Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas Hosts 2013 North Carolina Business Hall of Fame

Youth Nonprofit and the North Carolina Chamber Honor Exceptional Business Leadership

Charlotte, NC, November 28, 2013 --(PR.com)-- Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), the Carolinas’ premier organization providing financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship education to the states’ youth, partnered with the North Carolina Chamber to host the 2013 North Carolina Business Hall of Fame event on Nov. 19. During the event, three new Laureates were inducted into the hall of fame and honored for their outstanding business leadership in North Carolina. The Laureates honored were: Alan E. Gant Jr., president and CEO of Glen Raven, Inc.; E. Norris Tolson, president and CEO of the N.C. Biotechnology Center; and Stephen P. Zelnak Jr., chairman of the board of Martin Marietta Materials and chairman and majority owner of ZP Enterprises.

MetLife served as the Presidential Presenting Sponsor for the event, and North Carolina Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest served as the keynote speaker. Matt Harris, co-host of 107.9 The Link’s Matt and Ramona Show served as emcee.

Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas partners with the North Carolina Chamber each year to celebrate the accomplishments of the state’s most outstanding business and government leaders. Laureates are selected by a panel of business and community leaders for their significant contributions to building and defining the North Carolina business landscape. Past honorees include William, Thomas and John Belk, Peggy Kirk Bell, George H.V. Cecil, Boyd L. George, Governor James B. Hunt Jr., Leon Levine, Hugh McColl, J. Gregory Poole Jr., Jerry Richardson, Charlie and Ed Shelton, Temple Sloan, Bruton Smith, Allen Tate and Joan Zimmerman.

“Our latest class of North Carolina Business Hall of Fame Laureates exemplifies the best that the state has to offer in economic thought leadership and entrepreneurial innovation,” said Sarah Cherne, president and CEO of JACC. “Each Laureate embodies the mission and vision of Junior Achievement, and we are proud to honor those who have influenced the prosperity of our state, our economy and our communities in such a remarkable way. We are thankful for their example as we continue training our students to become tomorrow’s N.C. Business Hall of Fame Laureates.”

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Junior Achievement (JA) is the world’s largest organization dedicated to providing young people in grades K through 12 with the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for the future, and make smart academic and economic choices. Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., operates offices in Asheville, N.C., and Rock Hill, S.C., and serves more than 33,000 students annually through its hands-on and experiential educational programs. Delivered by corporate and community volunteers, JA programs provide relevant, engaging experiences that educate and empower students in the areas of financial literacy, workforce readiness and entrepreneurship. For more information, visit http://www.jacarolinas.org/.
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