Jeff Friedlund was fresh out of college, a graduate of Vincennes University, when he started working at Spa City U.S.A. in 1997. An Evansville native and North High School graduate, Friedlund began his career by delivering hot tubs his parents Bob and Lois Schmitt sold at their business. Eventually he would work his way up to owner and operator of the home recreation company. Spa City itself was a new business when Friedlund came on board. Working out of a small space he equates to the size of a garage, Spa City sold more than just hot tubs in the beginning.
October / November 2016
Evansville Housing Authority’s public housing is getting a much-needed facelift thanks to its acceptance into U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) newest assistance program. HUD’s Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program combines assistance through low-income tax credits and privately sourced funding. Historically, public housing receives funding from Congress. However, in recent years the federal government body has not allocated enough money to fully fund operations and upkeep.
Hometown: Rochester, New York Job: Athletic Director, University of Evansville Education: Undergraduate degree in accounting from St. Bonaventure University, St. Bonaventure, New York; master’s degree in sports administration from Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia.
I keep learning something new every day. Unfortunately, it seems it usually is invariably learned the hard way. The adage “with old age comes experience” should have graced me as one very experienced soul by now. So perhaps I should “know better.”
When Tracy Gorman became president and CEO of the Evansville Rescue Mission (ERM) in 2008, he expected a learning curve. “I had been a pastor my entire career,” says Gorman, a New Castle, Indiana, native and former pastor of New Life Church in Newburgh, Indiana. “I truly did not know the day I took this job every aspect that the Evansville Rescue Mission was involved in.”
Sandy Quick knows how to get things done. From ordering stock and unloading trucks to serving customers on the sales floor, the Wayne’s Appliance & Mattress owner is using the strong work ethic she learned from her late parents, Wayne and Alice Forcum, to not only run but expand the more than 50-year-old business they handed down to her.
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A Catholic priest, hospice chaplain, community corrections director, and parks and recreation executive director — these careers may seem quite different on the surface, but Brian Holtz sees them as connected to one recurring theme in his life. “Through my entire career, I looked for positions that were the model of servant leadership,” says Holtz.
Thanks to Hollywood’s depiction in movies, most people think a U.S. Marshal’s job is solely to pursue fugitives. As the nation’s oldest and most versatile federal law enforcement agency, marshals do much more. Thanks to recent training that prepared him to coordinate military-level responses to disastrous events, Deputy U.S. Marshal Ryan Filson — assigned to the Evansville Office — is a perfect example.