(INDIANAPOLIS) — The Indiana Chamber of Commerce honored its volunteers of the year during a luncheon ceremony today at the Indiana Convention Center in downtown Indianapolis.
The 2016 Samuel C. Schlosser Volunteers of the Year are: Mark Richards (Ice Miller, Indianapolis); Stuart Buttrick (Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis); and Todd Miller (Myers Spring Company, Logansport).
“We are honoring three people who have given their time and talents to make the Indiana Chamber an even stronger organization, and to make Indiana a better place to work and live,” says Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar. “These volunteers represent various aspects of the Indiana Chamber’s reach, including tax and employment law matters, and energy and utility policies.”
Read more about the winners at http://www.bizvoicemagazine.com (online tonight); brief summaries of why they were selected follow below.
Stuart Buttrick, partner, Faegre Baker Daniels (Indianapolis)
Stuart Buttrick says he was taught to be a “lawyer the right way” by various mentors. To him, that means treating all people – particularly adversaries – with courtesy and respect.
Buttrick’s work benefits Indiana Chamber members throughout the state. He is the lead editor on the Employment Law Handbook, the organization’s most popular compliance publication, and assists with planning and implementation of the annual Employment Law Seminar.
Buttrick: “The Chamber does such good work on behalf of Indiana business. If I can help, in some small way, the Chamber do what they do, that’s good for everybody. Ultimately, when business succeeds, everyone succeeds.”
Todd Miller, president and CEO, Myers Spring Company (Logansport)
Efforts that can benefit his company, his community and the broader Indiana business landscape are most appealing to Todd Miller, who came home to run the family business started by his grandfather.
Miller dedicates his time and expertise to helping plan and execute the Indiana Chamber’s Indiana Conference on Energy Management.
Miller: “The term ‘obligation’ has taken on a negative connotation, but we really do have obligations and I think people forget on the backside that fulfilling an obligation is a satisfaction. … We shouldn’t bury our talents. I have those days too. But we should be out risking and stewarding.”
Mark Richards, partner, Ice Miller (Indianapolis)
Some topics come and go, but tax issues are an ongoing priority for Indiana businesses. Mark Richards has been providing important insights and guidance for 30 years.
Richards has been an invaluable contributor to the Indiana Chamber’s tax policy committee. He has also served on the task force that developed the Indiana Vision 2025 economic development plan.
Richards: “I think the Chamber serves an extraordinarily important role. What the Chamber really tries to do is to help Indiana’s business model be as successful as it can be, which is to the benefit of everyone. A rising tide lifts all boats.”
The Indiana Chamber partners with 24,000 members and investors – representing over four million Hoosiers – to achieve the mission of “cultivating a world-class environment which provides economic opportunity and prosperity.”