Chamber Announces “Advocate of the Year”, Honors Wabash Valley Asphalt President John Collett

Terre Haute Chamber Honors John Collett with Advocate of the Year

Terre Haute, Ind. – A new award and honor was announced during the Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce’s Luncheon with the Governor on Tuesday, December 10, 2019.

Before welcoming Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and Governor Eric Holcomb to the stage, Terre Haute Chamber of Commerce President Kristin Craig, along with Advocacy partner Rachel Leslie of RJL Solutions, announced a new award based in legislative and government initiatives, “Advocate of the Year”. Wabash Valley Asphalt President and Chamber Board Member John Collett was given the inaugural honor.

“As the end of 2019 approaches, it is not uncommon to honor those who have helped to achieve success and growth within an organization. For the Chamber this has been a tremendous year in the government and Advocacy sectors,” Craig said from the stage. “Along with the Chamber Advocacy Team and with the guidance of RJL Solutions 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.”

She continued, “Over the last year John has served the Chamber and our community by going the extra mile, today we are recognizing John based largely on 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. John, thank you for your work, commitment and guidance.”

No surprise to the Chamber staff and board members, Collett declined to speak on stage, which Craig says is in line with his work and personality; not seeking the spotlight, but working hard to accomplish goals for the community.

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