Recognition & Awards

Every year the Chamber of Commerce celebrates several local businesses, business leaders and community members who help make Terre Haute and the entire Wabash Valley a better place to live and work.

Three awards are given during the Chamber Annual Meeting. Nominations for these awards open in June, and winners are announced at our Annual Meeting every August.


Advocate of the Year

A new award and honor was announced in late 2019, “Advocate of the Year”. Wabash Valley Asphalt President and Chamber Board Member John Collett was given the inaugural honor.

Chamber President Kristin Craig explained that 2019 was a tremendous year in the government and Advocacy sectors; our members have lobbied at the Statehouse, backed projects that could bring millions in economic growth to our region… campaigned for a casino referendum – AND WON – and much more. At the helm of all of those initiatives was Chamber Advocacy Chair and Wabash Valley Asphalt President John Collett.

During 2019 Collett served the Chamber and our community by going the extra mile; largely by his work advocating for the casino in Terre Haute, something he became very involved with. He stepped out of his comfort zone, especially in terms of doing media interviews and public speaking engagements to ensure our community was the benefit of this economic development. John rallied, not only his own staff, but other Chamber members in the process.

Building Community Award

The Building Community Award, formally Vision, A Level Above Award, 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, Vigo County School Corporation, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, Vigo Co. Parks & Recreation Dept. – Griffin Bike Park and John McNicohls & Max Miller and the Duke Energy Foundation.


Building Business Award

The Building Business Award, formally 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, Dorsett Automotive, Joink and Gartland Foundry and First Financial Bank.

Leadership Connect Leader of the Year Award

Leadership Connect of West Central Indiana presents the Leadership Connect Leader of the Year Award. Formally Young Leader of the Year, the award is 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 Leadership Connect 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. Past winners include Whitney Gurman-Roberts, Stephanie Pence, Ellie Caldwell, Jon Scherle, Courtney Richey, Jenifer Wright, Jennifer Isbell-Scott, Lindsay Hull and Jared Ell.


Women’s Excellence in Leadership Award

Formally titled the ATHENA Leadership Award®, the Terre Haute Woman in Business award seeks to honor an amazing woman succeeding and working for both business and community. Traditionally this award was presented during the Chamber Annual Meeting in August, but will transition in 2020 to be presented during the Terre Haute Women’s Conference in March.

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, Barbara “Boo” Lloyd, Bernice Helman, Cheri Bradley and Susan Decker.

12 Under 40 Award

The 12 Under 40 Award was created through a partnership between the Tribune-Star and the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce and aims to reward young professionals working in the community with recognition for their service.

The idea behind the program is to recognize those making a difference in the community and maybe get others involved as a result.

The 12 Under 40 seeks people who “go above and beyond their call to duty.” For more information visit

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