Because none of the media reports are bothering to share with the public the names of those accompanying the governor on this trip, I'm providing the full list below. As I have persistently complained about Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard's privately-financed trips overseas, I'm highly critical of private businesses and individuals paying for our public officials' overseas travel. If the trip is for official government purposes, then taxpaying funding of the trip should be justified; otherwise, there is an appearance that persons can buy private access and opportunities with our elected officials by paying for these overseas excursions. We find the list includes the usual suspects of attorneys from big law firms which have incestuous relationships with state and local governments, along with representatives of: state-regulated public utility companies; banks; businesses that have been the recipients of state economic development grants and tax breaks; and state contractors. I will say that Gov. Pence's trip appears to have a well-defined mission, unlike Mayor Ballard's trips, which are quite obviously nothing more than junkets for him and his wife. Ballard had the opportunity to travel extensively when he was in the U.S. Marines but earned a very modest income that did not permit him and his wife to travel like he did when he was in the Marines after leaving military service. This became his number one priority to resume extensive travel overseas regardless of any value those trips provide to the public he is elected to serve after his election as mayor.
See the names of the delegation and schedule after the jump by clicking here.
Steve Akard, IEDC
Kent Anderson, IEDC
Ron Arnold, Mayor, City of Elwood
Donald Babcock, NIPSCO
Bart Beal, Duke Energy
Robert Blough, Interactive Intelligence Group
Kumiko Brunson, Pioneer Realty
Kai Chuk, IEDC
Robert Cleveland, Indiana Michigan Power
Kathryn Ertel, Jennings County Economic Development Commission
Teddy Franklin, Mayor, City of Logansport
Brian Gildea, Indy Chamber
Jody Hamilton, Greater Lafayette Commerce
Katelyn Hancock, IEDC
Rebecca Helmke, IEDC
Jason Hester, Columbus Economic Development Board
Larry Ingraham, Ingraham & Associates, Inc
Michael Kern, Gaylor Inc.
Lawrence Keyler, McGladrey LLP
Jeffrey Knight, Old National Bank
Theresa Kulczak, Japan-America Society of Indiana
Lori Luther, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
Cynthia Madrick, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc.
Mark Miller, Cornerstone Environmental, Health and Safety, Inc.
Peter Morse, Barnes & Thornburg
Todd Mosby, Gibson County Economic Development Corporation
Jennifer Pavlik, Office of the Governor
Rick Pease, Independent Consultant
Melissa Reese, Ice Miller LLP
Roger Reeves, Interactive Intelligence
James Schellinger, CSO Architects, Inc.
Mark Sebree, Vectren Corporation
Michael Sheek, American Structurepoint, Inc.
Jeffrey Terp, Ivy Tech Community College
Greg Wathen, Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana
Here's the agenda for the trade mission: