44th Mid-Florida Business Hall of Fame

When: Thursday, October 07, 2021
Where: Orlando, FL
Time: 5:00 PM EST
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 e) Community-mindedness 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

Philip Crosby Associates, Inc.

Buell G. Duncan*

SunTrust Bank

Patricia Engfer

Hyatt Regency Orlando International Airport

M.A. -Manny- Garcia III

Atlantic Coast Management

Alan Helman

Helman Hurley Charvat Peacock Architects, Inc.

Gerald Hilbrich

KPMG Peat Marwick, LLP

James Hinson*

Dr. Phillips Charities

Dr. John Hitt

University of Central Florida

Sandra Hostetter

SunTrust Bank

C.T. Hsu

C. T. Hsu & Associates

David H. Hughes

Hughes Supply, Inc.

Tony Jenkins

Florida Blue

The Honorable Toni Jennings

Jack Jennings & Sons/ Former Lt. Governor

Joe Lee

Darden Restaurants

Jim Lewis

Disney Vacation Club

John Lowndes

Lowndes, Drosdick, Doster, Kantor & Reed, Inc.

Ronald Magruder

The Olive Garden

The Honorable Mel Martinez

JP Morgan Chase

Tony Massey

Massey Services

Harvey L. Massey

Massey Services, Inc.

Harold Mills


Dick Nunis

Walt Disney Attractions

Clarence Otis

Darden Restaurants

Harris Rosen

Rosen Hotels and Resorts, Inc.

Joan Ruffier

Accountant and Community Leader

Joanie Schirm

Geotechnical and Environmental Consultants, Inc.

James Seneff


Tom Sittema

CNL Financial Group

Jacob V. Stuart Sr.

Central Florida Partnership

The Honorable Bill Sublette

Orange County School Board, Chairman

Rasesh Thakkar

Tavistock Group

Al Weiss

Walt Disney Parks and Resorts

Thomas L. Werner

Adventist Health System

Entrepreneurial Vanguard

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 e) Community-mindedness 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

Shari Costantini

Avant Healthcare Professionals

Jason Eichenholz - 2019


Robert Palmer - 2017

RP Funding

Brian Wheeler - 2016

Tijuana Flats

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