2018 is a very big milestone for United Way of Central Indiana, of which the Morgan County United Way Area South is a part. The organization will be celebrating 100 years of service in Central Indiana. It was 1918 when the movement came to Indianapolis in the form of a “War Chest” that was placed on the steps of Monument Circle. The War Chest campaign raised $3 million that was then donated to charities such as Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, Catholic Charities Indianapolis, Children’s Bureau, Inc., Early Learning Indiana, Boy Scouts of America, Families First, Girl Scouts of America, The Salvation Army and the YMCA of Greater Indianapolis.
The United Way movement actually began 133 years ago in Denver, Colorado, when a woman, a priest, a rabbi, and two ministers combined efforts to address extreme poverty. They realized that the only way to make the most impact was to unite and seek donations to one organization that would then distribute funds to organizations directly touching those in need.
One of the most exciting things about being a small business owner, according to many who are, is that you never know what lies ahead every morning when you rise to shine. Opportunity and challenges are around every corner, just like new faces. And, as Frank Ocean said, “We met for a reason, either you’re a blessing or a lesson.”
For chiropractors Dr. Ryan Dailey and Dr. Joshua Healy, a chance meeting at a Mooresville Chamber of Commerce gathering four or five years ago illustrates the point. Was it happenstance that these two met, or was it fate, destiny? Whichever way you look at it, today they consider it a blessing.
Their first meeting happened around the time that Dr. Dailey had just joined Dr. Kirkling in his chiropractic practice in Mooresville. Dr. Dailey and his wife, Katie, relocated from Terre Haute and had just welcomed their second child, Grace, as little sister to Audri. His professional plan was clear, as Dr. Kirkling moved toward retirement, Dr. Dailey would build his practice. The idea was to provide a seamless transition of continuing care for all the patients until June, 2017 when Dr. Kirkling would retire completely and Dr. Dailey would take over the practice.
Ask Nic Allen about moving and he will agree with the majority who do not like doing it. Then, in the next breath, he quickly adds that the recent move of Allen Irrigation Company to its new location on Monroe St. is a positive move well worth it in several ways. The 16-year-old business has always been in Mooresville, but this new home provides more space for staff and training, a place for remote irrigation operation technology, and garage space to maintain and repair equipment during the winter. He sees it as opportunity to grow his business.
Allen Irrigation is a business that started like many others: a man bootstrapping from job to job out of his garage, with a truck, a trailer and a lot of determination. Allen had been in college pursuing turf science degree when a local golf club opened up a superintendent’s position. He started part-time, moved into full-time and found he loved the irrigation part of the job. Encouraged by a family friend that he says, “saw something in me that I myself didn’t see,” he left school, left the job, and, in his own words, “decided to try my own thing.”
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.”
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.
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.