Each year, Junior Achievement of Central Florida hosts the prestigious Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame event to honor local prominent business persons who have made extraordinary contributions of leadership to our community. The highlight of the event is seeing our Junior Achievement students serve as the hosts and hostess for the evening celebration and present the awards to the newly inducted members of the Hall of Fame, and the honorees for Spirit of Achievement and Entrepreneur Vanguard.
Since 1977, we have inducted over 121 Hall of Fame Honorees who are forward-thinking entrepreneurs and accomplished community leaders for their contributions to our region’s economic development and their commitment to business excellence. This event supports the mission of Junior Achievement of Central Florida and helps us continue our impact on the lives of our youth across Central Florida.
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Spirit Of Achievement
The Spirit of Achievement award distinguishes an active business person. This award is presented at the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame, but is NOT to be confused with the Hall of Fame laureate inductions. Spirit of Achievement provides JA an opportunity to honor and thank a local business person for significant contributions to private enterprise in Central Florida. The candidate must demonstrate: a) Business excellence
b) Courageous thinking and actions
c) Vision and innovation
d) Inspiring leadership
f) Their actions serve as role models for those who follow
Stated more simply, the Spirit of Achievement winners are individuals whose work has nudged the Central Florida community in a better, stronger direction.
Philip Crosby Associates, Inc.
Buell G. Duncan*
Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport
M.A. -Manny- Garcia III
Atlantic Coast Management
Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, Inc.
KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP
Dr. Phillips Charities
Dr. John Hitt
University of Central Florida
C. T. Hsu & Associates
David H. Hughes
Hughes Supply, Inc.
The Honorable Toni Jennings
Jack Jennings & Sons/ Former Lt. Governor
Disney Vacation Club
Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, Inc.
The Olive Garden
The Honorable Mel Martinez
JP Morgan Chase
Harvey L. Massey
Massey Services, Inc.
Walt Disney Attractions
Rosen Hotels and Resorts, Inc.
Accountant and Community Leader
Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc.
CNL Financial Group
Jacob V. Stuart Sr.
Central Florida Partnership
The Honorable Bill Sublette
Orange County School Board, Chairman
Walt Disney Parks and Resorts
Thomas L. Werner
Adventist Health System
The Entrepreneurial Vanguard award distinguishes an entrepreneur whose vision and courage built a lasting business here in Central Florida. This award is presented at the Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame, but is NOT to be confused with the Hall of Fame Laureate or Spirit of Achievement inductions. It provides JACF an opportunity to honor and thank a local entrepreneur who is ensuring the success of private enterprise in Central Florida. To be considered as an Entrepreneurial Vanguard nominee, an individual’s record of must demonstrate:
a) Successful entrepreneurial endeavors
b) Innovative thinking and vision
c) Commitment and courage to develop new ideas
d) Inspiring leadership within their business
f) Excellent moral character, and
g) Serve as role models for those who follow.
The business started by the awardee needs to have been started in Central Florida and is at least 10 years old. The individual does not have to remain the owner of the business, nor do they need to be the sole proprietor of the initial startup.
Angela Alban - 2020
Waymon Armstrong - 2018
Engineering & Computer Simulations
Avant Healthcare Professionals
Jason Eichenholz - 2019
Robert Palmer - 2017
Brian Wheeler - 2016
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