Economic Development of Kosciusko County

Board of Directors


Craig

Craig Allebach - Chair, Small Business Entrepreneurship
Town of Winona Lake

Town Coordinator for the Town of Winona Lake since May 15, 2000. Responsible for the management and oversight of the operations of the town, coordinating the activities of the other employees of the town, and acting as liaison to the Town Council, assisting the Town Council and performing those duties as requested by the Town Council, and assisting other employees and departments of the town. Warsaw Police Department Chief of Police for 11 years. Graduate of the FBI National Academy. M.A. Counseling Grace College graduate.


 

Doug Baumgardner
1st Source Bank

Doug Baumgardner is the City President for 1st Source Bank in Warsaw. He graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics from Grace College and obtained an MBA from Indiana University. He has been in the banking industry in Warsaw for the past 13 years. He serves on the Board of the Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce as the Secretary/Treasurer and the Board for Junior Achievement of Warsaw/Tippecanoe Valley and has taught Junior Achievement for the past 10 years. He is active in the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club where he serves as the assistant-Treasurer. He resides in Warsaw with his wife and three children.


Brad

Brad Bishop - Ex-Officio
OrthoWorx

Brad Bishop has served as Executive Director of OrthoWorx since June 2010. He previously served as Director of Public Affairs at Zimmer, Inc. He has served on a number of industry, association and civic boards and is a former board chairman of KEDCO's predecessor, Kosciusko Development, Inc. Brad is a graduate of Ball State University.


Brett Boggs
Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation

Brett Boggs is currently in his seventh year as Superintendent of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. He earned a Bachelor's degree from Grace College, Master's from Manchester College, and from Ball State University an Educational Specialist degree. His entire educational career, 13 years as a student in grades K-12 and 37 years as an educator, has been in the schools of the Tippecanoe Valley School Corporation. He began teaching fourth grade and coaching junior high basketball and track at Akron School (K-8) in 1978 where he moved into administration in 1985 as assistant principal and athletic director and became principal in 1988. He served as the principal of Akron School for 17 years before being named assistant superintendent in 2005 and superintendent in 2008. He was named Indiana Administrator of the year for 2002-2003 by the Indiana Association of Student Councils and the District 2 Elementary Principal of the Year by the Indiana Association of School Principals in 2003.


Lindy Breeden
Horizon Bank

Lindy Breeden is the Market President for Horizon Bank in Kosciusko & Whitley County. Graduate of Stonier Graduate School of Banking, American Bankers Commercial Lending School & Purdue Ag School. Lindy has been in banking for 38 years. Has taught Junior Achievement at Tippecanoe Valley High School for the past 10 years. Treasurer of Tippecanoe Valley Booster Club. Previously served as Chairman for the Indiana United Methodist Loan Fund. Chairman of the Trustees at Mentone United Methodist Church. Lindy and his wife live in Winona Lake and have four sons.


Mike

Michael Brill - Vice Chair - Board
CenturyLink

Michael Brill, CenturyLink VP Operations for the Indiana, Michigan and Ohio markets. He is accountable for financial performance and field operations, ultimately ensuring a variety of services are provisioned and maintained for over 400,000 business and residential customers. Mike was a graduate of Tri-State University with a BS in Management and a minor in Finance. He then obtained a MBA from St. Francis University. Mike later completed executive development programs at Michigan University and Harvard University’s school of Business. He completed the Kosciusko Leadership Academy, is an Exec Board member of the Kosciusko Economic Development Corp, a member of Warsaw Rotary, and is VP of the LaGrange Chamber Board. Mike also serves on the Board of the Tippecanoe Watershed Foundation. He is married, has two sons, and resides on Irish Lake.


Dan

Dan Brown
Phend and Brown, Inc.

Daniel F. Brown is a 1972 graduate of Purdue University earning a BS degree in Civil Engineering. Upon graduation he joined the family highway construction business Phend and Brown, Inc. where he became President in 1995. Dan became involved in economic development upon appointment to the Milford Redevelopment Commission in 1995 and currently serves as its’ president. Dan is a past Chairman for KEDCo Board 2015-2016. A life-long resident of Kosciusko County, Dan resides in Milford with his wife Nilah. They have two daughters and two grandchildren.


Toby Buck
Paragon Medical

Toby Buck grew up in a dairy farming community in southeastern Minnesota. His educational background is in engineering and finance. He is a graduate of Purdue University, The Harvard Executive Development Program, and MIT Birthing of Giants Program. He has worked in different markets for the past thirty years; aerospace, automotive, medical device and life science. He is founder of Paragon Medical located in Pierceton, Indiana, a manufacturer of medical devices for the orthopaedic community worldwide, with nine global facilities and currently serves as Chairman, President and CEO. Toby is a Veteran and has served on multiple private and public corporate boards of directors for both profit and non-profit organizations. He was named 1998 Entrepreneur of the Year for small manufacturing firms, and received the 2004 Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in the life sciences category for the State of Indiana. The Warsaw Kosciusko County Chamber of Commerce named Toby 2006 Man of the Year. Toby Buck and Paragon Medical were selected for the 2012 Innovation and Entrepreneurial Hall of Fame. He has been married for thirty-eight years, has four children, and eight grandchildren.


George Clemens
Rabb Water Systems

George Clemens currently Chairman and Co-Owner of Rabb-Kinetico Water Systems, Inc. The corporation owns dealerships and stores in Warsaw, Kokomo, Huntington, Ft. Wayne/Grabill, Lafayette and Logansport. George is new to the KEDCo Board and also serves on the City of Warsaw Redevelopment Commission. He has served on various boards in the past including: The Northern Indiana Regional Workforce Board, Warsaw City Council (11 yrs), Chamber of Commerce, KCH Healthnet, Warsaw Traffic Commission, Kosciusko County Solid Waste District, Warsaw Community Development Corporation, Warsaw Plan Commission and the International Minilab Association (Indiana Representative). George is a graduate of St. Joseph's College (B.S. Finance) and is married with 4 children and 8 grandchildren. He lives on Winona Lake, in Warsaw.


Larry

Larry Coplen
Coplen Construction

Larry Coplen, GMB, custom home builder in Kosciusko County and surrounding areas since 1972. He is the President of Coplen Construction, Inc. Larry is a current member and past state President of the Indiana Builder’s Association and Kosciusko-Fulton County Builder’s Association, the Kosciusko Plan Commission and Board of Health, the Town of Syracuse BZA, the Lake Study Committee for the state of Indiana and the Kosciusko Economic Development Corporation. Larry enjoys community involvement and resides in Syracuse, Indiana.


Henry

Henry DeJulia
Town of Syracuse

Henry DeJulia has been the Syracuse Town Manager since 2007. He brings to KEDCo the talents and experience acquired from 8 years college (undergraduate, graduate), 7 years in the private sector, 12 years of municipal management experience and 20 years in economic development working at the city, county and regional level. Affiliations: Kosciusko County Redevelopment Commission, Syracuse Redevelopment Commission, Syracuse Riverfront Committee, Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary. He and his wife Esther, reside in Syracuse. They have one son, Benjamin.


Joshua Gordon - Board Secretary
Grossnickle Eye Center

Joshua Gordon is the CFO at Grossnickle Eye Center in Warsaw. He has his BS in Management with Minors in Finance and International Business and Economic from Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN. Josh attended Kosciusko Leadership Academy in 2008. In addition to serving as Secretary for KEDCo, Josh has served for 10 years as Maketing Chair for KEDCo and 6 years on the Board of Directors of United Way of Kosciusko County. Including served as Board Chair and Campaign Chair for the United Way. Prior to his position at Grossnickle Eye Center, he served 15 years in banking, most recently as a VP in Commercial Lending with Old National Bank.


Bruce Goslee

Bruce Goslee - Vice-Chair, Infrastructure
Kosciusko REMC (KREMC)

Bruce Goslee serves as the President and CEO of Kosciusko REMC(KREMC), an electric cooperative with 43 employees which provides electricity to over 18,000 members including many major manufacturers in Kosciusko and surrounding counties. He accepted the CEO position in April of 2013, prior to his current leadership role, Goslee served as the manager of Engineering and Operations Department for over ten years where he lead KREMC to receive one of the highest safety accreditations ever awarded to an Indiana coooperative. He has over forty years of experience in the electric industry having started his career at an investor owned utility located near his home town of Delphi, Indiana. Goslee serves as the member system representative for Wabash Valley Power Association and KREMC liaison to the Indiana Statewide Rural Electric Cooperatives. He and his wife, Barbara, live in Warsaw and have two children and two grandchildren.


Bill

Dr. Bill Katip
Grace College

Dr. William J.(Bill) Katip has 42 years of college administration, teaching and counseling experience. Bill served for 10 years as the Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Robert Morris University, previous to that he served as Vice President for Enrollment Management at Geneva College, Academic Dean at Western Baptist College, Dean of Students Cornerstone University. Prior to that, he served in administrative and teaching at Grace College. In June 2007 Bill moved back to Indiana and became the Provost at Grace College in Winona Lake and in May of 2013 he became the 6th president of Grace College and Seminary. Bill served on the 2012 United Way Campaign Committee and is currently a member of the Board of Directors for OrthoWorx. Bill celebrates his 42nd anniversary of his marriage to Debbie Cahill Katip in July of 2016 and he is the father of 4 children, Mike, Scott, Holly and Adam. Bill and Debbie are also proud grandparents of Aiden William Katip (7 years old)!


Mike Klondaris
Warsaw City Council

Mike Klondaris is a Warsaw native. As a professional photographer and local businessman, Mike is a third-generation owner of Cox Studio, along with his sister and business partner, Cindy Hampton. Mike’s father and grandfather were also committed to public service having served on Warsaw Common Council as well as the Warsaw Community School Board. He currently serves as Warsaw City Council President, sits on the Warsaw Redevelopment Board, the Warsaw Wayne Township Fire Territory Board as well as the KEDCo Board of Directors. He is married to a local dentist Dr. Lena Fermback. They have two adult children.


Victor

Victor A. Mancinelli
CTB International Corp.

Victor A. Mancinelli is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CTB International Corp., a Berkshire Hathaway Company. CTB is a leading global designer, manufacturer and marketer of systems and solutions for the production of grain, poultry, pigs and eggs, as well as for various equestrian and industrial applications. Founded in 1952, the Company operates from multiple locations around the world and with over $1 Billion in annual sales. Mancinelli joined CTB in 1999 in his current position. Prior to joining CTB, he was Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Gehl Company, a manufacturer of agricultural and construction equipment. He started his career with Cummins Engine Company, Inc., where he served in a variety of management positions. Mancinelli holds a B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati and an M.B.A. from Indiana University. He serves as a director on two outside boards.


Mike Metzger - Chair, Infrastructure
Metzger Trucking Co. Inc.

Mike Metzger has been the President and CEO of Metzger Trucking Company since 1986. His father, Ernie, started the business in the early 1940’s. Metzger Trucking is truly a family business; eight of Mike’s nine children work for him. He is the former Chairman of the Indiana Motor Truck Association. Mike and his wife, Cathy, have nine children and twelve grandchildren. Mike enjoys traveling, fishing, riding his Harley and volunteering at his church.


Jeremy

Jeremy Mullins - Chair, Marketing
Louis Dreyfus Commodities

Jeremy Mullins grew up on a small farm in southern Indiana. In 1995 he graduated from Purdue University. After taking the position of Commercial Manager at Louis Dreyfus Commodities in Claypool he moved to Kosciusko County in 2006. Jeremy is President of the Junior Achievement Board of Directors serving Warsaw and Tippecanoe Valley. Jeremy lives in Winona Lake with his wife Oxana, daughter Bailey and son Ivan.


Doug Rassi - Chair, Business Retention
POLYWOOD®

Doug Rassi is President, CEO and Co-Founder of Poly-Wood in Syracuse and has been the visionary leader of the company since 1990. Doug is a Kosciusko County native (who grew up on a farm in Milford), and a natural-born entrepreneur with a constant focus on the future; his ability to envision opportunities has allowed him to harness the direction of the company. Doug realizes customers’ needs and is the leading force behind the development of design concepts creating unique products that fulfill those needs. Doug also fosters a collaborative culture throughout the company by encouraging everyone to share their opinions and, more importantly, ensure they are heard.


 

Kirk Ray - Vice-Chair, Business Retention
Kosciusko Community Hospital (KCH)

Kirk Ray serves as Chief Executive Officer for Lutheran Health Network Kosciusko Community Hospital located in Warsaw, Indiana. Beyond daily operations of a 72-bed facility, he is responsible for oversight of a thriving medical group including 50 employed physicians and allied health providers; three urgent care and occupational health practices and a free standing cancer care facility. As a part of Lutheran Health Network operations, he is the Executive Sponsor for the Clinically Integrated Network and Quality Alliance, overseeing regional integration of clinical information access. Kirk most recently served as Division Vice President of Operations for Community Health Systems where he provided operations guidance and led strategic initiatives for affiliated hospitals in Mississippi. He brings more than two decades of hospital administration experience, as well as a deep understanding of the tremendous changes occurring across the healthcare landscape. Kirk was also the CEO of Lutheran Health Network St. Joseph Hospital. His other executive positions have included CEO for ValleyCare Health System of Ohio and Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio and DeKalb Memorial Hospital in Auburn, Indiana. A Fort Wayne native, Kirk received his undergraduate degree in exercise physiology from Ball State University and a Master of Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. He has been active in numerous professional and community organizations throughout his career.


Dan Robinson
Robinson Construction

Dan Robinson is President of Robinson Construction in Warsaw. Robinson Construction is in it's third generation. Business has grown from the mid 50's, which his parents started building homes and built the first Holiday Inn in Indiana. In the late 70's Robinson Construction began focusing primary on commercial and industrial projects. Dan's wife Cheryl, and 2 sons reside in Warsaw.


Wes Stouder - Vice-Chair, Marketing
Penguin Point Franchise Systems

Pesident/CEO


Joe

Mayor Joe Thallemer
City of Warsaw

Elected Mayor of Warsaw in 2012 and is now serving his second term of office. In addition to his optometry business, Dr. Joe Thallemer's involvement in the community for the past 30+ years includes: YMCA Board president, Breakfast Optimist Club member, Volunteer Y swim coach, Sacred Heart Church member, Little League. Mayor Thallemer served three terms as Councilman At-Large, also serving as Council president during the last term. He was first appointed to the Warsaw Plan Commission in 1995 by then Mayor Jeff Plank, serving there for 13 years, the last eight as Plan Commission president.


 Jim

Jim Tinkey - Chair, Board
Mutual Bank

Jim Tinkey is Vice President/Lead Business Banker for the Kosciusko market for Mutual Bank. Tinkey has 34 years of banking experience in Kosciusko County. Graduate of Valparaiso University – BS in Accounting/Business Management. Graduate of ABA National Commercial Lending School. Involved in the community with Kiwanis Club of Warsaw (past president), United Way of Kosciusko County (former Board Chair) and K 21 Health Foundation (current Board Chair). Jim and wife Linda reside in Warsaw. They have 3 daughters (Elizabeth, Jennifer and Jamielynn).


Ron Truex
Creighton Brothers LLC

Ron Truex, life long resident of Kosciusko county. Graduate of Warsaw HS, employed over 45 yrs at Creighton Brothers and currently serving as Chairman of UEP. Industry involvement includes: current Gov't Relation committee (and executive committee) for the United Egg Producers; past - Chairman of the American Egg Board and president of Indiana Poultry Association. Very committed and involved in the community as Middle District County Commissioner (along with the many committees and groups served as commissioner) and serves on the board of directors for Lakeland Financial (Lake City Bank). Proud father of two daughters, Heather Truex and Tracy Nichols, four grandchildren Brandon, Katie, Ian and Ella, and married to Mindy Creighton Truex.


Ernie

Ernie Wiggins
Kosciusko County Council

Ernest B. Wiggins, partner with Ramsey and Wiggins, CPAs, since 1984. Currently Kosciusko County Councilman for District 3. Was a City Councilman from 1984 to 1996, prior to serving as Warsaw’s Mayor from 1997 to 2011. Member of Warsaw Rotary Club since 1986.


Chris Wiggins - Treasurer
Lake City Bank

Chris Wiggins is Vice President of Commercial Banking for Lake City Bank. He attended college in North Carolina at Gardner-Webb University where he graduated with a degree in Finance. He has been in banking for 12 years; all with Lake City Bank. He serves as treasurer for the Kosciusko County Senior Services Board of Directors and is a member of the Kosciusko Home Care and Hospice Board. He is active in the Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club and serves as treasurer of the KEDCo Board as well as Chairman of its revolving loan committee. He resides in Warsaw with his wife Sarah and their three children, Nash, Stella and Crew.


Mark Workman - Vice-Chair, Small Business Entrepreneurship
B & M Instruments

Mark Workman is President and Owner of Lakeland Technology, Inc / dba B&M Instruments in Warsaw. He also owns sister companies, Premier Orthopaedic & Spine in Warsaw and Tabco Precision in Fallbrook, CA. Mark is also a partner with his wife Janice in Winona Mercantile in the Village at Winona. In 2012, B&M Instruments was the recipient of the Warsaw Chamber Industry award. The company employs over 40 people and is a contract manufacturer for the medical device industry. A graduate of Grace College, he has owned numerous businesses in the area. A resident of Winona Lake, Mark has served on several community and town boards and commissions and is actively involved with 2nd Mile Adventures and the mission school in the Dominican Republic. Mark and Janice have 3 children and 7 grandchildren and have been foster parents to many in our county for 22 years. Mark and Janice enjoy spending time on the lake and the Winona bike trails.