IEDA has two main awards that are presented to recipients at its annual conference in December. The awards are the Orr-O’Bannon Lifetime Achievement Award and the IEDA Excellence in Leadership Award.
The Orr-O’Bannon Lifetime Achievement Award
This award was created in 2003. The first recipient was Frank O’Bannon posthumously. It is awarded to individuals deemed by the IEDA to have created a material positive impact on Indiana’s economic development as a major accomplishment during their professional careers. They need not be members of IEDA and it is not an annual award, but rather is bestowed upon selected individuals at IEDA’s annual conference when determined to be worthy by IEDA.
Since that time, the following individuals have received the Orr-O’Bannon Award:
2003 Frank O’Bannon (posthumously)
2004 John Mutz
2006 Tom Surgener
2008 Hiromi Hemuki
2008 Senator David Ford (posthumously)
2010 Morton Marcus
2012 Mitchell E. Daniels, Jr.
2014 Thomas J. Snyder
2015 Becky Skillman
The IEDA Excellence in Leadership Award
This award was created in 1999 as a way to recognize an IEDA member for his/her contributions to Indiana’s economic development as embodied by excellent leadership. Each year, IEDA awards one recipient this award based on the individual’s leadership role in the IEDA organization. IEDA has been fortunate to have many great leaders, but each of the recipients of the IEDA Excellence in Leadership Award has helped create the IEDA organization that we now enjoy.
The IEDA Excellence in Leadership award recipients are: