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Node1 Technology and Green Geek Recycling named L-S Chamber's Business of the Year; Uland named Citizen of the Year

Thursday, January 17, 2013

Jake Thatcher and his wife Amanda accepted the Linton -Stockton Chamber of Commerce's Business of the Year award from Mayor John Wilkes Thursday evening. Thatcher is the owner of Node1 Technology and Green Geek Recycling. Photo by Shad Cox
The Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce honored a recently retired business man and a growing Linton business for the citizen and business of the year at the annual banquet Thursday evening.

Node1 Technology and Green Geek Recycling, owned by Jake Thatcher, were recognized as the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce Business of the year.

Linton Mayor John Wilkes presented the Business of the Year Award to Thatcher and his wife, Amanda.

"I hope the businesses we attract downtown are of the same caliber of the business of the year," Wilkes said. "They started out from scratch, and I think that's what America is all about, to be able to build a business from scratch and end up employing 16 people."

Node1 Technology got its start in the home of Thatcher and his wife. Thatcher continued to work on the computers in the evening, and worked at SAIC at Crane during the day.

As the business prospect began to grow, Thatcher began working out of a building on North Main Street in Linton. He then decided to start offering high speed dial up Internet, and hired a technician to repair computers.

The business continued to grow with high speed wireless Internet for rural areas and partnering with another business to offer wireless Internet services.

In October 2006, Thatcher quit his job at SAIC, moved his business to the current location and started working at Node1 Technology full-time.

Since the shop opened full time, Node1 has began offering wireless Internet coverage to 14 counties in Indiana and Illinois. Node1 Technology employs nine local residents.

Due to the mass amount of pieces and parts of old computers lying around, Thatcher and his employees were concerned about the environmental impact of getting rid of the old appliances. In order to be environmentally conscientious, Node1 contacted the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Thus was born Green Geek Recycling, which has employed another seven local residents, and recycled over 70,000 pounds of electronics since June.

Thatcher said his employees play a huge role in the growth of the business and involvement in the community.

"We come up with ideas all the time, and our employees come up with more ideas to help the community," Thatcher said. "We are hiring graduates of Linton and bringing them back here."

Thatcher stressed he was able to get a jump start on his love for electronics from the late Mark Angell, who employed him as a 16-year-old at Radio Shack.

Jonus Uland was named as the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce's Citizen of the Year during the Chamber's annual banquet Thursday evening. Uland recently retired from his position as CEO of Greene County General Hospital. Photo by Shad Cox
Recently retired Greene County General Hospital (GCGH) CEO Jonas Uland was presented with the Citizen of the Year award.

Award presenter Rich Brown said Uland began his career at GCGH in 1980 as assistant administrator. He was later promoted to administrator of the hospital in 1987 as one of the youngest hospital CEOs in Indiana, and he retired from the position in 2012.

"Most administrators are interested in moving up the ladder, moving to bigger hospitals to make more money. Those of you who know Jonas knows that's not how Jonas is," Brown said.

He added while many administrators were moving up the pay grade at larger hospitals, Uland was making bonds with the community members and a lasting impression.

During his tenure at GCGH he played a part in the hospital being one of the first Critical Access Hospital's in the state of Indiana, and played a part in the start of a $6.5 million Emergency Room Expansion Project.

Uland said while he was surprised to earn the award, he was very pleased.

"It's been a real enjoyable ride during the time I've been here. I've met some great people. This is a great community," Uland stressed. "I just enjoy the community, which makes it so easy to be involved."

In other business, the Linton-Stockton Chamber of Commerce elected a new board of directors.

Bill Spurlin will be serving as the 2013 president of the Chamber, Bryan Correll will serve as vice president and Dale Knotts will be the treasurer. Other board members will include President Emeritus Ralph Witty, Tim Bledsoe, Jeff Franklin, Mary Beth Jerrells, Brianne Jerrels, Patti Jones and Jim Meng.

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What a great evening! I hope that all who attended enjoyed Jay Hendren our comedian for the event. And thank you to Maud Habich for the lovely jazz music.

-- Posted by LINTON CHAMBER on Thu, Jan 17, 2013, at 11:26 PM

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