Dave Rose was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash award in late June, just weeks before retiring as market president of Porter County for Horizon Bank in Indiana.
The honor is the highest one given by the state and is bestowed by the governor, currently Republican Eric Holcomb. “Sagamore” was a term used by Algonquian-speaking Native American tribes of the northeastern United States for important advisors to the chief; the Wabash is the state river of Indiana. The award honors those who have rendered a distinguished service to the state. Rose was nominated by Republican state senator Ed Charbonneau for his contributions to the community.
Rose has been in banking for 37 years. During that time, he has been on more than a dozen boards for hospitals, foundations, economic development groups among other organizations. He currently sits on the boards of the Porter Regional Hospital, Porter County Community Foundation and Valparaiso Economic Development Commission.
“Dave’s contributions to create a better life for individuals in Porter County and throughout Northwest Indiana have been significant. There is no better person who embodies the spirit of this award,” said Craig M. Dwight, chairman, president and CEO of Horizon Bank, who presented Rose with the award along with Rex Richards, executive director of the Valparaiso, Ind., Chamber of Commerce.
Rose retired from Horizon Bank on July 7. He began working at the bank in 1980 after graduating from Indiana University with a degree in finance. “Working for one outstanding financial institution like Horizon, its committed employees and communities that we serve for almost four decades is truly a rare opportunity that I will never forget and will always continue to support,” Rose said. He plans to spend a lot of his retirement time traveling.
Succeeding Rose is Mark Ritzi, a top mortgage officer for the bank who has been with Horizon for 17 years and has a business degree from Ball State University, Muncie, Ind.