• DeKalb Chamber of Commerce To Host Fort Wayne Area Leadercast This Year

    The DeKalb Chamber of Commerce is hosting the Fort Wayne area broadcast of Leadercast this year. NIDIA business leaders can access the knowledge and experience of world-renowned leaders by attending Leadercast® DeKalb hosted by DeKalb Chamber Partnership held at County Line Church in Auburn on May 8, 2015. The Leadercast event is broadcast LIVE from Atlanta, Ga. to hundreds of sites around the world, including DeKalb County. In 2015 we will dive in to what it means to be a leader worth following through bravery. An essential behavior for any leader is the act of bravery. Bravery is not a moniker that can be bought… it cannot be self-appointed. Bravery is not attributed to everyone, but is reserved for those whose innovation in their industry cause them to stand out from the crowd, whose unyielding effort and error push their organizations into new territories, and whose boldness compels them to stand up for those less fortunate. These are The Brave Ones. The Brave Ones have existed throughout history. Some are unforgettable icons, others names will never be remembered. They exist across all industries, societies, and at every level of leadership. Join us at Leadercast DeKalb on May 8, 2015 as we explore The Brave Ones, and learn what it means to lead in such a way that create bold cultures, builds faithful employees, and produces high achievement.​ View Event Flyer Get Directions to Event Venue

    2015 Speaker Lineup

    • Andy Stanley – Leadership Author & Communicator
    • Malala Yousafzai – “Bravest Girl in the World” – CNN
    • Ed Catmull – President of Pixar & Disney Animation Studios
    • Set Godin – Innovative Thinker & Best-Selling Author
    • Rudy Giuliani – 107th Mayor of New York City (1993-2001)
    • Aja Brown – Mayor, City of Compton
    • Bill McDermott – CEO of SAP AG
    • CMDR Rorke Denver – Navy SEAL Commander & Author
    • Bill & Giuliana Rancic – Award-Winning Personalities & Co-Hosts of Leadercast
    • ​…and more!

    Last year, over 100,000 leaders from 14 countries attended Leadercast. Now, in its 16th year, this full day, experiential conference is on track to reach its largest audience to date.

    What people are saying about Leadercast DeKalb:

    “BEST Leadership training event of my year & I attend 10+ per year.” “It was a wonderful day! I got quite a lot out of it and will apply it to my work.” “I can’t wait to invite my colleagues next year!” See You There!

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client: XcelHR

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, XcelHR. Stryke Industries manages as part of XcelHR’s team a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract/proposal writing through product delivery. XcelHR is a nationwide provider of Human Resource Outsourcing Service, utilizing the latest in HTML portal technology, with multiple office locations including Fort Wayne, IN. XcelHR offers Human Resource (HR) services that cover the full lifecycle of employment from hiring to retiring. Their core software technology is one of the best in the country and is used to process tens of thousands of employee transactions across the country. “XcelHR solutions make benefit administration hassle free. So often companies are encumbered with growth from a strategic and transaction HR as well as state and federal compliance; XcelHR solves this growth headache and allows its clients to stay focused on their products and services” stated Chris Rohe, Senior Vice President for Strategy at Stryke Industries. Ted Winglass, the President of XcelHR stated “XcelHR offers you every form of employee management from a Professional Employer Organization where all HR services, cradle to grave, are offered in one service bundle to options such as HR Flex which allows our clients to grow with ala carte services. Our defense services department, teaming with Stryke Industries, will provide HR services and personnel to ensure the warfighter gets outstanding performance out of each and every contract”. Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “XcelHR is a great match for Stryke Industries. Stryke is committed to teaming with companies that are driven to provide great solutions for our military; what the Stryke- XcelHR Team achieves is exactly that. Stryke is in the business of growing defense companies and the partnership with XcelHR will allow these companies to achieve their goals focusing on their final warfighter solution, not paychecks or benefits administration. We are truly excited about this teaming relationship.” Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client, Nexotherm LLC

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, Nexotherm LLC. Stryke Industries manages as part of Nexotherm’s team a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract/proposal writing through product delivery. Nexotherm LLC is a technology company located in Fort Wayne, IN that offers a wide range of phase-change materials for the defense and commercial industries. By adjusting specific chemistry, phase-change materials can be preset to a variety of temperatures and remain at that temperature for extended periods of time. “When we think of water, we think about how it freezes at 32°F to change from a liquid to a solid. Nexotherm’s material can change its state from a liquid to a solid over a wide range of temperatures that are colder than freezing or as hot as a 150°F offering thermal-management solutions where heat and (or) cooling is negatively effecting the performance of a product, including human performance” stated Chris Rohe, Stryke’s Senior Vice President for Strategy. Michael Giuliano, the President of Nexotherm stated “when you look at the Nexotherm line of products and current Stryke initiatives, there is no doubt we will provide DOD a broad range of new and improved defense applications in the near future! Our commitment is to provide only the finest products possible to the warfighter”. Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “Nexotherm LLC is a great match for Stryke Industries. Stryke is committed to teaming with companies that are driven to provide great solutions for our military; what the Stryke-Nexotherm Team achieves is exactly that. We are already engaged in discussions on a series of technology solutions that will be game-changers. Needless to say, we are very excited about this product.” Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • Stryke Industries Announces Newest Client: Hentz Manufacturing

    Stryke Industries, a highly specialized business development firm, is excited to announce its newest client, Hentz Manufacturing. Stryke Industries manages as part of Hentz Manufacturing’s team a coherent strategy of business development actions from research and development, capture planning, customer engagement, contract/proposal writing through product delivery. Hentz Manufacturing is a highly experienced, well-known textile company in Fort Wayne that serves a broad portfolio of different military clients. Bob Hinty, their CEO stated “For years, we’ve been supporting our service men and women overseas by teaming with great companies stateside to design and build what the warfighter needs. It’s an honor to know what we produce right here in Fort Wayne is making a difference abroad.” Van Flamion, President of Stryke Industries stated “Hentz Manufacturing is a great match for Stryke Industries. Stryke is committed to teaming with companies that are driven to provide only the finest services possible for our men and women serving in uniform; what Bob Hinty and his Team achieves, is exactly that. We expect to educate the military on all of the great capabilities Hentz Manufacturing has. So often, many in the United States only look abroad for textile work while the finest capability rests in our own back yard – that’s Hentz Manufacturing.” Questions on this release can be sent to publicaffairs@strykeindustries.com or call 260-407-1755.

  • Gallup Strengths Coaching Training

    Dear Big Goal Partners, The purpose of this communication is to seek commitments for industry representatives to participate in the Gallup Strengths Coaching training the week of March 2 to the 6th. The course market value is $7,500 and is in direct support of our region’s Big Goal career connection efforts. Despite the near term setback with the Lilly Endowment, we remain committed to the career connection strategy that we outlined as exactly the game-changing effort this region needs to engage our high school students with the high-wage, high-growth jobs in your industry. Our students must be prepared for the jobs of the future, and we understand that you need an incoming workforce prepared and motivated to help your company grow. With this in mind, we are moving forward with a pilot of the strengths-based career connection effort we spoke with you about in the summer. You may recall that this effort will connect students directly to representatives of our region’s target industries that have been trained and certified as Gallup Strengths Coaches. Gallup Strengths Coaching is a professional development model that focuses on developing the student and employee strengths rather than mitigating weaknesses. It’s been employed by Fortune 500 companies around the globe, as well as in schools and universities. We believe this approach provides a foundation for a “common language” for the career connection that we know is critical to the development of our talent pipeline in Northeast Indiana. We have arranged for Gallup to come to Fort Wayne the week of March 2nd through March 6th to train 20 Strengths Based Coaches. We aim to have ten coaches from industry as well as ten from our New Tech high school partners. We are seeking a commitment for an individual from your company to participate in this valuable training and subsequent coaching. This is a week-long training session that will occur in Fort Wayne. Participants will be required to attend the entire 4 ¼ day training to achieve certification. Your designated employee will receive the full course value of $7,500 in professional development expertise (at no cost to companies aside from their time commitment). The course will provide the knowledge and certification for participants to:

    • Help others understand their talents and how to use them to produce results and reach their goals.
    • Advise on how to overcome obstacles, weaknesses, and vulnerabilities.
    • Educate others about how to use strengths to transform their relationships.
    • Help individuals understand their unique strengths in the context of others.
    • Help managers use strengths-based techniques to address specific team-related issues.
    • Teach teams use their unique talents for greater productivity.

    The attached PDF provides additional information on the course and a description of Strengths Coaching Certification can be found at: https://www.gallupstrengthscenter.com/Purchase/en-US/Certification The ideal candidate from your company would be an individual with a firm understanding of your industry and one who works well with other team members. This coach will ultimately connect to high school students, so they should be comfortable with this demographic and show potential for leadership and developing others. We believe that this would be an exceptional professional development opportunity for emerging leaders or Human Resource professionals. Please respond to Carrie Gillenwater at carrie@neindiana.com by Monday January 19 if you are able to commit to this training. If you are able to commit, please provide us with that person’s name and email who will participate as early as possible. We have 10 available slots, so placement will be on a first come, first serve basis. Please do not hesitate to contact John Sampson (469-3471) or Ryan Twiss (469-3464) if you should have questions on the details. Our sincere thanks for your support!