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Lakeshore Chamber to honor Jeff Strack, Ameristar boss as business persons of the year

Strack & Van Til President and CEO Jeff Strack and Ameristar Vice President and General Manager Matt Schuffert have been named Lakeshore chamber's Business Persons of the Year.

The Lakeshore Chamber of Commerce will recognize Ameristar Casino and Hotel East Chicago Vice President and General Manager Matt Schuffert and Strack & Van Til CEO Jeff Strack as its Business Persons of the Year at its annual dinner next month.

"It's an honor to be recognized by the Lakeshore chamber," Strack said. "We've been serving those communities for a long time. Frank Van Til and Dave Wilkinson have previously received this honor, so I'm in good company."

The chamber, which represents Hammond and East Chicago, will present additional honors at its "Celebration of Stars" on March 10 at Dynasty Banquets in Hammond.

"The Lakeshore chamber takes pride in honoring their Civil Service winners, as well as recognizing local businesses for longevity, and economic development awards for investing in East Chicago, Hammond and Northwest Indiana," the Lakeshore chamber said in a news release. "This annual event draws over 500 chamber members and guests to the Dynasty and the chance to say 'thank you' to our stars."

This year's Civil Service award winners include firefighters Christopher Rivera and Thomas Piwowarczyk; police Officers Miguel Pena and Matthew Siegfried; teachers Martina Garza, Natalie Bevil, Jennifer Ledford and Lydia Skurka; and engineer John Boykin. Economic Development award winners include Marino Ware, McDonald’s, R & R Caribbean Jerk, Safety-Kleen Systems, Saint Catherine Hospital, ATG Real Estate Development, Aldi, Frida’s Café, Green Cow Coworking, Korellis Roofing, Lear, Stella V.ie Café and Van Til's Supermarket.

Longevity Awards will be presented to Black Industrial & Safety Supply, Campagna Academy, the city of East Chicago, Eichhorn & Eichhorn, First Financial Bank, Franciscan Health Hammond, Hammond Education Foundation, Hammond Machine Works, Haven House, Horizon Bank, Ivy Tech Community College, Lakeshore Public Media, Levin Eye Care Center and St. Catherine Hospital.

For more information or to register, call 219-931-1000.

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Joseph S. Pete is a Lisagor Award-winning business reporter who covers steel, industry, unions, the ports, retail, banking and more. The Indiana University grad has been with The Times since 2013 and blogs about craft beer, culture and the military.