Owner & CEO, First Electric Supply and Thompson Distribution Company
John will host our panel and moderate the Q&A period for our audience. He is Chairman and CEO of the following, Indianapolis based organizations: Thompson Distribution Company, Inc., First Electric Supply Company, LLC, CMID, an architectural and engineering design firm; and BC Countertops, a fabricator and installer of millwork.
Regional Director, Central Indiana Small Business Development Center (ISBDC)
Dan Drexler serves as the Regional Director of the Central Indiana Small Business Development Center hosted by Butler University, Lacy School of Business, in partnership with the Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC). Prior to joining ISBDC earlier this year, Dan spent twenty years in private industry most recently as Senior Vice President with an Indiana manufacturer of industrial HVAC systems. He has previously worked with both the Indiana and US Departments of Commerce, primarily focused on export marketing and business counseling. As both a director in a small company and a counselor to businesses, Dan is uniquely positioned to understand small business client needs from a hands-on perspective.
Co-Founder & Managing Director,
If it’s true that everyone has a superpower, Michelle’s is knowing and helping entrepreneurs. The energy, excitement, and challenges are what she loves, and working with others to make their dreams become a reality are the real buzz. The idea behind Keep financials, her joint venture with GBQ was to provide service to entrepreneurs and free them from the drudge of bookkeeping to spend their time creating, growing, and refining their ideas. One of her favorite mantra’s is “No one started a company so they could do their own bookkeeping.”Driven by her goal to help small businesses in any way she can, Michele works with her clients to build, grow, thrive, pivot, and particularly now, survive. She knows that local businesses create jobs and opportunities that drive the economy, and those jobs are what make our cities the place they are.
Vice President & Business Banking Relationship Manager, Key Bank
Ivory Salmon is Vice President and Business Banking Relationship Manager at Key Bank where she advocates for and provides financial resources to companies across Indiana. This includes capital resources used to fund commercial real estate transactions, business acquisitions, franchise startups as well as permanent working capital. Her work in financial services began in 2003. Ivory serves as an active member for Key Bank’s African American KBING and is a Key4Women Certified Advisor. Ivory has held various leadership roles for financial institutions both in Chicago and Indianapolis where she has been nationally recognized for her leadership and service in the community. Ivory is a Chicago native whose interest include listening to podcast and cycling.