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Dwight Ott Share

Jul 3, 2018  |  Layla Price-Bodkin

Dwight Ott has lived in Mar­i­on since he was a boy. He attend­ed Mis­sissinewa High School then earned a Bach­e­lor of Arts from Indi­ana Wes­leyan Uni­ver­si­ty in Busi­ness Admin­is­tra­tion. His first job was with School Employ­ees Cred­it Union, which lat­er became Via CU. He then began a busi­ness ven­ture with his broth­er to buy Wes­leyan Health­care. He has since been in this busi­ness as part own­er and Chief Finan­cial Offi­cer of what is now called TLC Man­age­ment which oper­ates 17 com­mu­ni­ties of care, reha­bil­i­ta­tion, and/​or assist­ed liv­ing in both IN and FL.

Ott has a gen­uine love for Mar­i­on and has shown appre­ci­a­tion for his com­mu­ni­ty through var­i­ous vol­un­teer efforts and unique ini­tia­tives. For 31 years, he has been serv­ing through his church (Col­lege Wes­leyan) through account­ing ser­vices and the church board, and serves on the finance & invest­ment com­mit­tee for the Wes­leyan denomination. 

Ott has served on the Mar­i­on Pub­lic Library Board (12 yrs), the Mar­i­on East­er Pageant Com­mit­tee (10 yrs), and is the newest mem­ber of the Mar­i­on Board of Avi­a­tion. He was also the pres­i­dent of the Can­cer Ser­vices of Grant Coun­ty board for 10 years.

Fly­ing is one of Ott’s pas­sions. He has held a pilot’s license since 1991, and in 2007 became licensed to fly a heli­copter. It saves a lot of time trav­el­ing for our busi­ness,” explained Ott.

Ott was a devot­ed mem­ber of the Mar­i­on Rotary Club and served on their board for 5 years. Sev­en years ago, Dwight ini­ti­at­ed the Rotary’s annu­al Golf Ball Drop where he flies his heli­copter 150 feet in the air releas­ing mass quan­ti­ties of golf balls where spon­sors vie for a hole in one” while rais­ing funds for schol­ar­ships and projects. 

Just weeks ago, Ott was rec­og­nized by the Indi­ana State Fra­ter­nal Order of Police with a Cit­i­zens Help­ing Police” Award for fly­ing his heli­copter with law enforce­ment dur­ing a rob­bery sus­pect pur­suit in Mar­i­on in 2016. I didn’t think twice about it. I love fly­ing air­craft and I love help­ing my com­mu­ni­ty,” said Ott.

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