Rod Taylor and Heinz Roesch Join Athenaeum Foundation’s
Board of Directors
INDIANAPOLIS – Rod Taylor, partner of Christopher & Taylor law firm, and Heinz Roesch, former chief operating officer in the global financial industry, join the Athenaeum Foundation’s Board of Directors.
“Mr. Taylor and Mr. Roesch both have invaluable experience managing and working with people of highly diverse backgrounds. They will bring an interesting perspective to the Athenaeum Board of Directors, and we look forward to tapping their expertise and life experiences as we seek to nurture the rich culture of the Athenaeum as an Indianapolis landmark,” said Athenaeum Foundation President Cassie Stockamp.
Taylor brings a wealth of knowledge to the Athenaeum, including his years of experience as a licensed lawyer handling cases throughout the country focused on motorcycle, auto and aviation accidents, as well as products liability, business, class action and oil and gas. Taylor is passionate about motorcycle rights on the road and in the courtroom and represents ABATE of Indiana, Illinois and Ohio – nonprofit motorcycle organizations that promote motorcycle safety and education.
Taylor’s achievements have been widely recognized in Indiana. In appreciation of his service to the Hoosier state, Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Taylor “Sagamore of the Wabash” in 2007. He is also a 2011 Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Inductee, an FAA-certified airframe and power plant mechanic and, in 2012, was named Indiana Aviator of the Year.
Taylor is former editor-in-chief of the Indiana Law Review, and has been named to Indiana Super Lawyers and Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, with an AV rating. Taylor was also selected to The Best Lawyers in America for 2015. As founder of the Miracle Ride and Indianapolis Air Show, Taylor has helped raise more than $5 million for Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.
“Being selected as an Athenaeum board member is a great honor,” said Taylor. “It’s an opportunity to give back to Indianapolis, a city for which I care very deeply.”
A native of Freiburg, Germany, Roesch has successfully managed various-sized firms spanning a wide geographic footprint, including Australia, New York and Asia. During this time, he gained invaluable experience managing and working with people of highly diverse backgrounds, leading and supervising at times very large construction projects as well as coordinating on a local and regional basis the implementation of mergers, all while managing day-to-day operations.
“For me, challenges are opportunities to improve. I believe in a highly organized, methodical approach to problem solving, and I’m honored to have the opportunity to work with the Athenaeum Foundation and other board members to sustain and improve such an iconic and culturally rich organization,” said Roesch.
Roesch moved to Indianapolis two years ago after his wife, Dr. Karen Roesch, accepted positions as a German professor at IUPUI and as the director of the university’s Max Kade German American Center.
His appointment to the Board of Directors expands upon the Athenaeum Foundation’s goal to promote culture, service and business under one roof.