Staff

Matt Knutson
Radius Indiana/SPEA Intern
Office: 812.277.9778

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. 

Becky Skillman
President/CEO
Office: 812-277-9778

Becky Skillman joined Radius Indiana as President/CEO on February 1, 2013.  Prior to joining Radius, Becky served as Lt. Governor of the State of Indiana for 8 years.  Becky has devoted her life to public service and to the enrichment of the lives of the citizens of Indiana.  

Becky began her career in public service in 1977 when she was elected to the office of Lawrence County Recorder.  Eight years later, she was elected as County Clerk.

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, she became Majority Caucus Chair, the first woman in history to serve in the 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

Serving as Lt. Governor over the next 8 years, Becky had more legal duties than any other Lt. Governor in the country.  Since first taking office in 2005, she soundly 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 is also co-chairing the Indiana Bicentennial Commission with former Congressman Lee Hamilton.

Jeremy Sowders
Director, Business Development
Mobile: (812) 320-7358

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
Manager, Radius Indiana
Mobile: (812) 583-1095

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.

Deb Owen
Specialist, Marketing Communications
Mobile: (812) 797-2987

 

With 20 years of experience including designing marketing strategies, providing creative direction, and developing compelling brands in the consumer, business, and not-for-profit sectors, Deb Owen serves as Marketing Communications Specialist at Radius Indiana. 

 

Practiced at the art of innovation and pragmatics of turning strategy into action, Deb blends creative elements with solid strategies that deliver profitable, effective, and replicable results. 

 

Deb has run the gamut as creative director, communications director, and marketing strategist for multi-million dollar international corporations in consumer electronics and telecommunications, to serving as director of a publishing firm, as well as working one-on-one with entrepreneurs and small business owners.  Responsible for the marketing, branding and communication strategies for the Radius Indiana region, she oversees all marketing efforts, including brand development, online marketing, press relations, and alignment of communications with regional partners. 


Vicki Hollanders
Vicki Hollanders
Business Advisor, Indiana Small Business Development Center and Radius Indiana
Office: (317) 695-7261

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.