JA Hall of Fame | Junior Achievement of Abilene


JA honors Hall of Fame Laureates for their leadership and success in business, and community involvement.


The JA Business Hall of Fame is a formal event that provides Junior Achievement the opportunity to recognize our state's most respected leaders for their commitment to and investment in the community.
The JA Business Hall of Fame laureates are part of a league of outstanding individuals who have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system. Through their actions and accomplishments, the Business Hall of Fame laureates provide inspiration for the next generation as they take the reins of leadership in the years to come.
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2017 JA Abilene Business Hall of Fame Laureates

Tim Lancaster


Tim Lancaster
President & CEO
Hendrick Health System

Wesley Smith


Wesley Smith
Owner & Operator
Chick-fil-A North Abilene

Kirk and Kristi Thaxton


Kirk Thaxton
President & CEO
First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company

Kristi Thaxton
Exceptional Fund Officer
Abilene Christian University


Many thanks to Larry and Shea Hall for hosting the event at Celebration Hall on the Silverado!

2017 Underwriter Sponsor

Dian Graves Owen Foundation

2017 Platinum Sponsors

First Financial Bank
First Financial Trust & Asset Management Company

2017 Gold Sponsors

Abilene Christian University
Condley & Company
Larry and Shea Hall
Davis Kinard
Dodge Jones Foundation
Hendrick Health System
Kickapoo Springs Foundation
Legett Foundation
McMahon Surovik Suttle, PC
Texas Tech University System

2017 Silver Sponsors

John and Carolyn Beckham
Rob and Julie Beckham
Scott Dueser
Justin and Alex Russell
Shelton Family Foundation
Wagstaff, LLP

2017 Friend Sponsors

Tucker Bridwell
CBS Insurance
Bud Darby
Edward Jones - Neil and Jennifer Shultz
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