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PROGRAM 6:00 PM Registration, Celebrity Interviews, Cocktails, Live Music 6:30 PM National Anthem by Bradley Kieper of Ball State University Invocation by Dr. James Edwards of Anderson University Dinner & Live Music by the Jay Jasper Trio Acknowledgement of MCC Board Members 7:25 PM “Future’s So Bright!” Presentation Awards Program 50 Years ~ 75 Years ~ 100 Years in Business Ambassador of the Year Award FAB! Award Chairman’s Award Keith J. Pitcher Character in Business Award Emerging Business of the Year Award Small Business of the Year Award 8:20 PM Keynote Speech ~ Gerry Dick, Inside INdiana Business 9:00 PM Adjourn -1-

To the award finalists and winners on your amazing accomplishments. You make Madison County proud!

Platinum Sponsor of the MCC Annual Awards Gala


MCC BOARD MEMBERS Marcy DeShong Midwest Luxury Baths, Inc. Board Chairperson

Kyle Morey Madison County Chamber Quinn Ricker Ricker Oil Company, Inc.

Barbara Alder Purdue University College of Technology at Anderson

Tammy Rimer Element212

Mike Austin Hulse, Lacey, Hardacre, Austin, Sims & Childers, P.C.

Charlene Stacy Harrison College

Greg Betts M.K. Betts Engineering & Contracting, Inc.

Georgeann Whitworth PNC Bank

Sally DeVoe Madison County Community Foundation

James Willey Ivy Tech Community College

Gary Erskine STAR Financial Bank

Amy Winter The Herald Bulletin

Lynn Fields Collision Cure

Pete Bitar Air Buoyant LLC Ex-officio

Irma Hampton (Nave) Stewart Attorney-At-Law

Ralph Day Anderson/Madison County Visitors’ & Convention Bureau Ex-officio

Jack Harter MainSource Bank Michael Latchaw E & B Paving, Inc.

Patty Kuhn Anderson/Madison County Association of REALTORS Ex-officio

Brian Miller West Electric, Inc. Nancy Moneyhun Moneyhun’s Fine Gifts & Furnishings

Rob Sparks Corporation for Economic Development Ex-officio

Michael Montgomery, AIA krM Architecture+ -3-

YEARS IN BUSINESS HONORS 50 Years in Business COMMUNITY HOSPITAL ANDERSON | 1962 - 2012 Community Hospital was built by and for the residents of Madison County, opening in 1962. It remains the only locally owned and operated hospital in Madison County with 1134 employees. In 1996, Community Anderson became affiliated with Community Health Network in Indianapolis. This affiliation allows patients to access a comprehensive array of health care services through the network. These include da Vinci® Robotic Surgery, Interventional Cardiology, Center for Advanced Wound Healing, New Generations Birth Place, Community Clinical Research Center, Long Term Care facilities and a dedciated Alzheimer’s FacilityThe Madison County Cancer Care Center, and much more.

75 Years in Business ANDERSON FEDERATION OF TEACHERS | 1937 - 2012 The Anderson Federation of Teachers has represented 422 certified (teachers) members, including approximately 113 non-certified (custodians, maintenance, secretaries, and nurses) members since 1937. The role of the Federation is to elevate the profession of teaching. Quality working conditions for teachers create a positive learning environment for students. The union is the way educators work for the common good in our public schools. As an organization, they promote professionalism and challenge themselves to be life-long learners.

100 Years in Business AMERICAN PLAYGROUND | 1911 - 2011 American Playground started in 1911 in Anderson, and their longevity makes them the oldest playground manufacturer in the company. As American Playground Device Company grew so has their reputation. They have become well known for the finest Playground and Swimming Pool Equipment manufactured in the United States. American Playground completed its largest and finest structure at Tuhey Park in Muncie. The company was formerly owned by the Millar Family and then by Phil Abookire. It is currently owned by Peter O’Scanaill and employs seven highly skilled people under the management of Anderson native Troy Pickett, an employee of American Playground for 25 years. American Playground is committed to manufacturing the highest quality playground equipment that provides a safe environment for all children to play and develop. They strive to create secure and durable play equipment that will span generations. American Playground looks forward to the next 100 years. -4-


2011 Ambassador of the Year The Ambassador of the Year honor is awarded to an individual who strongly supports the mission of the Madison County Chamber through ongoing work with and dedication to the activities of the Ambassadors Regional committee.


Anderson University School of Adult Learning Ruth Pritchett is a Recruiter for Anderson University School of Adult Learning. She loves having a part in helping adults complete their goal of furthering their education. Ruth is a graduate of Taylor University. She has been involved in advertising sales, being a mom, serving as a Teaching Leader for Bible Study Fellowship, and in taking on several different roles in church and community organizations, including the Madison County Chamber. Ruth has a wonderful husband, Bruce, and has been married for almost 29 years. Bruce and Ruth have 3 amazing children ages 22, 21 and 17. Ruth enjoys the outdoors, playing tennis, and going for walks. Ruth likes almost any activity and has a hard time sitting still. FEMALES ACTIVE IN BUSINESS

2011 FAB! Award

The newly created FAB! award honors a Female Active in Business who excels professionally in Madison County, contributes to the community, supports the growth of the FAB program, and personally mentors and supports other women.


Lookworthy Face & Body Retreat Lyla Graddy has been a small business owner for the past 35 years. She started as a hair stylist and then became a Director with Mary Kay Cosmetics. In 1985 she became business partners with Dick Valentine owning Carpet Carpet in Chesterfield, Carpets by J. Michaels’s in Noblesville and Hair Condo in Anderson. Lyla’s most recent small business is Lookworthy Face & Body Retreat. Lyla has supported many philanthropies such as the People’s Burn Foundation, Alternatives Inc., Dollars for Scholars, The YMCA, Animal Care & Control, Humane Society, The Fire Rescue House, and Dove Harbor. She has been actively involved in numerous organizations including Psi Iota Xi Sorority, America Business Women’s Association, and the Madison County Chamber. Lyla lives in Middletown with husband of 43 years, Steve Graddy. She and Steve have 2 children and 6 grandchildren. -5-


2011 Chairman’s Award The Chairman’s Award recipient is selected by the chairman of the Madison County Chamber Board of Directors to be awarded to an individual who provides exceptional service to the Chamber, its members, and the business community.


Anderson/Madison County Visitors’ & Convention Bureau Ralph Day has served as the Executive Director of the Anderson/Madison County Visitors’ and Convention Bureau since 1986. He has also served as the president of the Association of Indiana Convention and Visitors Bureaus, president of the Indiana State Festival Association, and has served on several State of Indiana Tourism Committees. Ralph has also been highly active in service of the community, serving as the president of the Anderson Noon Exchange Club and on the Boards of Directors of the Madison County Chamber, the Anderson Symphony Orchestra, The Paramount Theatre (Charter Member), the Visiting Nurse Association, and on the City of Anderson Main Street Steering Committee. His goals have always been to work hard and do his very best in whatever he is doing and to enjoy life. Ralph is happy that his children have learned this and have a work ethic he is proud of, including enjoying life.

Travel Ireland with the Madison County Chamber October 28 - November 6, 2012

Explore the beauty & culture of the Emerald Isle ... Stay overnight in a historic castle Travel the Ring of Kerry coastal route Tour the Waterford Crystal factory and so much more! Contact Tracy at 765.432.6614 for details -6-


Character in Business Award 2011 A highly prestigious designation, this award is presented annually to a Madison County businessperson with an established history of leadership and service and a work ethic that goes above and beyond expectations. Co-presented by the Chamber and Character Counts! of Madison County, it officially recognizes the recipient’s commitment to Six Pillars of Character—Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship. In honor of his outstanding contribution to Madison County’s business community, in 2011 the Character in Business Award was renamed the Keith J. Pitcher Character in Business Award.


Ford Autoworld and Myers Autoworld Buick & GMC Mary Jamerson is President and CEO of Myers Autoworld, Inc.~ Buick-GMC Sales, Service, and Collision Center and Ford Autoworld, Inc.~ Ford Sales, Service, and Parts. Mary began a career in the automotive business in 1978 and within 10 years became president and CEO and co-owner of Bob Myers Buick. Under her leadership the business has grown significantly, including the 2007 acquisition of the GMC Truck Sales and Service business and the 2009 opening of Ford Autoworld. The company has been nationally recognized with awards for outstanding customer satisfaction ratings. Mary has also been a highly active and dedicated member of the community, serving on numerous boards, including Community Hospital of Anderson Board of Trustees, Corporation for Economic Development, Flagship Enterprise Center, Indiana Auto Dealers Association, General Motors Dealer Advisory Board, BuickGMC Dealer Marketing Board, Christian Center Rescue Missions of Anderson, and the Madison County Chamber. A lifelong resident of Anderson, Mary is married to Paddy Jamerson, Owner and President Jamerson Land, National Auto Spa, and Jamerson, Inc. They have two sons and three grandchildren.



Tammy & Todd Rimer, founders & owners What began in 2008 as Community Networks, a nascent economic development effort, has evolved into Element212, a professional branding and marketing firm serving clients from soloprenuers to enterprise businesses. Element212 achieved 100% revenue growth and redefined their focus in 2011 to meet a great need they identified in Madison County: Helping companies build better brand recognition and marketing strategies and helping them understand how the two work together to build successful, sustainable businesses.

STATE FARM - AMY TURNER Amy Turner, agent & owner

Having worked for State Farm since 1999, ownership was a natural progression for Amy Turner. Opening the doors of her agency in June 2011 and hiring four employees immediately, Amy’s goal was to take the best knowledge from her years of industry experience and help people, especially younger and female customers, recognize what insurance and financial services can do for them. Understanding that they often see people who are not in their best circumstances, Amy and her staff strive to be honest and straightforward, like Amy herself, while providing exceptional service and making sure people are taken care of well—”that’s what we’re here to do.”

WEEKS COMMUNICATIONS Cameron Weeks, founder & owner

How do you make traditional phone service and client/relationship management software not only extremely affordable but innovative and fun? Give it to a couple of Purdue student “geeks” and turn them loose on the business world. Since 2007, Cameron Weeks and his business partner Bracken Fields have been building a better phone system and out of it a phenomenal young company. In 2011 they grew their team to support the new client base they were reaching and at the same time developed sustainable processes that automate much of the network support and allow the company to focus on developing new products and features that continue to improve the way phones systems serve business. -8-


The Good family has been making candy since the 1940’s, and Good’s Candy Shop celebrated 30 years in business in 2011. Randy took over his family’s candy shop in 1992, having never worked in the business prior to that day. In 2003 he built a brand new facility, making Good’s the newest and largest candy shop in central Indiana. His son Jason joined the company in that same year and represents the 5th generation of candy makers. Good’s Candy Shop’s mission is to make the lives of their friends, guests, associates and business partners just a little sweeter, one piece of chocolate at a time.


Mary Jamerson, president & owner Originally a single-brand dealership, Heckaman Buick became Myers Autoworld in 1978 when Bob Myers purchased the company. Mary Jamerson was promoted to president & CEO in 1988 upon Mr. Myers’ retirement and has led the company through years of outstanding customer service and impressive growth. In 2005, the dealer added the Pontiac brand, and in 2007, it expanded again with GMC. In the midst of the 2009 recession, Mary further grew the Autoworld business by opening Ford Autoworld. The Autoworld family of dealerships continues to grow with increased market share and brand presence and has been nationally recognized for outstanding service.


Founded as Xtreme Ads, a parachute painting company in 1997, it morphed into a defense company, Xtreme A.D.S., in 2002 with the award of its first defense contract. The company focuses on defense-related nonlethal and counter-IED directed energy systems aimed at providing non-lethal methods for protecting troops and civilians in areas of combat. XADS moved from R&D to production on the Xap Counter-IED technology in 2011 with a production contract from the Marines and envisions growing to become a worldwide leader in new defense technologies that transform the way people fight wars and enforce laws, and in so-doing, save lives and limbs. TM




Inside INdiana Business The host and creator of Inside INdiana Business television, Gerry Dick also serves as president and managing editor of Grow INdiana Media Ventures, LLC, an Indianapolis-based media company focused on producing and distributing Indiana business news and information through multiple media channels. Gerry and Technology Entrepreneur Scott Jones launched the company in 2000. Today, more people get their Indiana business news from Inside INdiana Business than from any other source. You can watch his television show on 15 Indiana network and public stations, listen to daily radio reports on 27 statewide stations or get your news on-demand from a collection of email, web and interactive business news products. Gerry is recognized across the state as an Indiana business leader and a respected business journalist. He has been awarded Ernst and Young’s prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award and recognized by the Small Business Administration as its Journalist of the Year. His television program, which this year will mark its 800th broadcast, has four times been nominated for an Emmy. Gerry is a frequent keynote speaker and moderator on issues related to Indiana business and the state’s economy and also serves as a business news analyst for WISH-TV and WIBC Radio in Indianapolis.

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Anderson/Madison County Visitors & Convention Bureau 6335 S. Scatterfield Road Anderson, IN 46013 765-643-5633 800-533-6569

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Anderson, IN (800) 526-7223

Saint John’s Health System is proud to support the

Madison County ChaMber annual awards Gala We take seriously our mission to provide quality patient care and our leadership in community service, sponsorship and support. It takes all of us working together to make Madison County healthy and strong. As members of St.Vincent Health, one of the 15 best health systems in the nation*, we work closely with our system partners to provide among the most comprehensive and high quality network of services available in the state.

it’s all part of our spirit of Caring.

*Thompson Reuters 100 Top Hospitals study.


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Myers Autoworld

Collision Cure

Primrose Retirement Community

E & B Paving, Inc.

Private Fleet Backhaul

First Merchants Bank

Purdue College of Technology

Harrison College

Ricker Oil Company

Ivy Tech Community College

STAR Financial

Madison County Community Foundation

Unified Group Services


West Electric

W.R. Dunkin & Son


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GALA MUSICIANS MR. BRADLEY KIEPER Vocal Solo ~ National Anthem Bradley Kieper (Indianapolis) is a Senior Vocal Performance major. Bradley has performed with the Ball State Opera Theatre in Don Giovanni, L’amico Fritz, Suor Angelica and Cosi Fan Tutti as a chorus member. Dido and Aeneas and The Impresario marked his first ever roles in opera. Bradley has also performed in various a cappella choruses, musicals as well as Ball State’s very own Chamber choir, Concert choir and Statesmen. Upon graduation, Bradley will pursue his dream by performing on stage. Wherever that may be.

JAY JASPER TRIO Standards, Straight Ahead, Latin, and Groove The Jay Jasper Trio is a group that plays a variety of jazz. We focus on standards, but also play many bebop, bossa novas, and groove tunes. The group mostly plays as a trio, but can be expanded into a variety of configurations. The core of the group consists of Jay Jasper on saxophones, David Hartman on guitar, and Greg Gegogeine on bass. Depending on the needs of the performance, drums, piano, and another guitarist could be added for a larger ensemble. We’re a jazz group that meets the needs of the space and occasion. For booking information, call (317) 332-7801 or email

THANK YOU To our board members, sponsors, guests, and vendors, and everyone else who had a hand in making this incredible evening possible. Special thanks to the Gala Task Force -- Barb Alder, Marcy DeShong, Mike Latchaw, David Neidert, Dale Pickett, Amy Debiak, Angela Barbosa, Betty Williams, and Kyle Morey. We sincerely appreciate the dedication and support of our members and our community and are honored to serve you! - 16 -

MCC Awards Gala 2012 Program  

Madison County Chamber