Insider Influence: Episode 2 with Karl LaPan

Brandon Noll, Business Development Manager, Reusser Design LLC

The Early Bird Gets the Worm

My 7:30 a.m. meeting with Karl LaPan, President and CEO of The Northeast Indiana Innovation Center (The NIIC), started by me quietly approaching him in the back corner of one of his favorite breakfast places—Bob Evans. Working diligently, he was surrounded by scattered papers and his Mac. He had been camped out in his booth since Bob Evans opened at 6 AM. As I approached Karl, I didn’t want to interrupt his concentration.

From the moment I met Karl, I realized I had to know everything about everything.

I sat down across from him and the waitress came to take our orders—well, my order. She already knew what Karl wanted for breakfast—he’s a regular. As I enjoyed my Bob Evans western-style omelet with and a biscuit, I began to explain the premise of our breakfast meeting.

If you read last week’s Insider Influence blog, you know that I was tasked to write a blog post on leadership. This transformed into a series of interviews with influential thought leaders in Northeast Indiana. As I thought through leaders to connect with for the blog, Karl was the first person I jotted down.

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