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Tuesday, November 29, 2022

December / January 2016

Evansville Business

Vacant to Vibrant

Among the activity in Downtown Evansville lies a movement to preserve the buildings and spaces of the area. From the Greyhound Bus Terminal to the Owen Block at the corner of Second and Chestnut streets, Evansville is seeing a revitalization of some of its vacant, older properties. Scott Danks and the group Professional Plaza LLC have capitalized on a chance to develop one such building in the heart of Downtown.

Building Evansville

Pedestrian Pathways, Parks, and Plans

After nearly five years, $2 million, and a slew of volunteer hours, Mayor Lloyd Winnecke officially dedicated the new pedestrian bridge crossing the Lloyd Expressway at Vann Avenue on the East Side of Evansville. The completion of the bridge was announced just over one week after Winnecke was re-elected to a second term in office. The pedestrian bridge made its way into the planning phase of Roberts Park, the newly-named area where Roberts Municipal Stadium stood until early 2013.

Back Talk

Patty Balbach

Hometown: Morganfield, Kentucky Job: Staff Physical Therapist with Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center

Business Front

The Last Times

This has been a year of mixed emotions for me. With a son who is a senior in high school, there are many “last times” for virtually everything this year. Attending swim meets, going to dances, and simply hanging out with the old man while knowing he will be leaving in the fall to go to (make a decision, son) college has not been pleasant for me. I do not look forward to my oldest son leaving the house.

Fond Farewell

After nine years as the president and CEO of First Security Bank, M. Lynn Cooper announced his 45 years in banking is coming to a close. Effective Dec. 31, 2015, Cooper will retire and be able to reflect on his time at First Security. He contributed to successful growth of the bank during a difficult economic time, seeing the company expand from two locations in Owensboro, Kentucky, to 11 locations in six markets and two states.

Office Relics

After the first concept of the typewriter was introduced in 1714, many inventors set out to make their own version of the writing machine. By 1910, there were 110 companies manufacturing typewriters on the U.S. market. When Bill Shields began selling the machines in the 1950s, that number had dwindled to around five. Today, the manual writing machines may be a thing of the past for business offices, but Shields still proudly keeps a collection of around 30 typewriters.

Ride of a Lifetime

Five years ago, Evansville resident Mike McCutchan was looking for a career change, so he could spend more time at home with his family and maintain approximately the same income. McCutchan, who was a general sales manager at Patriot Auto Group, agreed to take over ownership of Brad Sullivan’s SUV Limousine service in 2010.

Warm Hearts

When seasons change, shorts are exchanged for jeans, tank tops are traded for coats, and flip-flops are swapped for socks and boots. Unfortunately, when thousands of Tri-State residents reach into their closets for these layers, they return empty-handed. Since 1946, the Santa Clothes Club has provided new, warm clothing for more than 74,000 children and raised nearly $6 million. Today, the organization is headed by Doug Duell, who carries on the tradition his father Dave Duell set serving the club 25 years ago.

Pioneer Woman

Many times, the most deserving award recipient is the one who believes she hasn’t earned the accolade. Such is true of Evansville native Kathy Schoettlin, Old National Bank Executive Vice President and Chief Community Relations Officer, who was named one of eight women honored at the 2015 Torchbearer Awards held by the Indiana Commission for Women in September. The awards ceremony recognizes women of Indiana who are pioneers and leaders in their community and careers.

Modern Craft Banking

When Ohio Valley Financial Group merged with BankTrust Financial to create Field & Main Bank in January 2015, a new look was needed to match the new brand. Chairman and CEO Scott Davis says when clients walk into Field & Main at 140 N. Main St. in Henderson, Kentucky, he wants them to feel connected with their banker and at home in the space. Field & Main has multiple branches in Henderson and a location on Evansville’s Burkhardt Road.

Supporting Families

Lori Anderson’s workdays begin around 7 a.m. when she arrives at the home of Mariline, 88, and Roy, 89, on the North Side. She prepares breakfast for Mariline, and afterward, her day consists of cleaning up around the house, making meal plans and grocery lists, and spending time with Mariline. Anderson is a CAREGiver with Home Instead, located at 223 N.W. Second St. Ste. 310. CAREGivers specialize in the personal care industry, attending to individuals in their homes in order to enhance their quality of life so they can remain independent for as long as possible.

Expecting the Unexpected

From the moment Terry Farmer began practicing law in 1980 in Canton, Ohio, he has learned to adapt to the legal arena surrounding him. His aspirations of serving as a trial lawyer were put on hold as the economy nosedived and a demand for bankruptcy attorneys ascended. Since then, Farmer has used those early lessons of changing as businesses have and enters his 34th year at Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP.