Junior Achievement of North Louisiana announces 2019 Business Hall of Fame Laureates

Many of the areas’ finest business leaders gathered on Tuesday, Aug. 27 for the announcement of the 2019 Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame Laureates in the rotunda at the Shreveport Convention Center.

The 2019 Junior Achievement of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame Laureates are Dr. Pat Day, First United Methodist Church; Keith J. Evans, Brammer Engineering, Inc.; and Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan, LSU-Health Shreveport.

“I wholeheartedly support Junior Achievement for their outstanding efforts in helping young people learn successful life lessons in personal finance, citizenship, decision making and entrepreneurship,” Dr. Day said. “Junior Achievement helps young people discover how to make their dreams become a reality through mentoring and hands on learning. The investment in young people has amazing life-changing returns. It is an honor to become a Junior Achievement Laureate.” 

“I am very honored to be chosen as a 2019 Junior Achievement Laureate. Junior Achievement is a tremendous organization whose mission to help you people be successful in life is something I truly support and am very proud to be associated with,” Evans said.

“It’s an amazing honor to accept the peer nomination for JA Laureate. JA is an outstanding volunteer led organization that’s committed to the important mission of empowering the Youth in our region to achieve their dreams and having a positive impact on their entrepreneurial spirit, workplace success and financial responsibility,” said Dr. Nathan. “It’s a great organization that exemplifies my belief that “No Dream is too big, and No dreamer too small!”

Junior Achievement of North Louisiana recognizes exceptional business leaders in our community on an annual basis to be inducted as a JA Laureate.

Laureates are selected by the following criteria:

  • Outstanding overall business achievement of national impact, achievement in a “small business” and outstanding leadership in public service and/or philanthropic activities
  • Economic impact in Louisiana during the time other criteria were met
  • Recognition by his or her organization or professional to have made a significant contribution to the success of the organization or profession
  • Ability to serve as a role model for the young people of North Louisiana
  • Recognized as observing high moral and ethical principles
  • Accomplishments of landmark proportions, significantly influencing his or her organization, industry and community
  • A record of outstanding entrepreneurial achievement
  • Accomplishments of a continuing nature (as opposed to a one-time effort)

The Laureate Lunch will see them inducted into the 25th Annual JA Business Hall of Fame on Oct. 17 at the Shreveport Convention Center, 400 Caddo St. 

The JA NLA Business Hall of Fame supports JA lessons for students in the community. Since 1994, JA supporters have gathered annually to celebrate the accomplishments of newly selected Junior Achievement Laureates, their peers in business, originators and supporters of all things good in our community. JA Laureates help fund lessons in economics for area students by supporting Junior Achievement’s main fundraising event, the JA of North Louisiana Business Hall of Fame. Proceeds from the evening are spent for volunteer-delivered JA lessons throughout the year in more than 28 schools in North Louisiana.