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T H E G R E A T E R F O R T W A Y N E C H A M B E R O F C O M M E R C E
The Fort Wayne Philharmonic and other Chamber members plan
a booming summer. There’s a Member for That, Pages 8-9
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Fort Wayne Philharmonic bassoonists
Anne Devine, left, and Dennis Fick fank
music director Andrew Constantine.
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4 What you need to know before you vote
4 135 Random Acts of Kindness update
5 Should you use the Web to
screen job candidates?
5 Leadership Development Roudtable Kickof
6 Discounts on health insurance
6 What you need to know about paper
7 Is starting a business right for you?
8-9 There’s a Member for That: Summer events
10-11 Recent ribbon cuttings
11 Turpin and Looper join The Chamber board
12 Your Chamber discount guide
13 Q&A with our new member relations
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14 Chamber calendar of events
Chamber members and friends,
What a busy spring it has been so far! As the
Legislative session comes to a close, we will be
hosting our Legislative Wrap-Up Breakfast Tues-
day, May 3, here at Te Chamber. Tis member-
only breakfast will provide the opportunity
to meet one-on-one with legislators and learn
frsthand all that has been done at the Statehouse
during session.
One of the key member services we have fo-
cused on in 2011 is making connections for our
members. We have added several new programs
that are laser focused on helping you build rela-
tionships with business professionals who can
provide insight, wisdom, and mentoring.
For example, our frst annual Links 4 Lead-
ers and Chamber Golf School event on May 9 is
a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon with
some of the city’s fnest business professionals.
Whether you’re a great golfer or in need of a few
lessons, there’s a place for you. Pine Valley Coun-
try Club will be the backdrop for this event that
has everyone mixing and mingling over lunch
and dinner with some golf in between. Key busi-
ness professionals such as Lutheran’s Joe Dorko,
Sen. David Long, Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry,
Parkview’s Mike Packnett, and Saint Francis’ Don
Schenkel will be paired with Chamber members.
Be sure to spend an afternoon with these leaders!
Great connections can also be made at Leader-
ship Development Roundtables. Te free kickof
breakfast is May 10 at Te Chamber and will
provide your leadership team the opportunity
to learn what roundtables are all about. Tese
groups provide confdential peer-to-peer mentor-
ing in a professional environment. Also, be on
the look out for the announcement of our next
Chairman’s Reception, hosted by incoming Cham-
ber Board Chairman Mike Christman.
Our second BRIC presentation, “Everything
You Wanted To Know About Doing Business in
Russia” will be May 17. Tese free presentations
provide members valuable insights to doing busi-
ness in Brazil, Russia, India, and China.
Hope to see you in the month ahead!
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President/CEO
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Te May 3 Primary Election is right around the
corner. With 40 people running for 11 elected of-
fces in the City of Fort Wayne, your vote will be
needed that day.
Te polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Do
not forget a government-issued photo ID such as
your driver’s license. Te General Election is on
Tuesday, Nov. 8.
According to the Secretary of State’s Election
Division, of the 236,598 registered voters in Allen
County, 39,849 people voted in the 2010 Primary
Election.
Tis represents 17 percent of registered voters
which falls just below the statewide average of 21
percent voter turnout for that election. For the
2010 General Election, of the 240,268 registered
voters, 92,622 people voted in the election.
Te Election Division’s web site at www.in.gov/
sos/elections is the state’s resource for all your
voting needs. Information provided on the web
site includes:
 A link to online voter registration using www.
IndianaVoters.com
 A Voter Bill of Rights
 5 Tings You Need to Know on Election Day
 A Military and Overseas Voter Guide
 Voter ID Requirements
 Registration for an absentee ballot
Want to do more on Election Day? Volunteer to
be a poll worker. Call your County Clerk’s of ce
and sign up. You will go through training and then
be assigned a polling place for Election Day.
Tinking of running for of ce? Te Elections
Division houses all candidate forms and campaign
fnance information.
No matter what your level of participation, it
is important to vote and let your voice and your
choice be known.
“Always vote for principle, though you may vote
alone, and you may cherish the sweetest refection
that your vote is never lost.” – John Quincy Adams
What you need to know before you vote
Katy Staford
Director of Government
Afairs
Te Chamber
kstaford@fwchamber.org
GOV E R NME NT AF FAI R S
Pizza for the Umber’s Do it Best team: President & CEO
Mike Landram talks with Dave Umber about Umber’s
Do it Best’s “unsung heroes”: The Umber employees
who worked tirelessly to get the Georgetown store up
and running after some serious fooding. We dropped
by with pizzas to reward the crew for their hard work!
The Chamber’s 135 Random Acts of Kindness
Special thanks to Source One Solutions for providing
the muscles needed to transport the SCAN fundraiser
Casa lunches. Lunches were delivered to the Number
1 Firehouse, the Allen County Sherif’s Of ce, and the
Fort Wayne Police Chief’s of ce.
EMPHASI S MONTHLY 5
GR ADUAT E R E T E NT I ON
Learn about our confdential forums of peers at
this free event on May 10 from 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Leadership Development Roundtables ofer a
confdential forum of peers in non-competing
businesses to regularly gather and share practical
knowledge and best practices in today’s business
environment.
Roundtables are comprised of no more than 15
persons of top management positions based on
meeting time availability, business ft, and consent
of existing group members.
Tey are structured to help leaders address a
variety of important issues and to ofer a spring-
board for solutions to help improve operations
and proftability.
Register for this free event at fwchamber.org.
Let’s be honest: It’s very easy to look people up
on the Internet.
In a few short minutes, you can run a Google
search or look up a potential intern’s Facebook or
LinkedIn page prior to your interview and know
far more about them then you might fnd out on
an application.
It seems harmless enough because a lot of peo-
ple are doing it. Tese days, many companies use
online searches to replace the traditional vetting
methods like background and reference checks,
even before they have met a candidate.
In 2009, Careerbuilder.com reported that 45
percent of employers were using Facebook and
Twitter to screen candidates.
It’s possible that the number is even higher now,
but is this ultimately a good idea or is there a po-
tential legal problem brewing?
Let’s start with the basics. Tere are very spe-
cifc employment laws which have been created to
protect candidates from discriminatory practices
on the part of employers. Employers are not sup-
posed to have certain information about potential
candidates prior to interviewing them. It’s why an
I-9 is supposed to be kept in a separate fle away
from the application.
Interviewers should be making decisions about
who to interview based on candidates applica-
tions or resumes, references, job history, etc. Tey
should not have access to information like race,
age, disability, sexual orientation, religion or other
information which could place the candidate in a
protected class.
Searching for candidates online, especially be-
fore you interview them, can provide you with in-
formation you are technically not entitled to have
prior to an interview.
Now of course, you can argue, “But Jen, they
posted that information up about themselves and
put that picture up on their profle. Doesn’t that
make it public information?” Well, yes it does, but
that doesn’t mean you have a right to look at it be-
fore your interview with them. Even looking after
an interview is still a little sketchy to me but that’s
a discussion for another time.
I honestly think a time will come when a candi-
date will accuse a company of unlawfully discrimi-
nating against him because of information that
company gained through an online search. I really
do think we will see a case like that at some point
in the near future.
What this means for you and your company
is that you have to weigh the pros and cons to
screening candidates through internet searches
(especially on web sites like Facebook) and decide
if it’s worth the risk.
I always recommend being cautious and using
the more traditional methods of candidate vet-
ting. Also, under no circumstance should you look
up a candidate before you have interviewed them.
It opens you up to potential liability and may
mean that you miss out on some really great can-
didates that you judged before you had a chance to
meet them.
Remember what your grandma used to say? You
can’t judge a book by its cover and in this case you
can’t always judge good candidates by their Face-
book profles!
Should you use the Web to
screen potential candidates?
Jennifer Fisher
Graduate Retention
Program Manager
Te Chamber
jfsher@fwchamber.org
Leadership Development Roundtable Kickof
6 EMPHASI S MONTHLY
Te Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
and Physicians Health Plan have a 10-year part-
nership, all in efort to ofer small business cham-
ber members savings on their group health insur-
ance through PHP.
In 2001, the Chamber began looking for a way
to relieve fnancial pressure on area employers
that stemmed from the rising cost of healthcare.
PHP was a natural ft: a local, not-for-proft health
insurance carrier who was also a member of the
Chamber. PHP developed a program, Health Mat-
ters, for fellow Chamber members to help them
lower their healthcare expense with reduced insur-
ance premiums through PHP.
Health Matters continues to be a joint efort be-
tween PHP and the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber
of Commerce, ofering up to a 5 percent discount
on employer sponsored health insurance. If a com-
pany joins the chamber or is already a member,
and has between 2 and 50 employees who qualify
for health insurance coverage, the company is eli-
gible for the discount.
Discounts are not limited to just new members
or clients, and don’t expire after an introductory
period. Existing small business chamber members
that currently have PHP coverage and the Health
Matters discount will continue to receive the pro-
gram discount upon the annual renewal of their
coverage and chamber membership.
Tis value-added beneft program has grown
and expanded over the years. Currently, there are
351 chamber members participating in the Health
Matters program, collectively saving more than
$1.1 million on their annual insurance premiums.
Take advantage of this opportunity and start
saving today! If you are interested in receiving
more information about the Health Matters dis-
count program, contact your local insurance bro-
ker or a PHP Sales Representative at (260) 432-
6690 or 1-800-982-6257.
HE ALT H MAT T E R S
Discounts on health insurance
Copy paper makes up the largest portion of
most small business budgets. Many businesses
just choose the cheapest paper they can fnd,
which may make sense for most everyday proj-
ects.
But there are some big diferences that can help
to make your paper work better for you. Here are
some terms to keep in mind:
Weight: Te lower the weight, the lighter the
paper is. For example, most everyday needs just
require a basic 20-pound paper.
However, if you want to make color stand out
and come with a more professional appeal, you
may consider a thicker paper, such as a 28-pound
product.
What really matters is how heavy and sturdy
you want the paper to feel.
Brightness: A low brightness can sometimes
come of as dull and can easily be seen through.
A brighter paper can make your colors more bril-
liant and is perfect for double-sided printing with
little to no bleed through.
Environmental Factors: In today’s business
world it is becoming more and more important
to consider the environmental factors with your
paper.
For starters, you can look at the recycled con-
tent of the product. Recycled paper can range
from a low level of recycled content (30 percent)
to a high level (100 percent).
Tere is also sustainable forestry to consider,
which is the amount of trees replanted for each
one used. Manufacturers that are committed to
environmental sustainability make it a priority
replenish the tree population.
Finally, you must consider the locality of the
production. North American paper is under strict
regulations and tends to practice responsibility
for their local communities. Tere are bleaches
and other chemicals that go into paper produc-
tion, that can be dispersed into the atmosphere.
In countries where the regulations are less strin-
gent, the paper may be less expensive, but the en-
vironmental efects may be more damaging.
What you need to know about paper
S MAR T S OL UT I ONS
The Chamber
discount
If your business has 2 to
50 employees, you qualify
for a discount of up to
fve percent on your small
business insurance pre-
miums from PHP. Average
annual savings is $2,500.
To receive a free quote,
call PHP at (800) 982-
6257 or visit www.
phpni.com and click on
the Chamber Discount
Program link.
The Chamber
discount
Chamber members can
save 60 percent on “core
catalog” items and four
percent of “retail catalog”
purchases. You can also
monitor expenses with
monthly reporting, and
order online, via phone
or fax, and through retail
stores.
For more info, contact
Chris Michaels at (260)
249-3977.
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T I P S AND T R I CK S
Attend this comprehensive series of workshops
at the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce to help
you test your new business idea and gets you start-
ed on the right path. Free one-to-one counseling is
also a part of the workshop process.
Join us for fve three-hour sessions that help you
understand the basics of:
 Te concepts involved with assessing a busi-
ness idea
 Marketing your product or service
 Understanding business fnancials and how
they work
 How to fund and fnance your business
Session 1:
Start-up Basics (Free), May 3, 4-7 p.m.
Tis introductory workshop focuses on the ba-
sics of testing your business idea and identifying
the key factors that infuence start-up success.
Start-up Basics provides you with an overview
of the skills and tools you need when deciding to
start a business. In this session, you learn about:
the advantages and disadvantages of owning a
business, the most proftable form for your busi-
ness, and the fundamentals of formation, organi-
zation, marketing, cash fow and funding sources.
Session 2:
Business Concept, May 10, 4-7 p.m.
Te second workshop focuses on your business
concept and step-by-step guidance in researching
your idea, your market, and your competition. At
the end of the Business Concept workshop, you are
able to: identify your target markets, describe your
products and services, and collect key competitive
information to support your feasibility plan.
Session 3:
Marketing Plan, May 17, 4-7 p.m.
Te third workshop provides you with an intro-
duction to marketing communication methods
and tools to maximize your customer reach. Te
discussion in the Marketing Plan workshop covers
pricing strategies, positioning, the diference be-
tween features and benefts, and diferent market-
ing strategies. At the end of this session, you will
know how to: outline your marketing strategy, test
your marketing message, choose the right sales
channel, and exercise your marketing strategy.
Session 4:
Financial Projections, May 24, 4-7 p.m.
Te fourth workshop uses exercises to help you
better understand fnancial concepts. Tis ses-
sion reviews sales and prices, fnancial risks and
rewards, true start-up costs, ongoing operating ex-
penses, setting benchmarks for tracking progress
and the organization of all your fnancial informa-
tion. Using a hands-on approach, you learn how to
use our fnancial model to forecast sales revenue
and build solid pro-forma fnancial forecasts.
Session 5:
Funding Sources and Next Steps, May 31,
4-7 p.m.
Te fnal workshop ofers information on how to
fnance your small business. In this session, dis-
cussions include sources of funds, accounting the
six C’s of credit, banking relations, ratio analysis,
and monthly preparation and review of fnancial
statements. A bank loan of cer will give an inside
view of how a banker assesses the merits of busi-
ness plans and loan application. At the end of the
series, you have all of the tools necessary to decide
whether or not to launch your small business.
Session One is free. Attend sessions two through
fve for $125. Contact SCORE at (260) 422-2601
or www.score-fortwayne.org to be scheduled
for the May 3 event.
Workshops ask: Is starting
a business right for you?
About SCORE
Te Fort Wayne chapter
of SCORE was founded
in 1976 as Chapter 0050.
Te counselors of Fort
Wayne SCORE are expe-
rienced business owners
and managers who volun-
teer their experience and
knowledge to help small
business owners and
potential small business
owners achieve success.
Client service is the
objective of Fort Wayne
SCORE and our volunteer
business counselors are
dedicated to providing
the best possible service.
Face-to-face or online, the
counselors of Fort Wayne
SCORE are able and will-
ing to aid in the success
of small business.
For more information, go
to score-fortwayne.org.
Other May workshops
Social Networking: Posting, Tweeting,
and Other Tings that Employers Cannot
Ignore: May 11, 8-10 a.m., at Te Chamber
Everything You Ought To Know About
Doing Business in Russia: May 17, 5-7 p.m.,
at Te Chamber
Health Care Reform Enters the Terrible
Twos: May 18, noon-1 p.m., Te Chamber
Sign up at www.fwchamber.org or call for
more information at (260) 424-1435.
8 EMPHASI S MONTHLY
T HE R E ’ S A ME MBE R F OR T HAT
By Lauren Richwine
As general membership at the Greater Fort Wayne
Chamber of Commerce continues to grow, so does the
variety of organizations and companies that make up
that membership. Each issue of Emphasis will introduce
or reacquaint you with a few Chamber members who fall
under that month’s specifc theme. Whether your need is
industrial, medical, or retail related, there’s a member for
that!
Soccer for All
“I’ve been involved in soccer for over 40 years,”
Terry Stefankiewicz said. “I’ve been told I eat, sleep
and drink soccer. It’s woven into the fabric of who I
am.” It was Terry’s love of soccer that in 2000 led him
to dream up what is now known as the ShindigZ Na-
tional Soccer Festival (SNSF).
Troughout the weekend long event there are youth
clinics put on by major universities, golf outings, a
wide range of live entertainment, opportunities for
youth involvement, food vendors, tailgating parties,
giveaway prizes, and for the 21 and older crowd, beer
tents. All of this is takes place at the beautiful Hef-
ner Soccer Complex on the campus of IPFW in Fort
Wayne.
According to Stefankiewicz, the Visitors Bureau
did an economic study and discovered that the SNSF
brings in an average of $650,000 in one weekend.
“We were recognized by the Soccer Coaches Asso-
ciation of America in 2010 and we’ve been contacted
by the Fox soccer channel to negotiate possible tele-
vision coverage of the event in 2012,” Stefankiewicz
said. “Other cities are trying to duplicate what we’ve
accomplished here in Fort Wayne but the main rea-
son we have been so successful is that our commu-
nity, Fort Wayne itself, has supported it.”
Although dates have not been fnalized for 2011,
the SNSF is always looking for individuals who want
to get involved. For more information, visit the web-
site or contact Stefankiewicz at Terrystefankiewicz@
gmail.com.
Hell’s Angels in the Orchestra
Tis year’s fnale to the Fort Wayne Philharmonic’s
2010/11 season will transport attendees to a world of
fairy dreams, opium-infused visions, and leather-clad
bassoonists. Taking place on Saturday, May 10, the
music of Mendelssohn, Daugherty, and Berlioz is sure
to thrill and entertain all who attend.
“Daugherty’s Hell’s Angels piece comes from the im-
agery of the bike. Te bassoon is the only instrument
that resembles the pipes on a Harley,” said Andrew
Constantine, Music Director for the Philharmonic.
“Te piece uses four bassoons and police sirens. It’s a
great piece of musical theatre. I don’t want to give too
much away but when I frst heard it in England about
ten years ago, I thought the audience (which was of a
certain age) would hate it. But people were clapping
and cheering, they absolutely loved it!”
J.L. Nave, President and CEO of the Philharmonic,
took a few minutes to share with us regarding the up-
coming Patriotic Pops concerts.
“Troughout the summer we will be performing six
Patriotic Pops concerts between June 28 and July 3.
We’re kicking it of here in Fort Wayne and will also
perform in Blufton, Angola, Auburn, Syracuse, and
Roanoke,” Nave said. “Most of these concerts are ei-
ther free or very low cost to enjoy. Tese are pieces
that will be familiar to both parents and children. Te
mixture of afordability with familiar music is a great
way to introduce people to the orchestra.”
SUMMER: SOCCER, MUSIC
For more
information
Visit the featured
members online:
National Soccer
Festival:
nationalsoccerfestival.
com
Fort Wayne
Philharmonic:
www.fwphil.org
IPFW RiverFest:
ipfwriverfest.org
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Still ahead for the Philharmonic is the 2011/12 sea-
son opener and a new addition to the Philharmonic’s
family of concerts.
“Te season opener is a piece by Philip Glass and
will be performed on September 10,” said Constan-
tine. “If people enjoy Hell’s Angels, they are going to
love our season opener!”
Fortissimo, a combination of local bands and the
Philharmonic, will take place on July 8th at the Auer
Performance Hall of IPFW.
“Tink of it as Down the Line with an orchestra,”
Nave said. “We’re going to start expanding to include
more events for the summers. Concerts at the lake,
events like Fortissimo, etc. To be able to enjoy the
Indiana outdoors with live music is a great combina-
tion.”
Relax, Shop, and Eat by the River
Riverfest returns this summer on Saturday, June 25
from 10 a.m. to midnight along the St. Joseph River
at IPFW. Admission will be free and last year’s favor-
ites as well as new events will be featured. Among the
returning favorites are the family friendly 4k walk/
run, the fne arts and crafts show and sale, YLNI Barr
Street Farmer’s Market, canoe and kayak races, food
vendors, roving musicians and magicians, Rockfest,
and freworks over the river.
“I can’t think of a better way to spend a Saturday
afternoon in June than being with family and friends,
foating on a pontoon boat in the St. Joe River, sam-
pling the farmer’s market, listening to music, and
learning about the history and importance of the
river,” said Irene Walters, Executive Director of Riv-
erfest.
Presented by Steel Dynamics, Riverfest 2011 plans
to have educators on hand ready to share information
about the quality of the water in the rivers, the fora
and fauna nearby, and continued conservation and
preservation of those rivers. A Rockin’ Chair Auction
featuring Adirondack rocking chairs painted by local
artists will be held to beneft Fort Wayne Friends of
the Rivers.
SIC AND MORE
10 EMPHASI S MONTHLY
R I BBON CUT T I NGS
Participating in the ribbon cutting
ceremony at U.S. Mattress &
Furniture, 6360 W. Jeferson Blvd.,
on March 14, from left, are Jason
Sutherland of Sales, Sales Manager
Marc Sutherland, and Sales
Associate David Voltz.
Participating in the ribbon cutting
ceremony at Arbor Mortgage,
3910 Lima Road, on March 22,
from left, are Ashley Dickes, Stacey
Till, Chamber Ambassador Linda
Skaggs, Arbor Mortgage CEO Cory
Mackwood, Branch Manager Carrie
Stuckey, Lyle Reif, Brandy Anders,
Annie Vega, Matt Kline, and Tyna
Reiter.
Participating in the ribbon cutting
ceremony at DaVita Home Dialysis,
3124 E. State Blvd., on April 5,
from left, are home therapies
nurse ShaTorra Wake, home
therapy program manager Renee
Nicholson, regional operations
director Dan Viaches, Mayor Tom
Henry, and home therapies nurse
Angela Artecki.
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CHAMBE R NE WS
Attending the Quincy Recycle
ribbon cutting on March 18
are, from left, Vince Buchanan,
president and CEO of the New
Haven Chamber of Commerce;
Gary Collins, Quincy Recycle
operations manager; Kirk Salerno,
Quincy Recycle general manager;
Bryan Stokes, Quincy Recycle
president; Tim Bliefnick, Quincy
Recycle procurement specialist;
and Michelle Merritt, vice
president of member relations and
communication at the Greater Fort
Wayne Chamber of Commerce.
Quincy Recycle is located at 2210
Summit St. in New Haven.
R I BBON CUT T I NGS
Te Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
is pleased to announce Ron Turpin and Eric Loop-
er have joined its board of directors. Te Chamber
is excited to welcome both gentlemen to the board
who will help the organization grow to meet the
needs of the business community.
Ron Turpin is Vice President of Finance for
Lincoln Financial Network. Prior to his current
position, Turpin worked in Lincoln’s tax depart-
ment as a Senior Tax Accountant and at Pricewa-
terhouseCoopers, LLP, providing compliance and
consultation in tax issues for corporate and indi-
vidual clients.
Turpin graduated Cum Laude from Indiana
State University in Terre Haute with his bachelor’s
degree in Pre-Law. He attended the Indiana Uni-
versity School of Law earning his Juris Doctor De-
gree.
“Ron will be a great asset to our board,” said Pat
Sullivan, Chamber board president. “His knowl-
edge of fnance and his dedication to our com-
munity will beneft Chamber members during his
board tenure.”
Turpin holds his CPA license and is licensed to
practice law in Indiana. He is FINRA licensed as
a Financial Operations Principal. Turpin serves in
a leadership capacity for his church and for Early
Childhood Alliance as treasurer, and is the board
chair of the United Way of Allen County. He and
his wife have two children.
Eric Looper became the chief executive of cer of
St. Joseph Hospital last November. He comes to
Fort Wayne from Oklahoma, where he served in
several executive roles, including CEO of Henry-
etta Medical Center and most recently senior vice
president at the 691-bed Hillcrest Medical Center
in Tulsa.
“We are pleased to have Eric join our board,” Sul-
livan said. “His unique perspective as a new Fort
Wayne resident will provide invaluable insight to
both the board and Chamber members.”
Looper is a member of the American College of
Healthcare Executives and Rotary International
and was recently appointed to the Board of Di-
rectors for the Downtown Improvement District.
Looper received a bachelor’s degree in economics
from the University of Texas, Austin, and a mas-
ter’s in healthcare administration from Trinity
University in San Antonio. He and his wife have
two children.
Turpin, Looper join Chamber board
Ron Turpin
Vice President of Finance
Lincoln Financial
Network
Eric Looper
Chief Executive Of cer
St. Joseph Hospital
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ME MBE R BE NE F I T S
New members
March 2011
800 Degrees Wood Fired
Pizza
CC Realty
CF Construction LLC
Chimerica Consulting
Chop’s Steaks & Seafood/
Chop’s Wine Bar
Deckard Mechanical, LLC
Experior Healthcare Systems
Grubb & Ellis/Cressy &
Everett
Indy Park Ride & Fly
Kelley Chevrolet
Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken
Park Place Senior Living
Premier Financial Group, Inc.
Red Lobster
Renaissance Title Co.
Schenkel Construction, Inc.
Renewing members
March 2011
All About Honeymoons
Allen County 4-H Clubs, Inc.
Allen County Fairgrounds,
Inc.
Anthony Wayne Business
Exchange
Asphalt Drum Mixers, Inc.
Audio Video Lifestyles, Inc.
Automation Engineering,
Inc.
Autumn Ridge Golf Course,
Inc.
B & B Loan Company
Beers Mallers Backs & Salin,
LLP
Bethlehem Woods Nursing &
Rehabilitation
BioLife Plasma Services
Bobick’s Golf, Inc.
CME Corporation-General
Contractor
Canterbury School
Te Chapel
Chestnut Group, Inc.
Colonial Development, Inc.
Colonial Homes, Inc.
Commercial Warehouse &
Cartage, Inc.
DENNISign
Design Collaborative
Emergency Radio Service,
Inc.
Environmental Remediation
Services, Inc.
EPCO Products, Inc.
F & M Tile & Terrazzo
Company
Fort Wayne Country Club
Fort Wayne OTB
Fort Wayne Pediatrics
Fort Wayne Shows, Inc.
Goodwill Industries of
Northeast Indiana
Hallmark Home Mortgage
Harbor Investments LLC
Te History Center
Te Imaging Center
In Balance Books, Inc.
Indiana Tech
Indyhost.NET, Inc.
Inverness Surgery Center
Kruse Worldwide Courier
LaBov & Beyond, Inc.
Lawrence Building Corpora-
tion
Leo Jr Sr High School
McCrory Publishing
Medical Protective Company
Midwest Pipe & Steel, Inc.
Moore & Associates
NISCO Pool & Patio
New York Life
Nierman Brothers Pools &
Spas
T J Nowak Supply Co., Inc.
PNC Bank
Paul Davis Restoration &
Remodeling
Te Peony Tea House, Inc.
Personal Touch Specialties
& Gifts
Plastic Surgery Innovations
PC
Premiere Heating & Air
Conditioning, LLC
Rainbow Spouting, Inc.
Raytheon Company
Rea Magnet Wire Company,
Inc.
Ronald McDonald House
Charities
Russ Moore Transmission,
Inc.
Russett Design, Inc.
Sam’s Club
Sand Point Living Interiors,
Inc.
Scottish Rite Center
Spherion Staf ng Services
Steamatic of Fort Wayne
Steppin’ Up Physical Terapy
Summit Plastic Surgery, P.C.
Toolcraft, LLC
Travel Leaders
Uncle Bill’s Pet Center
Value Place
Vision Scapes Lawn &
Landscape
Vital Living Terapeutic
Massage
WANE-TV
Wagner Electric of Fort
Wayne
Wallen Hills
Wayne Combustion Systems
Web Industries Fort Wayne,
Inc.
World Baseball Academy
Witherspoon & Assoc., Inc.
NE W AND R E NE WI NG ME MBE R S
Find more about these
businesses in our
online directory at
www.fwchamber.org.
PHP
If your business has 2 to 50 employees, you
qualify for a discount of up to fve percent on your
small business insurance premiums from PHP. Av-
erage annual savings is $2,500. To receive a quote,
call PHP at (800) 982-6257 or visit phpni.com and
click on the Chamber Discount Program link.
Of ce Depot
Chamber members can save 60 percent on “core
catalog” items and four percent of “retail catalog”
purchases. For more info, contact Chris Michaels
at (260) 249-3977.
Group Purchasing Organization
Prairie Quest’s GPO provides Chamber mem-
bers with the opportunity to purchase products
and services at prices typically only available to
large companies. Info at buywithpqc.com.
Sam’s Club savings
Chamber members receive a $25 gift card for a
Plus membership or a $10 for a Business member-
ship. Info at samsclub.com/membership.
Event discounts and admittance
Every employee of each of our members receives
the member price for Chamber events. Also, all
employees of members can attend member-only
events, such as the Tird House Forums.
Meeting rooms
Members get free usage of meeting rooms large
and small in the Chamber building during busi-
ness hours. Call 424-1435 for details.
Promotion and referrals
Members can create and ofer member-to-mem-
ber coupons on the web site. Members also get
free promotion to a readership of 24,000 through
Emphasis and free phone and web referrals.
Notarization and certifcation of origin
Free for members by our front desk staf.
Your
Chamber
discount
guide
For more
information
Call (260) 424-1435 or
visit our web site at
www.fwchamber.org.
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How has your past employment prepared
you for the work you will be doing with the
Chamber?
Te most recent would be catering for Catablu
Grille. At the Summit Club I was the membership
development director and for the Northeast Indi-
ana Regional Partnership I functioned in the role
of executive assistant and public relations.
If you had to describe your experience with
the Chamber thus far using one word, what
would it be?
Wonderful. We have a great group of people. I’ve
been amazed at all the help I’ve received for events.
Everyone pitches in and supports everyone else.
What do you most look forward to in your
work as the Membership Event Coordinator?
Seeing everything come together and run
smoothly. I enjoy coming up with new ideas. Lend-
ing creativity to an event gives me a chance to
show my artsy side.
In your free time, what are you most likely to
be found doing?
Practicing yoga, walking, visiting my grand-
daughter, sewing, or reading.
When you were a little girl, what did you want
to be when you grew up (and why)?
I wanted to be an actress or model. It was all
about the glamour! Ten when I got older, I de-
cided I wanted to be a lawyer. I have a strong sense
of justice and I thought I could make things fair
that way.
What are some of the challenges as the
Membership Event Coordinator?
Juggling various events, making deadlines, and
coping with interruptions. Tat’s going to happen
at any job. You have to remember to take a deep
breath and tackle one thing at a time.
Is there anything members should know
about event planning and making sure events
are top notch?
Promote your event as much as you can in addi-
tion to the promotion that the Chamber provides.
You have to be very organized, able to think on
your feet, and create a theme to carry through the
entire event if it is larger in scale. Be prepared for
something to go wrong. It may be small but usu-
ally there is at least one thing that goes wrong.
What are some of your goals for your frst year
with the Chamber?
To create professional and elegant events. I
want to create revenue for the Chamber so we can
hold the types of events that the members want.
I’m also working on locating more members who
would beneft from the exposure of sponsoring
Chamber events.
Favorite place to visit outside Fort Wayne?
Northern California. Te greenery and the red-
woods are unbelievably majestic. It’s a place that
makes you feel incredibly grounded.
What advice would you give to new members
to help them get the most out of Chamber
events?
Get involved! Volunteer, attend, or sponsor our
events. Attend as many events as you can to get a
feel for them then pick which event best fts your
needs as a business. Te golf outing is coming up
and there are plenty of sponsorship opportuni-
ties. We’re always looking for feedback on what
members think of events or would like to see in
the future.
About Liz
Struckholz
Liz is the new member
relations coordinator for
Te Greater Fort Wayne
Chamber of Commerce.
She was born in Fort
Wayne. She enjoys
traveling and spending
time with her boyfriend,
Curtis Jones, and
her three children,
Jennifer, Sarah (Jeremy),
and Zachary, and
granddaughter, Morgan
Elizabeth.
Contact Liz at
lstruckholz@
fwchamber.org
Our new member relations coordinator
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Leadership Development
Roundtable Kickof
Learn about our confdential forums of peers
for Chamber members who are in top
management positions.
Cost: Free
Tuesday, May 10 | 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Te Chamber building, 826 Ewing St.
Register online at fwchamber.org
Social Networking: Posting,
Tweeting, and Other Tings
that Employers Cannot Ignore
A Chamber Academy
Adam Bartrom and Jason Clagg of
Barnes & Tornburg will discuss legal
developments and employer strategies.
Cost: Members: $19 | Nonmembers: $39
Wednesday, May 11 | 8-10 a.m.
Te Chamber building, 826 Ewing St.
Register online at fwchamber.org
GPO Informational Session
Learn about our new group purchasing beneft
Tursday, May 12 | 7:30-9 a.m.
Te Chamber building, 826 Ewing St.
Register online at fwchamber.org
Everything You Ought To Know
About Doing Business in
Russia
Part two of our BRIC (Brazil/Russia/India/
China) series
Expert Michal Meissner will teach about
doing business in Russia.
Tuesday, May 17 | 5-7 p.m.
Te Chamber building, 826 Ewing St.
Register online at fwchamber.org

Health Care Reform Enters the
Terrible Twos
A Chamber Lunch ’n Learn
Host: Michael J. Nader of Baker & Daniels
Cost: Members: $10 | Nonmembers: $15
Wednesday, May 18 | noon-1 p.m.
Te Chamber building, 826 Ewing St.
Register online at fwchamber.org

Women’s Business Forum
Tird annual event features keynote speaker
Jamie Rose, a renowned photojournalist,
along with seven breakout sessions
presented by local female leaders.
Cost: Members: $35
Tursday, May 19 | 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
Trine University, Angola, Ind.
Register online at fwchamber.org
President’s Lunch
Every month, meet a local business leader
Te May guest is Northeast Indiana
Innovation Center President and
CEO Karl LaPan. Hosted by Chamber
President Mike Landram.
Cost: $25, including meal | Limited to the
frst 10 Chamber members to sign up
Tursday, May 19 | noon-1 p.m.
Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St.
Register online at fwchamber.org
Meet Me @ 5
Enjoy an evening of networking with hors
d’œuvres and a cash bar.
Cost: Members: $5 | Nonmembers: $10
Tursday, May 19 | 5-7 p.m.
Windows Doors and More, 1121 W.
Washington Center Road
Register online at fwchamber.org
More
information
on events
Get the most updated
events listing at our web
site: www.fwchamber.org
Do you have an interest
in teaching one of
our events, such as a
Chamber Academy or
Lunch ’n Learn? Or do
you have questions about
an upcoming event?
Contact Liz Struckholz
at (260) 424-1435 or
lstruckholz@fwchamber.
org.
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Links 4 Leaders and Chamber Golf School
Te Chamber has partnered with Pine Valley Country Club to host its frst annual Links 4 Leaders golf event. Golfers may
sign up as individuals or as a foursome; individual golfers will be grouped into foursomes. Each foursome in the golf
scramble is paired with a northeast Indiana business leader. Also the same day, the Chamber Golf School features high-
quality, small-group instruction from PGA pros and will give new golfers a wide range of instruction.
Cost: Individual golfer $175 | Foursome $700 | Chamber Golf School $125
Monday, May 9 | noon-6 p.m.
Pine Valley Country Club, 10900 Pine Mills Road | Register online at fwchamber.org
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