Expecting to present a speech on the Rush County Community Foundation, Rushville resident Paul W. Barada said he was surprised when outgoing Chamber of Commerce President Ron Lienemann announced that he had been awarded the Rush County Chamber of Commerce ?Outstanding Citizen Award?.
The announcement of the award was made after a short video on the Varsity Scholars? trip to the Bahamas was shown. Barada helped organize the Varsity Scholars? Program and was instrumental in organizing funding for the new incentive program for high school students.
Barada is president and founder of Barada Associates, Inc., one of the few professional reference reporting firms in the United States. Started in 1979, Barada Associates has grown to represent client companies from coast to coast.
Prior to starting Barada Associates, Barada was executive secretary of the Rush County Chamber of Commerce. He was also an administrative assistant to the late Richard Folz, Lieutenant Governor of Indiana from 1969-1972.
Barada, 47, has authored a weekly commentary on contemporary issues for his hometown newspaper and radio for over a decade. Recently, Barada was named Rush County?s most influential man of the 1980?s.
In his introductory speech, Lienemann said in spite of Barada?s professional achievements, he did not win the citizen of the year award because of his job. A 1967 graduate of Indiana University, Barada has served as president of both the Rushville High School Alumni Association. He has also served as a member of the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees. He has also served as a member of the Culver Educational Foundation Board of Trustees.
He has served as a director of the Rush County Industrial Development Corporation and is a past-chairman of the Southeastern Indiana Private Industry Council. Barada has served as a Trustee of Rush Memorial Hospital. Currently, he is president of the newly-formed Rush County Community Foundation and vice president of the local board of school trustees.
Lienemann said Barada was one of the founders of youth football in Rush County, was a key fundraiser and organizer for the Varsity Scholars program, is a member of the Rushville Rotary Club and helped start the Wall of Fame at the Laughlin Center for the Performing Arts, which commemorates the achievements of outstanding members of the speech and debate team at R.C.H.S.
In addition to being a graduate of I.U., Barada attended the Indiana Universtiy School of Law, the Universtiy of Dayton School of Law and did graduate work at Butler University in Indianapolis. He also completed the Institute of Organizational Management at the Universtity of Notre Dame.
Paul and his wife Connie have three sons: Paul Jr., Will and Jonathan.