Capital Improvement Board

Allen County-Fort Wayne Capital Improvement
Board of Directors

In addition to directing the disbursement of the Allen County Supplemental Food & Beverage Tax, the Capital Improvement Board oversees the operations of the Grand Wayne Convention Center (GWCC) in downtown Fort Wayne.

The CIB's directors are appointed by the mayor of Fort Wayne (three) and the Allen County Commissioners (three), and together they select a seventh director to preside over the board.


Nancy Jordan

President OF THE BOARD

Nancy Jordan serves as senior vice president of Individual Annuity Operations at Lincoln Financial Group. She leads the team responsible for issuing, providing post-sale service and retaining Lincoln Financial’s variable and fixed annuity products. Jordan is a member of the company’s Corporate Leadership Group and serves as Key City lead for the Fort Wayne office.

Prior to joining Lincoln Financial in 1987, Jordan was employed by the former George S. Olive & Co. (now doing business as BKD LLP) as a staff accountant and by Martin Luther King Montessori School as their financial director.

Jordan is actively involved in the community and is a member of the board of directors of the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance, Downtown Development Committee and serves on the Indiana State Museum Foundation Board and their finance committee.

Jordan holds a bachelor's degree from Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne. She is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) and holds FINRA Series 6, 26 and 27 securities registrations. Jordan is professionally affiliated with the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Indiana CPA Society and Financial Executives International. She also serves on the senior advisory boards of several financial industry groups.

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Ben Eisbart

Vice President
Vice President of Human Resources
& Corporate Compliance Officer
Steel Dynamics, Inc.

Ben Eisbart is vice president of human resources and corporate compliance officer for Steel Dynamics, Inc. (SDI), a Fortune 500 company and the fifth largest mini-mill steelmaker in the United States He is a representative for Allen County on the Allen County Capital Improvement Board. He is also the current president of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art, chairman of AWS Foundation and a member of the Visitors of Indiana University’s Jewish Studies Program board.

Eisbart's professional experience includes working as an investment executive with Shearson Hammil in New York and Connecticut, Executive Director of the Fort Wayne Jewish Federation, Vice President of L&S Equipment and Executive Vice President—Administration and Corporate Compliance for OmniSource. He also owned an executive search consulting company, The Eisbart Group.

Eisbart served two terms on the Fort Wayne City Council, twice elected as president. He served as secretary on the Fort Wayne Community School Board; was president of the Fort Wayne Plan Commission; president of the Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission; chairman of the Metropolitan Human Relations Commission, Allen County Democratic Party (City Chairman); and chairman of the Allen County Economic Opportunity Council. Eisbart was a founding board member of the Enterprise Zone-Fort Wayne and Science Central and was appointed as an Allen County representative for the Economic Development and Redevelopment Councils. Eisbart also served as the Governor’s representative and was the chairman of the Indiana Office of Utility Consumer Counselor Advisory Council. He was president of the Fort Wayne Civic Theatre and he chaired Mayor Tom Henry’s Transition Team.

Eisbert earned his undergraduate degree in English from Alfred University and a Master of Science degree in Counseling from Alfred University. He served tours with the U.S. Army in the Far East and Washington, D.C., was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant and awarded the Army Commendation Medal. In 1993, Eisbart was named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Evan Bayh.


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Steve Brody

Brody Consulting, LLC

Steve Brody came to Fort Wayne in 1987 when he joined Lincoln National Corporation. After retiring from Lincoln in 2006, Steve was project manager for the Harrison Square mixed use development in downtown Fort Wayne. He has also been involved in a number of other public sector initiatives.

Brody is a past board member for the Fort Wayne Allen County Convention and Tourism Authority, Indiana Tech and the Downtown Improvement District. In addition to his responsibilities with the CIB, he is currently on the boards for the Downtown Development Trust, Erin’s House for Grieving Children, Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation and The Malpas Trust.

Brody and his wife Carolyn are the proud parents of Jon (Emily and grandson Benjamin), Amanda, Tom and Daniel.

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Yogi Parikh

Azar Incorporated

Yogi Parikh joined Azar Incorporated in 1989 as vice president of finance. As current president, he spearheads strategic planning, acquisition activities and investments, as well as overseeing the day-to-day management of the company. The Azar Incorporated portfolio includes banquet/catering operations, restaurants, hotels, real estate and numerous investments in three different states.

Parikh's current community involvement includes serving as a board member for the Allen County Capital Improvement Board and the Anthony Wayne Area Council, as well as annual fund raising for different organizations. Past community involvement includes serving as a finance committee member of the CDC, Canterbury Schools and BSA Troup 430 volunteer.

Parikh earned his master’s degree in business administration from Xavier University in 1976.

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Gil Haynie

Hawk, Haynie, Kammeyer & Chickedantz, LLP

Gil Haynie is an attorney and partner at Hawk, Haynie, Kammeyer and Chickedantz, LLP. His experience includes business and commercial law, media law, estate planning and probate and estate administration. His clients include CBRE | Sturges and Fort Wayne Journal Gazette.

In addition to serving as the treasurer for the Allen County Capital Improvement Board, Haynie is actively involved in his community. His volunteer work includes serving on the board of directors for Visit Fort Wayne, the Journal Gazette Foundation and the Embassy Theatre Foundation, where he served as president of the board and still serves with the executive committee. In the past, he volunteered with Junior Achievement of Northeast Indiana.

Haynie earned his bachelor's degree at Indiana University, Bloomington in 1969 and then went on to graduate from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1973. He has been a member of the Indiana State Bar Association since 1973, is a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a member of the Allen County Bar Association (Probate, Tax and Trust Section).

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Mike Packnett

President & Chief Executive Officer

Mike Packnett joined Parkview Health as president and CEO in June 2006. Packnett oversees the not-for-profit healthcare system that employs nearly 6,800 full- and part-time employees. Parkview is the largest employer in northeast Indiana. Prior to joining Parkview Health, Packnett served eight years as President and CEO of Mercy Health System of Oklahoma in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He joined their parent organization, Sisters of Mercy Health of St. Louis, Missouri in 1993. Packnett then served as president and CEO of their health system in northeast Arkansas for four years, until 1999.

Packnett is very active in the Fort Wayne community and serves on several boards, including the Indiana Hospital Association Board of Directors, Indiana Hospital Association Board Committee on Government Relations, Chairman of the Indiana Hospital Association’s Northeast District Board, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, Northeast Indiana Corporate Council, Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau, and Super Shot.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Central Oklahoma and a master’s degree in hospital administration from the University of Minnesota.

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Lisa Updike

Barnes & Thornburg, LLP

Lisa D. Updike is an associate in both the Finance, Insolvency and Restructuring and Corporate Departments in the Fort Wayne office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. Ms. Updike's law experience includes creditor representation, commercial litigation, bankruptcy and real estate law. She is also a member of the firm’s diversity committee.

Ms. Updike serves as president and board member of the Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana, Inc. She also serves on the Manchester College President’s Leadership Council, the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership Advisory Board, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Board and the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance Downtown Development Committee. Ms. Updike was recognized as a 40 Under 40 honoree by the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly in 2010, a Leadership in Law Up-and-Coming Lawyer by the Indiana Lawyer in 2011 and an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2012 and 2013.

Ms. Updike graduated magna cum laude from Manchester College with a Bachelor of Science degree in finance. She received her Doctor of Jurisprudence cum laude from Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis.

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