The newest inductees into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame are a local real estate tycoon and federal judge.
Barry Storey, a partner at Hull Storey Gibson Companies LLC, and Dudley H. Bowen Jr., a U.S. District Court judge, were honored Thursday during an annual black-tie dinner organized by the local Junior Achievement district at Legends Club. The men join 35 other businesspeople who have been inducted into the hall since it was created in 2003.
Storey was introduced by business partner Jim Hull, who said he attributed his longtime friend’s business success in part to his ability to make friendships and work well with people.
“If there was a relationship hall of fame, Barry would be inducted,” said Hull, a 2009 Business Hall of Fame laureate. “Barry is also a transaction junkie. He likes to do deals.”
Storey is a partner at one of the largest commercial real estate firms in the Southeast. After working with development companies in Louisville, Ky., and Chattanooga, Tenn., he co-founded the company in 1992 with Hull. In 2010, the Association of Fundraising Professionals in Augusta awarded him as Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year.
Storey serves as a board member for Synovus Financial Corp., the Community Foundation for the CSRA, Augusta Tomorrow and Athens First Bank & Trust.
Bowen, a senior judge for the U.S. District Court’s Southern District of Georgia, began his law career in Augusta in 1965.
He served as a legal officer for the Army, attended the Army School and completed the military law course with honors in 1967. Just a year later, Bowen received the Army Commendation Medal.
From 1972 to 1975, Bowen was bankruptcy judge for the Southern District of Georgia. In 1979, he was appointed U.S. district judge for the Southern District of Georgia and served as chief judge from 1997 to 2004.
“He knows the law very well,” said attorney Wyck A. Knox Jr., a friend and inductee last year. “He also knows human nature. He is polite, patient, kind, but also decisive and firm.”
Bowen has served as secretary and executive committee member of the Augusta Bar Association, chairman of the Section of Bankruptcy Law for the State Bar of Georgia, treasurer of the Southeastern Bankruptcy Law Institute and director of the Federal Judges Association.
Junior Achievement of Augusta started the CSRA Business Hall of Fame to recognize individuals whose leadership and philanthropic pursuits serve to inspire younger generations.