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JA of North Florida - Hall of Fame

Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Luncheon

Tuesday, May 14, 2019
Noon - 1:30 PM
Hyatt Regency Jacksonville
225 E Coastline Drive, Jacksonville, FL 32202


Presenting the 21st Annual Thompson S. Baker Award

"The Thompson S. Baker Award celebrates the accomplishments of individuals who have shown outstanding leadership through civic and philanthropic deeds that have positively influenced business and education in the Jacksonville community."

Junior Achievement of North Florida marks its 21st year of presenting the Thompson S. Baker "Solid As A Rock" Award, recognizing individuals who have dedicated themselves to bettering our community through leadership, hands-on involvement, and philanthropic deeds. The annual award celebrates our local heroes who have positively influenced business and education in the Jacksonville community.

Since 1997, this prestigious annual award has been named for Thompson S. Baker, the founder of Florida Rock Industries who unselfishly contributed to the betterment of our community. We are honored to be able to recognize his life with the annual presentation of the Thompson S. Baker "Solid As A Rock" Award.

2019 Thompson S. Baker Award Recipient

Darnell SmithDarnell Smith
Florida Blue 
Market President, North Florida Region

Darnell Smith is Florida Blue's market president for the North Florida Region. In his role, Smith is responsible for Florida Blue's business market growth, as well as customer and community engagement across 36 North Florida counties covering cities from St. Augustine to Pensacola. 
Prior to his current role, Smith was group vice president, Service Organization and Business Process Management Organization (BPMO). He was responsible for leading a team of approximately 2,000 people who provided service to more than 3 million customers and helped Florida Blue achieve market-leading customer satisfaction. He oversaw the company's business process management strategy and execution through the deployment of Continuous Improvement and Six Sigma methodologies. 
Throughout his career, Smith has been very active in serving the community through numerous organization boards and councils, including United Way of Northeast Florida, First Coast YMCA, Sulzbacher Center, Communities in Schools Florida, Cathedral Arts Project and Feeding Northeast Florida. Smith has demonstrated leadership in developing the community through numerous board appointments including Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Council of Tallahassee, JAXUSA Policy Council and Big Bend Minority Chamber of Commerce.  Smith also served as 2017 Chair of the JAX Chamber Board of Directors.  
Smith holds a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Florida State University. He is a graduate of the Advanced Management Program at Harvard Business School, the Advanced HR Executive Program at the University of Michigan and is an active member of Leadership Jacksonville and Leadership Florida.

2019 JA Hall of Fame Sponsor Registration


Questions? Contact Tiffany Mackey Guthrie or call 904-398-9944 ext.230


Thank You 2019 Junior Achievement Hall of Fame Sponsors

Laureate Sponsor

Florida Blue


Title Sponsor

Publix Super Markets Charities


Event Sponsor

Beaver Street Fisheries


Luncheon Sponsor

Wells Fargo


Chairman's Circle Level

Baptist Health          Citi          Fidelity Investments          Florida Rock & Tank Lines

TIAA Bank          THE PLAYERS Championship          Bob Shircliff

SunTrust          Voya Financial          Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver


Executive Level

Ameris Bank          Bank of America Merrill Lynch          BBVA Compass          Ernst & Young          Firehouse Subs

FSCJ Foundation          Bill Koch          Lisa O'Neill          Pivot CPAs          PNC Bank

Regions Bank          TD Bank          Jim Winston          WW Gay Mechanical Contractor



SIght & Sound Productions

Past Recipients: Thompson S. Baker Award

Thompson S. Baker

Pete Carpenter

2nd Annual Award Recipient

O'Neal Douglas

3rd Annual Award Recipient

Preston Haskell

4th Annual Award Recipient

Tillie Fowler

5th Annual Award Recipient

Jim Winston

6th Annual Award Recipient

John C. Fryer, Jr.

7th Annual Award Recipient

Delores Kesler

8th Annual Award Recipient

Bill & Eloise Gay

9th Annual Award Recipient

Luther & Blanche Coggin

10th Annual Award Recipient

David A. Stein

11th Annual Award Recipient

J. Wayne & Delores Barr Weaver

12th Annual Award Recipient

Gary Chartrand

13th Annual Award Recipient

Harry Frisch

14th Annual Award Recipient

Shahid Khan

15th Annual Award Recipient

Blake Wilson

16th Annual Award Recipient

Hugh Greene

17th Annual Award Recipient

Dr. Nathanial Glover

18th Annual Award Recipient

Lawrence "Laurie" DuBow

19th Annual Award Recipient

Robert Shircliff

20th Annual Award Recipient
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