NIIC Announces New Board Leadership

Tammy Allen, Sr. Director | Marketing & Communications, NIIC

FORT WAYNE, Ind.— May 18, 2023, Fort Wayne, Ind. – Dr. Ronald L. Elsenbaumer, Chancellor, Purdue University Fort Wayne, was elected chair of the Board of Directors of the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center. In addition, Ron Double, Chief Information Officer, Parkview Health, was named President-Elect.

Larry Rowland, who has previously served as NIIC Board Chair, continues as a board executive committee member.

Three regional leaders recently joined the NIIC Board of Directors:

“We are very grateful for the wisdom and guidance of these outstanding business leaders,” said Mike Fritsch, NIIC President and CEO. “Their insights and connections help bring our communities together, fostering an environment of ‘entrepreneurship for all.’”

For a complete list of NIIC Board members, visit https://niic.net/about/our-board/.


(Left to right) Chancellor Ronald Elsenbaumer, Purdue University Fort Wayne, and NIIC executive committee; Ron Double, Parkview Health, and NIIC executive committee member; Brian Avery, STAR Financial Bank, and NIIC board member; John MacDonald, NEXT Studios, and NIIC board member; John Niederman, Fortitude Fund, and NIIC board member

Contact: Tammy Allen, Sr. Director | Marketing & Communications, info@niic.net, 260.407.1731

About NIIC (Northeast Indiana Innovation Center)

About 20 years ago, NIIC was created to solve a problem. Aspiring innovators and entrepreneurs needed somewhere to go in Northeast Indiana to incubate their businesses. Visionary leaders imagined a place where innovation and economic development intersect for a COMMUNITY. Entrepreneurs and innovators have launched hundreds of new products and patents, created thousands of jobs, and infused hundreds of millions in grants and capital into our economy.

As a Venture Hub, NIIC pulls down barriers (geographic, racial, socio-economic, and interest-based), working with the regional Community of Communities to create an ecosystem of Entrepreneurship for ALL.™ NIIC’s focus is collaboration and maximizing the impact of regional partners.

The International Business Innovation Association (InBIA) recognized NIIC with the 2020 Dinah Adkins Award and the Entrepreneur Center of the Year: Mixed Use Award. NIIC’s WEOC Women’s Business Center (WBC) received top honors from the U.S. SBA as the 2023 Great Lakes Region Business Center of the Year and 2023 AND 2022 Indiana Women’s Business Center of Excellence.

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