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Most people can remember fondly childhood friends and games, but not many can imagine a partnership that has its roots on an Evansville baseball field for two Little Leaguers in the early 1960s. At that time Roger Wathen and Mark Angermeier were probably more concerned about getting a hit or making a play than building an international business nestled in the hills of Morgan County, Indiana.

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A Measure of Hope

Every adult, not just in Morgan County, but across the nation likely understands the fear that comes from feeling overwhelmed and lost. Churches in Mission began with the efforts of three ministers in October, 1987 to work together to serve those in poverty in Morgan County, those who live with fear and need every single day.

Today, Alice Cordes is the organization’s Executive Director. She took the position as interim director in 1997 after retiring as Executive Director of the Mental Health Association in Morgan County. She offered to help her mother, Marjorie Butler, who was the chairman of the board of directors, while they sought a director. She said, “I realized that this is where God put me and where I was supposed to be. It was the right fit.”

Because she feels it was the right fit does not mean it is not challenging. “This position is very humbling,” Cordes said. “We realize how very fortunate we are.”

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Strong Bonds

Most people can remember fondly childhood friends and games, but not many can imagine a partnership that has its roots on an Evansville baseball field for two Little Leaguers in the early 1960s. At that time Roger Wathen and Mark Angermeier were probably more concerned about getting a hit or making a play than building an international business nestled in the hills of Morgan County, Indiana.

The two boys grew into young men together, attending church, taking classes, and pushing themselves in sports at Mater Dei High School in Evansville. The pair stayed in contact after graduation. Wathen went to Indiana State (now University of Southern Indiana) to study chemistry and Angermeier left for West Lafayette to study accounting at Purdue. Accounting didn’t present the challenge Angermeier sought which led him to change his major to chemistry. Throughout college, the pair would reconnect with friends to go boating and skiing and the friendship between the two continued to develop. Eventually conversations led to dreams of owning a business together.

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Three Decades of Solid Success

From a vantage point 31-years later, it is possible for Martin (Marty) James to look back and describe how Martin James Investment & Tax Management, LLC grew from scratch into the unique firm it is today. It was an evolution and each step along the way was made through prayer and conscious decisions to remain focused on family and doing what is right, and best, for clients through financial planning.

Marty and wife, Cindy, were high school sweethearts in Plainfield. Although his original intent was to study advertising in college, he realized that meant working in a big city and
he didn’t want that. He and Cindy both wanted to stay in the area near family. He checked out what industries were doing well in the sluggish economy and saw that accountants were employed
and doing well. Accounting it would be. May, 1980 was a big month for the couple. Marty graduated from Indiana University, he and Cindy married, and a week later he started work. Despite several offers from big firms outside the area, he accepted one locally at Coopers and Lybrand. For nearly three years he worked in the small business area in real estate tax and accounting. He later moved to a smaller firm.

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Opportunity for a Lifetime

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.

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Pushing Progress Through Public Policy and Political Success

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.

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Ready To Launch

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.

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