Elkhart County’s Business Legacy Hall of Fame & Gala
Since its inception, Elkhart County has been known for its entrepreneurs, innovation and business leadership. Building on this, Junior Achievement & Lemonade Day serving Elkhart County is excited to announce our annual Business Legacy (Hall of Fame) Gala.
2019 Elkhart County Business Legacy Gala
Join us in celebrating Elkhart County’s 4th annual Business Hall Of Fame induction
Special Guest: John Formica, the “Ex-Disney Guy”
6:00PM – 9:00PM
410 S Main St
Formal Cocktail Attire
John, the “Ex-Disney Guy”, is a highly sought after internationally known speaker, business consultant and author of the top selling book, “Making the Customer Experience Magical Now!-How to Succeed in Business and Beat Out Your Competition Today”.
Recently featured in the Virgin Atlantic In-flight Magazine while completing two successful speaking tours in Australia and named “Australia’s Best Customer Experience Coach” by the Melbourne Herald Star, appeared on the NBC Morning Show, FOX, Univision, numerous business journals and Radio, John has inspired audiences with over 3,000 keynotes and seminars throughout the U.S. and all across the globe.
Prior to speaking, John acquired over 25 plus years of experience in top management positions with service industry leaders including Walt Disney World Resort®, Hyatt and Hilton Hotels and Sunrise Senior Living.
During his 10 years at the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando, FL, John was selected to manage their top luxury resort properties during Disney’s Resort Division expansion from 4 to 16 hotels and lead his teams to achieve the highest guest satisfaction ratings among all Disney World Resort Hotels.
Today, John is “America’s Customer Experience Coach” and leading authority on tourism, hospitality and service industries alike. He has successfully coached hundreds of small businesses and tourism communities to build customer loyalty for life, increase visitors, attract more customers and create “Whistle While You Work” Team Environments.
Presenting Event Sponsor
Traveling Hall Of Fame Sponsor (1)
Award Nomination Sponsor (10 – 1 OPEN)
VIP Cocktail Hospitality Lounge Sponsor (1 – OPEN)
All sponsors $5,000 & above are invited to a special VIP hour with our guests at 5pm before the event from 5 pm to 6 pm
Award Name & Categories
The recognition of these individuals are meant to preserve the history of Elkhart while celebrating our current business leaders for their leadership in our community. The recipients will be inducted into our “Business Hall of Fame” which will be a plaque with their story that will be displayed in a public setting.
The Havilah Beardsley Recognition
This award is presented to a “young entrepreneur” that has shown innovation and leadership in regards to creating a new business. The criterion for this award is for any young professional that has started a business and is the age of 35 years old or under.
At the age of 35 Havilah Beardsley created the first mill in Elkhart and later purchased the land, which is now downtown Elkhart. He is the father of Elkhart and has proven that young entrepreneurs can make a significant impact and legacy.
The C.G Conn Recognition
This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution to manufacturing.
Charles Gerard Conn was as an Army Captain and POW during the Civil War. He later the inventor of the rubber-rimmed mouthpiece in 1875 and then founded CG Conn band instrument company which helped put Elkhart on the map as the band instrument capital of the world.
Traveling Hall of Fame Exhibit
Each year, the 10 inductees to the Business Legacy Hall of Fame and their stories are displayed on a traveling exhibit that is developed and curated by Ruthmere. It travels to free public venues across the county. Since the first traveling hall of fame exhibit began in March of 2017, over 17,000 people have seen it and it has been displayed at 9 different venues to date.
Special Thanks to Ruthmere
Brought to you by our Presenting Sponsors
VIP Cocktail Hospitality Lounge Sponsor
Guest Speaker Sponsorship
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor
Woman Owned/ In Business Award Sponsor
Traveling Hall of Fame & Minority Owned/In Business Award Sponsor
Manufacturing Award Sponsor
Retail, Logistics and Distribution Award Sponsor
Young Entrepreneur Award Sponsor
Community Impact Award Sponsorship
Education Award Sponsor
Healthcare Award Sponsor
Technology Award Sponsor