For the year of 2018, the BAEC has welcomed Andy Harlow from Interra as our president. Although his term will be over at the end of December, his motivation to get new members has not wavered. Andy began with the BAEC while at First Federal Savings Bank and has continued being involved since. Being on committees is something many of our members do, and Andy is no different. His first committee was the Green Committee and he has since been on the Board of Directors where he was Treasurer for five years, Vice-President for 2017, and of course, President for 2018. Andy has been named Associate of the Year for four consecutive years.
Andy grew up in Wisconsin and went to the University of Minnesota for a BS in Business. He married is wife, Shane. After college and they moved eight times within the first eleven years of marriage before deciding to stay in Mishawaka. Andy and Shane have four married children, twin daughters Erin and Bridget (37), son Andrew (33), and daughter Melinda (30). In the rare case of spare time, Andy enjoys spending time with his family. They all love to play trivia socially and try to do that often and together. He also helps is wife with their church the Queen of Peace Church. Andy and Shane are expecting another grandchild, as Bridget is pregnant – her fourth five years old and under.
When asked about how being a member has affected him professional and personally, he said he has made incredible friendships with people he would not have met otherwise, as well as the networking opportunities and getting more involved with builders in the area. Being tied to the mortgage industry in one way or another since 1991, Andy knows how beneficial these relationships are and maintaining them is important to him. Andy said, “Being involved with the BAEC is beneficial in so many ways personally and professionally. It’s a fun group”. He also added, “Anybody that gets involved with the BAEC will find it worth their while”.
The BAEC thanks Andy Harlow for his leadership and we look forward to continue working with you. Thank you, Andy!