DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

In 1958, the IBTA Board of Directors voted to establish the Telephone Man of the Year Award to recognize outstanding achievements on behalf of the Indiana telephone industry and community affairs by a member of the state telephone industry. In 1972, the name of the award was changed to Distinguished Service Award and the following have been recipients:

Hugh Barnhart
W. J. Scheidler
R. V. Achatz
E. S. Welch
William RobySanford TrippetL. H. MeyerR. R. Hirschman
LaMar S. Stoops
Roy C. Echols
Virl A. Watkins
C. E. McCormick
J. W. Mitchell
Jack C. Cluen
James O’Connor
C. K. Trippet
Al Beckwith
Gerald Higbee
Gerald D. White
L.J. Swinford
1959
1960
1961
1962
1963
1964
1965
1966
1967
1969
1970
1972
1974
1975
1978
1979
1982
1983
1986
1990
Paul Fletchall
George White
Bennet R. Miller
Howard Pottenger
Clifford Beesley
Bechtel Winger
William H. Earles
Gordon L. Laymon
Jack R. Schutz
Alan B. Terrell
Louis J. Mize
Jack H. Whitlow
Ruthann Richards
Charles Mercer
William McGuire
Alan I. Matsumoto
George Fleetwood
Chris Bonner
Chad Miles
Don Johnson
Neil Krevda
1991
1991
1993
1994
1996
1997
1998
1999
2000
2001
2002
2002
2003
2004
2005
2007
2010
2011
2012
2015
2016
PACESETTER AWARD
Established in 1977, the Pacesetter Award was created to reward persons who have performed unusual service for the benefit of the telephone industry through IBTA or national industry programs. This award is available to both operating telephone company personnel and associate member company personnel. Those who have received this award are:
Robert O’Bannon 1977 Kathy A. Adams 2002
Chris Doyle 1979 Donald E. Johnson 2002
Bennet Miller 1981 Alan Matsumoto 2002
Ed Wright 1983 Chad Miles 2004
Alan Terrell 1985 George Fleetwood 2006
Richard Juday 1989 Gale Given 2006
Maxine Manning 1990 Lou Mize 2010
Jack Whitlow 1992 Jolynn Butler 2011
Robert Miles, Jr. 1994 Stephen Bartlett 2012
David Lasher 1998 Tim Miles 2013
Mitchell Proctor 1999  William Soards 2016

 

ADVANCING TECHNOLOGY AWARDThis award was established in 1994 to recognize extraordinary contribution by an employee of an ITA member company to enhance the technology of the local exchange carrier industry locally, statewide and/or nationally. The award reflects the increased technology that has been introduced into the telephone industry. Those who have received this award are:
William H. Earles, Smithville Telephone Co. 1994
Marvin E. Bailey, Ameritech 1995
Leroy Corya, Southeastern Indiana Rural Tel. Coop 1999
Paul Dauby, Perry-Spencer Rural Tel. Coop 2000
Allen Terrell, Rochester Telephone Co. 2004
Chad Miles and Tim Miles, Enhanced Telecommunications Corp.
Randy Maish, Mulberry Cooperative Telephone Co.
Mark Grady, New Paris Telephone Co.
2005
2011
2012
Mark Dickerson, Pulaski-White Rural Telephone Cooperative 2013
John Greene, New Lisbon Telephone Co. 2016

 

HUMANITARIAN AWARDThis award was established in 1951 as the Merit Award to recognize a service performed which far exceeds the regular duty by an employee of the telephone industry in Indiana. In 1977, this award was changed to the Humanitarian Award. The following people have
received this award:
Junior Hooks, Rochester Telephone Co. 1952
Dessie Welch, Lewis Telephone Co. 1953
Paul Wolf, General Telephone Co. 1957
Lawrence C. Wright, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1958
Robert T. Miles, Sr., Sunman Telephone Co. 1959
James Graham, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1960
Joseph Chambers & Harold James, IN Telephone Corp 1961
John A. Ryan, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1962
Richard E. Tinkle, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1963
James L. Paulson, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1964
Delbert Harding & Joe Thatcher, Citizens Telephone 1965
Russell Miller, Tri-County Telephone Co. 1967
Everett R. Kern, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1968
Kenneth Neer, General Telephone Co. 1969
Harry Rice & Martha Ritzmann, United Telephone Co. 1972
Ronald B. LaMastus, United Telephone Co. 1973
Donald E. Sublett, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1974
Brenda Sue Dunfee, General Telephone Co. 1975
Alvin F. Milham, United Telephone Co. 1976
Edward A. Antonides, United Telephone Co. 1977
Nancy McQuinn, United Telephone Co. 1978
Mark Pate, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1979
James R. Bruce, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1980
Kevin Kearby, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1982
Joseph E. Kimmel, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1985
Neal F. Johnson, GTE North Incorporated 1986
Ramiro Morales, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1988
Carolyn Battreall, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1989
Lyle Kletz, United Telephone Co. 1991
Larry Ruehman, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1992
Phil Rund, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1992
Timothy Ray Jones, III, Indiana Bell Telephone Co. 1993
Richard J. Miller, GTE North Incorporated 1993
Paul Kisselbach and Peter Roknich, RELTEC Corporation 1995
Buster Bradberry, GTE 2000
Jason Rowlett & Bobby Shane, Enhanced Telecom Corp. 2002
Andy Reed, Ligonier Telephone Company 2007
Shannon Clark, Ligonier Telephone Company
Nancy Wertz, Verizon
2007
2015