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The IBJ Media team—including reporters and editors from Indianapolis Business Journal, Indiana Lawyer and Inside INdiana Business—worked for months to pull together the Indiana 250 list and collect information about the honorees. We started by deciding what we were looking for: Men and women who live in Indiana and are making a difference locally, regionally […]

Susanne Wasson

President, Crop Protection Business Platform Corteva Agriscience

Susanne Wasson is president of the crop protection business platform of Corteva Agriscience, leading the $7.2 billion business in the areas of profit and loss accountability, strategy, asset management, and research and development investment. A senior commercial executive with 32 years of experience in the global agriculture industry, she also is a member and past […]

Jeffrey Harrison

President CEO Citizens Energy Group

Jeffrey Harrison became president and CEO of Citizens Energy Group in 2015 after serving the company in leadership roles that involved engineering, sustainability, market development, manufacturing and capital programming. He has worked in the utility industry more than 30 years, spending the first 13 years of his career with Indianapolis Power & Light. Harrison serves […]

Donna Walker

CEO Hoosier Energy Rural Electric Cooperative Inc.

Donna Walker is president and CEO of Hoosier Energy, a not-for-profit power-generation and power-transmission cooperative providing wholesale electric service to 18 member distribution cooperatives in central and southern Indiana and southeastern Illinois. Walker joined the organization in 1995 and progressed to senior-level positions, including executive vice president and chief financial officer. She is a certified […]

Kip Tom

Managing Member Tom Farms LLC

Kip Tom is managing member of Tom Farms LLC, a seventh- generation family-owned farming operation, and president of CereServ Inc. From 2019 to 2021, he served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Agencies for Food and Agriculture, based in Rome. Tom also has been a crop-production consultant to various companies in Argentina, Brazil and […]

Kristina Lund

CEO AES Indiana

Kristina Lund is CEO of AES Indiana, leading a team of about 1,500 in what the company describes as its clean-energy transition. Under her leadership, the company is investing in new technologies to better meet customers‘ objectives of reliability, affordability and sustainability. It also is upgrading its transmission and distribution network with Smart Grid technology, […]

Mitch Frazier

President and CEO AgriNovus Indiana

Mitch Frazier is president and CEO of AgriNovus Indiana, a not-for-profit focused on growing the agtech and agbioscience economy. He also has served as CEO of regional John Deere retailer Reynolds Farm Equipment and as a senior leader for tech organizations, including Salesforce and ExactTarget. Frazier began his career in public service. He led media […]

Scott Tucker

Co-president Maple Leaf Farms Inc.

While growing up, Scott Tucker worked at Maple Leaf Farms, the family-owned duck business started by his grandfather in 1958, doing numerous tasks. These early experiences fueled his interest in becoming part of his family‘s business. Today, he serves as co-president of Maple Leaf Farms, North America‘s leading producer of ducks. The company currently employs […]

Michael Hooper

President Northern Indiana Public Service Co. LLC

Michael Hooper has been president of Northern Indiana Public Service Co. since 2020 and is responsible for leading NiSource‘s natural gas and electric utility in Indiana, including its advanced energy and renewable portfolio strategy. Previously, he served as NIPSCO‘s senior vice president for regulatory and legislative affairs & strategy as well as senior vice president […]

Paul Mitchell

President and CEO Energy Systems Network

As founding CEO of Energy Systems Network, Paul Mitchell leads a not-for-profit that works to accelerate technology development and commercialization in the alternative energy and transportation sectors. ESN works with large companies, startups, universities and governments to develop and implement innovation pilot projects for new technologies and business models. Since its founding in 2009, ESN‘s […]

Lawrence “Sonny” Beck

CEO Beck's Superior Hybrids Inc.

Lawrence “Sonny” Beck is CEO of Beck‘s Superior Hybrids, where his business philosophy emphasizes quality, service and the importance of agronomic research to the future of the American farmer. Under his and his family‘s leadership, Beck‘s Hybrids has become the largest family-owned retail seed company and the third-largest seed brand in the United States, serving […]

Mark Miles

President and CEO Penske Entertainment

Mark Miles is president and CEO of Penske Entertainment, where his role is to oversee the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, IndyCar and IMS Productions; increase viewership and attendance of the NTT IndyCar Series; and preside over the Indianapolis 500. From 2013 to 2020, Miles was president and CEO of Hulman & Co., the previous parent organization. […]

Mel Raines

President and Chief Operating Officer Pacers Sports & Entertainment

Mel Raines has 30 years of experience leading teams in event operations, legislative, political, corporate and public affairs. As president and COO of Pacers Sports & Entertainment, she oversees corporate communications, community engagement, facility operations, human resources, IT and all construction projects, including the $360 million renovation of Gainbridge Fieldhouse. In addition, she is president […]

Jennifer Pace Robinson

President and CEO The Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Jennifer Pace Robinson was named president and CEO of The Children‘s Museum of Indianapolis in May 2021. She has worked for the museum for 29 years, most recently as vice president of experience development & family learning with a focus on creating dynamic, immersive, hands-on experiences that attract and engage family audiences while teaching about […]

John Mellencamp

Musician Republic Records

John Mellencamp is an award-winning singer-songwriter. As a painter, collector and longtime activist, he has exhibited his work in galleries and museums across the United States. He is a member of the Rock and Roll and Songwriters Hall of Fame, a recipient of the John Steinbeck Award, ASCAP Foundation‘s Champion Award, The Woody Guthrie Award, […]

Angelo Pizzo

Filmmaker

Angelo Pizzo is a filmmaker known for iconic sports films, including “Hoosiers” (1986) and “Rudy” (1993). He has spent the past two decades lobbying for tax incentives to encourage movie and film production in Indiana—changes the Legislature approved this year. Pizzo said he is in the midst of writing and developing a number of film […]

Julie Roe Lach

Commissioner Horizon League

Julie Roe Lach was named Horizon League commissioner on Jan. 1, 2021, and is the first female to hold that position, which oversees all league functions for 11 member universities that offer 19 sports for 3,000 student-athletes. Lach joined the Horizon League in 2014 as deputy commissioner. She had worked at the NCAA for over […]

Jeff McCabe

Co-founder and Executive Chair BWQOHT Inc.

Jeff McCabe and his partners founded Brown County-based BWQOHT Inc., the parent company of Big Woods Restaurants, Quaff ON! Brewing Co. and Hard Truth Distilling Co. The brands have 10 locations, all in Indiana, including a 325-acre campus for Hard Truth Distilling Co. in Nashville. In addition, the company is opening a Big Woods location […]