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Kokomo Chamber celebrates 2018 with awards

11/14/2018

The Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance celebrated a successful year for its organization and the community on Nov. 8 at Bel Air Events. A dinner and awards program, the evening featured reflections of accomplishments in 2018 and progress updates from the Alliance.

As part of the 104th Annual Celebration, the Alliance awarded 7 honors.

"What an exciting evening for the Chamber and its members,” said Kimberly Pinkerton, manager of the Greater Kokomo Economic Development Alliance. “It was truly an honor to be able to recognize and celebrate those companies, organizations, and individuals who give so much support to our community and the Alliance mission.

“With 600 members and over 400 volunteers, we are truly appreciative of all they contribute in time and resources for the economic strength of Howard County and its business."

The Chamber presented five awards to the following members:

• Business Person of the Year: Paul Wyman, The Wyman Group

• Volunteer of the Year: LeAnn Devine, Shelter Insurance

• Chamber Ambassador of the Year: Jonathan Rogers, WWKI 100.5

• Business of the Year: AndyMark, Inc.

• IMPACT Award: Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo Campus

Other units of the Alliance also presented awards to deserving recipients during the event. The Downtown Association’s Downtown Champion Award was given teams from Fiat Chrysler Automobiles US LLC and The Crossing School of Business & Entrepreneurship.

These two groups came together for what they collectively dubbed Pallets with Purpose, which is now on display in Courthouse Alley. The alley is part of the All Alleys Lead to Art initiative, which seeks to develop inviting public art spaces as well as creating learning opportunities through the installation of the art accessories.

The Greater Kokomo Visitors Bureau honored Don Andrews with its FIRSTS Award for outstanding tourism efforts. Just in the past 3 years, he has assisted with hosting Indiana and multi-state invitational tournaments that have brought more than 5,000 people to Kokomo. The tournaments had an economic impact of over a quarter a million dollars.