Inductees stand out for achievements



Three businessmen and one businesswoman will be honored at the 2010 CSRA Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November.

One inductee took a newspaper and grew it into a diversified media company. One created one of the largest independent jewelry stores in the country, stepped away from it and then returned.

One took a mail-order baking company to national television and beat one of the best chefs in the country.

Another leads a computer-service business and will be the second person to receive an honor for up-and-coming executives.

William S. Morris III, Donnie Thompson, Vera Stewart and Julian Roberts III will be honored at a black-tie dinner at the Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites on Nov. 17.

The Junior Achievement of Augusta-sponsored Hall of Fame was created in 2003 to recognize businesspeople whose leadership and community service are an inspiration to younger generations.

The annual event helps fund Junior Achievement, which plans to affect more than 8,200 students in the area during the school year.

Morris is the chairman and CEO of Morris Communications Co., the owner of The Augusta Chronicle .

Junior Achievement said his corporate contributions fund many organizations and his personal investments have revitalized downtown.

Thompson is the CEO of Windsor Jewelers. His area real estate investments and commercial developments are overshadowed only by his civic contributions, including his annual Thunder Over Augusta military-appreciation event.

Stewart, the president and CEO of VeryVera, has won national attention for her VeryVera mail-order cakes. She has raised money for cancer research and a scholarship program for young people employed by her company. She defeated nationally renowned chef Bobby Flay in a contest on the Food Network earlier this year.

Roberts, a managing partner at Augusta Information Technologies LLC, will receive Junior Achievement's Rising Star Award, which "represents those up-and-coming younger individuals that are paving the way for others to follow either in new creative ways or in emerging businesses," said Laurie Cook, the Junior Achievement director.

Augusta Information Technologies started in 1999 and has expanded from computer services to data services management.

The ceremony

The CSRA Business Hall of Fame dinner will be at Augusta Marriott Hotel & Suites on Nov. 17 at 6:30 p.m.


- Weldon Wyatt

- Patrick G. Blanchard

- Ed Presnell

- W. Cothran Campbell

- Terry D. Elam

- E.G. Meybohm

- Paul S. Simon

- Ann Taylor

- Carolyn Maund

- Gordon Huff

- George W. Parks Jr.

- Kenneth Walz

- J. Pierce Blanchard

- William P. Copenhaver

- H. Montague Osteen

- Peter Seymour Knox III

- Clayton (Red) P. Boardman Jr.

- Dr. Joseph M. Still Jr.

- Gregory L. Hodges

- William Hammond Burkhalter

- George G. Weiss

- Charles W. Norwood

- Clay Boardman

- Jim Hull

- Boone Knox

- Nadia Butler