Robert, who has been hailed as “the great communicator” by influential and award-winning Indianapolis Star columnist Matt Tully, is the principal of Veteran Strategies. He served his country in the United States Army as a public affairs specialist and broadcast journalist and was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal.
As deputy chief of staff and communications director for Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard (2008 to 2010), Robert coordinated messaging, briefed the media and led community outreach for numerous high-profile projects, issues and events. Among these was the successful $2 billion initiative by the mayor’s office to transfer the water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group. The plan and its execution earned endorsements from The Indianapolis Star, The Indianapolis Business Journal and Engineering News Record.
In 2014, Robert planned and executed a successful media strategy for the $160 million partnership between the city of Indianapolis, the Capital Improvement Board, and Pacers Sports & Entertainment. In 2018, Veteran Strategies directed the $272 million referenda effort on behalf of Indianapolis Public Schools. Voters passed each referendum with more than 70 percent of the vote.
Current and past clients of Veteran Strategies include Greg Ballard, LLC, Anthem, Ricker’s, The Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Indy Eleven NASL soccer, Develop Indy, Mike Pence for Indiana, Marian University, the Indiana Secretary of State’s Office, Charter Schools USA, Denison Parking, the Capital Improvement Board, Flaherty and Collins, Shiel Sexton Co., Stand for Children, and Indianapolis Public Schools.
Robert’s columns and opinion pieces have appeared in both The Indianapolis Star and The Indianapolis Business Journal. Additionally, Robert has provided on-air commentary for radio stations such as WIBC and the local ABC, CBS, PBS, and FOX television affiliates.
Episode | May 11th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
One of the two men in our photo is David Lindquist. A veteran journalist, Dave has written about music and pop culture for The Indianapolis Star since 1998. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast to discuss his career, interviewing famous people, and gives us his answers to the Five Questions.
Episode | May 4th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
Todd Young is the senior United States Senator from Indiana. He’s also a graduate of the Naval Academy, a former Marine officer, and as down-to-earth elected official as you will ever meet. Senator Young spent an hour on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast discussing his career, his historic win over Evan Bayh in 2016, and how the military has shaped his life.”
Episode | April 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 19 mins
Marc Allan is the man behind ’The Tapes Archive’ which features never-before-heard interviews with people such as Kurt Vonnegut, John Mellencamp, and Joan Rivers. On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, we talk with Marc about what it is like to interview famous people and why he decided to post these interviews in 2020. This is Marc’s second appearance on the podcast & we are very grateful to our good friend for coming back on.
Episode | April 20th, 2020 | 1 hr 20 mins
Mark Montieth is one of the foremost chroniclers of Indiana sports history. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Mark talks about his career in journalism, the epic events he has covered, some of his favorite sports figures, why he loves high school basketball so much, and what it was like to write a book on Gene Keady and Purdue’s basketball team.
Episode | April 13th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
As general manager, president and CEO of the Indiana Pacers, Donnie Walsh is directly responsible for giving Pacer fans some of the best seasons and most memorable moments in team history. On this week’s "Leaders and Legends” podcast, Donnie talks to us about his life in basketball, playing for Dean Smith at North Carolina, and what he was doing when Reggie Miller scored 8 points in 9 seconds.
Episode | April 6th, 2020 | 1 hr 15 mins
This week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast features former Purdue University basketball coach Gene Keady. All you need to know about his competitiveness is captured by this picture—which shows Coach Keady being calmed down by Coach Bob Knight. Yeah. Coach Keady was a joy to interview, and we are very honored that he consented to spend some time with us.
Episode | March 30th, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast we sit down with Chris Baggott, CEO and Co-founder of ClusterTruck and one of the founders of ExactTarget. Chris not only is a tech and food entrepreneur, he is also a farmer and world traveler. He is one of the men responsible for making Indy one of the hottest tech towns in the world. Thank you for listening and I hope you enjoy the conversation.
Episode | March 23rd, 2020 | 1 hr 2 mins
Jamie Merisotis, CEO of the Lumina Foundation, is this week’s guest on the ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast. Lumina is one of the largest private foundations in the United States. They are a critical engine in driving student access to, and success in, education after high school. We are incredibly fortunate to have Lumina headquartered right here in Indianapolis. Jamie is one of the most talented leaders in the world today—I hope you will listen to our podcast with him.
Episode | March 16th, 2020 | 1 hr 5 mins
On this week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, we discuss the career of the man more responsible than anyone else for Indianapolis’ magnificence and transformation: Mayor Bill Hudnut. We are joined by three people who worked with him and knew him as well as anyone: Joe Slash, Lesa Dietrick, and Dave Arland. If you love our city, you will love hearing about how Mayor Hudnut’s leadership made it happen.
Episode | March 9th, 2020 | 1 hr 6 mins
Jeff Smulyan is one of Indianapolis’ most prominent and generous citizens. On this week’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast, Jeff joins us to discuss his career as an entrepreneur, being a proud Hoosier, his love of history, and how he invented the concept of sports talk radio.
Episode | March 2nd, 2020 | 1 hr 11 mins
Judge Sarah Evans Barker not only has received “Living Legend” status from the Indiana Historical Society, but also has served on the federal bench since 1984. She sits down with Danielle Shockey and me to discuss her career, being a Hoosier, and why all the hours I’ve spent watching “Law & Order” don’t make me qualified to argue in her courtroom.
Episode | February 24th, 2020 | 1 hr 43 secs
Michael Browning is one of the most successful and impactful business and civic leaders in the history of modern Indianapolis; but not only that, he is also a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War. Our conversation with Michael covers his time as a student at Notre Dame where he met Robert F. Kennedy during the 1968 campaign and the importance of our city’s tourism and hospitality industry.
Episode | February 17th, 2020 | 1 hr 3 mins
In 2003, Kathy Davis became the first female Lieutenant Governor in Indiana history. On this week’ ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast, which was recorded at the Golden Ace, we talk with Kathy about her terrific career in public service, the fun she is having as an entrepreneur, and exactly how much brainpower it takes to get degrees both from Harvard and M.I.T.
52: Greg Renoff, Author of “Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal"
Episode | February 10th, 2020 | 1 hr 30 mins
Van Halen’s eruption onto the national music scene began 42 years ago today—on February 10, 1978. Historian and author Greg Renoff penned a history of the band’s early years titled “Van Halen Rising: How a Southern California Backyard Party Band Saved Heavy Metal.” If you are a fan of the band, the time period, or music in general, please listen to Professor Renoff give us the inside story of how Van Halen—and particularly its guitarist—changed music.
Episode | February 3rd, 2020 | 1 hr 7 mins
This week’s ‘Leaders and Legends’ podcast gives you the inside story about how Indianapolis won the right to host a Super Bowl and how things like the Super Bowl Village and the Zip Line became a reality. Our guests are Mark Miles, chairman of the Super Bowl Committee; Mel Raines, VP of Event Operations for the Committee, and the official Mayor of the podcast, Greg Ballard, USMC.
Episode | January 27th, 2020 | 1 hr 13 mins
Eddie White is one of the most recognizable names and personalities in our Hoosier sports and entertainment culture. He joins the “Leaders and Legends” podcast again to discuss his attendance at 26 Super Bowls, tells us stories about the games, and how he developed friendships with celebrities like Whitney Houston. We are very grateful to Eddie for his time and friendship.