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

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

Wed, 2011-09-07 20:06


INDIANAPOLIS (Sept. 8, 2011) – The 500 Festival Board of Directors recently elected its 2011-2012 officers and welcomed seven new civic leaders to serve on its 33-member board.


*Chairman of the Board – Scott Thiems, Executive Vice President, Business & Community Banking, Regions

Vice Chairman – Ted Dickman, Regional Managing Partner, BKD

Secretary – Paul Sinclair, Partner, Ice Miller 


David Bratton, CEO, Business Furniture

John Cardenas, President & General Manager, WTHR (Channel 13)

Tim Dunn, President, Firestone Building Products

Jim Freeman, Vice President of Community Affairs, OneAmerica

Bill Henley, Vice President of Corporate Affairs, IPL

Mike Marchetti, Executive Vice President of Store Operations, Finish Line

Mike Wells, President, REI Real Estate Services

Scott Thiems leads Regions’ Business and Community Banking team for the Indiana and Illinois area. A financial industry veteran of 28 years, Thiems’ expertise lies in the areas of relationship management, sales process management, commercial banking and credit. Prior to being elected 500 Festival Chairman of the Board, Thiems’ 500 Festival service included chairing the Finance, Nominating and Education Program Committees. He was the co-chair of the OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon Post Race Party and a member of the 500 Festival Executive and Track Liaison Committees. 

Thiems is a past board chair of the Indianapolis Neighborhood Housing Partnership, an organization established to help empower people to achieve long-term home ownership. Additionally, he is board member of Premier Capital Corporation and Indiana Community Business Credit Corporation, two organizations that facilitate economic development for small businesses throughout the state. Thiems’ previous community involvement includes service as a United Way of Central Indiana Team Leader, 21st Century Charter School board member, an advisory board member for the Greater Educational Opportunities Foundation and a member of the Community Hospital Finance Committee.

A native of Elmhurst, Ill., Thiems earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from DePauw University. He and his wife Sharon have three children and reside in Indianapolis.  

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 55 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, 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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