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TARYN DEVEAU LAUTZENHEISER
CO-OWNER, DEVEAU’S

As a young child, Taryn DeVeau Lautzenheiser spent most days honing her skills as a cheerleader and a gymnast at DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics, a newly established gymnasium founded by her mother, Joan DeVeau. After competing in both sports at the high school level, Taryn realized one of her childhood dreams by making the 24-time national championship cheerleading team at the University of Kentucky, where she graduated with a BBA in Business Marketing and a Juris Doctor.

After a few years toiling behind the desk as an attorney, Taryn quickly recognized how much she missed the gym and all the excitement that surrounded it. So she and her husband, Luke Lautzenheiser, decided to jump back into the family business at DeVeau’s in 2015. “I believe in following one’s heart, and I’ve always dreamed of working in cheerleading and with kids,” said Taryn. “Now I’m lucky enough to enjoy a career that involves both, while helping to extend the legacy my mother began almost 40 years ago.”


“Luckily, First Internet Bank saw things differently. They immediately understood our vision – not to mention our solid financial track record – and found creative ways to accommodate our needs.”

With growth on their minds, the family created plans for an ambitious expansion that would double the size of the facility. They found the reception from banks to be less than enthusiastic when it came time to secure financing…until they discovered First Internet Bank. “Given the rates and terms most banks were offering, it was almost as if they were daring us to fail,” said Luke. “Luckily, First Internet Bank saw things differently. They immediately understood our vision – not to mention our solid financial track record – and found creative ways to accommodate our needs.”

Today, DeVeau’s stands at 57,000 square feet and coaches over 1,500 students annually, many of whom have continued on to become collegiate athletes, and even one Olympian. Taryn and Luke now co-own DeVeau’s after buying Joan’s shares, and First Internet Bank has continued to be one of their biggest cheerleaders. Helping people like Taryn and Luke secure the financing they need in order to make a career doing what they love is cause for us to do backflips.

 

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