Timothy J. Haffner of Baker & Daniels was named a Volunteer of the Year by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce during an awards ceremony at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis recently.
The Chambers' Volunteer of the Year Award honors individuals who diligently work with the Chamber for the betterment of the business community, according to Kevin Brinegar, President of the Indiana Chamber. Haffner was one of three individuals who received the 2009 award.
"Finding a common theme in Tim Haffner's work and community involvements doesn't take long — they're nearly all tied to building better communities," BizVoice, the Indiana Chamber's award-winning magazine, reported in its November/December issue.
Haffner, a partner at Baker & Daniels where he started his legal career 24 years ago, focuses his practice in business and corporate finance, economic development, and sports and entertainment. He has been recognized for his work in corporate law and mergers & acquisitions by The Best Lawyers in America.
With the Indiana Chamber, Haffner is starting his second term on the board of directors. "He really is the lead guy for connecting the Fort Wayne business community with the city and county," Indiana Chamber Membership Director Tim Brewer said in BizVoice.
Haffner, a Fort Wayne native, helped start the Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance and the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership, an organization that markets a 10-county region and teams with local economic development organizations to attract new jobs and commercial investment to the area. He has served as chairman of both organizations, as well as being a past chairman and board of director with the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce.
Haffner also has served on the board of directors for Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Goodwill Industries and United Way of Allen County. He is a graduate of Wabash College and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington.