Asher Agency Senior VP of Account Service Larry Wardlaw was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award Thursday.
The surprise presentation was made by Fort Wayne Mayor Tom Henry at Henry’s Restaurant before a crowd of Asher staffers and invited guests.
The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest distinction in Indiana for distinguished service, bestowed by Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb.
“Sagamore” was a term used by the Algonquin tribe to describe a great man among the tribe whom the chief consulted for wisdom and advice. “The Wabash” refers to Indiana’s official state river. The award was created during the term of Indiana Gov. Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949.
Wardlaw was named the Journal Gazette Citizen of the Year in 2011 and is known as the unofficial Mayor of West Central. A lifelong resident of Fort Wayne, he graduated from Concordia Lutheran High School and IPFW and has worked at Asher for 31 years. He has taught PR at IPFW and donated countless hours to nonprofit organizations, including YWCA of Northeast Indiana, Fort Wayne Youtheatre, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, American Cancer Society and Metropolitan Human Relations Commission (Metro).