2018 awards winners

In 41 days, the Indiana Chamber’s 29th Annual Awards Dinner will feature four top awards. The honorees have been unveiled, and we’ve shared our interview with keynote speaker J.D. Vance. There’s still time for you to join the celebration of Indiana business on November 13.

A quick recap of the winners (with links to the press releases):

Ogletree Deakins Business Leader of the Year Mitch Daniels: In addition to helping supply the talent needed for so many tech and innovation businesses, Purdue – under Daniels’ leadership – has reached top three status nationally in patents and business start-ups out of the university. Daniels has elevated the university to even loftier levels.

Dynamic Leader of the Year Jim Hallett: The leader of KAR Auction Services says his organization has transformed into a technology company, allowing it to be the world’s largest online seller of automobiles. He moves decisively and at high speed to continue to grow the business in Indiana and globally.

Government Leader of the Year Loretta Rush, chief justice of Indiana. The leader of Indiana’s Supreme Court fully understands the economic development role of the entire court system by removing as much uncertainty as possible from the legal process. Commercial courts, technology advances and more are among her accomplishments.

Republic Airways and Lift Academy Community of the Year Jasper, a traditional manufacturing powerhouse that is focused on quality of life enhancements to help attract the talent it requires for today’s businesses. Jasper treasures its past, while also embracing the future.

If you have attended past Annual Dinners, you are already aware what a special evening it is. For those first-timers, we’re confident you will value the experience, including the reception prior to the main event. Tables are going fast; secure your spot today.

Bill Waltz is vice president of taxation & public finance for the Indiana Chamber. He is also an attorney and has been with the organization for nearly 15 years.