DRIVE YOUR COMPANY FORWARD

Engage in value driven community of business owners for business owners!

DRIVE is a community of Central Indiana business owners and executives that connect and engage with one another and receive meaningful content that will help take them and their business to the next level.

Speakers who are

EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELDS

MORNING DRIVE

Come hear how Emily Krueger took the aspiration of 16 Tech to an active place ensuring entrepreneurs have access to tools they need.

Presenting Sponsors:

Emily Krueger

President and CEO
16 Tech Community Corporation

Next Event

Friday

26th

July 2024

7:30 AM - 9:00 AM

Location:

Eddie Merlot’s,
3645 E 96th St
Indianapolis, IN 46240

Our Mission

DRIVE is an innovative community that allows business owners to share content and experience, both face-to-face and online, as well as a unique opportunity to:

We view ourselves as a generous community of business leaders with the goal of helping each other grow local businesses organically. Our goal is to Drive engagement with like-minded business owners and provide an incubator for fresh ideas for organic business growth.

What is DriveIndy

About Us

More than ever – when it comes to the key to today’s growth – quality content matters and meaningful relationships matter. Together, they supply your clients with trust, create game-changing opportunities and help your business grow and succeed. However, both require long-term commitment and continuous engagement to be effective. That’s why we’re so excited about DRIVE – an innovative Indianapolis business community focused on driving content and opportunity to business owners.

We’re proud that the board of directors heading up DRIVE has representation throughout the entire local
Indianapolis business community. This invite-only organization’s goal is to attract the best and the brightest business owners from all over the Indianapolis area and drive relationship building by offering compelling content via the most dynamic, vibrant speakers available. We know that all those who will be participating are driven individuals that never want to stop learning, connecting and achieving better results. We look forward to offering multiple opportunities through invitation-only breakfast events at Eddie Merlot’s in Keystone.

LEADERS

DRIVE is a community of Central Indiana business owners and executives that connect and engage with one another and receive meaningful content that will help take them and their business to the next level.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

JEFF FARREN

Chair

Jeff Farren is an M&A Advisor, Business Broker, and Managing Partner of Accretive Value Advisors, LLC. Jeff developed The Accretive Process which transforms companies into highly valuable acquisition targets.Drawing from his 30+ year career as an owner, investor, and trusted advisor of high-growth companies, Jeff helps business owners protect, enhance, and scale their enterprise. The result is a business that is a joy to own and has multiple options regarding its future transition.Jeff is an experienced business owner, a Certified Merger and Acquisition Advisor™, a Certified Value Growth Advisor™, and holds an MBA from University of Chicago Booth School of Business..

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SCOTT CALLAHAN

Board Member

Scott Callahan is the founder and Managing Director of Midwest Business Funding. Midwest Business Funding is a Boutique Commercial Lender that provides short term working capital to small and medium size businesses. Many of these businesses are in growth mode and need additional capital to meet their goals. Scott also owns other businesses in the Finance and Real Estate industries. He is originally from Indianapolis and graduated from Ball State University.

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KEN TURRO

Board Member

Over the past 20+ years, Ken has amassed extensive experience constructing small-to-mid-sized companies in the healthcare, medical device, e-commerce, and CPG sectors. Ken has successfully established people functions from inception within varied industrial and cultural landscapes. He has spearheaded strategic change endeavors spanning multiple business facets, such as Product, Sales, Operations, and HR while fostering robust alliances with leadership to propel significant organizational restructuring and cultural transformation initiatives.

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EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

LISA ROLLINGS

Indiana Police Foundation

Lisa Rollings has 24 years’ experience in Marketing and Business Development. Lisa is currently the Executive Director of The Central Indiana Police Foundation (CIPF). CIPF serves Law Enforcement Officers both personally and professionally in the central Indianapolis area. Lisa’s talents are in connecting people. She spends much of her time on building relationships with donors and local law enforcement leadership. The foundation provides funding for equipment, personal support and community events which bring officers and community together.

SAM SMITH

Bradley Company

Sam is a recognized leader in large tenant/buyer representation and multi-market corporate services, with nearly 3,000 client projects totaling almost 30 million SF, and sale/lease values approaching $3 billion. Sam has also managed over 90 school projects totaling over 2 million SF. His client list is a Who’s Who of Indiana’s largest and most successful firms. His extensive experience includes over 40 complicated build-to-suits totaling over 5 million square feet and over 5 million SF of multi-market corporate services experience on over 400 projects, from Boston to LA to Seattle and even internationally.

Jack Frisby

Kingdom Factor Coach

Jack Frisby is an author, lead generation expert, and a man with a purpose. Throughout his nearly 25 years in the business world, he brings to the table a fresh perspective on how to approach sales and create the most benefit for your ideal client. Currently, he is the President of Optimized Selling Solutions and Growth Cubed, where he spends his time showing others how to leverage the power of LinkedIn and provide sales training and coaching to professionals.

SCOTT GROTJAN

Silverback

Scott Grotjan is the President & CEO of Silverback. Scott provides a wide range of cost reduction and profit improvement solutions, including extensive experience with multi-location entities, diverse corporate cultures, and Scott’s experience brings proven methodology and effective strategies to major areas such as strategic sourcing, process optimization, M&A integration, and change management. EDUCATION Scott received a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of South Dakota. ASSOCIATIONS AND COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT Scott currently serves on the board of directors for the Beta Theta Pi Foundation. Previously, Scott served as president of the board of directors for the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation. He also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity and is active in the International Warehousing and Logistics Association and Southeastern Warehouse Association.

ADAM HAYES

The Hayes Group

Adam Hayes is the CEO of the Hayes Group (founded in 2003), a highly respected, performance marketing organization that has garnered its reputation by delivering industry leading marketing restuls for its client partners. The Hayes Group is a certified Google Agency that helps businesses leverage the power of demand generation to market smarter, scale faster and sell more.

RICH HOCKINS

Sales Xceleration

Rich Hockins is the President of RH Solutions, LLC, powered by Sales Xceleration. Rich currently works as an Outsourced VP of Sales and concentrates on helping small and mid-size companies optimize their sales strategy, people, processes,

Over the course of his 25+ year career, Rich has worked for large and small, public and private, PE and VC-owned organizations where he was responsible for driving winning solutions for his teams and customers. He has held roles within sales, marketing, sales training, customer service, and commercial operations including domestic and global senior leadership roles. Rich has helped many commercial teams build winning strategic plans, implement critical success factors, and launch new products. Rich holds an MBA from the Falls School of Business at Anderson University, an MS from East Tennessee State University, and a BS from the University of Tennessee at Martin.

Randall Cloe

Cloe Legal LLC

Randall Cloe is the founder and principal of Cloe Legal LLC, a law firm in Carmel, Indiana, serving Indiana based small businesses. Cloe Legal provides pragmatic corporate counsel for the owners and operators of Main Street business, including the legal vision and strategy to manage the change of growth. By developing a personal relationship with its clients and becoming intimately acquainted with their business, management, and risk tolerance, Cloe Legal gives clients the confidence only realized when business resolutions are supported by sound legal counsel. Even if risks may loom large in a business strategy, Cloe Legal delivers the peace of mind that comes from knowing liabilities have been considered, and mitigated. If business conflicts do arise, Cloe Legal maintains admissions and registrations in the State and the U.S. District Courts of Indiana.

Matt Nettleton

Sandler Training DTB

An accident shaped Matt’s story: a football injury led to a summer spent selling vacuum cleaners door to door for Kirby. Two things happened that summer Matt won the Liberty Division Scholarship for best sales in 3 states and Matt discovered that he loved selling.Transferring his discipline learned on the football field into the sales world let Matt succeed in a series of top sales positions with one of the largest consumer products companies in the world, Coca Cola. Later Matt sold in the brutally competitive world of residential real estate. In 1999, Matt became a client of Sandler Training, he says it “just clicked” for him. The purposeful approach of Sandler appeals to Matt’s pragmatism and provided a process to lead others to sales success without relying on “Positive Mental Attitude” or “Rah Rah BS Inspiration.” Pragmatism is what Matt is all about. And while, “show me the money” is his mantra he also points out that “To grow, my clients need to have goals. To do the dirty hard work of selling, they need to believe they can achieve their goals.” Corporate drones and sales minions content with mediocrity need not call. “If you’re just a wage slave, we’re not going to get along.” He uses the Sandler method because, if you follow the steps, it lets you get what you want and when you learn to enjoy selling, you get it faster. Matt doesn’t believe he can make someone become something they’re not, but he has a deep conviction that it is possible to bring forth the abilities many people don’t realize they already have. Matt often says “I like to tell my clients, that like Dorothy and the ruby slippers, they had the power all along. They just have to use it.” Matt’s approach to sales training gives clients the confidence to quit making excuses and start making sales.

kirk booher

OnGuard Ranger Security

The ‘OnGuardMan’ has 40 years of experience implementing security systems (Intrusion and Fire Alarms, Video Surveillance, Access Control, Monitoring, etc). He began his career working for his father’s company, Hoosier Alarm, while attending Lawrence Central High School, Indpls. IN, in 1983. He served in the US Navy along with several local alarm companies prior to joining Guardian in 1999. Career positions include the following: installer, central station dispatcher, sales, and sales management prior to founding OnGuard Security Solutions in 2011, currently serving as President / CEO and Senior Security Consultant. Kirk has personally secured 1,000’s residential and commercial properties across Indiana over the past 30-plus years. OnGuard installs and services both business and home alarm systems, video surveillance, access control, and anti kick, and door hardening systems. Our purpose is to ‘professionally protect precious people and property’ so that his client’s have ‘no worries’. His skills include the primary and specialty aspects of electronic protection, safety, team building and big-picture thinking. Kirk has been married since 2000 and has 3 children. He enjoys tennis, bicycle road riding, and hiking. Kirk lives in Fishers, IN. OnGuard HQ is based on the NE side of Indianapolis, IN. Online @ www.WeAreOnGuard.com

Gavin Fisher

Midwest Business Funding

A 1999 graduate of Ball State University, Gavin is the President of Midwest Business Funding – A Boutique Commercial Finance Company in Fishers, Indiana. Founded in 2008, MBF prides itself on helping small business owners keep their lights on, doors open, food on the table for families that rely on them, by funding tomorrow’s success with today’s capital. Gavin started is career in the sports industry with the Indiana Pacers and moving on to the Butler University Athletic Department. For over 20 seasons he has continued to do work with Butler Athletics as the Public Address Announcer for volleyball and women’s basketball. Gavin changed direction in 2004 and started a new career path in the banking industry. Over his career he has done personal loans, investment advisory, led small business lending teams, led a retail branch footprint, commercial lending and private banking. Under his leadership, he has led sales people and teams to the top spot at their respective company. While in sales he held the top spot in private banking, loan, and fee production all while building solid client relationships that have turned into great referral partners and friends. Gavin has lived in Fishers since 1999 and has held various board positions in the community and his industry.

Paul McCoy

Tidal Coach

Paul McCoy is a seasoned business achiever with a wealth of experience spanning over 25 years. His journey began as a mechanical engineer but quickly evolved into a multifaceted career. He’s tackled everything from engineering conceptual designs to spearheading greenfield industrial sites for aerospace components. Paul’s expertise extends to business improvement initiatives and expanding markets globally for naval marine products. Beyond the corporate world, Paul is on a mission to empower small businesses. He focuses on enhancing operational efficiency, enriching the lives of business owners, and boosting the bottom line. His “four pillars” approach, emphasizing people, process, profits, and perspective, guides his work. As a certified Business and Executive Coach and a Certified Innermetrix Consultant, Paul brings practical solutions to his clients. He is also a Mental Performance Master, bridging the gap between sports and business, recognizing the importance of mental performance in both arenas. Furthermore, Paul is deeply involved in his community, serving as the board treasurer for Communities in Schools of Indiana and coaching with the Zionsville High School Rugby Club. Paul McCoy’s rich career journey, combined with his dedication to empowering businesses and his community involvement, makes him a dynamic force for positive change in both the corporate and entrepreneurial worlds.

Chris Hoover

Insperity

Chris Hoover is the Indianapolis District Manager for Insperity. Chris leads a team of Business Advisors who specialize in improving the success equation of small and midsize companies throughout Indiana. Insperity prides itself on taking care of an organizations most valuable asset: its people. From hire to retire, no one
can rival the breadth and depth of our services or the level of care Insperity provides. Chris is happily married to Jennifer and together the have 3 daughters, 2 dogs and 1 cat living on the north side of Fishers. 

Craig P. Anderson

Leadership Confidence Coach

Craig P. Anderson, Leadership Confidence Coach, empowers emerging and existing leaders to overcome their struggles, transform their leadership style, and squash the persistent feelings of imposter syndrome. Leveraging over three decades of progressive leadership experience—including prominent roles within Fortune 500 companies—Craig offers clear, actionable advice to foster confidence and efficacy. As the Executive Evolution podcast host and author of a widely read weekly newsletter, Craig provides insights from successful leaders and shares focused, actionable tips for leadership growth. An expert at simplifying complex concepts, Craig’s accessible, optimistic, and engaging approach renders him an invaluable resource for those on a quest to evolve their leadership skills.

Zack Conner

Conner Insurance

Zack Conner is one of the owners at Conner Insurance and leads its Business Development team. Conner Insurance has been around since 1949 by Zack’s grandfather, Henry Clay Conner Jr. Zack started in 2013 and became an owner in 2015. Conner has over 50 employees and they specialize in improving the insurance experience for businesses. Zack enjoys working with business owners and leaders who are tired of the status quo and are looking for meaningful solutions to solve a complicated system, which is insurance. Zack graduated from North Central High School and Roanoke College in Virginia. He and his beautiful wife Lacey live in Indianapolis. They have three young children, Vancouver, Zara, and Daisy.

Doug Miller

Brightworks Group

Doug Miller is a seasoned IT professional with nearly three decades of experience in the field. As the CEO of Brightworks Group LLC, he leads a team of skilled technology and business experts who specialize in providing top-notch technology and security operations consulting services. Doug’s careerhas spanned a variety of roles, from high-level engineering and consulting to executive responsibilities. His expertise covers a broad range of industries, including health care, manufacturing, e-commerce, financial services, and even industrial robotics. With a commitment to solving the complex puzzle of successful IT and Security operations, Doug and his team at Brightworks Group are dedicated to helping companies navigate the ever-evolving landscape of information technology. Whether it’s hands-on assistance with running IT, implementing a project, or providing strategic advice and guidance, Doug’s extensive background and expertise make him a valuable asset to any organization seeking to enhance its IT capabilities.

BOB PADEN

The Growth Coach

Bob is the Owner of The Growth Coach of North Indianapolis. Bob helps humble and hungry business leaders achieve results by improving their personal, professional and business performance through one-on-one executive and group coaching. Bob brings over 30 years of a wide variety of experiences to bear having worked in some of the largest OEM businesses in the world as well as the smallest including his own. Bob’s clients range from CEO’s, business owners and leadership teams of profit and not-for-profit businesses ranging from 1 to over 300 across a variety of industries/markets (finance, retail, legal, services, manufacturing inclusive of white and blue-collar businesses). Bob graduated from Purdue with a B.S. Degree in Mechanical Engineering Technology and is a lecturer for Marketing and Management of New Ventures in Purdue’s Burton D. Morgan Center for Entrepreneurship.

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