The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce announced its 2012 Business of the Year awards at its annual meeting on Monday, Oct. 8.
Small Business of the Year: BND Commercial Real Estate
The 2012 Small Business of the Year Award is presented to a business with fewer than 50 employees who have done extraordinary things as an organization in the last year. This year’s award winner has 30 employees and has been in business since its began as a three-partner firm eight years ago. In 2012, one of the founding three was named “Realtor of the Year” by the Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors. This company has been a vital part of the always evolving and improving Fort Wayne skyline with involvement in projects such as Harrison Square, the Anthony Wayne condos, and the Lutheran Sports Complex.
Large Business of the Year: General Motors
The 2012 Large Business of the Year Award is presented to a business with more than 50 employees who have made a substantial impact on the Greater Fort Wayne Community. This year’s award winner employs more than 3,600 people in our community and recently brought more than 700 new families to the Fort Wayne community. This equals more than $273 million in salaries to families in the greater Fort Wayne area. This team has grown quite accustomed to receiving awards these last few years. Here are a few of their most recent awards: The Governor’s Award for Environmental Excellence (they are GM’s first landfill-free operation) and the 2011 Motor Trend Truck of the Year for the Chevy Silverado HD made right here in Fort Wayne. And when they’re not busy making award winning trucks, they’re giving back to their community with $380,000 donated to United Way organizations throughout the region in 2012.
CEO of the Year: Dr. Arthur E. Snyder, president of Indiana Tech
The 2012 CEO of the Year Award is presented to a CEO in either a large or small business who has shown great leadership, vision, and care for his or her community. This year’s award winner has fought some pretty tough battles to see that vision come to reality. This CEO is known by all who experience his leadership as a great motivator and someone people look up to. He has been in his current role for nine years and will unveil Northeast Indiana’s first Law School in 2013. He is a decorated Vietnam Veteran, serves on the Board of Directors for Junior Achievement, and played guitar in a rock band that cut a vinyl album. He and his wife Camille have two children and three grandchildren.
Community Impact Award: Col. David Augustine and the 122nd Fighter Wing
This year, The Chamber team wanted create an additional award to honor someone whose team has not only become a friend to The Chamber but who also goes above and beyond the call of duty in serving our community. The best example to showcase the impact Col. David L. Augustine and the 122nd Fighter Wing have on our community is the recent Air Show. This show was incredible and brought more than 80,000 people out from all across the country to see this great event. The best part is that the men and women of the 122nd didn’t use this event as a time to show off, but rather as a time to embrace the community and welcome them to the air base, with hands-on, up-close experiences that even included sensory journeys for young people with disabilities.