16 Tech Community Corporation is pleased to welcome four leading business and community leaders to its board of directors: Kristin Mays-Corbitt, president of Mays Chemical Company; Bart Peterson, senior vice president, corporate affairs at Eli Lilly and Company; and Marya Rose, vice president-chief administrative officer at Cummins Inc. Angela Smith Jones, newly appointed deputy mayor for economic development under Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett, has been named the City of Indianapolis’s board representative.
The 16 Tech Community Corporation board of directors guides the development of the 16 Tech innovation community located on Indianapolis’s near west side. It is purpose-built to attract the best talent to collaborate, innovate and commercialize new ideas across a spectrum of advanced industries, including life sciences, technology and advanced manufacturing, as well as the creative industries. Its board of directors will oversee 16 Tech’s mission to build a community representing a diverse population of talent and companies.
“At the close of 2015, the 16 Tech Community Corporation Board of Directors finalized their agreement with the City of Indianapolis. Since then the board has been fully engaged in next steps to ensure 16 Tech infrastructure improvements progress on schedule to support development in 2016,” said Betsy McCaw, president of 16 Tech Community Corporation. “Kristin, Bart, Marya and Angela bring deep community leadership and business experience to the board, underscoring the importance of collaboration among industry sectors and diversity of community involvement to the success of the 16 Tech innovation community.”
Mays-Corbitt is president of Mays Chemical Company, a position she has held since 2012. The daughter of founder William G. (Bill) Mays, Mays-Corbitt has been exposed to Mays Chemical her entire life. During her tenure at Mays, she progressed in roles of responsibilities from intern through a series of roles including customer service representative, business analyst, director of customer service, and manager of warehouse distribution, blending operations, fleet and inventory, purchasing and marketing. She was vice president of operations and assistant to the chairman before being named president.
Mays-Corbitt serves on YMCA of Greater Indianapolis Advisory Board and is a board member of Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc. (CICP), Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce, Inc. (Indy Chamber) and the Indiana University School of Business Dean Council.
Peterson joined Lilly in 2009 and has served as senior vice president of corporate affairs and communications since. Before joining Lilly, Peterson served as managing director of Strategic Capital Partners, as a fellow with the Institute of Politics at Harvard University, and as a distinguished visiting professor of public policy at Ball State University.
From 2000 to 2007, Peterson served two terms as mayor of Indianapolis and, in 2007, was president of the National League of Cities. In conjunction with Indiana University, Purdue University, Lilly, and the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Peterson championed the creation of BioCrossroads, the Indiana life sciences initiative. Prior to elective office, he was a member of Indiana Governor Evan Bayh’s leadership team, first as his adviser for environmental affairs and later as chief of staff. He also was an attorney with Ice Miller in Indianapolis.
Peterson is a founding member and board chair of The Mind Trust, a non-profit organization promoting education reform. He is also a board member of the Regenstrief Foundation and Kite Realty Group, and a member of the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs Dean’s Council. In 2012, Peterson was appointed by the U.S. Department of State to the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Business Advisory Council.
As Vice President – Chief Administrative Officer for Cummins Inc. since 2011, Rose oversees seven global functions including legal, government relations, global security, corporate facilities and real estate, communications, ethics and compliance and Cummins Business Services (CBS). She also serves on the company’s senior leadership team.
Rose joined Cummins in 1997 as a lawyer and served as General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Cummins from 2001 until August 2011, when she was named CAO. Prior to joining Cummins, Rose was an attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, assistant general counsel with the State’s largest agency (FSSA) and a senior aide to two Indiana Governors — Evan Bayh and Frank O’Bannon.
In the community, Rose is chair of the board of directors for Planned Parenthood of Indiana and Kentucky and serves on the board of the Indianapolis Museum of Art.
Smith Jones joined the City of Indianapolis in January 2016 to focus on economic development. Prior to joining the City, Smith Jones was named general counsel of the Indy Chamber after five years as the Chamber’s director of Public Policy and Legislative Affairs working on education, workforce development, mass transit, environment and immigration issues. Prior to working for the Indy Chamber, Smith Jones was director with the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency (IPLA).
An Indianapolis native, Smith Jones is a board member of Growing Places Indy, Indiana Latino Institute, Stanley K. Lacy Advisory Council and Indianapolis Monthly Advisory Council. She was appointed in 2015 to serve on Indiana Governor Mike Pence’s State Workforce Innovation Council.
About 16 Tech
16 Tech is an innovation community and one of the largest talent attraction, retention and development opportunities in Indianapolis’s history. Located on the near west side of Indianapolis, 16 Tech will be a dense, open community that brings talent together to collaborate, share resources and knowledge toward innovation. It will include flexible research space for advanced industries, ample public space, a mix of housing opportunities and retail and office space for entrepreneurs and established companies as well as opportunities for the surrounding neighborhoods through ongoing programming and partnerships and job training and career opportunities. More information can be found at www.16techindy.com.