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The Times seeks nominations for Business and Industry Hall of Fame

The Times Media Co. is calling for nominations to its Business and Industry Hall of Fame.

The Hall of Fame is annual induction program to honor those individuals who have made a substantial contribution to business and industry across the region. BusINess magazine and The Times sponsor the Hall of Fame.

“This is a distinct honor bestowed on those who have made a lasting contribution by their leadership and deeds to Northwest Indiana,” said William Nangle, executive editor of The Times. Read the rest of this entry »


Executives awarded for success in business

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Times Publisher Bill Masterson Jr., far right, were on hand Wednesday to honor, from left, James W. Dye, Stewart McMillan, David Bochnowski, Times Executive Editor William Nangle, Gus Olympidis and Joe Morrow at The Times' third Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon in Merrillville. Dye, McMillan, Bochnowski, Olympidis and Morrow were named the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees. Nangle received the 2010 Partners in Progress award for his dedication in serving the community. (Photograph by John J. Watkins/The Times.)

Lt. Gov. Becky Skillman and Times Publisher Bill Masterson Jr., far right, were on hand Wednesday to honor, from left, James W. Dye, Stewart McMillan, David Bochnowski, Times Executive Editor William Nangle, Gus Olympidis and Joe Morrow at The Times' third Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon in Merrillville. Dye, McMillan, Bochnowski, Olympidis and Morrow were named the 2010 Hall of Fame inductees. Nangle received the 2010 Partners in Progress award for his dedication in serving the community.
(Photograph by John J. Watkins/The Times.)

Five longtime Northwest Indiana businessmen were honored Wednesday by The Times Media Co. for their contributions to the community and success in business.

Nearly 300 people attended The Times’ third Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon at the Radisson Hotel at Star Plaza Theatre.

The 2010 inductees were David Bochnowski, James Dye, Stewart McMillan, Joseph Morrow and Gus Olympidis. Times Executive Editor William Nangle received the 2010 Partners in Progress award for his dedication in serving the community.
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Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame 2010

The Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame opens its doors to five local leaders who have made an indelible mark on the region.

The Times and BusINess magazine salute the achievements of the honorees, who were chosen by a distinguished panel of judges from dozens of nominations.

THE CLASS OF 2010:

DAVID BOCHNOWSKI
JAMES W. DYE
STEWART MCMILLAN
JOE MORROW
GUS OLYMPIDIS
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Gus Olympidis

(Photograph by John Luke.)

(Photograph by John Luke.)

Gus Olympidis’ story is part of the fabric of Northwest Indiana, an area settled largely by immigrants seeking a better life.

At the age of 18, Olympidis left Greece and journeyed to Northwest Indiana where he enrolled at Indiana University Northwest to pursue a degree in business. He credits his parents with helping him succeed.

“I believe that parental influence was the major motivator,” Olympidis says. “I grew up in an environment that was positive, nurturing and demanding. I was taught to be self confident and passionate for what I believed from my parents. They always projected the values of hard work and community.”

“I started in the convenience store industry at the age of 21,” says Olympidis, president and CEO of Family Express Corporation. “I have always been a demanding consumer; consequently I helped build a company culture that is ‘customer centric.’ ”

Family Express Corporation began with an independent, unaffiliated convenience store, called Time Low, that opened on Christmas Day 1975 on the west side of Valparaiso. Olympidis says he struggled to secure financing, but the store succeeded.
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James W. Dye

(Photograph by Natalie Battaglia.)

(Photograph by Natalie Battaglia.)

James W. Dye, president of JWD Management, Inc. and president of the James W. and Betty Dye Foundation, both in Munster, had building in his blood from the beginning.

“I started working young and had a good work ethic. I started working at odd jobs at Standard Lumber and elsewhere. I worked as a block layer, soda jerk, had a paper route, delivered vegetables, raised chickens,” says Dye.

After Dye graduated from Hammond High School in 1949, he went on to attend Indiana University and is still very involved in the campus today. “I was active down there, in charge of student spirit and I was a basketball manager. I was a Sigma Chi while I was in school and graduated as a business major and studied real estate,” he says. Dye has since served on the board of trustees for Indiana University from 1984 to 1990 and last October received an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from the institution.

After college, Dye served with the Army Corps of Engineers and further honed his real estate skills, he says. “I was a real estate utilization and inspection officer and because the war was over I was very busy with releasing properties back to Korea and Japan,” says Dye.
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David Bochnowski

As chairman and CEO of Northwest Indiana Bancorp and Peoples Bank, David A. Bochnowski carries on the lessons taught by his grandfather and father and their legacy of customer service and giving back.

“Our philosophy is to treat customers with respect as individuals, build rapport with our customers and reinvest in the Northwest Indiana communities where our customers and employees work and live,” says Bochnowski, a third-generation banker, husband, father of four and a Munster resident.

“Fair and honest dealings are critical to the success of any enterprise, but especially critical in banking,” he says. “These are not just words. They’re a way of life.”

And being a banker means being in public service, Bochnowski says. His involvement in local, state and national issues is extensive.

A community activist, Bochnowski serves as treasurer for the Munster Community Hospital and on the board of the Community Health Care System. He is former chairman and current board member of the Legacy Foundation of Lake County; a director of the Northwest Indiana Quality of Life Council; a trustee of the Purdue University Technology Center and a trustee of Calumet College of St. Joseph.
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Success is built one decision at a time

The Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame is now in its third year and I continue to be amazed by the inspiring work, the level of commitment and the incredible impact that an individual can have on the lives of hundreds of thousands of others.

What would Northwest Indiana be without Joe Morrow, James Dye, Dave Bochnowski, Gus Olympidis and Stewart McMillan? Joe Morrow and his family in effect saved the Northwest Indiana Symphony, which continues its 70-year tradition of top quality classical and popular music programs as well as an extensive music education program. And this was just the most recent example of Joe and Sandy Morrow’s constant commitment, vision and leadership. Joe Morrow has played a significant role with Campagna Academy (Hoosier Boys’ Town), the Hammond YMCA and Community Hospital. As chairman of the Urban League of Northwest Indiana, he created and maintains the Joseph T. Morrow scholarship, which is awarded annually to a graduating senior from Gary, Hammond or East Chicago with a career interest in law or banking.
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Times calls for nominations to its BusINess and Industry Hall of Fame

The Times Media Co. invites readers and residents to nominate people to its BusINess and Industry Hall of Fame. Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 12.

This annual induction program honors those who have contributed substantially to business and industry across Northwest Indiana. BusINess is The Times’ quarterly publication dedicated to the local business scene.

Hall of Fame inductees are individuals who not only have had exceptional business success but also have shown a commitment to our region and our communities. They also have played key roles in leading, developing and positioning the region for the future.
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Calvin Bellamy

CONSISTENT SERVICE Whether at Bank Calumet or the law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, Calvin Bellamy has made community service a hallmark of his work. (Photograph by Natalie Battaglia)

CONSISTENT SERVICE Whether at Bank Calumet or the law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP, Calvin Bellamy has made community service a hallmark of his work. (Photograph by Natalie Battaglia)

Work and community service go hand in hand for longtime banker and now practicing attorney Calvin Bellamy. Throughout his career as president and chief executive officer of the former Bank Calumet and now as an attorney with Krieg DeVault LLC, Bellamy served numerous Northwest Indiana organizations, from chairing boards to handing out awards to school children.

“What I’ve enjoyed the most is the ability to relate to the community,” said Bellamy, one of five Northwest Indiana business people named in February to The Times’ Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame.

Bellamy “has set an example of how someone gets involved and helps their community,” said William Nangle, The Times’ executive editor.

“It’s a great honor, especially being with the entrepreneurs that are the other inductees this year,” Bellamy said.

For Bellamy, community involvement has meant the opportunity to “in some way be sensitive to the needs that others were not addressing,” whether partnering with schools, working for affordable housing or helping to develop small businesses.

Bellamy said he looks back with pride on the opportunity while at Bank Calumet to “work with 450 people and share with them the profits of the company.”
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Don Burrell

 DEVELOPING GOOD WILL Don Burrell uses his business to support numerous charitable causes, including the Burrell Cancer Institute at St. Anthony Medical Center and the St. Jude women’s and children’s shelter. (Photograph courtesy Burrell Coulour Inc.)

DEVELOPING GOOD WILL Don Burrell uses his business to support numerous charitable causes, including the Burrell Cancer Institute at St. Anthony Medical Center and the St. Jude women’s and children’s shelter. (Photograph courtesy Burrell Coulour Inc.)

Don Burrell never forgot a promise he made years ago. The founder and president of Burrell Colour Inc. in Crown Point, Burrell started the business using $700 in proceeds from the sale of his car. Burrell promised St. Jude that if he could make it in business, he would pay it back through charitable acts, said Cindy Agans, Burrell Colour vice president and chief operating officer.

“He continues to do that,” Agans said.

Burrell’s commitment to the community helped garner membership this year in The Times’ Northwest Indiana Business and Industry Hall of Fame.

“It’s a great honor for him to be recognized,” Agans said.

Burrell founded his namesake business in 1960 and built it into a leading independent professional photo and imaging lab.

He sold the business in 2003 but repurchased it four years later, saying he missed an industry that had been part of his life for decades.

His community commitments include the founding and support of the Burrell Cancer Institute at St. Anthony Medical Center and the St. Jude House women’s and children’s shelter, both in Crown Point.
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