John Letherman Honored With Sagamore of the Wabash Award

John Letherman receives The Sagamore of the Wabash Award. Pictured, from the left: Mark Dobson, State Representative Doug Miller, John Letherman and State Representative Timothy Wesco.

John Letherman receives The Sagamore of the Wabash Award. Pictured, from the left: Mark Dobson, State Representative Doug Miller, John Letherman and State Representative Timothy Wesco.

9-3-2019 — John Letherman, Elkhart County Councilman and Partner at FM Stone Commercial, was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash Award last Friday, acknowledging his 50 years of service to Elkhart County and the State of Indiana.

The surprise presentation was made by Indiana State Representative Doug Miller at Elcona Country Club in Bristol, Ind. Family and close friends surprised Letherman at a luncheon. Also in attendance was State Representative Timothy Wesco.

Commenting on the award, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb said: “Few Hoosiers have given as much back to our state as John Letherman. From his military service to his success in business and his community leadership, John has continually found ways to make, not only Elkhart, but our entire state better. He is certainly worthy of this distinction and I was honored to name him a Sagamore of the Wabash.”

In comments immediately following the luncheon, Letherman said, “I sincerely thank Governor Holcomb for this honor. I have always told everyone we are all really lucky to live in Elkhart County, Indiana. People here are generally good to each other, business is appreciated by both government and the average citizen, the county is beautiful and the standard of living exceeds most other places in the U.S.  It has been a real privilege to be of service in a community and state like this!”

The Sagamore of the Wabash is the highest award the Governor of Indiana can bestow to Hoosiers for distinguished service. The term sagamore was used by the American Indian Tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the true chief would look for wisdom and advice. The term 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.

Letherman is a lifelong resident of Elkhart County. In 1988, he was elected to the Elkhart County Council, he was elected Council President in 2001 and he continues to serve as Council President today. He has been involved in many community and professional activities over the years including the Elkhart County/City Planning Advisory Committee, the Economic Development Corporation of Elkhart County, the Michiana Area Council of Governments, the Home Builders Association of Elkhart County, the Elkhart County Symphony Society, and the 2010 Coalition.  He has also been President of the US 31 Coalition and he is the Governor’s appointee to the Indiana Toll Road Oversite Board.

Letherman and his wife Dianne have been married for 54 years and have six children.

Dollar General Headed for Goshen's North Side

8-15-2019 — Another new Dollar General will be going up at 1075 N. Main Street in Goshen (at the Southwest corner of Johnston Street and State Road 15). FM Stone Broker Scott Griffith assisted in the sale of this 0.98-acre parcel of land on the city’s north side. Goshen City Council members approved the plans in March of this year. Dollar General is expected to build a 9,100 SF retail building on the site.

City of Goshen Buys Building for Goshen Parks Department


7-24-2019 — The City of Goshen is the new owner of the 5,296 SF office building at 524 E. Jackson Boulevard in Goshen. The City of Goshen is using the former Modern Educational Systems building as the new home for the Goshen Parks and Recreation Department. The department’s former headquarters, at 607 W. Plymouth Avenue, was severely damaged during record-setting floods that have hit the city. Pete Letherman, SIOR, CCIM, assisted in the sale.

FM Stone Commercial Hires Sharon Welsh as New Broker

Sharon Welsh

Sharon Welsh

7-2-2019 — FM Stone Commercial, a local commercial real estate services firm, and its parent company, The Tiedemann Group, are proud to announce the hiring of Sharon Welsh as the company’s newest Commercial Real Estate Broker at the corporate headquarters in downtown Elkhart. The Tiedemann Group is an an organization of interrelated companies providing an array of real estate and construction services throughout the Midwest. In addition to FM Stone Commercial, the Tiedemann Group of companies includes FM Construction, Tiedemann Realty Services, Tiedemann Wines, Glenwood Cellars Wines, LEX 530 Metropolitan Event Center, Eastpoint Business Centre and Lexington Business Centre.

As a Commercial Real Estate Broker, Sharon will specialize in the leasing, buying and selling of all types of commercial properties in Northern Indiana.  She’s held her commercial real estate license for 25 years. Prior to joining FM Stone Sharon worked in commercial and private banking at Lake City Bank for 16 years. She started her career in financial services in 1977. She also has past experience in retail and mortgage lending.  Sharon intends to utilize her transferable skills to aid in her business transactions. “My main focus is to continue to build on and service the relationships that I have built in my career and help these individuals, and new clients, with their commercial real estate needs,” she said. “That is what inspires and energizes me.”

 A long-time resident of Goshen, Sharon is very involved in the community. She is a Goshen Chamber Ambassador, Chamber Member and Member of the Goshen Noon Kiwanis Club and a Board Member of the Boy’s and Girl’s Club of Elkhart County, Goshen Unit. She is also a cabinet member of the Goshen Health Foundation Capital Campaign.