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Four Prominent Business Leaders to be Inducted into Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame

News 01.10.18

Tom Morales Hall of Fame inductee

2018 Hall of Fame Laureates (left to right): Daniel J. Elsener, Tomas Morales, Dennis D. Oklak, and J. Albert Smith, Jr. 

Indianapolis, IN January 10, 2018 – Junior Achievement of Central Indiana announces the 2018 Laureates for the 30th Annual Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame Awards Gala, presented by Crowe Horwath LLP, which will take place on Thursday, March 1, 2018. This year’s Laureates are: Daniel J. Elsener, President, Marian University; Tomas Morales, Co-Founder and CEO, Morales Group; Dennis D. Oklak, Retired Chairman and CEO, Duke Realty Corporation; and J. Albert Smith, Jr., Chairman, Indiana, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

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 professional success, high moral and ethical standards, and dedication to important civic causes, thereby improving the quality of life in our community.

The 2018 Laureates will be honored at a black-tie event to be held on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at the Indiana Roof Ballroom. A reception will be held at 6:00 pm, followed by a dinner and awards ceremony at 7:00 pm.

Junior Achievement students will participate in the evening’s events, which will include introductions of the Laureates and video presentations highlighting their many accomplishments. Each Laureate will also provide brief acceptance remarks.

Jennifer Burk, Junior Achievement’s President and CEO, said, “Our goal is two-fold at the Hall of Fame event: to honor those outstanding individuals in central Indiana who are champions of free enterprise and role models to the youth of the community, and to highlight the importance of providing career exploration, financial literacy, employability/life skills and entrepreneurship programs to today’s students.”

Since its inception in 1989, 121 Laureates have been inducted into the Central Indiana Business Hall of Fame.

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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.

News 01.10.18