Five named to CSRA Business Hall of Fame

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Five business leaders will be honored at the 2011 CSRA Business Hall of Fame induction ceremony in three weeks.

Jeff Hadden, Joey Hadden, Rick Allen, Perry Smith and Joseph Greene will be honored by Junior Achievement of Augusta the evening of Jan. 26 at the Augusta Marriott at the Convention Center.

Junior Achievement created the hall in 2004 to recognize the role individuals in business have played in the area. Laurie Cook, the executive director of Junior Achieve­ment of Georgia-Augusta District, said it is the organization’s signature event.
There have been 29 previous inductees since the hall’s creation.

Greene, who died in 2007, was executive vice president/chief marketing officer for Pilgrim Health and Life Insurance Co., one of Augusta’s oldest and largest black-owned businesses, before retiring in 1991. He then had a second career as a business professor at Augusta State University.

Smith is a retired Air Force general who become one of Augusta’s most active community leaders. He is an internationally known speaker, commentator and management consultant.

Allen founded one of the biggest com­­mer­cial construction firms in the South­east, R.W. Allen, and is now running for Congress.

The Hadden brothers, owners of Phoenix Printing, transformed the company into the city’s largest commercial printer after taking the helm of the family business more than two decades ago.

Before the dinner, there will be a silent auction on artwork submitted by five area high school students. The proceeds will benefit Junior Achievement, which serves 18 counties in the area. About 7,000 students will benefit from a program this year that teaches them about business, economics and the free enterprise system.

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