Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly will name its Innovator of the Year in November. The publication will feature eight northeast Indiana businesses that are up for the award. September 26, 2014

News Release

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Eight outstanding northeast Indiana companies will be honored in November at a special awards ceremony for their innovative businesses, products or services. At the event, one of the eight will be revealed as the 2014 Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly Innovator of the Year.

The 2014 Innovation Awards category winners are:

-Emerging Company – 3BG Supply Company, Alex Smith

-Health Care – Indicator, Max Maile

-Retail – Memories of You, Dawn Blomeke

-Customer Service – League for the Blind & Disabled, David Nelson

-Sales/Marketing – Fleet Feet Sports Fort Wayne, Kevin Croy

-Professional Services – Advanced Media Integration, Martin Smanzenko

-Real Estate/Construction/Design – MKM architecture + design, Zach Benedict

-Technology – Adaptek Systems Inc., Joseph DePrisco

The category winners were selected by a panel of judges from a field of written nominations submitted online. The Innovator of the Year will be determined after category winners make a personal presentation to the judges. Serving on the panel are Tiffany Youquelet, program administrator, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union; Sam Schenkel, senior vice president of operations for northeast Indiana, NAI Bradley; and Lucretia Cardenas, editor, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. The Innovator of the Year will be announced at the awards ceremony.

The Innovation Awards will be presented at a luncheon event at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum on November 6, 2014 at 11:30 a.m. Tickets are $30 per person or a table of eight for $240 and can be purchased at under events.

A special publication featuring the award winners will be included in the November 7-13 issue of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“The nominations this year were quite varied and exciting,” said Terry Ward, COO, KPC Media Group, which publishes Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. “There is so much talent in northeast Indiana. If anything this annual award helps us realize the depth and breadth of the innovation happening right here at home. It’s really quite inspiring and KPC is proud to help highlight that work.”

The presenting sponsor for the 2014 Innovation Awards is PHP. The event sponsors are Sweetwater, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Elevate Ventures, MainStay Solutions and Keyflow Creative.

Source: Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly

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