The Southwest Indiana Chamber’s annual Report to the Posey County Business Community Dinner was held on Wednesday, April 4th, 2018. Each year the Posey County Alliance presents four awards, Posey County Business of the Year, Posey County Teacher/Administrator of the Year, Posey County Business Person of the Year, and Posey County Young Professional of the Year. The Posey County community nominates deserving individuals for each and the winners are selected by an award committee.
The 2018 Posey County Business of the Year was presented to AstraZeneca. This award honors a business that is involved in the Posey County Community, has made a noticeable impact in terms of job creation and leadership, among other qualities. The leadership team at AstraZeneca made a commitment to be a good community partner by promoting volunteerism and taking an active role in participating in local events. One of the main avenues used to help make an impact was the creation of team vitAliZe – the site employee engagement team whose mission is to positively impact the health of our colleagues, families, and community.
The Posey County Teacher/Administrator of the Year was presented to Ryan Nowak, a 5th grade teacher at St. Wendel Catholic School. This award honors a licensed teacher or administrator who inspires students and demonstrates leadership in educational activities. Ryan has started several programs including Red and White Night and the SWIRL program. He is the Math Bowl coach and also makes math fun for the students with Fraction Olympics, Tic-Tac-Math, Math Easter Egg Hunt, and other activities. Mr. Nowak is very involved with many events at Saint Wendel and is great with keeping parents informed and involved.
The Posey County Business Person of the Year was presented to Phillip Wells, President at TMI Contractors. Phillip has a vested interest in the continued success of small businesses in the area. Phil has donated time, material, equipment and labor to various community projects in recent years and is working on the maintenance and beautification of the Mt. Vernon Main Street store fronts. Phillip has also supported the local youth by coaching little league in recent years. Phillip was recently named United Way 2017 Donor of the Year and has been featured many times for his various charitable acts around Posey County.
The Posey County Young Professional of the Year is Matthew Hines, Project Manager at BWX Technologies, Inc. This award honors a young professional who is among the area’s future leaders and has been in the professional environment for at least 2 years. Matthew manages a new product line for BWXT, which is expected to yield significant growth. He has developed strong customer and vendor networks with key business partners. Matt has been a leader within BWXT as well as immersing himself in supporting and promoting Posey County.
About Southwest Indiana Chamber
Since 1915, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has been a trusted ally of the regional business community. Today we are one of the state’s largest, strongest, and most impactful nonprofit business organizations, representing a total membership of more than 1,500 businesses, organizations, and agencies. About one-third of members have invested in our organization for 10 or more years. While nearly all major employers in our region invest in the Southwest Indiana Chamber, 71% of our member businesses have 25 or fewer employees.
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