Marketplace – September 17

Michelle Schaefer has been been hired as assistant vice president, commercial banker, at Jackson County Bank’s new JCB Banking Center on Central Avenue.

She is a graduate of Seymour High School and Ball State University and most recently was CFO at Midwest Environmental Services. She previously was a commercial banker at JCB for nine years and prior to that worked in private and public accounting roles.

Gateway Apartments at the corner of Cottage Avenue and 10th Street, developed by Thrive Alliance and its partner, Jonesboro Investments, was recently honored in the Urban Development category of the 2017 Excellence in Affordable Housing Awards at the Indiana Housing Conference.

The complex is situated on 4.51 acres where the former Golden Casting Foundry stood in the Lincoln-Central Neighborhood of Columbus. It offers 60 two- and three-bedroom, multi-family rentals for low and very-low income families.

Nominations for the award were evaluated by a panel of judges on the basis of location, services, unique features, community impact and financial structure.


Dr. Deepankar Sharma
Dr. Deepankar Sharma

Dr. Deepankar Sharma has joined the Columbus Regional Health Lung Institute. The only fellowship trained interventional pulmonologist in Indiana, Dr. Sharma is a graduate of Maulana


Azad College of Delhi University in New Delhi, India, and completed residencies in internal medicine at Johns Hopkins University/Sinai Hospital in Baltimore.


His fellowship training in pulmonary and critical care medicine was completed at Wake Forest University in Winston Salem, North Carolina, and in interventional pulmonology at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond.

Information: 812-376-5757.

Keith Luken of Ruoff Home Mortgage, 1160 Washington St., was the top loan originator at the Columbus office for the month of August based on the number of closed loans.  He has been in the mortgage industry more than 30 years and joined Ruoff in 2016.

Karl Kissinger
Karl Kissinger

Karl Kissinger of Centra Credit Union has earned the Certified Credit Union Executive (CCUE) designation from the Credit Union National Association Management School in Madison, Wisconsin.

The CCUE designation signifies knowledge of and readiness for credit union leadership. It is earned by completing three years of school, three exams, two projects and an oral presentation.


Braden Trimpe, a student at Indiana University Bloomington and founder of College Movers & Junk Hauling, has partnered with IUPUC student Tyler Combs to open a Columbus branch of the business which employs only college students as movers and crew managers.