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It is not often that local football fans have the opportunity to hear Lou Holtz speak. It is even rarer that they can hear him in person for just $20. But thanks to local financial advisor Brian Hayes, Holtz will speak at the 2016 Indianapolis Financial Forum at the Old National Centre on Sept. 22.

“We wanted to keep the price down and make it worthwhile for everyone to come to Indianapolis,” said Brian Hayes, president of the Hayes Advisory Group in Kokomo, which is hosting the forum. “The $20 general admission ticket is affordable and is also tax deductible. We will also have a VIP section for $150, but the general admission tickets are a great way to hear Coach Holtz. And the Old National Centre is a great venue.”

More importantly, the event is a fundraiser for the Indiana Chapter of the Crohn’s and Colitis Foundation of American.

“I have a lot of friends and family members who are afflicted with Crohn’s or colitis,” said Hayes. “It is hard to deal with and there is no cure. There needs to be a lot of money raised to find a cure and find relief from these diseases. It is an affliction that doesn’t get much press, but it affects a lot of people.”

Hayes explained that the event is a mix of financial advising with the folksy story-telling of Holtz.

“I had the chance to meet Coach Holtz a few months back and he shared his life and coaching philosophies with me,” said Hayes. “Those philosophies were basically the same thing I use. I told him what I wanted to do, and when I told him it was for charity, he agreed to come and do this.”

Hayes said Holtz will speak for approximately one hour and cover topics from not only his own financial success, but also his championship football career. The hall of fame coach’s presentation is titled, “The X’s and O’s for Financial Success.” Holtz, who most remember as a Notre Dame coach, is the only coach in NCAA history to lead six different programs to bowl games and the only coach to guide four different programs to the final top 20 rankings. Holtz’s humor and humility endear him to audiences as he helps them learn to assess their strengths, work as a team and embrace the values that translate into a successful financial game plan.

“He is a wonderful speaker,” said Hayes. “He will talk about overcoming challenges, not only in his life, but his player’s lives. Lou has a wonderful way of sharing those financial stories and tying it to life and weaving in football stories. It is the best of both worlds.”

The Indianapolis Financial Forum will be rooted in current market conditions and underlying economic fundamentals by some of the top economists.

“I have wanted to do something like this for a long time,” said Hayes. “It is much needed because there is so much uncertainty in the financial arena right now. People are concerned with it being a presidential election year. Markets are at an all-time high and people fear a correction will happen soon – just a lot of confusion out there. So, this is needed. This is going to be a win-win-win in our opinion – you can hear some of the brightest minds in the financial world, you can hear Coach Holtz speak and it is for charity.

“With so many different financial variables and world economic news, people are challenged with reliable sources of information. This event is intended to address the needs of retirees and pre-retirees with an empowering event,” said Hayes. “Again, Coach Holtz is a legend in the State of Indiana, and this is a rare opportunity to hear him speak locally in person. “

The doors for the Indianapolis Financial Forum with Lou Holtz open at 5:30 p.m. and the program begins at 6:30 p.m. on Sept. 22. The event is expected to be a sellout. For more information or to register, visit


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KOKOMO, Ind. – When David and Shirley Dubois arrived in Kokomo in late 1998, they thought the stay would be short lived – five years at the most. As the newly crowned CEO of the Kokomo Family YMCA, Dave’s intentions were to continue the capital building campaign, build a new facility and move on to a new assignment within the organization.

“When the board interviewed me 18 years ago, I gave them the stock answer of three to five years,” said Dubois. “I promised them I would be gone within a year of opening a new Y. I firmly believed the timeline – I would get the new Y built and find my next Y gig. Here we are 18 years later. But instead of moving on, I am going to retire.”

Dubois will stick to his word – he will retire on March 3, 2017, which is one year and three days after the new state-of-the-art downtown Kokomo YMCA building was opened – now called the Delmar E. Demaree Family YMCA.

“I told them I am giving them a bonus three days,” Dubois said with a chuckle. “I have told my board and national, so it is official – I am going to retire.”

Kokomo Mayor Greg Goodnight, who worked closely with Dubois through the years as the new YMCA was built next to the Stephen J. Daily Government Center, said the community leader will be missed.

“First, congrats to Dave on his retirement,” said Goodnight. “The next person leading the YMCA is going to have some big shoes to fill and I hope the board does a thorough job because it is an important position in the community. It will be hard to find someone to stay as long as Dave did, but I hope they find someone who was as passionate about it as he was.”

Dubois, a 33-year YMCA employee, said he is just the seventh director of the Kokomo branch. The YMCA of Kokomo began meeting in 1875 and was active in Sunday school, teaching and was evangelical, though it had no permanent space to call its own for the first 35 years. In 1910, a new building was erected at 200 N. Union St. in Kokomo. At the time of completed construction, it was the biggest and newest building in downtown Kokomo.

“There has only been seven (directors) in 106 years,” said Dubois, who noted the title has changed through the years. “It is not like they turnover very often. For a while I thought I had the longest tenure, but it turns out that one gentleman was here from 1920-1958. He wins. I am not going that long! But the YMCA in Kokomo has an interesting history.”

The father of four grown children – Kyle, Kaitlyn, Kelci and Keaton – arrived in Kokomo after working for 10 years at the YMCA of Pittsburgh and five years in Gadsden, Alabama. While he said he will not sit idle in retirement, the 56-year-old is not looking for another high-stress position.

“I will still have to work for another few years, but I have some freedom and flexibility in what I do next,” said the Indiana State University graduate. “I love the Y and I believe in the Y. My retirement has nothing to do with me losing faith in the organization. What we do matters. But it is time; I just want to do something different.”

Dubois said his intentions are to stay in Kokomo once he retires.

“This is where my network is. This is where we raised our kids,” he said. “Like I said, I have flexibility. But this has been my home for 18 years. We love Kokomo. I think I will be able to find something here.”

The CEO position at the YMCA in Kokomo is currently posted through Sept. 6 with intentions of selecting the eighth leader of the Kokomo mainstay by Nov. 21. Questions about the CEO search process should be directed to Franciene Gill at

This story was first reported by the Kokomo Herald and appeared in the Aug. 18 edition.


Courtesy of Morgan Young/Kokomo Herald

Courtesy of Morgan Young/Kokomo Herald


KOKOMO, Ind. – Entering the 60th rendition of the annual David A. Kasey Memorial Youth Baseball Tournament in Howard County, Hollingsworth Lumber joined fellow Russiaville Youth Baseball League and defending champion Lions Club as one of a short list of favorites to take home the Ralph Stewart Insurance Traveling Trophy. The bracket draw was favorable for the two teams, and they played through the tourney to meet in the title game at Taylor Southeast. Only one could win, and it was Hollingsworth that earned a 5-0 victory to unseat the 2015 champs.

But claiming the title was not easy.

Meeting for the fourth time this season, Hollingsworth – the 2000 Kasey Tourney champion – led the series 3-0. Beating a team three times in one season is tough enough, but to beat them four times is rare. With Parker Dean on the hill, Holly knew the game would not be easy as Lions Club entered the contest having outscored its opponents 60-16 in tourney play. Fortunately, Dean had been there before – he and his brother Mitchell were members of the 2014 Kasey Tourney champion H.P. McPike squad from UCT. Ironically, the team they beat was the squad they now play for.

With Dean throwing bullets – he struck out 10 of the first 11 Lions Club hitters – one would think Hollingsworth Lumber would be in control. They were not. On the other side was Lions Club pitcher Dylan Bryant who tossed two shutout innings, and Garrett Lupoi did the same thing in the third and fourth innings as both issued intentional passes to hard hitting Parker Dean.

Dean tossed another gem in the top of the fifth inning as the game was still knotted at zero. With Lupoi still on the hill, Hollingsworth Lumber finally broke up the pitcher’s dual in the bottom half of the stanza. Tyler Flores walked to lead off the inning and touched second on a bad-hop single off the bat of Aaron Simon. A passed ball advanced the runners one slot and Christian Pownall ripped a shot back up the middle that Lupoi played well. The pitcher fired home but Flores beat the throw and tag to score the first – and eventual winning – run of the game.

With the lead, Hollingsworth Lumber was not done. Nathan Gremelspacher grounded out to score Simon for a 2-0 lead. Then Mitchell Dean crushed a double to the fence to score Pownall. Parker Dean was intentionally walked for a third time with first base open. Mitchell then went to third on a delayed steal and scored on a throwing error, an error that allowed Parker to reach third. Avery Fields then laid down a perfect bunt – the ball rolled and stopped on the chalk – that turned into an RBI single and a 5-0 lead. An inning-ending double play stopped the rally, but the damage was already done.

Entering the sixth inning, the only real question remaining was whether Parker Dean would toss a championship game no-hitter. That answer was no, but he was close. With two outs, Hayden Shepherd broke up the no-no with an infield single, joining Keegan Burnett as the only Lions Club hitters to reach base (third inning walk).

Parker Dean recorded one of the most dominating championship game pitching outings in tournament history. The hard-thrower tossed a one-hit shutout and recorded 15 strikeouts – including mowing down the first eight Lions Club hitters of the game. He walked one and gave up just the sixth-inning hit to Shepherd.

Mitchell Dean led the offense for Hollingsworth with a two hits – he also had a fourth inning single.

See the Sports Journal and Kokomo Herald issues for more on this story.