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Chamber recognizes local businesses, individuals with award presentations at

103rd Annual Meeting

Terre Haute, IN – Members of the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce filled Hulman Center tonight for the 103rd Annual Meeting featuring the presentation of five prestigious business awards and keynote presentation by Hulman and Co. CEO Mark Miles. The theme of the evening “What is your legacy?” also served as a kick-off to the Terre Haute and Indiana bicentennial celebrations.

The following individuals and companies were recognized:

 Bernice Helman – ATHENA Leadership Award®

 Regional Hospital – Vision A Level Above

 Jenifer Wright – Young Leader of the Year

 Hamilton Center – Community Health and Wellness Champion

 Keymark Construction and Development – Business A Level Above

The suite of awards was sponsored by the Tribune-Star Publishing Company.

“The individuals and businesses honored tonight are all incredibly deserving of the recognition,” stated Chamber President David Haynes. “Whether it is their commitment of time or resources, they all have contributed to building the community and helping make Terre Haute a great place to live, work and do business.”

Mark Miles is a veteran business leaders and international sports executive. He serves as CEO of Indiana’s legacy-rich Hulman & Company and is responsible for the overall business direction and management for the entire company, which includes: Clabber Girl, Georgetown Realty, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, INDYCAR, IMS Productions and various other business entities.

For more information on the awards and recipients, see the information below:

ATHENA Leadership Award®

The ATHENA Leadership Award®, sponsored Saint Mary-of- the-Woods College and driven by Fuson Automotive, is presented to an individual who has demonstrated excellence, creativity and initiative in their business or profession, provided valuable services by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community and actively assisted women in realizing their full potential.

ATHENA® is an international program which has honored more than 6,700 individuals in hundreds of cities across the United States, as well as in Canada, China, Russia and the United Kingdom. First presented in the early 1990’s, the ATHENA Leadership Award® has previously honored several outstanding women in the community, including: Sister Barbara Doherty, Marilyn Pendergast, Beth Tevlin, Sydney Bell, Jeanette Winchester, Becky Buse, Marla Flowers, Claudia Tanoos, Patrece Dayton, Sara Smith, Carol Roesch, Dottie King, Sara Arnett, Rachel Leslie and Barbara “Boo” Lloyd.

Vision A Level Above

Vision, A Level Above, sponsored by Indiana State University, recognizes an organization or individuals who have made a significant impact on the Terre Haute community. The specific areas of focus include Arts, Communications, Economic Development and Education. They also include Natural Environment and Community Appearance as well as Resource and Funding.

Past recipients of this award have included Major General Martin Umbarger, Greg Gibson, Tim Dora, the Terre Haute Children’s Museum Board of Directors, Sisters of Providence, First Financial Bank, Wabash Valley Community Foundation, Keith Ruble, Art Spaces/Arts Illiana and Vigo County School Corporation.

Community Health and Wellness Champion Award

In 2009, the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce formed Better Health Wabash Valley, an initiative charged with improving the overall health and wellness of the community. The inaugural Community Health and Wellness Champion Award, sponsored by Fifth Third Bank, recognizes a business or individual who has demonstrated clear leadership and innovation in this field.

The inaugural recipient of this award was Saint Mary-of- the Woods College.

Young Leader of the Year

The Young Leader of the Year award, sponsored by Terre Haute Young Leaders with scholarship support from the Wabash Valley Leadership Institute, is presented to an individual with a demonstrated commitment to attract and retain young talent in the Terre Haute community.

First presented in 2011, the Young Leader of the Year Award recognizes individuals who possess values consistent with those of Terre Haute Young Leaders and an unwavering responsibility to community programs that elevate the overall quality of life in Terre Haute. Previous recipients include Stephanie Miller, Whitney Gurman-Roberts, Ellie Caldwell, Jon Scherle and Courtney Richey.

Business A Level Above Award

The Business A Level Above award, powered by Vectren, honors an outstanding business of the year in the Wabash Valley, an organization which is committed to being a leader in the community as the pinnacle of business growth and development.

Past recipients have included Sony DADC, Pfizer, Inc., Clabber Girl Corporation, Duke Energy, Union Hospital, GE Aviation, ADVICS Manufacturing, ThyssenKrupp Presta, Thompson Thrift,CSN, LLC and Dorsett Automotive.