Indiana Super Achievers

Indiana Super Achiever series is aired on Monday nights at 8 PM on PBS station WFWA 39.4. WIPB will start running the series on Monday’s at 6 PM this October. The stories are also preserved at the Genealogy Center with links sent to Indiana colleges, high schools, chambers, etc.  Featured guests are interviewed by a college student or recent grad talking about their life growing up, challenges they had to overcome, their mistakes, successes, what they’ve learned, advice they want to share, etc. They are doing this so students and others will hopefully discover something they can use in their lives to reach higher and achieve more including the power of doing the right thing and believing in oneself.
As you watch the life stories of Indiana Super Achievers, you will discover you have a lot in common. It’s how they think and what they do beyond hard work that makes all the difference. It’s the difference between 1st and 2nd place!

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The founders of Vera Bradley. They borrowed $500 from their husbands and started in their basement. Watch them telling their successful story.


Chuck Surack started Sweetwater with a recording studio in the back of his VW bus. Today, he is a mega-million-dollar music retailer.


Dawn R. Rosemond serves as the firm’s director of diversity, professional development and inclusion for Barnes & Thornburg LLP.


Jim Marcuccilli, Chairman and CEO of Star Financial Bank shares his life story and success with us.


Cathy Brand-Beere used her passion for art and chocolate and started DeBrand Fine Chocolate. She is in a league of her own.


Jerry Henry, Jr., is owner and president of Midwest Pipe & Steel, Inc. Watch him talk about his life growing up and his business.


Jay Leonard, owner of Preferred Automotive Group. Watch him tell his journey from youth to the present. Get your priorities right!


Kevin Donley, USF Football Coach. Watch him talking about his coaching career and life in Fort Wayne.


Ben Miles, president of Parkview Regional Medical Center. He is originally from Michigan and in 2012 joined Parkview Hospital Randellia.


Mike Cahill is the president of banking services for Ruoff Home Mortgage,
a 600 plus-member firm with offices throughout Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky and Florida.


Neil Sharma, President of the Parkview Cancer Institute. Between performing cutting edge procedures to fulfilling administrative duties; he still finds time to get involve with our community.


Barry LaBov, is the President and CEO of LaBov and Beyond Marketing Communications, Inc. Watch his story.


Richard Waterfield, Waterfield Capital, LLC, is a family investment company headquartered in Fort Wayne. Mr. Waterfield spent his 35 year career with Waterfield Mortgage Company, Inc.


Luke Wright, CEO at Mud Love. MudLOVE produces clay creations to spread Love.


Keith Busse, Co-Founder of Steel Dynamics. He grew the Company from 1.4 million tons of annual steelmaking capability to 7.4 million tons upon his retirement in 2011


Jim Bradley, Century 21 Bradley Realty. Jim Bradley has been a licensed REALTOR® and broker since 1973. In February of 1977, he founded Bradley Real Estate before franchising as CENTURY 21 Bradley Realty, Inc.

Jane DeHaven SQ

Jane DeHaven, Dealer Operator/Owner of Summit City Chevrolet. She has a great message for you, please listen to her fascinating story!

Steve Wesner SQ

Steve Wesner, Senior Broker of BND. He began his career in commercial real estate in 1962. Joined BND Commercial as part of the Goldstine Knapke acquisition in August 2010.

Tim Leman SQ

Tim Leman, chairman and chief executive officer at Gibson. Blogger, book author and self-proclaimed “restless man.”

Mike Schrage SQ

Mike Schrage, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Centier Bank. He has managed it for the past 41 years and has made a personal commitment to local communities that the bank will remain independent.

Wendy Robinson SQ

Wendy Robinson, from elementary teacher to FWCS Superintendent!
Watch her telling us her successful story.

Tom Kimbrough SQ

Tom Kimbrough is an attorney with Barrett McNagny LLP in Fort Wayne, IN.  Serving clients in Labor and Employment, Insurance Defense and Litigation cases.

Sister Elise

Sister M. Elise Kriss president, St. Francis College, Fort Wayne, since 1993 and educator since 1969. Watch her story.

Dan Copeland SQ

Dan Copeland is the president and founder of Business People. He is involved in the local community through various non-profit agencies.

Rex Parent SQ

Rex Parent, M.D. is a board-certified ophthalmologist specializing in cataract and refractive surgeries in Fort Wayne, IN and Northeast Indiana.


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Dr. William J. Katip is the President of Grace College since 2013. He is an energetic, participatory leader and effective motivator, with experience in nearly all areas of college administration.

Rae Pearson SQ

Rae Pearson President/CEO of Alpha Rae Personnel, Inc in Fort Wayne. She is an amazing local leader and very energetic!

Gordon Bell SQ

Gordon Bell is a gifted storyteller. His engaging speaking style quickly captivates a crowd, making audience members feel like they are sitting in the company of a longtime friend.

John Pistole SQ

John Pistole is the current President of Anderson University. In 1983 he began his career with the FBI and in 2010 he was nominated as the administrator of TSA.

Tim Scales

Tim Scales is a Senior Lecturer for the School of Business and Economics, as well as the Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship, at IU East


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