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August 4, 2013

Newsmakers: August 4, 2013

TERRE HAUTE — Indiana University Alumni Association CEO

J Thomas Forbes has been elected to a three-year term on the Council of Alumni Association Executives Board of Directors.

The Terre Haute native was elected July 17 at CAAE’s semi-annual meeting in San Francisco.

Founded in 1989, CAAE is a professional organization of CEOs from roughly 100 of the largest and most complex alumni associations in the U.S. and Canada.

These thought leaders develop and share best practices and innovations that enhance the leadership and influence of the alumni, universities and institutional partners served by alumni organizations.

In the three years since Forbes was appointed IUAA executive director and CEO by IU President Michael A. McRobbie, the IUAA has undergone a dramatic transformation, setting new annual fundraising records; launching an award-winning “Four and More” print and online alumni magazine program; and reorganizing the association to be more fiscally sound, transparent and outcome-based. In the fiscal year that just ended, IUAA’s “Leap Forward” membership strategy resulted in a record nine consecutive months of net growth in paid memberships.

Forbes, a former IU trustee, earned a bachelor’s degree in political science and a master’s degree in public affairs and nonprofit management from IU. While an undergraduate, he served as student body president and founded the All University Student Assembly, of which he also was president. Forbes focused on public affairs and government relations in higher education at IU, serving four IU presidents, and at Michigan State University, as well as working in the private sector for Cummins Inc. before leading the IUAA.

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Chad Overton, owner of SERVPRO of Vigo County, was honored with the Chairman’s Silver Award for outstanding revenue performance during SERVPRO’s 44th Annual Convention June 17-21 in Anaheim, Calif.

In addition to providing a networking and educational forum for the more than 1,600 Franchise Owners in the SERVPRO Franchise System, the convention provides a platform to recognize and reward Franchisees for outstanding success in their businesses.

For more information about SERVPRO, contact Overton at 812-242-9611 or visit


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