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Civility Counts

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Each July, our IN Business magazine recognizes professionals to watch, and this year’s standout group is making a difference all over Northwest Indiana.

The honorees from Lake, Porter and LaPorte counties are featured in the magazine and at You’ll find their profiles in a slideshow attached to this column on the online opinion page.

They’re among leaders in business and industry and health and human services, and they’re involved in the Region in various ways.

Honorees are:

  • Karen Keltner, regional marketing manager for Porter Healthcare System and LaPorte and Starke hospitals.
  • Ryan Smiley, interim president/CEO of the Lake County Boys and Girls Clubs and president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Porter County.
  • Trevaughn Davis-Neal, director of the Alternative House at the Crisis Center in Gary.
  • Damian Rico, marketing and community relations director for Hospice of the Calumet Area in Munster and a former Times staffer.
  • Don Porter, manager of the BP Whiting Refinery.
  • Lori Tubbs, industrial and commercial broker and president of Commercial Advantage of Chicago.
  • Matt Vessely, regional president of 1st Source Bank in Valparaiso.
  • Kirk Cordill, dealer principal of BMW of Schererville.
  • Karen Lauerman, president and CEO of the Lake County IN Economic Alliance.
  • Mike Noland, president and general manager of the Northern Indiana Commuter Transportation District.

Join me in congratulating this year’s IN Business professionals to watch.

Civility and pierogis

For the third year, Community Civility Counts is partnering with the Pierogi Fest to recruit volunteer greeters to welcome visitors to the Region’s biggest festival.

Consider joining us and signing up for a two-hour shift during the July 28-30 festival in Whiting.

A sign-up form is available online at, or you can contact Debbie Reilly of our staff at 219-933-3329 or to register.

Each year, individuals sign up and eventually meet new friends while greeting visitors.

Groups and families — many returning for another year — volunteer for shifts, greeting together and then later enjoying the fun of the festival.

Make plans to join us and enjoy the festival voted Best of the Region by Times’ readers.

Thanks for reading us. Please contact me with any questions about The Times or our many publications.

Bob Heisse is editor of The Times Media Co. He can be reached at (219) 933-3327 or



Bob is editor of The Times Media Co. He started in Northwest Indiana in April 2014 following stints as executive editor of The State Journal-Register in Springfield, Ill., and The Centre Daily Times in State College, Pa.