2017-11-08 / Front Page

County Chamber honors Pete Wagoner, True Value Hardware

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Award recipients Special awards were presented at the annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner last week. Recipients were, from left: Pete Wagoner, Charles Carroll Award for community service, and Josh Ayres and Troy Helderman, owners of Carroll County True Value Home & Farm Center, 2017 Carroll County Business of the Year. Comet photo Award recipients Special awards were presented at the annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner last week. Recipients were, from left: Pete Wagoner, Charles Carroll Award for community service, and Josh Ayres and Troy Helderman, owners of Carroll County True Value Home & Farm Center, 2017 Carroll County Business of the Year. Comet photo The 12th Annual Carroll County Chamber of Commerce Membership Meeting & Awards Dinner was held Nov. 2 at the Wabash & Erie Canal Center in Delphi.

Pete Wagoner of Camden was presented the 2017 Charles Carroll Award. In making the presentation, Dick Bradshaw stated that Wagoner “serves his community, church and family. He doesn’t ask for credit. He works best in the background.”

In accepting the award Wagoner said, “nothing I’ve accomplished I’ve done alone.”

He said he has always resided in or near Camden, but has never been employed in Carroll County. “I’ve tried to stay involved in the public domain, make our community a better place and a good place to raise a family.”

Wagoner’s ancestors settled in Carroll County in 1830. After graduating from Camden High School, Wagoner married his high school sweetheart and together he and Pat raised three sons. They also have three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In recent years Wagoner was involved with the Hoosier Heartland Industrial Corridor Coalition, working tirelessly to make sure there was a connector north of Camden. He was also a member of the Camden Town Council when improvements were made to the town’s water and wastewater systems. Currently he is involved with the Camden-Flora Rail Corridor Commission, promoting industrial development along the rail corridor, including the GEP Fuel & Energy Indiana project.

Wagoner concluded by saying, “I encourage people to get involved. You win some and you lose some, but don’t give up. We need to work together to make opportunities.”

Recognized as the 2017 Business of the Year was Carroll County True Value Home & Farm Center. Owners Josh Ayres and Troy Helderman accepted the award.

The Flora residents saw potential for a niche business in the old Alco building off the Hoosier Heartland Highway south of Delphi. Two years ago they opened a hardware and farm supply store in the location.

In accepting the award Ayres thanked their wives and their “great employees,” who he said all reside in Carroll County. He said their employees are a key to their success. “They are passionate and care about our customers,” he added.

Board member Michelle Pearson, who has served on the inaugural Chamber board (12 plus years) was honored with a gift for her contributions and leadership in the organization.

Dr. Tom Brodar is also going off the board. Replacing them as board members are Peg Braden and Barb Hickner.

Chamber Director Julia Leahy gave a year-in-review. Short presentations were made by Mary Ann Smerdel on the Chamber Networking Group that meets twice a month and Cindy Reinke on the Work Ethics Certificate for graduates.

The evening concluded with entertainment by corporate comedian Brent Terhune.

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