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NWIBRT announces new board and executive appointments

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The Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable will present the 2018 Business and Economic Outlook on Nov. 2. The event will be at the Ivy Tech Community College campus in Valparaiso, 3100 Ivy Tech Drive. Registration opens at 7 a.m. with the program to follow from 8 a.m. to noon. The program will provide insights from Region experts on business trends influencing Northwest Indiana’s economy and will feature a big picture outlook for the Region. The half-day event concludes with a panel discussion featuring the program’s guest speakers including: Joe McGuinness, commissioner, Indiana Department of Transportation; the state of Indiana transportation and infrastructure Bill Hanna, executive director, Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority; overview of RDA funded projects Thomas Mikucki, manager, Kinder Morgan; the state of the energy sector Micah Pollak, professor of economics, Indiana University Northwest; economic outlook (local, state, and national) Steve Skalka, trust investment manager, Horizon Trust and Investment Management; equity markets Josh Richardson, chief of staff, Indiana Department of Workforce Development; workforce development initiatives The event is free, but registration is required. Visit the Northwest Indiana Business Roundtable for additional information and to register.

The Northwest Indiana Business RoundTable named its 2022-2024 executive officers and board of directors.

Executive officers

  • Chairman; Joseph Lampert, Cleveland-Cliffs – Indiana Harbor
  • Vice chairman; Robert Joseph, ArcelorMittal R&D         
  • Treasurer; Tim Ross, Franciscan Health      
  • Secretary; Dewey Pearman, Construction Advancement Foundation
  • Legal counsel; Jim Jorgensen, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP
  • Executive director; Andrea Pearman, Diversified Marketing Strategies Inc.

Board of Directors

  • BCRC Building and Construction Resource Center Inc.; Tish Roach
  • Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa; Chris Ketterer
  • Blue Chip Casino Hotel & Spa; Ryan Soultz
  • BP; Tamera Lienhart
  • BP; Justin Little
  • Cargill Inc.; Rick Foor
  • Cargill Inc.; Eric Koch
  • Cleveland Cliffs – Burns Harbor; Chris Shabi
  • Cleveland Cliffs – Burns Harbor; Colleen Watson
  • Cleveland Cliffs – Indiana Harbor; Sarah Ahlborn
  • Construction Advancement Foundation; Jim Arendas
  • Construction Advancement Foundation; Kevin Comerford
  • First Midwest Bank; Paul Beneturski
  • Franciscan Health; Richard Peltier
  • Franciscan Health; Joe Coar
  • Ivy Tech Community College – Valparaiso; Aco Sikoski
  • Ivy Tech Community College – Valparaiso; Kathleen Neary
  • NIPSCO; Adam Fauth
  • NIPSCO; Donald Bull
  • Porter County Career and Technical Education; Audra Peterson
  • Ports of Indiana – Burns Harbor; Ryan McCoy
  • Purdue University Northwest; Tom Dobrowski
  • Purdue University Northwest; Jacob Lenson
  • Steel Cities Steels; Chris Vangel
  • U.S. Steel; Matt Story
  • Urschel Laboratories Inc.; Dan Marchetti

NWIBRT is an association of business owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in Northwest Indiana, which works to improve safety and quality across construction projects throughout the Region.


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