J.A. Honors Five In Hartford

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ja13 (2)If you learn by imitation, it is no wonder so many young members of Junior Achievement of Southwest New England are doing so well.

Adult mentors in the program are the best of the best as hard workers and leaders, and on Wednesday, five were recognized for those exemplary efforts.

CPTV president/CEO Jerry Franklin, business owners Andrew and Joyce Mandell, The Hartford’s president/CEO Liam McGee and U.S. Rep John Larson were celebrated for their leadership efforts at the 34th Annual Junior Achievement Hall of Fame induction ceremony and dinner at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.

“I was a member of Junior Achievement when I was growing up in Hartford,” said Andrew ja15Mandell, who with his wife, own Data-Mail Inc. and are well-known area philanthropists. “It was those adult business people who volunteered to Junior Achievement that began the teaching I needed to start my own business.”

The Mandells, Franklin and McGee were ja10 (2)inducted in to the J.A. Hall of Fame at the event. Larson, who could not attend, was awarded the group’s 2014 Jim Calhoun Spirit of Achievement Award.

McGee also could not attend, but accepting the honor on his behalf was The Hartford’s commercial markets president, Doug Elliot.

“We are very proud, proud for our people and they have done for Junior Achievement,” said Elliott.

The supportive  adult guidance and mentoring has apparently not gone to waste.

ja22Among the young J.A. members welcoming guests was Dylan Washington, a student at H.A.L.S. Academy in New Britain.

“I want to start an Extreme Sports business some day,” said the precocious 10-year-old. “I’m learning how to be an entrepreneur and I have a plan,” he continued as he laid out his ambitious career path. “First I want to go to M.I.T (Massachusetts Institute of Technology.)”


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