Recognizing achievements of the past while inspiring greatness in the future.

About SWVA Business Hall of Fame 

The Southwest Virginia Business Hall of Fame is the region’s “Biggest Night in Business”- honoring the region’s outstanding leaders of the free enterprise system and providing youth with inspiration to succeed.   

Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia is proud to host the 32nd Annual Southwest Virginia Business Hall of Fame Reception and Induction Dinner on November 2, 2023 at the Hotel Roanoke & Conference Center. 

Selection Committee 

Introduction into the SWVA Business Hall of Fame is a prestigious award and an invitation to become part of Southwest Virginia’s history. Laureates and Entrepreneurs are chosen by a committee of business leaders and past honorees based upon criteria that they have outstanding leadership in their industry and have played a significant role in enhancing the quality of life in Southwest Virginia.  

Thank you to the 2023 Selection Committee- 

  • Dr. NL Bishop
  • Katherin Elam
  • Erin Burcham
  • Cynthia Lawrence
  • Leon Harris
  • Nathan Walker
  • Kevin Bloomfield
  • John Lugar  

Special Thanks 

We want to thank our MVP (Most Valuable Partner), Atlantic Union Bank, for presenting the 32nd Annual Business Hall of Fame.  

Atlantic Union Bank

“Atlantic Union Bank is proud to present the 2023 Business Hall of Fame for Junior Achievement of Southwest Virginia,” said Craig Parrent, Market President, and Regional Commercial Executive – Western Virginia of Atlantic Union Bank. “Our partnership with Junior Achievement highlights the importance of educating the next generation of business leaders and entrepreneurs to position them for success and to continue the tradition of bettering their communities. By providing financial literacy and educational programs to the youth in the community, Junior Achievement is championing the values and skills that can lead to a more caring, courageous, and committed community, which reflects Atlantic Union Bank’s own vision of its involvement with the clients and communities we serve,” said Parrent. 

About Junior Achievement


Junior Achievement is the nation’s largest organization dedicated to giving young people the knowledge and skills they need to own their economic success, plan for their futures, and make smart academic and economic choices. JA’s programs—in the core content areas of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy—ignite the spark in young people to experience and realize the opportunities and realities of work and life in the 21st century. 

JA’s impact on young people’s lives is made possible through our partnerships. By working together, we can create a brighter future for students and promote entrepreneurship and innovation. 

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