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2011 GREATER RICHMOND BUSINESS HALL OF FAME LAUREATES JON C. KING serves as President and Chief Executive Officer of Exclusive Staffing Companies which provides temporary and permanent staffing services. Founded by Jon and his wife, LaVerne, in 1990, it is headquartered in Richmond with additional employees in Atlanta. The company is currently expanding into Nashville and Orlando. Jon contributes significant time, energy and financial support to many organizations in the Richmond region. He is a past Chairman of the Board of the Greater Richmond Chamber of Commerce and has served as President of the Board of the Maymont Foundation. He currently serves on boards for First Market Bank, Bon Secours, the VA Tourism Corporation, CenterStage Foundation, Venture Richmond, Early Education Regional Learning Council, the Coalition for a Greater Richmond, the VA Council on Economic Education, Virginia 21, the Corporate Council of the Richmond Ballet and is a Fellow of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He is a member of the Forum Club and the Management Roundtable Executive Committee. Jon has previously served on the boards of Leadership Metro Richmond, the Greater Richmond Partnership, the Community Foundation, the Virginia Council of CEO’s, Advisory Board of the YWCA, Elk Hill Farm and the Richmond Industrial Development Authority. He served on Mayor Tim Kaine’s Advisory Cabinet and is a member of Leadership Metro Richmond’s Class of 1992. Jon received the 2000 National Association of Community Leadership Distinguished Leadership Award, the 2003 Gold Star Award from the Virginia Minority Supplier Development Council and the Trailblazer Award for Vision from the Metropolitan Business League.

LAVERNE P. KING serves as Chief Operating Officer of Exclusive Staffing Companies. LaVerne attended Xavier University in New Orleans and has a Masters Degree in Public Administration from Howard University in D.C. She worked as a Program Administrator in the Assistance Secretary of Labor’s office in D.C. for two years, then as a Buyer for Bloomingdale Brothers stores in New York and New Jersey. Following three Years in retail, LaVerne became a Branch Manager in the Retail Division of Hibernia Bank & Trust in New Orleans (now Capital One). She later became a Vice President and Special Assistant to the President of American Bank & Trust in New Orleans where she managed and restructured retail bank branches. She later moved into Personal and Small Business Lending where she served 10 years. After starting Exclusive Staffing, LaVerne began to focus on individual development and social service efforts. She worked pro bono with the Richmond Career Advancement Center, Henrico County Social Services Department and the Emporia Department of Social Services teaching classes in Image, Dress and Motivational Training allowing her to assist low income women and single heads of households in improving their life skills. LaVerne has served as President of the Virginia Association of Temporary Staffing Services and on the Employer Advisory Board of the Virginia Employment Commission.

THOMAS G. SNEAD JR., currently in retirement, most recently served as President and CEO, of WellPoint Inc.’s Southeast Region. Before the merger of Wellpoint Inc. and Anthem Inc. in November 2005, he served as President of Anthem Southeast, and prior to its merger with Anthem Inc. in July of 2002, Mr. Snead was the Chairman and CEO of Trigon Healthcare Inc.. He worked for the above Blue Cross and Blue Shield organizations in Virginia for more than 20 years before retiring in early 2006. Mr. Snead is currently on the board of Zigmo, LLC, a private equity investment. His extensive philanthropic board service includes Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), The School of Business Foundation of VCU, VCU Health System, and the Virginia Historical Foundation. In addition, he was recently appointed to the boards of ChildFund and

The Community Foundation Serving Richmond and Central Virginia and began his service in January 2011. From 2001 until the company’s bankruptcy plan was approved in late 2009, Mr. Snead served on the board of directors of LandAmerica Financial Group (a NYSE company). He was founding Chairman of Xenith Bank until spring 2009 and on the board of the Blue Healthcare Bank until January 2010. His past community or charitable board service includes the Virginia Healthcare Foundation where he served as Chairman, Johns Hopkins Medicine, and the Riverside Health System. A native of Halifax County, Virginia, Mr. Snead is a 1976 honors graduate of VCU, earning a B.S. in Accounting. In 1999 he was awarded VCU’s School of Business Alumni Star Award at Founder’s Day. He has been married for 37 years to Vickie M. Snead. They have two daughters, Christen and Lauren.

C. KENNETH WRIGHT, is the owner of Wright Properties and founder of Rent-A-Car Company, Inc. Born in Amelia County, Ken’s family moved to Chesterfield in his childhood where he graduated from Chester High School. With a love of cars and all things mechanical, Ken worked in high school with U-Drive It Company in downtown Richmond. After serving in WWII, he continued with that local company. From these noble beginnings, he started Rent-A-Car Company, Inc in 1954, purchasing a then virtually unknown rental car company franchise, Avis Rent A Car, Inc. Over the next 45 years Ken led the expansion of his company across Virginia and into Maryland and Delaware to 24 locations. Ken became Chairman of Avis Rent a Car Inc.’s Advertising and Policy Committee from 1991-98, having been a continuous member for 39 years. In this role he facilitated one of the most successful advertising campaigns in American history – “Avis is only No. 2 – We try harder”. This campaign helped establish wide-spread brand recognition for Avis. Ken has been honored with multiple awards throughout his career, including the Executive Leadership Award from Avis Rental News, an

industry trade publication, and was a finalist for the Virginia Entrepreneur of the Year Award in 1998. He received the Automobile Man of the Year Award in 1998 and the Individual Philanthropist of the Year for Richmond in 2007. As passionate philanthropists, Ken and his wife Dianne are particularly supportive of Virginia Commonwealth University. To date, the C. Kenneth and Dianne Wright Foundation has donated $17 million to VCU, including gifts to Massey Cancer Center and the Pauley Heart Center Division of Cardiology. Ken and Dianne are also proud of the million dollar scholarship fund they established in 2006 in the name of Eugene P. Trani, which provides financial aid to students. Ken has been a member of the Downtown Richmond Rotary Club and the YMCA for almost 50 years. Ken has one daughter, Nancy, who lives in New York, and a brother James, who lives with his wife in Lynchburg. His love of automotives continues with his collection of classic cars. In a book titled “Unlimited Mileage”, written by Ken in 1999, he states “I have never wanted to be in any other business and never wanted to live any place but Richmond.”

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unior Achievement programs are designed to inspire students from a young age to set goals while giving them the tools and knowledge needed to make their dreams a reality. From our youngest participants in kindergarten to high school seniors, JA provides practical economics, career planning, skill building, and a value for lifelong learning, leadership, and thoughtful economic choices. Our dynamic and user-friendly curriculum is only half of the complete Junior Achievement experience. All JA programs are delivered by community and business role models who share their experience and offer guidance and direction. Hands-on activities are incorporated into each lesson to reinforce the concepts to make learning fun. Critical workforce skills such as teamwork, ethics, communication, problem solving and goal setting are emphasized at every level.

Katherine Busser Capital One The end result of a community’s investment in Junior Achievement is a skilled, motivated and productive future workforce.

Congratulations to the 2011 Laureates

As you look into the stories of our greatest business leaders and our Laureates you will recognize moments where their dreams were born and find mentors who inspired dedication and persistence in reaching for those dreams. Our ultimate desire at Junior Achievement is to ensure that more of those dreams are born and sustained in generations to come… not by accident or luck but on purpose, by design, and with the full support of the community. Last year, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia touched over 20,000 students in 1,015 classrooms and helped them to better understand that we all have the capacity to be successful.

Jon C. King Chairman, President Exclusive Staffing

LaVerne P. King Chief Operating Officer Exclusive Staffing

Thomas G. Snead, Jr. Retired President Wellpoint, Inc., Southeastern Region

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or over 20 years, Junior Achievement of Central Virginia’s Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame has honored the area’s most distinguished business men and women for their outstanding contributions to free enterprise and the promise of a better, stronger society. This year, four business leaders will be welcomed as laureates into The Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame in a black tie induction ceremony to be held Thursday, May 19, 2011 at the Jefferson Hotel. Katherine Busser of Capital One will serve as the Chairman and emcee for the evening. The Laureates inducted into the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame are among the most esteemed leaders of our community. The individuals recognized have experienced a lifetime of business success and have established a legacy of leadership within their industries and the community. Through their actions and accomplishments, they serve as role models for young people. The Junior Achievement Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame 2011 laureates were selected based on their record of business



achievements and demonstration of sustained business excellence, courageous thinking and actions, vision and innovation, longevity of inspiring leadership and community mindfulness.

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In addition, nominees serve as role models for those who follow. Stated more simply, Hall of Fame Laureates are individuals whose work has moved the greater Richmond community in a positive and stronger direction.


The JA Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame continues to grow as the list of inductees increases and inspires all within the business community. JA is fortunate to be hosting this prestigious event for the 23rd year. This is a significant accomplishment for both the Business Hall of Fame and Junior Achievement.

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Honoring Leaders, Inspiring Youth


t is my privilege to serve as chairman of the 23rd Annual Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame, through which we recognize community leaders who have made a unique impact on our free enterprise system and on the metropolitan Richmond community as a whole. I ask that you join us as we recognize this year’s laureates, Jon and LaVerne King, Tom Snead and Ken Wright, and celebrate their many accomplishments.

At Junior Achievement, we view these recent events as an opportunity to teach young people the basic life skills necessary to become self-sufficient, productive members of both our local community and our increasingly competitive global marketplace. Work readiness, financial literacy, and entrepreneurship are not only the tenets of JA’s mission but, we believe, the tools that today’s students must hone to help rebuild our economy on a stronger foundation.

JA is also pleased to announce a collaboration with the Richmond Boys Choir, who will perform at the event.

Past Laureates - The Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame John B. Adams Thomas N. Allen Ruth & Franco Ambrogi Gordon Reid Anderson Beverley W. Armstrong William W. Berry William C. Boinest Thomas C. Boushall David Tennant Bryan Rudolph H. Bunzl Thomas E. Capps J. Harwood Cochrane Josée G. Covington J. Stewart Bryan, III

he recent economic turmoil has impacted us all - small businesses, Fortune 500 companies, and non-profits alike. As our local and national economies begin to show signs of recovery, we must continue to address the causes of this recession and work together to ensure our citizens are better prepared to navigate a future economic crisis.

Central Virginia served more than 20,000 students. Along with its community partners, JA is promoting self-sufficiency and preserving the spirit of free enterprise by providing students with the vital financial literacy, entrepreneurial and work readiness education they need to succeed in business and in life. Capital One shares Junior Achievement’s belief in the importance of teaching financial management and fiscal responsibility to our youth, especially during these tough economic times. For this reason, Capital One not only invests financially in JA programs, but our associates in the Commonwealth annually provide more than 5,000 volunteer hours to JA, including 3,500 hours here in Central Virginia.

The 2011 honorees are known as outstanding business leaders and entrepreneurs who, through their work, have made meaningful and lasting contributions to the quality of life in the Richmond region. They join a distinguished group of past laureates whose accomplishments have made an indelible impact on our community.

On behalf of Junior Achievement, the board of directors, our volunteers, and event sponsors, I am happy to extend congratulations to the 2011 Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame Laureates. Please join us on May 19 as we honor our colleagues and celebrate their accomplishments.

For over 40 years, Junior Achievement has been teaching young people in Richmond the values embodied by our honorees – as well as the economics of life. In the last year alone, JA of

Katherine Busser Capital One Chairman, 2011 Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame

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Bronze Hall of Fame Sponsors Bluestone Process Dynamics, LLC Bon Secours Richmond Health System Capital Region Airport Commission Norwood H. Davis, Jr. Deloitte Dominion Resources Genworth Financial, Inc. Mr. & Mrs. William H. Goodwin, Jr. Owens & Minor, Inc.

PricewaterhouseCoopers, LLP Mr. & Mrs. Richard L. Sharp SunTrust Bank TV Jerry Virginia Commonwealth University, School of Business Wachovia, a Wells Fargo Company Williams Mullen P.C.

Fortunately, we are not alone. There is a renewed focus on economic and financial education which has sparked an urgent need to grow JA programming. With our educational and corporate partners, we are dedicated to addressing the demand for JA programs from teachers in our region. We are committed to our community and committed to teaching and inspiring our future leaders. It is through events like the Greater Richmond Business Hall of Fame that we celebrate who we are and our core purpose to inspire and prepare young people to succeed in a global economy. By honoring this distinguished group of individuals on May 19th we also honor the hard work and community values that we must encourage in Richmond’s next generation of business leaders. On behalf of the Junior Achievement of Central Virginia Board and Advisory Board of Directors we congratulate each laureate along with their families for creating a legacy of corporate success and community citizenship.

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Jon E. Mathiasen Chairman Junior Achievement of Central Virginia President & CEO Capital Region Airport Commission

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE Jon E. Mathiasen Chairman Marilyn T. Bota Vice Chair George F. Boatright Immediate Past Chairman Christopher L. Wallace Treasurer Jonathan B. Macdonald Secretary Timothy J. Layton Chair, Board Development Ashleigh A. McDermott Chair, Fundraising Dorene S. Billingsley Chair, Education & Volunteers Katie E. Gilstrap Chair, Image & Awareness Renee Fisher Edward H. Phillips, Jr. David Wasik AdHoc BOARD OF DIRECTORS Leigh Bernard Kelly W. Boykin Francis S. Blake Erin J. Burns William A. Casey Stephan F. Clementi Paul M. Dickinson, Jr. Veronica L. Donchez James Dougherty Howard Goldfine Simon Hodges Valdean Langenburg Quenton R. Lee Christine Lindvall Stephen D. McCall Matthew M. McDavid Robert C. Norman

John O’Briant Joseph C. Ramage Amanda Richardson Todd Roundtree Lynn M. Schafer Jacquelyn E. Stone Janet Tope Milam Walters Adrienne P. Whitaker Clif T. Williams Timothy C. Winder ADVISORY BOARD OF DIRECTORS Beverley W. Armstrong J. Stewart Bryan, III Thomas E. Capps C. Edwin Estes William H. Goodwin, Jr. Brenton S. Halsey Vernard W. Henley Jeffrey M. Lacker Charles S. Luck, III G. Gilmer Minor, III James E. Ukrop EDUCATION ADVISORY BOARD Dr. Yvonne W. Brandon Dr. Marcus J. Newsome Dr. Stewart D. Roberson Dr. Patrick Russo STAFF Elaina Brennan Diana Fakhouri Kate Kikta Andrew Kirk Amber Mays Shannon Petska Daphne Swanson

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