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Stories Of Impact



First Person: John Beeler

John Beeler is a project manager for Asthmatic Kitty Records, an independent record label that has released albums by Sufjan Stevens, My Brightest Diamond and Lily & Madeleine. John is also a founding contributor to We Are City, an Indianapolis-based initiative to “connect and inform people and organizations that are making their city a better place to live.” John lives in Fountain Square with his wife, Tonya, and their three daughters. Read more.


Peter Wilt is the general manager and president of Indy Eleven, Indianapolis’ new professional soccer team. Prior to arriving in Indianapolis, Wilt was the general manager and president of the Chicago Fire, where he successfully ushered in Major League Soccer’s first expansion team while earning a reputation for breaking down the barriers that often separate fans from professional sports organizations. Indy Eleven kicks off its inaugural season in April 2014.Read more.



Jeb Banner is the CEO and co-founder of the Indianapolis-based marketing firm SmallBox. He also co-founded and serves as a board member of the Speak Easy, is a board member of Big Car, a co-owner of Joyful Noise Recordings, and the founder of Musical Family Tree. This past year, he was a speaker at TEDx Indy 2013, where he gave a presentation titled “Everything I Know About Business I Learned from being in a Band.” Jeb lives in Indianapolis with his wife, Jenny, and their three daughters. Read more.


First Person: Linda Broadfoot

After 12 years at Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Linda Broadfoot moved on to become the executive director of the Indianapolis Public Schools Education Foundation in November 2011. There, she’s working to connect public schools with community resources. An unabashed fan of her adopted hometown (she’s originally from Wabash, Ind.), Broadfoot believes that a better Indianapolis starts with better schools. Read more.

Supporting Indy's Veterans: Woodrow Hairl's Story

Veterans Day is especially significant to Woodrow Hairl. "It means to me that I did something for my country—for people that weren't even born. They have a better position now," he said. The 86-year-old WWII veteran served under General S. Patton from 1945-46, traveling throughout Europe as a member of the U.S. Army. Read more.