They are industrial contractors, noted philanthropists, franchisees and software developers. But they all have one thing in common: To borrow a phrase from management guru Peter Drucker, they have dared the impossible and achieved the extraordinary. One built a Gulf Coast instruction empire from an office in his garage store room. Another was a a brick mason apprentice with an itch to go out on his own. A tech firm launched by a teenager now has clients around the globe.
These are the 2015 Business Report Hall of Fame inductees, Businesspeople of the Year and Companies of the Year. Honorees are:
We spotlight their accomplishments, success and contributions to the quality of life in the Capital Region—as well as the inspiration they bring to others—in this issue and at a special event this month.
The Business Awards were started in 1984 to pay tribute to remarkable individuals and companies in the local business sector to recognize their many accomplishments. In 1993, Business Report brought in a partner, Junior Achievement, to present the awards, and the Hall of Fame category was added to recognize a lifetime of achievement.
Reserve your tickets for the 2015 Business Awards & Hall of Fame Banquet, presented by Business Report and Junior Achievement of Greater Baton Rouge and Acadiana. The event, sponsored by Capital one and Franklin, will be held Thursday, March 19, at the Crowne Plaza. Tickets are $80 each or $750 for a table of 10. Proceeds benefit the Junior Achievement Endowment Fund. For tickets, call (225) 928-7008 or visit jabatonrouge.com.