College Mentors for Kids will honor David Becker, Chairman & CEO, First Internet Bancorp, at the 2015 Inspire Awards with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Mentoring. Becker has been extremely influential in the Indianapolis business community and has served as a mentor to numerous entrepreneurs. Kyle Salyers, one of Becker's many mentees, stated, "At every major career decision I have made, David Becker has provided critical input to my decision-making process. He always instills confidence in you — maybe even more than you have in yourself. We're fortunate in this community to have such an open culture of mentoring, and this culture and network underpins much of our region's recent economic success. David was a primary catalyst of that culture, and those of us fortunate enough to have him as a mentor also have a responsibility to carry it forward." "David Becker is not only a champion of mentoring in the business community," Amanda Koushyar, College Mentors for Kids' Interim CEO, noted, "He also believes in mentoring youth and has committed First Internet Bank to enhancing local STEM mentoring programs for students." "It is an honor to receive an award from this organization, whose work I so greatly admire," said David Becker, First Internet Bancorp Chairman and CEO. "Just as College Mentors for Kids cultivates a path to higher education for those who may not have thought college was possible, I aim to inspire others to set and achieve goals beyond their expectations. Throughout my career, I have been fortunate to have received invaluable advice from those who saw potential in me. I've always believed that repaying good deeds by helping others has a multiplier effect in strengthening our community." College Mentors for Kids will celebrate David Becker's contributions to mentoring and the community, alongside other outstanding mentors, at the Inspire Awards, presented by Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, held on February 26, 2015, from 12:00 - 1:30 pm at the Indiana Roof Ballroom in Indianapolis.
The Inspire Awards recognize and celebrate workplace and community mentoring and are hosted by College Mentors for Kids. Nominations are being accepted for six industry categories:
- Accounting, Legal & Finance
- Business, Retail & Services
- Education & Non-Profit
- Health & Health Services
- Marketing, Media & Athletics
- Technology, Engineering & Manufacturing