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Junior Achievement names Business Hall of Fame honorees

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Sep. 4, 2013, at 6:43 p.m.

Junior Achievement of Wichita has named Jim Hattan, Ann Konecny and Sheryl Wohlford to its Business Hall of Fame for 2014.

The three were announced as honorees at a luncheon Wednesday and will be formally inducted at a banquet on March 11.

They were chosen for their extraordinary business and community leadership, said Junior Achievement district director Marci Werne.

Hattan is the past president of Don Hattan Chevrolet, a local dealership since 1949 and one of the oldest family-owned dealerships in the state. He has served on the boards of the YMCA, Larksfield Place, Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce and Music Theatre of Wichita, among other groups.

Konecny is president, CEO and board chairman of Foley Industries, an equipment sales, rental and repair company with 19 locations and nearly 900 employees. She has served as chairman of the Wichita Metro Chamber of Commerce, among other groups.

Wohlford is president and co-owner of manufacturer Automation-Plus. She presently heads the Wichita Community Foundation board, and she serves on the boards of the Sedgwick County Zoo, Greater Wichita Economic Development Coalition and Wichita State University board of trustees, among other groups.

Konecny said afterward that she was honored to be named.

“I’m humbled to be recognized,” she said. “All of my success can be attributed to the people I’m surrounded by.”

Junior Achievement recruits and trains local volunteers to teach five-session financial literacy and entrepreneurship programs to students in high schools that have a relatively high percentage of disadvantaged students.

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