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Telling the South Madison Story for 100 Years

Interviewed by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

John Senger

Advertising Director

Times-Post

126 W. State St.

Pendleton, IN 46064 (317) 477-3208

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Like most small town newspapers, the history of The Pendleton Times-Post is difficult to research. The first newspaper in Pendleton can be traced back to 1871 with an interruption in service during World War I because of labor and materials shortages.

Through several owners including Anderson’s James Bannon, the newspaper employed such wonder characters as Columnist Irene Owens, and long-time writer, Hayse Huey.

Today, the Pendleton Times-Post weekly newspaper, owned by AIM Media Indiana, continues to serve South Madison County including Lapel, Ingalls and Markleville.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

”The sunrise is definitely on the horizon and you can see it coming clearly in the distance. The business sunrise for us is very bright and warm. We have three divisions of our business, printing, printed and digital community newspapers and digital advertising and marketing services - each of these are growing and becoming more impactful and fruitful.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“A New Day means that when we arise each morning we should be thankful and give thanks to God first and foremost. We should also create an opportunity each day to create our environment with our choices and actions leading us to involve ourselves with those that want to be excited about life and everyone we can impact for good each day.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“Our optimism is always rising even with the challenges we all face in every industry. We have a ‘can do’ spirit and it is contagious. We must believe with our hearts, act with our minds and share with others our company's vision and the power we have each day to take command of the outcomes.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Optimism is only threatened when you let obstacles overcome your focus. Optimism is always threatened by those with challenges in front of them not wanting to change or look at them in a different way. Optimism also feeds optimism so a positive outlook and attitude is the only way to do business in this day and age.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“We hope that AIM Media Indiana - printing, newspapers and digital, becomes a well-known service provider for all of the area's business and marketing needs. We offer affordable and friendly services with local experts that know the market. The goal of the Times Post community newspaper in Pendleton is to grow its audience and make every day count - improving every story, special section and product we produce.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“I would tell them that Madison County is a large area of potential growth positioned well - just north of Indianapolis and neighbors to Hamilton County, with access too many great resources, amenities and affordable land and housing. I would also describe the hard working folks that are friendly and treat you like family.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital and Howard Webb Agency, Times-Post will be honored for 100 years in business on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

I want to be a part of the solution

Says recipient of the Ambassador of the Year award

Interviewed by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Wayne P. Bruzzese, born in Portland, Oregon, moved to Anderson in the Fifth Grade. A 1978 AHS graduate, Bruzzese provides business signage and marketing consulting services throughout Central Indiana. Whether its billboard communications or vehicle wrapping, Star Bullets steps up your message.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Many watched the sun set on Madison County with the pullout of the largest employer in the area. Many are still looking for GM or some other company to singularly raise the sun again. A sunrise happens daily. Is Madison County in the midst of a sunrise? Yes, but not daily, however it takes daily commitment to our community to see the sun break the horizon. Growing up in Anderson I’ve watch the heyday of GM and one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. I believe Madison County’s sunrise will come from the optimism and commitment of everyone in our community. We can’t count on any one or even just a few to raise the sun. As a business owner, I’ve chosen to grow in Madison County so that we can enjoy the daily warmth of the sunrise.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“’A New Day’” for Madison County is like getting up early to watch the sun rise. We bundled up, and set out in the darkness with little vision, guided only by the light of the moon on our path. Early in the morning you can’t see the stars of our community, but from the moon, clear light is shining through the trees, giving a glimmer of hope. Everything is fresh, but its still night.

Then comes the first peek of light on the horizon. Around this time, we start to notice a very light breeze. The breeze of business growth and new beginnings. The little light by which I can see in front of us is coming from the sunrise, not from the moon. We’re starting to be able to see further. The light is warm. Families and businesses are on the move. Vision of Madison County around me is no longer unimpaired by darkness and negative thinking.

As the bright light of the sun actually breaks the horizon we sense a feeling of well-being and pride in our community. The sun is all the way above the horizon and our darkness and past are seen only in the shadows cast by the bright sun. It’s amazing how much this changes things. It’s a new day.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Yes. I hear people talk about the past and how the present is bad in our community. ’Schools are bad, no good paying jobs, government is corrupt, we need to move.’ There may be some truth in what they say, and if we continue to listen to enough of this kind of talk, we too may begin to lose hope in our community. This is why we need to continually surround ourselves with optimistic people that want to build a better Madison County. People and companies that are committed to building a strong, business and family friendly place to grow.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“I want to be part of the solution, looking forward, not focusing on the negative aspects of Madison County. In the sign or visual marketing industry, I continue to watch local businesses use out of town companies to meet their needs. Since our start in 2012, we’ve seen growth in sales and clients. For 2016 we anticipate continued growth.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“When businesses are looking to expand or relocate, there's a reason to choose Madison County. It's our commitment increasing the bottom line, thanks to advantages like the business-friendly environment, a skilled workforce, a strategic location, rich history of innovation and no shortage of properties to accommodate your specific needs.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Wayne Bruzzese will receive the Ambassador of the Year Award on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

 

Every Morning is a New Opportunity

Award winner sees Madison County as beyond the darkness and into the dawn

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

His name is Osborne J. Morgan, but to all of us he can only be, “Oz.”

Taking a circuitous route from South Bend, through Terre Haute, Indianapolis, Kokomo and back to Anderson from South Bend, Oz Morgan has been an educator, a salesman, a banker and above all, one of Madison County’s best friends.

After graduating from Indiana State University, Morgan taught Speech and English at Kokomo High School for four years and worked at a bank in Indianapolis for another 17 years while earning an MBA from Butler. He then received a call to return to Northern Indiana.

“After nine months on the job the bank was sold and at age 45 I found myself unemployed with a wife, two children and another baby on the way. I got a call from Carl Erskine who was getting ready to retire and I was offered a position with Star Financial Bank and was there for 21 years.”

Oz is married to Rosann an R.N. specializing in Ultrasound with Anderson Community Hospital’s OB/GYN department. Together they have one daughter Ingrid Stadler, sons Andy Moore and Sam Morgan as well as three grandchildren.

In addition to being the former President of Star Financial, Oz is a Retirement Planner and Insurance Agent with the Langen Agency, Chair of St. Vincent’s Anderson Regional Hospital and on the boards of the Anderson Center for the Arts, Assurance Health and Mofab. He also serves on the Board and Executive Committee of the Flagship Enterprise Center.

This year’s Keith J. Pitcher Award winner is also a past board member of the Leadership Academy of Madison County, Corporation for Economic Development, Indiana Bankers Association and is a Past Chairman of the Madison County Chamber of Commerce.

But to us he will always be, “Oz.”

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Absolutely yes, there is a sunrise here in Madison County. It hasn’t always felt that way. When I arrived 25 years ago, ‘Madrugada’ (Spanish for the dark before dawn) seemed to describe where we were. The only thing we had going was that CED had purchased the ground where the Flagship site was to develop. We were still lamenting the loss of GM and its jobs and it was a dark period before the dawn. During the past decades FEC came to be, schools are beginning to move forward again, we’ve left the GM depression behind and now we have such outstanding successes as Nestles, Flagship, Myers Autoworld, IVY Tech and the new P3 facility (Purdue Polytechnic). We are beyond the darkness and into the dawn creating a strong blend of home grown, statewide and international support. So many individuals have stepped up to make their headquarters here.

During my tenure as Board Chair of The Chamber, Keith Pitcher and I had many discussions about what the Chamber and Chamber leadership needed to look like. In the 10 years since, Kyle Morey, his staff and subsequent board members have exceeded our vision.

One of the biggest bright spots is the way Anderson University, Purdue and the City of Anderson have worked together to create jobs. Because our economic development thrust is not totally municipal, we continue to work through changes in government leadership and we stay right on track and that plays well with people coming into our community.

One example is the $26 million surgery center and $7 million emergency department that St. Vincent’s has invested in over the last eight years. Those contributions to our community typify the kind of commitments we are now able to attract.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“Every day is a new day. Yesterday was yesterday and you can’t change it. I’d like to say I don’t worry about it but I do try to wake up each morning reminding myself that it’s a great morning and a new day. Now 3 a.m. might be another story, but the sunrise means anything is possible. We can take small steps. We can take large steps, but most importantly it’s another chance to put our footprints on a new trail.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your vision?

“I may not be able to do everything myself, but if I surround myself with good people and I simply do my part, anything is possible. When I look at a successful business I know ‘we can do this, the only question is how.’ So my optimism is for how we each fill our own role. We greet the day thinking ‘we’ve got this.’ We sometimes wonder about early morning meetings, but those crack-of-dawn moments help everyone around the table reaffirm the confidence and faith that together we can make great things happen through our combined efforts. Faith is most important.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Every night! Every day some part of the world seems to be geared to challenge your optimism. That’s where faith comes in. Faith that we will prevail by doing the right things is what keeps me going. Sometimes those lapses in optimism have a slingshot effect. If your confidence is shaken you may realize you need to make some changes to get back on target. Having your optimism or self- esteem beat up is bad, but having it challenged is actually good. It gives you the push to do more than you think you could.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope our community will achieve in 2016?

“I hope we continue to pursue the current path for job growth and improved education. Stay the course with focus on economic growth through the change in political administration. Let’s make sure we close the deals that will bring more jobs and companies into the county.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“I would start with the people. There are people trying to make this a wonderful place to live. Healthcare here is extraordinary. More and more companies are coming to town so the potential for jobs is really good. But overall, I have to come back to the people and how community leadership responds. Through the Leadership Academy, the City of Anderson, and Anderson University, a lot of good communication happens among all the groups which makes this a great place to live, work and start a company. It’s a very good place to be. We are comfortably close to Indianapolis for the feel of a larger city, if that’s what you want. We have great dining, professional and amateur sports; those amenities are so close without the baggage of being right there in a large city. I’m excited about the fact that we have a new generation of leadership coming on line that really brings a New Day to our community.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Oz Morgan will be honored with the prestigious Keith J Pitcher Character in Business Award on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

The fountain of our optimism flows from our faith in God

So says award finalists and owners of Green Tire Reclamation

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Daniel and Diane McKenzie

Mike Flanders

Green Tire Reclamation, Inc.

2506 Fairview St

Anderson, IN 46016

(765) 602-4077

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Green Tire Reclamation is the kind of small business every community needs; the perfect corporate citizen. They care for our environment by repurposing used tires preventing them from collecting in landfills. They care for those of us who have been sent to the human landfills providing jobs and hope for convicted felons. They care about “doing the right thing.”

Says Dan McKenzie, “I was cutting tires and sending them to a landfill like everyone else. Mike Flanders did some checking and found other options: four million of six million tires were going to landfills and we felt there was a better way…we wanted to make a difference for the environment. Mike discovered the bead wire in tires was going to be a major hurdle yet we found a way to recycle the bead wire and keep the rest of the tire from going to a landfill.”

McKenzie continues, “Mike is amazing. He taught me a lot about people. I pitched trash on a garbage truck for 15 years. Mike is the brains of the outfit, I’m more hands on and together we’re creating a market for shredded tires. Shipping out of state is not cost efficient. We’re actively promoting tires chips for septic systems and other uses.”

Green Tire is aggressively creating a market for aggregate materials in the State of Indiana. They are soon to get their first IDEM Legitimate Use Permit. They’ve also applied for and received a Metal Salvage License taking them into a whole different area. Creating strategic partnerships with metal recyclers, Green Tire is weeks away from buying Non Ferrous Metals – copper, brass, aluminum cans at their Fairview location.

Just as vital, Green Tire Reclamation attempts to reclaim people. Says McKenzie, “We hire guys from House of Hope. I came through the House of Hope 25 or 30 years ago and it saved my life. It’s not easy. We train them and then they move on. That’s not a bad thing either.”

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Just like all cycles in business life there are ups and downs. Anderson has certainly seen its fair share of both. There can be no doubt that we have experienced a down. We are now on the horizon of the up and with solid committed work it will happen. Our county has been built and rebuilt every time by the common hard working men and women of our community and that is where our faith is in this next sunrise we are experiencing.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“A new day to us starts at around 4:00 am and goes until we can't move anymore. A new day is started with the commitment to accomplish the tasks that will draw success to our community, our company and most importantly to the lives of those we come in contact with.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your company’s vision?

“The fountain of our optimism flows from our faith in God which drives us to show love and compassion for our fellow man and to run our business with integrity. By embracing these principles our employees and our customers see the difference it makes in the world.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“There is opposition in all things and optimism’s opposite is discouragement. We are simply determined to spend more time being optimistic.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope your company will achieve in 2016?

“We will complete the process of getting the first ever Tire Derived Aggregate project and pave the way for Madison County to be the first to embrace greener applications for waste tires. We will also expand into the final stages of our diversification goals by adding our indoor auto salvage facility.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“Madison County has a powerful history in industry. We were integral in developing industrial uses for natural gas. We started and coined the inter-urban railway systems in America with the Union Traction Company. We brought the world from crank start motors to the electric starter through the Remy brothers. Now we are becoming a hub for international business and local entrepreneurs. The time is right and ripe for success. The time is right now!”

Green Tire Reclamation is one of three finalists being considered for the 2015 Emerging Business of the Year award. Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, the winner will be announced on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

 

 

 

 

 

Faith in my community and strength from my neighbors

Award winner Rob Sparks sees "a new day" for Madison County

Interview by Dirk Webb

Photo courtesy of Dale Pickett

 

Rob Sparks

Corporation for Economic Development

2705 Enterprise Dr., Suite 161

Anderson, IN 46013

765) 642-1860

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Anderson native Rob Sparks is one of our area’s more hesitant newsmakers. From Deputy Mayor and Chairman of the Board of Works in the first Smith administration to Real Estate developer to high profile guide of the Mounds Lake project, Rob has been focused on one thing: making our community an attractive place to live, work and play.

The Executive Director of CED since 2008, Rob has worked tirelessly to help bring Nestle, GTI, NTN and several other projects to Madison County seeing over 6,500 new jobs added or retained and over $2 Billion invested in the last ten years.

After spending 20 years in local retail, he began working on rehabilitating homes and apartments in Anderson (at one point operating 70 units) which, in turn, piqued his interest in Historic Preservation.

“I was working for our company, had some free time and got involved with the Historic Preservation board with the City of Anderson. Kevin Smith asked me to serve four years with him with the City.” As Chairman of the Board of Works, Rob gained a working knowledge of government and municipal taxation, public policy and a greater appreciation for the people who serve, “no matter their political affiliation.”

Rob and his wife Shelly have son and a daughter and their first grandson. As far as the future is concerned Rob proclaims, “We have some dynamic projects on the horizon if we are willing to reach out and pursue them.”

Somehow, that should not surprise any of us.

Would you consider Madison County to be in the midst of sunrise? What does the business sunrise across the horizon look like to you?

“Our community is moving out from a generational shift resulting from the global economy.”

What does "A New Day" mean to you?

“Every day is a new day, another chance, an opportunity to start again.”

How has your optimism helped you guide your vision?

“It clearly is part of who I am. I believe in our community and look forward to each day and the chance to participate in moving forward.”

Is your optimism ever threatened?

“Threatened?? No, not really. Life is full of serious challenges that strike at our core. I choose to keep optimistic no matter the circumstances. I have hope in tomorrow. I have faith in my community and I draw strength from my neighbors.”

If Optimism leads to achievement, what is it you hope our community will achieve in 2016?

“We'll see new company investment into our community. New training programs to prepare workers. Business Park development across Madison County will grow. A growing community of committed supporters working together from all walks of life.”

If you were to have five minutes with someone who was considering relocating to Madison County what would you tell them?

“We’re a great business friendly community to run a business. Responsive governmental units will quickly process permitting request. We have a great work focus to draw from coupled with educational partners to offer enhanced job training custom tailored to the company needs. With interstates and rail, we are centrally located both in Indiana but also in the US from the Rockies to the East coast. Low cost of living, the Arts, Parks and Trails, Professional Sports are just a few of the great assets our community has available.”

Thanks in part to St. Vincent Anderson Regional Hospital, Rob Sparks will receive the Chairman's Choice Award on February 25 at the 2016 Annual Awards Gala.

To view past award winners, or to read more about the awards, visit MCC's Wall of Fame.

 

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