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Emerging Leaders Alliance: 5 Questions with Thayne White

September 3rd, 2018

Thayne White, 26, graduated from Ball State in 2016 with a major in sales and a minor in economics. He is a financial advisor that lives in Kosciusko County and is a new member of the ELA.


As an emerging leader who are you? 

I am an optimist who never misses a chance to theorize on the positive side of an opportunity. I consider myself an educator. I am always looking for ways to move forward in terms of my involvement with Kosciusko County. I tend to think about the big picture.

What counties have you lived in?

Kosciusko County is home and always has been. Except for my college years, it's where I spend most of my time. That’s important to me. When I think about Kosciusko County, I see the huge opportunity it has, especially in Warsaw. The community atmosphere and small town feel that it has is awesome. If you walk around downtown Warsaw, you can get a sense of how it is evolving. It has a growing and thriving food scene. I thought the alley reconstruction was great. I think projects like that can be a great thing for the community as a whole.

What do you love about Northeast Indiana?

I love the people for sure. I think we have a great range of personalities and professions. All of the people here have their own perspective that make up Indiana and continue to make it great. I love being outdoors and enjoying the four seasons. I love everything from catching a TinCaps game to fishing in Kosciusko County.

What would you like to see in Northeast Indiana in the future?

I would like to see continued growth in diversity and a continued growth in entrepreneurship. I think that is very important for our growth as a region. I am technically an entrepreneur. I think we have a strong foundation. Right now, it’s a fertile place and I think that’s going to continue to grow, especially in Warsaw. That is one of the reasons why I love being here. It’s going to boom. The housing market hasn’t caught up with employment opportunities. I wanna be part of that growth. Big projects are in the works in Warsaw and not just because it is known as the Orthopedic Capital of the World. I’m very excited to see the opportunities continue to grow in Koskiousko Country as part of the Northeast Indiana region.

What is something that you have done in Northeast Indiana that you never expected to do?

I never thought I would be this involved with young adult professional groups or with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana. I’m building a network. I thoroughly enjoy connecting with people, and connecting others to opportunity and employers. I think everyone has a story and if I can bring something to someone else’s story, that is huge for me. 



by Stephen J. Bailey for the Emerging Leaders Alliance, a program of the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership