The Future is Now

Nearly three years after the Executive Inn Evansville was torn down to make way for the Ford Center, Evansville is just weeks away from breaking ground on a new $71.4 million hotel complex with a 10-story, 257-room hotel, a residential tower, and conference center. HCW LLC, headquartered in Branson, Mo., will develop the project. In October, editor Kristen K. Tucker met with CEO Richard E. Huffman in the company’s corporate offices overlooking the Payne Stewart Golf Club, the No. 1 rated golf club in Missouri (by Golfweek) that also was developed by HCW.

Economy Class

For decades, college professors had only to navigate through deans and vice presidents to get a stamp of approval. Now, there’s RateMyProfessors.com, a website giving students the opportunity to anonymously promote or pummel their profs.

Back Talk

Tim Flesch

Job: President & CEO of St. Mary’s Hometown: Covington, Ky. Family: Wife, Kay; a daughter and son-in-law in Evansville, a daughter and son-in-law in Effingham, Ill., and a son and daughter-in-law in Indianapolis; and five grandchildren.

Business Front

The Negotiator

For many of you I am sure that most parts of the holiday season add up to be your favorite time of the year. Mine, too. However, as I write this, at the last possible minute, of course, the first of the season and one of the potentially biggest winter storms of the decade is heading to our fair city, leaving perhaps many rethinking “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” This now leaves me surmising that early June on the Gulf Coast or Kentucky Lake isn’t so bad either.

Mission Control

Much of the St. Mary’s Hospital campus is a woven fabric of parking lots and roads leading to groupings of medical offices, labs, and procedure rooms offset from public view. Yet the Ronald McDonald House on Washington Avenue, near the main entrance to the hospital, is hard not to see. The facility was featured in Home Away From Home, the official guidebook for public tours of the house in the March/April 2010 Evansville Living.

Lighting Up the Night

The twinkling light displays of Ritzy’s Fantasy of Lights has Garvin Park glowing for the 20th year this holiday season. Yet there is more than meets the eye to this Tri-State holiday tradition, as the true meaning of the Fantasy of Lights is below the surface. Posey County, Ind., resident Chris Thorsen, 58, is the training director for the Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee and is one of the hundreds of volunteers who work diligently to make the annual tradition come to life each year.

USI Fills Up on Technology

There’s no such thing as a free lunch. Even college students seeking to stretch those meal plans know that. But universities, and other organizations, encounter cost issues when “free beverage refills” are interpreted as a free-for-all Coke festival. This fall, students and faculty at the University of Southern Indiana were introduced to the ValidFill Solution system at restaurants in the university center. This is a self-serve beverage dispensing system using RFID technology to measure the amount of beverage dispensed into each purchased cup.

Making an Impression

As Third Generation co-owners of Nussmeier Engraving Co., Steve Nussmeier and David Nussmeier have expanded and revamped the historic company and location. Nussmeier Engraving was established in 1916 and at that time focused solely on engraving. The company then moved during the redevelopment of Downtown Evansville in 1969 to what is now its current location at 933 Main St. The structure is made up of three separate sections.

On a Budget

ReDonna Thompson’s profession creates a quandary: some of her best clients are the ones who go away and never come back. Thompson lives in Louisville but is the division manager of the Evansville office of Apprisen, a non-profit credit counseling service whose agency is certified through the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC). Her clients are often married, employed, and making an average income. Yet they still struggle with debt.

A True Vision

Dr. Emily Ryan is framing the business she founded in 2011 on the premise that clients can see well and look great in their glasses. Image Eye Care, a medical practice and optical boutique, offers eyewear lines exclusive to the Tri-State and a few that are exclusive to Indiana.

Back to Basics

Jeff Kelsey is the franchisee owner of eight Penn Station East Coast Subs restaurants: three in Evansville, one in Newburgh, Ind., one each in Henderson, Elizabethtown, Ky., Radcliff, Ky., and in Owensboro, Ky. Another restaurant also is being built in Owensboro, Ky. The Olney, Ill., native employs 100 people who sell about 200-300 sandwiches per day per store every day except Easter, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. Yet Kelsey still doesn’t consider himself to be the most important person in his franchise.

Sole Support

“Basically when you look at a shoe,” says Curt Jones, 52, twirling an old pair of red and white Asics sneakers, “it generally has a wear pattern like a car, like on a tire. If a car tire is out of alignment, it will wear more on one side.” He points to the edge of the shoe’s sole to prove his point.

60 Second Business Strategy

Whose Right is it Anyway?

It’s easy to post a photo to Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. After all, millions of people do it every day. But not many people know that, by doing so, they could be granting those companies permission to use those images for free and in any way those sites see fit. Even if you personally delete or remove photos from Facebook or Twitter, for instance, those companies still have access to your photos. And it is possible for Facebook and Twitter to license and make money off of those images.