2022 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame laureates announced

Brenda Stallings and the late Emil Caldemeyer are the next two laureates to be added to the Junior Achievement Dubois County Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Southwestern Indiana and Dentons Bingham Greenebaum made the announcement Thursday morning at Vincennes University Jasper Campus.

Laureates will be inducted into JA Dubois County Business Hall of Fame at 7:30 a.m. EST on Thursday, April 28, 2022, at The Huntingburg Event Center.

“Brenda Stallings and Emil Caldemeyer are the kinds of role models we need for our young people, and for the area’s future business leaders,” said assistant VP and Campus Dean of VUJC Christian Blome.

The JA Dubois County Business Hall of Fame honors members of the Dubois Business Community who exhibit strong vision, innovation, inspiring leadership and who are visionaries within their respective industries. A crystal eagle symbolizing the spirit of free enterprise is presented to each laureate. A monument with a citation and image of each laureate will also be displayed at the Dubois County Museum.

Brenda Stallings: Matrix Integration (active)

Brenda Stallings has 42 years of experience in the technology industry. As CEO of Matrix Integration, she gives her company the leadership that has the expertise to solve complex IT business problems. Beginning her career as a typesetter and proofreader for Psychology Today and Marriage Magazine, she proceeded to own her own computer company, which later merged with a telecommunications company to form Matrix Integration.

Three of her children are also active in the business along with her longtime business partner Dan Fritch.

As a Woman Owned Business leader, Brenda has emerged as one of the most Powerful Women of the Channel as selected by CRN (Computer Reseller News) for her commitment to driving growth and innovation in the Technology industry. With her at the reigns, Matrix Integration has been recognized over the years, in the top Best Places to Work in Indiana, numerous listings on the VAR 500 (500 Value Added Resellers) list which recognizes the largest solution providers in North America, the #1 Indiana Top Woman Owned Business, a past Small Business of the Year honoree by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, a past Indiana Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC) award winner, the past national Enterprising Women of the Year award as well as being honored by the Excel Bloomington award. The Athena Leadership Award for Dubois County and the Distinguished Citizen Award sponsored by the Buffalo Trace Council were some of the highlights of her career.

Brenda is very active in her community holding board roles in the non-profit she founded called EinDC (Education & Entrepreneurship in Dubois County), Memorial Hospital, the Indiana State Chamber and several non-profit committees she serves on throughout the state of Indiana.

She’s also active in the University of Louisville Family Business Center which networks with other family business owners helping them understand the nuances of working with family. She has been very active in JA (Junior Achievement) from the early formation years in Dubois County, allowing the JA companies 5,000 sq feet of free rental space to gather and produce products. And in past years she was active in being a co-chair on the fundraising committee.

She’s a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO) and Women’s Business Enterprise National Councils (WBENC). She’s active in WEW (Women Empowering Women) which holds meetings to enrich the lives of our local Dubois County women.

Her recent venture is investing her time, talents and treasures in a local application development project which will support communities locally and across the country, helping each other learn what’s in their communities which in turn will help business and industries grow and succeed.

Matrix Integration has regional offices in Fishers and Bloomington, Indiana as well as Louisville, KY with corporate headquarters in Jasper. We are proud to be thriving in the technology industry in our 43rd year. We will continue growing for many years to come; with a motto “let the journey continue.”

E.F. Caldemeyer — Holland Dairy (historical)

E. F. Caldemeyer was born in Holland; but he opened his first business, a restaurant, in Vincennes in 1914.

He later returned to Holland and in 1917, married Emma Hunefeld; and together they ran the restaurant. Mrs. Eloise Henke, their daughter, can remember when they milked their own cows, and her mother would pasteurize the milk in the kitchen and then bottle it on the kitchen table. She said that they would then sell the milk in the restaurant, as well as batches of ice cream that E.F. Caldemeyer experimented in trying to perfect his Holland Custard. He kept experimenting until he got the formula he wanted, and it is still the same secret recipe used today.

Business continued at the Caldemeyer’s Restaurant in much this same fashion until 1931. Amidst the depression, Caldemeyer then gathered together a group of men from Holland and together they formed a company to manufacture ice cream. These men believed they could help surrounding dairy farmers as well as the town itself by expanding Caldemeyer’s ice cream operation into a company for manufacturing and distributing dairy products.

Caldemeyer started with $200 worth of ice cream equipment ($8 down and $8 a month) and a Model T Roadster which he converted into a pickup truck and grossed $5,000 in his first year of business. The company continued to prosper and in 1947, sales hit the one-million-dollar mark. E.F. Caldemeyer was president of Holland Dairies until he passed away in 1956.

Celebrating 50 years in business in 1981, Holland Dairies employed 287 persons in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky and produced an average daily output of 40,000 gallons of milk a day, as well as over 200 different ice cream products, fruit drinks, orange juice, cottage cheese and much, much more.

Holland Dairies has been recognized for many innovations in the industry, including producing “freeze dried” cottage cheese which was stored dry and made cottage cheese when mixed with water. It was used in the Mercury and Gemini space programs and also the Apollo moon program. More than a million pounds of it were sent to American servicemen in Vietnam.

Holland Dairies was purchased by Prairie Farms in 1999, and today employs approximately 120 workers, and is supported as a farmer-owned cooperative by approximately 80 farm families in an 8 county Southwest Indiana Region.

For more information about the press conference or the Hall of Fame, contact Tim Young or Ruth Wilson at 812.425.8152.

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