Indiana Forum (Forum) elected 16 members to serve on its Board of Directors
during its annual meeting Thursday at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond.
also highlighted its successes in 2016 while looking forward to this year
New board members
include the following: Chris Campbell, market president, Centier Bank;
Stewart McMillian, president, Task Force Tips; Bill Schott, director of
manufacturing, Urschel Laboratories; Mike Falk, president, Falk PLI; Michael
Micka, vice-president of development, Holladay Properties; William Lowe,
chancellor and professor of history, Indiana University Northwest; Tony Oss,
project development manager, Larson-Danielson Construction.
Nine members were
also re-elected to three-year terms: Ron Bush, Ron Bush Consulting; Andrew
Fox, South Shore Freight; Erica Dombey, Regional Development Company; Jim
Jorgensen, Hoeppner, Wagner, Evans; Pete Novak, Greater Northwest Indiana
Association of Realtors; Kerry Keith, SEH of Indiana; Joe Coar, Tonn and
Blank Construction; Linda Woloshansky, Center of Workforce Innovations; Rex
Richards, Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce.
In 2016 the Forum
reports doing the following:
to and developed 60 leads for attraction or business expansion/retention in
Northwest Indiana. Of these, 26 were prospects that directly contacted the
Forum. Of the remaining leads, 31 were from the IEDC and the other three
were from economic development partners.
close to 200 site selector, broker, and developer meetings to show Northwest
Indiana's advantage in location, logistics, business climate, value,
workforce, and other metrics.
* Kay Nelson
and the Grand Calumet River Partners in Restoration were awarded the Chanute
Prize by the Society of Innovators.
Participated in the part of the Maritime Trade Mission in Quebec. Indiana is
a strong trade partner with Canada and the purpose of the trip was to expand
and retain maritime opportunities.
* Welcomed 13
new members to the Forum: RQAW, Newton County EDC, Bank of America,
EnviroForensics, Paine Wetzel, Hasse Construction, In Good Company, Monosol,
The Henry Brothers, Garmong Construction, Urschel Labs, Urschel Development
Corporation, and Fronius.
“Looking ahead, the
Forum will continue to be the voice of business in Northwest Indiana with
continued lobbying efforts on behalf of our membership on international,
national, state and local legislative policies that impact the region both
in business and environment,” the Forum said. “The organization will also
continue to work with brokers, developers, consultants and site selectors to
ensure Northwest Indiana remains in the spotlight for business development.
This year, the Forum will launch a new website to attract business and
talent to our region while serving as another source of communication to our
“We look forward to
continuing to attract, grow and develop business as well as talent that will
allow Northwest Indiana to compete in a global economy,” Forum President and
CEO Heather Ennis said.