Main Street: Season 2Meet the Characters
Executive Director, Wabash Marketplace, Inc.
Steve Downs is a partner in the Wabash law firm that bears his name and the executive director of Wabash Marketplace, Inc. Downs has served as president of Honeywell Foundation, Wabash Rotary Club, Wabash County Chamber of Commerce, the Wabash City Schools Board and Wabash Marketplace. Downs has also served as a director for Economic Development Group, Community Foundation of Wabash County, United Fund, First National Bank in Wabash, Norwest Bank and Indiana Lawrence Bank. He was named the City’s 1983 Distinguished Citizen, is a former city attorney and presently serves as Wabash County attorney. A graduate of Wabash High School, Downs has B.S. and J.D. degrees from Indiana University. Steve lives in Wabash with his wife, Lisa Ellen Downs.
Executive Director of Tourism, Visit Wabash County
Christine Flohr is the executive director of tourism of Visit Wabash County. A graduate of Southwood High School, Flohr attended Ball State University. Since returning to Wabash, Flohr has been extensively involved in the Wabash community including as a member of the Wabash Rotary Club, Wabash Elks #471 and ArtsFest Committee. Flohr has also served as a board member for the Wabash River Defenders, Wabash FAME Festival, Wabash Marketplace, North Manchester Chamber of Commerce, Wabash Cannonball Chili for Charity and Wabash City Schools as PTO Vice President. She was awarded an Outstanding Achievement for Cycling Advancement, Community Partner of the Year and Environmental Preservationist of the Year awards. Flohr has served on local economic investment round-tables such as America’s Best Communities and Stellar Communities, in which Wabash won the Stellar Community Designation by the State of Indiana in 2014.
Mayor of Wabash
Scott Long is Mayor of Wabash, Indiana, having been sworn into office in January 2016. A native Wabashian, Mayor Long has spent the majority of his career in service, having served on the Wabash City Police Department from 1994 until his retirement in 2015. From 1989-1994, Mayor Long worked for several local businesses in Wabash. Upon graduation from Northfield High School, he enlisted in the US Army, serving from 1982-1989.
President, Raising the Bar
Having served as a Bristol Borough councilman for eight years, Bill Pezza has extensive experience in state and local government. During five of his eight years as a councilman, he served as council president. He was also a two-term member of the Bristol Borough School Board and most recently, acted as legislative assistant for State Representative Tom Corrigan for twenty years. Bill currently holds a teaching role at Bucks County Community College and also chairs the non-profit organization, Raising the Bar, which promotes tourism, dining, the arts, historic preservation, greening projects, government relations, volunteer recruitment, festivals and economic investment in Bristol Borough.
Bristol Borough Mayor
Joe Saxton was appointed to the role of Mayor of Bristol Borough in 2016 after the spot was left vacant. Having served as mayor of the town from 2002-2009 he was no stranger to the job. With a career devoted to public service in Bristol, he also served on the council for 14 years, spent time as a fireman as well as served four years on the Bristol Borough School Board.
Bristol Borough Council President
Ralph DiGuiseppe currently serves as the Bristol Borough Council President. As a lifelong resident, he’s spent much of his life devoting time to the town, including working on improving the physical environment and helping to grow the economy while retaining the historic integrity of the town. He has also invested time into youth athletics, building dugouts and press boxes at Memorial Field, and was involved in the Borough Little League as a coach, manager and president.
Owner/President, Think Idea Studio
Mat Faulkner is President of Think Idea Studio in Searcy, Arkansas. As a small business owner, Mat took it upon himself to nominate his adopted town of Searcy for Season 4 of Small Business Revolution. Having grown up in Daytona Beach, Florida, Mat came to Searcy for college and stayed in town after he met his wife Shelley at school. Now that he has lived in Searcy for more than 20 years, Mat has an affinity toward his small town and wants to see it succeed. He may own his own business, but that hasn’t stopped him from taking on another role as town leader for Season 4. He’s not only organized events for the town, but he’s grown to be a voice within the community.
Executive Director, Main Street Searcy
Amy Burton was born and raised in Searcy, Arkansas, leaving only for college. Having worked for Main Street Searcy, a volunteer-based nonprofit organization since 2005, Amy is at the center of the action. In her role, she works to enhance the historic downtown by providing design, organization, professional activities and economic development. Working with the businesses and improving downtown is her goal, because she wants there to be a connection within the community through their small businesses. With Amy assisting Mat as a town leader this season, they’re working together to make the community stronger and more engaged than ever.