The Corporate Citizen of the Year is defined as a business that is a role model for the county and “a place that our entire community can look to for leadership and guidance.” The honoree must demonstrate leadership, success in promoting the county’s development, community involvement, participation in professional activities and a respected reputation.
According to Siebert, “Tom’s Sales and Service is everywhere. Do you ever turn anything down? They help the community with sports teams, benefits… Bill (Schirmer) and his staff are also involved in a lot of professional organizations, and Bill is involved in EMS and the chamber.” Schirmer said, “Being involved in the community … can be dangerous. You don’t know when to ... say no. But I do enjoy giving back.” He said in addition to increasing self-esteem, “I also believe from a marketing standpoint, if you put your name on the back of some kid’s T-shirt (or contribute to the community in other ways) … there’s great value for a business owner.”
Debbie Blank can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 812-934-4343, Ext. 113.
Ten serve on chamber board In addition to Cook, other 2014 board members are Vice President Mike Martino, Secretary Susan Moster, Treasurer Holly Murray, and Schirmer, Jeff Franks, Joe Jester, Sean Berns, Steve Krider and Beth Siebert. Sara Duffy is the Franklin County Community School Corp. liaison and Connie Gayda is the Brookville Main Street liaison. Cook explained, "We're trying to get everybody to talk and get on the same page."