The 2014 Hall of Fame class included Thomas Katsahnias, former general manager and chief operating officer of Inland Steel in East Chicago; Jim McGill, former owner of McGill Manufacturing Co. in Valparaiso; Fred Halpern, a co-owner of Albert's Diamond Jewelers in Schererville and Hobart; Adela Ortega, owner of Professional Locomotive Services in East Chicago; and O'Merrial Butchee, entrepreneur, author and director of Ivy Tech's Gerald I. Lamkin Innovation & Entrepreneurship Center.
"The Times Business and Industry Hall of Fame
is filled with brilliant and distinguished people," Katsahnias
said, after thanking his
late wife for making him the person he
"It's an honor to be put in such company.
I probably don't deserve it, but I'm not going to give it back."
Greek immigrant parents for teaching him the value of hard work, faith, personal responsibility, perseverance and education.
He said such values guided him well through a long and varied career that included running Ancilla Health Systems and being chairman of the board of Calumet College of St. Joseph.