Awards & Recognition
November 14, 2013

Junior Achievement of Middle America’s Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame has honored the city’s most distinguished businessmen and women for their outstanding contributions to free enterprise and the promise of a better, stronger society. For 2013, three exceptional business leaders have been welcomed as laureates into the Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame in an induction ceremony that will begin at 6:00pm on Thursday, November 14, 2013 at the Downtown Marriott Count Basie Ballroom.

The Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame laureates for 2013 include: Len Rodman, Chairman, President and CEO of Black & Veatch; Jim Polsinelli, Founding Partner of Polsinelli; and David Fowler, retired Office Managing Partner of KPMG LLP.

These three honorees join a distinguished group of 35 men and women who have been inducted into the Junior Achievement of Middle America’s Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame. This year our presenting sponsor is Black & Veatch. Other generous sponsors include Polsinelli, DST, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City, KPMG and State Street.

Dr. Bernard Franklin, President of Junior Achievement said, “The volunteers of Junior Achievement of Middle America are in classrooms every year teaching 20,000 youth about work readiness, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, so one day they can make a difference. These three esteemed leaders are an inspiration to our youth for their community work and their business integrity.”

Junior Achievement (JA) of Middle America is a non-profit organization dedicated to educating students in grades K-12 about work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. In partnership with business and educator, JA brings the real world to area students, opening their minds to their potential and preparing them for the world of work. National studies confirm that Junior Achievement succeeds in affecting students’ lives, helps them to make better life choices and gain a greater comprehension of economic principals. The purpose of Junior Achievement of Middle America is to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. This year, JA will reach 20,000 Kansas City area students, and 10 million students worldwide, in more than 100 countries.

To purchase tickets or learn about the sponsorship opportunities for this event, please visit our event page on our website or contact Stuart Hoffman, Development Director for Junior Achievement of Middle America at 816-561-3558, ext. 15 or shoffman@jamidamerica.org. Click here for the history of The Greater Kansas City Business Hall of Fame (since 2001).