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Kristin Keltner – Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance

Imagine riding on a horse through fields of vast Indiana farmland, then slipping into a comfortable 1920 Ford Model T, where the horses under the hood make for a much smoother ride—until you drive over a pothole. In 1934, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance came up with a solution for such unfortunate moments, Kristin Keltner says. […]

Kristin Paiva – Massage Envy

In late 2018, right around the time Kristin Paiva was interviewing to become the new general counsel for Massage Envy Franchising, LLC, the company was just months away from inking agreements to bring several multi-unit operators into the fold to develop and acquire franchise locations numbering in the triple digits over the next five years. […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

For Kristina Schaefer, being a lawyer is about protecting those most vulnerable. In the financial industry, this often means addressing, and trying to prevent, scams targeting the elderly. According to the FBI, millions of seniors are victims of financial fraud every year with more than $3 billion stolen. At Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank […]

Kristina Schaefer – Fishback Financial Corporation – First Bank and Trust

At first glance, there might not seem to be many similarities between working on the family farm and overseeing the legal department of a banking company. But there are indeed, says the personable Kristina Schaefer, who’s done both on the high plains. “My upbringing prepared me very well for banking,” says Schaefer, who for the […]

Kristy Waterman – DFA Dairy Brands

Milk. It does a body good. But it can be complicated. It spoils 21 days after leaving a dairy, and there are myriad regulations and the challenges in the industry, which has consolidated in recent years. At DFA Dairy Brands, one of the country’s largest milk processors, it helps to have a veteran of the […]

Kurt Stepaniak – KONE Inc.

When Kurt Stepaniak came aboard as senior vice president and general counsel of KONE Inc.’s North American operations in 1997, the company was still very much about products. They were impressive, as well as highly regulated products, to be sure— the elevators, escalators and people movers so necessary in shopping malls, public and private office […]

Kyle Stone – Concerto Renal Services

Kyle Stone remembers his world changing on a Friday in November 2014. Working as a young litigator in Illinois, he was preparing to take a deposition that afternoon when the phone rang. His trusted mentor told him that the new governor-elect was looking to fill high-ranking legal positions in the new administration, and that Stone’s […]

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