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February / March 2009

Evansville Business

Never Lonesome

Larry Aiken had dabbled in entertainment before he made his national television debut from a set in the NBC Studios in Rockefeller Center at the age of 12. By the time he was 6, he’d transformed tin cans into a toy microphone to broadcast make-believe radio shows from his bedroom window. But it was his skill as a young promoter that landed him in New York City in 1952 for an appearance on We, the People, a popular interview program featuring celebrities, politicians, and regular folks with interesting lives.

Higher Dreams

Before University of Southern Indiana President H. Ray Hoops officially retires this summer, just weeks before his 70th birthday, he’s likely to be lauded publicly for a 15-year tenure marked by dramatic growth. No doubt he’ll be hailed for a litany of measurable accomplishments that include more than quadrupling the university’s annual operating budget from $22 million to $100 million, overseeing the construction of $219 million in new or expanded facilities, and growing enrollment by 34 percent to an increasingly diverse student body of 10,000.

Back Talk

Derrick Stewart

Derrick Stewart has come a long way from his first job at the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana: teaching computer lessons to kids at age 17. Now 31, Stewart is one of the youngest CEOs — and the first African-American one — ever to lead the local organization in its 150-year history. The Evansville native, who attended Evansville Christian School and Bosse High School, graduated from Indiana University in 1999 with a business/finance degree.