MICHIGAN CITY — The Michigan City Chamber of Commerce recently announced the appointment of new directors and officers.
New board members include Paz Garcia with Sodexo, Kim Giannetti with General Insurance Services, and Mark Zemrowski with Von Tobel Lumber and Hardware. They will serve three-year terms on the chamber that works to promote economic growth in Michigan City and provide networking opportunities and other resources to its members.
Bill Gertner with Horizon Bank was elected chairman of the board, Jill Nygren with Franciscan Health Michigan City as chairwoman-elect, Megan Applegate with Applegate & Co. as treasurer, and Brenda Temple with Blue Chip Casino, Hotel & Spa as secretary.
John Wall, who served as chair in 2020, will transition to the role of past chair this year.
“We want to thank John for his leadership of the chamber during this difficult year," Gertner said. “As we head into 2021 with an even stronger commitment to provide value to our members, we are grateful for the dedication of the board and committee members who serve the chamber.”
Curt Cipares with Tonn & Blank; Clarence Hulse with Economic Development Corporation Michigan City; Kristina Jacobucci with Newby, Lewis, Kaminski and Jones; Julie Krause with Patrick’s Grille; Chad McKeever with Sullair; Scott Newcomb with Sullivan Palatek, and Sandra Smith with PNC Bank will continue to serve on the chamber's board. Barbara Eason-Watkins with Michigan City Area Schools and Aco Sikoski with Ivy Tech also stay on as ex-officio directors.
Rod Bensz with B&E Marine, Charlie Keene with General Insurance Services, and Stephanie Oberlie with Harbour Trust & Investment are leaving the board after serving their terms.
“I would like to extend a special appreciation to our outgoing directors,” Chamber President Katie Eaton said. “Each of the three departing directors have served on the chamber board for two terms, a total of six years.”
Region restaurants that closed in 2020
Region restaurants that closed in 2020
2020 has been a hard year for restaurants in the Region with the coronavirus pandemic and the lockdowns and restrictions that followed. Here's a look at the restaurants, brewpubs and chain eateries Northwest Indiana lost in one of the toughest years in recent memory:
The reason why Bakers Square abruptly shuttered its restaurants in Lansing and Merrillville over the weekend has come to light.
3 Floyds told investors it is permanently closing its landmark brewpub in Munster, which has been a major draw to Northwest Indiana.
The owner of the Schererville and Merrillville Golden Corrals faces a murder charge in a cold case killing of a Missouri teen who was found in a drainage ditch with two gunshot wounds to the head.
There's no more going back for seconds or thirds at the Old Country Buffet in Highland.
Figure Eight Brewing, a staple of downtown Valparaiso for a decade, plans to close in two weeks.
Yats Creole and Cajun restaurant geaux out of business after after six years in Valparaiso.
The coronavirus pandemic has resulted in another permanent closure of a Region restaurant.
The authentic southern-style barbecue restaurant, one of the first to deliver food to local hospitals and first responders during the pandemic, is temporarily closing its locations in Dyer, Mokena, Milwaukee and Madison.
Four Winds Casino New Buffalo will replace The Hard Rock Cafe with Kankakee Grille, which will feature live music and modern comfort food.
Aspen Cafe closes after 30 years in St. John, the Pancake Club closes in Schererville, Pita Stop coming to Dyer
The Stacked Pickle restaurant chain that former Indianapolis Colts player Gary Brackett was trying to expand to Northwest Indiana and the south suburbs has fallen victim to the coronavirus pandemic.
NWI Business Ins and Outs: Q-BBQ closed, Chunky Tacos, Dunkin, Andrade Nails, NorthShore Health Centers, and Direct Mortgage Loans opening
Smoothie King comes to Crown Point, Kowloon and Canton House close, Caribbean jerk restaurant coming, Burger King getting rebuilt
NWI Business Ins and Outs: Domino's coming to Hobart, American Sale closes after 50 years in Lansing, sushi place comes to Winfield, and Troost closes
Pancakes are about to go global in Schererville.