Leaders inducted into CSRA Business Hall of Fame

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Jim Hull (left) is congratulated by Woody Hughes before the CSRA Business Hall of Fame inductions on Tuesday night.

Three businessmen and one businesswoman were honored at the CSRA Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony on Tuesday night.

Clay Boardman, Jim Hull and Boone Knox were inducted into Junior Achievement of Augusta's Business Hall of Fame during a black-tie dinner at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites.

Mr. Boardman, the president and CEO of Augusta Capital LLC, is a former petroleum company CEO who now runs a real estate and private equity firm.

Mr. Hull, the co-owner of Hull Storey Gibson Cos. LLC, operates a commercial real estate company that oversees millions of square feet of malls and shopping centers.

Mr. Knox, the managing partner of Knox Ltd. and managing trustee of the Knox Foundation, blazed his trail in the banking industry.

Nadia Butler, the president and CEO of Emergency Services Integrators (ESi), received Junior Achievement's first Rising Star Award for up-and-coming business leaders. Her company is a developer of crisis management software used by Fortune 500 companies and the federal government.

Junior Achievement of Augusta's annual dinner recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the Augusta area and serve as role models for youth. The event provides funds for Junior Achievement, which is mentoring more than 8,200 local students in the 2009-10 school year.

Mr. Hull said that he was delighted to share the special night with his friends Mr. Boardman and Mr. Knox.

"They have done so much for the betterment of our community. ... Boone and Clay have been real community leaders for a long period of time, and I admire both of them very much. Clay Boardman has been involved in every important philanthropic community project for the last decade. Boone Knox is one of the smartest men I know," Mr. Hull said.

Mr. Boardman said: "It's a proud honor to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. My father was an inductee a few years ago, so it's kind of fun to follow in his footsteps."

Reach LaTina Emerson at (706) 823-3227 or latina.emerson@augustachronicle.com.


Four business leaders were recognized by Junior Achievement of Augusta:


Title: President and CEO of Augusta Capital LLC

Accomplishments: Ushered in new era of historic preservation in downtown Augusta with acquisition and renovation of Enterprise Mill building, donated the Houghton Elementary School and Widow's Home buildings to local nonprofit organizations.


Title: Co-owner of Hull Storey Gibson Companies LLC

Accomplishments: Company has more than 10.5 million square feet of malls and shopping centers in its portfolio, Augusta State University's Hull College of Business has been named in his honor.


Title: Managing partner of Knox Ltd. and managing trustee of Knox Foundation

Accomplishments: Turned the Bank of Thomson into Allied Bankshares, a $600 million bank holding company that was acquired by Regions Bank, Heading fundraising efforts for the Salvation Army Kroc Center.


Title: President and CEO of Emergency Services Integrators (ESi)

Accomplishments: Her company's crisis management software is used by Fortune 500 companies and the federal government, the first woman to graduate from the University of Maryland with a degree in nuclear engineering.


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