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Dec. 18, 209 • The Refinery • Jeffersonville

Photos by Christian Watson

One Southern Indiana hosted its second annual All Closed Networking & Leads Groups Event, an exclusive, invitation-only structured networking event. Food was provided by The Orange Clover, Uncommon Cups & Cones, Skyline Chili, CoreLife Eatery and The Louisville Chocolate Fountain.



Nov. 14 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

Photos by Christian Watson

One Southern Indiana hosted its annual ACE Awards, which are given to people who have used their abilities, skills and talents to enhance their organizations and the community.



April 11 • Huber’s Orchard, Winery & Vineyard’s

Photos by Christian Watson

More than 300 guests attended One Southern Indiana’s 2019 ONE Awards ceremony. Winners were selected by a panel of judges and online polling.The program recognized finalists in six business categories who were showcased in customized videos before representatives of each award’s sponsor announced the winners.

Business 101 | Wendy Dant Chesser

screen-shot-2018-10-08-at-9-53-16-amWendy Dant Chesser

President & CEO

One Southern Indiana


“I am so fortunate that I get to work toward this passion every day.”


Boards, volunteer or community work:

Part of my job is to represent our business community on various boards and commissions, including: Louisville Zoo Foundation Board; Ivy Tech Regional Board of Trustees; Kentucky Derby Festival Board of Directors; Greater Louisville, Inc. Board of Directors; Indiana Economic Development Association (Chair); Indiana Metro Chambers Group; Kentucky-Indiana Exchange Board of Directors/Managing Partner; Falls of the Ohio Foundation Board; Louisville Regional Airlift Development Board of Directors; Align Southern Indiana Board of Directors; 55,000 Degrees Board of Directors.


In terms of growth and economic development, where would you like to see Southern Indiana in 10 years?

We measure economic growth not only through job creation, but also tax base investment and increased consumer spending. A big emphasis during recent years is on our workforce development needs. We support increasing average wages in our area because we cannot build vibrant communities on low-wage jobs.  However, workers have to be skilled for higher wage positions, which is why you see much of our focus on increasing business/education partnerships to lead to higher wages. So, by 2028, I would like to see wages in our counties surpass the average wage for Indiana’s state average.


Who or what motivates you?

Good energy and fresh ideas. I love to be surround with positive people who have can-do attitudes. They give me energy.


What habits/routines have helped with your success?

I do my best to get at least seven hours of sleep every night. I feel better and think more clearly when I do.


What pushes you through your most difficult times?

In community and economic development work, there are high times and low times – it is the nature of local economies to ebb and flow. Remembering this not only motivates me to celebrate the accomplishments, but also instills the perseverance to work harder when times are bad.


What are you most proud of professionally?

My passion is to create opportunities for people who call Southern Indiana home. I am so fortunate that I get to work toward this passion every day.

2017 One Southern Indiana ACE Awards

One Southern Indiana (1si) hosted its third annual ACE Awards Nov. 30 at Kye’s II in Jeffersonville.

ACE stands for Appreciating and Celebrating Excellence. The awards are given to 1si members.

Chris Garten, owner and president of Signature Countertops, won the Axiom Financial Strategies of Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC, James W. Robinson ACE Award for Young Professional of the Year.

Leslie Lewis-Sheets, owner of LL&A Interior Design, received the Duke Energy Kevin Hammersmith ACE Award for Community Leader.

Doug York, president of Rodefer Moss & Co, PLLC, was given the Kightlinger & Gray Sam Day ACE Award for Professional of the Year.

Photos by Christian Watson

Events | One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

One Southern Indiana 2017 Annual Meeting

Aug. 15 • Horseshoe Southern Indiana in Elizabeth

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One Southern Indiana held its 2017 Annual Meeting Aug. 15 at Horseshoe Southern Indiana. Sounds Unlimited Productions produced the “Back to the Future”-themed event. Lisa Huber, incoming chair of the organization’s board of directors kicked off the awards portion. Executive Vice President Matt Hall delivered the year-end review. And President/CEO Wendy Dant-Chesser gave a well-received speech about what the future looks like for Southern Indiana and its neighbors.

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One Southern Indiana | Sales & Marketing Success Series: Allan Howie – Idealogy

Photos by Extol Staff | Info below photos provided by www.1si.org and www.idealogy.biz

Pastries provided by download-1 www.cakestoday.com

Friday January 20 marked the night of One Southern Indiana’s event, in partnership with Ideology for an expose on how to get more sales this year than last year. Attendees learned how to acquire more profitable customers or clients.

Author, speaker and Idealogy founder Allen Howie shared a wealth of practical ideas for making your marketing work harder in 2017, regardless of your marketing budget.  Large companies, small businesses and individuals all left with new ways to make their marketing more effective and brand more powerful.

If you missed the event, be on the lookout for more, as this idea-packed session only kicked off our revamped, revitalized, re-imagined Sales & Marketing Success Series.

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INFORMATION BELOW TAKEN FROM www.1si.org on their Sales & Marketing Success Series:
Baptist Health
1850 State St. Paris Health Education Center
New Albany, IN 47150



Mailing Address
P.O. Box 293
Georgetown, IN 47122-0293

Street Address
6500 State Road 64
Georgetown, IN 47122

Phone: 812.399.1400  Fax: 812.399.1405

Email: allen@idealogy.biz

“Many a small thing has been made large by the right kind of advertising.”

– Mark Twain

1si 10-year Anniversary Celebration

Photos by Tim Girton

Sept. 9 | Big Four Station in Jeffersonville 

One Southern Indiana celebrated its 10th anniversary Sept. 9 at the Big Four Station in Jeffersonville. Wendy Dant Chesser, 1si’s CEO and president, along with 1si members and staff enjoyed the sounds of the Endless Summer Band and refreshments from Huber’s Starlight Distillery.

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(Clockwise from top left)

Wendy Dant Chesser speaking to the assembled | Members of the board | James Shireman with Bill and Kim Harrod | Lisa Huber and Barbara Popp | Vicky Peay with Kim and Michael Grau.