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    October 19, 2017
    Chamber Recognizes Business Leaders at Annual Dinner
    The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce held its 123rd Annual Meeting on October 19, 2017 with more than 300 business and community leaders in attendance.  The event, held at the Horizon Convention Center, is the Chamber’s annual meeting and awards event.

    Chamber Board Chair Margaret Kirkpatrick Sikora led the report to members on the accomplishments of the prior year.

    The Chamber presented the Spirit of Small Business Award to Elm Street Brewing Company. Elm Street Brewing Company has transformed an abandoned industrial building in Downtown Muncie and made it a destination location.

    Cornerstone Center for the Arts was recognized with the Chamber’s Outstanding Contribution to Education Award.  Cornerstone offers over 100 arts education programs for the citizens of Muncie, Delaware County, and beyond.

    The Whitely Community Council was named the recipient of the Chamber’s Excellence in Public Service Award.   The Whitely Council has worked tirelessly to enhance the Whitely Neighborhood and they recently received national recognition at the Neighborhood, USA Conference in May of this year.

    The Chamber’s Community Impact Award was presented to The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc. for their visionary leadership in our community.

    The Ball Brothers Foundation also presented their seventh Fisher Governance Award to John Craddock. Craddock was nominated by the Community Enhancement Projects.

    Incoming Board Chair Chris Caldwell, recognized outgoing Board Chair Margaret Kirkpatrick Sikora for her service over the past year.  Outgoing chamber board members were recognized for their service to the Board.

    They included: 
         John Littler, retired;
         Casey Stanley, Ontario Systems;
         Cheri` O’Neill, Ball State University Foundation.

    Board leadership for the 2017 - 2018 year was introduced. In addition to Caldwell, Mutual Bank,
         Chair-elect will be Dr. Andrew Bowne, Ivy Tech Community College;
         Jeff Parsons, First Merchants Bank will be the Vice Chair of Operations; 
         Steve Smith, Mid-West Metal, will serve as Vice Chair of Economic Development;
         Scott Smalstig, Meridian Health Services will serve as Vice Chair for Community & Government Relations;
         J Chapman, WOOFBOOM Radio Group will serve as Vice Chair for Community Environment; and
         Magi Kirkpatrick Sikora, Estep Doctor & Company will remain on the Board as Immediate Past Chair.

    Additionally new members of the Board were also introduced. 

         They include:
         Judy Benken, Normandy Flower Shop
         Maureen McCarthy, Ball State University
         Tom Miller, STAR Financial Bank
         Marcy Minton, The Community Foundation of Muncie & Delaware County, Inc.
         Frank Scott, Whitely Community Council

    Additional Board members include: 
         Mark Ervin, Beasley Gilkison;
         Chris Fancher, Muncie Power Products;
         Terry Pence, IU Health Ball Memorial Hospital
         Kirk Shafer, Meridian Health Services

    The Muncie Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community since 1894.
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Jay Julian
Chief Economic Development Officer, President/CEO
Jay is a native Hoosier, born and raised in Marion, IN. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree at Millikin University, Decatur, IL in 1979. Jay joined the Muncie Chamber of Commerce on July 1, 2009. Julian is the former Executive Director of Development Services with City of Marion, IN. Prior to this, he was the Planning Director for the City of Anderson, IN. Jay has received awards for IACT Economic Recovery, Historic Preservation Commission Award, and Indiana Black Expo Chairman’s Award.
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Erin Ailstock
Membership Director
As the Membership Director for the Chamber, Erin is responsible for membership sales and retention. She also works to develop and implement programs and opportunities that provide value to Chamber members.
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Brenda Brumfield
Director of Community & Government Relations
Prior to joining the Chamber team, Brenda was a legislative aide for the Indiana House of Representatives, and a speechwriter for the House Republican caucus. Brumfield joined the Chamber staff in 1992. She worked as the Director of Advocacy until 1998 when she left to pursue other opportunities with her growing family. She rejoined the Chamber team as Director of Community & Government Relations in May of 2007. Her responsibilities include serving as a liaison between the business community and elected officials at the local, state and national level. She also plans events to allow chamber members the opportunity to interact with elected officials. She earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana State University in Terre Haute.
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Nancy Norris
Human Resource Director and Executive Assistant
Born and raised in Muncie, Nancy Norris joined the Chamber of Commerce in 2006. Previously Vice President and Trust Office for Indiana Trust Co. and Vice President and Trust Officer at American National Bank, Norris earned her Bachelor of Arts degree at Indiana Wesleyan University. Currently, Norris is the President of the Muncie Artist Guild, on the Board of the Altrusa Foundation, Vice President of Programs for the East Central Indiana Human Resource Association, and a member of Altrusa of Muncie.