Top 10 business articles on Portage.Life in 2021

Top 10 business articles on Portage.Life in 2021
By: Allison Tunstall, Aubrey Thomson, Becca Wireman, Curtis Hankins, Jade Mehok, Peyton Mahlmann Last Updated: December 20, 2021

As businesses across the Region continue to make their mark, we are continuously given more and more great news to share with all of you. 2021 saw tons of growth and development across our communities, with countless businesses expanding and creating positive change on those around them. 

Whether it was welcoming new staff, bringing exciting new services to customers, hosting ribbon-cuttings, or opening new offices, there was a lot of good to go around in the business world.

In no particular order, here are the top 10 business articles from Portage.Life in 2021:

From Indiana to Israel, Steve Carender expands Surf Broadband Solutions' Footprint

While working for an internet service provider in Fort Wayne, Surf Broadband Solutions Director of Enterprise Sales Steve Carender learned about wireless connectivity and how it could connect people to the internet who would otherwise not have access, and he grew to appreciate that technology. He then began working at MapleNet Wireless after discovering the company through a friend. 

2021 R.O.S.E. Awards honors Region's frontline service & hospitality workers

On Wednesday evening, the South Shore Convention and Visitors Authority (CVA) honored the frontline staff members that keep the hotels, restaurants, stores, and other services that make our lives so much easier, running at the 2021 R.O.S.E. Awards.

Talented women lead the way for NorthShore Health Centers' IT Team

In modern healthcare, information technology (IT) and medicine are deeply intertwined. From telehealth visits to simple documentation, almost every step in a patient’s treatment involves computers or ​other electronic devices in some capacity. That is why NorthShore Health Centers depends on a team of expert IT professionals to ensure there are no disruptions and that all their provider’s tools are working as intended.

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority helps to develop transit areas

Northwest Indiana Regional Development Authority (RDA) is helping to further develop the Region through its work with the upcoming South Shore Line improvements. In conjunction with funding partners – the Federal Transit Administration, Michigan City and La Porte County, South Bend and St. Joseph County, and the Indiana Finance Authority – the projects will establish a double track on the South Shore Line as well as a West Lake Corridor, which will provide stations and services to Hammond, Munster, and Dyer. 

Port Director Ryan McCoy aides in ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor's immense impact on City of Portage

The Ports of Indiana-Burns Harbor has a new face directing it. Born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Ryan McCoy graduated from Purdue University with a management degree and economics minor. 

20-year VP of HR and Member Relations La Tanya Stewart says Allegius Credit Union is a great place to work

After La Tanya Stewart happily accepted the position of Director of Human Resources, her intent was to stay for five years, increase her HR experience, and move on. However, after 5 years, she was promoted to, Vice President of Human Resources and Member Relations. She has now been with Allegius for the past 20 years, greatly outlasting her intentions. 

Michael O'Connor's leadership and experience help Holladay Properties set the bar in the Region

Michael O’Connor, Vice President of Development & Leasing at Holladay Properties, is one of the most experienced and knowledgeable developers in the Region. When he joined the Holladay team in 2013, he already had experience with leadership positions for firms in Chicago, Phoenix, and Los Angeles. 

Indiana American Water —committed to clean water for life

Wood-framed buildings dominated fast-growing cities in the 1800s. Homes, businesses, and even roads and sidewalks were constructed with wood, resulting in an explosion of infrastructure that became hubs for culture, economies, and an ever-growing post-civil war population. So, when the first water systems in the U.S. were introduced, it is not surprising that they were constructed with fire protection in mind. 

New Midwest Express Clinic locations in Portage, Cedar Lake

Northwest Indiana residents now have even more convenient options for great healthcare. 

Midwest Express Clinic just opened two new locations in Portage and Cedar Lake.  MEC already has six other area locations, including the Dyer and Merrillville clinics, which opened in 2019.

McColly Real Estate's Lionel Sanchez pushes his boundaries to move from graphic design to marketing

Ever since he graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the Illinois Institute of Art-Chicago, Director of Marketing Lionel Sanchez from McColly Real Estate has been seizing opportunities. He worked as a graphic designer for a marketing company years ago, and he worked in the marketing department at Indiana Botanic Gardens prior to hearing about an opportunity at McColly.