Annual Meeting & Dinner
Our Annual Meeting & Dinner is one of the premier business events in the Southwest Indiana region. Attracting nearly 800 people, the evening celebrates the dynamic businesses and business people in our community and provides attendees with an opportunity to learn more about the Southwest Indiana Chamber, its projects and initiatives, and its scope of work for the upcoming year.
Nominations for 2019 are closed.
Completed Annual Awards nomination forms received by May 17, 2019 will be carefully reviewed by an impartial selection committee. Awards will be presented at the Southwest Indiana Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner on September 25, 2019.
Awards are presented annually in the following seven categories:
- Distinguished Business Leader of the Year
- Entrepreneur of the Year
- Large Business of the Year
- Nonprofit of the Year
- Small Business of the Year
- Volunteer of the Year
- Young Professional of the Year
Southwest Indiana Chamber Announces 2018 Business Award Winners at the Annual Meeting & Dinner on September 20th
The Southwest Indiana Chamber announced the 2018 business award winners at the Annual Meeting & Dinner from 5pm to 8pm at Old National Events Plaza on Thursday, September 20. #ShootForTheStars
Annual Meeting & Dinner signifies the change in board leadership. We celebrated successes of the past year, looked ahead to a new year and honored local business and their leaders. At this signature event, awards were presented to:
Brian Wildeman, President of Wilde Horticultural IHC, the 2018 Entrepreneur of the Year
Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana, the 2018 NonProfit of the Year
Doug Minor, Sycamore Services, the 2018 Volunteer of the Year
Signarama Evansville, the 2018 Small Business of the Year
Tom Burkhardt, C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc., the 2018 Richard A. Schlottman Business Person of the Year
Accuride Corporation, the 2018 Norman P. Wagner Business of the Year
Christine Keck, Vectren was also nominated as the new Chairman of the Board of the Southwest Indiana Chamber for the 2018 – 2020 term as Jim Sandgren, Old National Bank, stepped down. Walter McCarty, UE Men’s Basketball Head Coach was the Keynote Speaker.
This event attracts Chamber Members, elected and appointed officials, key community leaders and our strategic partners. This event attracted nearly 800 attendees. An online silent auction was held to benefit the Southwest Indiana Chamber Foundation.
Gold Sponsor: Vectren; Silver Sponsors: Accuride, BKD CPA’s & Advisors, C. H. Robinson, Concept Light & Sound, Deaconess, Lumaworx, Old National Bank, Old National Events Plaza, Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and Townsquare Media.
Photography Courtesy Chris Berneking Photography.
Past Award Recipients
Norman P. Wagner Business of the Year
2018: Accuride Corporation
2017: Deaconess Hospital
2016: D-Patrick, Inc.
2015: Atlas World Group, Inc.
2014: United Companies, Inc.
2013: Lefler Collision & Glass Repair Centers
2012: Traylor Bros., Inc.
2011: Evansville Courier & Press
Richard A. Schlottman Business Person of the Year
2018: Tom Burkhardt – C. H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
2017: Bob Koch – Business Person of the Year
2016: Glen Dunkerson – Business Person of the Year
2015: G. Michael Schopmeyer – Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP
2014: Tracy Zeller – Tracy Zeller Enterprises, Inc.
2013: Jeff Justice – Hafer Associates
2012: Linda White – Deaconess Health System
2011: Stephani Catt – Uniseal, Inc.
Volunteer of the Year
2018: Doug Minor – Sycamore Services
2017: Bill Theby – Lensing Building Specialties
2016: Barry Cox – Warehouse Services, Inc.
2015: Jack Pate – Evansville Courier & Press
2014: Scott Wylie – Vanderburgh Community Foundation
2013: Charley Storms – FLANDERS
2012: Jim Sandgren – Old National Bancorp
2011: Dave Connor – Anchor Industries
Small Business of the Year
2018: Signarama Evansville
2017: Hahn Kiefer Real Estate Services
2016: Thyme in the Kitchen
2015: First Security Bank
2014: InGen Technologies, Inc.
2013: AlphaGraphics Evansville
2012: Boyd Electric
2011: Husk Signs
Entrepreneur of the Year
2018: Brian Wildeman – Wilde Horticultural IHC
2017: Enjole Interiors
2016: Jim Spann – New Harmony Soap Company
2015: Brad Niemeier – Azzip Pizza
2014: Paul Saunders – exceptionalsheets.com
2013: Nick Davidson – Tin Man Brewing Co.
2012: Chris Jourdan – Wireless Zone
2011: Julie Karger, Scott Hendrickson, Brian Jackson – Watch Evansville
Nonprofit of the Year
2018: Junior Achievement of Southwest Indiana
2017: The Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville
2016: Aurora, Inc.
2015: University of Southern Indiana
2014: Evansville ARC
2013: Youth First, Inc.
2011: Habitat for Humanity of Evansville
Young Professional of the Year
Congratulations to our 2017 Annual Meeting & Dinner Award Recipients! * Norman P. Wagner Business of the Year: Deaconess Hospital * Richard A. Schlottman Business Person of the Year: Bob Koch * Small Business of the Year: Hahn Kiefer Real Estate Services * Young Professional of the Year: Andrew Wilson * Volunteer of the Year: …
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