Leaders and Legends

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

About the show

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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

  • 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.

  • 8: Ryan Vaughn, President of the Indiana Sports Corporation

    Episode  |  March 25th, 2019  |  56 mins 51 secs

    Former prosecutor, former City-County Council President, former chief of staff to Mayor Greg Ballard, Ryan Vaughn is one of the most respected and accomplished leaders in Indianapolis. A proud Ben Davis graduate and current president of the Indiana Sports Corporation, Ryan talks about his career in politics, in government, and how the work of the Sports Corp. is building on the legacy of previous generations.

  • 7: John Mutz and Louis Mahern, Former Indiana Lt. Governor and Former State Senator

    Episode  |  March 18th, 2019  |  1 hr 16 mins

    John Mutz and Louis Mahern are what bi-partisan friendship and collaboration are all about. Mutz, Republican and former lieutenant governor & Mahern, Democrat and former state senator, take us through their careers, their friendship, and how they’ve seen Indianapolis prosper during the past five decades. Please listen to Louis tell us what it was like to work for recently-departed Senator Birch Bayh. It truly was an honor to be in the company of these incredible gentlemen.

  • 6: Theresa Wells-Ditton, Former WTHR-TV News Director

    Episode  |  March 11th, 2019  |  56 mins 35 secs

    Theresa Wells-Ditton is one of city’s most well-liked and respected journalists. For more than 30 years Theresa has been a leader for television news. Please listen to this remarkable and life-long Hoosier describe why journalism is more important today than ever and what she would tell President Trump if given the opportunity.

  • 5: David Barras, Former WISH-TV News Anchor

    Episode  |  March 4th, 2019  |  54 mins 24 secs

    David Barras is one of the good guys. Today on “Leaders and Legends” we turn the tables on one of Indianapolis media’s best interviewers. Dave retired from WISH-TV not long ago, and all of us in the PR world miss working with him. Please listen to Dave as he takes us through his career and his thoughts on how Indianapolis has changed since he came to Indy nearly 40 years ago.

  • 4: Jim Shella, Former WISH-TV Political Reporter

    Episode  |  February 25th, 2019  |  59 mins 8 secs

    'Leaders and Legends’ is extremely fortunate to have local media legend Jim Shella on our podcast. No reporter with whom I ever worked was more knowledgeable about their beat and how their coverage could impact his fellow Hoosiers. Irreverent as always, Jim shares some terrific stories and treats us more than once to his famous laugh. Hope you enjoy our conversation.