The Fishers Chamber of Commerce recently presented the 12th annual Pillar Awards celebrating business excellence at the FORUM Conference Center.
This year’s awards were presented by FORUM Credit Union and sponsored by BMO Harris Bank, Duke Energy, IU Health Saxony Hospital, Medium Cool Pictures and STARMedia. The winners were Peterson’s Restaurant for Business of the Year, Complete Office Supply for Small Business of the Year, Living With Intention for Entrepreneurial Spirit, Josh Martin with Incrediplex for Employee of the Year and Fritz Kruetzinger from Fritz in Fishers for Lifetime Achievement Award.
“I think our success has come from paying attention to the important details like buying and preparing the top food available, designing the best ambiance and providing a dedicated staff that really wants to take good care of our customers,” said Joe Peterson, owner-operator of Peterson’s Restaurant.
Peterson’s will be celebrating its 15th anniversary at the end of March.
Alan Bird, president of Complete Office Supply, said his company succeeds through one simple formula: putting others first.
“We realized early on that if you help other people succeed (and measure that success the way they want success measured) then those people will help you succeed. We impart to all of our associates at Complete Office Supply the notion that service to our clients and our vendor partners is paramount to our success,” Bird said.
Linda Elliott, co-owner of Living With Intention, said she and her husband, co-owner Stephen Elliott, work really hard and believe in what they do for their mental health/nutritional health counseling service.
“We believe strongly that many chronic illnesses are due to our diet, the amount of processed food we eat,” she said. “We’re a throwback to the way things were done 50 to 75 years ago with the science we already have.”
The event, led by Chamber Board Chair Kurt Meyer of Baseline, Inc., honored not only the winners, but also the top three nominees in each category. Business of the Year: Peterson’s Restaurant, PNC Bank and SkyZone Indoor Trampoline Park; Small Business of the Year: Complete Office Supply, Force Barbell and Tire Central and Service; Entrepreneurial Spirit: Kiss Kiss Bang Bang Salon, Living With Intention, Inc. and ProShred; and Employee of the Year: Amanda Rhoads from Stratosphere Quality, Josh Martin from Incrediplex and Sherri Beauregard from Accurate Tax Management.
This was the third year the Fishers Chamber awarded a lifetime achievement award to one of 47 charter members still actively participating in the chamber. Award criteria included being a member in good standing since the chamber was chartered in 1991, providing superior customer satisfaction, exhibiting community spirit, providing a positive economic impact and participating in chamber activities.