One Southern Indiana has announced this year's finalists for the One Awards. They recognize southern Indiana businesses in areas including innovation and community involvement.

February 2, 2015

News Release

NEW ALBANY, Ind. – One Southern Indiana (1si), the chamber of commerce and economic development organization for Clark and Floyd counties, announced today the finalists for the 2015 “One” Awards. The “One” Award is a reinvention of the Southern Indiana Business Awards and recognizes the finest 1si member in one of seven categories. Winners will be announced at the event on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. at Huber’s Orchard, Winery and Vineyard’s Plantation Hall in Borden, Ind.

The finalists were chosen by an independent panel of judges and were selected based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities and innovation in products or services. This year’s finalists (in alphabetical order) include:

James W. Robinson Young Professional of the Year

– Jillian Cantu, Ivy Tech Community College

– Teressa Jackson, Rauch Inc.

– Cara Silletto, Crescendo Strategies

Kevin Hammersmith Community Leader

– Diane Fischer, L&D Mail Masters

– Pat Harrison, RE/MAX

– Robert Kleehamer, River Valley Financial Bank

Sam Day Professional of the Year

– Blayr Barnard, ISBDC

– Dr. Andrew Melin, Greater Clark County Schools

– Vaughan Scott, Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors

Business of the Year 25 or More Employees

– Beach Mold & Tool

– Budget Services and Supplies

– Park Community Credit Union

Business of the Year Under 25 Employees

– Impact Sales Systems

– Schimpff’s Confectionery

– WorkShop, the Creative Workplace

Rising Star

– Diversified Nurse Consultants

– Summers Plumbing, Heating and Cooling

– Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

Growing Healthy Lives

– Floyd Memorial Hospital and Health Services

– Harding Shymanski & Co.

– Republic Bank

Growing Healthy Lives is a new “One” award and recognizes employers that have gone above and beyond expectations in the areas of employee health and wellness.

“This year’s event is going to be special,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, president and CEO of 1si. “Not only do we have a fantastic selection of finalists but we also have changed the format up to reflect a sense of celebration and excitement. Our goal is to be an event the audience will be talking about around the water cooler the next day.” Dant will serve as the emcee for the evening along with 1si Chairwoman Dana Huber.

Platinum sponsors for the event are Axiom Financial Strategies Group of Wells Fargo Advisors, Duke Energy, Kightlinger & Gray, Park Community Credit Union, River Valley Financial Bank, Stites & Harbison, Strothman and Company, and Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana.

At the event, attendees will enjoy networking, hors d’oeuvres, buffet style dinner and a full production awards program. Over 500 guests are expected to attend and the event is open to the public. Winners from past years are highly encouraged to attend and will be given special recognition at the program. Individual reservations for 1si members are $60 each, tables of eight are available for $440, and guests are $85 each. Reservations may be made by visiting or by calling (812) 945-0266.

About One Southern Indiana:

One Southern Indiana (1si) was formed in July of 2006 from the Economic Development organization serving Clark and Floyd counties and the Chamber of Commerce. 1si’s mission is to provide the connections, resources and services that help businesses innovate and thrive in the Southern Indiana / Louisville metro area.

Since its inception, the organization has evolved to include a three prong approach to serve its members and investors. Business Resources, as the chamber side of the organization, encompasses membership, signature events and programs which support and encourage business growth; Economic Development works to grow the regional economy through the attraction of new commerce and assists with retention and expansion of existing businesses; Advocacy supports businesses at the government level by engaging in the initiatives to preserve, protect and promote a business friendly environment free of obstacles to growth and development of commerce. More information on One Southern Indiana is available at:

Source: One Southern Indiana

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