Junior Achievement Shines
The Pfister Hotel hosted Junior Achievement’s (JA) Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ gala with proceeds from the Hall of Fame event to support Junior Achievement of Wisconsin’s educational programs.
It was a very special night. These four new laureates, Craig Culver of Culver’s, Michael Batten of Twin Disc, John Mellowes of Charter Manufacturing, and John Noel of Noel Group, joined the ranks of some of Wisconsin’s most esteemed business leaders in the Hall of Fame. Each inductee had an inspiring story of bravery and generosity to tell.
Hearing the stories about the early struggles in business followed by years of growth and eventual success and benevolence, was like seeing careers flash before our eyes. Being a Milwaukee commercial photographer predisposed us to be fascinated with this event. As a small business, we are always yearning for gems of knowledge from those that have led in their industries and achieved so much over the years.
“It’s our honor to induct these distinguished laureates into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™,” says Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “They represent the core of what JA is all about – entrepreneurship and business leadership. Each leader has become a role model for Wisconsin’s young people by creating a culture of innovation and success.”
For more information about the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ go to the JA website, jawis.org.
The Maple Dale Jazz Band had the stage presence of some truly hep cats.
Jasmine Love from Golda Meir performed the National Anthem for the gathering. She is a true young talent. In addition to her JA contributions, she also just starred in Golda Meir’s production of “Lion King Jr” and won a scholarship to First Stage.
In addition to inducting the four distinguished business leaders, several other awards were presented at the ceremony. Junior Achievement and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction named the 2016 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by EY.
Receiving the Peak Performer Award, sponsored by Accenture, was Renee Herzing, of Herzing University.
The Distinguished Executive Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, was presented to Peggy Troy, of Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin.