Originally created 11/07/04

4 leaders to be honored as youth role models



A stable owner, an educator, a pharmacist and a car dealer will be honored Thursday at the CSRA Business Hall of Fame dinner awards ceremony.

The event, created by Junior Achievement of Georgia's Augusta district, recognizes influential business leaders who serve as role models to youths. There are three categories for induction: "active," for business leaders who are still working in their chosen field; the self-explanatory "retired" category; and the posthumous "historical" category.

The black-tie event will begin at 6:30 p.m. at Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. This year's inductees are:

W. Cothran "Cot" Campbell

Mr. Cambell, the president of Aiken's Dogwood Stable, is the originator of the thoroughbred racehorse group-ownership concept. He has introduced more than 1,000 people to racing and purchased more than $100 million worth of bloodstock since the group's inception in 1969.

Last year, Dogwood ranked 22nd in earnings among all North American racing stables, with $2.2 million. Its horses have competed in hundreds of events, including 10 Triple Crown races. Mr. Campbell, the author of the books Lightning in a Jar and Rascals and Racehorses: A Sporting Man's Life, has a client roster that includes current and retired chairmen or presidents of numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Dow Chemical, Delta Air Lines, Prudential, Ralston Purina, Marsh & McLennan, Leggett & Platt, Textron Corp. and VISA USA.

Before his racing career, Mr. Campbell was the chairman of Burton-Campbell, Inc., one of the South's largest advertising agencies. He and wife, Anne Dodd, have two daughters and six grandchildren.

Terry D. Elam

Mr. Elam, the president of Augusta Technical College, directs an institution serving 6,000 students in a five-county area. Working closely with the business community to identify workforce needs, he has expanded the number of majors from 38 to 60.

He was also instrumental in expanding rural educational opportunities by building partnerships among businesses, industry and private residents to attain the major capital resulting in new campuses.

The lifelong educator is a graduate of T.W. Josey High School, Paine College and the University of Georgia, where he earned a master's degree in education. Mr. Elam's career began with the Richmond County school system as a teacher and then vocational coordinator.

He accepted an instructor position with Augusta Tech in 1982 and later served as recruiter, director of admissions, and vice president of economic development before his appointment to president in 1997.

Mr. Elam is a community activist, serving on the boards of the Richmond County Development Authority, CSRA Regional Development Center and the Georgia Medical Center Authority. He and his wife, Patricia, have two children.

George W. Parks Jr.

At the time of his retirement in 1986, Mr. Parks had built North Augusta's largest independently owned pharmacy. He first had been exposed to the pharmacy business while working as a soda jerk during high school in his native Cornelia, S.C.

Mr. Parks graduated from the University of Georgia School of Pharmacy in 1948 and worked for Edmunds Drug Co. in Augusta as a pharmacist and later became a manager and partner for the North Augusta Pharmacy. He opened the George Parks Pharmacy in 1961 and became an innovator in the market by offering drive-in service and home delivery.

Many community organizations have benefited from Mr. Parks' leadership, including the North Augusta Jaycees, the North Augusta Exchange Club and the North Augusta Chamber of Commerce. He was instrumental in fund-raising efforts to build the North Augusta High School football stadium, which was built solely with private funds.

The North Augusta Chamber named him as Citizen of the Year in 1977, and the Sertoma Club of North Augusta presented him the Service to Mankind Award in 1982. Mr. Parks and his wife, Lucille, have three children.

Gregory L. Hodges

Mr. Hodges starting earning his reputation as one of the city's most charitable businessmen shortly after moving to Augusta in 1988 to open the first of what would be five auto dealerships: Augusta Mitsubishi, Saturn of Augusta, Honda Cars of Aiken, Kia of Augusta and Acura of Augusta.

Mr. Hodges died of cancer in 2003 at age 46.

He was a major contributor and volunteer to the Special Olympics, March of Dimes, American Cancer Society, American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, The Boys and Girls Club of Augusta and the Augusta Lynx Foundation.

Mr. Hodges quickly became a community leader through his involvement with several organizations and government boards, including the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, Uptown Kiwanis Club and Better Business Bureau.

An avid pilot, he served on the executive committee of the Boshears Fly-In and on the board of the Daniel Field General Aviation Commission.

The Portsmouth, Va., native spent most of his life in Charleston, S.C. At age 15 he began working in the motorcycle shop of Charleston businessman Edward Stokes, later moving to entry-level dealership positions as the company expanded into automobiles.

Mr. Hodges is survived by his wife, Jan, and two children.