Business briefs – February 18

Smythe and Co. hires new agents

Franklin-based Smythe and Co. Real Estate has hired two new agents.

Tyler VanDeman has lived in Franklin for 17 years, and received his bachelor’s degree from Franklin College in 2012. After working with builders and flipping houses, Tyler decided to pursue a real estate license in 2014. He primarily covers Center Grove, Greenwood, Franklin, Trafalgar, and Perry and Franklin townships.

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Casey Kovener was raised in Jennings County. She’s a full time real estate broker and has sold real estate since 2006. She primarily covers Jennings, Jackson, Jefferson, Scott and Bartholomew counties.

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The office is at 2000 Longest Drive, Franklin.

Camp Atterbury commander Denton retires

A retirement ceremony was conducted for Maj. Gen. Ivan E. Denton on Feb. 5 at Camp Atterbury, a post he commanded from 2012 to 2014.

Denton, a Paoli native, began his service with the Indiana National Guard in 1982 and four years later served with the elite 75th Ranger Regiment. He is one of only 850 men to conduct a combat parachute assault onto the International Airport in Panama during Operation Just Cause, according to a statement.

During the ceremony, Denton expressed his gratitude and thanked his family for their support throughout his military career.

His previous assignments include 1-293rd Infantry Battalion Commander in Iraq, recruiting and retention battalion commander and 219th Battlefield Surveillance Brigade Commander in Iraq. Denton served in multiple full-time leadership roles in the Indiana National Guard. From 2014 through 2016 he served as the National Guard Bureau’s director of manpower and personnel at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia.

He has numerous decorations and awards to include the Ranger Tab, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, Combat Parachutist Badge, Legion of Merit and Bronze Star.

His retirement was effective Jan. 1, and he will be transitioning to the Department of Labor’s Veterans’ Employment and Training Service in Washington D.C.

Denton is married with three children, Allison, Joe and Robbie. His wife, Kimberly, is an instructional coach for an elementary school in Fairfax County, Virginia where they now reside.

Physician assistant program director hired at Franklin College

Franklin College has named Thomas Meehan, Ph.D., PA-C, as program director for its Master of Science program in physician assistant studies. The college is seeking approval and accreditation from the Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant and anticipates enrolling its first cohort of graduate students into the program in fall of 2019.

Meehan comes to Franklin from Ortho Rhode Island- Blackstone, in Pawtucket, Rhode Island, where he currently serves as a physician assistant. He also serves as an assistant professor and coordinator of the Physician Assistant Program Assessment Center for Physician Assistant Studies at Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island. He has seven years of physician assistant experience, as well as orthopedic urgent care and orthopedic surgery experience.

The Master of Science in physician assistant studies is made possible by a nearly $1 million grant awarded to the college in 2014 from the Lilly Endowment, as part of its Initiative to Promote Opportunities Through Educational Collaborations. It is the second master’s program launched by the college.

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