Award winners ensure a bright future for the region.
Our congratulations to the 2013 Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators honorees, who are making huge contributions to make our region and our world a better place. Among other things, this year’s innovators introduced a “new steel” that is lighter and stronger, found new ways to share data to improve the quality of patient care, and embraced a team-based approach to problem-solving in manufacturing.
Innovation can be taught, says Stewart McMillan, president and CEO of Task Force Tips, named a Gerald J. Lamkin Fellow for Outstanding Achievement in Innovation and Service. “You must nurture a climate that is supportive of creativity,” he says.
We also recognize the Northern Indiana 2013 Companies To Watch winners, a recognition sponsored in part by the Indiana Small Business Development Centers and the Indiana Economic Development Corp. These companies are exceptional, with projected growth that will be a welcome stimulus to our lagging Indiana economy.
Praise to healthcare professionals and the technology we have today to detect life-threatening illnesses. It is saving lives, and it has saved mine. I was diagnosed just recently with pancreatic cancer. Physicians at St. Vincent Hospital in Indianapolis located my tumor using the same endoscopic ultrasound procedure now available at Porter Regional Hospital. Read more inside about the latest technologies and the hope they bring to those who are proactive with their health. The key to surviving cancer and other life-threatening illnesses is early diagnosis.
The banking industry is growing, too, with new technologies such as mobile banking. Many younger customers embrace the technology, and though others resist, bankers are trying to ease their security and privacy concerns while continuing to offer face-to-face service.
We also offer, for auto enthusiasts, our first annual 2014 auto preview, as well as our annual Executive Gift Guide with lots of ideas for this year’s gift giving.
We continue to mourn the loss of our great colleague and editor, Rick Richards, this past summer. He will be remembered as a vital part of our magazine’s history.
In this issue we welcome a few new editorial contributors. Heidi Prescott Wieneke provides business news features, while sportswriter Ben Smith shares an exclusive interview with Indianapolis Colts quarterback Andrew Luck, who replaced Peyton Manning last season. We also welcome Mark Taylor, an accomplished journalist who wrote our excellent cover story. See page 6 for more about our contributing writers.
We look forward to more special reports, exclusive interviews and expanded distribution in 2014. Thanks for being a part of our success story–whether you’re a reader or advertiser, editorial committee member or contributor, you have my commitment and I’m grateful to you.
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