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The Chamber of Commerce welcomes guest blogger, Jon Scherle, Vice President of Commercial Lending at First Financial Bank

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I have been fortunate enough to be blessed with some tremendous experiences, a few of which include graduating from college, meeting and marrying my beautiful wife Natalie, and having two amazing daughters. A few weeks ago another such experience occurred, as I was surprised to be honored as one of the inaugural recipients of the 12 Under 40 award, a collaboration by the Tribune Star and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce.

First and foremost, I need to give a special thanks to all those who supported this affair, whether that be via nominating candidates, sponsoring the event, or attending the breakfast. My wife is also very deserving of a special shout-out, because if it wasn’t for her support and willingness to take on an expanded role with our children, I wouldn’t have the time to be so engaged and active in the community.

I remember moving to Terre Haute just over seventeen years ago to attend Indiana State University, and after only a few short weeks I found myself saying, “I can’t wait to graduate and move”. Well, how quickly ones mind can change. Over the last several years, it is astonishing to see the amount of progress and development that has occurred in the area. Whether that be from the recent expansion and growth on the city’s East and South sides, the revitalization of the downtown area, or the increasing regional and national reputation of our local higher education institutions. We have so many great things going on in our community, and so many incredible individuals willing to volunteer countless hours to help continue this cause.

Thanks again to the Tribune Star and Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce for recognizing the importance of creating such an honor in our community, and to the staff of both for the countless hours they invested. Remember, you have chosen to live in Terre Haute and the Wabash Valley, it did not choose you. Why would you not want to strive to make it a better place to live now, and for future generations?