Innovator of The Year Finalists Announced

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Seven individuals and companies have been selected as finalists for a northeast Indiana publication's Innovator of the Year Award. Those competing for this year's Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly honor include an assisted living home, a distribution company and a credit union. October 17, 2013

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. - The impressive list has been narrowed down to seven innovative companies competing for the prestigious 2013 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Innovator of the Year Award. The award honors companies and entrepreneurs who have developed innovative businesses, products or services in northeast Indiana. Those competing for the top prize represent seven distinct categories and will be judged by a panel of distinguished northeast Indiana business leaders and entrepreneurs. The 2013 Innovation Awards category winners are:

Emerging Company - Engine Research Associates, Jeff Erickson

Health Care - Senior Lifestyle (DBA, Harbour Assisted Living)

Retail - Rudy's, Rudy Mahara II

Manufacturing & Engineering - Tuthill Corporation, Tuthill Engineering

Professional Services - GMS Distribution, Gerrett Stier

Real Estate, Construction & Design - 3Rivers Federal Credit Union

Technology - TransWorks, Tim Minnich

Final presentations from the category winners will be made to this year's panel of judges: Don Steininger, Steininger Development; Julia Fiechter, Lendingahand.net; Terry Housholder, KPC Media Group; Mike Fritsch, Northeast Indiana innovation Center; and Bill Nicholson, ENS Group.

"The judges expressed how extraordinarily difficult it was to determine the category winners this year," said Terry Ward, COO of KPC Media Group, which publishes the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. "The next round of judging should prove to be even more challenging as they determine the 2013 Innovator of the Year. The Awards luncheon on November 7th will be an outstanding opportunity for area entrepreneurs and business leaders to come, listen and learn about some of the exciting innovation going on in northeast Indiana. Each of the category winners will be featured and, of course, we'll honor the Innovator of the Year."

The Innovation Awards will be presented at a luncheon event at the Landmark Centre on November 7, 2013 at 11:30 A.M. with featured keynote speaker, Karl LaPan, president and CEO of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. Tickets are $25 per person or a table of eight for $175 and can be purchased at FWbusiness.com. Hurry, the deadline for reservations is October 30th.

A special publication featuring the award winners will be included in the November 8-14 issue of the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

The presenting sponsor for the 2013 Innovation Awards is ENS Group. The event sponsors are PHP, Lake City Bank, Sweetwater, Keyflow Creative, Star Bank and Northeast Indiana Innovation Center.

About Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly is a business journal covering the 12-county region surrounding Fort Wayne and is a publication of KPC Media Group Inc. with editorial and business offices in Kendallville, Auburn, Angola and Fort Wayne.

KPC Media Group has been locally owned since its founding in 1911. Along with the Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly, it publishes three daily newspapers, the Times Community Publications in Allen County, Family magazine and the Smart Shopper, along with phone books and real estate guides in northeast Indiana. The company also has commercial printing and direct-mail divisions and offers expanded digital services through Keyflow Creative.

Source: KPC Media Group Inc.