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October / November 2015

Back Talk

Dr. Ronald Rochon

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois Job: Provost at the University of Southern Indiana

Business Front

Bank On Them

In 1967, Evansville native Harold Kempf collaborated with a Chicago flour company to perfect his mix for Donut Bank Bakery donuts. A technician from the business was slated to join Kempf for a week, but on the third evening the man stood up from the work and announced his departure. Kempf asked about the remaining work to be done on the recipe and the technician replied, “I’ve got to go. You’re not going to make it.”

Done Well and Well Done

Fourteen-year-old boys do not easily arise from their beds at 6:15 on a Sunday morning. “Let’s go, buddy” usually is followed by an inaudible noise and a groan. However, my son Jackson’s feet promptly hit the floor, and after checking his phone (of course), he headed to the bathroom. After a quick shower, which my water bill can attest is not the norm, he hurried downstairs proudly wearing last year’s Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure volunteer shirt. That T-shirt makes more appearances throughout the year than most of his wardrobe.

Closing its Doors

Essentra, formerly known as Keller-Crescent Co. — a printing plant begun by a steamboat captain that evolved into a legendary advertising agency — announced its doors would close permanently in November.

Made to Order

In 1931, Wally Byam dreamed of creating a lightweight first-class trailer — the Airstream. Little did he know, the mobile home later would become the subject of countless HGTV shows, Pinterest boards, and a setting for small businesses around the world including Jasper, Indiana’s, Smalley Coffee.

The Alexander

More than five years ago, executives at Eli Lilly and Company, the global pharmaceutical manufacturer headquartered in Indianapolis since 1876, expressed to Mayor Greg Ballard that to continue to grow and recruit talent, the company needed more connectivity to the urban core — more livability in their part of town in the shadows of Lucas Oil Stadium. The mayor instructed Lilly executives, essentially, to make it happen.

The Daily Race

Heather Lejman begins everyday with a list. She goes through her day crossing off what to do, whom to call, what to organize, and where to go.

Strong Foundation

Kellie is an Evansville resident and single working mother who was searching for a decent home for her and her son. A friend put her in contact with Eric Cummings, executive director of Community One, and the result was, in Kellie’s words, “phenomenal.”

Where Do You Want to Eat?

Some may say the hardest decision to make each day is where to have breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The creators of Dough Deals hope their app, which was launched Sept. 28, simplifies the answer to that question. Dough Deals is an app started by three Evansville residents intended to not only provide the community with discounts at their favorite local food spots, but also to supply free advertising for local restaurant owners.

On the Road

At Superior Van & Mobility, General Manager Jan Jordan says the most rewarding aspect of the business is providing mobility to those with limited access and seeing the joy on customers’ faces when they receive their new converted vehicle. “People would not get out of the house without the ability to take their power chair or scooter with them,” says Jordan. “There’s nothing like seeing someone go places they’ve not been able to go before.”

A Time to Be Heard

When Forensic Interviewer Molly Elfreich leaves the interview room after speaking with a child sexual abuse victim at Holly’s House, she often has to return to the same space just minutes later to speak with another. In order to effectively do her job of speaking with children ages 2 to 17, she says she has only a couple minutes to decompress before she must move on to the next.

At the Poll

As the race for mayor nears the general election on Nov. 3, Evansville citizens work to more closely examine the candidates for the position. Those on the ticket this year include Republican and Incumbent Mayor Lloyd Winnecke, Democrat Gail Riecken, and Independent Steve Wozniak. To help prepare voters before casting their ballots, the staff of Evansville Business Magazine asked each of the three mayoral contenders the same five questions.

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Inside Politics

As the general election nears on Nov. 3, Adam Berry says he wanted to create a way for voters to learn which candidates or elected officials they identify with. On Sept. 9, the Evansville native and Republican, along with his Democrat partner Frank Short, launched politicalbank.com.