IEDC Board Members

Angela F. Braly

Angela F. Braly was the Chair, President and Chief Executive Officer of WellPoint, Inc., one of the nation’s largest health insurance companies, which does business in Indiana as Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield and operates Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in 14 states.  Angela also serves on the board of Procter & Gamble.


Joel Gorelick

Joel Gorelick, of Schererville, previously served as President and Chief Administrative Officer of Northwest Indiana BanCorp and its subsidiary Peoples Bank SB, where he began working in 1983. Prior to his banking career, Gorelick served in the United States Marine Corps. Active within his community, he serves as Board Chairman of the Lake County Economic Alliance and has previously served as President of the Northwest Indiana Boys & Girls Club and Chairman of the Board of the Northwest Indiana Regional Development Corporation. Gorelick was recognized in the year 2000 as Financial Services Advocate by the Indiana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration and as Board Member of the Year by the National Association for Development Companies. He holds a master’s degree from Indiana University and is a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison.


Melanie Walker Hart

Melanie Walker Hart currently serves as chief executive officer of Japan-based Tsuchiya Group North America and as the president of its five subsidiary companies, which together employ more than 500 associates. She has more than 30 years of global industry management experience. She was recently named president of the Japan-America Society of Indiana and was appointed to the State of Indiana Workforce Innovation Council. Hart earned a bachelor’s degree in industrial and labor relations from Cornell University, and has been an Indiana resident for 26 years. 


Richard L. Johnson, Jr.

Rick Johnson, Columbus, is President and CEO of Johnson Ventures, Inc.  Johnson Ventures owns Lenny’s Franchise Systems, Black Jewell Popcorn Company, and The Stone Center of Indiana. Rick currently serves as a board member for IU Foundation, the Johnson Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation at The Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Indianapolis Museum of Art, The Nature Conservancy of Indiana, Columbus Community Education Coalition, The IU Center for Art + Design, Columbus Economic Development Board, IUPUC, Wild Birds Unlimited Inc. and Cummins Crosspoint LLC.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship/Marketing from the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University.


Robert L. Koch II

Robert L. Koch II, Evansville, is chairman of Koch Enterprises, Inc., world leaders in the production of aluminum and magnesium die castings, sealants and adhesives, the design and construction of industrial paint finishing systems and other products and services. He is a member of the board and past chair of the University of Evansville Board of Trustees, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce and the Indiana Business-Higher Education Forum. Among his civic involvement, he was chairman of the 1998 United Way Campaign of Southwestern Indiana and co-founder and director of the Community Alliance Foundation and the Vanderburgh Community Foundation for Southwestern Indiana.

James C. Marcuccilli

James C. Marcuccilli, Fort Wayne, is president and CEO of STAR Financial Bank, director of STAR Insurance Agency, Inc., executive vice president and director of STAR Financial Group, Inc., and officer and director of STAR Wealth Management. He is the Indiana representative on the American Bankers Association, board member of the Indiana State Chamber of Commerce and chair of the federal issues committee of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.

John M. Mutz

John M. Mutz, Indianapolis, is chairman of the board of the Lumina Foundation for Education. A retired president of PSI Energy, Indiana's largest electric utility, Mutz served two terms as lieutenant governor and was a member of the Indiana General Assembly for 13 years. Mutz also served for more than four years as president of the Lilly Endowment, Inc. During that time, the Endowment expanded its work outside of the Indianapolis area by using matching grants to encourage the creation of more than 45 local community foundations.


Bob Taylor 

Bob Taylor has served as president & CEO of Do it Best Corp. since January 1, 2002. Bob joined Do it Best Corp. in January 2001 as senior vice president of operations, overseeing purchasing, retail logistics, marketing and international development. He succeeds former president & CEO Mike McClelland who had served in that capacity since 1992. Bob is only the fourth CEO since the company was founded in 1945.


John T. Thompson

John T. Thompson, Indianapolis, is president and chief executive officer of Thompson Distribution Company, Inc., a distributor of mechanical supplies in Indianapolis. He also serves as president and CEO of First Electric Supply Company, Inc. and is chairman and CEO of CMID, an architectural engineering design firm. Previously, Thompson served as vice president of Mays Chemical Company, Inc. and as a senior associate at McKinsey & Company. He earned his undergraduate degree in chemical engineering from Cornell University and his master’s degree in business administration from Columbia University.