Vision Awards

Vision AwardsCelebrating Entrepreneurship

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.

Vision Award Categories

Awards will be given in five categories, as described below:

Business of the Year: This is a business (within our 10–county region) that may have reached a turning point, having to reinvent itself or face and overcome a new challenge. This business may have introduced a new product, entered a new market, or expanded operations.

New Business of the Year: Start–up venture in the 10–county region that had great success and shows promise for long–term growth. Innovativeness of the business concept will be considered.

Student Entrepreneur of the Year: This K–16 student may or may not have a business of their own currently, but shows promise as a future entrepreneur. He/she presented innovative ideas and constantly challenged instructors and staff by proposing more efficient/effective procedures.

Entrepreneurial Educator of the Year: K–16 educator from the 10–county region who went above and beyond to either educate on entrepreneurship or utlize entrepreneurial teaching methods. This award includes individuals in organizations such as 4–H or scouting, and nominees need not necessarily be licensed teachers.

Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year: IHCC graduate who is either currently operating his/her own business or was involved in an exemplary entrepreneurial project. Business or project need not have to be in the 10–county region. This project could be research, growth, relocation, or expansion–related, while working for a company.

Note: The nomination period has ended (March 31). We look forward to seeing you at the event!

Meet all our Vision Award Recipients

Vision Awards Ceremony

Featured Speaker

Terry Rich, CEO Iowa LotteryTerry Rich

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)

Registration Options

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
Note: If you do not wish to pay online using a credit card, you may contact Tish directly.

Online Registration

To register for this event, please carefully follow the instructions below.
A credit card is required to register online.

Note: If you are registering more than one person, please complete a separate registration form and also pay separately for each person. If purchasing a table for four or eight, please list the full names of your guests in the “Comments” field on both the Online Registration Form (Step 1) and the Payment Form (Step 2).

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