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Comings & Goings: Up Close, Brian Evans


NEW JOB TITLE: Senior vp in the insurance services division of Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc., Carmel, Ind.


PREVIOUS POSITION: Before coming to Mesirow Financial, I played professional basketball in the NBA, as well as in Italy and Japan.

REASON FOR THE CHANGE: As the end of my basketball career was nearing, I began to search for the best place to begin my second profession. For many reasons, Mesirow Financial proved to be that place. Not only was I drawn to how diversified we are as a firm, but also to the amount of infrastructure that was put into place to ultimately enhance personal success. I think the fact that we are employee-owned contributes to the amount of ongoing support from upper management. Jim Tyree (Mesirow's chairman and chief executive officer) truly invests in an employee when they are hired and I think that makes Mesirow Financial special.

VITAL STATISTICS: I received a bachelor's degree in sports management and marketing from Indiana University in 1996.

GOALS FOR NEW POSITION: My main objective is to introduce Mesirow Financial's many capabilities to the state of Indiana, with a concentration on corporations as well as the public sector.

FIRST TIME IN THE JOB MARKET: My first-ever job was the same one I am leaving, playing professional basketball.

TOP ADVICE: After I was drafted by the Orlando Magic and was leaving college to play in the NBA, my college coach, Bob Knight, told me "Be the first person there every day. Be the last person to leave every day. And do not, under any circumstances, let anyone outwork you!"

OUTSIDE THE INDUSTRY, A DREAM JOB: Because of my passion for the game of golf, I'd have to say my dream job would be as the commissioner of the PGA Tour.