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James Anton

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

(Photograph by Tony V. Martin.)

Growing up in Jackson Township the fourth of five children, James Anton says he tried to find the focus for his life. He became active in sports, which continue to be a passion of the 34-year old Valparaiso resident. In middle school and high school he was a member of student council and speech and debate. “I went to IU in Bloomington and tried to find myself there, but that didn’t work. I came back home and started at Purdue North Central, but that wasn’t it.”

In 1996, he joined the steel frame construction industry, putting together the framework for buildings. “As I’m hanging off a steel frame in a lightning storm one day, I decided I needed to find another career,” Anton chuckles. “So I went to my father and uncle who owned Anton Insurance Agency and asked them for a job. They said ‘no’, that I wasn’t ready.”

Today, he says, “looking back on it, it was the best thing they could have done. I wasn’t ready.” Anton says he needed seasoning and to learn more about life and about being resilient. His journey of discovery took him to the Chesterton Parks Department, where he worked for Department Superintendent Bruce Mathias outdoors in the parks during a cold winter.

The mentoring Mathias provided helped him mature, Anton says, so that when he went back to his father and uncle in 1997, they hired the then-21-year old. In addition to Mathias, James Anton counts his father, Mike Anton Jr., as a role model and an inspiration.
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Biz Buzz, Spring 2010

(Photography by Robert Wray.)

(Photography by Robert Wray.)

>> NORTHWEST INDIANA

Area businesses named as top small businesses

Task Force Tips of Valparaiso was recently named a Small Business of the Year Finalist by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. Omnitech Systems of Valparaiso was named a semi-finalist for the same award.

A South Bend-based company that provides friction welding technology and services was honored as the state’s Small Business of the Year by the Indiana Chamber. Manufacturing Technology Inc. was chosen from a field of dozens of nominees from around the state. MTI and other top small businesses were recognized at the recent annual awards luncheon held in downtown Indianapolis.
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