The Times Media Co. is calling for nominations for the 2014 Class of the BusINess and Industry Hall of Fame.

The Business and Industry Hall of Fame, sponsored by The Times of Northwest Indiana and BusINess Magazine, is an annual awards program to honor those who have made a substantial contribution to business and industry across the region.

Nominees should have exceptional business success and have shown a lifetime commitment to the region and its communities. They should have also played key roles in leading, developing and positioning the region for the future.

“The Hall of Fame is perhaps the most significant event that The Times will host this year,” said Chris White, publisher of The Times Media Co. “I’m excited to learn more about the fantastic leaders who have made Northwest Indiana so a wonderful place to live and work. It’s a very inspirational process for all of us here.”

Nominations will be accepted until Jan. 10. The class of 2014 will be announced in early March in The Times, BusINess Magazine and nwi.com.

Nominations can be made online at nwi.com/halloffame or by mail to Debbie Reilly, The Times, 601 W. 45th Ave., Munster, IN 46321.

All nominations must include the nominee's name, business and contact information, and a brief career summary. In addition, nominations should describe how the nominee meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • Demonstrated leadership and/or success in their field of interest or occupation
  • Contributed to their field of interest, occupation or community through innovation
  • Shown a personal commitment to community service
  • Served as a mentor in business or community activities
  • Shared their personal or corporate wealth supporting philanthropic causes
  • Supported environmental stewardship
  • Supported educational programs and/or institutions
  • Demonstrated they are visionary in their outlook about Northwest Indiana

The 2013 Hall of Fame class featured Tom Collins Sr., CEO of Luke Oil in Hobart; Danita Johnson Hughes, president and CEO of Edgewater Systems of Balanced Living in Gary; Tom Sourlis, chairman and founder of Mortar Net USA Ltd in Burns Harbor; and Stephen Teibel, co-owner of Teibel’s Restaurant in Schererville.