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2021 North Central Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

2021 North Central Alumni Hall of Fame Inductees

We are thrilled to announce the introduction of two more exceptional North Central alumni into the Hall of Fame. Since 1991, North Central has honored a number of esteemed alumni with induction. These inductees help highlight the work and accomplishments of our prestigious Panther alumni.

North Central does an incredible job of preparing students for future success. This foundation creates a network of well-regarded and accomplished alumni, but can make the selection process of honoring only a few each year difficult. A committee comprised of North Central alumni who are current members of the high school faculty convene each year to consider all nominees (you can nominate an alumnus at any point). The North Central Alumni Hall of Fame will now consist of 115 members, thanks to the three inductees for 2021…

Morrie Maurer ‘69

Please join The Advancement Center in welcoming Morris “Morrie” Maurer into the 2021 North Central Hall of Fame. Morrie graduated from North Central High School in 1969 and has never stopped giving back to his alma mater or to the city that he loves so dearly. From a young age, Morrie was exposed to the power of community and philanthropy in the Maurer household. His father, Sid Maurer, was the icon behind Atlas Supermarket located at the corner of 54th and College. It was there he learned about customer service in the checkout lane and quality control in the produce aisle–learning business savvy first hand under the tutelage of his parents. Being an intentional force for good in the Indianapolis community was and still is vital to Morrie and is demonstrated by his life’s work.

As a young man, Morrie envisioned a locally-owned bank, focused on long-term results, that would also serve the central Indiana community. This dream became a reality in 1993 when Morrie co-founded The National Bank of Indianapolis. This start-up operation began as the state’s smallest bank, with assets of $14 million, and grew into a $2 billion dollar organization with a clear focus on local investment. NBI is now one of the 350 largest banks in the nation, employs over 300 Hoosiers, manages over 50,000 accounts, and has a reputation for highly personalized service and generous community support. The National Bank of Indianapolis is a special place–a place where a customer can walk in, be greeted by name, and feel comfortable enough to sit down and read a newspaper over coffee. It’s a bank that encourages interactions with people–not machines. Morrie, who encourages students to “work hard to achieve your goals and never give up”, has most certainly achieved his dream by working diligently to create this customer-centered approach to banking.

Morrie has been the recipient of many awards, including the Indiana Bankers Association Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019 and the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 1997. It’s hard to find a local non-profit that has not been touched by Morrie over the years. To name just a few, Morrie has been active in a variety of capacities with the Indiana Chamber, Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indiana Landmarks, Newfields, Booth Tarkington Civic Theatre, Indiana Board for Depositories, Penrod Society, IU Alumni Association, Arts Council, Community Hospital Foundation, and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. You will notice from this list that Morrie is a tireless advocate for the city of Indianapolis and believes in the transformational work of the many nonprofits that serve our city. NBI has provided over $10 million in direct support and countless volunteer hours to nonprofits, a record that was recognized in 2018 with the Spirit United Award from United Way of Central Indiana.

The National Bank of Indianapolis is a 100% locally-owned company. The bank’s board of directors and employees live here, work here, play here, and are proud to volunteer, give, and lead others to the call of service. In Morrie’s words, “Greater Indianapolis is our home, and we believe in being able to contribute to our community.” This belief has translated to NB of I’s loyal and consistent support of Washington Township Schools over many, many years. Morrie recently retired and found a home back in Washington Township. He says that it “just feels right” to be back. We are honored to have you back, Morrie, and forever grateful for the incredible impact you have had on our schools and the city of Indianapolis. 

David Warren ’70

The Advancement Center is so pleased to welcome David Warren, Class of 1970, into the North Central Hall of Fame. After graduation, David committed his life to serving others as a firefighter and law enforcement officer. He has risked his life on numerous occasions by combating fires, aiding traffic victims, rescuing hurricane victims, assisting Search & Rescue teams, and helping with the aftermath of 9/11. Even after being injured on the job, and forced to retire due to physical limitations, he still helps others. On his own time, he shares his knowledge and expertise with rescue workers and mentors young men. 

Dave has received many honors for his incredible years of bravery and service over the years. He has been recognized by Governor O’Bannon, Governor Daniels, the Indiana Senate, the City of Indianapolis, the Indianapolis Fire Department Chief, Julia Carson, New York City’s Office of Emergency Management, and the Retired Indiana Public Employees Association for his rescue efforts in New York City, following the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center.  

In Congresswoman Julia Carson’s letter to Dave, she wrote, “As America mourned, you went to work. As the nation reeled, we watched you work, gaining from your example a sense of what contribution to country really means.”

Governor Frank O’Bannon wrote of Dave, “Because of your commitment to excellence in a difficult and dangerous profession and your willingness to reach out to New York, it is my honor to call you one of ‘Indiana’s Bravest’…all Hoosiers are proud of your work and grateful to have you as their neighbor.” 

In addition to his efforts on 9/11, Dave has also served on the Local-Emergency Management Coordinator Team and was a Lieutenant in Washington Township and Wayne Fire Departments. One memorable emergency that he assisted in in 2003 involved an 1-70 wreck involving 58 semi’s, 16 cars, 108 firefighters, 63 police officers, and three elephants!

Though Dave’s day job quite literally put him in the line of fire, he still found time to give back to his community. He served as Brownsburg Township’s Board Vice President from 1988-2000, hosted Wayne Township’s Tutoring Program for 3rd graders from 2002-2013, and worked on the Hendricks County 911 Communication Board from 2007-1015.

Dave, you are truly a hero and a shining example of Panther Pride. Thank you for your 50+ years of courage and service to our community and nation!   

 

Jill Ann Rahman ’79

We are so proud to induct Jill Ann Rahman into the North Central Hall of Fame. Jill graduated from North Central High School in 1979 and has more than 25 years of progressive brand building and leadership experience with Kraft Foods, Newell Rubbermaid, Conagra Brands, and now in the nonprofit world. Her success in the business world has been celebrated both nationally and internationally, and she has led teams of professionals in Canada, Mexico, India, and Chicago across an $850 million portfolio. 

Jill received her undergraduate degree in Marketing from Howard University. After four years with the Kroger Company, Jill was awarded a full fellowship from the Consortium for Graduate Study in Management and earned her MBA from Indiana University with a concentration in Marketing. Upon receiving her MBA, Jill then spent many years perfecting her brand management skills working with brands such as Kraft, Sharpie, Paper Mate, and many more. In 2009, Jill accepted a newly created role as Vice President of Strategy for ConAgra foods, Consumer Foods Division. One year later, she became Vice President/General Manager at ConAgra Foods within the Snacks portfolio where the Snacks brands were among the fastest growing within the ConAgra portfolio. Jill led this division until her appointment to President International in 2016. In June of 2020, she transitioned to the nonprofit sector, where she currently serves as the Chief Operating Officer for Chicago’s “favorite nonprofit”, The Greater Chicago Food Depository. In this new role, she is working to transform how we end food insecurity and its root causes through economic development.

Throughout her many years of success, Jill has always made time to offer her professional skills and resources to benefit her community. She served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Kelly Hall YMCA in Chicago for six years. In 2017 Jill established a scholarship to support academic excellence and to honor her parents. She successfully established the Charles E. and Wilma A. Harry Family Scholarship at Indiana University which annually awards a scholarship to an African-American female and male student who are education or social work majors. Jill also currently serves on the Board of Directors for both Treehouse Foods and Berry Global, Inc.

Jill credits her time at North Central as giving her the ability to “navigate different environments and new challenges” which gave her “a strong foundation of experiences and confidence.” This can be seen in her amazing ability to navigate very different organizations–both large and small, domestic and international. She advises current Panthers to “capture all that North Central and the incredible bundle of resources it represents has to offer. Don’t rush the time.” Great advice, Jill. Our hearts fill with Panther Pride at all of your many accomplishments. Welcome to the North Central Hall of Fame!