News From Terre Haute, Indiana

November 25, 2012

NEWSMAKERS: Nov. 25, 2012


---- — A leading Terre Haute businessman is joining the government affairs division of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce. David Wulf, who has worked for Templeton Coal Company Inc. or its subsidiaries for more than 30 years, is the Indiana Chamber’s new vice president of employment law and labor relations policy. Wulf replaces George Raymond, who retired in July.

Most recently, Wulf’s position with Templeton Coal Company was vice president of administration; he continues to serve on the board of directors and was president of one of its subsidiaries. He took early retirement with the company this month. Wulf’s duties with the Indiana Chamber are effective immediately on a part-time basis, turning to full-time at the beginning of 2013.

“David brings a wealth of experience in both lobbying and human resources activities. He has worked on numerous important state and federal topics. David digs deeply into issues, making sound and effective arguments,” said Indiana Chamber President and CEO Kevin Brinegar.

“We are delighted to have someone with David’s extensive background join our organization. He will greatly assist our continued efforts to push for fair and effective labor laws.”

Wulf was a registered federal lobbyist for six years and active with a variety of organizations and their policy groups. He currently serves on the president’s Council and the Labor and Employment Law Committee for the National Association of Manufacturers.

Wulf has a master’s of business administration from Western Michigan University and an undergraduate degree from Ball State University. He also holds the senior professional in human resources designation from the HR Certification Institute.

Wulf is a two-time winner of the Indiana Chamber’s volunteer of the year award for his work on the organization’s public policy committees.

“The Indiana Chamber of Commerce is widely known for facilitating one of the most effective business government affairs organizations in the United States. I am honored to join the group’s advocacy team and am grateful for the opportunity to begin a new career with such a nationally renowned business association,” Wulf said.

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Four Indiana legislators, including Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville), were honored recently as the Indiana Chamber of Commerce’s small business champions at a luncheon ceremony in downtown Indianapolis. The award — based on voting and advocacy during the 2012 legislative session — highlights the four legislators’ hard work and dedication to improving Indiana’s small business climate.

“These … legislators have worked tirelessly on behalf of Indiana’s small businesses, paving the way for less government red tape and more success for business owners and their employees,” said Indiana Chamber President Kevin Brinegar. “Our state is directly impacted by the positive, pro-growth policies these legislators have supported. We are establishing ourselves as one of the best states for business and job creation; the legislators honored today helped us make those strides.”

Small Business Champion awards have been given annually since 1993.

Honors were presented at the Indiana Chamber’s 2013 Central Indiana Legislative Preview luncheon, which featured a panel discussion by General Assembly caucus leaders. The event also offered a forum for the Indiana Chamber to unveil its top legislative priorities (see, legislative resources section) and to provide a business community viewpoint on key public policy and meaningful legislation expected in the coming session.

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Furniture Gallery was recognized on Oct. 26 by Tempur-Pedic as a TEMPUR-Elite retailer for providing superior levels of selection, service, and customer satisfaction.

The TEMPUR-Elite Retail Program was designed to reward and recognize retailers who deliver the best Tempur-Pedic shopping experience. These select retailers consistently offer the best selection and satisfaction to Tempur-Pedic shoppers.

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Regions Bank encouraged community residents to join its six-week “Riley Rally” campaign to raise funds for Riley Hospital for Children at Indiana University Health. Through Riley red wagon icon sales and additional fundraising activities at 20 Regions locations in southern Indiana, the company raised $8,000 for Indiana’s only nationally ranked and comprehensive children’s hospital.

Regions associates helped the company surpass their fundraising goal for Riley Hospital by 300 percent. The Hart Street location in Vincennes was the top location and raised more than $1,000. Their hard work resulted in the “top branch award” and complimentary lunch delivered by Mitch Ferree, Regions’ Southern Indiana city president.

Representatives from Regions attended the Indiana University Dance Marathon on Oct. 26-28 to share their appreciation for 3,000 students and 55 campus organizations who participate in the event. IUDM celebrated a record $2.1 million donation to Riley Hospital for Children.