Indy’s Best & Brightest

Tribe’s Joel Zawacki Honored by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Indians Director of Marketing and Corporate Sales Joel Zawacki was featured on the cover of the Indianapolis Business Journal in May 2015.
Indians Director of Marketing and Corporate Sales Joel Zawacki was profiled in the Indianapolis Business Journal in May 2015.

Oct. 15 was a magical night for the Indianapolis Indians front office as Joel Zawacki, the Tribe’s director of marketing and corporate sales was recognized by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana as one of Indy’s Best and Brightest.

Dating back to 2004 Junior Achievement annually honors 100 of Central Indiana’s outstanding young professionals, age 40 and under, who are making their mark in and around Indianapolis. The event was created to recognize the up and coming talent and the next generation of leaders in Central Indiana.

Honorees are slated in 10 categories and Zawacki (31) was recognized within the Media, Entertainment and Sports group.

“These (100) rising stars are being recognized for their professional accomplishments, civic contributions, character and leadership qualities,” noted Jennifer Burk, President and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

An estimated crowd of 500 gathered downtown at the Ivy Tech Corporate College and Culinary Center, and entertainment included special presentations by JA student ambassadors, Burk, emcee and WTHR-TV news anchor and reporter Scott Swan, keynote speaker Indy Chamber CEO Michael Huber, and a series of amazing and humorous illusions by local magician Johnny Magic.

Noted in an Indianapolis Business Journal cover story earlier this year, since Zawacki joined the Indianapolis Indians sales department in 2007 the team has more than tripled sponsorship sales, to more than $3.3 million – a record for the 113-year-old franchise. Marketing initiatives have contributed to increased attendance the past six consecutive years, and record attendance at Victory Field the past two seasons where the team’s mission is to provide baseball as affordable and memorable family fun.

“(The Indians) have done a great job at developing a fine family tradition,” Capital Improvement Board Executive Director Barney Levengood recently said as part of an announcement that the CIB had unanimously approved a 20-year lease extension for the Indianapolis Indians at Victory Field through 2036.

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana’s mission is to educate young people in the areas of financial literacy, entrepreneurship and work readiness, and to inspire them to explore and create opportunities, make good decisions and believe in their potential.

JA Best & Brightest industry classifications were accounting; banking and financial services; education and nonprofit; government; health and life sciences; law; manufacturing, retail and services; media, entertainment and sports; real estate, development and construction; and technology.

Several members of the Indians front office joined Zawacki as the JA Best & Brightest ceremony on Oct. 15.
Several members of the Indians front office joined Zawacki in support of his recognition at the Oct. 15 JA Best & Brightest ceremony.

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