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.
Troy Phelps is the Regional Director for the South Central Indiana Small Business Development Center. He is currently working out of the Bloomington ISBDC office located at the Ivy Tech Gayle and Bill Cook Center for Entrepreneurship. He previously worked for the West Central ISBDC and, in total, has counseled with over 350 clients. Troy specializes in accounting and has significant experience in the banking, medical, and insurance industries. Having started two businesses of his own in the past, he also understands firsthand the challenges of owning a business. In addition, he is an adjunct professor at Ivy Tech Community College teaching Quickbooks and Entrepreneurial Finance classes and is a certified Quickbooks Pro Advisor. Troy holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from Anderson University. Troy provides free, confidential, one-on-one business assistance in developing business plans, financial analysis, strategic planning, and locating funding sources.