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Junior Achievement Honors Four Laureates at Lawrence Business Hall of Fame Event

Junior Achievement of Kansas inducted four new members into their Lawrence Business Hall of Fame on Tuesday evening, October 2.  The event was held at the DoubleTree by Hilton.

The four laureates recognized are: the late Bob Moore, Advanco, Inc.; Cindy Maude, Callahan Creek (now Callahan Agency); John McGrew, McGrew Real Estate; and Mike Treanor, TreanorHL. 

The evening kicked off with a dinner and performance by the Kansas City Kansas Community College vocal jazz ensemble.  The evening was emceed by Brian Hanni, Director of Broadcasting for Kansas Athletics and “Voice of the Jayhawks.”  Welcoming remarks were made by Ernesto Hodison, Hall of Fame chair, & Annika Lintecum, a fifth grader from Langston Hughes Elementary.

Remarks were made by Dr. Anthony Lewis, the new superintendent of Lawrence Public Schools. Dr. Lewis noted the importance of Junior Achievement instilling vital skills into our students and his background with the organization in the Kansas City area prior to coming to Lawrence.  He told the story of keeping a old school desk in his office as a reminder that everything he does is for a child that sits in a desk, and thanked the guests on behalf of the Lawrence Public Schools’ 7 board members, 12,000 students, and 1,800 employees.

The introductions of laureates were made by Hanni & four guest students from Lawrence elementary schools: Kavon Price, Irie Shafer, Callan Flory, & Aliyanah Howard, representing Hillcrest Elementary, Pinckney Elementary, Prairie Park Elementary, & Kennedy Elementary, respectively.  Each student helped introduce a laureate, followed by the presentation of a laureate video. 

Marty Moore, representing his father Bob Moore, spoke of Moore’s work ethic, building over 100 homes a year during multiple years of his career.  He said that his grandfather instilled the importance of hard work into Bob at an early age, saying that Bob should “go out and get yourself a job or work for me for free.” The younger Moore noted that his dad always felt “very blessed” to have Lawrence as the place of his career and a place to raise his family.   

Cindy Maude spoke of three values that carried her through her 40+ year advertising career: passion, people, & passing it on.  Maude remarked, “My most important job was to hire the best and most important people in the business,” noting that “giving back or feeling that you made a difference in someone’s life,” was among the highest accolades she could have ever received.

John McGrew, said that despite the tragedy of his father passing when he was 14, he felt like “the luckiest person in the world to be born in Lawrence, raised by hardworking parents that gave me a jumpstart in life.” McGrew took over McGrew Real Estate at age 21, growing it into one of the most prominent real estate agencies in Lawrence. 

Mike Treanor first quipped that he “wanted to hire whoever coached these kids,” referencing the student presenters’ skill in public speaking.  Treanor credited his father for being a “great example of how to be a man, treat people, and live life.”  Treanor referenced four pieces of advice his father passed onto him, those being to listen, be persistent, be optimistic, and have gratitude. 

The four laureates received environmental portraits for recognition into the Hall of Fame.  The 2018 honorees make the 33rd-36th inductees.  Members will be part of a permanent exhibit at the Lawrence Public Library.

The event was sponsored by US Bank, Lawrence Business Journal, Westar Energy, Callahan Agency, Crown Automotive, Wealth Management Group, RCB Bank, McGrew Real Estate, Advanco, LMH Health, Moonblind Productions, McDonalds of Lawrence, Lawrence Journal-World, Emprise Bank, DoubleTree by Hilton, KLWN, CEK & Nationwide Insurance, Minuteman Press, BlueCross BlueShield of Kansas, and HyVee. 

To watch this year's tribute videos, click HERE