The Chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County and Anderson University will feature the second 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 Friday, Nov. 22, will highlight guest speaker Michael S. “Mickey” Maurer, President and CEO of Maurer/Shaw Productions and Chairman of the Board of Mystar Communications, IBJ Corporation and the National Bank of Indianapolis.
The special luncheon, speaker and presentation, scheduled for 12 noon on Friday, Nov. 22, at the Anderson Country Club, is made possible through an 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. Cost for the program is $20 per person and $10 for students. For reservations, call the Chamber of Commerce at 642-0264.
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.
Michael S. “Mickey” Maurer’s career as an attorney and entrepreneur has included cable television, film production, radio broadcasting, newspaper publishing and banking. An Indianapolis native, Maurer graduated from North Central High School in 1960. He attended the University of Colorado and graduated in 1964 with a B.S. in accounting. He is a member of Beta Alpha Psi accounting honorary society. Maurer attended Indiana University School of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 1967. He was a writer and an editor of the Law Journal. He successfully completed the CPA examination. Maurer is admitted to both the New York and the Indiana Bars.
In the early 1970's, Maurer was a pioneer in the initial development and operations of cable television systems, eventually serving over 30,000 subscribers in Indiana and Michigan. Shortly thereafter, with partners, Maurer developed the first Indianapolis racquetball facility, which ultimately grew into the second largest chain of racquetball clubs in the country. He is President and CEO of Maurer/Shaw Productions, Inc., which produced the theatrical film, "Diving In." The film has been shown on HBO/Cinemax.
Maurer is Chairman of the Board of MyStar Communications Corporation and IBJ Corporation. MyStar owns and operates WTPI-FM and WZPL-FM and WXNT-AM in Indianapolis. IBJ owns and publishes The Indianapolis Business Journal, Court and Commercial Recorder, The Indiana Lawyer, Indianapolis Prime Times and 50 Plus (Cincinnati, Ohio). He serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The National Bank of Indianapolis, less than ten years old but already one of Indiana’s largest banks. Maurer enjoys leadership through active participation as a director of numerous business, civic, educational and philanthropic organizations.
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.