Ian Rolland | A Lifetime Of Giving Back

Where does one begin to write about Ian Rolland, a legend in Fort Wayne, and an inspiration to many? Prior to his retirement in 1998, Ian served as chairman and CEO of Lincoln National Corp. He and his wife, Mimi, believe in giving back to the community as caring philanthropists, advocates for children’s education and supporters of historic preservation. They are one of the most influential and philanthropic couples in the area, making major contributions to Junior Achievement, University of Saint Francis, DePauw University and establishing the East Wayne Street Center. However, it is the inspiration he has given and received from others, especially talented women, that are equally important to him. “I have mentored women throughout my life by pushing away barriers to their success, mostly caused by men,” says Ian. “My view is that companies shortchange themselves by not providing good opportunities for women, which ends up short-changing everyone in the end!”

Summer activities that Ian enjoys:

  • “Going to the lake with my family.”
  • “Watching the TinCaps play.”
  • “Junior Achievement’s 100 Holes of Golf. My kids and grandkids participate in this event every year. I don’t play; I just finance it, and get to spend more time with them.”
  • “Sailing. I don’t get to do this as much as I used to. My wife and I used to go sailing in Maine every summer for a week with friends from Orlando. We have very fond memories of these times.”
Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer | Chic shoes provided by Macy’s, Glenbrook Shopping Center

Photo by Bonnie Manning, Feature Photographer | Chic shoes provided by Macy’s, Glenbrook Shopping Center

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About Judi Loomis

Judi Loomis has been a journalist and feature writer for numerous publications as well as radio and television. She began her career as co-owner of KVRA/KVRF radio station in Vermillion, South Dakota in 1977, a radio announcer in WRIG radio station in Wausau, Wisconsin in 1979, and a television anchor/reporter at WSAU television station in 1979. Her move to Fort Wayne to CBS affiliate station WANE-TV 1976 took place during the great flood. Following television and radio, she became vice-president of Communiqué, a television and radio production company in Indianapolis, and later started her own writing and public relations firm, Creative Writing-Marketing Concepts in Fort Wayne. Judi is now Director of Marketing & Resource Development for the League for the Blind & Disabled. Loomis has written articles for publications across the globe, and has been a freelance feature writer for glo magazine for the past three years. Judi, her husband J. Michael Loomis and their son, J. Adam Loomis reside in Fort Wayne.

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