Inductees stand out for successes, civic involvement

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Three businessmen and one businesswoman will be honored at the 2009 CSRA Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony in November.

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One inductee is a former oil company executive who now runs a real estate and private equity firm.

One is the owner of a commercial real estate company with a business college named after him.

One is a former banker who serves as the managing trustee of a foundation.

Another is a rising star who leads a software company and will receive an inaugural honor for up-and-coming executives.

Clay Boardman, Jim Hull, Boone Knox and Nadia Butler will be honored at a black-tie dinner at 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 2009-10 school year.

Ms. Butler, the president and CEO of Emergency Services Integrators, will receive Junior Achievement's first Rising Star Award.

"Junior Achievement is all about inspiring and encouraging young people to be entrepreneurial thinkers," said Laurie Cook, the Junior Achievement director. "The Rising Star Award 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. They have taken their ideas and passions and created a successful business model."

ESi develops crisis management software that is used by county, state and federal government agencies.

Mr. Hull is the owner of Hull Storey Gibson Cos. LLC, a commercial real estate company with more than 10.5 million square feet of malls and shopping centers in its portfolio.

In 2007, he and his wife, Karen, donated $2 million to Augusta State University's College of Business Administration, which has since been named in his honor.

Mr. Knox is managing partner of Knox Ltd. and managing trustee of the Knox Foundation.

He blazed his trail in the banking industry by turning the small Bank of Thomson into Allied Bankshares, a $600 million bank holding company acquired by Regions Bank.

He is currently heading fundraising efforts for the Salvation Army's Kroc Center.

Mr. Boardman was once the chief executive for Boardman Petroleum Inc., which had a network of convenience stories and bulk fuel storage facilities throughout the Southeast.

The company was sold, and Mr. Boardman headed up Augusta Capital LLC, a real estate and private equity firm.

His acquisition and renovation of the Enterprise Mill building ushered in a new era of historic preservation in downtown Augusta, Ms. Cook said.

Reach Tim Rausch at (706) 823-3352 or


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

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WW1949 09/20/09 - 09:53 am
What about all the small

What about all the small business owners that provide the majority of jobs in the Augusta area. They all should be recognizewd for their contribution.

Brad Owens
Brad Owens 09/20/09 - 10:39 am
Nahhh, you need to be a big

Nahhh, you need to be a big shot to be considered as having any REAL value to the community. They should take all the money being spent on this and use it to train JA classes in our public schools. But then again, I guess these rich folks support them with plenty of money so why not have a party to hononr them?

derekdugan 09/20/09 - 09:22 pm
"big shot" or not, I can

"big shot" or not, I can speak personally to the time and effort that Boone Knox, Jim Hull and Clay Boardman have put in to this community (I do not know Mrs. Butler but for reputation, which is also strong). In addition to a tremendous amount of investment each has put into this community, those three have dedicated in time what would amount to a full time job into the Kroc Center campaign. They work weekends, nights, and a large part of the day on our campaign in addition to being involved in many other organizations. It is a privilege to know these three men and I am thrilled they are being honored by an equally important organization in Junior Achievement.

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