Chamber Of Commerce Presents ‘Chamber Champions Awards’

"Chamber Champions Award Luncheon" at Horizon Convention Center. Photo provided"Chamber Champions Award Luncheon" at the Horizon Convention Center. Photo provided

By: Brenda Brumfield, Director, Community & Government Relations, Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce—

Muncie, IN— The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce honored fifteen of its members for their longevity in, and impact on, the Muncie –Delaware County community at the Chamber Champions Award Luncheon at the Horizon Convention Center on March 20.  Among those included, were six who were celebrating over 100 years of continuous existence. They were:

Glad Tidings Church
Muncie Community Schools
Old National Bank
The Knapp Supply Co.
The Meeks Mortuary & Crematory
Weber Office Equipment

“We know that existing business is the backbone of our local economy and we want to congratulate our members when they reach a milestone in their history and do outstanding work for our community,” Chamber of Commerce president Jay Julian said.

Also presented at the annual awards lunch was the Ambassador of the Year Award.  This year, Martin Hillery with Indiana Trust Wealth Management received the honors. “Marty has been a tireless volunteer with the Chamber for many years,” Julian said.

Chamber Chairman of the Board of Directors, Dr. Andrew Bowne, presented Hillcroft Services with the Chairman’s Award.  “Hillcroft Services has recently gone through a capital campaign to raise $9.3 million for the expansion and consolidation of their facilities in the Muncie Air Park. These efforts will allow for efficiencies in serving their clients,” Bowne said.

The Al Rent Spirit of Muncie Award recognizes respected leaders, valued community volunteers, and role models who volunteer for the Chamber of Commerce. This year David Bahlmann, retired Ball State Foundation director, was recognized for his support and leadership of the Chamber and in the community.  “Dave has been a tremendous advocate for our community.  There is hardly a major fundraising campaign that he didn’t influence.  He has been a mentor, friend, and quiet leader for the entire time he and their family moved to Muncie. His long-term friendship with Al made the award extra special,” said Bowne.

U.S. Congressman Greg Pence was able to attend this year’s event while visiting Muncie. Over 200 people attended this year’s Chamber Champions Awards.


The Muncie-Delaware County Chamber of Commerce has been serving the community since 1894 and is currently celebrating their 125th year of being the voice of business in Muncie and Delaware County.