Leaders and Legends

Conversations with Indiana's most influential men and women presented by Veteran Strategies, Inc.

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Leaders and Legends features some of Indiana’s most fascinating men and women whose impact has shaped our state, our communities, and us. Join us as we discuss their imprint on our history. The program is hosted by Robert Vane, principal of Veteran Strategies.

Leaders and Legends is brought to you by Veteran Strategies, Inc. your local veteran business enterprise specializing in public relations, media relations, public outreach, crisis communications, and digital photography. Learn more at www.veteranstrategies.com

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Episodes and Blog Entries

  • 24: Dan Elsener, President of Marian University

    Episode  |  July 15th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Dan Elsener is one of the pre-eminent leaders and education thought drivers in our city and our country. Dan’s drive for excellence and unparalleled strategic thinking has catapulted Marian University into the national conversation when it comes to educating young people and training classroom leaders. Dan joins us on “Leaders and Legends” to discuss his career, the importance of diversity at the head of the classroom, and why Marian is poised for further growth.

  • 23: Rob Kendall of WIBC and Chris Spangle of We Are Libertarians

    Episode  |  July 8th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Rob Kendall and Chris Spangle are political (and romantic) rivals who don’t take themselves too seriously, yet still bring an incredible amount of smarts to what they do. “Leaders and Legends” doesn’t make present-day political discourse a part of its mission—there are plenty of places to find that—but when friends want to have a reasonable chat, we are all about it.

  • 22: Peter Carmichael, Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College

    Episode  |  July 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 13 mins

    Professor Peter Carmichael went from being at Pike High School with Eric Holcomb to being the Director of the Civil War Institute at Gettysburg College. Listen to Peter talk about growing up in Indy, history’s controversies, why the American Civil War still resonates, and his favorite leaders and battles from the watershed conflict in our nation’s history.

  • 21: Mickey Maurer, Chairman of the board at IBJ Corp. and The National Bank of Indianapolis

    Episode  |  June 24th, 2019  |  59 mins 17 secs

    Mickey Maurer is an entrepreneur, a philanthropist, an owner of the Indianapolis Business Journal, and now he’s a guest on the “Leaders and Legends” podcast. Mickey takes us through his career, what led him to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro, and take a job working for Mitch Daniels.

  • 20: David Frick, Former Deputy Mayor to Bill Hudnut

    Episode  |  June 17th, 2019  |  1 hr 3 mins

    Are you a Colts fan? If so, you will want to listen to this edition of the “Leaders and Legends” podcast as our friend David Frick discusses leading the negotiations to bring the Colts here from Baltimore. He’s a Southport grad who went to Harvard Law School and became deputy mayor under Bill Hudnut. He was in the mayor’s office for the Blizzard of ’78, the Kiritsis drama, the Pacers telethon, and much more.

  • 19: Remembering Senator Birch Bayh

    Episode  |  June 10th, 2019  |  1 hr 6 mins

    Birch Bayh was a titan of modern Indiana politics and an exemplar of public service. Sadly, as we did Senator Richard Lugar, we lost Senator Bayh earlier this year. On today’s “Leaders and Legends” podcast we talk with former Bayh staffers Louis Mahern, Bob Blaemire, and Nancy Papas about the life, times, and career of an unforgettable Hoosier statesman.

  • 18: Terry Curry, Marion County Prosecutor

    Episode  |  June 3rd, 2019  |  1 hr 4 mins

    Terry Curry served in the military, worked as a journalist, and is in his third term as Marion County prosecutor. He details his love of both the law and his Butler Bulldogs in the latest “Leaders and Legends” podcast.

  • 17: Mark Miles, Chief Executive Officer of Hulman & Company

    Episode  |  May 27th, 2019  |  1 hr 2 mins

    Mark Miles is one of the pre-eminent leaders in modern Indianapolis. Declared a ‘Living Legend’ by the Indiana Historical Society, Mark has managed political campaigns, ran the Pan Am Games in 1987, headed the men’s professional tennis tour (the ATP), was chairman of Indy’s Super Bowl effort, and now is CEO of Hulman and Company. Please join Danielle and me as we ask Mark about his astoundingly successful career.

  • 16: Allison Melangton, Senior VP of Hulman Motorsports

    Episode  |  May 20th, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Allison Melangton is simply one of the most phenomenal leaders in the history of modern Indianapolis. She’s worked the Olympics, led the Indiana Sports Corporation, and served as CEO of the spectacular Indianapolis Super Bowl Committee. Please listen to “Leaders and Legends” as Allison details her career and some of her biggest challenges. Special thanks to my co-host Danielle Shockey of the Girl Scouts

  • 15: Remembering Senator Richard Lugar

    Episode  |  May 13th, 2019  |  1 hr 1 min

    The passing of Senator Richard Lugar has caused many from the Hoosier State (and beyond) to reflect on the senator’s life and legacy. In a very special “Leaders and Legends” podcast, we brought together three people who knew the senator very well. Please join Gail Lowry, Jim Morris, and Jim Shella for an hour of fun, candid, and informative conversation about the former mayor of Indianapolis and the only six-term senator in Indiana history.

  • 14: Tim Swarens, Journalist

    Episode  |  May 6th, 2019  |  1 hr 8 mins

    Tim Swarens is a good friend who had a journalism career that spanned more than 30 years. He covered the Challenger explosion, the execution of Ted Bundy, Indy’s Super Bowl, and RFRA. Tim is unfailingly honest about the big events in Indiana and beyond that caused him to pick up his quill.

  • 13: Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy, Former Indiana GOP Chair and Former Marion County Democratic Chair

    Episode  |  April 29th, 2019  |  57 mins 17 secs

    Jim Kittle and Ed Treacy are bareknuckle political brawlers who have fought the good fight for their respective parties since the 1960s. They’ve also been close, close friends during this same time. Listen to them laugh, tell stories, and talk about how important it is to have friends from the other side of the aisle.

  • 12: Marc Allan, Media Critic and Journalist

    Episode  |  April 22nd, 2019  |  1 hr 9 mins

    Marc Allan is a Seinfeld expert, a music expert, and one of the absolute best people you will ever meet. As he celebrates his retirement from Butler University this week, we spent an hour with him to discuss the most memorable encounters of his journalism career. Please listen to one of the most honest and candid reporters in the history of Indianapolis.

  • 11: Sherry Seiwert, President of Downtown Indy Inc.

    Episode  |  April 15th, 2019  |  59 mins 2 secs

    Sherry Seiwert, president of Downtown Indy Inc., is a perfect example of the leadership that makes our city prosper and grow. As Indianapolis is the economic engine for the state, our downtown is the economic engine for our city. Sherry is a life-long resident of Indy, an IPS kid, and a proud Hoosier. Please listen and share our discussion with one of the most engaging people I’ve ever met.

  • 10: Shelly Fitzgerald

    Episode  |  April 8th, 2019  |  51 mins 31 secs

    Shelly Fitzgerald has dedicated her life to helping others. She became a focus of intense media and community scrutiny based on events at Roncalli High School last fall. She was engaging, honest, fun, and funny while joining us for the “Leaders and Legends” podcast. We also are thrilled to welcome Danielle Shockey, CEO of the Girl Scouts of Central Indiana, as an occasional co-host. As noted before, “Leaders and Legends” has partnered with the Girl Scouts for both a title sponsorship and a tantalizing number of cookies.

  • 9: Tom Coverdale, 1998's Indiana Mr. Basketball and IU Point Guard

    Episode  |  April 1st, 2019  |  1 hr 7 mins

    Noblesville’s Tom Coverdale was Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1998 and the point guard on Indiana University’s Final Four team in 2002. As we approach the end of the NCAA tournament, let’s listen to Tom talk about the experience of being recruited by Bob Knight, and what it was like on campus when IU fired its legendary basketball coach. Tom also discusses the game in which IU beat a legendary Duke team in the Sweet Sixteen.