Junior Achievement: Names 2015 business leaders


Andy Larsen 414-271-0101 ext. 119

Jessica Levine 414-271-0101 ext. 101


Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ Celebrates 25th Anniversary

MILWAUKEE – Junior Achievement (JA) will celebrate its 25th anniversary of the Wisconsin
Business Hall of Fame
™ on April 16, 2015 at The Pfister Hotel in Milwaukee. In addition to honoring all 100 past laureates at the induction ceremony, five more outstanding leaders in business will be inducted, including Joyce Bytof, of Coldwell Banker and The Real Estate Group, Russell M. Darrow, Jr. of Russ Darrow Group, Inc., Ralph and Alice Stayer of Johnsonville Sausage, LLC and Edward Zore of Northwestern Mutual.

Each year, inspirational business leaders are honored at the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and benefit dinner, with proceeds benefiting JA. Established in 1990, the Hall of Fame honors individuals whose business innovations, effective management and civic involvement made a difference in companies and communities throughout the state. The laureates are also recognized for the high standards they set as role models for Wisconsin’s young people. The five new laureates inducted this year are innovative business leaders who have positively shaped Wisconsin’s business climate.

“It is our honor to induct these distinguished laureates into the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™,” said Tim Greinert, president of Junior Achievement of Wisconsin. “They represent the core of what JA is all about, entrepreneurship and business leadership. Each leader has become a role model for Wisconsin’s young people by creating a culture of innovation and success.”

Several other awards will be presented at the ceremony. The Distinguished Executive Award, sponsored by Wells Fargo, will be presented to John Daniels, chairman emeritus, Quarles and Brady. Receiving the Peak Performer Award, sponsored by Potawatomi Bingo Casino, will be Austin Ramirez, president, HUSCO International. Junior Achievement and Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) will also name the 2015 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award, sponsored by EY.

Past inductees to the Hall of Fame include William Specht, Cousins Submarines, Inc.; Robert E. Harlan, The Green Bay Packers; Pleasant Rowland, American Girl; Frederick Stratton, Jr., Briggs & Stratton; Richard Teerlink, Harley-Davidson, Inc.; John Stollenwerk, Allen Edmonds Shoe Company; Don Schneider, Schneider Trucking; and Bud Selig, the Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club and Oscar Mayer.

Special thanks to associate sponsors FIS and Marcus Corporation, presenting sponsor The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and reception sponsor McGladrey.

For more information about the Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ go to the JA website, wisconsin.ja.org

Media interested in more information or interviewing JA President Tim Greinert about this event should contact Andy Larsen or Jessica Levine at 414-271-0101, [email protected]

About Junior Achievement of Wisconsin:

Junior Achievement of Wisconsin, Inc. is dedicated to educating students about work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs. The organization prepares young people for the real world, showing them how to generate wealth and effectively manage it, create jobs which make their communities more robust, and apply entrepreneurial thinking to the workplace. Over 168,000 students in the state of Wisconsin put these lessons into action every year and learn the value of contributing to their communities.

About Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame:

The Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ was established in 1990 by Junior Achievement of Wisconsin to honor individuals who have established themselves as role models and whose business innovations, effective management and civic involvement make a difference in companies and communities throughout the state. An annual induction ceremony and benefit dinner honors new laureates each year.

The Wisconsin Business Hall of Fame™ exhibit, sponsored by The Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation and housed at the Junior Achievement Kohl’s Education Center, functions as an interactive showcase of more than 100 inductees inducted since 1990. The exhibit features interactive iPad displays, energy graphics and multimedia wall. The result is a dynamic experience that makes the stories of Wisconsin business leaders come alive for the more than 20,000 visitors and students who come through the building annually.