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Behind the Scenes- September Brunch Panel

Behind the Scenes- September Brunch Panel 


Wonder what it takes to be a highly regarded woman and business leader in Indianapolis? We have brought in what we are referring to as a Kick-*** Women's Panel. Get ready to not only have brunch vs. lunch, but rub elbows with four of the most influential women locally. Introducing our next two speakers, Martha Hoover and Allison Melangton!


Martha Hoover 

As former public sector lawyer —sex crimes and domestic violence cases— Patachou Inc. owner Martha Hoover was not overwhelmed by the risk of the undertaking. It was excellent, if unorthodox, training for the restaurant business. Having never waited tables, never cooked professionally or in any way worked in a restaurant, she has created a successful group of dining establishments—Cafes Patachou, Petite Chou Bistro & Champagne Bar, Napolese Artisanal Pizzeria and Wine Bar, and Public Greens Urban Kitchen Garden and Grill. The restaurants reflect her lifelong passion for food and ingredients of excellent quality, as well as a joie de vie. All the concepts are cherished neighborhood destinations, serving dishes made with the highest quality ingredients in the freshest preparation methods possible. Their walls are filled with art, music floats above the buzz of the diners and an urban energy reverberates that is the direct result of her vision.

When Hoover opened Café Patachou, her goal was to prepare the best “simple” food using high quality ingredients. This was quite a novel approach in 1989. Vendors said that it was a mistake to roast our own meat and make homemade bread because cheaper, yet inferior, alternatives were available. The standard in the local industry deemed that strict quality standards were not necessary for success in this market. Immediately, customers noted the difference between Café Patachou and other breakfast/ lunch restaurants and that has been the key to the success of the entire company. Patachou, Inc. has purposefully grown slowly over the past twenty years. Hoover is a hands-on owner who is truly active in the business assuring the adherence to exacting standards and attention to every detail.

Hoover lives in Indianapolis, Indiana and is married to John Hoover. They have five lovely children, two of whom are dogs.

Allison Melangton

Allsion Melangton joined Hulman Motorsports Corporation as Senior Vice President on November 1, 2014 and is responsible for overall production of major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including those during the Month of May, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and Verizon INDYCAR Series special events, such as the pre-season kickoff and post-season celebration parties. Melangton served on the Executive Leadership team of Indiana Sports Corp for twenty years, serving the last two years as President from September 1, 2012 until October of 2014.  Four of those years were serving as CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008 through 2012. 

Widely regarded as the most engaging and successfully organized Super Bowl in history, Super Bowl XLVI in Indianapolis featured the Super Bowl Village, which drew more than 1.1 million people to downtown Indianapolis; $154 million of investment in the city’s Near Eastside through the Legacy Project; more than 8,000 volunteers serving in a variety of roles; and community, youth and green initiatives that impacted hundreds of thousands of individuals. Melangton was honored with a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012, and recognized as a “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s industry-leading publication, named Melangton as a recipient of its “Game Changer” Award in 2012.  Melangton also serves on the Board of Directors for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc. Melangton was nationally recognized with the 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for working as a liaison between the National Football League and the Indianapolis community for the 2012 Super Bowl. Melangton is also 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy. 

Allison has been married for 29 years to husband, Tom, and has one son, Cameron, who has recently graduated from Ball State University. 

Come meet Martha and Allsion at our September Brunch on September 21, 2016 at 9:30 AM at The Barn in Zionsville. Hope to see you there!

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Event Recap ILEA Luncheon at Ruth's Chris Steak House

We had a wonderful luncheon on August 31st at the Ruth's Chris Steak House.  Thank you Kristin Hornberger Photography for the beautiful images, Linen Hero for the wonderful napkins, Ruth's Chris Steak House for hosting us and the spectacular lunch, NBE Event Group for the A/V, Aimed Photography for all of the marketing/printed pieces and Royal Creations for the beautiful centerpieces! See all the wonderful images below!


Hope to see you all September 21st for the Kick-Ass Women Business Leaders Brunch at The Barn in Zionsville!  Register today!













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Member Spotlight - Temple Rice of City BBQ


Member Spot Light

Meet: Temple Rice 

Regional Manager of Business Development 

City BBQ


Temple is  the Regional Manager of Business Development for City BBQ. They have 5 restaurants in the Indianapolis market and specialize in BBQ. They offer full service catering, daily deliveries for companies, corporate events and personal events. What makes them different is that they make everything on site in their restaurants. Food is served fresh every day. Temple is new to the industry, and has been with City BBQ since sept of 2015. Her previous job was a Regional Director of Business Development for a Healthcare company who owned 100 nursing homes and assisted living communities. She was introduced to ILEA by a couple of members that she met and attended her first luncheon in Jan 2016.Temple said "I immediately felt comfortable and joined right away." The first luncheon is by far the most memorable.  What most people may not know about her is that she spent 8 years in the Navy on active duty and was in desert storm for a year. Temple has also been throwing competitive darts all over the region for about 10 years.


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Member Spotlight- Andy Hoffman of Blissful Kiss Photography

Member Spotlight:

Andy Hoffman

Owner of Blissful Kiss Photography

Blissful Kiss is an Indianapolis-based wedding photographers and cinematographers, but also serve the surrounding states– Ohio, Illinois, Kentucky, and Michigan– the midwest and beyond.

What is your title and position at your current company? 

Owner and the guy behind the camera for Blissful Kiss Photography and Scheer Hoffman Creative.

What does your company do? How is it different than others like it? 

Blissful Kiss Photography: Photography and cinematography for weddings, engagements and proposals.  We love working with couples that are comfortable in their own skin: the uniquely geek and offbeat chic.  Knowing and understanding the couples we work with allows us to authentically tell their story. We get them, and their photos and films show it. Scheer Hoffman Creative: We’re your creative media solution, at the intersection of photography, communication, technology and strategy.  We offer special event photography and video, along with headshots and commercial photography, and a whole lot more.  We help small and mid-sized businesses and nonprofits find their digital voice by providing modern web and media packages, coupled with strategy.  

How many years have you been in the industry? 

I’ve been at it for a loooong time, but our business, as we know it now, is in its sixth year.

What was your very first job? 

My very first job was in high school helping out in the IT department. Mostly I schlepped computers around (remember how they used to be huge?!)

What lead you in into the event industry? 

When my wife (and business partner) and I got married, we loved it. Being surrounded by friends, family and happiness was the best. So we started thinking about how to combine out talents so we could stay around all the love. Shortly after, a friend, who had seen and loved our other work, somehow talked us into photographing her wedding. Our nerves were through the roof, but it turned out great and was the official start of our business and our passion for the wedding industry.

Why did you decide to join ILEA? 

The only thing we miss about working for another company is work-place colleagues.  ILEA looks like a great organization where we’ll be able to build relationships with the other members.  We also are looking to be a part of the community.

What are you looking to gain out of our ILEA membership and how can we help you achieve that?

We would love to get to know the other members of ILEA better. We hope to both learn from and help out other members. We want to support the ILEA community as well as the events industry.

What is your most memorable event? Why? 

A wedding from 2015, up at the Purdue Union.  It was a tiny wedding, only 60 or so guests.The couple, who met through online gaming, got special permission from the Catholic Church to get married during lent because they HAD to get married on Pi Day (3/14/15). They are one of those special couples that you just click with.  They helped set us on a path to honing our specialty: uniquely geeky, nerdy and offbeat brides and grooms.

What’s one thing most people don’t know about you? 

We love travel and hearing about the places and trips other people have taken, too.  Where should we go next? and just as important, what should we eat?

If you were not in the event industry, what would be your dream job? 

To be in the event industry.

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