INDIANAPOLIS (October 6, 2016) The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization providing life-enriching events and celebrating the legacy of the Indianapolis 500, today announces the election of officers for its 2016-2017 board of directors. In addition, six new civic and business leaders were appointed to the 500 Festival board of directors.
Serving as the governing body of the 500 Festival, the board of directors is comprised of 33 community leaders. The board guides the strategic vision of the 500 Festival and its members act as trustees, representing the organization within the community. Committed to bettering the organization, members serve on various committees that support and enhance the 500 Festival and its more than 50 programs and events.
Elected officers for 2016-2017:
Chairman of the board: Justin Christian, president and CEO, BCforward
Vice chairman of the board: Rob Hillman, president and general manager, Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana
Secretary: Leslie Carter-Prall, area president, Regions
Treasurer: Bob Brody, senior vice president / COO, Franciscan Alliance-Ambulatory Services
“Throughout his time on the 500 Festival board of directors, Justin’s leadership, fresh perspective and collaborative approach have brought a positive impact on the organization. I’m looking forward to working closely with Justin throughout his term as chairman,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “I’m confident that Justin will continue to challenge his fellow board members to further enhance the mission of the 500 Festival – enriching lives, celebrating the Indy 500 and providing positive impact for Indianapolis and the State of Indiana.”
“The 2016-2017 500 Festival board of directors is comprised of a great group of active community leaders. As board chairman, I’m looking forward to supporting the mission of the 500 Festival and working with my fellow board members to continue increasing our capability to positively impact our community,” said Christian.
New additions to the board of directors:
Steve Alonso, president and CEO, Greater Indiana region, Fifth Third Bank
Since May 2014, Steve has been responsible for Fifth Third’s banking businesses (Commercial, Retail, Mortgage and Private Banking) in Indiana, Western Kentucky, Southern Illinois, Missouri and Kansas as President and CEO of the Greater Indiana region. Alonso joined Fifth Third Bank in November 2008, and has previously served as head of the Consumer Bank, executive vice president and head of Mortgage and Consumer Lending. He also has been responsible for Business Banking for the Bancorp.
Aasif Bade, president, Ambrose Property Group
As president of Ambrose Property Group, Aasif M. Bade focuses on long-range planning, capital management, and customer relationships. Prior to founding Ambrose, Aasif worked in various positions at Duke Realty Corporation. During his career, Aasif has completed over $1 billion of commercial real estate transactions. Aasif received his Bachelor of Science in Finance and Real Estate from the Kelley School of Business, Indiana University Bloomington and completed the Harvard Business School Executive Education Program.
Fred Dufour, senior vice president, Monarch Beverage
As senior vice president, Fred oversees the development and implementation of operational strategy and provides tactical direction to several business units including Transportation, Fleet & Facility, Over the Road, Warehouse, Information Technology and Purchasing. Throughout his 20+ years with Monarch Beverage, Dufour has held several positions including Sales Representative, District Manager, Area Manager, Sales Manager and Project Manager. In these positions, Dufour managed organizational sales goals, execution and growth. Fred is also a veteran of the United States Army.
Sarah Fisher, owner, Speedway Indoor Karting
A decade ago, she was still a full-time driver, in the latter stages of an IndyCar Series career that produced a pair of podium finishes. Eight years ago, she was an IndyCar team owner, winning with Ed Carpenter behind the wheel and looking to groom young American driver Josef Newgarden for stardom. In 2016, Fisher and her husband Andy O’Gara opened Speedway Indoor Karting, a 62,000-square-foot state-of-the-art racing and restaurant facility on Main Street in the Town of Speedway, within sight and sound of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. SIK includes a unique 13-turn road course that unfolds over two levels and what is believed to be the only banked indoor oval for karts. The facility also includes the 1911 Grill, a full-service restaurant that nicely complements a growing assortment of options for food and beverage in Speedway, which is developing into one of the city’s trendiest areas.
Marty Hill, vice president of sales, Sport Graphics
Marty Hill is an active member of the Indianapolis community, having served on multiple boards throughout the last fifteen years. Currently, Marty is the vice president of sales at Sport Graphics, and has been with the company since October of 2004. Previous positions include the senior director of sponsorship sales at Stellar Sponsorship, manager of sales at Indianapolis Motor Speedway, and manager at Andretti International. Marty received a degree from Saint Louis University, and a master’s degree in sports marketing from Western Illinois University.
Kevin Pastoor, resident managing director, Aon
Kevin leads Aon’s Greater Indianapolis operations which includes the states of Indiana and Kentucky. Aon is the leading global provider of risk management, insurance and reinsurance brokerage, and human resources solutions and outsourcing services. Kevin has responsibility for the day-to-day leadership of operations for all business activities including the achievement of annually established key performance indicators. These include client satisfaction, retention, growth and guiding the execution of company values, policies and initiatives across both risk and health and benefits.
“The 500 Festival is proud to welcome such a diverse, accomplished group to our board of directors. The newest members of our board of directors are not only successful in their professional lives, they are all deeply engaged within the community and truly believe in advancing the positive impact of the 500 Festival’s programs and events,” continued Bryant. “Their combined experiences will only strengthen the board’s breadth of talent and background as we head into an exciting year for the 500 Festival.”
To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.
About the 500 Festival
Founded in 1957, the 500 Festival is a not-for-profit organization that produces more than 50 life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500 and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana. One of the largest festivals in the nation, each year more than half a million people attend an event or program produced by the 500 Festival. Since its founding, the 500 Festival has contributed more than $400 million in economic value to Indianapolis. To learn more about the 500 Festival, please visit www.500festival.com, follow us on Twitter @500festival, or on Facebook.