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August 12, 2022

Junior Achievement to induct prominent Indianapolis leaders into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame

Four outstanding members of the business community to be honored during November gala

INDIANAPOLIS – Today, Junior Achievement of Central Indiana (JACI) announced the four Laureates who will be inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame this year. The 2022 Laureates are Sue Ellspermann PhD, President, Ivy Tech Community College; Jeffrey A. Harrison, President & CEO, Citizens Energy Group; David L. Johnson, Chief Executive Officer, Central Indiana Corporate Partnership, Inc.; and Mark D. Miles, President and CEO, Penske Entertainment Corp.  The honorees will be inducted at the 34th Annual Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Gala on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom.

Jeff and Heather Smulyan will serve as this year’s event Co-Chairs. Jeff Smulyan was inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2000, and is Chairman, CEO and Founder of Emmis Communications.

2022 Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Laureates from left to right:

Sue Ellspermann PhD; Jeffrey A. Harrison; David L. Johnson; Mark D. Miles

“Junior Achievement’s 2022 Laureates embody resilience, compassion and commitment to excellence in the face of adversity,” said Jennifer Burk, JACI president and CEO. “We are honored to induct each of these outstanding individuals into the Hall of Fame and to highlight them as role models for the students Junior Achievement of Central Indiana serves.”

Ellspermann, Harrison, Johnson, and Miles were selected based on their personal and professional achievements, high moral and ethical standards, dedication to civic causes, and positive impact on the quality of life in central Indiana.

“The 2022 Laureates are an extremely deserving and hard-working group,” said Jeff Smulyan. Heather Smulyan added, “As event Co-Chairs, Jeff and I are honored and humbled to have the opportunity to celebrate these individuals for their outstanding impact not only to business but the entire community in central Indiana.”

The Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame was established in 1989 by the Junior Achievement Board of Directors to honor outstanding men and women who epitomize personal and professional success and have had notable impact on the central Indiana community. Since the event’s inception, 137 laureates have been inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.

To learn more about the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame event and to purchase sponsorships, please visit www.jahalloffame.org/ or contact Kacy Wendling, Vice President of Development at kacy@jaindy.org. 

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About Junior Achievement of Central Indiana

Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc. (JACI), in partnership with the business and education communities, empowers young people to own their future success. JA educates and inspires young people in the areas of career exploration, employability/life skills, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and philanthropy through hands-on, experiential learning opportunities for children in preschool through high school.

 

Media Contact:

Renea Gates, Special Events Manager

rgates@jaindy.org

(317) 252-5900 ext. 10

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