On Monday, Wilson received news that the years paid off as he was nominated for the 2010 Indiana State University Community Partner Award.
Pete, owner of the Brazil Coffee Company, 533 E. National Ave., Brazil, and the Coffee Grounds, 423 Wabash Ave., Terre Haute, received a letter in the mail concerning the nomination.
"I wasn't familiar (with the award) until I got the notification," he said.
Wilson told The Brazil Times he was nominated for the award by ISU Professor of Management Max Douglas.
According to Wilson, Douglas nominated him after the two collaborated on a research project through the ISU School of business.
"It was basically what we had done with our business," he said, adding the project was an overview of his business and how it is marketed.
Wilson said through the project, Douglas presented the findings at the North American Case Research (NACRA) conference, which took place Oct. 29-31, in Santa Cruz, Calif. The project was presented in the Small Business Management/Entrepreneurship Track, along with 14 other studies.
He said he also had an opportunity to work with students in one of Douglas' classes regarding the project.
"I think it's cool," Wilson continued. "I really enjoyed working with (Douglas) and getting an opportunity to work with the students.
"I was just happy. I'm kind of proud."
Originally from Terre Haute, Wilson and his wife Jackie moved to Clay County approximately 15 years ago.
Through her business, Jackie's Cakes and Cookies, the two created the Brazil Coffee Company, which has operated in Brazil for approximately five years.
In addition, Pete purchased the Coffee Grounds in Terre Haute almost four years ago.
He and his wife owned a video store in Marshall, Ill., several years ago.
ISU students, staff or faculty, nominate people for the award.
According to information on its website, the ISU Community Partner Award is presented annually to "one or more non-profit organizations, educational institutions, public agencies, or private/corporate organizations that have contributed to the experience of Indiana State University students through the development and sustenance of a lasting partnership."
The award, according to the ISU website, recognizes organizations that have impacted student learning and faculty teaching and scholarship by:
* Providing opportunities for students to engage in meaningful volunteerism to the community,
* Mentoring Indiana State University students in community-based learning experiences, including service learning and internships,
* Participation in university-sponsored curriculum and program advisory committees or related initiatives, and
* Participation with ISU faculty and staff in collaborative research and/or grant projects.
The recipients of the award will be recognized at the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement Banquet March 2.