JA Alaska Business Hall of Fame | Junior Achievement of Alaska

32nd Annual Alaska Business Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement of Alaska Honors Community Business Leaders 

Business peers recently selected four outstanding Alaska business leaders to join the Alaska Business Hall of Fame - John Binkley - Alaska Cruise Association, Rick Morrison - Morrison Auto Group, Richard Strutz - Wells Fargo, and Connie Yoshimura - DWELL Realty.

The induction ceremony into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame will be held Jan. 24, 2019 at the Dena'ina Civic & Convention Center. Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc. and Alaska Business Monthly are the Title sponsors of this event. Alaska Business Monthly will feature an interview and biography of each of the Laureates in the January 2019 edition.

 In 1987, Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc. began the Alaska Business Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals of Alaskan business.  Since then, the Hall of Fame has become one of the state's most prestigious events, inducting new Laureates on an annual basis.  

"This class joins a group of more than 100 Hall of Fame Laureates exemplifying the rich diversity of Alaska in terms of geographical regions, business and industrial heritage, and cultures.  In essence, the Laureates represent the foundation upon which the state of Alaska is built and continues to grow." Ret. Gen. Mark Hamilton, Hall of Fame 2019 Emcee

The 32nd annual celebration includes:

  • No-host Reception beginning at 5:30 p.m.

  • Dinner and induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m.

  • Concluding by 8:30 p.m. 

The evening will also include a special recognition of the many past inductees who will be in attendance.  Individual tickets are $150, with limited sponsorship opportunities available.  Please email Flora Teo or call 907-344-0101 for more information.  

All proceeds benefit Junior Achievement of Alaska's statewide K-12 economic education programs, benefitting 14,000 students in 53 Alaskan communities on an annual basis.

2019 Alaska Business Hall of Fame Inductees

2019 Business Hall of Fame Laureate

Connie Yoshimura

DWELL Realty

2019 Business Hall of Fame Laureate

John Binkley

Alaska Cruise Association

2019 Business Hall of Fame Laureate

Richard Strutz

Wells Fargo

2019 Business Hall of Fame Laureate

Rick Morrison

Morrison Auto Group

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Event Sponsors

  • "I can't think of a better gift for kids than to prepare them for success in the real world." - Aaron Bahe, Columbus City School Teacher

  • "I loved being the mayor of JA BizTown. I now have a good understanding of how busy business can be." - Gabbie Schneider, JA BizTown Student

  • "I loved my job as the CFO! It was so much fun. If I did this everyday it would be great!" - JA BizTown Student

  • "Kids are capable of more than we know. JA is a great way to demonstrate the real life skills they will all need." JA of Central Ohio Volunteer

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