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
Guests: To Be Announced
6:00PM – 9:00PM
410 S Main St
Formal Cocktail Attire
Presenting Event Sponsor (1)
Traveling Hall Of Fame Sponsor (1)
Award Nomination Sponsor (10)
VIP Cocktail Reception 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 Guy David Gundlach Recognition
This award celebrates a business that has shown significant contribution to the community and betterment of Elkhart County.
David Gundlach was an entrepreneur, a business leader and a film maker that amassed wealth through his business, Hastings Direct. At his passing, David left his estate totaling over 150 million dollars to the Elkhart Community Foundation.
The Thomas I. Atkins Recognition
This award celebrates a minority business leader that has shown leadership and perseverance in the community while also supporting other minority owned businesses through mentorship and support.
Thomas Atkins was the first African American student body president at Elkhart High School then while attending Indiana University he was the first African American Student Government Association president and first African American student body president at a Big 10 Conference school. Atkins went to Harvard Law School and later served on the NAACP national board of directors.
The Helen Murray Free Recognition
This award celebrates a woman owned business leader that has shown innovation and leadership in her various field.
Helen Free is retired chemist and educator. While a t Miles Lab, she invented many of the self-testing systems for diabetes. By 1975, Free had earned seven patents for her improvements in medical and clinical urinalysis testing. In 1993 Helen was the President of the American Chemical Society; in 2000 she was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame, and is 2010 she was awarded the National Medal of Innovation by Barak Obama.
The Dr. Franklin Miles Recognition
This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution to health care or health services for the people of Elkhart County.
Dr. Franklin Miles was the founder of Miles Lab which operated independently from1885 to 1979. Miles developed products such as Alka -Seltzer, Flintstone Vitamins, and Bactine.
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.
The Herman B. Borneman Recognition
This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution in the areas of Distribution, retail or logistics.
Herman B. Borneman founded Borneman & Sons (Industrial Supply) in 1902 which started out as a hardware store downtown Elkhart and became a major supplier to the RV, manufactured housing and musical instrument industries.
The Clarence C . Moore Recognition
This award celebrates a business or individual that has made a significant contribution to Technology.
Clarence C. Moore was an engineer and minister at Radio Station HCJB with primary transmitters in Quito, Ecuador. He went on to found International Radio and Electronics Corporation (IREC) in Elkhart, Indiana which was renamed Crown International in the 1960’s. Crown International manufactures electronic devices including power amplifiers. The audio division was acquired by Harman International in March of 2000.
The J. Lawrence Burkholder Recognition
This award celebrates individuals that have made a significant impact as an educator or in the field of education. J. Lawrence Burkholder was a graduate of Goshen College in 1939 and later became its 11th president from 1971 – 1984.
He played many significant roles throughout the 20th century as a pastor, professor, pilot, philosopher, civil rights activist, war-time relief worker and college president.
His experience spans from degrees from Princeton a professor at Harvard, various civil rights leadership and being present for many of the 20th century’s major global moments. He and his family lived around the corner from Albert Einstein while studying at Princeton. He gave the opening eulogy and prayer at Martin Luther King Jr.’s funeral ceremony at Harvard University. He was in Moscow’s Red Square during the failed coup against Boris Yeltsin. He was in East Germany when the Berlin Wall fell. He was in China, again, shortly after the democracy movement was crushed in Tiananmen Square.
The college opened its doors to the surrounding community in unprecedented ways during Burkholder’s presidency. This included starting the Afternoon Sabbatical Program and a continuing education program. The Umble Center was built on campus during his tenure to offer a venue for theater performances.
The Lifetime Achievement Recognition
This award celebrates the lifetime achievement of an individual or company whose actions have made a significant impact on others in our community. The awardee can be given this award posthumously and is meant to preserve the legacy of a lifelong contribution.
Brought to you by our Presenting Sponsors
Lifetime Achievement Award Sponsor
Woman Owned/ In Business Award Sponsor
Traveling Hall of Fame & Minority Owned/In Business Award Sponsor
Community Impact Award Sponsor