Students selected as inaugural fellows for new Greater Fort Wayne Inc. program


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News release from Greater Fort Wayne, Inc.:

Students selected as inaugural fellows for new Greater Fort Wayne Inc. program

(January 30, 2015) – Greater Fort Wayne Inc. (GFW Inc.) announced the kickoff of GFW Fellows, a yearlong investor program created to attract and retain collegiate talent in Fort Wayne and Allen County. An inaugural group of 14 sophomore, junior and senior college students have been named to the Fellows program.

“This is a vibrant, bold program that benefits students, employers and our community,” said Ron Turpin, board chair of GFW Inc. “GFW Fellows combines a high-quality internship with personal development, community service, networking, and connections to young professionals, business and community leaders.”

The Knight Foundation’s Soul of the Community study, released in 2010, identified the importance of community attachment as one of its findings. GFW Inc. responded to this area of the study and identified the Fellows program as a way to develop, retain and attach talent to our community.

Fellows were selected through a competitive application and interview process by GFW Inc. staff and nine host companies in the following industries: mechanical and electrical engineering, health care administration, computer engineering and IT, insurance and financial services.

Beginning with orientation, Jan. 30, Fellows will attend monthly personal development workshops that focus on problem-solving, communication styles, critical thinking, financial literacy, diversity and inclusion, and personal brand protection. A twelve-week paid summer internship begins May 18 and includes housing at The Grove apartments. The project-based internship experience is designed to help fill entry-level talent pipelines for GFW Inc. investors that may result in permanent job opportunities for the Fellows upon graduation.

Tim Minnich, president of TransWorks, a transportation technology company and host employer, said, “Partnering with GFW Fellows enables us to attract promising and highly skilled talent that has been handpicked and helps us secure our future growth in the community.”


The 2015 Fellows are:

  • Emily Bell
    Business Administration, Indiana Institute of Technology
    Parkview Health
  • Kevin Berry
    Mechanical Engineering, Trine University
    Fort Wayne Metals
  • Trey Calver
    Business Administration, Trine University
    Ash Brokerage
  • Alfonso Costas
    Mechanical Engineering, IPFW
    Franklin Electric
  • Stuart Gibbs
    Management Information Systems, Butler University
    Fort Wayne Metals
  • Devin Gingerich
    Computer Engineering, Trine University
  • Nicholas Hostetler
    Informatics, Trine University
    Franklin Electric
  • Tyler Klein
    Mathematics, Manchester University
    Lincoln Financial
  • Joe McNelly
    Software Engineering & Computer Science, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
    Extension Healthcare
  • Martin Muadi
    Electrical & Computer Engineering, IPFW
    Franklin Electric
  • Jacob Siegel
    Computer Science, Huntington University
    Franklin Electric
  • Andrew Sparger
    Accounting & Finance, Manchester University
    BKD, LLP
  • Tyler Speigl
    Business Administration, University of Saint Francis
    Lincoln Financial Group
  • Scott Weidenkopf
    Computer Science, IPFW
    Extension Healthcare


For more information about GFW Fellows, visit the website.


About Greater Fort Wayne Inc
Greater Fort Wayne Inc. is the new organization that unifies the Fort Wayne?Allen County Economic Development Alliance, the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce, and Leadership Fort Wayne, serving as a single point of contact for economic growth in Greater Fort Wayne. In addition, the Downtown Improvement District is also working toward an affiliation with Greater Fort Wayne Inc. Together, we’re growing a more prosperous, vibrant community in Greater Fort Wayne. To learn more about Greater Fort Wayne Inc., visit


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