The Chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County and Anderson University will honor a deserving local entrepreneur and award scholarships to outstanding students of the Falls Schools of Business on Friday, December 4, at 12 noon at the Anderson Country Club. In addition to the presentations, the event will highlight guest speaker John E. Waters, CEO and president of Bright Automotive, Inc. The 2009 Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Award will be given to Mary Jamerson, president and CEO of Myers Autoworld and Ford Autoworld. Cost for the program is $15 per person and $10 for students. For reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at (765) 642-0264.
The luncheon, speaker and presentation are made possible through an endowment fund established at the Madison County Community Foundation by Anderson attorney Charles Dickmann and his wife, Hazel. The luncheon is also being sponsored by Rowland Title Company, Inc. and Anna’s All-Star Printing. The purpose of the endowment is to support the presentation of an annual entrepreneur award through the Chamber of Commerce and to underwrite annual undergraduate or graduate student scholarships through the AU Falls School of Business. The 2009 FSB student recipient is sophomore Amanda LaFlamme.
The Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Award is intended to honor persons who have demonstrated a true partnership with Madison County—within and outside their organization. The scholarships are designed to motivate future entrepreneurs by providing assistance to Madison County residents who are full-time students pursuing a business degree at Anderson University.
The Dickmanns have been Madison County residents for more than 50 years. During that time they have invested their physical energies and financial resources into efforts that serve and enrich the Anderson community and Madison County. The Dickmanns are members of First United Methodist Church, and they have created several endowments through the Madison County Community Foundation.
John E. Waters
Currently CEO and President of Bright Automotive, Inc., John E.Waters is an entrepreneurial and business development professional with over 25 years experience in enterprise development, strategic planning and high-volume production of engineered products and solutions. Waters is currently leading a “dream team” of advanced automotive experts in the research and development of lightweight, Plug-in Hybrid Electric Vehicles (PHEVs).
Previously, he was vice president of the transportation practice group at Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI). Prior to RMI, Waters was the vice president of business development for EnerDel, Inc. - a lithium battery joint venture with Delphi Corporation. As manager of product engineering at Delphi, Waters initiated strategic customer partnerships and launched a new lithium battery business.
Prior to Delphi, Waters worked for a division of General Motors where he led numerous projects, including the development and production of the battery pack system for GM’s first electric vehicle and subsequent electric vehicles.
He began his career at Texas Instruments, Inc., designing and implementing automated manufacturing processes for the U.S. Air Force and General Motors Engine Division. Waters has been awarded four U.S. patents, two international patents, holds two defensive papers in battery pack designs, and has received numerous industry awards. He is a graduate of the University of Arkansas with a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering and a member of Pi Tau Sigma Mechanical Engineering Honorary Society.
Anderson University is a private Christian university of 2,700 undergraduate and graduate students in central Indiana. Anderson continues to be recognized as a top Christian college: in 2008, U.S. News and World Report ranked Anderson University among the best colleges and universities in the Midwest for the fourth consecutive year. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, Anderson University offers more than 65 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, music, nursing and theology.