Trent Pendley has been a jeweler for 30 years, originally in Chicago, but has spent the past several years at Martin Binder Jewelers at 23 E. Lincolnway in Valparaiso. On Tuesday he was given a ROSE Award by the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority. Most often, customers have more interaction with front-desk employees than owners, so ROSE Awards were created to honor those employees who regularly go beyond the call of duty.
The ROSE selection committee met on Sept. 3, so the winners have been selected and will be announced at the SSCVA annual ROSE Awards dinner on Sept. 25 at the Center for Visual and Performing Arts in Munster. More than 100 nominations were received; from that, the list was narrowed to 37 finalists, and then 12 winners were chosen.