Annual Meeting & Dinner

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Our Annual Meeting & Dinner, to be held September 24, 2020, 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.


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Annual Awards

Nominations for 2020 will open soon.
Completed Annual Awards nomination forms received by May 2020 will be carefully reviewed by an impartial selection committee. Awards will be presented at the Southwest Indiana Chamber Annual Meeting & Dinner on September 24, 2020.

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

Past Award Recipients

Business of the Year

2019: Old National Bank
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

Distinguished Business Leader of the Year

2019: Millie Marshall – Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana
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

2019: Dave Connor – Anchor Industries
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

2019: Hafer
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

2019: Moriah Hobgood – Mo’s House, Bokeh Lounge, Metzger’s Tavern
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

2019: Welborn Baptist Foundation
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.
2012: VNA+
2011: Habitat for Humanity of Evansville

Young Professional of the Year

2019: Josey Roth – Evansville Christian Life Center
2018: Matthew Nix – Nix Companies
Nate Hahn – Evansville Regional Airport
2017: Andrew Wilson

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