FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) – The man who founded Asher Agency and helped it grow into a national company died Friday after a battle with pancreatic cancer.
Tim Borne was 71.
Borne started Asher Agency in 1974 and built the company from one person and one client to an agency now occupying nine offices across the United States. Asher employs 65 people and has annual sales of $55 million. It handles a variety of marketing, advertising, digital, radio, and television projects for a multitude of clients including Subway, Frontier, Salin Bank, a several branches of the U.S. military.
Borne spent his final days with his wife Ann and daughters Kate and Christine, according to a statement from Asher Agency.
“Tim Borne will be known as a leader, a political aficionado, and someone who gave back to the community,” said longtime friend Steve Shine. “He was the go-to guy. He really had the juice.”
Larry Wardlaw was hired at Asher agency 32 years ago. Wardlaw said he was the 5th employee to be hired.
“He was the rainmaker,” he said. “He was someone who can just make things happen.”
Tim’s brother, Tom Borne, runs the company. He is carrying on a legacy 43 years in the making.
“He was my business partner for 28 years and my brother,” said Borne. “There’s so many memories and maybe some day I’ll write a book about them.”
Wardlaw said, even while battling cancer, Tom remained a source of strength at the agency.
“He would be here in the office and encouraging us and doing the usual things that he always did,” he said.
“He will always be remembered as someone we loved and someone who loved others,” said Shine.
He was a recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash and Silver Medal Award presented by the American Advertising Federation of Fort Wayne.
Borne served on a number of community boards and was involved in several projects. He was a board member for Canterbury School, the Fort Wayne Economic Development Corporation, Junior Achievement, the Salvation Army and many others.
Borne was awarded an honorary degree from Ivy Tech Community College for dedicating his personal time, financial support, and business acumen to Ivy Tech Northeast.
A memorial service will be held Dec. 23 at 1 p.m. at Plymouth Congregational Church, 501 West Berry Street. Preferred memorials are to the church, Caterbury School (Borne Library Fund), or to Visiting Nurse and Hospice.