Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly will host its annual Business Excellence Awards Nov. 2.

The awards honor the very best in northeast Indiana business.

The event will also honor the 2017 Mac Parker Business Excellence Award recipient. The award, introduced last year, annually celebrates an individual who has devoted their career deeply engaged in their work and in their community, making contributions that will impact northeast Indiana for years to come. The award was named after Maclyn T. Parker, a retired attorney at Faegre Baker Daniels who is still very active on commissions and boards in the region.

The 2017 Business Excellence Award winners are:

The Mac Parker Business Excellence Award

John Sampson, President & CEO, Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Business of the Year – Revenue Less than $5 Million

Hosler Realty, Joe Sells, Owner/Broker

Business of the Year – Revenue More than $5 Million

Waiter on the Way, Derek Berkes, Owner

Not-for-Profit of the Year

YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, Martin Pastura, President and CEO

Start-up of the Year

Hyde+Alchemy, JonPaul and Leah Capito, Owners

CEO of the Year – revenue less than $5 million

Karl Behrens, CEO, BND Commercial

CEO of the Year – revenue more than $5 million

Brad Toothaker, CEO, Bradley Company

CEO of the Year – Not-for-Profit

Joe Jordan, President and CEO, Boys & Girls Clubs of Fort Wayne

CFO of the Year – Not-for-Profit

Laura Ramsey, CFO, Turnstone Center for Children & Adults with Disabilities

Best Website

Three Rivers Distilling Co.

Best Business Blog

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Best Print Advertising

Peerless Cleaners

Best Printed Newsletter


Best Digital Newsletter

Dancer Concrete Design

Best Use of Facebook

Manchester University

Best Use of Twitter

Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership

Best Use of Pinterest

Manchester University

Best Use of Instagram

Trine University

The dinner awards event is  5:30 p.m. – 9 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum Conference Center – official host of all 2017 Business Weekly events. Tickets are $50 and may be purchased at under the Events tab.

“We are so privileged to recognize these outstanding businesses and individuals and the excellence they represent,” said Randy Mitchell, CEO, KPC Media Group Inc., and publisher of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly. “As northeast Indiana businesses and their leaders are constantly being challenged it is such a great opportunity for all of us to study and learn from those who truly strive for excellence on a daily basis.”

The 2017 Business Excellence Awards are presented by Bradley Company and sponsored by PNC.

Outstanding business sponsorship packages are still available as well as corporate tables and additional business marketing options. For more information email or call (260) 426-2640, ext.3324.