Indiana Business

aFit Certified as Women’s Business Enterprise

09 12 2017

aFit INDIANAPOLIS December 09, 2017 AFIT STAFFING, INC. (aFit) a privately owned business specializing in information technology and medical was recently awarded the certification as a Women’s Business Enterprise (WBE) by the State of Indiana. To qualify for the certification, the WBE must be at least 51% owned by qualifying women who possess expertise in the field, control the business enterprise, and are US Citizens. As a WBE certified by the Indiana Department of Administration, the business entity is considered for subcontracting opportunities on state contracts in Indiana, which provide for the attainment of business diversity goals. aFit will receive notification of state business opportunities and access to training opportunities. aFit was founded in 2014 by Dr. Jennifer Russell, an Indianapolis-based Orthodontist who brings with her the experience of owning her own private practice and medical staffing since 2003. Julie Booth and Russell decided in 2017 to be co-owners...

Robert Morris University Illinois Elects Joseph Wright as Board Chair

09 12 2017

Joe has encouraged many Chicago area businesses to become involved in the mission of RMU through providing internships, employment and serving on advisory boards. CHICAGO December 09, 2017 Joseph Wright of North Barrington has been elected as chairperson of the Robert Morris University Illinois (RMU) Board of Trustees. He has served as a board member for over 20 years. A graduate of Indiana University’s School of Business, Wright is an entrepreneur and has initiated many successful start-up companies. As a marketer by trade, he is an expert in developing go-to market strategies, launching new products, and most recently has expanded into marketing technology and IoT. As a direct marketing professional for the last 26 years, he has been able to apply traditional solutions to leverage new marketing technologies. He looks upon each venture as an opportunity to reinvent himself and his companies with appropriate shifts that optimize both proven techniques and cutting edge technological...

Indiana CPA Society receives two top association honors

08 12 2017

INDIANAPOLIS December 08, 2017 The Indiana Society of Association Executives (ISAE) presented the Indiana CPA Society with two awards at its 2018 STAR Awards banquet celebrating associations in Indiana on December 7. INNOVATIVE COMMUNICATIONS PROGRAM AWARDFor the Indiana CPA Society and CPA Center of Excellence® collaboration on innovation for CPAs. In a recent study conducted for CPA.com, only 10 percent of CPA firms view themselves as innovative but 82 percent recognize they need to better understand innovation. As a result, the Indiana CPA Society Board Task Force and CPA Center of Excellence® conducted extensive research into innovation, conducted surveys and had in-depth discussions with leaders from companies across Indiana who shared examples of innovation. Innovation White PaperThe four key areas of innovation identified for CPAs were: Changing Role of the CPA, Talent & The Changing Workforce, Globalization & The Marketplace, and Disruptive Technology & Innovation. The...

Aqua America’s Chris Franklin Named 2017 Most Admired CEO by Philadelphia Business Journal

08 12 2017

BRYN MAWR, Pa.--Aqua America Inc. (NYSE: WTR), announced today that President and CEO Christopher H. Franklin has been named one of the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Most Admired CEOs in 2017. “Chris is modernizing what has been generally known as a very traditional industry,” said Aqua Board Chairman Nick DeBenedictis, who nominated Franklin for the award. “He is an action-oriented CEO who has cultivated a great amount of employee goodwill throughout his 25-year career at Aqua. He’s developed strong relationships with existing and new leadership in the company and helped make tremendous progress on the goals the board adopted in late 2015 when he became CEO.” As CEO, Franklin has set his sights on being a leader in solving the nation’s water and wastewater infrastructure problem across Aqua’s eight-state footprint. In Chris’ two and a half years at the helm, Aqua has welcomed 20,000 new customers and invested about $1 billion in critical infrastructure improvements. Franklin...

Pennsylvania's First Xarelto Lawsuit Trial Concludes With $28 Million Verdict for Plaintiff, Bernstein Liebhard LLP Reports

08 12 2017

NEW YORK, Dec. 8, 2017 -- A Pennsylvania jury hearing evidence in the state's first trial of a Xarelto lawsuit has awarded $28 million to an Indiana woman who suffered a gastrointestinal bleeding a little over a year after she was prescribed the new-generation blood thinner. Monday's verdict followed nearly a month of testimony in the Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas, where the Plaintiff's attorneys accused Bayer and Johnson & Johnson of downplaying the true potential for Xarelto to cause life-threatening episodes of internal bleeding. The jury deliberated for fewer than two days before awarding the Plaintiff and her husband $1.8 million in actual damages and $26 million in punitive damages. (Case No. 160503416) "Our Firm is representing a number of Xarelto lawsuit plaintiffs who allegedly suffered gastrointestinal bleeds, cerebral hemorrhage and other serious episodes of internal bleeding due to this medication. We are extremely pleased that this jury returned...

Smile Brands Honored as One of the Best Places to Work

07 12 2017

Smile Brands Winner of Glassdoor's Best Place to Work Dentistry is a people business and it’s undeniable that when employees are aligned around a common mission, patients benefit. IRVINE, Calif. December 07, 2017 Smile Brands Inc. has been honored with a Glassdoor Employees’ Choice Award, recognizing the Best Places to Work in 2018. The Employees’ Choice Awards program, now in its 10th year, relies solely on the input of employees, who elect to provide feedback on their jobs, work environments and companies via Glassdoor. Smile Brands, a leading dental support organization with over 350 affiliated practices across 15 states, has a deeply rooted culture founded in the company’s mission to deliver Smiles for Everyone®. Co-founder and CEO, Steve Bilt has a 97 percent approval rating on Glassdoor. “Dentistry is a people business and it’s undeniable that when employees are aligned around a common mission, patients benefit,” explains Bilt. “To be named one of Glassdoor’s...

Allison Transmission promotes Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing

07 12 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 7, 2017 -- Allison Transmission today announced the promotion of Otto Szalavari to managing director of global marketing. He will be instrumental in driving growth through ongoing implementation and refinement of the company's marketing strategy.  Otto Szalavari has been promoted to managing director of global marketing for Allison Transmission. "During his short period of time with Allison, Otto has more than proven his ability to tackle challenges and generate results," said John Coll, senior vice president for global marketing, sales and service. "I look forward to watching him lead our marketing team and further expand the Allison brand across the world." Szalavari's primary areas of responsibility will include market insights and voice of customer, global marketing brand management and communications, developing differentiated value propositions, developing and deploying key sales tools, and assessing markets and segments for...

Pokagon Band Installs Copper Rocks at Four Winds Casino South Bend

07 12 2017

“The Potawatomi consider copper a sacred healing metal,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band. “And the Pokagon are descendants of the Copper Culture people, an ancient Indigenous cultural tradition and lifeway of early inhabitants of northern Michigan and Wisconsin." SOUTH BEND, Ind. December 07, 2017 The Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians and Four Winds Casinos® are pleased to announce the installation of two large copper rocks at Four Winds South Bend®. The rocks, one installed at the entrance of Copper Rock Steakhouse, the other inside the restaurant’s dining room, are two of many objects at the new property culturally significant to the history of the Pokagon Band. “The Potawatomi consider copper a sacred healing metal,” said John P. Warren, Chairman of the Pokagon Band. “And the Pokagon are descendants of the Copper Culture people, an ancient Indigenous cultural tradition and lifeway of early inhabitants of northern Michigan and Wisconsin. Stories...

AEP, NextEra Energy Resources celebrate commissioning of Bluff Point Wind Energy Center, $200 million investment in Indiana

07 12 2017

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Dimension Development's portfolio reaches 60 hotels with the addition of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites

07 12 2017

INDIANAPOLIS, Dec. 7, 2017 -- Dimension Development is named management company of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites in downtown Indianapolis Indiana. This addition marks their 60th hotel in the portfolio. "This is an important milestone for us as we will continue to work with our ownership partners in selecting high quality hotels in desirable markets that provide great returns," said Craig Stechman, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Dimension Development. Dimension Development’s portfolio reaches 60 hotels with the addition of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites. Dimension Development is named management company of the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites in downtown Indianapolis Indiana. This addition marks their 60th hotel in the portfolio. Located in downtown Indianapolis, IN, the Hilton Indianapolis Hotel & Suites is walking distance to the convention center, Circle Centre Mall, and the minutes from the Indianapolis Motor...

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