EVANSVILLE, Ind. (September 29, 2023) – The Evansville Regional Economic Partnership (E-REP), a unified organization advancing the interests of businesses while fueling economic and community growth, announced business and community award winners at their Annual Meeting & Dinner at the Ford Center on Thursday, September 28.
The Annual Meeting & Dinner celebrated regional victories, solidified nominations in board leadership and awarded outstanding business and community leaders. At this signature event, the following awards were presented:
The recipient of this year’s Distinguished Business Leader of the Year Award, Barry Cox of The Cox Group, embodies the very essence of visionary leadership in our region. With boundless vigor, creativity, and an unwavering commitment to the community, he has set a remarkable precedent for businesses in our Region. In the realm of logistics, his companies have earned a reputation as invaluable partners, consistently providing seamless solutions for businesses throughout our region. When faced with a complex supplier issue, his team is the unequivocal “easy button” – a testament to their unparalleled expertise and reliability. His leadership is nothing short of transformative, leaving an indelible mark on our region’s business landscape.
The Business of the Year Award was presented to Traylor Construction Group, Inc. Homegrown and headquartered, they have nurtured a culture that truly resonates with our Region. Their vision is nothing short of ambitious – to ascend to the pinnacle as the most esteemed, sought-after, and consistently high-performing heavy-civil contractor in North America. Whether it’s a project above ground or below, on land or in the water, this is a construction partnership that defies conventional boundaries. Since its inception in 1946, this company has evolved into a remarkably adaptable construction organization, demonstrating an unrivaled proficiency in taking on the most formidable bridge, underground, and marine projects. It comes as no surprise that BridgeLink has eagerly embraced their expertise as we collectively bring the long-awaited I-69 Bridge to fruition. Today, under the guidance of the third generation of Traylors, this company continues to flourish, steadily committed to passing down the values and traditions of their forefathers, while safeguarding the unique culture that sets them apart. Their legacy is a living testament to the enduring power of local businesses, exemplifying the very best our Region has to offer.
Community Champion of the Year Award was presented to the Evansville Promise Neighborhood and University of Evansville. This year’s Champion stands as a shining example of intentional collaboration, poised to make a monumental impact on the realization of Talent EVV and the collective vision we hold dear. In a momentous announcement at the close of March, the University of Evansville unveiled a transformative $30 million grant, marking the inception of the Evansville Promise Neighborhood. In a remarkable partnership with 23 organizations, including the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation, this initiative promises to reshape the trajectories of families in areas of utmost need. By delivering tailored services and steadfast support from the cradle to career, our community will witness a profound transformation. Their dedication is a beacon of hope, illuminating a path towards a brighter, more inclusive future for all.
Together, these winners inspire us all, demonstrating the remarkable potential that can be achieved when passion, vision, and commitment converge. Their contributions serve as a testament to the extraordinary impact that businesses and organizations can have on our community’s growth and prosperity.