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June / July 2018

Building Evansville

Service Call

Last February, Expressway Dodge Chrysler Jeep Ram expanded its offerings to the Tri-State by opening a new service center on the East Side of Evansville along Virginia Street. Brian Dillon, service director, says the decision to build the new service center came from a need for more space to better fulfill customers’ needs. The former service center now functions as the current dealership on Indiana Street.

Back Talk

Jonathan Weinzapfel

Hometown: St. Philip, Indiana Job: Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College Evansville campus Education: Reitz Memorial High School; bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana; master’s degree in liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies, Georgetown University, Washington, D.C.; law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis.

Business Front

Bourbon Boom

There is no other product made in the region that is steeped in legend and lore quite like bourbon. With its roots beginning in Kentucky and the surrounding area in the late 18th century, even the name itself is a mystery. Many claim the spirit is named after Bourbon County, Kentucky, although others believe the name comes from Bourbon Street in New Orleans, where the popular liquor was shipped via the Ohio River.

Cosmopolitan? I’ll just have a beer.

When my wife Kristen and I decided to leave corporate life and launch Tucker Publishing Group in 1999, let’s just politely say there were many skeptics. The three big reasons I repeatedly heard while doing research and putting together our business model were: • Evansville is just not ready for “something like that.” • Evansville is just not “cosmopolitan enough” to have a readership for a city magazine. • “There just isn’t enough going on here to write about.”

From the Heart

Life is about love for Bert and Tyna Wheat. Love for the jewelry industry, love for Evansville, and love for each other. As owners and operators of The Diamond Galleria, located on Evansville’s East Side, the Wheats — who have been married for almost 30 years — thrive on helping Tri-State couples find the perfect jewelry pieces to celebrate the happiest moments of their lives. But that love and passion isn’t just for the jewelry they display and sell. The Wheats credit much of their success to their willingness to contribute to the community.

Business Partner

Tara Barney was a fan of Evansville and the Southwest Indiana Chamber long before she ever considered joining it. “I’ve actually paid attention to this chamber for quite a few years because we were in a shared association, the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives,” says the Columbus, Ohio, native. “When the Southwest Indiana Chamber won the Chamber of the Year award a few years ago, I was right there cheering for them.”

Full Throttle

Taking over the family fencing business in 2001 seemed like the most logical step for Shawn King in his career. He had helped his stepfather build fences since he was young, and at age 19, became the youngest certified fence professional in the industry at the time. There was one small problem, however — King had never run a business before. “I knew how to build a fence, but didn’t have a clue on how to run a business,” he says. “I’ve honestly learned a lot of lessons the hard way.”

Set in Stone

The completion of the multi-institutional health sciences building in Downtown Evansville has long been anticipated since the project first broke ground in 2015. Since then, the new school campus has made many strides but most recently has taken a new name. With a donation of $15 million from William and Mary Stone, Evansville natives and owners of SS&C Technologies Inc., the health science building has been named the Stone Family Center for Health Sciences.