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Michigan City Chamber of Commerce names new officers
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Michigan City Chamber of Commerce names new officers

Michigan City Chamber of Commerce names new directors and officers

Kim Giannetti

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.

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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:

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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.

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