Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree

Allison Melangton, 2017

Congratulations to our 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Winner Allison Melangton.  Melangton joined Hulman Motorsports Corporation as Senior Vice President on November 1, 2014 and is responsible for overall production of major events at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, including those during the Month of May, the Indianapolis 500, the Brickyard 400, and Verizon INDYCAR Series special events, such as the pre-season kickoff and post-season celebration parties.  Melangton is also a corporate and philanthropic leader who has given of her time and talents to mentor youth and business leaders alike so that their futures and the future of our community can be brighter.

Melangton’s contributions to the community are numerous. She was honored with a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012, and recognized as a “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s industry-leading publication, named Melangton as a recipient of its “Game Changer” Award in 2012. Melangton also serves on the Board of Directors for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.

Additionally, Melangton served on the Executive Leadership team of Indiana Sports Corporation for twenty years, serving the last two years as President from September 2012 until October 2014. Four of those years were serving as CEO and president of the 2012 Indianapolis Super Bowl Host Committee from 2008 through 2012. This Super Bowl was widely regarded as the most engaging and successfully organized Super Bowl in history.

Throughout her career, Melangton has engaged in both formal and informal mentoring in the workplace and through the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. Through this program, she and her husband Tom were matched with a little brother for 10 years and have remained a part of his life even after the formal match concluded.

Melangton indicates she has benefited from mentors in her life, too, “I will be forever grateful to the many women and men who invested their time in me over my lifetime, and I believe strongly in paying that forward and investing my time in our future generations and leaders.”

Melangton was honored with a “Sagamore of the Wabash” by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels in 2012, and recognized as a “Living Legend” by the Indiana Historical Society in 2014. Sports Business Journal, the nation’s industry-leading publication, named Melangton as a recipient of its “Game Changer” Award in 2012. Melangton also serves on the Board of Directors for OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.

Melangton was nationally recognized with the 2011 FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for working as a liaison between the National Football League and the Indianapolis community for the 2012 Super Bowl. Melangton is also 2009 graduate of the FBI Citizens Academy.

Melangton is a graduate of Colorado State University with a bachelor of arts in Sports Administration. Prior to joining Indiana Sports Corp, Melangton directed national and international events for 11 years for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics. Melangton also worked at eight Olympic Games, the last five as an Associate Producer for the gymnastics broadcast by NBC Sports, the most recent the 2012 summer games in London. She has won five Emmy Awards for her work.

Allison has been married for 29 years to husband, Tom, and has one son, Cameron, who has recently graduated from Ball State University.

Past years’ recipients include:

John Thompson, 2016

David Becker, 2015

Senator Richard Lugar, 2014

Jim Morris, 2013

Mickey Maurer, 2012

Alecia DeCoudreux, 2011

Margot Lacy Eccles, 2010