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Augusta businessmen inducted into CSRA Business Hall of Fame

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A leader in Augusta real estate and a local attorney were inducted into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame on Thursday night.

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Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., smiles as he watches a video tribute to his career with his wife, Lynda, during the 2013 CSRA Business Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.  JON-MICHAEL SULLIVAN/STAFF
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Thomas M. Blanchard, Jr., smiles as he watches a video tribute to his career with his wife, Lynda, during the 2013 CSRA Business Hall of Fame dinner and induction ceremony.

Blanchard & Calhoun Real Estate Co. President Thomas M. Blanchard Jr. and Wyck A. Knox Jr., of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, were honored at the annual Junior Achievement black-tie dinner, held at the Legends Club.

Blanchard shared words his father, Thomas M. Blanchard Sr., told him: “Never lose sight of the fact that a good reputation is the hardest thing to earn and certainly the easiest thing to lose that you’ll ever have. So work hard and treat people fairly and things will work out all right.”

Blanchard joined the Augusta real estate company in 1970 after graduating from the University of Virginia. Blanchard is also president of Blanchard and Calhoun Insurance Agency and is CEO of Augusta Mortgage Co.

Blanchard serves on several local boards, including the Community Foundation of the CSRA, Westover Memorial Cemetery and First Tee of Augusta. He also is past chairman of the Metro Augusta Chamber of Commerce and the Community Foundation of the CSRA.

Blanchard, who is an active member of The Church of the Good Shepherd, also is past president of the Augusta Board of Realtors and the Mortgage Bankers Association of Georgia.

Besides being counsel at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend, Knox serves as a director of AGL Resources, trustee and chairman of the Endowment Committee of Young Harris College and a trustee of the Ida Cason Callaway Foundation.

“I am an optimist, and I’m optimistic about Augusta,” Knox said. “We have tremendous opportunities in this community if we will seize them, and the operative word is we.”

In 1976, Knox founded Knox and Zacks law firm with partner David Zacks and became the chairman and CEO of Knox Rivers Construction Co., a family road construction business that he oversaw for more than 19 years.

He is a partner of Knox Properties and president of Knox Charity Fund. Knox also served as a founding director and chairman of the board of Georgia Lottery Corp., and as a member of the Metropolitan Atlanta Olympic Games Authority.

Before video presentations highlighting the achievements of both men were played, Junior Achievement Executive Director Christina Austin honored them with words.

“They are two extraordinary gentleman that share the same spirit and same vision that most of us look up to in our business community,” she said.

The CSRA Business Hall of Fame recognizes individuals whose business and philanthropic pursuits inspire younger generations.

Blanchard and Knox join the ranks of 33 area businesspeople in the CSRA Business Hall of Fame.


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