Meet your leaders: Rob Garrett


As Hamilton Co. Leadership Academy approaches its 25th anniversary, Current is highlighting local leaders who have helped build and sustain the program, which focuses on strengthening our community by developing informed leaders. In June, another class of engaged citizens will join the 600-plus graduates already working to make a difference.


Rob Garrett, HCLA Class of 2014

Hometown: Vincennes

Lives and works: Westfield

Family: Children Jackson, 17, and Madison, 15

Career/community involvement: Assistant vice president at First Merchants Bank in Westfield, Garrett is a true community banker. In addition to serving on the boards of the Westfield Youth Assistance Program and the Westfield Chamber of Commerce, where he is vice president, Garrett has managed the Westfield Farmers Market since 2013.

Nice to know: He has a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Indiana State University.

What impact has HCLA made on the community? “HCLA has provided a network of leadership within our community to help provide the collaboration needed to see successful growth in local business.”

How has HCLA changed your perspective on leadership? “This provided an opportunity for me to view the many different facets of leadership within the various companies and organizations throughout Hamilton County.”

Most impactful connection made through HCLA—and why: “Every connection made was impactful in a different way, and although you may not be in constant contact with these individuals, you know you have a connection with all alumni to assist you should the need arise.”

What is your vision for the future of Hamilton Co.? “To see continued economic growth and connectivity within the cities encompassed by Hamilton County. I would also like to see a vibrant and sustainable environment that residents and visitors can enjoy.”

Last movie you saw? “Deadpool”

Favorite Hamilton Co. restaurant: Big Hoffa’s BBQ in Westfield. “I’ll have The Buccaneer, please!”

Favorite thing to do in Hamilton County: “Outdoor activities such as hiking and biking trails.”