OneZone names businesses of the year, gives various other awards


Kevin Rader presents OneZone Chamber of Commerce’s Business Excellence Awards at the Dec. 13 luncheon. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

At the OneZone Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Luncheon Dec. 13, many Carmel and Fishers businesses were recognized. Emmy-award winning reporter Kevin Rader emceed the awards ceremony. What follows are the categories and winners.

Business of the Year:

Two Business of the Year awards were given, one for a small- to medium-sized business and one for a large business. Mitsch Design, an architecture firm in Carmel’s Art and Design Center, received the small- to medium-sized Business of the Year Award. Meyer Najem, a construction management firm in Fishers, received the large-sized Business of the Year Award.

Young Professional of the Year:

Recognizes young a professional between the ages 21 and 40 who display leadership and demonstrate a passion for the community. Dan O’Brien of Kucic Associates Realty received the award. O’Brien is active with the Hamilton County Habitat for Humanity, Edge Mentoring, The Scene and Indianapolis Symphonic Choir. He is co-chair of OneZone’s Young Professional Committee and is involved in RISE Young Professionals in Johnson and Southern Marion Counties.

Lifetime Achievement:

Recognizes Carmel and Fishers recipients for lifetime commitment to business. The Carmel recipient was Chuck Lazzara, president of Ritz Charles. The Fishers recipients were Ron and Michele Archer, who recently closed the doors to Archers Meats and Catering in Fishers.

Look Awards:

Four Look Awards were presented, one to each Carmel and Fishers recipients in the categories of new construction and renovation. Carmel’s recipients were Liberty Fund for new construction, and the renovation Look Award was presented to Delta Faucet Company. Fishers’ recipients were Braden Business Systems for new construction, and the renovation Look Award was presented to DeVeau’s School of Gymnastics.

Green Award:

Recognizes a company using innovative and green practices to benefit the environment. The award was presented to The Bridges at Carmel Market District for its commitment to solar displays, lighting, recycling and other efforts.

Most Valuable Volunteer:

John DeLucia, who serves on Hamilton Southeastern Schools school board and who works for Citizens State Bank, was recognized as the Most Valuable Volunteer. DeLucia also is the founder of Pasta Bowl, a local food drive, and is involved in various other organizations.

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