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indiana sports corporationspeedway logoIt’s a stunning leadership change involving two of Indianapolis most critical sports institutions, the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Indiana Sports Corporation.  Allison Melangton, who has had an over twenty year career at the Sports Corporation, including the past nearly two years as President, and helped lead Indy’s successful 2012 Super Bowl effort is leaving to go work for the famed Speedway.  Succeeding her is Ryan Vaughn, a former City-County Councilman who’s been  Chief of Staff to Mayor Greg Ballard the past two years. The move of both individuals surprised many.



Melangton was one of the Indiana Sports Corporation’s key leaders. Her knowledge of events and amateur sports is unparallelled. She was lured to the Speedway by Hulman and Company head Mark Miles who she worked closely within on Indianapolis’ Super Bowl efforts.  Vaughn is a politician and his being named to succeed Melangton at the Sports Corporation surprised some.  But another former City-County Councilor, Susan Williams, successfully headed the sports organization for seven years.

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Vaughn had actually been part of the Organizing Committees for the Super Bowl effort and the upcoming 2015 NCAA Mens Final Four, so he has some background on the mission and operation of the Sports Corporation.  Melangton and Vaughn talked about their decisions to change jobs in an Afternoons with Amos live interview. Melangton said it was a difficult decision to leave but is excited at the challenge of creating new events and activities at the famed Speedway.  Vaughn understands the role the Sports Corporation has played in building Indianapolis and he relishes being a part of continuing that.  Vaughn takes over at Indiana Sports Corporation October 27th after adoption of Indianapolis’ 2015 Budget.  Melangton will then take up her new duties at the Speedway. Click the Media Player to Hear Amos’ Interview with Allison Melangton and Ryan Vaughn. Runs 6 Minutes. ©2014 WTLC/Radio One.