Hamilton County

Hamilton Connection

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Professionals from all industries represent Hamilton County and the vast opportunities that exist for leadership impact and growth. Find stories, from individuals making strides, here. If you want to learn more about the community, reach out to one of our Hamilton Connectors with your questions – anything from where they volunteer in Hamilton County to where they like to hang out on the weekends – make a Connection today!

Andrew Bradford – HCLA Class of 2019

Lives In: Carmel
Profession: Vice President, Chief Advancement Officer – Smithsonian Affiliate Museum
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Non-Profit leadership

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Moving from Chicago in 2016, we were most attracted to the parks, schools, and rapid development of public arts and culture activities.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
We participate in many of the family engagement opportunities at places like Conner Prairie, the Center for the Performing Arts, the Carmel Monon trail, the Nickle Plate Express. We also appreciate the opportunity to connect with neighbors and friends throughout the county. Our food scene is developing, but I’ll say that most our foodie activities take place in Marion County.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Summers at the parks, fall at the festivals, winter at the light shows and spring at the theatre

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Arts, Culture and Humanities opportunities
Public Park Engagement
Local community festivals and fairs
Photography
Recreation, primarily biking and walking
Local libraries

Sarah Buckner – HCLA Class of 2021

Lives In: Cicero
Profession: Assistant Director of Community Engagement for Hamilton County Tourism
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Tourism & Hospitality

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Event Experiences
Sports/Recreation
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities
Faith Community

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
I have lived here my entire life and love the community!

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Eat at local restaurants
Walks at MacGregor Park
Shows at Ruoff
family time on Morse
Nickel Plate Arts

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Christkindlmarkt
Art Fair on the Square

Angie Frazier – HCLA Class of 2020

Lives In: Fishers
Profession: Business Development Director for American Structurepoint, Inc.
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Engineering, Architecture

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Sports/Recreation
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
I am proud to say I live in Hamilton County. The cities and towns in Hamilton County take care great care of their residents and guests with top notch public safety, community engagement opportunities, and excellent hospitality and tourism efforts; all while growing AND maintaining that “small town” feel.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Utilize the Monon Trail, Nickel Plate Trail, and Midland Trace Trail through running and cycling.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Visit every park in the county, that has a paved, crushed gravel, or dirt trail.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Utilizing the parks and trails (health and fitness)
Attending concerts
Visiting the restaurants and breweries, I LOVE the coffee shops
Participating in the local running races
Networking and educational opportunities (HCLA, public safety citizen academies, CPM course, etc.)
Volunteering in local non-profits
Attending community events
Supporting hospitality and tourism efforts

Blog or additional comments that can be used
Simply stated-I love Hamilton County! This county offers a wealth of arts, foods, fitness, fellowship, and so much more. Two of my most personal favorites are the trail systems and coffee shops! I am a huge fan of running, cycling, exploring, and spending time with family and friends. The Monon Trail, Midland Trace Trail and Nickel Plate Trail offer me the opportunity to play, network, and explore between multiple HC communities, all while maintaining health and fitness through running, cycling, and walking. For dirt and crushed gravel trail options, my preferred running terrain, I am fortunate for the trails at Koteewi Park, Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, MacGregor Park, Cool Creek Park, and Flat Fork Creek Park.

The coffee shops in Hamilton County are plentiful, welcoming, and delicious. I work in business development so remote meetings are a necessity for me. My favorite meeting spots are Rivet in Westfield (you must try the avocado toast), The Well Coffeehouse in Fishers, Noble Tea and Coffee in Noblesville, Java House Coffee Bar in Carmel (there is more than one-find them!), and Dark Side Roasters in beautiful Cicero of course! Also, the Remnant Coffee Shop in Arcadia in northern Hamilton County is amazing! Although I could chat for hours on all of the things Hamilton County has to offer; the people who live, work and play here make it the best. Through growth and expansion, the HC communities continue to work hard at maintaining a “small town” feel where neighbors still check in on each other and folks on the trails say “Good Morning”, “Good Job!” and “Have a great day!” and always with a smile.

Brian Heaton – HCLA Class of 2010

Lives In: Westfield
Profession: Attorney at Krieg DeVault LLP

Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Legal

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Sports/Recreation
Community/Neighborhoods
Faith Community

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Our law firm’s Carmel office was attractive to me because our clients like to meet and work with us in a suburban environment, and I get the benefits of only having to commute within Hamilton County. Our office also has a smaller, more collegial feel with its size. From a living perspective, schools are the top priority for our family, and we specifically left our prior area for Westfield because we felt that schools were better supported here. We also enjoy the trail connectivity and green spaces the community has created.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Our family loves the many great outdoor spaces around the county, whether it be hiking around a park, enjoying the many great eateries (Park Street, Midtown Carmel, etc.), or watching our kids’ activities at Grand Park.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Visiting the Carmel Christkindlmarkt around the holidays.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Golfing, hiking, activities through our church (Thrive Christian Church in Westfield), and anything related to kids activities and our schools.

 

Carla Hill – HCLA Class of 2019

Lives In: Fishers
Profession: Business Development

Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Architectural

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Geist Reservoir and the schools.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Boating, walking, shopping and eating at all the wonderful restaurants.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Fireworks on July 4th

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Recreation, biking, ice skating, water skiing, kayaking

 

William Howard – HCLA Class of 2021

Lives In: Carmel
Profession: Federal Employee, PT Substitute Teacher, @Home Parent, Politics/Community Engagement
Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Governmental Services, Education

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Honestly, when we relocated to Indiana from Maryland, our Corporate Realtor learned that we had a young child at the time and directed us to Carmel. Prior to our home search we didn’t know anything about Hamilton County nor Indiana. But, as time progressed our entire family has learned to appreciate living, working and playing in Carmel and the greater Hamilton County area. We enjoy the friendliness of our neighbors, the safe community in which we live and the willingness of most of our community to embrace and celebrate our community’s diversity through the arts and cultural events.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
I enjoy cycling, and connecting with friends and new people within the community. I also, enjoy volunteering with the various organizations in the County that provide invaluable services throughout Hamilton County.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Hands down….. Absolutely CARMELFEST!!!! Our entire family prepares year round to engage and enjoy in the July 4th festivities.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
I have and will continue to share my experiences living in Hamilton County. I love meeting with new people and connecting people with others, organizations and resources within the county.

Just the other day I was chatting with a couple from down south who was inquiring about living in Hamilton County because she was considering relocating with her company that has/will have a headquarters in Carmel. She had been monitoring one of the Carmel “”social media”” channels and felt like it was somewhat one sided. So, I noticed her inquiry and responded and we ended up chatting for a couple of hours. I shared with her my unvarnished truth of my experiences, which appeared to be refreshing to her… it was a very positive experience and conversation. She was pleased and looks forward to relocating to the Hamilton County area.

Sherese Martin – HCLA Class of 2022

Lives In: Fishers
Profession: Human Resources Professional and Associate Faculty

Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Aerospace (HR Manager-Rolls-Royce), Higher Education (Associate Faculty-IUPUI), Individual/Family Services (HR Director-Conduct Curb)

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences Cost of Living
Sports/Recreation
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods 
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
I relocated to Hamilton County from Kentucky in 2006. There are so many reasons I moved to Hamilton County and why I still live in Fishers. Hamilton County has a family-friendly atmosphere and a small town feel with all the big city amenities. The overall safety of Hamilton County allows the residents to take advantage of all the parks, walking trails and outside areas. There are also a variety of concerts, events and activities to meet the needs of all Hamilton County residents regardless of the stage of life you are in. Hamilton County has grown tremendously over the past 16 years I’ve lived here, and in that time has become a more diverse and inclusive community. Hamilton County has embraced it’s history, caters to the present and is preparing for the future.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
One of my favorite things to do is enjoy the many outdoor spaces Hamilton County has to offer. From jogging on one of the many trails like Holland Park and Nickel Plate Trail, watching a baseball/softball game at Billericay Park, watching a high school football game and enjoying the marching band’s half-time show to enjoying Conner Prairie or Ritchey Woods Nature Preserve, visiting the Farmers Market, enjoying the Monon Waterpark, Saxony Beach or a Splash Pad…….there are plenty of outdoor activities to chose from. Just remember to take your allergy pills, use sunscreen and drink plenty of water.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
The one thing I never miss doing in Hamilton County is visiting the Farmers Markets in Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Saxony and Westfield. I love supporting our local vendors and purchasing produce from our local farmers.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
The activities/hobbies I enjoy that I would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers are trying new restaurants (being a foodie), being physically active (gyms, fitness centers/classes, yoga studios, recreational sports) and enjoying all the amenities the county has to offer such as summer concert series, county fair, farmers market, 5K/10K/ races, parades, opportunities to give back to the community, etc. I’d share with prospective residents/workers that you will get out of the community what you put in……so step outside of your comfort zone, get involved, make friends, give back and have fun.

Lindsay McGuire – HCLA Class of 2021

Lives In: Fishers
Profession: Marketing

Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Tech

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
As the mom of a one year old, we chose Hamilton County because it’s a great place to raise a family. Wonderful neighborhoods, lots of parks and activities, very safe, and many great schools in the area. There’s so much to do, see, eat, and enjoy here!

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
As far as an any day activity, I love checking out locally owned restaurants. On the weekends, I really enjoy hitting up the Fishers Farmers Market.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
The Humane Society for Hamilton County’s Woofstock 5K! So much fun to see all the dogs walking and running through Fishers.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
I’m a big fan of local breweries, discovering new restaurants, hiking, kayaking, yoga, thrifting, and antiquing.

Lorna Oskouie – HCLA Class of 2020

Lives In: Noblesville
Profession: Realtor
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Real Estate

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Sports/Recreation
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities
Faith Community

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
I tell people it is all the perks of living in a small town with the convenience of living in a big city! I originally came to Hamilton County for a job opportunity right out of college and truly fell in love with the strong sense of community I constantly witnessed around me.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
The Farmers Market’s are my favorite. But I also love all of the events and live music performances that are constantly going on. There seems to always be a way for you to engage in your community in Hamilton County and I truly believe that leads to a higher quality of life.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
I never miss the Farmers Market and the opportunity to support small businesses. I am also always at the Street Dance in Noblesville, Connor Prairie at least once a year, and multiple outdoor concerts. During the week I spend at least a day or two working at the local coffee shops or cafe’s.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Everything! I have had a unique experience of living, working, playing, and volunteering in Hamilton County so I feel confident in my ability to chat with someone about almost anything. I guess to narrow it down, I am really plugged into the professional community, the municipalities, the recreation and event opportunities, the real estate market, and the non-profit community.

Ranj Puthran – HCLA Clas of 2020

Lives In: Carmel
Profession: Insurance Agent
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Insurance

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Arts/Culture/Music
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Sports/Recreation
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities
Faith Community

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Schools, Diversity, City Development, Business Community

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Dining, activities, parks, events and more

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Biking, Running, Art, Shows and music, restaurants, Library, Rotary, Volunteering opportunities

Brian Tomamichel – HCLA Class of 2020

Lives In: Westfield
Profession: Assistant Superintendent for Business

Additional Information

In which industry do you work?
Education

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Quality of Education
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Growing up on the southside of Indianapolis we wanted to move to Hamilton County for the best place to raise our kids. With constant activities and a family friendly setting we thought there was no better place to call home. No matter where you land in Hamilton County you can expect some of the best public schools in the state of Indiana.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Hamilton County has some of the best parks in the area. With three young kids (9, 7, and 4) a free activity is always high on our list of things to do. The ability to go somewhere for free in Hamilton County to fish, sled, ride bikes, or walk trails is unmatched. Hamilton County also has some of the best farmer markets around, for our family nothing beats starting a Saturday during May through October at a farmers market.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
We never miss a chance to pick fresh produce at Fisher’s Agri Park. Our kids love walking the fields and picking fresh vegetables, visiting the animals, or participating in an activity at the park.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Parks, farmer market, splash parks, biking, and education.

Adriann Young – HCLA Class of 2018

Lives In: Noblesville
Profession: Nonprofit Executive Director
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Non-Profit leadership/Education

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Job Market/Business and Professional Networking Connections
Event Experiences
Cost of Living
Quality of Education
Community/Neighborhoods
Family Activities

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
Schools and a sense of community. Downtown Noblesville has history and charm that is unmatched. The access to incredible food, culture, sports, entertainment options are unmatched in Indiana.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
Explore White River.

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
Christkindlmarkt!

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
Getting engaged with schools, networking opportunities, local restaurants and park activities.

Dagny Zupin – HCLA Class of 2022

Lives In: Cicero
Profession: Government and Community Relations Liaison, Duke Energy
Additional Information
In which industry do you work?
Utilities, Community Engagement

What aspects of Hamilton County do you feel you can share with potential new residents/employees?
Assisting residents with networking and getting involved in their communities through volunteer work or arts & culture organizations. Always happy to share culinary gems too.

What attracted you to living/working in Hamilton County?
It’s a truly wonderful and caring community! The county offers a wide variety of recreation amenities that are applicable to an array of lifestyles and demographics. Residents in Hamilton County are genuinely very proud to call Hamilton County home and work hard to continue making sure the county grows and remains a special place to live & work. There’s always a new project or initiative happening in the county and that’s a great energy to be around if you’re looking to settle down in a new community.

What is your favorite thing to do in Hamilton County?
The restaurant scene in Hamilton County is amazing. Enjoying dinner with friends at someplace locally owned and then taking in one of the free outdoor music performances offered around the county in the summer is a pretty perfect day in Hamilton County for me!

What is one thing you never miss doing in Hamilton County each year?
A concert at Ruoff Music Center in Noblesville. Floating or kayaking on the White River would be a close second.

What activities or hobbies do you enjoy that you would be willing to share with prospective residents/workers?
I enjoy being involved with different nonprofits, boards, or events. I would be happy to share engagement opportunities and great restaurants and parks within the county.