The Indiana Chamber Executives Association has named Christy Gillenwater the 2017 Executive of the Year. Gillenwater is the president and chief executive officer of the Southwest Indiana Chamber and received the honor at the association’s annual conference in South Bend.
Gillenwater has served as president and CEO of the chamber since 2013. The association chooses the winner based on criteria including a minimum of three years on the job, demonstration of "long-term exemplary performance and leadership," and demonstrated ability to lead change at the local chamber level. The nomination process includes a brief essay about why the nominee is deserving of the award.
"In the four years that Christy has been at the helm, the Southwest Indiana Chamber has firmly established itself as one of the leading chambers in the Midwest, in large part because of her collaborative spirit and commitment to helping community organizations drive economic development and positive change in our region,” said Southwest Indiana Chamber Board Chairman Jim Sandgren.
The Southwest Indiana Chamber was named the 2015 Chamber of the year in Indiana by the ICEA and the 2016 National Chamber of the Year by the Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives.