February / March 2013

Evansville Business

Far Sighted

This is surely not the smartest time to be running an institution of higher learning. An economy still reeling from the 2008 recession means alumni must dig deeper to donate. Parents are contributing less than planned toward their children’s college

Building Evansville

Time for an Overhaul

When Doug Duell and his family purchased the Evansville Hyundai auto dealership in February 2011, they knew the facility lacked individual offices in which to conduct business. There were other problems, too. The tiny, dated showroom could only hold two

Back Talk

Lt. Governor Sue Ellspermann

JOB: Lieutenant Governor of Indiana HOMETOWN: Ferdinand, Ind. HER RESUME: A Purdue-trained industrial engineer, Sue Ellspermann spent her early career working for AC Spark Plug, Michelin, and Frito-Lay, before returning to Evansville to start a consulting business, specializing in creative

Business Front

Malaki One

Like most of you reading this, I am not blessed with much in the way of “spare time.” So when I have a few moments when I am not booked either personally or professionally, I try hard to keep it

Signed and Sealed

In 1957, Arthur and Benita Valiant moved to Evansville, Ind., with bright eyes and a deep aspiration for entrepreneurship. At the time, no local business offered same-day service on rubber stamp orders. In fact, it generally took two weeks to

A Working History

If you want to know about Evansville’s past, just take a walk along the History Wall. The roughly 60-foot piece located inside the Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana is a pictorial progression of industry and community in Evansville. Completed


Whose Site Is It? These days, people want direct access to see replays of the diving catch made in the outfield or the thunderous dunk from the night before. That’s why the University of Southern Indiana has redesigned its Screaming

Budgeting for Success

Indiana Gov. Mike Pence told the Downtown Evansville Kiwanis Club on Jan. 31 that Indiana is poised for an era of growth and opportunity. “We are the fiscal envy of the country,” he said to a supportive audience at Casino

Charting the Course

Tom Austerman knows the challenge of bumpy roads. More importantly, he doesn’t let them stop him. As the president and CEO of Evansville Commerce Bank, Austerman could have walked away from his community bank during the height of the recession.

Ideas on Tap

Andy Perry stands in front of 30 other entrepreneurs and investors in a side room of Smitty’s Italian Steakhouse on Evansville’s West Side. He’s there to explain the process that led him and fellow Evansville native Steve Suhrheinrich to co-found

Risky Business

The good ol’ mutual fund, that basic investment product that most of us rely on to grow our 401(k) or IRA, is under increasing attack. Its competition comes from exchange traded funds, which turn 20 years old in 2013 but

Bridging the Gap

Janet Meisler and her husband, Don, know what it feels like to stand on the Evansville Regional Airport tarmac in the pouring rain. So does Denise Johnson, who’s weathered the tarmac’s snow and ice as she’s waited to board a

60 Second Business Strategy

Hack Attack

Hackers are constantly on the lookout to steal valuable data. They search for and often sell personal information, financial records, or intellectual property. President of Evansville-based On-Site Computer Solutions John LaFief gives a few helpful tips for protecting your business