Annual Member Dinner

To all that attended 2018, 15th Annual Middlebury Chamber Business Expo and Dinner – Thank You! 

What a great evening of networking with colleagues and friends.

Congratulation to the 2018  Volunteer of the Year, Rosey Long! 

People may forget what you did and what you said but they will never forget how you made them feel.  It has been said volunteers may not have the time but they have heart for volunteering and there is nothing stronger than the heart of this year’s Volunteer of the Year.  Congratulations Rosey Long,!

  • This year’s Volunteer of the year was born on a farm and now lives at Greencroft.
  • She was a war bride, in 1946 she married her husband Bill Long.She operated a credit bureau from 1951 through 1916.
  • She has 2 children/4 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren
  • She is the proud owner of a Centennial Farm located in Nappanee
  • Over the years she has spent many hours volunteering and helping organizations in various ways.
  • She is a member of the First United Methodist Church where she has served on various committee
  • She was a member of the Ladies Auxilliary from 1958-1988.
  • She served on the State Auxiliary Board for 13 years
  • She has been an ADEC Volunteer for 50 Years
  • She severed on the school board 8 years
  • She is a member of the Exchange Club
  • She has been a Book Club Member for 60 years
  • Loves to knit and crochet.
  • She now volunteers on a weekly basis at the Middlebury Chamber


The Beautification Award is designed to recognize Middlebury business owners whose properties reflect pride of ownership and commitment to the beautification of the town thereby contributing in a positive manner to the overall appearance of the Middlebury community.


The Chamber of Commerce is pleased to announce that “West on Warren” did an amazing job of transforming the building located at 200 West Warren into a great little restaurant better known as West on Warren, Gallery + Grill!



Carrie Boyer and her family are long-time “Middlebury-ians” – committed to the quality of life and educational opportunities in the community. Carrie worked in different restaurants during high school and college; and, even after completing college it was still her favorite job. She loves interacting with people and learning about different ways of life. Working with the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce and Vibrant Communities, it was brought to her attention the need to incorporate art into the community – thus the birth of West on Warren Gallery plus Grill.

Family inspires Carrie; so, it’s no surprise that West on Warren is family-owned and operated. “By opening this [West on Warren],  it gives everyone the ability to shine a little bit in the area they are good at, while being able to give back to the community that I have loved since I was a child,” Carrie said.

Carrie you and your family created an environment for people to gather, enjoy good food while surrounded by beautiful local art – and that’s a powerful thing.

So, we want to say thank you tonight, to the Boyer family for all of the blood, sweat, and tears you poured into rehabbing what is now a five-star restaurant – West on Warren, Gallery plus Grill.



THE BEAUTIFUL TABLE ARRANGEMENTS AND DOOR PRIZES PROVIDED BY;  FIRST STATE BANK – On behalf of the Chamber Board of Directors, thank you for your continued hometown support.

2018 Speaker

Nick Kieffer, IOM, CP

President and CEO Goshen Chamber of Commerce
Nick Kieffer, IOM, CP joined the Goshen Chamber in 2007. Kieffer attended and graduated
from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation Institute for Organization Management
(IOM) in 2011. Kieffer wanted to give back to the program, in the fall of 2012, Kieffer joined
the Board of Regents for the Winter Institute site. Also in 2012, he received the designation
from the Indiana Chamber Executive Association as a Certified Professional (CP) in the chamber industry.
Prior to working at the Goshen Chamber, Kieffer ran a construction company with his
father in Fort Wayne, IN.  When he is not working, he enjoys spending time with his
beautiful wife, Mollie, son, Maxwell, and daughter, Caroline. The Kieffer’s love to be outside
and stay active chasing Max and Caroline around.

Mary Cripe, Middlebury Town Manager, presented a brief  State of the Town update.




Diana Lawson, CEO Elkhart Convention and Visitors Bureau,  presented a brief County-wide update on Vibrant Communities initiatives.




Thank you to our 2018 Table Sponsors: 

  • First State Bank
  • Community Foundation of Elkhart County
  • Caribbean Auto Spa
  • Town of Middlebury (3 tables)
  • Legacy Furniture
  • Elite Kitchens
  • Middlebury Fall Festival
  • Middlebury Summer Festival
  • Grand Design
  • L & W Engineering
  • Elkhart County Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • Edwards Jones
  • Essenhause
  • Intera Credit Union (2 tables )
  • Middlebury Schools
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Varns & Hoover Hardware
  • Goldenrod Communities
  • Lake City Bank
  • The Element Masters
  • Kevin Gipson – Candidate for State Representative, District 49

The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center  would also like to express gratitude to the 2018 Business Expo Booths:

  • Atlas IT
  • Caribbean Auto Spa
  • Business Health Solutions (COM)
  • Greencroft of Middlebury
  • Horizon Education Alliance
  • inMiddlebury Magazine
  • Middlebury Public Library
  • Middlebury Park Department
  • The Papers
  • Junior Achievement Serving Elkhart County
  • Maplenet Wireless
  • 1st Source Bank
  • Middlebury Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center






2018 Chamber Member Dinner Reservations Are Closed – See you in 2019!

15th Annual Chamber Dinner & Business Expo
The Middlebury Chamber of Commerce cordially invites you to their 15th Annual Dinner Featuring Nick Kieffer, CEO of the Goshen Chamber of Commerce presenting on the Indiana Chamber of Commerce 2017 Community of the Year Award.
Vibrant Communities update presented by Diana Lawson, CEO of the Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Mary Cripe, Middlebury Town Manager, will present a brief Town of Middlebury project update.

Where: Northridge High School cafeteria, 56779 Northridge Drive
Parking located at the Natatorium or Auditorium lot; enter through door #15 or #21.

When: Tuesday, March 13, 2018, 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Who: Invite your spouse, family, friends, key employees, and special guests.

Reserve: Reservation must be received by March 5 and will not be accepted at the door. All reservations are final, refunds will not be issued.

Online: Hover over Events tab, select Chamber Annual Member Dinner.
Mail: Print and complete the reservation form below and mail to PO Box 243, Middlebury, Indiana 46540 along with your check payable to
Middlebury Chamber of Commerce.
Phone: By calling 574-825-4300 using your major credit card.

Please note: if you do not receive a personal call or email confirming your reservation by March 5, please notify the Chamber
office 574-825-4300

2017 Chamber Member Dinner

2017 Volunteer of the Year: Levi King

Levi King grew up in a conservative family in the beautiful farmland of Lancaster County Pennsylvania. He chose to move here in 1990 because he saw “a lot of opportunities in and around Elkhart County.”

Once here, it didn’t take Levi long to get involved in his new community. He has served on various boards including Friends of the Middlebury Parks Department, The Shipshewana Retail Merchants Association, The LaGrange County Gideons, The Elkhart County Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Elkhart County Community Foundation, and The Goshen Chamber of Commerce. Levi has also served as a volunteer at the Chamber of Commerce in Middlebury, where he answered phones on Wednesday mornings.

Levi owns six small businesses which employ 25 people. Levi believes in the revitalization of our downtowns and has invested in three downtowns with several businesses (all located on Main Street…coincidentally). He has also helped create events that help improve the quality of life for residents in Goshen, Middlebury, and Shipshewana.

Thank you for everything you do Levi!

2017 Beautification Award Recipients:
Spencer and Brittany Short, Pumpkinvine Cyclery

Spencer and Brittany Short grew up in Middlebury and graduated from Northridge in 2005 and 2004. They both went on to get college degrees from Goshen College. Spencer worked and managed a bike shop during college and fell in love with the sport and the bike industry. After school it was apparent that he wanted to continue in the bike industry. The opportunity came in 2011 to purchase Pumpkinvine Cyclery, which at the time, had been open for less than a year. After their first child was born in January of 2012, Brittany left her job managing a dental office in South Bend to work with Spencer at the shop. In the Fall of 2015 they purchased the old Hawkins Water Tech/Rev’s Auto building and started renovation. With the help of Architectural Designer Kenton Miller and numerous other friends and family members, the space transformed into what it is today. While their business has come a long way from where it once was, Brittany and Spencer say they’re not done. They love doing what they do, and intend on being active and progressive members of this community for the years to come.

In addition to their entrepreneurial service to the community, Spencer spearheaded the development of the Bonneyville mountain bike trails (and was a co-designer of the trail!), and Brittany co-chairs the Middlebury TrailsFest committee and serves as a Board Member for the Friends of the Pumpkinvine Nature Trail.

Thank you Spencer and Brittany for everything you’ve done to make Middlebury beautiful!

The Beautification Award is designed to recognize Middlebury business owners whose properties reflect pride of ownership and commitment to the beautification of the town thereby contributing in a positive manner to the overall appearance of the Middlebury community.

2017 State of the Town Address by Town Manager Mary Cripe

It is my honor, as your Town Manager, to present the Middlebury State of the Town Address. This evening is a special opportunity to present the successes that we shared as a Town last year and the new things anticipated to be in the up and coming year. Thank you for joining us tonight, as many of the accomplishments that we will discuss are in large part due to our wonderful community. Middlebury has been blessed with great Town Council members for many years, and because of the great stewardship, Middlebury is financially sound. Read the rest of the address.

Event Registration Details:

Seating is limited. RSVP online today! Or, download paper form HERE.

Town Manager Mary Cripe will deliver a State of the Town address on Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Middlebury Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Dinner. The dinner will be held at Northridge High School’s cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Town Departments and Chamber businesses will have displays and information available both before and after the State of the Town Address. The public is invited to stop by the table displays and get to know some of Middlebury’s finest employees and companies.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017
Business Expo opens at 5:30 p.m.
Dinner & Address at 6:30 p.m.

Northridge High School
56779 Northridge Drive
Middlebury, IN 46540
**Park in the Natatorium or Auditorium lots and enter door #21 or #15.

Volunteer of the Year
Business Beautification Award

No registrations or payments will be taken at the door. No refunds. Deadline to register is March 3. Register online HERE. Or download a paper form HERE.

Major credit card or check. Please remit payment as soon as possible upon registering.

$38 per person
$225 for a table of 6
$150 Business Expo booth (Chamber members only. Includes 2 dinner tickets.)

Member businesses are invited to showcase their organization and products/services with an exhibit booth at the event. The Business Expo provides your company the opportunity to get in front of top-level executives from all over Elkhart County.

Call the chamber at 574-825-4300 or email



Our 12th Annual Member Dinner & Business Expo took place on Tuesday, March 10, 2015, at the Essenhaus Conference Center.

Our guest speaker, Michael Garty, from Lippert Components, Inc. shared about leadership and how to live out of identity with values driven purpose toward vision.

Dana and Nelda Snider were recognized as the Chamber’s volunteers of the year and Meadow Valley Golf Course received the beautification award.

View the full program HERE. Read the Elkhart Truth article HERE.