It is just a few short months until the end of the year and a new beginning for Greg McKelfresh, the current president and CEO of SCI REMC in Martinsville. Effective January 12, 2018, McKelfresh will leave the organization that he has worked in since the summers of his college years. From a part-time stint mapping utility area releases in the engineering department, over the next 40 years he worked his way up the ranks all the way up to the top position in 2013.
Although McKelfresh is not a native born resident of Mar-tinsville, his parents moved the family to the town when he was three years old. So, for him, Martinsville is home. He grew up and graduated from Martinsville High School then went on to Ball State where his interest in math led him to a degree in Actuarial Science. He didn’t have a job lined up so he enrolled in MBA studies at Indiana University in Bloomington, working part-time at Morgan County RMC.
It is not uncommon for someone whose grandfather and father are at the helm of a law firm for the third generation son to become a lawyer, too. Rodric Bray grew up in a family environment was a consistent topic of conversation and public service was a tradition.
As a senior at Martinsville High School, Emily Seger feels prepared and confident as she graduates and sets her sights toward the next chapter in her life at Franklin College. Seger has grown up in Martinsville with her parents, Rob and Roxanne Seger and her brother, Branden. She appreciates the small town environment and its benefits. “I have gotten to know people and make connections with business people in all areas,”
Seger has her sights set on majors in finance and public relations. She recognizes that her pursuits make for a seemingly odd pairing in business, but her decision is based on knowing herself and from exposure and experiences she has had in her high school career.
Part of the reason Seger feels so informed and prepared is because of her participation in the business curriculum and two extra-curricular programs at Martinsville High School. She has taken several business courses including accounting, principles of business management and global economics.
Few business owners get to engage in a semi-centennial celebration when it comes to their business, but David Keister is one of those people. His business, Mid-America Radio Group, Inc., or, more commonly known, WCBK AM and 102.3 on your FM dial, will celebrate 50 years on the air this month. The radio station in Martinsville was the first in Morgan County and the first built by Keister. The year was 1967.
Conduit to th e Community David Keister brought the first radio station to Morgan County Keister is not a Morgan County native, he came from Michigan. It was in Middleville, Michigan that he put together a kit and built a radio station in the chicken coop in his backyard on the cusp of becoming a teenager. In those years, radio was the main form of communication in the community. “It was fun to do and went out on the airwaves in the neighborhood,” Keister said.
The Morgan County Business Leader reported in the February, 2017 issue about a $225,000 endowment given to the Community Foundation of Morgan County. The endowment represents a change in the philanthropic efforts of three local donors who wish to remain anonymous, but their story also represents a bright, new opportunity for Morgan County.
For years the donors have contributed to charitable organizations throughout Morgan County, according to spokesman, William Blaschke. “All three were born and raised here,” Blaschke said. “We have seen Martinsville (and Morgan County) at its best and at its worst.”
It’s the worst part that troubles them. The three came together and discussed their concerns for the community. “The poverty level is disastrous,” Blaschke said. “It’s such a strain on taxpayers and the county.” Although the trio had been supporting community efforts to reduce poverty, Blaschke said they kept seeing poverty levels going up. There was a cycle of generational poverty taking hold in the county.
Some people see opportunity and think, “maybe…” and others, like Representative Peggy Mayfield, see opportunity and say, “Let’s go for it!” The seventh of eight children in an Indianapolis family parented by a pharmaceutical salesman and an IPS teacher, Mayfield grew up with a strong sense of family and work values. She also has a strong penchant for life experiences. It was when she was attending a fire arms class that she met the instructor, Dean, who became her husband in 1984. politics in perspect Peggy Mayfield of Mooresville begins third term Together, they settled in his lifelong hometown of Mooresville to parent four sons, Christopher, Andrew, Austin, and Michael. Before the children arrived, the couple took a leap of faith and jumped into an opportunity in a partnership for an insurance agency.