I’m a vice president with Borshoff, an advertising, branding and public relations agency headquartered here in Indy.
What neighborhood do you live in?
This is my second stint in Fletcher Place. After living downtown during the ’90s, I moved to Chicago. Six years later I realized I really missed Indy, and decided to return. That was one of the best decisions I ever made.
What is the most inspiring place in Indianapolis?
These days, downtown’s neighborhoods constantly surprise and amaze me. Look at Fletcher Place, Fountain Square, Holy Cross and others – there’s so much activity now. The ideas are getting bigger and bolder. Indianapolis can really become a world-class city. But the only way to do that is to first have healthy, evolving, livable neighborhoods.
How long have you supported Keep Indianapolis Beautiful?
Since I moved back here a few years ago.
Why do you support KIB?
It offers a wide variety of programs, so people can invest whatever level of time, knowledge or financial support is right for them. I feel like my time and donations are put to good use and gratefully appreciated. And KIB’s staff and board members are passionate, fun and smart. I like hanging out with people who love what they do – it’s contagious.
What impact do you feel that the work with KIB has on the community?
Beyond the obvious beautification that KIB’s planting projects bring to a neighborhood, its true impact is how it empowers and encourages people to get involved. Residents see their neighbors volunteering and realize they can do it, too.
KIB’s a little bit like Houdini. Once it recruits a volunteer (or 20) to get out of their seat and help transform something, the result is pretty much always amazing. And who doesn’t love seeing magic happen?
What else are you involved in within the community?
There’s always something cool going on in this neighborhood! Many of us were involved in helping the Indianapolis Cultural Trail become a reality. And recently, Fletcher Place was honored to be selected as one of KIB’s IPL Project GreenSpace neighborhood beautification projects for 2014. We’re developing a beautiful gateway to Fletcher Place using native plants and public art.
I’m also involved with the Cancer Support Community, WFYI’s IRIS (Indiana Reading and Information Services), the Damien Center and the American Marketing Association.
Why would you encourage others to support KIB?
You don’t have to have a green thumb to make a difference! All you need is the desire to make your community a better place to live.