The Chamber of Commerce for Anderson & Madison County and Anderson University will feature the third presentation of a county-wide entrepreneur award as well as scholarships for deserving students studying through the Falls Schools of Business. In addition, the special event, scheduled for Friday, Dec. 12, will highlight guest speaker David Becker, a prominent Indianapolis entrepreneur, and honor Brian L. Reichart, President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Gold, LLC, with the 2003 Chamber of Commerce Entrepreneur Award.
The special luncheon, speaker and presentation, scheduled for 12 noon on Friday, Dec. 12, 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 luncheon event is being sponsored by The Herald Bulletin and Rowland Title.
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. Cost for the program is $15 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.
Brian L. Reichart serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Gold, LLC. Red Gold is a family-owned and operated tomato processing company, headquartered in Orestes, Indiana.
Red Gold was founded in 1942 by Brian’s grandfather. Working summers at the cannery through high school and college, Brian joined Red Gold full-time in 1972 as Plant Manager and Chief Engineer. Following in the family footsteps in 1989, Brian became the third generation to lead Red Gold as the new President and CEO. He began the process of growing the company from a small regional and seasonal packer to becoming a national supplier of tomato products with a full-time work force. Under his leadership, the company expanded into institutional food service supply and into private labeling for grocery store chains across the nation.
Today, Red Gold is the largest privately held, tomato-processing company in the world. Red Gold distributes tomato products in all 50 states and exports to 16 countries. A recognized leader in the food industry, Brian focuses the company on operational excellence, customer service and quality. Under his leadership, Red Gold has experienced exponential growth. In the last ten years, the company has grown from 170 too 1200 full-time employees, with three production facilities, a distribution center and a trucking company. Red Gold is recognized for unsurpassed quality and innovative marketing.
Brian is an alumnus of Culver Military Academy, where he belonged to the world renowned Black Horse Troop Lancers. In college, he majored in Industrial Management and earned his bachelors degree from the Krannert School of Business at Purdue University in 1972.
Brian served as President of the Indiana Canners Association in 1984. He has served on the Board of Directors for the National Food Processors Association since 1993. In 1998, the Mid-America Food Processors Association named him “Man of the Year”. Brian is a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity, the Elks Club of Elwood and the Alexandria Church of the Nazarene. Brian and his wife, Selita, have been married for twenty-four years and have two children, Beau and Colt.
Since he started his first company in 1981, David Becker has been committed to the development of technology initiatives in central Indiana. Mr. Becker is actively involved in the five technology-related companies he founded currently operating in Indianapolis: RDS (re: Member Data Services), AmeriCard Services, First Internet Bank of Indiana, Inception, and DyKnow. In total, these companies employ 200 people and generate $50 million a year in revenue.
Mr. Becker is a member of the board of the Indiana 21st Century Research & Technology Fund and is the chairman of TechPoint, a statewide association for the technology community. He also served on Governor O'Bannon's High Tech Task Force. A 1975 graduate of DePauw University, Mr. Becker chairs the university’s McDermond Center for Management and Entrepreneurship and sits on the advisory board of the DePauw Information Technology Associates Program.
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.