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Sunday, April 11, 2021
    Terry Barker has strong ties and roots in Montgomery County. So strong that he became the 12th owner in the Sagamore News Media growing empire.
    "I agree with what our publications do each day and I think we offer great vehicles for the various communities we serve," Barker said. "Local ownership will beat out the 'out-of-town ownership' every time and the more you put into a community the better off that community is. That's what The Paper is all about and I totally agree with that philosophy."
    Like most of the other owners, Barker hails from Montgomery County. He was born and raised near Ladoga and graduated from Southmont in 1974. While at Southmont he participated in football, basketball, track and golf. He started working for his father in the excavation business and eventually landed a job at Thrifty Supply before being lured to Coast-to-Coast in 1978. He spent the next eight years working for Coast-to-Coast. He started as a project manager and worked his way up the ladder to the position of Director of Display and Design. Barker saw the writing on the wall for Coast-to-Coast in 1986 and left for a position with FoxMeyer Drug Company in St. Louis as a district manager.
    "I didn't know much about the pharmaceutical business, but I knew someone who had been at Coast-to-Coast who got my foot in the door," Barker said.
    Barker moved his way up the corporate ladder with Foxmeyer and became the Regional Director of Operations in Kansas City and later transferred to Dallas. Eventually, he was named Vice President of Sales and Marketing. At the time of his departure, sales revenues were more than $7 billion.
    But home beckoned and Barker and his wife, Juli moved back to Montgomery County where he eventually bought the local All-American Homes dealership.
    However, in 2012, Barker found an opportunity too good to pass up and now is involved with a large northern Indiana company. However, he remains a strong owner in Sagamore News Media and remains a believer in what he says are three rules of business, local, local, local.
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  • JEFFERY H. BIRK (Treasurer)
    Monday, October 6, 2008 10:30 PM
    Mr. Birk was born in Madison, WI, and grew up in St. Charles, IL, before coming to Crawfordsville to attend Wabash College where he graduated in 1974. He stayed in Crawfordsville upon graduation to work for H-C Industries and has been employed with that business and its successor companies, AlcoaHC, Alcoa CSI, and CSI until today. He has held a number of different management positions during his career including President and General Manager of AlcoaHC prior to it being consolidated as part of Alcoa CSI North America. Currently, he is the Director of Mfg. Initiatives for CSI's Global Water Team. He has served in the past as a member of various local boards including the Montgomery County Boys and Girls Club, Crawfordsville Area Softball Association (Past President), Crawfordsville Chamber of Commerce, and the Crawfordsville Community Foundation. He is presently serving on the Board of Elders of Liberty Chapel Church, Board of Montgomery County Economic Development, Inc., and as a director of the Tau Chapter Housing Corporation at Wabash College. He and his wife, Deb, reside just west of Crawfordsville and are the parents of two children, Kyle and Leah.
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  • ROBERT MILLER (Vice President)

    Robert Miller, a 1976 graduate of Southmont High School, was the ninth investor in The Paper of Montgomery County and The Weekly of West Central Indiana and the second of four investors to come to work for the company full-time. Currently, Mr. Miller is the vice president and director of strategic planning and integration for The Paper and The Weekly of West-Central Indiana.

    "This opportunity to be involved as part owner of a local business to help spur / develop employment and give back to the community at the same time is a win-win situation," Miller said. "The Paper is an avenue to talk about the positive image of Montgomery County and what the people here contribute every day of their lives. So much is contributed in this county every day that we need this new venue so everyone can be made aware of all the efforts of the people who live here in Montgomery County."

    Miller, 47, is a life-long resident of Montgomery County. After Southmont, he received an Electronics Engineering Technology degree from ITT Technical Institute. He was very involved in school activities, including clubs, sports and the marching and concert bands.

    After completing 10 years of 4-H and participating as a Junior Leader officer at the county and state level, he was chosen for National 4-H Club Congress and as a candidate for the International Four-H Youth Exchange (IFYE) program. During the IFYE program he spent six months engaging in Hungarian culture while he worked in various aspects of agriculture in Eastern Europe.

    After he returned to the states, he worked with Ransburg Corp. in Indianapolis, which led to opportunities to start Automation Technical Specialist Inc. which specialized in installation and programming of automated robotic welding systems. After 11 years this business was merged into Cybo Robots.

    He is also engaged in a farming operation primarily in Walnut Township. He has been a member of Bethel Presbyterian Church of Shannondale for 35 years, serving as an elder, clerk of session and leads the Sunday morning adult study hour. Other affiliations include the Burning Hearts Emmaus/Chrysalis Community of West Central Indiana, Pisgah Cemetery Association Board member and South Montgomery School Building Corporation member.

    Miller is married to Susan Biddle and they have two sons, Ethan and Evan. They reside in east central Montgomery County.

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  • DANIEL L. TAYLOR (Secretary)
    Mr. Taylor is an attorney with Kincaid, Taylor, Sims, Chadd & Minnette, P.C. He has practiced law since 1986. Mr. Taylor is a 1983 graduate of Wabash College and a 1986 graduate of The Dickinson School of Law in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana and before the U.S. Supreme Court. He has been involved in many community activities in Montgomery County in his professional career. These activities include the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County, MUFFY, Family Crisis Shelter, American Legion Post 72 Baseball, Indiana Bulls Baseball, and Fellowship of Christian Athletes. He is currently a board member of Habitat For Humanity, a soccer coach for the Boys & Girls Club, and active in First Baptist Church. He is also active at Wabash College, where he serves as a Class Agent and admissions volunteer. Mr. Taylor and his wife, Kelly, reside south of Crawfordsville and are the parents of Maggie and Lillie Taylor.
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  • TIM TIMMONS (Publisher and chief executive officer)
    Mr. Timmons began his newspaper career as a high school sports writer in Noblesville. After college, he wrote for a weekly newspaper in Zionsville and then went to work at the Journal and Courier in Lafayette . Former Journal Review Editor Gail Hamilton brought him to Crawfordsville as the sports editor. During that time, he won numerous awards for his writing, photography and design work.

    While in Crawfordsville, he and his wife Linda were married at the 1983 Strawberry Festival on the courthouse veranda. In 1986, their first child was born at then-Culver Hospital.

    The company that owned the paper at the time promoted Mr. Timmons to a larger paper in Odessa ,Texas. A string of promotions followed as he moved up the ladder to become first a general manager and then a publisher in 1992. Mr. Timmons left Freedom in 2002 to become the vice president and general manager of the South Bend Tribune.

    In 2003, his first book was published, Coaching Success -- Creating Champions for the Business World. The book was a success and now Timmons writes a weekly management column.

    Mr. Timmons has been very active in community and trade associations and groups. He has been a board member and / or board chair for several Boys & Girls Clubs, Chamber of Commerce boards, United Way boards, serving as both a board chair and a drive chair, Girls, Inc., a homeless shelter, battered womens' shelter, Texas Sportswriters board of directors, the Hoosier State Press Association board of directors and the Indiana Bulls board of directors. He has been involved in coaching high school and adult sports.

    He and his wife Linda have two daughters and reside in Crawfordsville.

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    Deborah F. Schavietello is the Manager of Employee and Administrative Services for Tipmont REMC and has been with them for 11 years. She served on the Montgomery United Fund For You (MUFFY) Board of Directors and was the 2004 Campaign chair. She has served on six MUFFY campaigns in various positions. She is the co-founder for FAITH Alliance, Inc. a not-for-profit organization for Montgomery County residents, which is for breast cancer support and awareness. She is a member of First Baptist Church and a graduate of the Montgomery County Leadership Academy. She is one of the owner/investors of The Paper of Montgomery County. She also serves on the board of directors. She serves on various committees on the National and State level with her employer Tipmont REMC. She has been in Montgomery County since 1981. Mrs. Schavietello and her husband Rick reside in Crawfordsville and have four children together, two son-in-laws and three grandchildren. Their daughter Samantha Kendrick and her husband Joshua live in Brownsburg and they have two children, Nathan and Addie. Daughter, Sara Hummel and her husband Brad, live in Crawfordsville and they have one child Lily. Their two sons Kaile and Blaine Thomas both live in Indianapolis. In her free time she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, riding their Harley with her husband, volunteering in the community, reading and hosting parties at her home.

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    Mr. Carpenter is the Promotions and Marketing Director with The Paper of Montgomery County. Besides working there, he also farms with his father. He is a member of the First Baptist Church in Crawfordsville. Through his involvement at First Baptist, Mr. Carpenter went on a missionary trip to Alaska and helped re-roof a church and worked with their Bible School. He is also involved with Promise Keepers. Mr. Carpenter is a volunteer coach for the Boys & Girls Club of Montgomery County. He has sponsored youth sports teams in Darlington and has been active himself in area softball. Mr. Carpenter was born and raised in Montgomery County. He graduated from North Montgomery High School in 1981.
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  • SEN. PHILIP L. BOOTS (President)
    Sen. Phil Boots was born in Crawfordsville and graduated from New Market High School and Milligan College, Johnson City, Tennessee. He served 18 months active duty in the U.S. Army, including 14 months in <st1:country-region w:st="on">Vietnam</st1:country-region>. He was employed at National Homes Acceptance Corporation in Lafayette for three years. In 1975, he returned to Crawfordsville to manage Boots Bros. Oil Co., Inc., a family business founded in 1950 by his father, Samuel L. Boots and uncle, Lawrence C. Boots. Sen. Boots is currently President of that business. He is a member and past president of Sugar Creek Kiwanis Club, past Lt. Governor of the Indiana District of Kiwanis International, President of the Montgomery County Educational Foundation, President of Montgomery County Economic Development, Inc., was a member of the Montgomery County Council and member of the board of directors of Union Federal Savings and Loan Association. Sen. Boots is married to Farzaneh Dargahi. They have two sons, Brian and Kavian.
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    Jeff Bannon is a financial advisor with the private client group for City Securities Corporation. Prior to joining City Securities, Jeff served as a commercial banker. Jeff advises clients in the areas of educational planning, retirement planning, estate planning, tax-efficient investment strategies and retirement income management. Jeff's client relationships are built around integrity, confidentiality and communication. His approach to portfolio management consists of a thorough and continuous understanding of each client's goals, objectives and risk-tolerance levels. Jeff believes in assisting his clients through understanding and assisting with both sides of their balance sheets. He firmly believes in planning as a means of helping his clients reach their life goals. Jeff graduated from Purdue University in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics. He later received his Graduate School of Banking degree from the University of Wisconsin in 2002. He holds the FINRA Series 7, 63 and 65, as well as the Indiana Life Insurance license. Jeff resides in Crawfordsville with his wife, Amanda, and their three children: Abby (11), Alyx (9) and Henry (3).
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