Businessman encourages local leaders

Businessman encourages local leaders

Nathan Feltman spoke to a crowd of local business leaders and students on the state of business and economy in Indiana.  Photo by Chase Snyder.

Nathan Feltman spoke to a crowd of local business leaders and students on the state of business and economy in Indiana. Photo by Chase Snyder.

Business and community leaders gathered in the Church-Chapel Fellowship Hall for their annual luncheon and discussion on Monday.

The featured speaker for this year’s event was Nathan J. Feltman from Baker and Daniels LLP. Previously, Feltman was the Indiana Secretary of Commerce and the CEO of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

Another speaker during the luncheon was Dan Morrison, the co-CEO of Heritage Financial Group.

Feltman talked to business leaders about making sure the world is aware of what they have to offer. “Today, if you’re not reaching out globally,” Feltman said, “you have got to get out and tell your story.”

Feltman explained that even in the current market, there is hidden business success in Indiana. “We are so modest about the things we have,” said Feltman, referring to the successful businesses.

Indiana leads the country in the orthopedic industry, is fourth in the country in terms of people employed by science jobs and is one of the nation’s leaders in battery development and the RV sector.

Feltman mentioned the “great education in the Elkhart area,” and listed both Notre Dame and Goshen College among the region’s best institutions.

Goshen College President Jim Brenneman endorses Feltman’s exhortation. In an earlier speech, Brenneman said, “Even more, perhaps, than pastors, teachers, social workers or politicians, the most significant means of transforming societies for the good of the whole will come through creative business entrepreneurs and leaders who view their work as a divine calling to do justice, love mercy and walk humbly before God.”

Written by Annalisa Harder

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