Four Butler University alumni and an adjunct professor in the MFA in Creative Writing program are among the Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 Under 40” for 2015.
Ed Carpenter ’03, Michael Grimes ’99 MBA ’07, Eric Payne ’98, and Erin Roth ’98—all College of Business graduates—and writer Ben Winters made the prestigious list.
“We are incredibly proud of Erin, Eric, Michael, Ed, and Ben,” said Steve Standifird, Dean of Butler’s College of Business. “Their accomplishments in life and in their career are a testament to their hard work. They exemplify the passion we have at Butler and the College of Business for the success of our alums in life and leadership.”
Carpenter, the well-known IndyCar driver, majored in marketing at Butler. He is now an owner of CFH Racing, along with Sarah Fisher and Wink Hartman. He’s about to begin his 13th IndyCar season.
Grimes, who studied marketing, is Vice President of Omni-Channel Marketing for Finish Line Inc., where his job is to integrate the store and online experiences.
Payne is Managing Director of Wealth Management, Payne & Mencias Group at Merrill Lynch, where he manages $1.7 billion in assets for 200 families. He majored in accounting.
Roth is Senior Vice President, General Counsel, and Corporate Secretary for Wabash National Corp. She studied accounting at Butler, and has helped lead Wabash into what is now a $2 billion company, the IBJ reported.
Winters is the author of the mystery trilogy “The Last Policeman,” “Countdown City,” and “World of Trouble.” He has taught a fiction workshop and The Detective Novel. He will teach at Butler again in spring 2016.
The final list of 40 was culled from 269 nominees. Criteria for selection include the level of success a nominee has achieved in his or her chosen field, their accomplishments in the community, and the likelihood the nominee will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.