500 Festival Elects New Officers, Adds Five Civic Leaders to Board of Directors

500 Festival Elects New Officers, Adds Five Civic Leaders to Board of Directors

Tue, 2013-09-03

INDIANAPOLIS (September 3, 2013) – The 500 Festival Board of Directors recently elected its 2013-2014 officers and welcomed five new civic leaders to serve on its board.


Chairman of the Board: John A. Crisp, Senior Managing Director/Principal, Cassidy Turley

Vice Chairman of the Board: Gary Aletto, Chief Operating Officer, Bright Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Secretary: Paul Sinclair, Partner, Ice Miller

John Crisp is the Senior Managing Director/Principal at Cassidy Turley and specializes in tenant representation and corporate advisory services. He has been named overall Top Producer of the Cassidy Turley Indianapolis Office Division multiple times, and recently earned the prestigious 4 Cornerstones of Commitment Award for his outstanding civic involvement.  His real estate career began in 1993 with F. C. Tucker Company’s Office Sales and Leasing Division. Prior to his 17 years with Cassidy Turley, Crisp worked with Browning Investments. Prior to being elected 500 Festival Chairman of the Board, Crisp’s 500 Festival service included chairing the Kids’ Day, Fundraising and Nominating Committees. He was a member of the 500 Festival Snakepit Ball, Memorial Service, Executive, Volunteer and Finance Committees as well. In addition, he has served on the Board of Advisors of Visit Indy, and as a President’s Council Advisor of Indiana Sports Corporation and board member of Stanley K. Lacy Advisory Council.


Doug Boles, President, Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Boles is responsible for the daily operations and maintenance of the facility, including the three major racing events, the Indianapolis 500, Kroger Super Weekend at the Brickyard and Red Bull Indianapolis GP. He also oversees exploring business opportunities for the Speedway.

Leslie Carter-Prall, Private Wealth Management Executive, Regions

Carter-Prall leads Regions’ Private Wealth Management team for the Indiana and Illinois area.  She also serves on the board of directors and executive committee for Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, as well as the Little Red Door Cancer Agency. She is a Past President of the Indiana University Kelley School of Business Alumni Association.

Larry Delia, President & General Manager, WTHR-13

Delia is the newly named President and General Manager of WTHR-13. He previously worked at Tribune’s WXIN-FOX/WTTV-CW. During that time he led the station’s growth in news, ratings and revenue.  Prior to that, Delia was Vice President and General Manager of Tribune’s WPMT-FOX in Harrisburg, Pa.

Zach Scott, President, Ohio Valley District, UPS

Scott  is a 30+ year UPS veteran and has assumed command as president of the company’s new and expanded Ohio Valley District, directing small package operations in an area that covers all or parts of four states –Kentucky, Indiana, southern Illinois and southwest Ohio.

Mike Strohl, Senior VP of Customer Relations and Corporate Affairs, Citizens Energy

Strohl oversees Customer Relationships for Citizens Energy, which includes Customer Service, Customer Billing, Revenue Assurance and Business to Business Relationships. Additionally, he is responsible for Corporate Affairs and Communications, as well as leading the Strategic Planning for Citizens.

*Editor’s Note – Photos are available for each individual by clicking on each name above.

The mission of the 500 Festival is to advocate and celebrate the spirit, heritage and legacy of the Indianapolis 500®. Through social, cultural and educational events and programs, the 500 Festival enhances the quality of life for all citizens of our community.

The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 57 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation.

Last year, more than 500,000 Hoosiers and visitors participated in nearly 50 events and programs throughout the month of May. Whether they were athletes running the Mini-Marathon, fourth grade students participating in the Education Program, families enjoying the state’s largest festival for kids or spectators being dazzled by one of the nation’s premier parades, they were there, celebrating the legacy.


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