Three area business leaders will be inducted into the CSRA Business Hall of Fame on Thursday.
The Junior Achievement of Augusta-sponsored hall of fame was created two years ago to recognize business people whose leadership and community service are an inspiration to younger generations.
The volunteer group promotes free enterprise to schoolchildren and runs similar hall-of-fame programs nationwide.
The black-tie event begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Radisson Riverfront Hotel Augusta. Honorees are to be inducted into one of three categories: "active," for those still working in their chosen field; the self-explanatory "retired" category; and the posthumous "historical" category.
The 2005 inductees are:
DR. JOSEPH M. STILL (ACTIVE CATEGORY): One of the people who helped make the Augusta region a medical mecca is Dr. Joseph M. Still, the founder of the burn center that bears his name at Doctors Hospital.
He recognized a need in the mid-1970s for a regional center when his first burn patient died. The Joseph M. Still Burn Center, which he created through a network of associations, facilities and medical talent, has saved thousands of lives.
Dr. Still also helped establish the Southeastern Firefighters' Burn Foundation in 1988 to help the families of burn victims while their loved ones are receiving treatment.
KENNETH G. WALZ (RETIRED CATEGORY): Coca-Cola is among the most philanthropic companies in America. For more than a quarter-century in Augusta, the company's giving was directed by Kenneth G. Walz, the president of the eastern region for Coca-Cola United, one of the beverage giant's largest bottlers.
Mr. Walz oversaw 400 employees and a territory that stretched from Savannah, Ga., to Greenville, S.C. Organizations such as the Augusta Metro Chamber of Commerce, the Augusta Museum of History and the University Hospital Foundation were a few of the beneficiaries of Mr. Walz's corporate contributions.
Today, he donates his time and expertise to charitable causes in the community and provides help for his wife, Peggy's, business, The Flower Garden.
CLAYTON P. BOARDMAN JR. (HISTORICAL CATEGORY): Mr. Boardman, or "Red," as he was known to family and friends, worked in the retail gasoline business for most of his career and was the driving force behind the region's best-known convenience store brands: Smile Gas.
The successful chain that once stretched from Florida to North Carolina, and dotted nearly every major intersection in the Augusta area, was acquired by then-Circle K owner Tosco Corp. in 1999.
Mr. Boardman's businesses - which included gasoline wholesale and transportation companies - generated much wealth, and he was known as one of the city's most philanthropic businessmen, though many of his charitable contributions were made anonymously. He died in June.
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