SPOTLIGHT: MEET COUNTY COMMISSIONER BENJAMIN R. SHOULDERS

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Meet Vanderburgh County Commissioner BENJAMIN R. SHOULDERS

About a year and a half ago Democrat Benjamin Shoulders ran for the Vanderburgh County Commissioner and was elected by a comfortable margin.

Since his election, he has been extremely effective in promoting good public policy and has seemly been a voice of reason and compromise. Mr. Shoulders has demonstrated that he can face difficult governmental challenges with an open mind.

Mr. Shoulders stated out his tenure with a controversial issue concerning replacing the manager of  Burdette Park.  After a month of back and forth discussions with fellow County Commissioners and Vanderburgh County Council members concerning this issue a workable compromise was reached among all involved.

Commissioner Shoulders is extremely outgoing and is from a well respected and prominent political family of this area.

He is currently the Vice President/Corporate Relationship Manager II Old National Bank. He was the past AVP/Middle Market Commercial Relationship Manager with Fifth Third Bank-Evansville, IN. He was employed by Wells Fargo of Indianapolis before moving back to Evansville.

Ben received his college degree from Indiana University (Bloomington) – Bachelor of Arts ’02 CJUS (College of Arts and Sciences). He was graduated from Harrison High School–Magna Cum Laude (College Prep).

He received his certification from Indiana Bankers Association – Bank Management Series in 2010 and the Indiana Bankers Association – Commercial Lending School (2011 Graduate).

Ben is married to former Shannon Perrette of Evansville. They have three (3) children.  Emma who is 8 years old and 5 years old twins Parker and Sadie and they reside in Evansville.

One of Bens favorite things he enjoys doing is taking his family to TACO TIERRA and eating fish tacos and drinking slushies.

His Community involvement Is Very Impressive. Listed Below Are Some Of Them

Vanderburgh County CommissionerDistrict One (Elected – Nov 2016; took office – Jan 1, 2017)

GAGE (Growth Alliance of Greater Evansville) – Board Member (2018 – present)

Commission on Homelessness – Board Member (2017 – present)

Past Community Corrections – Board Member 

Old Courthouse – Board Member (2017 – present)

Domestic and Sexual Violence Commission – Board Member (2017 – present)

IU College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Board (2014 – present)

Boys and Girls Club of Evansville – Board President (2018 – present); Vice President (2016 – present)

EVSC Foundation Board of Directors – Vice President (2013 – 2018)

Darrell Ragland Foundation Board of Directors – Board Development Chair (2014 – present)

United Way – Keel Club (2014 – 2018); Southern Indiana Campaign Cabinet Member (2016)

Past “EVSC Hall of Fame” – Co-Chairman 

IU Alumni Association of Greater Evansville – Past President / Board member 

Convention and Visitors Bureau Board of Commissioners – Board Treasurer (2014 – 2015)

Past member of the Habitat for Humanity of Evansville – Development Committee 

Current Leadership Evansville Board of Directors – Recruitment Chairman

Harrison High School /Warrior Athletic Booster Club – Past President (2010 – 2013)

Harrison High School Athletic Hall of Fame – Founder and Past Chairman

WNIN Channel 9 Auctioneer (2011 – 2015, 2017, 2018; ”Red Blue Hoops” radio co-host 2014-16)

Past member of the Evansville African American Museum Gala – Auction Committee 

 Below Are A List Of Mr. Shoulders Current And Past Awards and Honors:

Top Producer/President’s Award – First Federal Savings Bank (2010 and 2011)

Community Service Award – Fifth Third Bank (January 2013)

Most “Starz” Volunteer Hours in Evansville Market – Old National Bank (2014, 2015)

Selected as a Top Performer for Old National Bank 

Chamber of Commerce Drive – “Big Dawg Award” (most memberships sold)

Past Recipient of the President’s Award for Community Service – Boys and Girls Club 

Selected as  a “Top 20 Under 40” – Evansville Business Journal/Evansville Courier and Press in September 2011

Selected as “Top 20 Under 40” – News 4U Magazine in 2015)

An active member of the Tri-State Celebrity Chef and Co-Auctioneer – Tri-State Alliance 

Involved in 100 Men Who Cook — Chef -Evansville

Past Vanderburgh Medical Alliance Annual Style Show – Master of Ceremonies 

FOOTNOTE: Next weeks Spotlight article will be about the Vanderburgh County Council members James Raben.

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