South Bend, IN (June 23) – Christy Gillenwater was named the 2017 Executive of the Year Thursday evening at the annual conference of the Indiana Chamber Executives Association, held this year in South Bend Indiana.  Nominations required a brief essay describing why the nominee is deserving of this award.  Nominations included recommendations, news clips, and other documentation of a job well done.  The selection criteria included at least three years of service as the lead executive at the chamber; demonstration of long-term exemplary performance and leadership with his / her local chamber and extraordinary contributions to the profession of chamber management; and demonstrated ability to positively lead change at the local chamber level, including specific examples of vision, leadership and management.

“In the four years that Christy has been at the helm, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has firmly established itself as one of the leading chambers in the Midwest, in large part because of her collaborative spirit and commitment to helping community organizations drive economic development and positive change in our region,” noted Jim Sandgren, President & COO, Old National Bancorp and Southwest Indiana Chamber Board Chairman.

“I am honored that our team and the community can be recognized for our collective efforts.  Without our talented chamber team, dedicated volunteers, and engaged members, awards such as this would not be possible,” stated Gillenwater.

Christy guided the Southwest Indiana Chamber to be recognized as the 2015 Chamber of the Year in Indiana by the Indiana Chamber Executives Association (ICEA) and the 2016 National Chamber of the Year as recognized by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives (ACCE).  Gillenwater, a Cincinnati native, earned a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs from Indiana University and a Master of Business Administration from Ball State University.