JA Hall of Fame | Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida


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

Each year, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida honors forward-thinking entrepreneurs and accomplished community leaders for their contributions to the region's economic development and their service as role models for ethical and moral conduct among youth and business peers. These Laureates become part of JA's Business Hall of Fame. This prestigious Collier County event has grown since it was established in 1988, to include many of Southwest Florida's most prominent leaders.
During the dinner and awards ceremony, Junior Achievement of Southwest Florida will induct Edward Staros, vice president and managing director of The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples, and Mark Wilson, president, and CEO of London Bay Homes, into the 2017 Business of Hall of Fame, Collier County.
This event is possible through the generous support of sponsors. If you represent a business that may be interested in sponsorship of this event, please explore our Business Hall of Fame, Collier County, Sponsorship Opportunities & Benefits. Send in the printable sponsorship form or purchase your sponsorship online.

2017 JA of Southwest Florida Business Hall of Fame Laureate Inductees


Edward Staros

Vice President & Managing Director
The Ritz-Carlton Resorts of Naples

Mark Wilson

President & CEO
London Bay Homes


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Title Sponsor:    mutual of omaha   mutual of omaha bank


Diamond Sponsors:      encore urology       encore urology


Platinum Sponsors:      arthrex logo   london bay homes


Barron Collier    Iberiabank    Naples Daily News    Stock Development       Collier Enterprises       Florida Community Bank       BMO Harris Bank   

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Sponsorships for these events are critical for Junior Achievement to continue providing life-changing programs to students in our community. These programs are delivered at no cost to students. You can make a difference in the lives of these students by participating in this world-class event!

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Business Hall of Fame 2017, Collier County Advisory Board

Chair: Stacey Herring, Vice President, and private banker, Morgan Stanley Private Bank, N.A. 
Members: Wilma Boyd, President, and CEO, Preferred Travel of Naples
Carleton Case, Vice President of Business Development, Brown & Brown Benefits
Clay W. Cone, President, Cone Communications Company
John English, Vice President, Peninsula Engineering
Kathy Gulvas, Communications Manager, London Bay Homes
Ken Haney, Partner, Quarles & Brady, LLP
Matthew Kragh, President, MHK Architecture & Planning
Craig Sherman, Senior Vice President, Commercial Lending, Valley National Bank
Patrick Utter, Vice President of Real Estate and Club Operations, Collier Enterprises
Steve Wheeler, Vice President of Development, Healthcare Network of SWFL
Len Zaiser, Chief Executive Manager, Azimuth Technology, Inc.

List of past Laureates of Business Hall of Fame, Collier County

  • "Junior Achievement has given me a sense of what adults go through with budget issues."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "Junior Achievement reinforced concepts for me to remember later in life."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I thought the experience was amazing. The presentation was unlike anything I've seen."

    -Junior Achievement Student
  • "I liked how the Junior Achievement volunteer explained his job to us."

    -Junior Achievement Student

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