FORT WAYNE — Two northeast Indiana companies share the honor of being named Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s 2014 Innovator of the Year.

3BG Supply Co. and Adaptek Systems Inc. were honored Thursday at a special awards ceremony for their innovative approach to business.

3BG Supply is a broker distributor of power transmission parts, allowing customers to browse and order parts from a selection of manufacturers online. Adaptek designs standard and custom automated production equipment solutions.

At the event eight category winners were also honored. Those winners were:

• Emerging company, 3BG Supply, Alex Smith and Shane Araujo;

• Health care, Indicator, Max Maile;

• Retail, Memories of You, Dawn Blomeke;

• Customer service, League for the Blind & Disabled, David Nelson;

• Sales and marketing, Fleet Feet Sports Fort Wayne, Jeanice and Kevin Croy;

• Professional services, Advanced Media Integration, Martin Smazenko;

• Real estate, construction and design, MKM ​A​rchitecture + ​D​esign, Zach​ary​ Benedict; and

• Technology, Adaptek Systems, Joseph DePrisco.

“The nominations this year were quite exciting, and when push came to shove, the judges could not separate the two finalists and asked if there could be two winners,” said Terry Ward, chief operating officer for KPC Media Group Inc., which publishes Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

“These innovators would make any northeast Indiana resident proud to live here. They are hard working, resourceful and full of creative ideas. KPC is privileged to honor exemplary talent like this every year and highlight the wonderful work going on right here at home.”

The Innovation Awards were presented at a luncheon Thursday at the Allen County War Memorial Coliseum. A special publication featuring the award winners is included in the Nov. 7-13 issue of Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

The category winners were selected by a panel of judges from a field of written nominations submitted online. The 2014 Innovators of the Year were determined after category winners made a personal presentation to the judges.

Serving on the panel of judges were: Tiffany Yoquelet, program administrator, 3Rivers Federal Credit Union; Sam Schenkel, senior vice president of operations for northeast Indiana, NAI Bradley; and Lucretia Cardenas, editor, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

The presenting sponsor for the 2014 Innovation Awards was PHP. The event sponsors were Sweetwater Sound, the Northeast Indiana Innovation Center, Elevate Ventures Inc., MainStay Solutions and Keyflow Creative.

Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly is a business journal covering the 12-county region surrounding Fort Wayne and is a publication of KPC Media Group Inc.

KPC Media Group has been locally owned for more than 100 years. In northeast Indiana KPC offers 22 publications, along with phone directories, real estate guides, commercial design, print and direct mail divisions and an expanded digital marketing services agency.

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