Back in 2000, when Evansville Living spoke with Victoria National Golf Club owner Terry Friedman, he was very clear about his vision for the world-class facility. He wasn’t in it to make a profit. “If you’re in this for anything other than love, you wouldn’t do this,” Friedman said at the time. “If you’re in it to make money, or break even, you wouldn’t do this.”
October / November 2014
It sits mostly vacant now, but for nearly 70 years, it was one of Evansville’s most important industrial sites. The Bucyrus-Erie plant on Evansville’s West Side made steam shovels that dug the Panama Canal, bulldozer blades that were used in war, and draglines that dug up Southern Indiana’s coal. The future of the former Bucyrus-Erie site is in doubt as it awaits a new owner. Sugar Steel, which had occupied part of two buildings of the plant, moved operations to the former Whirlpool site on U.S. Highway 41 earlier this year.
Bob Koch is the Chairman and past CEO of Koch Enterprises, a global, diversified, privately-owned corporation. The business has been in the Koch family since his great-grandfather George founded it in 1873. He also is the president of the Koch Foundation and Signature School and a board member of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. He is past chairman of the University of Evansville, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, and the Catholic Foundation of Southwestern Indiana.
When your livelihood is based upon current events in Evansville, you had better pay attention. One of the many ways to stay aware of happenings is that at Tucker Publishing Group, we maintain some pretty extensive calendars. We highlight events in our two primary magazines, Evansville Living and Evansville Business, and inside two of our annual publications, Social Datebook and Evansville City View.
When Evansville native Stacy Stevens became the third owner of the well-known Main Street structure known as the Curtis Building, she planned to change its name. But when the time came, she says it just wasn’t right.
“My customers want a Thanksgiving turkey, fresh-dressed never frozen, that dresses out 17 to 21 pounds and you can’t find that anywhere else,” says Dennis Uebelhack, who has owned the Uebelhack Turkey Farm in Mount Vernon, Indiana, since 1979. “Most of the big processors are going to have 10 to 13 pounds for a hen … you’ve got to fill a niche.”
Working in the tourism industry, there is no shortage of fun for Bob Warren. Proof of his prolific career decorates his office at the Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau, where he’s worked as executive director since 2011. Warren started working in tourism in 1987 and was the director of tourism in his native city of Galveston, Texas. He also worked as the president/CEO of the Panama City Beach Florida Convention and Visitors Bureau, and came to Evansville from visitgalena.org, an organization focused on marketing the city of Galena, Illinois.
Joshua Nunn has been unlocking car doors and changing tires on the side of the road for more than five years. So at the beginning of 2013, he created his own roadside assistance business — Red’s Roadside Assistance. Nunn works as the owner and sole operator at Red’s Roadside Assistance located at 1751 Hicks Drive. The business offers 24/7 emergency services including flat tire services, fuel delivery, jump starts, battery replacement, and more. Red’s services trucks, cars, and motorcycles; most services costing around $30.
It’s not unusual for Allen Mounts, director of Evansville Water and Sewer Utility, to lose sleep at night pondering all the things that put the quality of Evansville’s water at risk. “We have a massive infrastructure, but most of these assets are out of sight and out of mind,” says Mounts. “I spend every opportunity I have to raise the awareness of the risks we have with our water system and the investments we will need to make for decades to protect our water quality.”
The famous Carnegie Hall, known as one of the most prominent classical and popular music venues in the world, has enlisted the help of Evansville-based Anchor Industries. Anchor, a well-known name in the tent and awning industry, was commissioned by Carnegie Hall to construct a large rooftop tent for a special event.
Fred Cook didn’t grow up knowing he wanted to be a CEO, but he had the courage to figure it out along the way. It’s this kind of life education, or learning as you go, through travel, different career ventures and failures, and personal relationships that helped him advance his position at Golin, one of the world’s largest Public Relations firms. More than 25 years ago, the Evansville native started as an account supervisor in the Los Angeles office of Golin before moving to Chicago 11 years ago to become the company’s third CEO.
At just 33 years old, Luke Yaeger has climbed more rungs on the professional ladder than most. This summer he was named president of Commerce Bank, an organization he helped to build just eight short years ago, one with a small-town mentality but big dreams to go with it. Today, Commerce Bank has more than $90 million in assets, 23 employees, and its philanthropic fingers are widespread. Yaeger, however, is quick to downplay his personal success. The product of a large military family, his definition of leadership is somewhat different from most.
In 1957, Ruth Braun opened her own nursing home on First Avenue. She was a nurse, and knew the community needed such a facility. She continued to run the skilled nursing facility until 1993, when she stepped away and leased the building to other operators. But three years ago, when the lease of the latest operator expired, the next generation of Brauns stepped in.
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The Cesco-Kuebler family started Evansville Rug Cleaning in the 1920s. The family’s homestead was right next door to the existing building that stands today at 2122 N. Willow Road, and operated the business until they retired and sold it to Benny and Jeff Day.