Demaree is the chairman of Syndicate Sales, one of the nation’s largest distributors of floral and horticultural products and the largest family and locally owned business in the county. Demaree has shared his experience and success in uncountable ways, benefiting education, social services, the arts and economic development. His company played a key role in the 1994 centennial of Elwood Haynes’ first test drive of his “Pioneer,” which brought that car and numerous other early Haynes vehicles back to Howard County for a month.
E.P. Severns Jr.
Severns is a Howard County native. He started working in the family business, the Coca-Cola Bottling Co. of Kokomo, at the age of 17, and became president in 1959. Like Hingst and Demaree, he has dedicated much of his life to serving the people of Howard County. He’s been honored by the county’s Sports Hall of Fame and received a Foster Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Community Foundation and the 2012 Distinguished Citizen Award from the Boy Scouts. Severns has been a strong supporter of the Carver Center, We Care and St. Joseph Hospital, among many others.