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500 Festival Announces Elected Officers, New Additions to its Board of Directors

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The 500 Festival, a nonprofit organization that provides the city of Indianapolis with a variety of events and programming, announced today the election of officers for its 2015-2016 board of directors. In addition, six new civic and business leaders were appointed to the 500 Festival board of directors.

Serving as the governing body of the 500 Festival, the board of directors is comprised of 35 community leaders. The board guides the strategic vision of the 500 Festival and its members act as trustees, representing the organization within the community. Members serve on various committees that support and enhance the 500 Festival and its more than 50 programs and events.

Elected officers for 2015-2016:

Chairman of the board: Patty Martin, senior director, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company

Vice chairman of the board: Justin Christian, president and CEO, BCforward

Secretary: Kris Altice, general counsel, Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.

“Patty’s limitless energy and enthusiasm for the 500 Festival, as well as the support of Eli Lilly and Company, have been an incredible asset over the years. As chairman of the board, Patty’s leadership will further enhance our mission to enrich the lives of Hoosiers,” said Bob Bryant, president and CEO of the 500 Festival. “2016 will mark a number of milestones for the Month of May, from the 100th running of the Indy 500 to the 40th OneAmerica 500 Festival Mini-Marathon and the 60th IPL 500 Festival Parade. I’m looking forward to working with our new slate of officers to maximize the impact of these milestones.”

The organization also announced six new additions to the board of directors. “On behalf of our devoted volunteers, participants and staff, I’m pleased to welcome the newest members of our board of directors,” said Bryant. “Each new board member is an accomplished business professional as well as an engaged member of our community. We’re looking forward to enlisting our new members as we seek to expand and enhance the positive community impact of our programs and events.”

New Board Members: 

  • Allison Melangton, senior vice president, Hulman Motorsports Corporation
  • Dennis Murphy, president and chief operating officer, Indiana University Health
  • Timothy Oliver, senior vice president, JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.
  • James Poore, owner and operator, McDonald’s of Central Indiana
  • Melissa Proffitt, managing partner, Ice Miller
  • Joe Santucci, chief operating officer, Crowe Horwath, LLP

To learn more about 500 Festival’s events and programs, please visit www.500festival.com.

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