Becky Skillman serves as President/CEO of Radius Indiana, an eight-county economic development corporation in South Central Indiana. Before joining Radius in February 2013, Becky served as Lt. Governor of the State of Indiana for eight years. Becky has devoted her life to public service and to the enrichment of the lives of the citizens of Indiana. She began her career in public service in 1977 and served 16 years as an elected official in Lawrence County. In 1992, Becky was elected to the Indiana State Senate, where she represented Lawrence, Monroe, Jackson, Washington, and Orange Counties. Rising quickly through the leadership ranks, she became Majority Caucus Chair, making history as the first woman to serve in Indiana's Senate Republican leadership. During her 12 years in the Senate, she led the charge to include the state's small towns and rural communities in its economic development agenda. There, she authored plans for development in distressed counties and for the revitalization of downtown areas. In 2004, she was selected by Mitch Daniels to be his running mate in his bid for Governor. As Indiana's 49th Lt. Governor, Becky held more legal duties than any other Lt. Governor in the country. Since first taking office in 2005, she managed five state agencies that administered more than $1 billion in programs, including the Indiana State Department of Agriculture, the Office of Energy Development, the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, the Office of Community and Rural Affairs, and the Office of Tourism Development. Additionally, she chaired the state's Counter Terrorism and Security Council and served as President of the Indiana Senate. She continues to serve as the co-chair of the Indiana Bicentennial Commission, with former Congressman Lee Hamilton.
Jeremy Sowders was named Director of Business Development for Radius in August 2012. He is responsible for business attraction in the Radius region. Prior to joining Radius, Jeremy worked in economic development at the local and state levels. Most recently, he worked for the International Economic Development Council (IEDC) based in Washington, DC where he worked on a variety of research and providing technical assistance on a wide range of economic development related projects. Jeremy has also worked for the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation (BEDC) and the Indiana Economic Development Council (IEDC). A native of Mitchell, IN, Jeremy attended Mitchell High School and graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Public Affairs.
Joe Timbrook became Manager of Radius Indiana in March 2011. He is responsible for development projects and office management. Previously, he worked with the Lawrence County Economic Growth Council and was Senior Vice President of Marketing for Hoosier Hills Credit Union. He is a member of the Indiana Economic Development Association and works on multiple community projects in Bedford, Indiana, and the Lawrence County area.
As Administrative Assistant, Autumn Godsey serves as a trusted advisor, providing comprehensive, strategic support as well as high-level administrative support to Radius Indiana’s President/CEO and the entire team. In this role, she assists with calendar management, scheduling, meeting preparation and a variety of other tasks. She also manages effective channels of communication between Radius Indiana’s board members, internal and external constituents, and all of Radius Indiana partners in progress. Autumn joined Radius Indiana for a number of compelling reasons, including the opportunity to provide support to a team committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of the eight-county region.
In Vicki’s role as Business Advisor for the Indiana Small Business Development Center, she meets with businesses throughout the 8 south central Indiana counties served by Radius Indiana. The confidential, private consulting she provides helps new and established businesses with business plan development, financial analysis, strategic planning, and locating funding sources. Her career background includes government contracting, marketing, and developing Indiana state incentive programs for economic development.
Matt Knutson joined Radius Indiana in August of 2013 as the John Ryan Fellow through Indiana University. Matt is a candidate for a Master's in Public Affairs concentrating in economic development and public financial administration through Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. At IU, he is the President of the Student Economic Development Association. He also serves as the head coach of the club rowing team. He previously studied at the University of Dayton where he obtained a B.A. in Economics and a minor in International Studies. In Dayton, Matt worked with the Ohio Aerospace Hub, an economic development engine seeking to promote job growth in aerospace related industries within the city of Dayton. Through this position, he was able to help recruit and expand businesses. He hopes to be able to apply this experience to help improve quality of life for residents while at Radius Indiana.