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Hall of Fame Gala

2024 JA Hall of Fame Gala

Event Completed!

When: Thursday, May 09, 2024
Where: Statehouse Convention Center Governor Halls I & II
Time: 6:00 PM CT

The Junior Achievement Business Hall of Fame is an event that recognizes laureates that are exceptional individuals who embody various qualities like business excellence, courageous thinking and action, vision and innovation, inspirational leadership, and community support. They have made legendary contributions to the free enterprise system and are part of a league of outstanding individuals.
Their lifetime of business success and their powerful examples inspire others to follow in their footsteps. JA, recognizing their contributions to the region's economic development and commitment to business excellence, honors the Hall of Fame Laureates and award winners.
The laureates are not just role models for their peers but also for the K-12 students that JA serves. Their experiences and successes provide an inspiration to the younger generation to pursue their dreams with dedication and hard work. Overall, the Hall of Fame laureates are an embodiment of excellence, leadership, innovation, and community support, and are recognized as outstanding contributors to the free enterprise system.


The Legacy Award (Hall of Fame Award) was established in 2008 to honor the visionary leaders who founded Junior Achievement of Arkansas in 1987. Since that time, the Legacy Award (Hall of Fame Award) has been given to individuals who have displayed exceptional leadership in supporting academic excellence in Arkansas. Past recipients include: Mack McLarty, Sheffield Nelson, Walter E. Hussman JR., Dr. George K. Mitchell, Jerry Jones, Ed Drilling, Governor Mike Beebe, James House, Thomas May, Ed Penick, Jr., Sherman Tate, Don Jack, Stephen Jones, Sidney Moncrief, Keith Jackson, Jim Bailey, Sam Alley, Ronnie Dedman, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge, Michael Poore, Anne Marie Doramus, Rush Harding, Mayor Frank Scott and Dr. Gary Arnold, Troy Wells, Dr. Alonzo D. Williams, Steve Straessle, Sharon Tallach Vogelpohl, Miguel Lopez and Dr. Fitz Hill.

The Nelson Summit Award is bestowed on the company that has shown a deep commitment to educating Arkansas’ youth. The award is named after Junior Achievement’s founder, Sheffield Nelson. Recipients have exhibited commitment to Junior Achievement through volunteer and financial support. Past recipients include Acxiom, Domtar, Windstream, AT&T, CenterPoint Energy, Southwestern Energy, Simmons Bank, USAble Life, Walmart, Bank of America, Centennial Bank, Seal Solar and USBank.


Presenting Sponsor

Logo for Staley Technologies

VIP Lounge & Fine Spirits Sponsor

Logo for Serve2Perform

HOF Fine Jewelry Sponsor

Logo for Jones & Son Fine Jewelry

Platinum Sponsor

Logo for MPH Team Si
Logo for The Dallas Cowboys
Logo for The McLarty Companies
Logo for Walmart

Youth Laureate Scholarship Sponsor

Logo for Entergy

Ambassador Sponsor

Logo for Forvis

Arvest Video Sponsor

Logo for CFO Network

Laureate Video Sponsor

Logo for Bank of America

Award Sponsor

Logo for Windstream

VIP Table Sponsors

Logo for Arkansas Blue Cross Blue Shield
Logo for PWC
Logo for USAble Life

Reception Sponsor

Logo for First Horizon

Media Sponsor

Logo for About You Media Group

Photo Booth Sponsor

Logo for McGriff

Table Sponsor

Logo for Arkansas Democrat Gazette
Logo for Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce
Logo for Arvest
Logo for Bank OZK
Logo for Baptist Health
Logo for Dillard's Inc.
Logo for First Service Bank
Logo for Hogan Taylor
Logo for Mitchell Williams Law Firm
Logo for Platinum Roofing - HOF
Logo for Quattlebaum, Grooms & Tull PLLC HOF
Logo for Regions
Logo for Relyance Bank
Logo for Roof Connect - HOF
Logo for Saima Majid - HOA
Logo for Simmons Bank
Logo for Summit Utilities
Logo for UAMS
Logo for Vistage Little Rock
Logo for Walmart

Friends of JA

Logo for AR Attorney General Tim Griffin
Logo for Centennial Bank
Logo for Charisse Childers HOF
Logo for Jack Nelson Jones HOF
Logo for Mountaire Corporation
Logo for Rush Harding HOF

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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! Contact us to get more information on how to sponsor a JA Event!

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