Mitchener ’87 named CEO at EBAA

Brandon Mitchener ’87 has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA), effective 3 April 2017.  Click here for the news release.

After Wabash, Brandon earned an M.S. degree at Columbia University – School of International and Public Affairs.  He has been a journalist and public affairs professional in Europe for more than 25 years.

Stark ’88/symphonic choir celebrate 80 years

Dr. Eric Stark ’88 is the artistic director of the Indianapolis Symphony Choir.  This year the choir celebrates its 80th anniversary.  Eric was interviewed as a business spotlight on the March 19 This Week on Inside Indiana Business Television, where he discussed the recent launch of the ISC’s first endowment campaign, and the history of the choir and its partnership with the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.

In addition to his duties as Artistic Director of the ISC, Eric is the Director of Choral Activities and Professor of Music of the School of Music at Butler University’s Jordan College of Fine Arts.

Gregor ’85 – where is he now?

In 1996, Marty Gregor ’85 was named to the Indiana Business Journal’s Forty Under 40 list.  IBJ is currently looking at past years and asking, “Where are they now?”

Martin Gregor
Then: McDonald & Company Investments senior vice president & residential manager
Now: The Gregor Group, Merrill Lynch managing director

Byrd ’97 named new Indy Speedrome president

Jonathan ’97 (r) and David ’98 Byrd.

Jonathan Byrd II ’97 was named President of the 76-year old Indianapolis Speedrome when it was purchased by a new owner last November.  New ownership and the new president, who is overseeing day-to-day operations, are teaming up to revitalize the Speedrome, “believed to be the oldest figure 8 track in the country.”  Click here for the news story.

Jonathan and his brother David ’98 are owners of the Jonathan Byrd’s Racing in the Indycar series.  Last April, they were part of the panel discussion at “IndyCar & the Liberal Arts”, put on by The Bachelor.

Schroeder ’69 to be inducted into Business Hall of Fame

John C. Schroeder ’69 will be inducted into the Evansville’s Regional Business Hall of Fame on March 9.  The event recognizes icons of Evansville’s commerce and for their business excellence, vision, innovations, inspiring leadership and community service to the greater Evansville area.

John’s inductee bio:  “John Schroeder has led Crescent Plastics, Inc. and Wabash Plastics, Inc. as President and Chief Executive Officer for nearly 30 years.  His leadership and management skills led to the successful growth of those companies and their sister companies.  Schroeder’s service on boards includes Signature School Foundation Board, the Board of Directors of Old National Bank Community Board, Wabash College Board of Trustees, and almost 24 years on University of Evansville Board of Trustees, including three years as Chairman.  He is a member of the Indiana Academy, past chair of the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Board, a life member of Keep Evansville Beautiful, and current Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Welborn Baptist Foundation.”

John’s father, John H. Schroeder ’42, Trustee of Wabash College 1982-1994, was a previous Evansville Regional Business Hall of Fame Laureate.

Broecker ’83 – IBRI opens first satellite

David Broecker ’83 is CEO of Indiana Biosciences Research Institute (IBRI), which launched its first satellite office yesterday in South Bend, IN.  The new office will allow IBRI, a leader in life sciences research and innovation, to develop new working relationships with the University of Notre Dame campus, much like those already in place with Indiana University and Purdue University.  Click here for the news story with audio comments in Inside Indiana Business.

Trebley ’01 – Panelist at 2017 IBJ Power Breakfast

Dr. Joe Trebley PhD ’01 will be one of six featured panelists at the annual Indiana Business Journal Power Life Science Breakfast Series on April 28 in Indianapolis.  The panel will address questions such as:   What are the latest developments with the new Indiana Biosciences Research Institute?  What can be done to make funding more available for life sciences startups?  What are the big trends in life sciences to keep an eye on in 2017?  Click here for information and reservations.

Joe is the Founder and CEO of Monon Bioventures LLC.  He was a Chemistry major at Wabash, and earned his PhD from Purdue University in Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology.

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