The purpose of the Woman of the Year award is to recognize an individual woman who has distinguished herself in our organization, her profession, and her community. The recipient of the Woman of the Year award epitomizes the values for which The Greater Elkhart Chamber stands for and represents the best of who we are as women and as leaders.
Last week, the Greater Elkhart Chamber was pleased to announce the 2018 Woman of the Year – Lori Snyder.
Lori was born and raised in Goshen Indiana and has worked her whole professional life in Elkhart County. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Public & Environmental affairs from Indiana University of South Bend, and found her first professional career to be in the Criminal Justice system. Remaining in Elkhart County she became a Juvenile Probation officer/social worker and worked for the Elkhart Circuit Court. At that time the schools were running a “test run” for social workers in the School system and she became one of the first Social workers placed in the Elkhart School system.
Lori was introduced to the world of real estate after working in the court system for 12 years, and she balanced working in both fields to see which one would win out. Real Estate won out, and she has been actively listing and selling for over 25 years.
Her community involvement began with the Area Crime Stoppers program for many years. Lori is a lifetime member and past president of the Noon Optimist. She is founder of the WINS of Change program, the program that educated and engaged all local realtors to learn and visit all that Elkhart County had to offer in order to try to bring and retain new home owners here in Elkhart County. Additionally, she is co-founder of the northern Indiana Woman in Business. She has been a long-time member and supporter of the Elkhart Chamber, actively involved on the committee for Economic Development. In 2016 she was chosen to be a Torch Carrier in the celebration of Indiana’s Bicentennial Relay throughout the state of Indiana.
Lori has been involved in many community organizations, including the National Association of Realtors, Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors, member and past president of the Elkhart County Board of Realtors, Noon Optimist, the Elkhart County Plan commission and the executive Board of the Salvation Army. Currently, she manages over 29 agents at one of the newest Real estate companies that have come to town, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices, Northern Indiana Real Estate – Commercial along with listing and selling properties herself.