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Wayne PC Tech Announces Company Expansion

Ribbon Cutting at Third Location Will be Held July 7

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Wayne PC Tech, an investor in Greater Fort Wayne Inc., will celebrate the grand opening of its newest location at 5830 Challenger Parkway, Suite A. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will take place on Friday, July 7 at 11:30 a.m.

Wayne PC Tech is a minority- and local-family-owned technology business that originally started from Cesar Ruiz’s Fort Wayne home in August 2011. After receiving many referrals, Ruiz opened a Fort Wayne location at 2605 S. Calhoun St. Seeing increased demand, Ruiz opened a second location in June 2015 at 2003 Lincolnway E. Suite D in Goshen. A third location for Wayne PC Tech will open in July 2017 at 5830 Challenger Parkway, Suite A.

All of Wayne PC Tech’s technicians are fully trained and have over 10 years’ combined experience in the technology field. Owner Cesar Ruiz has a bachelor’s degree in computer science and a master’s degree in technology.

“You are in good hands and you can trust us with your business needs and delicate cell phone and mobile electronics,” Ruiz said. “We know how important it is to have your electronic device working properly. Therefore, most repairs are done the same day.”

Target customers for Wayne PC Tech are small and mid-size business owners that need IT support, and men and women who own a cell phone, mobile electronics or entertainment devices. Wayne PC Tech is a trusted company with affordable prices and fast turnaround.

“We are a local minority-owned business, and we are fully focused on our community. We are creating jobs and providing technology innovation to our local community and surroundings,” Ruiz said.

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About Wayne PC Tech
Wayne PC Tech’s mission is to go above the standards for off-site and on-site technology needs by providing efficient service and response time for our valued customers within our community. To learn more, visit www.waynepctech.com.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Coalition Gains Steam in Support of Sidewalks, Alleys and Riverfront

Community Leaders Step Up to Endorse Revitalization Effort

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — More community members are signing on to support revitalization of Fort Wayne’s sidewalks, alleys and riverfront area. Organizations representing a wide range of the population have stepped up to formally endorse a proposed Fort Wayne City Council ordinance that would fund these infrastructure projects.

As of Wednesday, the growing list of organizations supporting the measure included:

  • Artlink Contemporary Art Gallery
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
  • UPSTAR (The Upstate Alliance of Realtors®)
  • Visit Fort Wayne (The Fort Wayne/Allen County Convention and Visitors Bureau)
  • Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association
  • Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana

“Years ago, Visit Fort Wayne supported the creation of Headwaters Park, our city’s first venture into riverfront development. Today, we enthusiastically support the continued development of the riverfront to give people yet another reason to visit our great city,” said Dan O’Connell, president and CEO of Visit Fort Wayne. “Henceforth, that is why our Board of Directors voted to support an increase in the local option income tax by 0.15 percent—to build a riverfront we all can be proud of.”

“Riverfront and walkability were two of the top four local projects that our members feel are important,” said Stephanie Veit, president of Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana. “We believe these types of projects will help Fort Wayne continue attracting professionals of all ages—especially young professionals. These are exactly the kinds of projects that will make our city a better place to live.”

John Sampson, CEO of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, said, “Fort Wayne Riverfront Development is the cornerstone of the Road to One Million plan. Our region must continue to make bold investments in the quality of place assets of our community. This is crucial to retain and attract the talent necessary to sustain the future growth of business investments in Northeast Indiana. The Regional Opportunities Council, the investor board of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, has voiced their support through a resolution strongly encouraging the Fort Wayne City Council to advance timely funding of phase II and III of the Riverfront Development project.”

In addition to riverfront development, the ordinance would fund repairs to alleyways and existing sidewalks, and construction of new sidewalks.

“Investments in safer sidewalks, maintenance of our alleyways and revitalization of our riverfront will make the places where we educate, work, live and play more accessible, continue to increase property values and increase the quality of life for our community,” said Kim Ward, president of the UPSTAR Board of Directors.

Nearly 1 in 4 residential properties in the city of Fort Wayne are located on an alley. The City Council measure would create, for the first time, a dedicated revenue stream for alleyway maintenance.

“As a neighborhood, we have pioneered a very successful matching grant program for our residents to provide private investment and improve the exterior of their homes,” said Lyndsay Sheets, president of the Williams Woodland Park Neighborhood Association. “However, our neighborhood has yet to achieve any level of success in repairing our 100-year-old alleyways due to the excessive cost, despite this issue being the biggest concern every year for our residents. The private citizens of this area are investing in the infrastructure of this beautiful neighborhood, and we are hopeful that the City Council ordinance will help our neighborhood become more aesthetically pleasing, drivable and, most importantly, safer.”

City Council will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed Local Income Tax (LIT) adjustment at 5:30 p.m. on June 27. City Council will also discuss and vote on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on July 11. Both meetings will be held in Room 35, Garden Level of the Citizens Square Building, 200 E. Berry Street.

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About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc., focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization serving the business community in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. Policies and positions expressed in this document do not represent those of any elected officials or government entities, and do not represent endorsement, recommendation or favoring by any such officials or entities.

GFW Inc. Board Votes to Support Sidewalks, Alleys and Riverfront

Community Leaders Unite to Endorse Revitalization

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. Board of Directors formally supports revitalizing Fort Wayne’s sidewalks, alleys and Riverfront area. Today, board members unanimously voted to endorse a proposed Fort Wayne City Council ordinance that would fund these key infrastructure projects.

Basic infrastructure has become an increasingly pressing issue in recent years—especially for school children. Due to funding cuts, Fort Wayne Community Schools was forced to eliminate bus transportation for about 7,000 students. The proposed ordinance would repair existing sidewalks and create new sidewalks, increasing walkability and safety for people of all ages.

“Many of the sidewalks near our schools are damaged or incomplete. In some cases, the only option for our students is to walk in or near the road, which is clearly a child safety hazard,” said Dr. Wendy Robinson, Superintendent of Fort Wayne Community Schools and a GFW Inc. board member. “Especially with more students walking to school, we owe it to our kids to give them a safe path to the education they deserve.”

The ordinance would also transform the banks of the St. Marys River into a signature community landmark. According to local business leaders, Riverfront development will help boost jobs and wages in northeast Indiana.

“Developing our Riverfront into a vibrant destination will help push our community from good to great,” said Ray Kusisto, CEO of Ortho NorthEast and a GFW Inc. board member. “A thriving Riverfront will also be a crucial element in attracting and retaining the highly skilled people we need to fill job openings in our region. This initiative is a game changer that will pay dividends now and for decades to come, as our community continues to compete for jobs and better wages.”

The GFW Inc. Board of Directors is comprised of 53 community leaders. They represent a diverse cross-section of local companies, nonprofits and citizens.

“Improvements to our sidewalks and alleys will make a very real difference in neighborhoods throughout the community,” said Cozey Baker, Chief Finance Officer of the Fort Wayne Black Chamber of Commerce and a GFW Inc. board member. “This is a concrete solution to make our city cleaner, safer and more accessible for everyone.”

City Council will host a public meeting to discuss the proposed Local Income Tax (LIT) adjustment at 5:30 p.m. on June 27. City Council will also discuss and vote on the proposal at 5:30 p.m. on July 11. Both meetings will be held in Room 35, Garden Level of the Citizens Square Building, 200 E. Berry Street.

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About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc., focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is a nonprofit membership organization serving the business community in Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana. Policies and positions expressed in this announcement do not represent those of any elected officials or government entities, and do not represent endorsement, recommendation or favoring by any such officials or entities.

Multimatic Inc. Plans New Manufacturing Facility in Allen County

Company Expansion Brings Up to 180 New Jobs to New Haven

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Multimatic Inc., a global automotive engineering and manufacturing company, recently announced plans to invest $40 million to establish a new manufacturing facility in Allen County. Multimatic Indiana – New Haven will create up to 180 new jobs by the end of 2018.

Located at 2808 Adams Center Road, the plant occupies 125,000 square feet. The company plans to equip the plant with specialized equipment for the production of advanced, high-strength steel components for vehicle body structures. Renovations and pre-production preparations are currently underway, with production scheduled to commence in late 2017. This is Multimatic’s second manufacturing facility in Indiana. The company is currently hiring for a range of technical and manufacturing positions. Interested applicants may apply online at careers.multimatic.com.

“As a manufacturer with a strong Hoosier team, Multimatic knows first-hand the benefits of doing business in Indiana,” Governor Eric J. Holcomb said. “And now with the decision to open a second Indiana manufacturing facility, Multimatic takes its Hoosier team to the next level. We’re excited to see a global manufacturer choose Indiana for the second time and look forward to supporting its continued growth in our state.”

Headquartered near Toronto, Ontario, Canada, Multimatic specializes in the production of automotive mechanisms, complex welded assemblies and suspension components, as well as the design and development of automotive body and chassis systems for a variety of auto manufacturers including General Motors, Ford, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, Aston Martin and Mercedes-Benz.

“Multimatic chose to establish the factory in New Haven to be close to both its customer base and its existing facility in Butler, something that ensures ongoing production and technical support,” stated Rick Nafziger, Multimatic’s General Manager of the new factory. “Also important is the availability of well-trained engineering, technical and manufacturing talent, necessary to making the new plant a success. We are pleased to be established in Indiana, and to expand manufacturing operations here.”

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC) offered Multimatic up to $1,275,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $150,000 in training grants based on the company’s job creation plans. These incentives are performance-based, meaning until Hoosiers are hired at the Adams Center Road location, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The local community will provide additional hiring and training assistance through Northeast Indiana Works. Also, based on preliminary information, Allen County/City of New Haven projects that the investment will qualify for a 10-year abatement of personal (equipment) property taxes.

“The city of New Haven is proud to have Multimatic as the newest member of our business community,” New Haven Mayor Terry McDonald said. “Their expansion into northeast Indiana is further proof of the excellent business climate of our state and particularly the northeast region.”

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About Multimatic
Founded in 1984, Multimatic is a global enterprise supplying engineered components, systems and services to the automotive industry. The company operates plants and offices in more than ten countries across North American, Europe and Asia, serving automotive original equipment manufacturers worldwide. In addition, Multimatic delivers niche vehicle design, development and production for road and race applications. For more information about Multimatic, visit www.multimatic.com.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Sauder Manufacturing Plans $3.2 Million Investment in New Haven

60 new jobs to be created by 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Sauder Manufacturing Co., a commercial furniture manufacturer, today announced plans to invest $3.2 million to expand its operations into New Haven, creating up to 60 new jobs over the next four years.

Located at 10801 Rose Avenue, the 159,000 square-foot facility will nearly double Sauder’s current production and office space, and will enable the company to improve production work flows, improve access for the logistics needed to serve its customers, and provide capacity for its continued growth, particularly in the healthcare market. The company plans to begin work on the new facility this summer and anticipates completing the relocation in late 2017.

“As a state, Indiana has worked diligently to establish a pro-growth business climate that is now recognized as one of the top five in the U.S., ” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “Under the leadership of Governor Eric J. Holcomb, we will continue to make job creation a priority by investing in infrastructure, education and workforce development to support the continued growth and success of businesses like Sauder Manufacturing.”

The company, which is a subsidiary of Ohio-based Sauder Woodworking Co., serves four markets (worship, healthcare, higher education and human services) with annual sales of $100 million.

“We selected this facility following an extended assessment with internal and third party resources of multiple alternatives,” President & CEO Phil Bontrager said. “This strategic investment aligns with our Lean Enterprise strategy to continue strengthening our engaged organization in each part of the company.”

Sauder Manufacturing is expected to receive an incentive package valued at $386,291 in conditional tax credits and training grants from the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, and $23,500 in services from Northeast Indiana Works. The company will also be eligible for a real and personal property tax phase-in valued at $62,791 from the City of New Haven.

“The city of New Haven is proud to have Sauder Manufacturing as the newest member of our business community,” Mayor Terry McDonald, City of New Haven, said. “Their relocation and expansion in northeast Indiana is further proof of the excellent business climate of our state and particularly the northeast region.”

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About Sauder Manufacturing
Sauder Manufacturing Co. is a subsidiary of Sauder Woodworking Co. in Archbold, Ohio. Established in 1943, Sauder is North America’s leading producer of ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture and one of the top five residential furniture manufacturers in the United States. For more information, visit www.sauder.com. For more information on Sauder Manufacturing Co., visit www.saudermfg.com.
About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Small Business of the Year Award Nominations Now Open

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., is seeking nominations for its second annual Small Business of the Year Award, to be presented at its 2017 Annual Meeting on Thursday, May 25 from 5 to 7:30 pm. The deadline for small businesses to nominate their organization has been extended until noon on Friday, April 28.

The Small Business of the Year Award will honor a small business’s contributions to Fort Wayne’s economic growth. The business must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible:

  • Be a GFW Inc., investor in good standing
  • Be located in Fort Wayne or Allen County
  • Have been in business for more than 5 years
  • Have 50 or fewer full-time employees
  • Have revenue up to $5 million in 2016
  • Be an independently-owned and -operated, for-profit entity

Small businesses may submit their nominations online at http://smallbiz.gfwinc.com.

The 2017 GFW Inc., Annual Meeting will take place at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. In addition to the Small Business of the Year Award, winners of the Chairman’s Award, the Swagger Award, and the Legislator of the Year Award will be announced. The 2017 GFW Fellows class will be introduced, and the 2017 Leadership Fort Wayne class will receive their completion certificates.

For more information about the Small Business of the Year Award, please contact Jami Thomas, director of investor services and programs, at (260) 203-5766 or jthomas@greaterfortwayneinc.com.

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About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc., focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Parkview’s Ehinger Honored as ATHENA Leadership Award Recipient

Organizational Leadership & Young Professional Recipients Also Honored

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Sue Ehinger, chief experience officer at Parkview Health, was recognized as the ATHENA Leadership Award recipient at the 2017 ATHENA Awards Program & Luncheon, hosted by Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. Asher Agency, an advertising and marketing firm, was honored with the Organizational Leadership Award. Holly Barnett, resident program director at Harbour Assisted Living of Fort Wayne, was honored with the ATHENA Young Professional Award. GFW Inc., also announced a partnership with Ambassador Enterprises to create ATHENA Fort Wayne, an affiliate with ATHENA International focused on women’s leadership development, an effort inspired by one of the LFW Class of 2017 Community Action Teams. Keynote speaker Ann Playter, board member and communications chair of ATHENA International, spoke about authentic leadership.

The ATHENA Leadership Awards recognize individuals and organizations that support and advance women’s leadership and provide valuable service to their communities. Twenty-six individuals and organizations were nominated this year.

The ATHENA Leadership Award recipient was Sue Ehinger, chief experience officer at Parkview Health. Ehinger is known for seeking out women who aspire to be leaders and those who may not see they have leadership potential. Despite her busy schedule, Ehinger believes in the value of personal communication and the power of encouragement.

The Organizational Leadership Award was presented to Asher Agency. Despite its male-dominated industry, women make up more than half the staff at Asher Agency, including newly-appointed female president, Kara Kelley. Asher has been a longtime supporter of nonprofits that benefit women and girls, the Fort Wayne Community Schools Foundation and Wellspring Interfaith Social Services.

Holly Barnett received the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award. She is resident program director at Harbour Assisted Living of Fort Wayne. Barnett loves making a difference in the lives of elders and their families, and serves as a role model for young women by setting a positive example of hard work, determination and serving others.

Cheri Becker, vice president of GFW Inc., announced the formation of ATHENA Fort Wayne, an affiliate organization of ATHENA International, Ambassador Enterprises and GFW Inc. This affiliate will bring new opportunities for women’s leadership development. Through this collaboration, ATHENA International’s national programs and conferences will be available to affiliate members, along with the benefits of investment and engagement through GFW Inc. ATHENA Fort Wayne has a first-year goal of hosting quarterly events for women’s leadership development. Christophe Dessaigne announced Ambassador Enterprises’ support of ATHENA Fort Wayne’s launch with a $5000 grant.

For more information about ATHENA Fort Wayne or to join, please visit http://athenafw.gfwinc.com. For photos from the event, please visit www.facebook.com/greaterfortwayneinc.

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About ATHENA International
Founded in 1982, ATHENA International’s mission is honoring, developing and supporting women leaders, inspiring women to reach their full leadership potential to create a balance of power worldwide. The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence, have assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership opportunities, and whose body of work has made a national or international impact. To learn more about ATHENA International, visit www.athenainternational.org.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.
Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc., focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Hosts Inter-City Visit to Durham, N.C.

American Tobacco Campus in Durham, N.C.
Fort Wayne GE Campus Vision

Community Members Invited to Participate

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., will host a trip to Durham, N.C., May 17 and 18, allowing 40 business and community leaders to learn from the success of a best-in-class city with a project similar to Fort Wayne’s GE Campus redevelopment.

“The promise of the redevelopment of the historic GE Campus is the inspiration behind the 2017 Inter-City Visit to Durham, N.C.,” CEO Eric Doden said. “Participants will see first-hand how the redevelopment of the American Tobacco Campus has transformed the economic landscape of Durham.”

The historic million-square-foot tobacco warehouse now boasts small businesses specializing in high tech and biotech innovation, and urban housing options. The campus serves as a gathering and entertainment center, and inspiration to budding entrepreneurs and new business development.

Community and business leaders have participated in inter-city visits to learn from best in class cities since 2005.

“These visits have served as inspiration for downtown development and investment, riverfront development and beautification throughout our community,” Doden said.

The cost to attend the trip is $2,100 per person and is inclusive of air and ground transportation, meals and lodging. Only 19 seats remain, and all seats are first come, first serve. Final reservations are due March 14, with payment due March 16.

For more information or to reserve your seat, please contact Cheri Becker at (260) 420-6945 or cbecker@gfwinc.com.

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About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Announces 2017 ATHENA Award Nominees

21 Individuals, 5 Organizations Recognized

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., is pleased to announce 26 nominees for the 12th Annual ATHENA Awards Program. GFW Inc., will award two deserving community leaders and one deserving organization with the Leadership Award, the Young Professional Award and the Organizational Leadership Award.

The prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, who provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

The 2017 ATHENA Leadership nominees are:

  • Kathleen Alter, Chief Executive Officer, Women’s Bureau, Inc.
  • Kathy Callen, Community Engagement Executive & Senior Vice President, Old National Bank
  • Sue Ehinger, Chief Experience Officer, Parkview Health
  • Angie Fincannon, Vice Chancellor for Advancement, IPFW
  • Brenda Gerber, Vice President of Development, Lifeline Youth & Family Services and Crosswinds, Inc.
  • Gina Kostoff, Executive Director, Fort Wayne Urban Enterprise Association, Inc.
  • Nora Stewart, Chief Vision Officer, Entheos Audiology Cooperative
  • Ruth Strawser, Director of Brand & Strategy Management, Girl Scouts of Northern Indiana-Michiana
  • David Threm, Chief Information Officer, Ash Brokerage Corporation
  • Faith Van Gilder, Account Supervisor, Asher Agency

The ATHENA Young Professional Award honors emerging women leaders, aged 40 and under, who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, provide valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in their community, and clearly serve as a role model for young women, both personally and professionally.

The 2017 ATHENA Young Professional nominees are:

  • Ashley Adamson, Program Manager In-School / JA In A Day Specialist, Junior Achievement
  • Holly Barnett, Resident Program Director, Harbour Assisted Living of Fort Wayne
  • Anna Bobrowski, Operations Specialist, Fort Wayne-Allen County Airport Authority
  • Makenna Click, Owner, Yummi Bunni
  • Megan Crites, Associate, MKM architecture + design
  • Ashley Jylland-Hade, Volunteer & Human Resources Coordinator for The League for the Blind & Disabled
  • Shubitha Kever, Director of TRIO Student Support Services, IPFW
  • Kristin Marcuccilli, Senior Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, STAR Financial Bank
  • Susan Mendenhall, President, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.
  • Carrie Minnich, Director, Dulin, Ward & DeWald, Inc.
  • Brooke Sellhorn, Clinical Director, Crosswinds In-Home Family Counseling

The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award honors an organization within the community that creates an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

The 2017 ATHENA Organizational Leadership nominees are:

  • Asher Agency
  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • Healthy Eating Active Living (HEAL)
  • McMahon’s Best-One Tire & Auto Care
  • Questa Education Foundation

The nominees will be honored and the recipients announced at a luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at 11 a.m., at Hotel Fort Wayne.  Ann Playter, Communications Director for ATHENA International, will be the keynote speaker and WANE-TV anchor Heather Herron will serve as emcee.

Tickets are $35 per person and sponsorships are available. Registration is required by Wednesday, March 22 at http://athena.gfwinc.com.  For more information, contact Audrea Castaneda at (260) 420-6945 or acastaneda@gfwinc.com.

 

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About ATHENA International

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International’s mission is honoring, developing and supporting women leaders, inspiring women to reach their full leadership potential to create a balance of power worldwide. The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence, have assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership opportunities, and whose body of work has made a national or international impact. To learn more about ATHENA International, visit www.athenainternational.org.

 

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its metro chamber alliance and primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.

 

ATHENA Nominations Now Open, Due February 17

Award Luncheon Scheduled for March 29

FORT WAYNE, IND. – Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc., is now accepting nominations for the 2017 ATHENA Award Program, due February 17, ahead of the March 29 award luncheon. The ATHENA Award Program celebrates exceptional men, women and organizations who have served the community in a meaningful way and have assisted women in their attainment of professional goals and leadership skills. These individuals are recognized through the Leadership Award, the Young Professional Award, and the Organizational Leadership Award.

The prestigious ATHENA Leadership Award honors individuals who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in their business or profession, who provide valuable service by contributing time and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community, and who actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential.

The ATHENA Young Professional Award honors emerging women leaders, aged 40 and under, who demonstrate excellence, creativity, and initiative in her business or profession, provides valuable service to improve the quality of life for others in her community, and clearly serves as a role model for young women both personally and professionally.

The ATHENA Organizational Leadership Award recognizes an organization within the community that creates an organizational culture that encourages women employees to achieve their full leadership potential and gives back to the larger community of women and girls by providing and/or supporting leadership development opportunities and initiatives.

Nominations for the three local ATHENA Awards are now available on the Greater Fort Wayne Inc., website at www.greaterfortwayneinc.com/athena. Nominators are encouraged to work closely with nominees to complete the nomination forms. The deadline for nominations for all awards is February 17. Late nomination forms will not be accepted.

To recognize the nominees and announce the award recipients, GFW Inc., will hold the 12th Annual ATHENA Awards Luncheon on Wednesday, March 29, at Hotel Fort Wayne, 305 E. Washington Center Road, from 11 am to 1:30 pm.

The cost for individual tickets is $35 and table sponsorships are $500. Table sponsors receive one table for eight individuals to attend the event and will have their logo and/or company name recognized at the table. Payment for this event is non-refundable. RSVPs are required. Please register by March 22 at athena.gfwinc.com.

Distinguished sponsorships are also available. Please contact Audrea Castaneda at (260) 420-6945 or acastaneda@greaterfortwayneinc.com.

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About ATHENA International

Founded in 1982, ATHENA International’s mission is honoring, developing and supporting women leaders, inspiring women to reach their full leadership potential to create a balance of power worldwide. The Global ATHENA Leadership Award is presented to individuals who have achieved a high degree of professional excellence, have assisted women to develop their full potential by opening up leadership opportunities, and whose body of work has made a national or international impact. To learn more about ATHENA International, visit www.athenainternational.org.

About Greater Fort Wayne Inc.

Greater Fort Wayne (GFW) Inc. serves Fort Wayne and Allen County, Indiana, as its primary point of contact for economic growth. GFW Inc. focuses on prosperity and community vibrancy through economic development, advocacy, programs and resources that support business success, leadership development, graduate retention and community engagement. To learn more, visit www.greaterfortwayneinc.com.