Celebrating those who serve


As they do every December, the business community turned out in force to recognize the achievements of their fellow Chamber of Commerce members. In front of a packed house, the Civic Pride Committee, chaired by Jud Scott, handed out the gold in several major categories. There was a room full of agreement and admiration as each award winner made their way to the podium to accept their due.

An award presented for just the second time ever went to a man who has contributed so much to our community. The Harold Kaiser Award is presented to an individual who demonstrates commitment to the business community and the Chamber of Commerce for more than just a few years. Dave Coots of Coots, Henke and Wheeler Law Firm took home this coveted lifetime achievement award. For more than forty years, Dave has been an integral part of the growing Carmel business community. He served on Carmel’s first City Council in 1976 and also served as council president. He also has worked for his community as a member and past president of the Carmel Plan Commission, Carmel Clay Library Foundation Executive Committee and the Carmel Clay Schools Chamber Business Group.

Not only has Dave toiled for his community admirably, he also has been a devoted member of the Carmel Chamber of Commerce. He served two terms on the Chamber Board of Directors and was the President of the Board twice; once in 1983 and again in 2008. He chaired the Business Issues Committee and was its chairman. In 2007, the City of Carmel recognized him with their highest citizen’s accolade as a Range Line Road Pioneer.

The Chamber also gives kudos to the Most Valuable Volunteer. This year, a husband and wife team will have their names added to the traveling trophy.  Micki and David Stirsman from Salon 01 took the honor for their work with various charity organizations from the central Indiana region. Not only do they stand out for the sheer volume of support they provide, but also for their determination to instill a culture of giving back in their employees and their clients.

The company’s website says, “Caring for others and sharing goodwill is a keystone of our management philosophy.” At Salon 01, they enthusiastically follow their philosophy. Their success is further evidence that good things happen to companies who do good things and the Chamber made sure of that today.

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