Alumni Erick and Trenton Ehinger of 3E Industries, LLC, receive 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards

(l-r) Sue Ellspermann, President of Ivy Tech Community College; Erick Ehinger; Trent Ehinger; and John Murphy, President of the Ivy Tech Foundation

Ivy Tech Foundation recently hosted its annual Distinguished Alumni Awards ceremony recognizing 19 honorees from across the statewide system.

Since 1998, the Distinguished Alumni Award has celebrated the success of Ivy Tech Community College alumni by recognizing those who have made a lasting, positive contribution to the community, state or College since completing their education. As the highest honor alumni can receive, the Award is designated for individuals with outstanding professional, philanthropic or volunteer accomplishments.

The Fort Wayne campus’s awardees were Erick and Trenton Ehinger. Trent and Erick, along with their father, Ed, lead 3E Industries, LLC, located in Columbia City. 3E Industries is a celebrated lawn, landscaping, and outdoor design company in the Fort Wayne region. After pursuing their respective Ivy Tech degrees, these brothers went on to excel in their field, achieving a reputation for their strong work ethic and meticulous, creative designs.

Their work can be spotted at several notable locations, including a landscaping and water feature installation in Bunker Hill which has been featured on ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Despite their many accomplishments, Trent and Erick remain dedicated to giving back to their community and Ivy Tech.

“Ivy Tech gave my life direction and acted as a guide to kickstart my career,” says Trent Ehinger. “With the help of the experienced professors I was able to focus on the direct needs of the construction industry. The least I could do for Ivy Tech is give my continued support and spread the word for those who are lost but looking to better themselves and their community.”

These outstanding graduates of Ivy Tech have been part of projects that have beautified many businesses and homes in and around Fort Wayne. Their entire family has been very supportive of Ivy Tech.

“Trent and Erick Ehinger are excellent examples of students who found the direction and the skills they needed at Ivy Tech and transferred those qualities into successful careers they love,” says Margaret Sturm, Executive Director of Resource Development. “We’re proud that our alumni often remain in northeast Indiana and, like Trenk and Erick, are dedicated to giving back to the community and to Ivy Tech.”


Learn more about all 19 statewide honorees on the Ivy Tech Distinguished Alumni website.

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