FHS senior, Cambridge win Vision Awards
Four area entrepreneurs, including Fairfield High School senior Mitch Goudy, and two local businesses, including Cambridge Investment Research Inc. in Fairfield, were honored at the Second Annual Vision Awards at Indian Hills Community College.
The Vision Awards were created to help honor entrepreneurship in Indian Hills’ 10-county region. All of the individuals and businesses selected are examples of the entrepreneurial spirit that can be found in southeast Iowa.
Goudy was selected as the student entrepreneur of the year. He is the owner and operator of MTG DJ Service.
Goudy began learning the disc jockey industry from local DJ Gary Septer and DJ’d his first dance when he was 12. The business has grown to the point where Goudy now has a partner, Jakob Adam, and, at times, has to hire others because of multiple bookings on the same day providing music for dances, weddings, company parties, proms and more.
Goudy also started Mitch Goudy Music LLC in 2010.
He also is a solo country musician who provides entertainment with a full band for events. He is in the process of recording his first album, which is to be released in the next few months.
Cambridge Investment Research was the winner of the entrepreneurial business award. The company has been established in the financial services industry for more than 30 years and, in recent years, has experienced phenomenal growth bringing hundreds of jobs to the home office in Fairfield. Cambridge also has been named as one of the top places to work in Iowa by the Des Moines Register. Dan Sullivan, vice president of marketing, and Ryan Reineke, senior vice president of operations and technology, accepted the award for Cambridge.
Holly Berndt, a business teacher in the Wayne Community School District, was chosen as the entrepreneurial educator of the year. In one of her courses, Berndt has students work at various businesses in the community, thus learning what it takes for small businesses to be successful.
Josh Bear of Derby was the winner of the Indian Hills Alumni Entrepreneur award. Bear, a graduate of the college’s automotive technology program, owns a full-service automobile repair business called Kar Knuts. Bear has gained a reputation for the top quality and honesty that he provides in his business.
The Little Bake Shop, owned by Melissa Little, was chosen as the new business of the year. The business began in Little’s home and expanded into a storefront in downtown Ottumwa last year and has already had to move into a larger downtown location.
In a new category added this year, Joe Crookham was honored for his long-time entrepreneurial efforts with the Lifetime Achievement Award. He is the president and principal owner of Musco Lighting of Oskaloosa.
Musco has employees based in 10 countries around the world and sells lighting for projects in 50-60 countries per year. The company’s primary focus is sports and recreational lighting with the majority of its sales being recreational and high school sports venues. However, large sports facilities like Yankee Stadium, Wimbledon and Daytona Speedway also have contracted with Musco.