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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.)”


J.A. Honors Four AtBusiness Hall Of Fame Induction

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ja11ja13ja10ja14As a group they are probably some of the best-known names in the state, retired Ernst & Young managing partner Howard Carver, Chase Enterprises vice president, Atty. Cheryl Chase, Stanley Black & Decker chairman and CEO John Lundgren and retired UConn men’s basketball head coach, Jim Calhoun.

On Wednesday it was their business acumen and their philanthropic efforts being celebrated at the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England’s 33rd annual Business Hall of Fame.

The four were inducted into the organization’s Business Hall of Fame, and more than 350 people turned out at the Hartford Marriott Downtown to celebrate the occasion and the honorees.

“I was surprised to receive this honor,” said Carver, a former J.A. president and board member. “It’s a great honor for me.”

Calhoun, who received the organization’s 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award was the center of attention for many of those attending, because although he may have stepped down as head coach of the team, he is still the go-to guy when it comes to talking college basketball.

And on this night it was women’s basketball that he was talking up.

“They are a great bunch of kids,” he said about UConn’s women’s basketball team that on Tuesday won the school’s its 8th NCAA women’s basketball championship. “And Geno (Auriemma) is one of the most effective women’s basketball coaches in history.”

Chase, herself a Junior Achievement alumnus while a student at Hall High School, was her usual modest self when it came to be chosen for the award. But couldn’t help but become far more animated when it came to the newest addition to the family.

“He is beautiful and so happy,” she said whipping out a picture of new grandson Dylan Jasper Chase-Dyer, son of her daughter, Dara, and son-in-law, beIN cq sports network commentator Ross Dyer.

Although grandson and parents live in southern Florida, Chase has already figured out how to miss business and pleasure so “Grandma” and husband “Grandpa” Stuart Bear, have regular visits with the nearly four-month-old baby.

A beaming Chase explained she is a principal in the Wyndham Deerfield Beach Resort, noting it is in the perfect location, near her daughter and son-in-law’s home.

“We are finding more reasons to go down there on business,” she said smiling.

Junior Achievement Announces 2013 Award Winners

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A retired business executive, a well-known attorney and philanthropist, a CEO and an iconic coach have been chosen as the 2013 honorees by the Junior Achievement of Southwest New England.

Named as the inductees to its Business Hall of Fame are Howard L. Carver, retired managing partner at Ernst & Young, LLP, Cheryl Chase, EVP, principal and general counsel for the Chase Enterprises, Inc, and John F. Lundgren, president and CEO at Stanley Black & Decker Inc.

Retired UCONN  men’s basketball coach Jim Calhoun will be the recipient of its 2013 Spirit of Achievement Award.

The four will be honored at Junior Achievement’s  Annual Business Hall of Fame dinner on April 10 at the Hartford Marriott Downtown.