1si announces winners

New Albany, Ind. – (March 13, 2015) – One Southern Indiana (1si) announced the winners of their 27th annual ONE Awards, formerly the Southern Indiana Business Awards.  The winners received recognition at a dinner held on Tuesday at Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard’s Plantation Hall.  More than 500 attendees celebrated the success of these local and regional businesses.

The program recognized three finalists in seven categories and selected a company as the economic development project of the year.  Each of the finalists was showcased in a customized video before representatives of each award’s sponsor announced the winners.  Guests were also treated to entertainment from Executive Board Members and a grand finale by the staff.  “With the rebranding of this program to the ONE Awards, we have taken measures to make the evening more lively and fun,” said Wendy Dant Chesser, President and CEO of 1si.  “As always, the caliber of nominees was top notch and the competition was fierce. The evening was a testament to the robust businesses in our region with many One Southern Indiana member businesses and individuals receiving recognition they richly deserve.”

Congratulations to the 2015 winners:

River Valley Financial Bank ONE Award for Business of the Year (less than 25 employees)

  • Schimpff’s Confectionery

Strothman & Co., PSC ONE Award for Business of the Year (more than 25 employees)

  • Park Community Credit Union

Park Community Credit Union Rising Star Award (businesses up to 5 years old)

  • Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt

Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day ONE Award for Professional of the Year

  • Blayr Barnard, Southeast ISBDC

Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith ONE Award for Community Leader

  • Robert Kleehamer, River Valley Financial Bank

Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC James W. Robinson ONE Award for Young Professional of the Year

  • Jillian Cantu, Ivy Tech Community College Foundation

Wellness Coalition of Southern Indiana Growing Healthy Lives One Award

  • Floyd Memorial Hospital & Health Services

Stites and Harbison, PLLC ONE Award for Economic Development Impact Project of the Year

  • Autoneum North America, Inc.

The winners were chosen from an independent panel of judges based on criteria of business history, community involvement, response to adversity, newly-created opportunities, and innovation in products or services.