Elwood – An Interview with Lou

March 2, 2023 @ 5:30 pm – 6:30 pm
Join us for some noteworthy conversation with Lou, who grew up and graduated from Elwood. He will recount his experiences working in Washington. This includes his service as press assistant to White House Press Secretary Jim Brady during the Reagan Administration, as well as his time as press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar.
Lou grew up in Elwood, Indiana and began his career as a middle school teacher, but an opportunity with the local newspaper soon changed his course eventually leading to a job as press assistant to White House Press Secretary Jim Brady during the Reagan Administration. He was press secretary to U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar from 1978-1981, before joining the White House staff. From 1982-1987, he served as a lobbyist and head of the public and governmental affairs department for Merchants National Corporation, now PNC Bank Indiana. In 1987, he joined forces with the Seases to form Sease, Gerig & Associates and as he says “the rest is history.”
Lou earned his degree from Anderson University, where he served as a member of the Board of Trustees for more than 30 years. He was chairman of the board for more than 20 years. He also was named the University’s “Outstanding Alumnus” in 1981.
Lou has been actively involved in the community. Recently, he has been appointed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb to the White River State Park Development Commission. He has previously served a variety of organizations, including Christian Theological Seminary, Wishard Foundation Board, Leukemia Society of North America (Indiana chapter), and Benjamin Harrison YMCA. He also chaired local, national and regional media coverage of the 1987 Pan American Games, which placed Indianapolis on the map as the “Amateur Sports Capital” of the world.
Those who know Lou are aware of his love for politics, photography and, of course, Pioneer Village at the Indiana State Fair. He resides in Indianapolis with his wife, Beverly. They are the parents of two children, Nataly Gerig Wrege and J. Tyler Gerig, and have five grandchildren.