guests for Tuesday January 23rd

Scheduled guests…


  Mark Miles

Veteran business leader and international sports executive Mark D. Miles became chief executive officer of Hulman & Company on Dec. 17, 2012.

Miles leads the overall business direction and management of Hulman & Company, including a key role in the refinement and implementation of the company’s long-term strategic plan. Hulman & Company is comprised of Clabber Girl, Georgetown Realty, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions and various other business entities.

In his tenure at the helm of the company, Miles has taken actions to strengthen the company’s racing and non-racing properties. In 2014, Verizon was signed as the title sponsor for the IndyCar Series and the INDYCAR Grand Prix now opens the month of May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The IMS Productions team added a new state-of-the art live production truck in 2014 and Clabber Girl continues as the No. 1 baking powder brand in the country.

Miles brought an impressive blend of experience from all phases of his career to Hulman & Company. In the sports world, he transformed the ATP, governing body of men’s international professional tennis, from a start-up league to an international leader. During his 15-year tenure from 1990-2005, the ATP posted impressive revenue gains, launched innovative marketing initiatives and expanded its global presence.

He’s also successfully and profitably led two major sports entertainment events in Indianapolis: the Pan American Games in 1987 and the Super Bowl in 2012, a 10-day event that attracted more than a million fans and set a new standard for the National Football League.

Prior to joining Hulman & Company, Miles led the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc. (CICP), a consortium of the leading companies in Central Indiana working with premier university research institutions to strategically develop economic growth in the region. Miles currently serves on numerous civic and non-profit boards.

Earlier in his career, Miles was executive director of corporate relations for Eli Lilly and Company, responsible for the company’s local, state and national government affairs, communications and foundation.

Miles is a graduate of Wabash College and a member of its athletic hall of fame. Miles and his wife, Helen, live in Indianapolis and have four adult children.

Jim Ayello

Jim grew up in a small Chicago suburb called West Dundee, the third of four children, and  loves movies, his two cats and weird socks.

Jim graduated from Mizzou in May 2013 and arrived at the IndyStar shortly thereafter. He served as a copy-editing intern for a few months, then bounced around Indiana (Columbus, Greenfield) for a couple of years. Early on he worked with some fabulous journalists before catching on at IndyStar again, this time as a full-time copy editor. After about a year, he jumped over to sports as a digital producer, where I did some reporting, recorded Pacers podcasts with Nate Taylor and produced fantasy football videos with Matt Glenesk.

Jim have had one of the greatest experiences a budding IndyCar writer could ask for. As an IndyStar sports producer for the past year, he’d read, edited and promoted Curt Cavin’s stories. There is a reason Curt is considered a legend. Along with possessing an astounding knowledge of the sport, he is a wonderful and passionate storyteller — and I had a front-row seat to watch him work.

By all accounts Jim has stepped up and taken over very well.

See you Tuesday evening at McGilvery’s Speedway