Chamber/AU feature tech and business expert

Fri, 2012-07-20 11:26 -- univcomm
The Chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County and Anderson University will feature the inaugural presentation of a countywide entrepreneurial award as well as scholarships for deserving students studying through the Falls Schools of Business. In addition, the special event, scheduled for this coming Friday, Nov. 30, will highlight guest speaker Scott A. Jones, chairman and CEO of Escient Technologies and chairman of the Indiana Technology Partnership. Jones might be better known as “Mr. Voicemail” for that is what the company he co-founded in 1986, Boston Technology, invented.

The special luncheon, speaker and presentation, scheduled for 12 noon on Friday, Nov. 30, at the Anderson Country Club, is made possible through a $100,000 endowment fund established at the Madison County Community Foundation by Anderson attorney Charles Dickmann and his wife, Hazel. The purpose of the endowment is to support the presentation of an annual entrepreneurial award through the Chamber of Commerce and to underwrite annual undergraduate or graduate student scholarships through the AU Falls School of Business.

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 scholarship is designed to motivate future entrepreneurs by providing assistance to Madison County residents who are full-time students pursuing a business degree at Anderson University.

Jones might be nicknamed “Mr. Voicemail” for that is what the company he co- founded in 1986, Boston Technology, invented. Merged with Comverse Technologies in 1992, Jones’s patented communications and VM products are used by the majority of phone companies around the world. After selling BT, Mr. Jones came back to his home city, Indianapolis, where in 1996, he co-founded Escient Technologies, the parent corporation for five companies, each involved with merging Internet power with electronic appliances and devices for home and office. He sits on the boards of numerous for-profit and not-for-profit boards, including chairmanship of the Indiana Technology Partnership, TechNet Indiana, and the Gazelle Fund.

Charles and Hazel Dickmann 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 where Charles has been a member of the Board of Directors since 1996. In honor of their citizenship, the couple received the William Reithmiller Community Partnership Award from Anderson University in 1998. The Dickmanns have two married daughters and four grandsons. Cost for the program is $15 per person and $5 for students. For reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at 642-0264.