The Vision Awards celebrate entrepreneurship in the 10–county region served by Indian Hills Community College. Our area has produced many great entrepreneurs, involved in highly successful ventures, over the years. We are asking you to help us publicly congratulate them for what they have accomplished and continue to do for our region.
Entrepreneurship is all about displaying a passion for your business or ideas. Successful entrepreneurs must be innovative, willing to accept a measure of risk, and hardworking. The Vision Awards are all about recognizing those in our community who exemplify these traits.
Business of the Year
Fat Baggers, Inc. (FBI), of Chariton, Iowa, is a full manufacturing facility marketing many customized parts and accessories for the Harley Davidson franchise. Founder Gary Chipp started the business after a friends request to get more rubber under his bagger.
New Business of the Year
Albia Brewing Company is owned by Brian and Barbara Lindberg. This business began with a hobby of making hand–crafted beer and the first batch coming out of the Lindberg household in 1981. Albia Brewing Company resides on the north side of the historic Albia, Iowa square.
Student Entrepreneur of the Year
Justin Clements, a Landscape/Turfgrass Technology student at Indian Hills Community College, is the owner and operator of JC Lawn Care, Landscape, and Snow Removal, in Fairfield, Iowa. Justin started his business while in high school.
Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year
Diane Goudy, is a business instructor at Fairfield High School. She makes entrepreneurship “come alive” in the classroom and enjoys challenging her students in the creation of real–life business ideas and plans to execute their concepts.
Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year
Cathy Penniston received her Associate of Arts degree from Indian Hills, and owns a court reporting and captioning operation, which she delivers both remotely and on–site. She enjoys being the ears of the deaf and hard–of–hearing through her captioning of televion shows.
Social Venture of the Year
Heather Ware was recognized for her venture in organizing and managing Market on Main in downtown Ottumwa, Iowa. The organization was founded by multiple people from different agencies working together.
Lifetime Achievement Award
Brian Zigler, Director of the Indian Hills Small Business Development Center, was honored for his impact on the small business community of our 10–county region. Brian teaches business classes and gives advice on business planning, financing, and marketing strategies.
Vision Awards Ceremony
Terry Rich is the President and CEO of the Iowa Lottery. Prior to that, he was CEO of the Blank Park Zoo; President and CEO of Rich Heritage Inc., a national marketing and television production company which produced shows for HBO, ESPN, and Comcast, among others; and Vice President of Marketing for Heritage Communications Inc.
As an entrepreneur, Terry developed Rich Heritage Inc., along with four other companies including radio station KBBM, US Digital Video, Newsletter Ease, and the World Championship Socker League, LLC. He has appeared on national television in many roles, including a lottery industry expert on ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN's Piers Morgan show; movie host on Starz!; and as a panel guest on the “Tonight Show.”
Terry has won numerous entrepreneurial and leadership awards in television production and marketing, has a Bachelor of Science in Speech from Iowa State University, is Governor Emeritus at ISU and Director Emeritus of the Blank Park Zoo. As CEO of the Iowa Lottery, Terry leads Iowa's $300 million dollar enterprise. He also serves on the board of Powerball and the executive committee of the North American Association of State and Provincial Lotteries.
Thursday, April 24, 2014, 6:00 p.m.
(Cocktail hour from 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
The Hills Diner, Indian Hills Community College, Main Campus (Ottumwa)
Individual Registration: $49 | Table for Four: $175 | Table for Eight: $350
Space is limited. So, be sure to register early to reserve your spot.
For more information, please contact Tish Reck at (641) 683-5170 or
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