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Posted: Thursday, May 20th 2010 at 10:58pm

NE Ga. Business Hall of Fame begins

By Marc Eggers Staff
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(L-R) Wilheit, Robertson, and Massey
GAINESVILLE – Thursday night at the Chattahoochee Country Club Featherbone Communiversity and Junior Achievement of Georgia presented the inauguration of the Northeast Georgia Business Hall of Fame.

Like any hall of fame, only the best-of-the-best are enshrined. But with this being the “inaugural inauguration”, there was extra thought on the part of the selection committee to assure that the first class of inductees was stellar.

Tanya Applebaum, Director of Education for JA of Northeast Georgia, explained that the committee gave a lot of thought and discussion to their choices. “We looked over everything,” Ms. Applebaum assured.

When all was said and done, the nominees were clearly paradigms of business entrepreneurialism and social activism: Abit Massey, Moss and his late-wife Lindsay Robertson, and Philip Wilheit, Sr.

All have been giants of business, leaders in their communities, at the forefront in philanthropy, and proactive in sharing their secrets of success with the young leaders of tomorrow.

Video tributes and testimonials preceded each of these charter members of the Business Hall of Fame as they were called to the stage by emcee Bill Maine, as well as separate standing ovations.

Each acknowledged their family and faith as well as capitalism for being the impetus to their success.

Georgia Junior Achievement President Jack Harris said JA's mission is "preparing young people for a career in the global economy.” All three of the Hall's new inductees echoed that opinion, saying that there has never been a more critical time for such work to be ongoing in our society.


Ana Lopera, a senior at Flowery Branch High School gave the invocation. Ana was born in Columbia, South American. At age eleven she moved to the United States. Next fall she will attending Brenau University and has just recently become a citizen of the United States.

She credits much of her success to the influence of Junior Achievement and the strong influence of leaders such as Thursday night’s inductees to the Business Hall of Fame.


Gina Chappelear of Banks County 4-H and a four-year teacher of JA was named Volunteer of the Year.

Dawn Brown of Habersham Central High School has participated in JA for five years and was awarded Teacher of the Year.

And Lanier Village Estates and the Hall County/Gainesville City School Systems were announced as Business and School Partnership of the Year.

A "Silent Auction" of donated items was held to help raise needed funds for Junior Achievement. For more information about JA see the link below.

Link: Hall County JA
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