Category: Leader & CEO Profiles

Best of the Best

The region’s top CEOs and business leaders.

by Jacqueline von Ogden

Look up the word “lead” in a dictionary or using Google and you’ll get what seems like endless results. Some of the definitions include “showing the way,” “guiding,” “directing activities,” “serving as a route,” “inspiring conduct” and “to be a channel or conduit for.”

In this issue we are featuring the region’s leading CEOs, …

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James Muhammad

New Lakeshore leader is a lifelong consumer of public media.

by Jerry Davich

James Muhammad fondly remembers as a young boy falling asleep in front of a glowing television set after watching a plethora of public media programming. Educational programs, children’s shows, award-winning documentaries, scientific shows, cultural music events and so on–his family’s TV guide was earmarked early in his childhood.

“My parents taught me …

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Posted in Business, Fall 2013, Leader & CEO Profiles | 1 Comment

Andrew Berlin

South Bend Silver Hawks owner makes dreams come true (including his own).

by Steve Kaelble

“My father used to take me to a lot of White Sox games,” Andrew Berlin recalls. Yes, the family lived closer to Wrigley Field, but back in those days, the only Chicago ballpark with lights was Comiskey Park, and because night games fit the schedule better for Berlin’s dad, they …

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Posted in Business, Leader & CEO Profiles, Summer 2013 | Leave a comment

Leading With Optimism

A tale of three mayors in three cities.

by Jerry Davich

Three innovative Northwest Indiana mayors. Three vastly different cities. Yet three similar strategies to address their unique yet ubiquitous challenges. Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson, Valparaiso Mayor Jon Costas and Portage Mayor James Snyder are fast friends who share a personality trait that shines through their every conversation–unbridled, untarnished and unapologetic optimism.

Karen Freeman-Wilson

Gary …

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The Region’s Best Leaders

Readers pick the top CEOs and community leaders.
by Rick A. Richards

The best leadership is that done by example. That’s what the five people selected as Northwest Indiana’s top CEOs and Community Leaders have in common, according to the people with whom they work most closely.

These five provide a quiet example of doing things in such a way that it teachers and inspires …

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Posted in Business, Fall 2012, Leader & CEO Profiles | Leave a comment

Tyler promoted by Legacy Foundation

MERRILLVILLE – The Legacy Foundation has announced the promotion of Barry C. Tyler to program officer. Tyler will be responsible for grass-roots administration, statistical record keeping and reporting, public relations, and providing support for the initiatives of Legacy Foundation.

“Barry is a great asset to Legacy, but more importantly he is a great asset to the community in general,” said Harry J. VandeVelde III, president …

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CEO Profile: Michael Pound Head of Koontz-Wagner in South Bend inherited love of engineering from his father.

by Rick A. Richards

Michael Pound has become fully Americanized since coming here on a two-year temporary
work visa 23 years ago. Not the fast-food, shopping mall kind of Americanized, but the full embrace of freedom and opportunity kind of Americanized.

Even so, he still misses the ability to drive his car very fast whenever he wants, dark

English beer and Radio 4, the BBC’s …

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Posted in Business, Leader & CEO Profiles, Winter 2012 | Leave a comment

The Region’s Top Leaders

Our annual reader nominations honoring business and community leaders.

Leadership is difficult to quantify. Either it exists in an organization or it doesn’t. Successful companies and organizations have it, and in an economy that’s been as difficult as this one has been for the past two years, good leadership has proven to be a valuable commodity for several Northwest Indiana businesses.

It has helped guide …

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Sister Jane Marie Klein, ‘Visionary Leader’

Serving others as health-care organization’s board chair.
by Michael Puente

Sister Jane Marie Klein’s calling in life is assisting people one way or another, either through prayer or making sure they receive the best medical care possible.

Her career in health care started four decades ago shortly after becoming a nun. Today, Sister Jane Marie Klein, OSF (Order of St. Francis), the chairperson of Mishawaka-based …

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Jimmy Staton

NIPSCO leader builds bridges with employees and his new Northwest Indiana community.
by Rick A. Richards

Jimmy Staton is passionate about a lot of things in his life. His family. Sports, especially University of West Virginia sports. And the utility business.

“I have two sons and we’re all sports fanatics. My wife is very tolerant,” says Staton, the executive vice president and group CEO for …

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