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February / March 2015

Evansville Business

Racing Ahead

Working in the competitive industry of commercial real estate, Jack Rogers was looking for a way to stand out. While others would take the opportunity to simply revamp their logo or webpage in hopes of turning a few heads, Rogers, the owner of Jack Rogers Realtor, Inc., went a few steps further.

Back Talk

Rita Eykamp

Hometown: Evansville Job: Treasurer of Mid-States Rubber Products Inc. Resume: Chairman of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, 1999 to 2002; chairman of the Board of Directors of St. Mary’s Health Services; chairman of the Mayor’s Public Art Commission; recipient of the Rotary Civic Award, and the Governor’s Arts Award.

Business Front

“Good Question, Son”

Recently, my son Jackson, 13, and I had the opportunity to spend several hours in the car together traveling to and from a basketball tournament. I dared to engage him in conversation during what must have been a very brief texting lull, or more likely, in a no service area between cities. He announced to me that he thought he would probably go to Indiana University, which he truly loves. The announcement was followed by “I will take over your job, Popster … You can work for me.”

New Look

Whose Site Is It? The Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana helps to secure new investments and jobs in Gibson, Posey, Vanderburgh, and Warrick counties, and that means the organization needs to look its best. The coalition hired South Central Digital to recently revamp the redesign of its website.

Filling a Void

For 10 years, Bob Swallows patiently waited until the time was right to add another element to his successful Bob’s Gym multi-location facilities. Finally, two years ago, Swallows felt like he had a business model that could work. After a positive test run, Perfectly Fresh was born. Perfectly Fresh meals are affordable, convenient, delicious, and healthy, which was a choice that the market was lacking, says Swallows. The refrigerated meals range from $5.50 to $7 each and are available for purchase at each gym location with no gym membership necessary.

Prime Real Estate

Location, location, location — it’s an age-old business lesson and one the insurance agency of Torian, Hofmann, Dillow & Flittner learned firsthand in their move to Division Street in 2001. The agency, which was started in 1923 by the Torian family, spent its early years in Downtown Evansville, including nearly 20 years at 800 Sunset Ave. The hard to find location was the original Igleheart home and the former Evansville Day School. It was positioned on a dead-end street with no need for a receptionist as they only saw one or two visitors a day.

Fabulous Fabric

Ten years ago, when Tresa Miller was planning to open Grateful Threads Fabric & Furnishings, she was faced with the decision of where to purchase a building for her store. Should she choose the rural, but future retail hub of Burkhardt Road or head to Downtown Evansville where retail hadn’t prospered since the glory days of Main Street?

The Old Fashioned Way

In 1958, Jim Miller and his father Leonard Miller founded Miller’s 5 & 10 in a former movie theater on Boonville, Indiana’s courthouse square. Jim ran the store for more than five decades before passing away in the summer of 2013. But that’s not the end of the story. Jim’s grandson, J.D. Campbell, along with J.D.’s wife, Jenny, moved from Maryland to carry on the family business. Today, the store looks much as it would have shortly after it opened with an eclectic variety of items ranging from military flags to old-fashioned washboards.

A New View

Evansville’s popular fine dining establishment, Cavanaugh’s, recently received a nearly $700,000 facelift. Tropicana Evansville, along with a design team from Hafer Associates, revealed the renovated Cavanaugh’s on Dec. 1, and according to Andrew Herbertz, Tropicana’s advertising and public relations manager, everything in the restaurant received a much-anticipated upgrade.

In the Spotlight

Most Tri-state residents probably hadn’t heard of Millennium Steel Service, at least not until President Barack Obama announced he would be celebrating National Manufacturing Day there last October. Then, suddenly, the nation’s all-seeing eyes were on the relatively small, minority-owned Princeton, Indiana, steel supplier. “They just called,” CEO Henry Jackson says of the September day he received the request from Washington, D.C. “They never told me how they chose me, but I was thrilled. I was proud, and it was a privilege.”

Finding a Home

When Lori Miller made the decision to make real estate her career, the Evansville Day School and DePauw University graduate couldn’t have imagined that three decades later, she would be working not only for herself, but Warren Buffet, the famous investor.