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June / July 2016

Evansville Business

High Calling

For Newt Crenshaw, vice president of oncology at Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, helping people has been the passion driving his career. The Newburgh, Indiana, native and Castle High School graduate studied economics and mathematics at DePauw University, Greencastle, Indiana, before he was hired in at Eli Lilly. It was his work as an intern for the pharmaceutical giant, he says, that opened the door to start his 31-year career with Lilly, where he’s served in various roles.

Investing in the Future

When Robert E. Griffin gave $5 million to the University of Southern Indiana in 2014, he firmly declared the money wasn’t a donation — it was an investment.

Building Evansville

Driving Force

In the spring of 2014 change was preparing to happen in the Downtown Evansville landscape. Plans to bring a four-year medical school to the area were well underway and it was time to find the perfect place to start construction.

Back Talk

Bob Swallows

Hometown: Evansville Education: Graduate of F.J. Reitz High School, Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana with a degree in accounting Resume: The man behind Bob’s Gym, with four multipurpose locations and CrossFit 8085 located on Evansville’s East Side. Bob’s Gym celebrated its 25th anniversary in February. Family: Wife Stefanie, and three daughters, Morgan, 15, Madeline, 14, and Molly, 11

Business Front

Rigmarole, Circumlocution, and Periphrasis

I have had ample opportunity since our last issue to read and reread a letter to the editor in the April 16 issue of the Evansville Courier & Press. Mr. Jim Brumbeloe of Tulsa, Oklahoma, writes about the “poor taste that exemplifies the pervasive attitude in the Evansville population.” He goes on to state, “rudeness, derogatory remarks, and obscene gestures and verbiage are commonplace.”

Saddle Up

Give a police officer a horse and instead of walking nervously by, crowds flock to steal a glimpse and a pet. The phenomenon is one Evansville Police Department Officer Tyrone Wood noticed four years ago at a NASCAR race at Bristol Motor Speedway, Bristol, Tennessee. A lifelong equestrian, Wood has led the movement to bring mounted police officers back to Evansville. In 1927, the police department enlisted the help of horses to patrol the streets of the River City, but discontinued the program in 1935 for patrol cars.

Best in the Midwest

Indiana ranks as the best state for business in the Midwest and the fifth best in the nation, an improvement from last year’s placing at sixth. “People look at Indiana and our city through a different lens than they did five years ago,” says Evansville Mayor Lloyd Winnecke.

Rising Above

As a female working in the manufacturing industry, Janette Hostettler admits early in her career at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana in Princeton, Indiana, she struggled with anxiety over what her team members would think about what she had to say. “I was my worst enemy and I would worry about what to say at the meeting and what people would think of me,” says Hostettler, who serves as the general manager of Paint, Plastics, and Plant Engineering at Toyota. “Then someone would say what I was thinking and I missed my opportunity.”

Yesterday’s Wall

Before Heritage Federal Credit Union was officially chartered in 1965, a few Alcoa Warrick Operations employees collected dollar bills from their coworkers on the plant floor and stored the assets in the trunk of a car. Little did they know their work would be remembered on a wall in a brand-new headquarters lobby more than 50 years later. A transparent wave carries visitors through those 51 years of vision, commitment, and innovation as they step into the branch of HFCU at 8266 Bell Oaks Drive, which replaced the old Bell Oaks branch in January 2015.

Redesigning Downtown

For the first time in 15 years, Evansville has a Downtown Master Plan. Its predecessors include proposals from 1927, 1984, 1995, and 2001, the last of which Evansville Business examined in the August/September 2002 feature “Master Success.”