Honoring Innovation

GROUND-SHIFTING WORK Geologist Erin Argyilan’s research involving
Mount Baldy reveals how people impact the Indiana Dunes.

Risk-takers challenge the status quo. Honoring innovation in the region.

by Jerry Davich

The word innovation is defined simply as implementing a new method, product or idea. But behind those new methods, products or ideas are creative risk-takers, adventurers and entrepreneurs who simply won’t settle for the status quo.

Their innovations can be fueled by fear, chance, accident or necessity. In Northwest Indiana, such problem-solving …

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Publisher’s Note – Fall 2015

Spotlight on Innovators

Visionaries are leading the way and challenging the status quo.

Where would we be without the idea people, risk-takers and self-made entrepreneurs? They boost our quality of life and drive the location economy.

For the past 11 years, the Northwest Indiana Society of Innovators has put the spotlight on these kinds of people who have shared their remarkable innovations with the world. …

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Leaders as Heroes Inductees

SALUTING LEADERSHIP Pictured in front: Tiffany English, executive director,
The First Tee of Hammond, and O’Merrial Butchee, director of the Ivy Tech
Community College Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship. In back are
Alicia Nunn, founder and executive director of ARISE, and Scott Bourrell, first class patrolman with the Crown Point Police Department.

Winners of the 2015 South Shore Leadership Awards.

by Jerry Davich

Keith Kirkpatrick asked hundreds of guests to raise their champagne glasses to symbolically toast the newest Leaders as Heroes inductees.

More realistically, Kirkpatrick hoped his toast at the jam-packed Avalon Manor in Merrillville raised awareness to the importance of publicly recognizing our region’s “doers, founders and risk-takers,” as he calls them.

“This is our …

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