NEW ALBANY, Ind. (March 12, 2014) – One Southern Indiana (1si) today announced the winners of its 26th annual Business Awards program, which were recognized at a dinner last night at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard’s Plantation Hall attended by more than 500.
The program recognized three finalists in six categories and selected a company as the economic development project of the year. Each of the finalists was showcased in a customized video before representatives of each award’s sponsor announced the winners. “We received a record number of applications this year,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of 1si. “So many remarkable stories of success and innovation were conveyed in the submissions. We congratulate them all for the inspiration provided by their achievements.”
The 2014 winners
River Valley Financial Bank Business of the Year Award (less than 25 employees)
• Sounds Unlimited Productions
True Colors Tanning Business of the Year Award (more than 25 employees)
• Your Community Bank
L&D Mail Masters Rising Star Award (businesses up to 5 years old)
• Uptown Art
Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day Professional of the Year Award
• Dr. Rita Hudson Shourds, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana
Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader of the Year Award
• Susie Stewart, Women’s Foundation of Southern Indiana
Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year Award
• Andrew Takami, Purdue University, College of Technology
Stites and Harbison, PLLC Economic Development Impact Project of the Year Award
• Catamaran Corp.
The winners were chosen from an independent panel of judges based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities, and innovation in products or services.
Angie Fenton, entertainment correspondent for WHAS11′s “Great Day Live!” was the evening’s emcee. and Bryan Wickens with MAC Construction & Excavating led the invocation.
One Southern Indiana’s Business Awards Program was sponsored by:
Platinum Sponsors: Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors; Duke Energy; Kightlinger and Gray, LLP; L&D Mail Masters; River Valley Financial Bank; Stites and Harbison; PLLC and True Colors Tanning. Gold Sponsors: Park Community Credit Union; Monroe Shine; Wyatt, Tarrant & Combs; Louisville Business First; Lloyd’s Florist; Your Community Bank; Sounds Unlimited Productions; Silver Sponsors: Centra Credit Union; Derby Dinner Playhouse; Gretchen Mahaffey, MBA, CFP Certified Financial Planner Practitioner; Harding, Shymanski & Co.; Hawkeye Security & Electronics; PNC Bank and Southern Indiana Realtors Association. Cocktail Reception Sponsor: Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyards. Special thanks to Mr. Tim Dench, Floyd Central High School and his FCTV students for the production of the finalist’s videos and event videotaping.
One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 as the Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd Counties. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana/Louisville metro area.