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.
2018 Elkhart County Business Legacy Gala
Join us in celebrating Elkhart County’s 3rd annual Business Hall Of Fame induction
Special Guest: Michael Holthouse
6:00PM – 9:00PM
410 S Main St
Formal Cocktail Attire
Michael Holthouse is best known in the business world as founder and President of Paranet, Inc., a computer network services company. As an INC. Magazine Entrepreneur of the Year and a two-time “Inc. 500 Fastest Growing Company” winner, Michael grew Paranet in 6 years to 27 offices, 1600 employees and revenues in excess of $100 million and ultimately sold the company to Sprint in 1997.
Since then he has focused on philanthropy, investments and a variety of business interests. His philanthropic venture which has been a fixture in Elkhart County since 2013, Lemonade Day, prepares youth for life through a fun, proactive, and experiential community wide education event teaching youth how to start, own and operate their very own “Lemonade Business”.
Presenting Event Sponsor (1)
Traveling Hall Of Fame Sponsor (1)
Award Nomination Sponsor (10)
VIP Cocktail Hospitality Lounge Sponsor (1)
Silent Auction Sponsor (5)
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, Kahn Associates
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