John D. Engelbrecht

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John D. Engelbrecht

South Central Communications Corporation

Laureate 2014

Taking over South Central Communications (SCC) at a young age after his father’s premature death, John D. Engelbrecht grew the company from a small business into a thriving organization with a nationwide footprint. Over the years, the company has spanned many industries, including radio, television, the paging industry, home healthcare, audiovisual services, and digital/internet marketing services.

In his 30 years at the helm, Engelbrecht grew SCC to include 12 radio stations and a number of Muzak franchises. After the sale of the SCC radio stations, the company continued to be the largest "Mood Media" franchisee in the country with 19 cities of operation. It also has commercial real estate holdings and continues to evaluate other opportunities, primarily in the sectors of service businesses, franchises, distributors, and media.

Engelbrecht has focused SCC not only on being profitable, but also with a mindset of community stewardship. He has quietly led SCC to donate millions of dollars in cash and advertising to charitable and civic organizations. He has been called a "humble servant leader," one who is more concerned about those around him than of himself. Engelbrecht has been a director of SIGCORP (Vectren Corporation) since 1996 and a director of Deaconess Hospital since 2008. He also serves on the boards of the Evansville Museum of Arts, History, and Science; and WNIN Tri-State Public Media, Inc.


John D. Engelbrecht

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