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Six Longtime Alaskans Inducted to the Business Hall of Fame

Nov 27, 2019 | Alaska Native, Construction, Finance, News, Nonprofits, Tourism

ANCHORAGE—Six outstanding Alaska business leaders will join the Alaska Business Hall of Fame at the annual Junior Achievement recognition event in January. Business peers recently selected April & Pat Reilly – Rain Proof Roofing; David Lawer – SVP, First National Bank Alaska; Van Hale & Jack Amon, Business Partners of Marx Brothers; and Aaron Schutt, President & CEO of Doyon. These business leaders are honored for their direct impact toward furthering the success of Alaska business, demonstrated support, and commitment to Junior Achievement’s programs, and demonstrated commitment to Alaska business. 

The induction ceremony into the Alaska Business Hall of Fame will be held January 23, 2020 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center. Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc. and Alaska Business are the title sponsors of this event. Alaska Business  will feature an interview and biography of each of the Laureates in the January 2020 edition.

In 1987, Junior Achievement of Alaska, Inc. began the Alaska Business Hall of Fame to honor outstanding individuals of Alaskan business.  Since then, the Hall of Fame has become one of the state’s most prestigious events, inducting new Laureates on an annual basis. 

“This class joins a group of more than 100 Hall of Fame Laureates exemplifying the rich diversity of Alaska in terms of geographical regions, business and industrial heritage, and cultures. In essence, the Laureates represent the foundation upon which the state of Alaska is built and continues to grow,” says Ret. Gen. Mark Hamilton, Hall of Fame 2020 Emcee.

The thirty-third annual celebration includes a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m., dinner and induction ceremony at 6:30 p.m. The evening will also include a special recognition of the many past inductees who will be in attendance. Individual tickets are $150, with limited sponsorship opportunities available. 

Purchase tickets online at http://alaska.ja.org

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Jack Amon and Richard “Van” Hale opened the doors of the Marx Bros. Café on October 18, 1979; however, the two had already been partners in cuisine for some time, having created the Wednesday Night Gourmet Wine Tasting Society and Volleyball Team Which Now Meets on Sunday, a weekly evening of food and wine. It was actually the end of the weekly event that spurred the name of the restaurant: hours after its final service, Amon and Hale were hauling equipment and furnishings out of their old location and to their now-iconic building on Third Street, all while managing arguments about equipment ownership, a visit from the police, and quite a bit of wine. “If you’ve ever seen the movie ‘A Night at the Opera” starring the Marx Brothers, that’s what it was like,” Hale explains.

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