Board of Directors

2014/2015 500 Festival Board of Directors

Serving as the governing body of the 500 Festival, the board of directors is comprised of community leaders. The board guides the strategic vision of the 500 Festival and its members act as trustees, representing the organization within the community. Committed to bettering the organization, members serve on various committees that support and enhance the 500 Festival and its more than 50 programs and events. 


Chairman of the Board: Gary Aletto, Chief Operating Officer, Bright Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Vice Chairman of the Board: Patty Martin, Senior Director, Lilly Diabetes, Eli Lilly and Company

Secretary: Justin Christian, President and CEO, BCforward


Board Members:

Gary Aletto
Chief Operating Officer
Bright Sheet Metal Company, Inc.

Kris Altice
General Counsel
Shiel Sexton Company, Inc.

Jeff Belskus
Civic Volunteer

Doug Boles
Indianapolis Motor Speedway Corporation

John Boss
Executive Vice President
Aon Risk Solutions

David Bratton
Business Furniture

Bob Brody
President & CEO
Franciscan St. Francis Health

Doug Brown
Partner & Principal
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP

Kathy Cabello
Cabello Associates, Inc.

Leslie Carter-Prall
Area President

Justin Christian
CEO & Founder

Art Coffey, M.D.
Director of Cardiovascular Surgery
IU Health

John Crisp
Senior Managing Director, Principal

Larry Delia
President & General Manager
WTHR, Channel 13

Lawrence Dewey
Chairman, President & CEO
Allison Transmission

Jim Freeman
Vice President of Community Affairs
OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.

Melissa Greenwell
Vice President, Human Resources
Finish Line

Bill Henley
Vice President of Regulatory & Government Affairs
Indianapolis Power & Light Company

Rob Hillman
President & General Manager
Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield in Indiana

Patty Martin
Senior Director, Lilly Diabetes
Eli Lilly and Company

Susan Massela
Vice President, Human Resources
Simon Property Group

Bob McElwain
Vice Chairman, Indiana Market & President, Middle Market Commercial Banking
JP Morgan Chase

Scott Molander
Chief Operating Officer
LIDS Sports Group

David Pentzien
Tap Ventures, LLC

Robert Pruitt
Managing Partner

Aaron Reitz
Senior Vice President of Private Banking

Natalie Roberts
Senior Vice President
Monarch Beverage 

Zack Scott
President, Ohio Valley District

Paul Sinclair
Ice Miller

Gretchen Snelling
Vice President & General Counsel
Hulman & Company

Mike Strohl
Senior Vice President of Customer Relationships & Corporate Affairs
Citizens Energy Group

Pat Walsh
Executive Vice President, COO & CFO
Emmis Communications

Mike Wells
REI Real Estate Services, LLC



Megan Bulla

500 Festival

(317) 614-6128





Fifth Harmony to headline 2014 Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day entertainment


INDIANAPOLIS (April 7, 2014) – The 500 Festival announced today that Fifth Harmony, presented by 99.5 WZPL, will headline the 2014 Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day on May 10, 2014.


Fifth Harmony is a musical group formed of five girls between the ages of 16-20. They came into the national spotlight when they finished 3rd on The X-Factor entertaining crowds by singing pop and R&B hits. The five girls came together after previously auditioning for the show as solo artists. Fifth Harmony signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records.


In only two years, Fifth Harmony has had many accomplishments. In October of 2013, the group’s debut album, Better Together, debuted #6 on the Billboard 200 and #2 on iTunes album chart. Just this past January, they were voted “Next Pop Superstar of 2013” by Popdust Magazine and are currently nominated for “Breakout Artist of The Year” at the 2014 Radio Disney Music Awards. Fifth Harmony is currently opening for Demi Lovato’s 2014 Neon Lights Tour, playing in 27 arenas across North America.


“This is a great fit for the event and we are very excited to host this talented group of successful young women that will be entertaining for all ages and get everyone on their feet and dancing to the rhythm of May,” said Bob Bryant, President and CEO, 500 Festival. “The 500 Festival is very excited to provide a free family celebration as well as opportunities for kids to be outside and active. We are grateful to the many volunteers, sponsor partners, participants and staff that help to put on this annual tradition.” 


“Chase is proud to support the 500 Festival and specifically the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day and Rookie Run,” said Bob McElwain, Vice Chairman of Chase in Indiana and President, Middle Market Commercial Banking, J.P. Morgan Securities LLC. “The addition of Fifth Harmony is sure to be a crowd pleaser and a great headliner for this traditional community event that includes encouraging kids to participate in the Rookie Run and generally have a fun day downtown.”


Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day is the state’s largest FREE outdoor festival for children. The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 10, 2014. In addition to experiencing a live Fifth Harmony performance, kids and families can interact with local mascots, race mini cars, bounce in giant inflatables, get free kids haircuts by Great Clips and create arts and crafts. Children can also visit with nationally-known characters or make sashes with the 500 Festival Princesses. Dozens of exhibitors will fill Monument Circle in the heart of downtown Indianapolis with food, fun and educational games.


Sponsors for the Chase 500 Festival Kids’ Day include Chase, AAA Travel, Indianapolis Colts, Meijer and Indiana Pacers.


For more information on Kids’ Day or other 500 Festival events and programs visit


Editor’s Note: Click here to download a photo of Fifth Harmony.


The 500 Festival, a not-for-profit volunteer organization, was created in 1957 to organize civic events celebrating the greatest race in the world. Over the past 57 years, the 500 Festival has grown to become one of the largest festivals in the nation. The mission of the 500 Festival is to produce life-enriching events and programs while celebrating the spirit and legacy of the Indianapolis 500® and fostering positive impact on the city of Indianapolis and state of Indiana.