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Garry Bradley Small Business Advocate of the Year: Small Business Champion's Entrepreneurial Base Drives Years of Advising, Guidance

First-Merchant-Chris-Chatfield-Award-2018A Purdue class project helped propel Chris Chatfield into the entrepreneurial arena while he was earning his marketing degree.

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Holladay Properties Continues to Grow Hospitality Legacy


In the past several years, Holladay Properties has continued to enrich the Northwest Indiana Region and Chicagoland area with state-of-the-art developments.

One branch of the business that has seen a remarkable amount of growth is Holladay’s hospitality division. The common thread winding through that progress? Team members Duffey Phelps and Steve Laird.

While both men are still semi-rookies to Holladay, they have spearheaded the hospitality division’s continued growth. In 2014, when Phelps first joined the team, there were four hotels in Holladay’s ledger. Now, just four years later, Holladay boasts 12 hotels, with another three opening the first half of 2019 and another six in development for the next 18 months.

Both Laird and Phelps oversee Holladay’s WoodSpring Suites hotel portfolio. When the company developed a plan...

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NIPSCO Names Jennifer Montague its Vice President of Communications and External Affairs

NIPSCO-Names-Jennifer-Montague-its-Vice-President-of-Communications-and-External-AffairsNorthern Indiana Public Service Company LLC (NIPSCO), a NiSource Inc., (NYSE: NI) company, announced today the selection of Jennifer V. Montague as its vice president of communications and external affairs.

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VNA of NWI Celebrates National Hospice Month


During November, VNA of Northwest Indiana will join with other hospice organizations across the nation to honor the hospice nurses, physicians, aides, therapists, clergy, social workers, and volunteers who make a remarkable difference in the lives of the patients and families they serve. Their goal is to help patients have the best quality of life possible for as long as their lives last. Alleviating pain and relieving distress can make a huge difference for patients with terminal illnesses.

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Franciscan Health Michigan City Honors Employees at Annual Awards

Franciscan-Health-Michigan-City-Honors-Employees-at-Annual-Awards-2018_01 Franciscan Health Michigan City recognized more than 150 employees, celebrating milestones and outstanding work during the 54th annual Employee Recognition and Awards Banquet On Oct. 10, 2018.

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Lakeside Congratulates Director of HR & Technology


To say that Lakeside’s Director of HR & Technology, Amanda Herren, is “always on the go” is an understatement. Mom of two young boys, Herren rarely ever sits down and to be honest, she loves it that way. Her community involvement, love for her family and passion for her career is what landed her a spot in the Times of NWI Top 20 Under 40 Class of 2018.

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Franciscan Health Commemorating National Nurse Practitioner Week, Nov. 11-17

rot4As the population ages and demand for medical services grows, nurse practitioners play an increasingly vital role as providers of high-quality, cost-effective, personalized health care. National Nurse Practitioner Week recognizes the more than 248,000 licensed NPs in the United States.

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Advanced Animal Medical Employee Spotlight: Karen Sarkisian


As veterinary receptionist at Advanced Animal Medical, Karen Sarkisian knows what it's like to be front and center for assistance when it comes to pet owners and their animals. Assumedly, there are the typical duties of a receptionist, such as answering phone calls, scheduling appointments, and welcoming visitors. However, throughout her experience, Sarkisian has continued to bloom within her position, discovering a plethora of animal health knowledge and acquiring useful skills while working as the initial veterinary contact.

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A Realty Executives Premier Employee Spotlight: Janelle Kostidis


Real estate is a career that keeps people busy, but Janelle Kostidis, an independent agent in residential sales at Realty Executives Premier, thinks it’s perfect.

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To the Moon with Matt Keammerer, Muller Acura's New General Sales Manager


Muller Acura is famous around the Region for their array of stunning cars and customized customer-focused staff. From their state-of-the-art facility that holds spectacular events with legends such as World’s Strongest Man Brian Shaw, to consistent upgrades, Muller Acura is always looking for to step up their game. One of the team’s newest additions is their General Sales Manager, Matt Keammerer, who brings a lifetime auto industry experience and leadership along with him.

Keammerer is an industry vet, having spent essentially his entire adult life learning the ins and outs of the car business. He grew up loving cars, and never envisioned himself doing anything outside the industry.

“I’ve been in the car business since I was a kid right out of high school,” he said. “I remember being a little kid...

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Advanced Dental Concepts’ Dr. Christine Helping Make Dentist Visits Less Intimidating


When it comes to needing to make a trip to the dentist, there is an immediate hesitancy and, in most cases, fear that prevents people from making their appointments. Dr. Christine, DMD and Advanced Dental Concepts are helping to change that stigma.

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